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4 -5 Oct, Golden Jubilee Hotel

Property Repairs & Asset Mgmt Conference 2017
Golden Jubilee Hotel

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Wed 4 - Thu 5, Oct from
09:15 to 14:30 (BST)


Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel
Beardmore Street, Clydebank, G81 4SA

Fit for the Future - 2017 Property Repairs and Asset Management Conference

About the Conference

This years conference has been designed to provide delegates with an insight into the latest approaches and strategies to shape the future of asset management and provide practical advice on managing and maintaining your assets. We’ll be focussing on:

Health & Safety - ensuring your stock is safe for your tenants

Procurement – controlling costs and quality

Technology and data – How can this drive efficiency and deliver innovative ways of working

Energy Efficiency – Meeting the 2020 targets and beyond

Managing stock and investment – maintaining and improving your asset portfolio



With input from staff working in property maintenance and asset management, the conference will provide something for everyone and will provide updates on the key issues you need to know about. It’s also the best networking opportunity in the calendar.

New Learning & Networking Features

  • Discover how to deliver innovative ways of working
  • An interactive online platform for all conference delegates with features to make conference sessions more interactive - you’ll be able to vote in polls or ask a question straight from your smartphone or tablet.
  • Live demonstrations of innovative technology
  • New engaging speakers.
  • Get access to over 30 exhibitors showcasing the latest asset management and maintenance solutions in the exhibition
  • Practical sessions, panel sessions and space to exchange ideas, opinions, skills and experience.

Get booking to join the largest gathering of social housing maintenance professionals in the country – don’t miss it!        

The Exhibition

The conference hosts one of the largest housing exhibitions in the UK.  With over 30 stands, the exhibition is an essential part of the conference. This year's exhibition will include interactive demonstrations on a range of products aimed to give you insight and a chance to get “hands on”. All teas and coffees will be served here giving maximum opportunity to explore the latest innovations, products and services from suppliers old and new.  

Is this the conference for you?

Are you a professional or supplier working in housing maintenance or asset management? Then this is the conference for you.

It provides a key networking opportunity for anyone interested in providing property and related services to housing associations and their customers. 

Delegate Discount

  • Book three day places and bring a colleague for free!
  • Attend both days and SAVE!

LIMITED TIME ONLY Book 2 Residential Places and get the 3rd FREE

Book 2 residential delegate places before 29 September and get a 3rd place FREE - a saving of £560 for SFHA members. Simply book your places online and choose the FREE option for your 3rd place.


This year we move to a new venue. The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel is situated on the banks of the River Clyde. All of the 4-star bedrooms offer free Wi-Fi, HD Smart TV with Freeview channels and USB ports. Some rooms have stunning views of the River Clyde.

Guests can also enjoy free use of the hotel’s leisure facilities, which include a heated indoor pool, steam room, and sauna. A modern, fully equipped gym is also available to guests. 

The hotel offers offers free parking to guests. Glasgow is 20 minutes’ drive away, and Dalmuir Rail Station is a 10-minute walk. A free shuttle service to the airport is available from Monday to Friday. http://www.goldenjubileehotel.com/

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Speakers & Biographies

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Chris Thomson
Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association, part of the Places for People Group

Chris is our Head of Property Maintenance that includes our Procurement and Investment requirements, Voids and Repairs. Within the team we also have an in-house contractor delivery a multi-disciplined contracting service.

Chris has worked within the social housing sector for around 25 years. Before joining Castle Rock Edinvar in 2009, Chris has worked with other Housing Association managing cross functional teams including Housing Management and Development.

Part of his role with Places for People Group has seen new initiatives introduced to maximise the use of the existing assets and addressing many of the hard to treat properties from its diverse asset base to meet EESSH standards.

Chris is a Trustee of the Crags Sports Centre, a community managed resource within the Southside of Edinburgh.

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Jim Whiston
Ayrshire Housing

Jim is Director of Ayrshire Housing. He has 35 years’ experience in housing development, policy and general management gained in the housing association movement and with the former Scottish Homes. He is a member of the Board of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations and has served on the Saltire Society’s housing awards panel.

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Stewart Little
IRT Surveys

Prior to starting IRT in 2002, Stewart was an architectural technician with one of Scotland’s largest private architectural practices (the Parr Partnership). His background in new build and refurbishment led to a career in flat roofing and roof garden specification sales with a large German manufacturer (Bauder). Stewart founded IRT with his brother, Alan and friend Dave Jones (author of Grand Theft Auto) in January 2002. With architectural experience, an R+D scientist (Alan) and a renowned computer programmer involved in the company, IRT quickly established themselves as leaders in the field of infrared building surveying. Over the past 15 years IRT have grown to become the largest independent infrared building surveying practice in the country and have surveyed more than 250,000 social homes. Today, the company pioneers energy efficiency auditing software for the sector with software such as Envision, TheHouseSurvey - and their latest, Cloud based subscription only software – DREam. The company won a VIBES Award in 2015 and were Shell Springboard finalists in 2016, whilst Stewart was a runner up in Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year competition 2008.

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Lauren Salmon

Lauren has been in post as a Researcher in the Consultancy team at Changeworks since 2014. She is an experienced Researcher with her work at Changeworks including a varied portfolio of energy efficiency, renewables and fuel poverty projects for a range of clients such as the Scottish Government, local authorities and housing associations.

She built up her knowledge of sustainable practices and fuel poverty through her BSc in Environmental Science at the University of Sheffield, previous employment at Chester and District Housing Trust and as an Energy Advisor for Gloucestershire based charity, Severn Wye Energy Agency.

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Christine Dugan
CD Consultancy

Christine specialises in the reporting and verification processes for the social housing sector’s annual return on the Charter (ARC).

Christine has an unrivalled level of knowledge and expertise on the definition and analysis of the Charter indicators and other routinely used benchmarking indicators.  This knowledge has developed over many years as a manager with the Scottish Housing Regulator and more recently as an independent Consultant and an Associate with Scotland's Housing Network (SHN).

Since leaving the Regulator in 2012 Christine has carried out over 60 verification visits across Housing Associations and Councils. 

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Douglas Robertson

Douglas taught both housing and sociology at the Stirling University for 30 years. During that time, he undertook research on a variety of housing policy matters including regeneration and renewal, private property ownership and its management, social housing in Europe and Scottish housing & planning history. He now works as a housing consultant, researcher and writer.

Douglas has long had an interest in tenement improvement and repair, common repair systems and the serious limitations of the current legislative framework to ensure proper property management and maintenance. He recently concluded a study on housing associations taking on owners ‘missing shares’ for the Scottish Government. 

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Professor Sean Smith BSc, PhD, FIOA, FRSA, HO
Edinburgh Napier University

Sean is Professor of Construction Innovation and leads the Institute for Sustainable Construction (ISC) at Edinburgh Napier University. He served as an invited guest scientist at the government construction research laboratories in Canada, Italy and Germany. He has supported industry with over 70 new construction products to market and the ISC research teams have won multiple wards for low carbon buildings. Over 900,000 new homes have been built in the UK, which incorporate his designs and innovative processes. ISC research teams have twice been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for “innovative housing construction for environmental benefit and quality of life” (2009) and for “sustainable construction” (2015). He has served on industry leadership groups for Construction Scotland and Forestry Industries and he led the 11 universities partnership to establish the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. 

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Dougie Gold

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John Gilbert
John Gilbert Architects

John is a leading authority on sustainable design in Scotland with over 40 years’ experience as a practising architect and extensive experience in housing and community issues. 
He pioneered working with communities with Assist Architects and wrote The Tenement Handbook. Since starting John Gilbert Architects in 1992, John has been a noted innovator in social housing sustainable design and is also accredited as a conservation architect. 

More recently he has developed the website www.underoneroof.scot with co author Annie Flint, to provide information and advice on repair and maintenance issues relating to commonly owned properties. He continues to be an advocate of the tenement form and believes that good maintenance is the key to a sustainable future.

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Professor Roger Willey
ACS Risk Group

 In 1978 Roger formed the first private Asbestos Test House in Scotland and went on to carry out

Research, Consultancy and Training. Over 99 500 consultancy projects have been completed throughout the world. Roger’s novel research work on respiratory protection is thought to be saving between 100 and 150 lives per annum in the UK Asbestos Industry. In addition, he has completed in excess of 520 legal cases where he has acted as Expert Witness in Senior Courts in the Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Australia.

Roger has diversified into most important areas of Health & Safety and now heads the ACS Risk Group. ACS is very well known for its H&S Work, carried out in some 160 HA’s in Scotland. As an extension to this work, the ACS team has recently launched a Landlords’ Manual for this important sector.

Roger is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH and was presented with the President’s Distinguished Service Award in 2014. In 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Silver Medal for Meritorious Achievement by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland.

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Craig Stirrat
Grampian Housing Association

Craig Stirrat is the Director of Business Development with Grampian Housing Association, whose remit covers new build housing, asset management, wider role, sales & leasing and new business opportunities.

Craig joined Grampian from Fife Housing Association in 2014, where he led the Housing Management team.  Prior to that he was the Director of an intermediary body - the Built Environment Forum Scotland.

Craig’s housing career started in the former Kirkcaldy District Council in 1983, and this was followed by 21 years with Aberdeen City Council in a variety of senior posts in strategic planning, asset management & development, service management and adult care roles - culminating his career with the City as the Head of Adult Services (integrated housing & care) between 2006/10. 

He holds a BA (Hons) in Sociology, an MSc in Total Quality Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing; he has been a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing since 1989 and has been a past Chairman of the CIH Scotland Board as well as serving on the Board of various local & national organisations including the SFHA. Currently he serves on the Boards of Aberdeen Foyer and HouseMark.

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Darrell Woodman
The Art of Being Brilliant

Darrell was plucked from a leadership role within media, where he helped instil positivity, confidence and self-belief in people and teams from various radio stations.

Darrell has immersed himself in the ‘brilliant’ philosophy and is now a boffin in areas of positivity, happiness, wellbeing and flourishing…well he now has an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, which makes him sound like a boffin!

Darrell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as our core values of simplicity, energy and fun.  He is also the co-author of the best-selling book ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager’.

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Eddie Warde
Glasgow City Council

Eddie Warde Housing Investment Principal (South), Housing & Regeneration Services, DRS, Glasgow City Council

Eddie Warde graduated from Stirling University with a MSc in Housing in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He joined Scottish Homes helping deliver the Housing programme across Glasgow South. This covered rehabilitation and new-build schemes by established and newly formed Housing Associations as well as GRO aided private developments. He has had two one-year secondments with Southside Housing Association and the Glasgow North European URBAN Programme. Since the Transfer of Development Funding in 2003 to Glasgow City Council, he has been involved in the realisation of many notable housing and regeneration projects. 

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