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Housing Scotland - Annual Conference 2019
Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow

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Tue 11 - Wed 12, Jun from
10:00 to 15:30 (BST)


Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow
301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL


From £285

About the Conference

Get ready to join colleagues from across Scotland and beyond to debate and discuss the challenges and opportunities confronting the social housing sector.

Housing Scotland 2019 is one of Scotland’s highest profile housing conferences and providing chance to build skills, network, exchange new ideas and learn from each other as we show case future thinking and encourage delegates to imagine who our customers will be and what our homes and neighbourhoods will look like in 2040.

With two days of workshops, plenaries and networking we look forward to welcoming you to Housing Scotland 2019.

Venue & Dates

This year's conference will return to the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow city centre and will be held on 11 & 12 June.

The newly refurbished ground floor area has  re-opened as The Grahamston restaurant and bar. The restaurant's name and decor draws on local history as, it was inspired by Glasgow’s lost village,  Grahamston. Central station sits on top of what remains of the village.

For updates follow @sfha_hq.


Night Before Accommodation - 10 June

Please click here to book your accommodation for the night prior to the conference on the 10 June.

This rate includes B&B in a single occupancy room at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow City Centre. 

Please note: You can only book a room for the night prior if you have booked a place at our Annual Conference.


Book three and bring a colleague for free!*

If your organisation books three day delegates, you can bring a
fourth delegate for free!
To receive this discount, please email events@sfha.co.uk and
include the names of the booked delegates. This discount is not
available when booking online.
* all delegate places must be booked at the same time and from the same organisation to qualify. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with anyother discount or promotion.

Pitch your Workshops at SFHA #housingscotland19

RSLs, Public and Third Sector organisations were given the opportunity to pitch for a workshop slot at this year’s Housing Scotland Annual Conference. We are pleased to announce the four winners and whose workshops will feature at this year's conference.

Pitch 3: Using Employment to Tackle Homelessness by Kingdom Housing Association

Pitch 4: Communicating Universal Credit to Millennials by Albyn Housing Society

Pitch 5: Using Empty Homes to Deliver Affordable Housing by Shelter

Pitch 13: Housing Solutions for Disabled People by University of Stirling, Horizon Housing Association & Housing Options Scotland 


Member Price £285

Non-member Price £440

Housing Scotland - Annual Conference 2019 at Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow

301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL


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Michael Cameron profile image

Michael Cameron
Scottish Housing Regulator

Michael is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Housing Regulator.

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Michael is the Chief Executive and accountable officer, responsible for managing and directing the organisation to fulfil its purpose and meet its objectives.

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Angela Lockwood
North Star Housing Group

Angela Lockwood is CEO of North Star Housing Group based in North East England. She has worked in social housing for over 30 years and is a FCIH, holds an MBA and sits on the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust board. 

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North Star was first in the sector to achieve IiP Platinum, has been a three times Sunday Times Best Company with the highest three star rating, and was voted number one landlord in 24 housing magazine in 2018. Angela is very interested in leadership and cultural change and co-authored a book “Working Relationships in the 21st Century” that explored collaborative leadership.

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Shelley Hutton
Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association

Shelley is an experienced housing professional first joining the association in 1996 as a tenant participation officer. She has held various roles and is now Customer Service and Research Manager. This suits her experience and skills in customer involvement, policy development, communication, complaints handling, stakeholder research and service improvement.

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Shelley has an MA (Hons) in Politics and Modern History from the University of Edinburgh and a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing from Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot Watt University. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, is the Child Protection and Wellbeing Officer on the Board of Boroughmuir Cricket Club, and is the Vice Chair of U-Evolve - a small charity based in North Edinburgh with an ACEs focus.

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Bryony Willet
Maryhill Housing Association

Bryony was appointed Chief Executive of Maryhill Housing in March 2017. She joined Maryhill in August 2015 as Director of Housing. Prior to that, Bryony worked at Islington Council for nine years having started as a graduate trainee. 

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Since joining Maryhill Housing, Bryony has led key projects such as the introduction of a new rent structure, the re-procurement of key repairs and maintenance contracts, structural reviews of the Neighbourhood Team, Senior Management Team and Housing Management Service. Bryony is currently a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland Board and was previously a Board Director at Hyelm Housing Association in London.

Bryony’s expertise includes change management, business planning, strategy development, procurement, regeneration, resident engagement, service development and contract management. Bryony is responsible for leading the organisation and Corporate Services including Governance, HR and IT.

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Nigel Fortnum

Nigel has been involved in executive search for nearly 20 years, successfully running his own consultancy, Fortnum Select, before joining Aspen in 2012. He brought with him a wealth of experience in the commercial world of Agri-Business with some of the leading names in Agrochemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Animal Nutrition. This allowed him to specialise in the key industries of Agri-Business, Food and Drink, and FMCG within Executive search.

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In the last four years Nigel has discovered a new passion for the Social Housing sector, developing his own specialised Housing team within Aspen.  He believes Aspens contribution to tackling the social housing issue is to ensure that strong candidates are appointed into key roles; candidates who will drive forward the vision and values of their organisation and positively impact the communities and tenants they serve.

Aspen is a values led organisation and Nigel leads by example dedicated his spare time to charitable causes and acting as a mentor for Entrepreneurial Spark, Adopt an Intern and STem Ambassador.

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Ruth Glassborow
Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Ruth provides strategic leadership for the Improvement Hub which provides support for health and social care organisations across Scotland to redesign and continuously improve services, with the ultimate aim of improving the health and wellbeing outcomes for people in Scotland. 

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Before joining Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Ruth worked in the Scottish Government providing strategic leadership for a portfolio of programmes focused on delivering sustained improvements across dementia and mental health services. Prior to this she held a range of senior management positions in health and social care around the UK including supporting and leading innovative partnership programmes with the housing sector.

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Stacy Angus
Osprey Housing Association

Stacy has worked in social housing for 13 years and in the past 6 years held managerial posts covering performance improvement and housing services. Stacy is passionate about delivering quality services to tenants and customer service excellence.

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Stacy is also a Board member for Scarf, a Social Enterprise delivering positive impacts through tackling fuel poverty.   At the conference Stacy will be speaking about good practice relating to the key interlink between tenant engagement and governance to deliver best outcomes and assurance.

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Aileen Campbell
The Scottish Government

Aileen grew up on her parents' tenant farm and attended Collace primary school and Perth Academy before graduating with an MA joint honours degree in Politics with Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow.

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She started a career in publishing by working as an editor for Keystone, a construction magazine, in 2003 and was an editorial assistant on the pro-independence newspaper, the Scottish Standard. Before her election to parliament, Aileen also worked for Nicola Sturgeon in 2005 and Shona Robison in 2006 as a Parliamentary Assistant.

She was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 2007 as a list member for the South of Scotland. She was re-elected as the MSP for Clydesdale in May 2011 and appointed as Minister for Children and Young People. Aileen Campbell was appointed Minister for Public Health and Sport in May 2016.

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Margarita Morrison
Department for Work and Pensions

Margarita is the Work and Health Services Director for Scotland with responsibility for 84 Jobcentres, 4 Service Centres and around 4,000 staff.

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She is a member of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Executive Team and represents DWP at a senior level in Scotland ensuring that UK Government Policy is communicated to partners and stakeholders.

Margarita joined DWP in March 2019 bringing with her over 37 years’ experience in social housing including community regeneration and support services for people with addictions, health issues and disabilities.

Margarita has a passion for excellent customer service.

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Kate Carmichael

Kate brings more than 25 years’ experience in People and Organisational development and has held senior-level HR, OD and Relationship Management positions working in the UK, US, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

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She has an excellent understanding of the fundamental role people play in helping organisations flourish and reach their potential.
Kate is the founding member of Remarkable’s Intent-Based Leadership team.  She’s been helping organisations revolutionise across all three sectors since 2016.
Specialities include: Leadership development design and delivery, talent management, team development, talent management, workplace innovation and organisational development.
Kate holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics – Maths Emphasis, a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and a Masters with Distinction in Information Technology.
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Emma Johnston
Albyn Housing Society

Emma Johnston is a Housing Services Assistant based in Inverness. She started her Social Housing career in Glasgow in 2013 (with a brief break to concentrate on commercial property) before moving north in 2017 to join Albyn Housing Society.

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Since joining the organisation Emma has participated in a number of projects and groups covering such areas as Universal Credit, Housing Management IT and GDPR.

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Diarmaid Lawlor

Diarmaid trained as a landscape architect and has worked extensively in practice across the UK.

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His role at A&DS involves specific focus on learning spaces and spatial strategies and he has an interest in the role of design in fostering collaborative approaches.

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Sarah Buchanan
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

Sarah Buchanan is a business relationship manager from the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. Sarah has over 20 years industry experience gained from an award winning career within construction recruitment. 

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She enjoys an outstanding reputation within the Scottish construction market characterised by honesty and trust. She maintains an exceptional network of long term strategic business relationships across every construction sector both public and private. Her strengths are positive thinking, relationship building, winning and maximising new and existing business opportunities, sales strategy and tender bids. She is passionate about inspiring transformational change across the construction industry by promoting innovative ideas and cutting-edge technology.

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Andrew van Doorn

Andrew is the Chief Executive of HACT.  HACT is a UK innovation charity, social enterprise and industry-focused think/do tank established by the housing association sector.

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It seeks to influence and innovate in ways that help all housing providers deliver more effectively within their communities. This includes their pioneering work on Community Insight and Social Value, helping housing associations to demonstrate their social impact and value for money.

Andrew has worked for HACT for 15 years and in housing, homelessness, supported housing, community development and wider social policy and practice for 26 years.  He is a Chair of Stonewall Housing and a Non-Executive Director at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.

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Sally Thomas
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Sally Thomas is Chief Executive at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), the national representative body for Scotland’s housing associations and co-operatives. 

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 She has worked for several housing associations in London and the North East of England, most recently as Head of Community Investment at North Star Housing Group.  Previously, she worked for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), on regeneration at an urban development corporation, as director of a consultancy specialising in community-based development and leading on social purpose and wider role at the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT).

She has co-authored several publications for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Chartered Institute of Housing, HACT, think tanks and government departments.  The most recent is ‘Acting on Localism: the role of housing associations in driving a community agenda’, published by Respublica.

She has chaired and served on a variety of boards in the housing, arts, health and charitable sectors, and is currently Vice-Chair of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA).

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Martin Pollhammer
East Lothian Housing Association

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Martin is Chief Executive of East Lothian Housing Association, a post he has held for almost 12 years now.  An active member of the Rural and Islands Housing Association Forum (RIHAF), Martin has spent much of his career working for rural housing associations, but has also worked in urban environments and for a large English Local Authority.  He is also a Director of his local community owned village pub.

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Jill Pritchard

Jill Pritchard is an Occupational Therapist & Business Change Consultant.

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She previously worked with the Joint Improvement Team & has continued supporting Health, Housing & Social Care partnerships under the auspices of the iHub. She supports improvements in the delivery of adaptation services at operational & strategic levels within the Integration arrangements & promotes best use of Occupational Therapy & wider partnership staffing resources to produce better housing/adaptation outcomes for people. She is on the national ‘Minor Adaptations without Delay’ Steering Group representing the Scottish branch of the Occupational Therapy special interest group in Housing.

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Zhan McIntyre

Zhan joined the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations in 2015 after nearly a decade in Local Authority housing policy and strategy.

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In her role at SFHA, Zhan supports and promotes the work of housing associations across Scotland and represents SFHA members to influence and collaborate with partners across the public, private and third sector. Focusing on housing management, health and social care integration and homelessness, Zhan has a keen interest in promoting the links between affordable good quality housing and wider health and wellbeing outcomes.


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Emily Forbes
Albyn Housing Society

Emily comes from an Insolvency background working with an Insolvency Boutique for 8 years since leaving school in 2007. She started with Albyn Housing Society in September 2015 as a Housing Services Assistant. 

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Emily joined the Society just on the cusp of moving towards generic working. She is a fully generic Housing Services Assistant assisting the Housing Services Officer with all aspects of the Tenant Experience for the patch. These aspects include Arrears Management, Allocations, Voids, Maintenance, Tenancy Management and Anti-social Behaviour.  She is always keen to get involved with new initiatives.

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Lorna Wilson

Lorna is Innovation and Futures Thinking Lead at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, which exists to lead, represent and support housing associations and co-operatives throughout Scotland.

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Lorna is creating new solutions for the Home of the Future, Customer Service Transformation, and Tackling Poverty.

Having worked in housing for over 20 years, Lorna’s experience includes developing services through partnerships, strategic planning, and research and development, most recently for Wheatley Group – Scotland’s largest housing and care provider.

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Professor Sir Harry Burns FRSE
University of Strathclyde

Sir Harry Burns graduated in medicine in 1974 from Glasgow University and in 1984, he was appointed Consultant Surgeon, University Department of Surgery, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow. 

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In 1990, following completion of an MSc Public Health, he was appointed Medical Director of the Royal Infirmary.  Many of his patients lived in the east end of Glasgow and it was this insight to the complex inter-relationships between social and economic status, illness and recovery that began his lifelong focus: to reduce health inequalities.

In 1994, he was appointed Director of Public Health for Greater Glasgow Health Board and in 2005 he became Chief Medical Officer for Scotland.  He was Knighted in 2011 and in 2014, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, presented him with a lifetime achievement award for public service from the Scottish Government.

In April 2014 he became Professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University.  In addition to research publication and supervision of doctoral students, Sir Harry leads on a number of major, multi-agency projects and is Chair of the University’s Centre for Health Policy.  He is a regular invited keynote speaker to local, national and international events and to academic programmes.  Among many appointments, he is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; a member of Diabetes UK Board; Chair of the Wheatley Foundation; a member of Johnson & Johnson’s Impact Investment Advisory Committee and a member of the Health Foundation’s Sciana Programme for international health leaders.

In November 2017, the Scottish Government published Sir Harry’s report on an independent review of targets and indicators in Scotland's NHS.

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Adam Greenfield

Adam Greenfield is a London-based writer and urbanist, most recently author of Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life (Verso, 2017). 

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His next book, Power at Human Scale, is forthcoming in 2020

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John Loughton

John Loughton is a social entrepreneur, activist, youth worker and leadership coach. He is Chief Executive of leadership company Dare2Lead and Founder of The Scran Academy – a business providing employment support to disadvantaged young people

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Since running his first campaign in North Edinburgh aged 11, he championed grassroots youth work and inclusion by using his own life journey to affect change and inspire. John was elected Chairman of the Scottish Youth Parliament and has served in senior policy and communication roles for charities including Fairbridge, Relate and The Princes Trust. He has advised numerous councils and Governments across and outwith the UK on social inclusion, youth participation, education and youth work policies. This included being a member of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution, the national Literacy Commission and Board of the Royal Commonwealth Society. As a trainer and speaker, he has delivered training and speeches in over 50 countries to more than 1 million people, including the UN General Assembly, CHOGM, Whitehouse and Scottish Parliament. He is a former Trustee of YouthLink Scotland, as well as having sat on the national Policy Forum. In 2007 John raised the profile of youth work issues after winning the TV show Big Brother Celebrity Hijack. He was shortlisted SCVO Charity Champion of Year in 2008, and named Outstanding Youth of the World in Brazil in 2013. He is a proud ginger, loves Nandos and is an avid Twitter and Instagram user @JohnLoughton!

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Professor Duncan MacLennan

Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE FAcSS FRSA RTPI(Hon) CIH(Hon) RICS(Hon) works in the UK, Australia and Canada and lives in Edinburgh and at Kingsburg, Nova Scotia. He is an applied economist with an international reputation for work on housing, infrastructure, neighbourhoods, cities and regions.

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He is presently Professor of Public Policy at the University of Glasgow and Professorial Fellow in Urban Economics at City Futures, UNSW, Sydney. Previously he was Professor of Strategic Urban Management and Head of the School of Geography and Geosciences at the University of St Andrews (2008-18) and held Chairs in applied economics at the University of Glasgow from 1983-2003 and directed the UK’s national (ESRC) research centre for cities and housing throughout that period. He has previously held visiting chairs in the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania), the Department of Land Economics, University of Cambridge, the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and the Cities Research Centre at RMIT, Melbourne.

Duncan also has considerable experience working as an economist within government, as Special Adviser to Donald Dewar and subsequent First Ministers of Scotland from 1999-2003, as a Chief Economist and Deputy Secretary for Policy and Strategy in the Government of Victoria, Australia (2003-5), and then as Chief Economist in the Federal Department for Infrastructure and Cities in Ottawa (2005-9). He has acted as an Adviser to the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada (2004) on cities, advised the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in New Zealand on housing issues (2008, 2009) and served on the Australian Prime Minister’s Expert Advisory Panel on the Future Planning of Australian Cities (2010-12). He has also advised the World Bank, OECD and the EU. He was a member of the Board of Scottish Homes from 1989-1999 and currently sits on the Economic Commission for the Glasgow City Region and is leading their review on emerging challenges and opportunities for the city-region.

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