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The Housing Innovation Factory
The Studio

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Tue, 22 Jan from
09:45 to 16:00 (BST)


67 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE



About the Conference

This is an interactive event where you will have the opportunity to hear about the work of 10 innovation teams who have been developing new ideas and approaches, and to help to develop these ideas further.

Expect interactive workshops, demonstrations, games, competitions, and new opportunities for you to take forward innovation where you work or study.

Come along to listen, share, create, build and play to drive innovation and positive change for your organisation and the whole housing sector.

The event has been organised by SFHA, supported by Wheatley Group and with contributions from the Housing Innovation Community comprising around half of SFHA members and a range of partners from across the public, academic, third and private sectors

Why is it Important?

Housing professionals have told SFHA that they would like to share more good practice, and have opportunities to learn from each other.  It is hard to find time to proactively think about the future – but we need to, so that what we do today is fit for the future.  So SFHA is bringing the sector together to create new thinking and practical solutions.

The outputs from the event will feed into new resources for SFHA housing association members and new ideas to inform future housing policy.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone working in the housing sector who is curious about the future, likes to try new things, and would like to find about and contribute to the work of Scotland’s housing innovation community which is exploring

  • service transformation (what will the housing services of the future look like?)
  • the home of the future (what will people want from their home in 50-100 years time?)
  • impact (how can we make better use of data to meet the changing needs of social purpose businesses and communities?).

Date & Venue

This event takes place on the 22 January at The Studio in Glasgow city centre, located within walking distance from Central & Queen Street Railway Station and Buchanan Bus Station.

Costs & How to Book

This event is FREE! 

It is currently fully booked.   Email events@sfha.co.uk to place your name on our waiting list.


Member Price FREE

Non-member Price FREE

The Housing Innovation Factory at The Studio

67 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE


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Mark Turley

Mark is a consultant working in the fields of housing, health, social care and property. 

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He is currently leading a project for the Scottish Government which aims to ensure best value is achieved from investment through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme. Other clients include housing associations and various health and social care organisations. Mark was previously a director in local government.”

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Brian Gannon
Thenue Housing Association

Brian has held the post of Head of Housing & Community Regeneration at Thenue Housing Association since 2004.

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Thenue have over 2800 tenancies in various locations in Glasgow. Brian has overall responsibility for reactive and void maintenance procurement & services, housing management and community regeneration.

Brian also represents Glasgow & West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations in matters relating to digital services and welfare reform. 

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Calum Murray
CCG Scotland

Calum is a Director of CCG (Scotland) Ltd specialising in land acquisition and urban regeneration.

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He has successfully lead the delivery of many projects from across the private and affordable housing sectors and is a founding member and Director of City Legacy – the consortium responsible for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village.

An Honours Graduate in Town & Country Planning, Calum has worked in housing and construction for over 30 years joining CCG in 2001. More recently, Calum was also appointed as a Board Member for the Structural Timber Association on behalf of CCG.

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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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Dan Blake
Loretto Housing Association

Dan took up post as Loretto Housing’s Head of Housing in May 2016.

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 Before taking up the post at Loretto he worked within various frontline operational housing roles for; Barony Housing Association, West Lothian Housing Partnership and Milnbank Housing Association.  Throughout his career Dan has also enjoyed work with the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum, Tenant Information Services and sat on the Chartered Institute of Housing (Scotland) Board as the Glasgow Regional Representative from 2010 – 12. Dan would consider himself a product of effective succession planning and is very keen to offer perspectives on how we best identify and nurture our housing talent and future leaders.

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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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Ivan Clark
Scottish Natural Heritage

Ivan Clark is the Placemaking Team Manager at Scottish Natural Heritage

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As an Ecologist and a Charted Town Planner since 2006, Ivan has held a number of roles within SNH and on secondment with local authorities. For many years he led SNH’s contribution to local development plans and in 2016, on secondment, was responsible for the preparation and publication of the South-east Scotland Proposed Strategic Development Plan. He is currently responsible for co-ordinating SNH’s contribution to place-based approaches such as development frameworks and large-scale urban renewal projects. As part of that , he is keen to reach out to new partners to help demonstrate the health and well-being benefits of connecting people and nature and the contribution that nature-based solutions can make to successful places.

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