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26 -27 Jan, Westerwood Hotel

Chairs Conference 2018
Westerwood Hotel

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Fri 26 - Sat 27, Jan from
10:30 to 15:00 (BST)


1 St Andrew Drive
Cumbernauld, Glasgow, G68 0EW

About the Conference

Chairs play a crucial and distinctive role providing effective leadership to their organisations, all the while managing what can be challenging relationships with a wide variety of people and personalities. YOUR Chairs Conference will support you in your skilled and demanding role.

With input from a steering group of SFHA members representing the breadth of the sector, we are aiming to create a conference led by you, for you.  It will create a confidential environment to encourage the sharing of experiences and good practice, as well as stimulate discussion and reflection.

Aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs, the conference is taking place on 26 and 27 January 2018 at Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld. This year’s conference will be an opportunity for both speakers AND delegates to challenge traditional ways of dealing with issues, and to think about how we do what we do.   Delegates will leave with fresh ideas, increased confidence and a network of peers to draw upon moving forward. 


The Venue

The conference will be held on the 26th and 27th January 2018 at the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld. Located around 12 miles from Glasgow city centre, the hotel offers good access to the road network from across Scotland. It has excellent conference facilities and offers well-appointed bedrooms which include a bath and separate shower, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, satellite TV and complimentary wi-fi.

Is this the Conference for you?

The conference is aimed and Chairs and Vice Chairs, creating a confidential environment to encourage the sharing of experiences and good practice, as well as stimulate discussion and reflection.

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Costs and How To Book:‚Äč

Residential and day places are available and to book your place at this year’s conference please use the “book now” option on this page.

Courtesy Coach

A courtesy coach for this event will be provided from Glasgow and Edinburgh City Centres to Cumbernauld on Friday 26 January in time for registration and return on on Saturday 27 January following the close of the event. Transport is not available outside these times. To book a place on the courtesy coach, please tick the appropriate option on the booking form or screen.

Speakers & Biographies

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Dorothy McKinney
Dorothy McKinney Ltd

Dorothy McKinney grew up in Northern Ireland during the years described as the ‘Troubles’ and that her intense commitment and passion for equity, fairness and ‘Doing the Right Thing’ grew.

Dorothy has expertise in managing conflict in the workplace and specialises in complex investigations and conflict resolution at Board and Director level. 

Rather than simply ‘fixing’ the presenting problem Dorothy’s passion is to identify the cause and make recommendations that  will quickly resolve the situation and bring about a new way of thinking and working that positively impacts on the business.

Dorothy believes that her role is to go beyond service provider and work in partnership with organisations that share her passion for “Creating Environments where People and Teams Thrive

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Lara Friedman
Social Enterprise Academy

Head of Innovation and Learning

Lara is a specialist in learning and development, leadership, change management and facilitation, with over 20 years’ experience working in the public, private and third sectors. She is passionate about supporting organisational and individual growth, working closely with organisations to understand their unique needs and designing approaches to enable them to thrive and flourish.

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Michael Cameron
Scottish Housing Regulator

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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Linda Ewart

Linda Ewart has provided support to a wide range of housing associations, first in a variety of roles with the SFHA and, in the last ten years, as an independent consultant. 

With a background, in policy development and good practice advice, she has experience in many fields and has led sector negotiations on regulatory matters, lobbied government and politicians and influenced legislation and policy. 

As an independent consultant, Linda has specialised in housing association governance, working with governing bodies and staff on a wide range of issues including business and strategic planning, policy review and development and regulatory compliance.  

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