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Development & Procurement Conferences 2020
Dynamic Earth

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Tue 17 - Wed 18, Mar from
10:30 to 16:30 (BST)


Dynamic Earth
Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS



Cancellation of the conferences

As the coronavirus outbreak worsens, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Development and Procurement Conferences scheduled to take place on 17 and 18 March 2020.

We know is disappointing news. A lot of planning has gone into the conference to provide the high-quality content, networking and knowledge sharing that you value, and we don’t take the decision to postpone lightly.

However, we believe this is the right decision to make in light of the worsening outbreak and I know that you will understand that public health and safety must be the top priority at this very challenging time.

We will be in contact with attendees directly about next steps and alternative future dates.

 If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact SFHA events team on events@sfha.co.uk



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Development & Procurement Conferences 2020 at Dynamic Earth

Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS


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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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Evelyn Rimmer
The Wise Group

Evelyn has worked with the Wise Group for 1 year, leading on the development and growth of its employment and skills programmes. 

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She has over 25 years’ experience of working in development and operational roles across the enterprise, employment & skills sectors for a wide range of organisations including housing, charities, and welfare to work organisations.

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Barbara Morton
Sustainable Procurement

Barbara Morton is founding Director of Sustainable Procurement Ltd.  With a background in public procurement, she specialises in supporting organisations in sustainable procurement and supply chain management. 

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Sustainable Procurement Ltd operates internationally, with clients in the public private and third sector.  Barbara’s work currently includes supporting the Scottish Government in mobilising its procurement expenditure to respond to the challenges of the climate emergency.

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Neil Young
Partnership for Procurement

Neil coordinates the Partnership for Procurement (P4P) programme which is managed by the national social enterprise intermediary, Senscot. P4P supports social enterprises and the wider third sector to develop partnerships or consortia in order to tender jointly for contracts.

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Neil joined the P4P team in 2017, previously working with the Wise Group where he played a key role in successfully securing income from a range of sources including Fair Start Scotland, Work Able Scotland, Glasgow and Dundee Employability Pipeline contracts, and CashBack for Communities.

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Dr Gordon Barbour
Wheatley Group

Gordon is the Development Manager at GHA and has been there since 2008. He previously worked in development funding with Glasgow City Council and Scottish Homes.

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Rolf Roscher

Rolf is an award winning landscape architect and urban designer with twenty five years of professional experience. Rolf co-founded the highly regarded landscape architecture practice erz in 2007. Since then, the company has created new places that revitalize communities, develop tourism and economy and enhance the lives of many people.

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erz have designed and delivered innovative, award-winning and successful projects across the UK, including civic spaces, parks and environments for health and wellbeing, education, play, housing and community.

Rolf has led the company’s work in a series of groundbreaking Integrated Green Infra-structure projects, most recently at Maryhill North for Maryhill Housing Association.

Rolf’s recently completed projects include the new Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow, public realm works on the waterfront at Dunoon and the first phase of the redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus.

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David Gray
AM Bid

David is Managing Director of AM Bid, Scotland’s largest bidding and tender specialist. He has 14 years of bidding experience and is a fully qualified housing (CIHCM) and bidding (CP APMP) professional who has led bid teams to over £1bn worth of tender wins in Architecture, Care, Construction, Design, Energy, Legal and Repairs & Maintenance, amongst many other disciplines. 

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David is also an experienced bidding and tender trainer and has delivered open courses and bespoke in-house training to bid teams in organisations across the UK. He has also led winning bid teams on tenders involving the development of a range of innovative Community Benefits and Social Value proposals, which have scored highly against buyers’ evaluation criteria. In 2019, David’s bidding accomplishments were recognised by the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP), who included him in their global Top 40 Under 40 Award winners.

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Jennifer Phin
A.C. Whyte & Co

Jennifer Phin is Managing Director of A.C. Whyte & Co. Ltd, one of Scotland’s most experienced major refurbishment Main Contractors, established 47 years ago. A family owned business, A.C. Whyte are specialists in external wall insulation. Jennifer leads a team of experts including a management team with over 360 years collective experience as well as a fully trained, directly employed workforce of up to 160 operatives. 

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Her skilled team tender for and secure over £15m of work annually and have delivered projects with 22 of the 32 Local Authorities in Scotland and over 40 Housing Associations, upgrading 2000 properties every year. In her capacity as Managing Director of A.C. Whyte, Jennifer champions the importance of delivering relevant Community Benefits, tailored to every project, that are of true value to the community and ensure economic, environmental and social progress.    

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Julie Caughey
Caughey Solutions

Julie Caughey is the founding Director of Caughey Solutions Ltd. Julie is a Member of the Institute of Procurement & Supply with over 20 years’ experience in public sector procurement. She qualified as a CA with Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte and then became a Financial Accountant with Diageo, before joining East Lothian Council, where she was Corporate Procurement Manager for 15 years.

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Julie now provides freelance procurement advice, support and training to Housing Associations and public sector organisations. She also delivers workshops and webinars for the Supplier Development Programme and provides 1-2-1 support to businesses across all industries. She was an early adopter of Community Benefits and brings an insight into best practice procurement and tender evaluation. She has also buyer and bidder experience of Competitive Dialogues and OJEU procurements.

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Jim Percival
The Wise Group

Jim Percival has worked with the Wise Group for over 6 years and within the energy sector for over 43 years. Jim manages a number of fuel poverty projects across a wide geographical area that includes Glasgow, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, North and South Lanarkshire.

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Jim is driven to identify and engage with households who are impacted by fuel poverty.

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Dr Phil Sterling
Butterfly Conservation

Dr Phil Sterling was a principal ecological adviser to local government in Dorset UK for 25 years. He has considerable experience in creating and managing urban areas for wildlife, including four years in charge of the authority’s highway verge maintenance programme and countryside service.

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By introducing ecological principles into his work, his teams achieved substantial cost savings on grass cutting at the same time as bringing wildflowers into the greenspaces where people live and work. He currently works at the UK charity Butterfly Conservation as the lead for ‘Building Sites for Butterflies’, a national programme encouraging creation and management of amenity grasslands for wildlife.’

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Colin Taylor
Scotland Excel

Colin Taylor is Housing Services Manager at Scotland Excel leading a team with responsibility for delivering the Scottish Government funded Procurement Improvement Programme to housing associations. Colin joined Scotland Excel in 2008 providing support to Scotland’s councils before taking this role last April.

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Before joining Scotland Excel , Colin’s previous career was in the private sector working for multinational corporations (Philips & IBM) building up extensive experience in procurement, finance, customer relationships and business operations with roles in both the UK and North America.

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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.

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Kevin Stewart
Minister for Local Government and Housing

Before his election to the Scottish Parliament, he was previously the Depute Leader of Aberdeen City Council and served as a local Councillor for more than eleven years. As a Councillor, he chaired the Finance and Resources Committee and the North East of Scotland's Regional Transport Partnership, NESTRANS.

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Kevin has served in the Scottish Parliament as the member for Aberdeen Central since 2011. He was the Convener of the Local Government and Regeneration Committee in the last Parliament and sat on the Welfare Reform and Justice Sub-Committee on Policing.

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Lorna Wilson

Lorna is interim Head of Policy, Membership and Innovation 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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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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Ivan Clark

Ivan Clark is Placemaking Manager at NatureScot. As an Ecologist and a Chartered Town Planner since 2006, Ivan has held a number of roles within NatureScot and on secondment with local authorities. 

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For many years he led SNH’s contribution to local development plans and he is currently working with Scottish Government and other partners to explore how the planning system can deliver positive effects for biodiversity.

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Lesley Anderson

Lesley Anderson is MCIPS qualified Procurement Professional with over 23 years of experience in various sectors, public and private, including the Construction Industry, Public Sector and Gas & Oil Industry.

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In her role as Head of Procurement at SPA, Lesley provides procurement support, advice and guidance, to clients and contractors from project identification through to award of contract.

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Stevie McAvoy
Muirhouse Housing Association

Stevie has 30 years’ experience in social housing, working for a variety of organisations in different geographical locations.

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He has been for the past 5 years, CEO of Muirhouse Housing Association in Edinburgh. In this period he has led their successful recovery from high engagement, to now being, amongst the top performing RSL’s in Scotland.

He was also the instrumental force behind the creation in 2018 of ARCHIE, a shared service arrangement involving 8 housing organisations in Edinburgh and is the current chair of ARCHIE.

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Dr Gemma Jerome
Building with Nature

Dr Gemma Jerome is the Director of Building with Nature, the UK’s first benchmark for high-quality green infrastructure. She has been developing the benchmark with a team of industry and research specialists since 2015 and is now leading on establishing Building with Nature as the go-to standards framework for the design, delivery and long-term management and maintenance of nature-rich development.

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Gemma is a qualified environmental planner with a research and practice specialism ingreen infrastructure. Through her doctoral studies she examined the role of stewardship in the longevity and resilience of community-scale green infrastructure, with a particular focus on health and social outcomes associated with access to nature at the residential scale.

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Angela Burke

Angela Burke is SEPA’s Housing Sector Lead, supporting those in the sector improve environmental performance, maximise resource efficiency and create high quality homes and places for the people of Scotland. 

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She also has over twelve years’ experience as a Senior Planner at SEPA, influencing planning policy and developing guidance, and has previously worked in as a planner in consultancy and Local Authority.

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