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6 Feb, The Studio

Development Conference 2018
The Studio

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Tue, 6 Feb from
09:00 to 16:30 (BST)


The Studio
67 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE

About the Conference

50,000 Homes: Working in Partnership to Build Homes, Meet Need and Improve Lives

Housing associations are the main providers of new affordable housing and have a strong track of building better places and strengthening communities.

This year’s Development Conference comes as the housing association sector continues to work to deliver the unprecedented 50,000  homes target.

The conference will look at what we need to do to deliver the homes

  • Partnership working – with other associations, with local authorities, with developers and contractors
  • Innovation – whether using off-site construction and technical innovation or new means of funding

In addition to a focus on delivering 50,000 homes to meet housing need, the conference will also look at the wider benefits that £3billion public funds must bring – including better places that promote wellbeing, jobs and community benefits and housing for older people and people with particular needs.  This thread will run through the Development Conference and link to our Procurement Conference the following day.

Finally the conference will look beyond current targets to ask how can we deliver more homes and better places longer term – looking at opportunities presented by a new planning bill and through land reform and asking do we need to reform our housing system?     

Over 140 delegates joined us in  2017 and hope to see you at next years conference. 


Is  The Conference For You?

This will be of interest to anyone who works in development and regeneration. It provides an unrivalled networking opportunity for anyone who provides development and related services to housing associations and co-operatives and their customers.

Costs and How to Book

The delegate fee starts at £219 for SFHA Members (£299 for non members) which includes attendance, lunch and all refreshments.

Save ££s … Discount

Book to attend both the Development Conference and Procurement Conference (being held the next day, 7 February) for just £375 - a saving of £63.00.


The Venue

With vibrant meeting spaces and panoramic views The Studio is situated at the heart of the city, just a hop, skip and jump away from all major transport links.

Free Wi-Fi is available, which will enable delegates to stay connected during
the conference. For full details on the venue, please visit www.studiovenues.co.uk/glasgow


Delivered in Partnership

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Speakers & Biographies

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Christa Reekie
Scottish Futures Trust


Christa Reekie is Commercial Director at the Scottish Futures Trust.


She was previously a partner at one the largest commercial law firms in Scotland, where she specialised in complex infrastructure projects for more than a decade. 


As commercial director, Christa works across all work streams and leads the SFT housing team that has delivered the innovative and award-winning National Housing Trust.


NHT and the other programmes she and her team have helped establish, are delivering more than 3,000 affordable-rent homes across Scotland.

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Mark Turley

Mark is a consultant working in the fields of housing, health, social care and property. 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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Wendy Farmer
Port of Leith Housing Association

Wendy has worked within the affordable housing sector for nearly 30 years, in various capacities both in London and Edinburgh.  Before joining Port of Leith Housing Association as Development Manager in 2011, she worked within the development team at Dunedin Canmore Housing Association and, prior to that, on City of Edinburgh Council’s environmental improvements programme.  In London, Wendy worked in regeneration initiatives at Southwark Council, and in new build development for CDS Co-operatives.  Wendy also spent two years working for a housing co-op for Latin American refuges and migrants in north London.  She started her housing career as a housing officer, which included a year as resident estate manager at Peabody Trust.  

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Annie Flint

When I moved to Glasgow from Edinburgh 35 years ago, I was perplexed by the concept of “factoring” and what it had to offer.  After all, I was helping lead a major repair programme to the terrace of flats where we lived.  Since then, I have researched, written and co-authored many publications and papers on the matter starting with the “Tenement Handbook” in the early 1990s and most recently its online version “Under One Roof”.  While our factors have got better, the issues of maintaining communally owned buildings have definitely got more complex. There is still more work for me to do…

Conference Exhibitors

The Exhibition

The Exhibition is the main networking hub during both days of the conference where all reffreshments and lunch will be served. By exhibiting, your organisation gains the opportunity to network with delegates face-to-face and demonstrate or promote your products and services.

Exhibitors at the conference include:















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