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Development Conference: Meeting Housing Need
DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central

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Tue, 12 Feb from
09:00 to 17:00 (BST)


DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
36 Cambridge Street, Glasgow, G2 3HN


From £219

Thank you to all who attended the SFHA's Development Conference, presentations are now available to download.

The conference saw over ‚Äč95 delegates from across the sector come together to share experiences and good practice.

This years sessions included:

  • Progress to meeting the 50,000 homes target
  • Beyond 2021
  • Innovation and modernisation 
  • Delivering better places – we asked how housing association developments can deliver wider benefits through better placemaking, active travel and green infrastructure

There was lots of lively discussion in the workshops.

If you have any queries about the conference or you would like to contribute to next years conference please contact Karen Devin, Events Producer on kdevin@sfha.co.uk

If you are interested in joining the SFHA Development Forum contact David Stewart, Policy Lead on dstewart@sfha.co.uk


Member Price £219

Non-member Price £299

Development Conference: Meeting Housing Need at DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central

36 Cambridge Street, Glasgow, G2 3HN


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McTaggart Construction

Main Sponsor



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Paul Dodd
Scottish Future Trust

Paul leads the BIM Delivery Group for Scotland on behalf of Scottish Government.

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The objective of this group is to support the Public Sector improve the delivery and performance of assets through the alignment of technology, data and processes. The work of this group is set out within the BIM Guidance Portal for Scotland launched in March 2017.

As a chartered surveyor, Paul has also been involved in the development of tools to improve public sector procurement in construction. These include the creation of a new Community Infrastructure Benchmark Database, development of Scottish Governments Community Benefits Toolkit for Construction and development of a new Whole Life Appraisal Tool for the built environment.

Prior to joining Scottish Futures Trust, Paul spent 10 years delivering cost management services within an international construction consultancy. Paul has been involved in a variety of public and private sector projects which have ranged in terms of value, procurement and complexity.

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Katherine Lakeman

Katherine has worked at SEPA for over twelve years within the Planning Service and Environmental Strategy Team.

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She is responsible for leading on planning policy and guidance and currently chairs a Key Agency group to explore a more coordinated, multi-agency approach to placemaking.

Previously Katherine worked in local government for 15 years within strategic development plan teams for Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council where she focussed on environmental and sustainability issues.  During her time in local government she was Secretariat to the East Midland Environmental Advisory Group and was involved in pioneering work on the sustainability appraisal of development plans.  She also worked as a senior environmental consultant for Leicester City Council where she led on the City’s first Climate Change Strategy published in 2003.   

She was educated in Leicestershire and holds an MA in Environmental Planning from Nottingham University and an MSc in Rural Resource Management from the University of Wales.

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Katharine Brough
Cycling Scotland

Katharine Brough is Head of Behaviour Change with Cycling Scotland.

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She has responsibility for the Cycle Friendly Awards and Development Grant funding programme, promoting cycling in Workplaces, Schools, Communities as well as Further and Higher Education institutions across Scotland. Katharine previously worked as Travel Planning & Systems Manager for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and was responsible for behavioural change programme promoting sustainable and active travel to the 38,000 workforce. Before joining NHS, Katharine worked in TV production in Scotland. Katharine is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Board Advisor to Glasgow Eco Trust.

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Graham Collie

Graham Collie started his career as a quantity surveyor working within Local Authorities, housing association and main contractors.

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As SPA Technical Support Manager, Graham brings his knowledge of all sides of the construction journey.

In his role he ensures that our frameworks are delivered to specification whilst adding value by supporting partners throughout the construction process.

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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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Sarah Boyack
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Sarah is Head of Public Affairs at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

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She started her professional life working as a Town Planner in the London Borough of Brent, then as Senior Planner in Central Regional Council.  She then worked for Heriot Watt University as a Lecturer in Town Planning.

From 1999 to 2016 Sarah was an elected Member of the Scottish Parliament.  She served in Donald Dewar’s first Cabinet as Minister for Planning, Transport and the Environment.  She was Convenor of the Environment and Rural Committee in the second term of the Parliament and was a member of Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet for Environment and Rural, Local Government and Planning and then Environmental Justice.  In 2016-17 she was a Visiting Lecturer at Heriot Watt University.  

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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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Steven Tolson
Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Valuation Surveyor

Steven Tolson is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and past Chair of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland.  

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In addition to his professional work he has for over 25 years held academic teaching and examining posts at a number of Scottish Universities and is a regular writer on a range of place making matters.  Recently he has been active in community work through research and writing on a range of place based initiatives including, housing for older people, co-housing and food growing.  All these aspects are essentially about mutuality with the state working in a co-operative way to allow communities to function well.

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Petra Biberbach

Petra Biberbach is Chief Executive of award-winning national charity, PAS. 

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With a career spanning public, private and third sector, Petra brings a wealth of expertise to the post in the fields of planning, sustainable development, renewable energy, community engagement and research.

Petra has lived and worked in continental Europe (Germany & Switzerland) and helped to develop a sustainable tourism business in the Harz National Park in rural Germany.

Petra is serving her second term as a board member of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority and was elected as Convenor of the Planning Committee. She is a trustee of the Scottish Civic Trust, a board member of LINK Group and a non-executive director at Zero Waste Scotland. Petra is also a member of the independent Review of the Scottish Planning System.

Petra has one daughter and one son. She enjoys golf, gardening, cycling, art and singing along to Leonard Cohen!


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Val Dickson
Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association

Val is a Business Analyst with 16 years experience in the housing sector and is currently project managing a BIM discovery project across the Place for People Group.

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Val has a background in repairs and maintenance, business improvement and project management.

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