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Finance Virtual Conference
Virtual Conference

Event Finished


Tue 10 - Wed 11, Nov from
09:45 to 16:30 (BST)



From £220

Thank you to all those who attended our #SFHALive! Finance Conference, all of the conference sessions are now available to view on demand.

How do I access the sessions?

All conference sessions are available to view on demand for 3 months.

To access the sessions log into the conference app using the same link you used to access the conference and select the session you wish to watch from the agenda on the menu.


Member Price £220

Non-member Price £310


Supporting Sponsor

Utility Aid CAF Bank

Programme Listings

Programme at a glance

Day 1 – Tuesday 10 November 2020
9:50 Chair’s opening remarks 
10:00 Embracing and driving change 
10:35 Short/Technical break
10:50 Breakout sessions
  • Breakout 1 The ideas factory
  • Breakout 2 Blended working
  • Breakout 3 Financial considerations – what to think about
  • Breakout 4 ESG reporting 
11:25 Networking break 
12:05 Scotland’s political outlook with Professor John Curtice: 6 months until Holyrood elections  economic outlook and it’s impact on social housing – followed by Q&A
12:45 Chairs closing remarks and close of Day 1
DAY 2 Wednesday 11 November 2020  
13:30 Day 2 Chair opening remarks 
13:40 In discussion with...The Regulator 
14:20 Networking break
14:45 Breakout sessions
  • Breakout 5 A new way of working – experiences of remote audits 
  • Breakout 6 Employee wellbeing
  • Breakout 7 How to take tenants with you on a digital journey
  • Breakout 8 Arrears with empathy 
15:20 Short/Technical break 
15:40 Ensuring resilience – followed by Q & A
16:20 Chairs closing remarks and close of conference




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Ian Brennan
Scottish Housing Regulator

Ian Brennan is Director of Regulation at the Scottish Housing Regulator. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants. He also holds a business degree from the University of Strathclyde and an MBA from the University of Glasgow.

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Ian joined the Board of Historic Environment Scotland in a non-executive capacity on 1 November 2016. From November 2013 until July 2016 he was a member of the Board of Glasgow Kelvin College where he chaired the Financial Control Committee.

Previously Ian has held positions in higher education, the NHS and the Accounts Commission. He has also worked for a number of accountancy firms.


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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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Adrian Webster

The son of a Yorkshire coal miner, Adrian began his career as a police officer in Bristol. However, unable to contain an entrepreneurial urge and a burning desire to “do something different”, he soon found himself setting up a highly innovative dairy business, before successfully diversifying into a wide range of other areas ranging from frozen food to recruitment and property.

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Armed with a genuine love and proven talent for selling, Adrian entered the IT industry, where he quickly established himself as one of the UK’s top sales professionals. From Corporate Sales Manager of US Robotics, he moved to leading distributor Northamber plc as Group Sales & Training Manager, where he led a team of 150 to phenomenal success, and discovered his ability to inspire others.

Today, Adrian is one of the UK’s most sought-after motivational speakers, specialising in delivering inspirational key messages and practical tools in a humorous, down-to-earth style audiences can easily relate to and remember.

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Paul McNeill

Paul is an expert in long term financial planning for housing associations.

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He has been working within the housing sector for nearly 30 years. Paul is a qualified chartered accountant and has an accountancy degree from Glasgow University.

Paul started his career with Deloitte Haskins and Sells before moving to Scottish Homes and then into advisory services with his own firm of consultancy HRC Ltd. Paul has created and/or assessed the long-term strategic plans for the majority of social landlords in Scotland.

His experience also includes providing Independent tenant advice for housing transfers, securing in excess of £600m of Private Finance for social housing projects, options appraisals for the future of non-traditional houses and project managing Large Scale Voluntary Transfers.

Paul assisted in updating the Scottish Housing Regulator’s Business Planning guidance and has recently assisted an Association in appealing against the statutory intervention of the SHR.

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Nikki Slowey
Flexibility Works

 Nikki Slowey is the Co-Founder and Director of Flexibility Works. She is one of Scotland’s leading experts in flexible working and has dedicated the past six years to directly supporting and encouraging employers to create flexible workplaces. 

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She is a regular media commentator, public speaker and has contributed to research and books on flexible working. Nikki’s background is in marketing and communications, previously running her own communications consultancy. Nikki’s career started in the finance and property sectors but as a true social entrepreneur, Nikki has been drawn to working with, and for, non-profit organizations. Nikki is mum to three boys, enjoys being outdoors, cooking vegetarian food and also runs community wellbeing events.

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Kelly Adams

Kelly is a regular speaker at SFHA’s annual finance conference and is RSM’s lead Partner for RSLs and the not-for-profit sector in Scotland. She has worked in the social housing sector with RSM for over 20 years, is a member of the firms UK wide RSL Strategy Group and brings extensive experience of, and insight into, the sector. 

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Kelly is the Chair of West of Scotland Housing Association. She also presents to the East & West SFHA Finance Forums on a quarterly basis on finance issues for the sector.


Conference Exhibitors

Stand Exhibitor Contact


Bank of Scotland

Bank of Scotland



TIAA Limited


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Chiene + Tait


Marsh Ltd








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Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers


Kick ICT

Kick ICT


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Wylie & Bisset LLP

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