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Housing Now, Housing's Future
Virtual Conference

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Thu, 4 Mar from
09:30 to 14:00 (BST)



From £150

About the events

The social housing sector is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s never been more important that senior staff are equipped to deal with immediate priorities and to anticipate the future. 

SFHA has created Housing Now, Housing's Future, a series of high-level virtual events for senior staff and governing body members which will ensure our sector continues to thrive and remains resilient. 

One event, four days

Taking place over four half-day sessions in February and March, each event will feature keynote addresses, panel debates and group discussions, covering the most pressing challenges for us in 2021 and beyond.

The events will feature speakers from the government as well as the third, public, private and housing sectors, including housing colleagues from across the world.

Join us in 2021 to learn and share experience and play your part in shaping the social housing sector’s future. 


Thursday 4 March 2021: Our Sector, Our People

People are at the heart of what we do, and our people shape our values, how we operate and how we, as a sector, are perceived. The event will discuss staff and board succession planning, housing as a career,  sector culture, and diversity and inclusion. 

This last event in the series aims to explore, provide food for thought and highlight different perspectives on key topics and issues facing the social housing sector in Scotland in 2021 and beyond. 

Past events:

  • Climate Change and Sustainability 

  • Poverty and Inequality 

  • Digital Empowerment and Leadership

You can access the conference sessions on demand for the day you booked to attend.

How do I access the sessions?
All conference sessions are available to view on demand. 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.


Why attend?

Join senior colleagues and board members from across the social housing sector, and beyond, to explore  current key issues, challenges and opportunities from a strategic perspective.




Costs and how to book

Attend this event from £150 for SFHA members.

Our virtual conference platform allows you to watch the sessions on demand, so even if you can’t join us live on the day, book your place to make sure you don’t miss out and catch up any time

Book your place using the book now.

This event is being held virtually using our online platform.


Member Price £150

Non-member Price £210


Climate Change & Sustainability Sponsor

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Poverty & Inequality Sponsor


Digital Empowerment & Leadership Sponsor


Our Sector, Our People Sponsor

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Programme Listings


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Helen Forsyth
Berwickshire Housing Association

Helen has been senior Housing professional in Scotland for the past 23 years working in both rural and urban housing associations. She is Chair of SFHA and Vice Chair of South of Scotland Enterprise as well as a number of interesting board appointments.



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Her career of 43 years has included working in Borneo, working with refugees and the homeless in London as well as time in the public sector. 



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Mark Brown
Dolphin Index

Mark Brown is a thought leader on ‘open thinking’, creativity and innovation. He is Managing Director of the Dolphin Index Organisation as well as a practical academic, researcher, consultant, author of several books and creator of the multiple award-winning ‘Ideas into Action’ video series.

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The Dolphin Index has supported Housing Associations since 2015 throughout the UK in assessing their organisational culture with the aim of improving productivity and innovation as well as creating a more caring and supportive work environment.

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Sara Jackson

Sara is the Head of Business Services at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; the voice and membership body for housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland. 

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Sara is responsible for providing leadership and direction to all of SFHA’s business activities and works to ensure continued progress and improvement of the organisation, developing frameworks to support and monitor business planning, service development and quality.

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Lesley K Holdsworth OBE PhD MPHIL FCSP FFCI F

Lesley is the current Chair of the Board of Bield Housing & Care having been a Board member since 2016. She is also the Scottish Government’s Clinical Lead for Digital Health & Care and is passionate about developing a digitally enabled workforce

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Lesley has held a number of national positions over the last 20 years including Head of Health Services Research & Effectiveness for Scotland. She is a fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Winston Churchill Fellow and was named Scottish Digital Impact Leader of the Year and in July 2018, UK Leader of the Digital Team of the year. A founding fellow of the UK Faculty of Clinical Informatics Lesley was awarded an OBE in the Queens birthday honours list in 2020 for her contribution to health services.

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John Davidson
Almond Housing Association

John has worked in social housing since 1998. Having spent the initial period of his housing career largely in North East England, he has worked for Housing Association’s in Scotland since 2013.

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He has very recently commenced in post as the new CEO of Almond Housing Association. Almond are now embarking on an exciting change programme, building on the excellent work which has been done by the association over previous years.  Developing a refreshed approach to how Almond work, the aim is to create a culture of trust, innovation, empowerment and continued improvement.

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Najimee Parveen
Positive Action Training in Housing (PATH)

Najimee Parveen has been the Director of Positive Action Training in Housing, PATH (Scotland) since 1999.  PATH was established to address the absence of BAME communities in employment in Housing.

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PATH provides  structured trainee programmes in collaboration with registered social landlords and local authority housing departments alongside an academic qualification which enable trainees to access employment in the Housing Sector. The traineeships have been extremely successful and approximately 85% of PATH  trainees gain employment post placement. In addition PATH  provides mentoring, coaching, lifeskills and  leadership programmes across all sectors.

Before  joining PATH, Najimee was Policy and Campaigns Officer with the Commission for Racial Equality in Scotland and worked on a number of campaigns including “Lets Kick Racism Out of Football” and the “Visible Womens’ Campaign” which was designed to challenge stereotypes and promote positive role models of BAME women.
 Prior to leaving the Commission Najimee was Acting Head for 3 months. Najimee’s background is Education and she spent a number of years teaching and lecturing in Primary, Further smf Higher Education.


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Stephanie Harper
Change HR

Stephanie is passionate about helping organisations do the right thing the right way through her company Change HR Ltd. Her career path includes law firms, heading up HR in an RSL and, delivering a governance service across Scotland.  

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She is also a Trustee at a local University and a non-executive Director of a social housing development consultancy. Her practical experience within the sector means that she is best placed to understand the practical challenges.  Stephanie brings over 30 years’ experience of driving through transformational change within organisations, helping them to be even more inclusive and improve their service delivery.     

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Trevor Smith
Gem Programme

Trevor co-founded the GEM Programme in 2009 to create an entry point to the housing sector for graduates experiencing the impacts of the financial crash.

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 He is Chair of the GEM Programme and helps to ensure its agile and innovative approach to recruiting, developing and qualifying graduate and graduate equivalent talent across the U.K. and other countries. Trevor’s skills base includes psychology in business and has a specialist interest in personal and leadership development.

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James Tickell
Campbell Tickell

James has been a Partner of Campbell Tickell since 2004 and carried out a wide range of assignments throughout the UK and the Ireland, primarily for not-for-profit organisations and government agencies.

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His assignments focus on governance, mergers, performance improvement, strategy, and most recently, organisational culture. Some more high-profile work has involved helping clients through difficult or unexpected events.

Previously, James worked as a Director at the Refugee Council, and then at the Housing Corporation, where he was Registrar. Before moving to set up Campbell Tickell, he was Deputy Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation.

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