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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 16:30 (BST)


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DoubleTree By Hilton Glasgow Central
G2 3HN


From £ £219

About The Conference

Delivering Quality Homes & Getting Fit For the Future – Meeting Housing Need Today and Tomorrow

The Annual SFHA Development Conference will look at how housing associations can build on their successes to ensure that they meet  Scotland’s housing needs today and in the future.  We will also explore the wider social value of  quality affordable housing, and look at support for new build developments to increase the social, environmental and health benefits provided by quality affordable housing.

As the housing association sector works to meet the ambitious 50,000 homes target we will look at

  • Progress to meeting the 50,000 homes target
  • Beyond 2021 -  what should tomorrow’s housing system look like and what role should housing association’s play
  • Innovation and modernisation – we look at off site construction and digital technology and the benefits and efficiencies they can bring
  • Delivering better places – we ask how housing association developments can deliver wider benefits through better placemaking, active travel and green infrastructure

The conference will be a chance to hear from the Scottish Government on the 50,000 homes programme and on their plans for housing post 2021.

We will also provide details of SFHA initiatives to support housing associations as we think about what housing, and new build affordable housing, will look like in the future

  • Innovation & Future Thinking workstream
  • CSIC & SFHA partnership – including support for off-site construction and BIM 4 Housing

* 2 for 1 Special offer – to book the reduced ticket price for both events click on the ‘Book now’ button and select the ‘Member Special Rate to attend Development & Procurement Conference.

Is This for You?

This year's programme 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, 13 February) for just £375 - a saving of £63.00.

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.

Interested in Exhibiting?

The contact Craig McMillan by calling 0141 567 6230 or email cmcmillan@ sfha.co.uk

The Venue

The Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central offers spacious meeting and exhibition space. Located in the heart of the city there is easy access from all major transport links and on site car parking.

Free Wi-Fi is available, which will enable delegates to stay connected during the conference. 

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Member Price £ £219

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Non-member Price ££299


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Paul Dodd
Scottish Future Trust

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

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

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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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Sarah Boyack
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

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

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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Lorna Wilson

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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.

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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