Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Social Housing Scotland Finance Conference - Advisory panel

14.3.17, JLL, 150 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5ND



Alistair Berwick, Associate, Murja

Ian Brennan, Director of regulation, Scottish Housing Regulator

Allan Briggs, Director – housing and accommodation projects, JLL (chair)

Daniel Carrico, Head of origination, Allia

Heather Kiteley, Finance director, Port of Leith Housing Association

Emma Maier, Editor-in-Chief, Inside Housing

Robert McDowall, Director, McDowall Consulting Limited

Gerhard Oberholzer, Director, GB Social Housing

Nick Pollard, Finance director, Kingdom Housing Association

Elaine Reed, Head of social housing, Clydesdale Bank

Ian Sillars, Head of housing finance Scotland & North, RBS

Tim Smith, Head of content, Ocean Media Group

Pauline Turnock, Director of financial reporting, Wheatley Group

Bruce West, Director of finance and IT, Argyll Community Housing Association


Hot topics for 2017

  • The economic and political outlook for the country and the impact on the sector
  • Development capacity of the sector, in terms of funding, skills and risk appetite
  • Appropriate governance and regulatory controls to manage risks associated with increased new build activity
  • 50,000 homes – whose target is it?
  • Geographical disparities
  • Partnership working
  • Pensions changes – freedoms, assets and liabilities

Value for Money

  • Value for money and partnership working.
  • Partnership working from a liabilities perspective.
  • How is new build being procured? How can you deliver savings through procurement contracts?

Social Care and an ageing population

  • LA and HA working on social care – focus on sheltered housing. Do we need to be taking a long term view?
  • Sheltered housing and grant funding


  • Is there a trend/problem with governance?
  • Board and leadership – is it good enough?
  • If the sector is expected to develop more and take more risk, may the regulator miss things?

Value for Money and efficiency

  • VfM across procurement. How is new build housing being procured? How can you deliver savings through procurement of contracts?
  • Is the sector too fat? Operational effectiveness – small can often be better than bigger.
  • Should the regulator have full oversight of the efficiency of the sector?

Rent growth and future of the sector

  • Future of rents – what’s the certainty?
  • Political interference in rent policies and the impact on smaller organisations. Are the cash flows there? The sector need to be aware of and manage the risk
  • Is the financial capacity and investment appetite their and will it be there going forward? Sector mustn’t take private lending for granted.