Agenda

Social Housing Scottish Annual Conference Agenda 2020

09.25 Chair's opening remarks

Sarah Williams, editor, Social Housing

09.30 The economic and political outlook for Scotland

As the sector is coming together to get to grips with the new normal after the pandemic crisis, this session will provide an economic and political overview on the next step on the road to recovery. With the Scottish parliament election being planned for next year, what is the direction for social housing?

 

Chair: Sarah Williams, editor, Social Housing

 

Professor Graeme Roy, director, Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI), head of the department of Economics, University of Strathclyde

Lesley Riddoch, commentator, broadcaster and columnist, The Scotsman

Piers Williamson, chief executive, The Housing Finance Corporation

10.20 The view from the regulator

This session will provide a regulatory update on data and reporting, treasury management, governance, insights from its recent work with registered social landlords and plans to action on the road to recovery for social housing providers.

 

Chair: Martin Hilditch, editor, Inside Housing

 

Ian Brennan, director of regulation, Scottish Housing Regulator

10.50 Networking break via Zoom

Delegates will be offered to join a Zoom chat in small groups of up to 10 people.

  • Please introduce yourself and share your thoughts on the previous two sessions.
  • You may want to share how your organisation has coped with the pandemic crisis and how it affected you personally

11.10 Getting to grips with the new normal

A team of experts will discuss the strategy for the next 12 months to survive and stay robust in the current climate. What the priorities are right now and immediate actions: from new ways of working, to key areas of focus – homelessness, rent affordability, delivering core services and the new build agenda.

 

Chair: Glenn Adcook, chief executive, Osprey Housing

 

Sarah Smith, chief executive, Link Living

Julia Molloy, chief executive, Scottish Borders Housing Association

Alison Watson, director, Shelter Scotland

12.00 Implementing financial resilience into business plans

Following the creation of the ‘Social Housing Financial Resilience Forum’, we’ll be exploring how registered social landlords are protecting and strengthening liquidity positions, adapting the treasury strategy, stress-testing and mitigating risk in key areas affecting income, and what they need from their lenders.

 

Chair: Glenn Adcook, chief executive, Osprey Housing

 

Ian Sillars, regional director, Real Estate Finance & Housing Finance, Royal Bank of Scotland

Sarah Smith, chief financial officer, Optivo

Rhona McLeod, chief executive, Trust Housing Association

12.45 Networking break via Zoom

Delegates will be offered to join a Zoom chat in small groups of up to 10 people.

  • Please introduce yourself and share your thoughts on the previous two sessions.
  • You may want to share how your organisation has coped with the pandemic crisis, and what the current priorities are.

13.15 Lunch break

14.00 Getting Scotland building again

The 50,000 affordable homes target has been derailed by the COVID-19 crisis and the construction sector is facing major challenges – so where next for housebuilding? Hear from speakers about their plans to deliver the right homes in the right places, from addressing homelessness and meeting sustainable targets, to valuations in the housing market.

 

Chair: Martin Hilditch, editor, Inside Housing

 

Allan Briggs, director – valuation advisory, affordable housing, JLL

Gerhard Oberholzer, director, GB Social Housing

Jackie McIntosh, director, property & development, Wheatley Group

14.50 A stronger investment case for Scottish social housing

How will social and affordable housing be funded now and into the future? And what do RSLs and councils need to do to make the investment case?
This session will look at the public and private funding options for the sector, from central grant to the debt capital markets, and rapidly the growing ESG movement.

 

Chair:Sarah Williams, editor, Social Housing

 

Ann Leslie, chief executive, LAR Housing Trust

Mark Turley, specialist advisor – housing, Scottish government’s More Homes Division

15.35 Networking break via Zoom

Delegates will be offered to join a Zoom chat in small groups of up to 10 people.

  • Please introduce yourself and share your thoughts on the previous two sessions
  • You may want to share how your organisation has coped with the pandemic crisis, and how it affected your borrowing capacity.

15.55 Better together - driving recovery through collaboration

In this final discussion, sector leaders will share their experiences and best practice on partnerships and operational collaboration across the green agenda, health and safety, compliance, digital and innovative ways of working, all with a view to finding the financial and operational capacity required to delivering more for their tenants and communities

 

Chair : Sarah Williams, editor, Social Housing

 

Patrick Flynn, head of housing and regeneration services, Glasgow City Council

Angela Currie, director of operations, Blackwood Homes

Mark Henderson, chief executive, Home Group

16:40pm: Close of conference

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