National Housing Conference

Harper Macleod's National Housing Conference returns for its 18th edition on Wednesday 4 September 2019 at the Dunblane Hydro.

This year’s conference, titled “Breaking New Ground”, will look at Scotland's current housing policy and the risks, challenges and opportunities for the Scottish housing sector over the next few years.


Harper Macleod's Chairman Professor Lorne Crerar CBE will chair the conference and our speakers include:

  • Gareth Brown, Deputy Director, More Homes Division, Scottish Government
  • Dr Vikki McCall, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy (Housing), University of Stirling
  • Jon Turner, Chief Executive, Link Group
  • Hazel Young, Managing Director, Dunedin Canmore
  • Daren Fitzhenry, Scottish Information Commissioner
  • Dr Kenny Meechan, Head of Information and Data Protection, Glasgow City Council
  • Derek Hogg, Partner, Harper Macleod LLP
  • James McMorrow, Partner, Harper Macleod LLP

Delegates will also have the option of attending 2 of the following breakout groups:

Group A:

Raising Private Finance – a review of the current funding landscape


This session will explore and discuss the options currently available to registered social landlords who are looking to raise private funding (including private placements), either to fund development activity or to refinance existing borrowing. The funding landscape will be looked at from the three perspectives of treasury adviser, valuer and solicitor, with the speakers sharing their extensive experience of advising RSL clients on how to complete new funding deals efficiently and effectively.

Group B:

Governance & Investigations –  Dos and don'ts


Even the best-run registered social landlord may occasionally find itself in a situation where it requires to conduct an investigation in relation to governance matters – perhaps because of a complaint by an employee, board member or external stakeholder, or at the request of the Scottish Housing Regulator. Such investigations need to be conducted objectively and effectively, in order to provide the organisation, its board and the Regulator with the necessary assurance that matters will be properly tackled, appropriate action taken, and lessons learned for the future. The speakers in this session will share their experience of conducting investigations for a number of organisations, including liaising with the Regulator, funders and other stakeholders in relation to the process and outcomes, and how other organisations can learn from this experience, to improve their own governance arrangements.

Group C:

The Regulatory Framework – what's changed and what's coming next


Following the launch of the new Regulatory Framework on 1 April 2019, this session will explore the key regulatory changes for RSLs and, in particular the move towards self-assurance. There will be an overview from the Regulator, as well as an insight into how one of the largest RSLs in Scotland has been dealing with these changes. The speakers will discuss the Annual Assurance Statements and what is expected of RSLs in that regard.

Group D:

Getting Ready for FOI


With the extension of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to RSLs and their connected bodies from 11 November 2019, this session will provide focus on the key aspects of the legislation to assist RSLs in their preparations. Our speakers will share their experience in respect of the legislation, providing an invaluable insight on the Model Publication Scheme, applications to and enforcement by the Scottish Information Commissioner and how to handle requests for information from members of the public.

Download the Full NHC Programme 

Our full programme which contains full details of timings, speakers and breakout group options is now available.

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Book your place at NHC 2019

Book your place at this year's conference fee for £120.00 (+VAT). For more information or to reserve your place, contact [email protected] or fill out the form below.

We hope you will be able to join us for what is sure to be an informative, thought-provoking and enjoyable conference.

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