I am delighted that you will be able to join us for lunch and our “Shaping Up for the Next Twenty-Five Years” discussion on 8th October. This will be the last major event of our 25th Anniversary celebrations. We thought the celebrations were best concluded by looking towards the future, not just for Riverside and Irvine Housing Association, but for the Scottish social housing sector as a whole.
In these days of political and economic uncertainty, trying to imagine the future is tough. I think, however, we all know that continuing to do things the way we always have is not an option. We need to think innovatively and be creative about the homes and services we provide, and how we deliver them. How do we make sure we are delivering the services our customers want; how do we best invest in our current property and keep tenants safe; how can we best use the available technology; how should we organise ourselves; how do we best keep that vital face to face contact with our tenants; how do we create new housing supply; how do we govern ourselves effectively; and how do we do all this while achieving efficiency and keeping our rents affordable?
These, and many others, are the issues we will discuss on the day. To start us on the way with that conversation we will be joined by David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, and Carol Matthews, Chief Executive of Riverside, to give their insights on the challenges we face and some of the options available to us in the future. Their introductions will be followed will by a facilitated discussion where we want to get as many views as possible.
At the conclusion of the discussion we get inspired by world record breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont, who will tell us about some of the challenges he has faced and the fantastic successes he has achieved.
Paul Hillard – Managing Director