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Practical governance - transparency

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Practical governance - transparency

Date: 05 June 2019 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Course duration: 1 day
Venue: Bob Allan Conference Centre, Saracen House, 139 Saracen Street, Glasgow, G22 5AZ
Costs: Members £110.00 / Non-Members £210.00

Who’s it for and what’s it about?

This is one of a series of 4 workshop sessions, each looking at case studies and discussing how to deal with key governance matters, highlighting good (and poor) governance practice and the roles and duties of Committee/Board members and staff in addressing these. These sessions will consider not only the SHR’s regulatory requirements but also charity law, because over 92% of housing associations/co-operatives are charitable.

The workshops are useful for Committee/Board members and  staff, each session will look at an important governance requirement and give delegates the chance to work together as they consider a case study.

Practical Governance – The ideal Committee/Board
Practical Governance – Charitable purposes
Practical Governance – Notifiable events
Practical Governance - Transparency

All housing associations/co-operatives are required to act with transparency – so that the Housing associations/co-operatives actions are clear to those tenants, customers, regulators, and others with an interest in the activities of housing associations/co-operatives. This session will look at how key elements of that requirement are addressed:

• The identification and management of conflicts of interest – does your housing association/co-operative have clear and transparent processes to record interests and take appropriate steps when a conflict arises?
• How payments, benefits, gifts and hospitality are dealt with – how transparent are your policies regarding payments etc. which might be received by Committee/Board members or staff?
• Transparency in decision making, while retaining confidentiality where appropriate – what does your housing association/co-operative do to ensure decisions are clearly communicated without breaching any obligations of confidentiality?

Marion works with a wide range of housing associations and co-operatives, both large and small, advising primarily on governance, policy and contract issues and she has worked in the past on secondment with OSCR. Her governance work includes advising on constitutions, key governance documents such as codes of conduct for trustees and staff, and regulatory intervention. She has also advised many housing associations and co-operatives on work that is, or should be, carried out by trading subsidiaries and relationships between housing associations and co-operatives and other organisations.
Marion is an Associate with BTO Solicitors LLP, Glasgow, who is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Charity Law.

Trainer: Marion Davis