Wheatley Group research and development manager, Lorna Wilson, has joined the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) for a one-year secondment to lead a new project on innovative thinking in the social housing sector.
Lorna will be exploring and looking for solutions to the key issues facing the sector, consulting with SFHA members to identify their priorities and working closely with the SFHA Public Affairs Team to ensure that the project informs, and is informed by, policy and practice.
Potential topics to be explored include the impact of digital technology on service provision; innovation in design, construction and maintenance; identifying and maximising housing’s contribution to tackling poverty and achieving inclusive growth; what do we mean by affordability?; and what will be the social purpose of housing in 2025?
Lorna has worked in the housing sector for over 20 years; around 10 of these have been in leadership roles. Her career spans the public, independent and consultancy sectors. Lorna’s previous experience includes devising and leading a multi-agency partnership which developed dozens of support services for vulnerable people, and leading strategic and business planning processes for Glasgow Housing Association. Lorna established and currently leads the research and development team at Wheatley Group which provides insight and understanding to shape services across housing and care.
Sally Thomas, SFHA chief executive, said: “We are delighted that Lorna will be joining us for a year’s secondment. She will bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and fresh thinking to the SFHA.
“Secondments offer a great opportunity to work directly with our members and, while we have had one-off member secondments in the past, this will hopefully see the start of a regular programme.”
Lorna said: “I’m excited to be joining SFHA to create space for innovation, and to bring the sector together to envisage and help build a bright future for our customers, communities and the sector.”