Board Development Agency (Scotland)

There has never been a more challenging time for Scotland's housing associations. The credit crunch, the Social Housing Charter, pensions, declining grant levels and benefit reform all mean greater risks.

The Scottish Housing Regulator is placing more and more onerous obligations on governing bodies. The role of the governing body member has changed out of all recognition in the past 20 years or so.

Governing body members are now under an obligation to review their effectiveness both individually and collectively, undergo an annual performance appraisal, attend training as necessary and effectively plan for the future recruitment of new members and office bearers.

It's little wonder that the prohibition on payment has been lifted!

We have an exciting range of services and training courses to help RSLs meet their governance aspriations - see our events page for full details.

Why not contact me Hugth Laird for a no-obligation chat? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0844 8000 6887.

What's new?

Live Webinars for Busy Boards Members Tenants and Staff - avoid the cost and hassle of travel.

Click to see the programme of webinars. We are offering an e-learning subscription service for your organisation. The subscription service will mean that all your staff tenants and board members can join any webinar.

Do you have the 'Living Will' approach the SHR wants housing associations to have?

If "no" we will show you how to develop this as part of decision making through:

Stress Testing Techniques & Sector Relevant Scenarios for Effective Recovery Planning (Your Living Will).

This session will show what you need to do to introduce one including Stress Testing Techniques & Scenarios. Effective Recovery Planning for Your Living Will.

What will participants learn from this?

Participants will find out what other sectors do and get the chance to refresh what they know about the best ways to manage risk for improved assurance. They will leave this session able to ensure:

• they can make their Board have clearer understanding about potential risks from a business model perspective

• develop an effective Recovery Plan/Living Will linked to their strategic plan

What does this cost?

£260 plus VAT per person. With the second attendee receiving a 10% discount.

Where will it be held?

Go to events to see. We can always run this "In-house" or it would make a perfect awayday.

The SHR is promoting Resident Scrutiny- Are you?

Save Time and Money: Our Electronic Resident Scrutiny Tookit can save you days of time in that you can 'cut and paste' policies, procedures, model rules into your own papers - in fact everything you will need to set a panel from scratch - yours in minutes by email for £55 plus VAT.

Get Competent Members quickly: Our 2 Day ILM Resident Scrutiny Training Programme has successfully trained hundreds of 'scrutineers'. ILM means it is an assessed programme and members proving to us that they have achieved the competence we aim for get a Certificate of Competence from the National Awarding Body The Institute of Leadership and Management. Why should Tenants do all that work and have nothing to show at the end of it?

No Need for silent members: Our Assertiveness Training can help Board and Scrutiny Panel members get the 'confidence to question and challenge' that they do need to have.

Get a supply of 'scrutiny ready' residents: Our 2 day ILM The Co Regulation Tenant Leadership Programme is a supported learning process for social housing residents so that they can participate in effective monitoring of their landlord’s performance including:

• Monitoring the Scottish Social Housing Charter Standards

• Setting and Monitoring Service Standards

• Monitoring performance; Becoming a tenant Inspector

• Monitoring performance; Becoming a Mystery Shopper

How do I access training for staff concerned with Governance?

The BDA's GO! Gold course is aimed at staff who support the Board and Governance. The course is taught over four 1 day sessions and candidates will have to complete coursework to gain the Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) Certificate. Furthermore, successful completion of The Governance Officers Leadership Programme provides eligibility for Associate membership and the institute of Leadership & Management.

How on earth am I supposed to carry out an annual appraisal for my governing body members? They are volunteers and some of them will run a mile!

An appraisal should be an 'affirming' process, where the individual's strengths are built on. BDA have a mentoring approach and we will meet individually and help governing body members achieve their ambitions.

How can I tell how good my organisations governance is?

The BDA's "Governance Benchmark System" provides a comprehensive picture of a RSLs governance arrangements. What's more, each element can be compared with a number of RSLs up and down the UK, developing and sharing best practice.

I'm a new Board Member - I haven't got a clue what I'm supposed to be doing!

Being a new governing body member can be a daunting experience. Most organisations provide a thorough induction for new members, however, in our experience Governance is rarely covered.

My colleagues have asked if I want to stand for Chair - how can I find out more about what's involved?

Our Effective Chairing Leadership is for those either in the role or about to be. As well as the technical aspects of the role, we examine leadership and discuss what makes a good leader, how to run effective meetings and much more.

BDA is a national UK-wide consultancy and training firm specialising in Housing Association governance. For further information about the BDA please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Board Development Agency was formed in 2004 by Hugh Laird and Yvonne Atkinson and has been providing excellent consultancy and training work in governance ever since.