Governance Matters events: the latest thinking on good governance

29 January 2013

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) announced today that it will run a number of ‘Governance Matters’ events, specifically aimed at governing body members of registered social landlords (RSLs). These events follow up on SHR’s Governance Matters series of reports, which aim to give governing bodies the opportunity to consider the lessons learned from real life case studies where RSLs got into serious governance difficulties.
Christine Macleod, Director of Governance and Performance, said "Good governance is crucial to the success of any organisation.  We have written to RSL Chairs to offer their governing body members the opportunity to come together at these events to hear from each other and to find out about the latest thinking on governance”.
There will be ten events in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth, with the focus on practical workshops for governing body members to discuss the crucial governance issues they face.
Christine explained that “The events will also be an opportunity for governing body members to consider the lessons from our case studies and use this to make sure their governance is as strong as it can be. The case studies show that the role of the governing body member is critical; they need to provide strong and effective leadership”.
Pre-booking is essential as workshop places are limited to a maximum of two per RSL. The workshops are free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided. The SHR has written to all RSL Chairs about the workshops and details of how to book a place. Up to date information about the events can also be found at

Notes to editors: 
  1. The Scottish Housing Regulator was established on 1 April 2011 under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010. Its objective is to safeguard and promote the interests of tenants and others who use local authority and RSL housing services. The Regulator operates independently of Scottish Ministers and is accountable directly to the Scottish Parliament. It assumed its full regulatory responsibilities on 1 April 2012.  The Regulator consists of the Chair and three Board members.  More information about the new Regulator can be found on its website at


  1. SHR regulates around 180 Registered Social Landlords and the housing activities of 32 local authorities. 


  1. The SHR published its Regulatory Framework in February 2012. This explains in detail how the Regulator will use its powers. It also published Regulatory Standards of Governance and Financial Management which set out the regulatory requirements for the good governance of all RSLs.


  1. The SHR uses the term ‘governance’ to refer to the arrangements for the leadership, strategic direction and control of a RSL. The term ‘governing body’ is used to refer to the management committee or board which leads, controls and directs the RSL.


  1. The Regulatory Framework, Standards, Governance Matters report and more information about the workshops are all available on the Regulator’s website.

Mia Ayres-Donnelly
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Tel: 0141 305 4175