We’ve excited to release our programme for day one of Disruption and Innovation in the Devolved Nations!

We’ve excited to release our programme for day one of Disruption and Innovation in the Devolved Nations! Our event on Tuesday, 2 November centres around the future workplace and is packed full of helpful advice and information about what the future of work looks like. Listen to amazing global and UK speakers as they help you navigate through the changes in the world of work as we emerge from the pandemic and look to the future. In our latest blog, we spoke about the challenges around agile working and what needs to be considered moving forward to provide a taste of what will be covered on the day.

Our event is specifically designed for the social housing sector in the devolved nations, with key speakers that work within housing associations in Scotland, along with Google Ireland and talent from the other side of the Atlantic too.

Our event kicks off at 9.30am with welcome and opening comments from our Head of Devolved Nations Kirsty Wells and Ian Wright, CEO of Disruptive Innovators Network. Throughout the event there’s the chance for a breakout session with discussions so you can connect with your community and come together with other landlords to share best practice.

Day one programme


Our opening keynote speaker Patrick Connolly, Digital Research Manager from Accenture will delve into the discussion around AI and human collaboration. In this session, AI research expert Patrick will help us explore how AI and human collaboration can drive innovation and transformation. Learn how you could successfully create a symbiotic workforce of the future where your people work alongside machines to support your business strategy and improve your services.


Kaleem Clarkson, Chief Operating Officer at Blend me Inc, will be discussing how to transition to an effective hybrid-remote working model. We’re now seeing that many businesses want to adopt this approach post pandemic as many employees favour the work/life balance working from home brings. Kaleem will share his expertise and experiences of developing successful hybrid operating models using a framework that is based on trust and responsibility.


Elkie Astley, Head of People and Culture at Loreburn Housing Association will be talking through Loreburn’s journey of agile working and the session will focus on:

  • The culture transformation required to successfully build a new operating model that works for your business and your people.
  • How to sustain an effective people and performance culture when managing staff remotely
  • How this approach can help you reimagine the customer experience, implement change and measure satisfaction


Ruth Young, National Lead of Executive Search & Leadership Solutions for The Adecco Group, will be talking about the future of work. As an experienced recruiter for the housing sector, Ruth has forged her career by providing a true consultative high-touch approach helping to build some of the most cutting-edge teams. As an authority on careers, team development and talent acquisition, she will share her expert insight into the skills and experience required to ensure the future success of your business.


Our last speaker of the day is Toju Duke who is Responsible AI Programme Manager at Google. She is also Manager for Women in AI Ireland, tech start-ups mentor, Business Advisor and Founder of Refyne. Toju is committed to driving social justice through AI while acknowledging all backgrounds and cultures in society. She advocates for transparent and bias free AI and finds it quite troubling that the systemic injustices and inequality we’ve been fighting against for so many years has made its way into technology. In this session, Toju will help us understand the importance of developing new systems in ethical and responsible ways, so that the biases of today are not baked into the technologies of tomorrow. We will explore:

  • What is responsible AI?
  • How to build and ensure Responsible AI frameworks are applied to developing technologies.
  • How to engage with and build a variety of user perspectives and feedback into a project to increase the number of people who benefit from the technology.
  • The challenges of building ethical AI

Tickets are now available for our two day event starting from £249+ VAT. Our second day on 16 November will focus on sustainable housing and digital communities. Secure yours today by contacting monika.edwards@housemark.co.uk. Ticket bundles for two or more delegates are available at preferential rates. Come together with other social landlords and leave feeling empowered about how you can create a business that’s ready for the future.