This SURF Open Forum, funded by Communities Scotland and organised with the assistance of SURF sponsors Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), took place in Inverness in March 2007.

The introductory speakers were:

  • Chris Higgins, Head of Enterprising Communities, HIE
  • Calum MacAulay, Chief Executive, Albyn Housing Society

The following specially invited guests joined Chris and Calum on a discussion panel:

  • Polly Chapman, Community Regeneration Manager (Inverness Office), Communities Scotland
  • Kevin McDermott, Project Manager, Rural Environment Action Project
  • David Stewart, Assistant Director, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
  • Piers Voysey, Chair, Community Woodlands Association

Among the topics discussed were community asset-based regeneration, fuel poverty, ‘cocktail’ funding, city-regions and social economy.

Outcomes paper – long version

Outcomes paper – short version