Acuity and DTP Masterclass in Collaboration, Partnerships and Mergers

Masterclasses in London  exploring how HAs can work together in collaboration, partnerships and mergers.

Dates: Wednesday 8th June London

Collaboration, partnerships and mergers are becoming increasingly the watchwords of the sector. With a Government focused on shrinking the sector and squeezing every last drop of value from housing associations, the need to demonstrate and indeed achieve greater cost efficiencies is paramount. For smaller providers, this is not only to accommodate the impact of Government policies such as the 1% rent reduction and introduction of Right to Buy, but also to demonstrate to a range of stakeholders that smaller associations can be viable, effective and achieve their purpose at the same time as contributing to new supply, provision of specialist support and meeting community needs.

There are many ways in which HAs can work together, and this masterclass explores a wide range, looks at the pros and cons of each, and examines the cultures and processes needed to attain success.

The masterclass will be led by David Tolson, founder and Managing Director of DTP (more information on David below)


To provide delegates with an understanding of the importance of collaborative working, and of the various options and vehicles for achieving this:

  • why working together is more important than ever
  • how you can work together successfully
    • the options and alternatives
    • overcoming obstacles
  • what has worked elsewhere?
  • challenge personal thinking through debate and hearing from others
  • opportunity to network with others


This is an informal half-day masterclass starting with lunch and registration at 1pm for a 1:45pm start and 4:45 pm finish.

Note that this masterclass follows the morning Governance masterclass after a lunch break.

Who should attend

Board members, Chief Executives, other senior staff.


  • SPBM members £130 plus VAT (before 30 April)
  • SPBM members £140 plus VAT (after 30 April)
  • non-Acuity/DTP customers £175 plus VAT
  • additional places – £15 discount
  • attend both morning and afternoon sessions – additional £30 discount overall
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About David Tolson and DTPDavid Tolson

David started DTP in 2006. He was previously the Managing Director – Housing, Local Government and Regeneration for the Tribal Group Plc, where he led a team of 150 consultants’s and associates. Prior to that, David was the Group Director (Finance) for what is now the Places for People Group, one of the largest housing groups in the UK. He was also a board member of Barnardo’s for six years, where he chaired their audit and risk committee.

David has extensive consultancy experience and specialises in governance, strategy development, financial management, organisational reviews, group structures and mergers, business planning and social enterprise.


David Tolson Partnership



Established in 2006, DTP is an independent consultancy providing high quality advice and support to more than 100 affordable housing providers, charities and commercial organisations across the UK.  Our mission is to help businesses improve and deliver better services to their customers – by offering a different perspective.  Please click here for more information about DTP .

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