Sunday, 30 April 2017

Programme 2017


Registration opens for Breakfast Briefing


The new political landscape post the Housing White Paper: Financial opportunities and risks

Fixing our broken housing market' included a huge array of potential reforms. These set out a clear expectation that RPs, now seen as "allies" of government, will build more homes as part of making a significant contribution to addressing the housing crisis. But before any of those measures are enacted, the sector is about to be given unprecedented freedoms through partial deregulation, that could change the face of valuations.
Join senior leaders to discuss what this means, the impact of these measures and how we can maximise the new opportunities whilst managing the inevitable risks.

A delicious breakfast will be served from 07:30.

Ric Blakeway, Former deputy mayor for housing, GLA
Adam Challis , Head of residential research, JLL
Richard Petty, Lead director, affordable housing, JLL
David Montague, Chief executive L&Q

Chair: Emma Maier, Editor-in-chief, Inside Housing


Registration opens for conference


Conference opens and chair's introduction

Anne Turner, Board Member, Network and Asra Housing


Making sense of the economic landscape

Our expert panellists explain how the fast-moving economic environment is impacting the UK housing market.

Professor Christine Whitehead, Emeritus professor of housing economics, LSE


Regulatory update

The future of regulation in the sector is changing; since the reclassification of the housing associations, the government has been swift in moving to deregulate the sector. Julian will provide an in-depth look at the future of regulation and identify what this could mean for investors and landlords.

Julian Ashby, Chair of the Regulation Committee, HCA


Driving efficiency and value for money in sector – Responding to the efficiency challenge

Government has made it clear it wants providers to ‘up their game’ on efficiency. We explore the sector response, from both the FD and board perspective.

John Hudson, Chief Finance Officer, Home Group
Helen Edwards, Board member, Peabody
Chris Walker, Co-founder and director, Chamberlain Walker


Morning break and networking


Breaking the mould: reshaping the HA business model

From merger and acquisition, to restructuring: finance leaders discuss how they have reimagined the way they operate, explaining what it took to get there, and the opportunities ahead. Irreparable

Mark Washer , Chief financial officer, Clarion Housing Group
Waqar Ahmed , Group finance director, L&Q
Gail Teasdale , Finance director, Accent


Funding in a changing environment

Investors will offer their views on changes in the HA market and what that means for the sector profile, including the move towards more market-related activities in a more volatile macroeconomic environment.

Henrietta Podd, JCRA
Dave Cassidy , Head of social housing, Barclays
Richard Normington Infrastructure and sustainable investments, The Investment Association
Al Robinson, Asset and risk management, Rothesay Life


Debunking the myths of rent freedom

The Housing White Paper promised a new rent standard post-2020. From April 2019, the housing cost support social tenants receive will start to be capped by LHA.
It has never been more important for social housing providers to understand rents.
Are social housing rents always lower than market rents? We will show how the differences vary across the country.
Do market rents always grow in line with incomes? We will analyse the variation in market rental growth across the country.
Will the LHA cap result in lower rental income for housing associations? We will assess how many households may be affected and which areas of the country will see the greatest impact.

Robert Grundy, Head of housing, Savills


Lunch and networking


Scaling up: options for delivery

From joint ventures between HAs, councils and investors, to off-site construction models, housing delivery is taking various forms. We delve into the structure of some examples, and ask what it means for risk and reward, as well as financial and social outcomes

Paul Rickard, Group finance director, One Housing Group
Tim Saunders, Fund director, PfP Capital
Jamie Smith, Deputy chief executive & finance director, Swan Housing


Afternoon break and networking


Breakout A: Are your covenants fit for purpose?

This session will bring together organisations that have recently renegotiated covenants with lenders or completed significant refinancing, exploring the pros and cons of the deals and what it enables them to do

Mark Hattersley, Chief financial officer, Sovereign
Helen Rourke, Finance director, Trafford Housing Trust
Paul Gray, Finance director, BPHA


Breakout B: Alternative models across a variety of tenures

With a variety of different funding and delivery models emerging, and providers driving into markets such as PRS, we hear about the alternatives to traditional ways of working.

Andrew Dawber, Director, Civitas Housing Advisors
Simon Century , Director, corporate finance and partnerships, L&G
Catherine Webster , Strategic finance & investment director, Quintain


Breakout C: SME HAs: what are the options?

Smaller to medium sized housing associations come together to discuss how they are adapting to meet the challenges of the new environment. Expect mergers, partnerships, stock management and cost sharing vehicles.

Peter McCormack, Chief executive, Derwent Living
Sue Lock, Director, strategy and policy, older people, Guinness Care and Support
Andy Howarth, Finance director, Fortis
James Tickell, Partner, Campbell Tickell


Held to account: the FRS fall out

The first full year of new accounting rules has thrown up some particular challenges around covenant compliance, while exacerbating areas such as pensions. We look at progress and resolution.

Jonathan Pryor, Partner, Smith and Williamson
Steve Simkins, Associate partner, pensions practice, KPMG
Jenny Brown, Head of Housing, Grant Thornton


New world, new risk

This session will explore whether housing associations have a new purpose, and if so, is its business model fit enough to meet it? Our panel of experts will close the conference with a thoughts provoking and honest assessment of whether the sector is equipped to deliver the government's agenda.

Jeff Zitron,Chair, Altair
Corne Koppelaar, Founder, Global Habitat
Deborah Shackleton, Chair, Grainger Trust


Conference close and drinks reception