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Social Housing Annual Conference

Thursday, 05 Dec 2019
08:00 - 17:25
155 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3YD
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Next year’s Social Housing Annual Conference will take place on 5 December 2019. The sector’s leading one day conference provides delegates with an opportunity to debate, discuss and grapple with the latest strategic challenges that are facing the sector.

 

This top-level networking and knowledge-sharing event showcases practical examples and case studies in the conference sessions. It’s the sector’s only one-day conference, bringing together more than 500 chief executives and finance directors to debate, discuss and grapple with the latest strategic challenges.

 

Register now for Social Housing Annual Conference 2019

 

 

Due to continued growth, the sector’s largest one-day conference for senior leaders across the housing sector has relocated to a larger venue and will now take place after the Budget, ensuring that the content is even more timely and relevant.


New features for 2018 included a stream focusing on the rise of equity in the sector, while still continuing to deliver an environment for informed debate and discussion of the latest best practice and thinking around the latest strategic issues.

 

This year’s themes included:

 

  • The current and future political and economic environment
  • Strategic partnerships to deliver more homes, at pace and scale
  • Business transformation: doing more with less
  • New models of funding and investment
  • Regulatory update
  • Are we prepared for another crash?
  • The rise of equity investors in the sector
  • Development models
  • Land and viability

 

View a sample list of the 2018 delegates here

 

 

Speakers at Social Housing Annual Conference 2018 included:

 

  • Waqar Ahmed, group finance director, L&Q
  • Matthew Bailes, chief executive, Paradigm
  • Joe Cook, chief executive, Sage Housing
  • Steve Collins, chief executive, Rentplus
  • Simon Dow, chair, regulation committee, RSH
  • Nigel Finney, managing director, Luminus
  • Claire Kober, director of housing, Pinnacle
  • Fiona MacGregor, executive director, regulation, RSH
  • Paul Phillips, executive director of finance, Notting Hill Genesis
  • Jamie Ratcliff, assistant director, GLA
  • Gail Teasdale, chief executive, Broadacres
  • James Tickell, director, Campbell Tickell
  • Piers Williamson, chief executive, THFC

 

 

Charles Shaw : 020 7772 8337

2018 Programme

07:30 Breakfast briefing registration

 

08:00 – 08:50 Winckworth Sherwood Breakfast Briefing - The rise of shared ownership

 

With the government backing shared ownership in the Green Paper, a growing development pipeline by RPs and a number of new investors in the picture, Winckworth Sherwood will be hosting this panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges in providing shared ownership, with contributors from RPs, investors and valuers.

 

Richard Petty, Lead Director-Residential Advisory, JLL

Mark Davie, Head of Social Housing, M&G Investments

Paul Phillips, Group Finance Director, NottingHill Genesis

 

Chair: Louise Leaver, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood

 

08:15 Conference registration

 

09:00 Chair’s opening remarks

 

Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive, CIH

 

09:05 Built on shifting sands: politics, economics and housing

 

Providing much needed debate about the current and future political and economic climate, and how this may impact on the housing sector, the opening session of the day will bring together two leading thinkers in politics and economics. Expect debate and discussion around the following themes:

  • Brexit and the macro and microeconomic climate
  • Analysis of the budget
  • What next for the government?
  • Fiscal policy post-Brexit and impact on funding for the sector
  • Potential impact on the cost of debt
  • Are we heading for another crash? If so, when?

Dr Rebecca Harding, Society of Professional Economists

Tim Montgomerie, co-founder, Conservative Home & Centre for Social Justice

 

09:45 What do we want from a partnership?

 

This wide-ranging session will focus on how the sector is working together to deliver the more of the right homes, in the right places and at the right price point. Expect discussion around the following themes:

  • What partnership models work?
  • Sharing the risk and reward
  • Investment models
  • Land assembly
  • Tenure mix

Waqar Ahmed, group finance director, L&Q
David Cowans, chief executive, Places for People
Susie Rogers, partner, real estate team, Capsticks
Mark Perry, chief executive, Vivid

 

10:25 A view from the regulator

 

The chair of the regulation committee will be providing their annual update on the current regulatory regime and will provide more detail on their current thinking and view of the sector.

 

Simon Dow, chair, regulation committee, RSH

 

11:05 Break

 

11:30 Lessons learned from problem cases

 

As the recent First Priority case shows, housing associations need to ensure that they are taking steps to ensure they are solvent and able to operate in the long term. Whilst this case has led to the regulator to investigate 30 other small associations, it is important that, regardless of size, that the sector is vigilant. The session will bring together active and past examples where organisations have been in difficulty but have managed to embed better financial and governance practices.

 

Nigel Finney, managing director, Luminus

Gail Teasdale, chief executive, Broadacres

James Tickell, director, Campbell Tickell

 

12:10 Transforming your business: doing more, with less

 

Doing more with less has been modus operandi for the sector since the 1% rent reduction was introduced in 2016. We’ll be exploring how organisations, of all sizes from across the sector, are reducing costs to unlock capacity to invest in new homes and regeneration projects. 

 

Paul Phillips, executive director of finance, Notting Hill Genesis

Joe Cook, chief executive, Sage Housing

Suzanne Wolfe, chief executive, Industrial Dwellings Society

 

12:50 Savills research presentation

 

Chris Buckle, director, residential research, Savills

Robert Grundy, head of housing, Savills

 

13:10 Lunch

 

14:10 Addressing the affordability conundrum

 

The opening session of the afternoon will look at how the sector is taking steps to address the affordability conundrum. Our panel will be exploring, debating and discussing the following themes:

  • Tenure profile
  • Viability
  • Reducing market exposure
  • 100% affordable schemes 
  • Flexi rent 
  • Voluntary Right to Buy

Steve Collins, chief executive, Rentplus

Brendan Sarsfield, chief executive, Peabody

Brian Cronin, chief executive, Your Housing Group

 

14:50 Future funding of the sector

  • The changing appetite of the investment community
  • Responding to regulatory changes
  • Creating more flexibility in the bond market
  • Meeting investors expectations
  • How will Brexit impact the cost of debt, if at all?
  • Managing your exposure – what we expect

Karin Erlander, director, international public finance, S&P

Patrick Symington, interim chief executive, MorHomes

Piers Williamson, chief executive, THFC

 

15:30 Break

 

15:50 The changing shape of regulation

 

Fiona MacGregor, chief executive, RSH

Matthew Bailes, chief executive, Paradigm

Richard Petty, lead director - residential advisory, JLL

 

16:30 How has the sector performed to date?

 

With talk of league tables and a refocus on tenant voice and safety, a discussion about how the sector has performed to date, what needs to change –and how business models are being reconfigured for the future.

 

Claire Kober, director of housing, Pinnacle

Jamie Ratcliff, assistant director, GLA

Lord Porter of Spalding, chair, LGA

 

17:10 Chair’s closing remarks followed by drinks reception

 

 

 

New entrants and equity stream 2018

 

Over the last 18 months we have seen the rise of the for-profit housing association and the increase of equity investment across the sector. For associations, equity investment can provide them with an alternative source of finance, and removed the reliance on debt. For equity investors, housing associations provide a steady income stream and yield which is underpinned by regulation, whilst also providing them with an ethical investment.

 

As this new model emerges, the equity investment stream will explore the growth of this new structure. We will bring together leading players from across the sector to share insights, good practice and discuss why this is increasingly viewed as a viable solution for alternative sources of finance and the delivery of more homes.

 

2018 PROGRAMME

 

14:10 Chair’s opening remarks

 

Alex Notay, build to rent fund director, PfP Capital

 

14:15 New entrants: friend or foe?

 

The opening session will debate the role of new entrants and equity investment in the context of additionality, affordability and social purpose. We’ll focus on the dynamic between new players, housing associations, investors and local government.

 

Simon Century, head of affordable housing, L&G Capital

Helen Collins, head of housing consultancy, housing consultancy, Savills

Oona Goldsworthy, chief executive, United Communities

Alison Thain OBE, chair, Sage Housing

 

14:50 Housebuilders, housing associations and the housing market: assessing governance and capital structures

 

Our panel of housebuilders, investment analysts and ratings agencies will look at the housing market from an investment perspective. The session will provide discussion around governance and capital structures, why real estate is an attractive and stable investment and how to satisfy the demands of shareholders.

 

Zoe Jankel, vice president, senior analyst, Moody’s Public Sector Europe

Graham Prothero, group finance director, Galliford Try

 

15:30 Break

 

15:50 Equity investors: who are they and what do they want?

 

How is equity raised? What returns do investors want? What happens if the returns aren’t high enough? Bringing together a range of organisations that have invested equity in the sector, this session will explore their rationale for entering the affordable housing market. Our panel will share their thoughts on why they see the sector as a sound investment, what they intend to deliver and how they will meet the demands of investors.

 

Peter Denton, chief financial officer, Hyde

Adam Shah, managing director, Blackstone

Randeesh Sandhu, chief executive, Urban Exposure

Dan Smith, executive director, Fortwell Capital

 

16:30 Equity and housing associations: what works?

 

The closing session of the stream will look at current equity models that are operating in the sector. It will focus on how existing models are delivering results, both in terms of new homes and stable returns for investors. We will also be looking at how for-profit providers need to meet their regulatory obligations.

 

Will Perry, assistant director, regulation, RSH

John Williams, property fund manager, Resonance

 

17:10 Chair’s closing remarks and drinks reception

Speakers 2018

 

2018 Speakers included:

 

 

Adam Shah, managing director, Blackstone

Alex Notay, build to rent fund director, PfP Capital

Alison Thain OBE, chair, Sage Housing

Brendan Sarsfield, chief executive, Peabody

Brian Cronin, chief executive, Your Housing Group

Chris Buckle, director, residential research, Savills

Claire Kober, director of housing, Pinnacle

Dan Smith, executive director, Fortwell Capital

David Cowans, chief executive, Places for People

Dr Rebecca Harding, Society of Professional Economists

Fiona MacGregor, chief executive, RSH

Gail Teasdale, chief executive, Broadacres

Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive, CIH

Graham Prothero, group finance director, Galliford Try

Helen Collins, head of housing consultancy, housing consultancy, Savills

James Tickell, director, Campbell Tickell

Jamie Ratcliff, assistant director, GLA

Joe Cook, chief executive, Sage Housing

John Williams, property fund manager, Resonance

Karin Erlander, director, international public finance, S&P

Lord Porter of Spalding, chair, LGA

Louise Leaver, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood

Mark Davie, Head of Social Housing, M&G Investments

Mark Perry, chief executive, Vivid

Matthew Bailes, chief executive, Paradigm

Nigel Finney, managing director, Luminus

Oona Goldsworthy, chief executive, United Communities

Patrick Symington, interim chief executive, MorHomes

Paul Phillips, executive director of finance, Notting Hill Genesis

Paul Phillips, Group Finance Director, NottingHill Genesis

Peter Denton, chief financial officer, Hyde

Piers Williamson, chief executive, THFC

Randeesh Sandhu, chief executive, Urban Exposure

Richard Petty, lead director - residential advisory, JLL

Richard Petty, Lead Director-Residential Advisory, JLL

Robert Grundy, head of housing, Savills

Simon Century, head of affordable housing, L&G Capital

Simon Dow, chair, regulation committee, RSH

Steve Collins, chief executive, Rentplus

Susie Rogers, partner, real estate team, Capsticks

Suzanne Wolfe, chief executive, Industrial Dwellings Society

Tim Montgomerie, co-founder, Conservative Home & Centre for Social Justice

Waqar Ahmed, group finance director, L&Q

Will Perry, assistant director, regulation, RSH

Zoe Jankel, vice president, senior analyst, Moody’s Public Sector Europe

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