Social Housing Annual Conference
The Social Housing Annual Conference will take place on 5 December 2018, and is the sector’s leading one day conference providing 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 400 chief executives and finance directors to debate, discuss and grapple with the latest strategic challenges.
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 will include 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 years 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
Speakers at this year’s conference include:
- Waqar Ahmed, group finance director, L&Q
- Joe Cook, chief executive, Sage Housing
- Ruth Cooke, chief executive, Clarion
- Simon Dow, chair, regulation committee, RSH
- Nigel Finney, managing director, Luminus
- 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
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.
08:15 Conference registration
09:00 Chair’s opening remarks
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?
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
Jamie Ratcliff, assistant director, GLA
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
11:30 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 Business transformation: 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
12:50 Savills research presentation
Robert Grundy, head of housing, Savills
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
- Reducing market exposure
- 100% affordable schemes
- Flexi rent
- Voluntary Right to Buy
Ruth Cooke, chief executive, Clarion
David Cowans, chief executive, Places for People
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
Piers Williamson, chief executive, THFC
15:50 The changing shape of regulation
The current regulatory landscape is changing; the Social Housing Green Paper has put an emphasis on the landlord’s role as guardians and ensuring that tenants are safe in their homes. In addition, the regulator can now seek consent from the secretary of state to place insolvent providers in administration. With this fluid environment, this session will provide much needed discussion and debate around the evolving shape of regulation and how the sector should respond.
Matthew Bailes, chief executive, Paradigm
Fiona MacGregor, executive director - regulation, RSH
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.
17:10 Chair’s closing remarks followed by drinks reception