Social Housing Annual Conference
The Social Housing Annual Conference took place on 9 November 2017, and is the sector’s leading one day conference which brings together over 350 senior housing professionals from across the sector. It provides delegates with an opportunity to debate, discuss and grapple with the latest strategic challenges that are facing the sector.
This years themes included:
- The current and future economic environment
- What does a 21st century housing association look like?
- Fixing the broken housing market
- Risk: friend or foe?
- Regulatory update
- Re-setting priorities after the Grenfell Tower tragedy
- Housing associations and local authorities: forging effective partnerships
- Keeping costs down
- Supported housing: the funding conundrum
- New money and new models
Speakers at this year’s conference included:
Waqar Ahmed, group finance director, L&Q
- Julian Ashby, chair, regulation committee, HCA
- Matthew Bailes, chief executive, Paradigm
- Jenny Brown, chief not for profit operating officer, director, audit,Grant Thornton
- Chris Buckle, director, residential research, Savills
- David Done, chief executive, RHP
- Phil Glanville, mayor, LB Hackney
- Robert Grundy, head of housing, Savills
- Jeanne Harrison, vice-president, senior analyst, Moody’s
- Susan Hickey, executive director of finance, Peabody
- Bjorn Howard, chief executive, Aster
- Paul Rogers, director, Microsoft Dynamics 365
- Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive, CIH
- Barbara Spicer, chief executive, Plus Dane
- John Taylor, managing director, housing management, Mears
- Martin Waters, head of homes and communities, Tees Valley Combined Authority
- Paul Weston, chief financial officer, Housing and Care 21
- Ken Youngman, chief finance officer, Resi REIT
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07:40 – Registration for Breakfast Briefing
08:00 – 08:50 – Breakfast Briefing – Winckworth Sherwood
The future of modular construction: overcoming the barriers and seizing the opportunities
This breakfast briefing hosted by Winckworth Sherwood will discuss the recent changes in the field of modular construction and the implications on valuation and funding. The expert panel will cover how , in particular, RPs may be able to fulfil more of their housing needs by taking advantage of changes in the production and demand of modular construction in the sector and how funders are reacting to the associated risks and potential benefits.
Ruby Giblin, partner Winckworth Sherwood
Tony Oakley, mid-markets ambassador for social housing, Lloyds Bank
Geoff Pearce, executive director of regeneration and development, Swan Housing
Andrew Smith, director, Savills
08:30 – Conference registration
09:00 – Conference opens
Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive, CIH
09:05 – The current and future economic environment
Paul Johnson, director, IFS
09:30 - What does a 21st century housing association look like?
This session will explore the benefits and challenges of adopting innovative technologies for residents and housing providers. Themes to be discussed include: financial security and Universal Credit, to HA efficiency and integration.
Lee Gibson, executive director of finance, Bromford
Paul Rogers, director, Microsoft Dynamics 365
Selina White, director of planning and resources, Knightstone Housing Group
10:00 - Keeping costs down
This session is going to focus on the role of business transformation in driving efficiency. It will showcase how to maintain low operating costs.
Matthew Bailes, chief executive, Paradigm
Jenny Brown, chief not for profit operating officer, director, audit, Grant Thornton
David Done, chief executive, Richmond Housing Partnership
Ian McDermott, group chief executive, Aldwyck Housing
10:40 – Morning break
11:05 – Risk: friend or foe?
The sector is facing an unprecedented level of risk to sustain services and deliver new homes.
We hear what sector leaders identify as the biggest risks, what levels of risk not-for-profits should be prepared to take and how they are adapting their group structures to mitigate these.
Waqar Ahmed, group finance director, L&Q
Jeanne Harrison, vice-president – senior analyst, Moody’s
Susan Hickey, executive director of finance, Peabody
Bjorn Howard, chief executive, Aster Group
11:45 – Regulatory update
Julian Ashby, chair, regulation committee, HCA
12:10 – Re-setting priorities after the Grenfell Tower tragedy
The tragic events at Grenfell Tower have shaken the sector to the core. Five months on, what has it meant for how social housing providers run their organisations: including organisational structures, assurance, protocols and business plans.
Greg Campbell, partner, Campbell Tickell
Andrew Cowan, head of social housing, Devonshires
Rosemay Farrar, interim chief financial officer, Riverside
Philip Glanville, mayor, London Borough of Hackney
12:45 –Towards a regional affordable housing policy
Inflexible policy and funding lead to a mismatch between the need for and provision of affordable housing. Is there a better way?
Chris Buckle, director, residential research, Savills
Robert Grundy, head of housing, Savills
13:05 - Lunch
14:05 - Housing associations and local authorities: forging effective partnerships
What does the election of metro mayors mean for regional housing markets and how will combined authorities, local councils and housing association work together in the future? This session will examine and explore how they can work together to accelerate supply of housing, through a variety of methods.
Larissa Reed, executive director of neighbourhoods, communities and housing, Brighton and Hove City Council
Barbara Spicer, chief executive, Plus Dane
John Taylor, managing director, Mears Housing Management
Martin Waters, head of homes and communities, Tees Valley Combined Authority
Chair: Rob Beiley, partner, Trowers and Hamlins
14:40 – The funding outlook
Fiona Dickinson, investments director, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Gerhard Oberholzer, director, GB Social Housing
Paul Tyrrell, head of housing finance, NatWest
15:15 – Afternoon break
15:35 – New money and new models
Do we need new treasury models or strategies? Our panel will debate and discuss existing and future funding streams and models.
Will Perry, assistant director, HCA
Henrietta Podd, director, JCRA
Piers Williamson, chief executive, THFC
Ken Youngman, chief financial officer, ReSI Capital Management Limited
16:15 – Supported housing: the funding conundrum
We’ll be exploring what the removal of the LHA cap means for providers, their business plans and ambitions in the supported housing and older people’s housing space
Charlie Norman, chief executive, Mosscare St Vincent’s
Tony Stacey, chief executive, South Yorkshire Housing Association
Paul Weston, group finance director, Housing and Care 21
Jonny Wrigley, managing director, HB Villages
16:50 – Fixing the broken housing market
From growing levels of homelessness and growing financial pressures on the poorest families to the struggle faced by many wishing to own a home – the UK government’s admittance that the UK housing market is broken feels very real. So how are we going to fix it?
Brian Cronin, chief executive, Your Housing Group
Kate Davies, chief executive, Notting Hill Housing
Nick Walkley, chief executive, HCA
17:30 – Chair’s closing remarks
17:35 – Conference close
Tel: 020 3735 7700
200 Aldersgate is conveniently located in the heart of the City, right next to London Wall and the Museum of London. Just 5 minutes from both Barbican and St Paul’s tube stations, and 10 minutes from Farringdon and Moorgate.
By Underground, St Paul’s - Central line
On exiting the station follow St Martin Le-Grand north towards Aldersgate Street and the Museum of London.
The venue is located on the left.
By Underground, Barbican - Circle,Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines
On exiting the station turn right on to Aldersgate Street. Follow Aldersgate Street south towards London Wall and the Museum of London. As you arrive at the roundabout for Museum of London the venue is on the right.
Aldersgate Station is located near Moorgate and Farringdon railway stations, and is around a 10 minute walk from both.
The closest bus stop is at the Museum of London and is served directly by the number 4 and 56. Other services also serve Barbican and St Pauls and our venue is a short walk from both these locations.
The closest car park is located next to the venue at 158 – 170 Aldersgate Street.