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Housing & Regeneration Fiance Summit

Thursday 31 October 2019

etc.venues County Hall

Belvedere Road, London SE1 7PB


2019 Agenda




9.30 - Welcome and Chair’s Opening Remarks

Pete Gladwell, head of public sector partnerships, Legal & General

9:40 - Keynote: Brexit, housing and regeneration

The ambition to redevelop towns and cities and create hundreds of thousands of new homes matches the urgency with which government wants to see it happen. However, stakeholders operate against a backdrop of significant political upheaval. The 2nd Housing & Regeneration Finance Summit takes place on the day Britain is scheduled to leave the EU. How will the economic environment influence the new government’s priorities?


Simon Rubinsohn, Economist, RICS

10.10 - Future cities and urban regeneration

Eleanor Jukes, senior investment and content manager, Legal & General

10.30 - The capital is there, but will politics prevent it being put to work?

Large scale developments are complicated enough for councils without any of the politics that comes with local government. Given the polarisation of party politics today and the allure of housing and regeneration to meeting ideological goals on both sides of the debate, what can the finance professional reasonably expect to get over the line in the current climate? If funding is in plentiful supply, what’s holding up progress? What lessons can be learned about managing risk in complex regeneration projects?


Duncan Whitfield, strategic director, Southwark Council

Jackie Sadek, founder and chief executive, UK Regeneration

Martin Reeves, chief executive, Coventry City Council

Helen Evans, chief executive, Network Housing Group

11.15 - Networking Break

11:45 - BO1 - HRA vs housing companies: what is your best route to market?

For some authorities, the lifting of the HRA borrowing cap was a significant enough incentive to prompt a renewal of their business case for council housing. For others, a housing company or companies still provides the best route to market. What’s influencing their calculations?


Conrad Hall, corporate director of resources, Newham Council
Dan Hawthorn, director of housing, regeneration and planning, Haringey Borough Council

Roger Keeling, strategic asset management director, Sovereign

Steve Partridge, Director – housing consultancy, Affordable Housing Consultancy, Savills

11.45 - BO2: Utilities, universities and other placemaking financial partnerships

Whether you’re working with higher education institutes, utilities companies or central government to achieve your housing or regeneration goals, the financial planning and project management can be fraught with complexity. Our panel of practitioners from different backgrounds and each will be asked how they envisage financial partnerships evolving across housing and regeneration.


James Rolfe, chief operating officer, Anglia Ruskin University

Tracey Coleman, director of planning and regeneration, Guildford Borough Council

Ellen Vernon, regional programme team, One Public Estate

Dave Litherland, Head of regeneration, Yours Housing Group

12.30 - BO3 Sponsored session: Homelessness & temporary accommodation

Temporary accommodation has been a major drain on council finances with some private landlords guilty of egregious opportunism. What models are emerging to deal with homelessness and why are housing associations less engaged than they might be?


Tanya Srikandan, head of commercial, Mears Group

13.15 - Networking Lunch

14.15 - Panel: What would we do differently now?

There’s much to be learnt from both successful major projects and those that didn’t achieve as much as expected. In a candid, Chatham House rule discussion, we delve into the experiences that have provided important lessons for future financial plans and project managers.


Moderator: Dan Hawthorn, director of housing, regeneration and planning, Haringey Borough Council

Chas Bradfield, strategic director-place, Winchester City Council

Clare Miller, group chief executive, Clarion Housing Group

Liz Peace, chair, Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation

Jeremy Stibbe, group director, regeneration and assets, Notting Hill Genesis

15.15 - Networking Break

15.45 - BO5 Ownership and financial risk: finding a solution that fits your needs

In this session we hear a selection of case studies of local authorities and housing associations who have taken a particular view on the availability of capital, the need to own land or not, and what level of risk they can stomach in order to push ahead with their projects. What are their financial plans built on, what will determine their success and to what extent will they work in partnership with others?


Tim Atkins, managing director – growth and place, Cheltenham Borough Council
Steve Thompson, director of resources, Blackpool Council

Graham Burgess, chair, Torus

Douglas Munro, head of structuring solutions, Legal & General

15.45 - BO6 Financial barriers and solutions to redefining the high street

As internet shopping and home delivery sweeps all before it, the existence of the high street, at least in its current form, is being picked apart. How are finance directors and heads of place working together to keep their high streets alive or are they embracing completely new directions?


Sharon Strutt, head of regeneration, London Borough of Redbridge

Danny Mather, Head of corporate finance, Warrington Borough Council

16.30 - Closing Plenary: It today a day for optimism?

As we close our 2nd annual summit, looking out from County Hall across the Thames to the Houses of Parliament, we may or may not be members of the European Union.


Much uncertainty surrounds the day itself but equally the future for housing and regeneration. How will delegates inside the conference hall work together with policy makers across the river, to tackle what is perennially described as a national crisis?

17.00 - Closing Remarks

Pete Gladwell, head of public sector partnerships, Legal & General

17.10 - Drinks Reception

18.00 - Close of conference

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