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Day 1 agenda: 1 December 2020

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08.30-09.15 Fitch Ratings breakfast briefing session – The benefit of being rated in today’s uncertain market environment

This session will provide specific examples of how a rating has made a difference for housing associations when it comes to refinances negotiations, reducing bank debt, widening the pool of investors and accessing the market, both private and public bond issuance. It will also touch on the process of getting a rating, and the value they add.


Session chair: Paul de Lange, associate director, Fitch Ratings


Speakers: Matthew Harrison, chief executive, Great Places


Ines Callahan, director of analytics, Fitch Ratings

09.30-10.20 Session 1 The new landscape of regulation: key lessons, guidance and future-thinking

To begin the week we welcome Simon Dow, interim chair, RSH to outline the key priorities for the sector as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Vital to this will be long-awaited publication of the UK government’s social housing white paper, and the latest Sector Risk Profile.



Simon Dow, chair, the Regulator of Social Housing

Fiona MacGregor, chief executive, the Regulator of Social Housing


Chair of Day 1 - Heather Ashton, executive director of business change and improvement, Thirteen Group

10.30-11.20 Session 2 Risk reimagined: building resilience into business planning

This session invites panellists to discuss the impact of a variety of policy-backed decisions such as the ‘right to shared ownership’, the impact of a no-deal Brexit, the effect of worsening economic conditions on communities and the new challenges for the care and support sector.



Matthew Bailes, group chief executive, Paradigm

Richard Petty, Head of UK Living, JLL

Anita Khan, executive director of customer services, Settle

Bruce Moore, chief executive, Housing 21

11.30-12.20 Session 3 Planning reform and surviving the ‘death of Section 106’

Strategic and land-led approaches have been rising up the agenda even before the recent proposals to change the way Section 106 contributions are delivered, plus the ‘opportunities’ with retail-to-resi, but a huge proportion of affordable housing delivery still rely on these. As the changes approach, along with the arrival of ‘First Homes’, what can housing associations do to safeguard delivery? And what opportunities and risks does the wider shake up bring to the sector?


Paul Fiddaman, group chief executive, Karbon Homes

Tracey Barnes, chief financial officer, Sovereign Housing

Jane Gallifent, development and sales director, Aster Group

12.25-12.50 Savills Research Launch - Decarbonising our social housing: lessons from Europe?

Registered providers face an enormous challenge transforming their homes to meet emissions targets. In this research we look to our European neighbours to see what social landlords there have done to improve their stock to find lessons we can apply at home.


Session chair: Sarah Williams, editor, Social Housing


Speakers: Lawrence Bowles, director, Savills Residential Research

John Kiely, director, housing & public sector, Savills

12.50 – 13.20 Networking break via Zoom: what the white paper means for my organisation

Delegates will be invited to join a Zoom chat to network and meet each other. Please introduce yourself and share your thoughts on the morning’s sessions, and in particular your reflections on the government’s recently published social housing white paper, and how your organisation is preparing for the coming changes.

14.00-14.50 Session 4 Building safety, leaseholders and the high price of nil valuations

With many leaseholders struggling to access government cladding removal funding, and an ongoing mortgage crisis impacting new-build homes over ‘nil valuations’, how can housing associations balance the right package of support? And from the toll on residents’ wellbeing to the reputational and financial risks for the sector, what is the price of getting it wrong? We hear from housing associations, leaseholder organisations and sector valuers.


Helen Evans, chief executive, Network Homes, chair, G15 Group

Martin Boyd, chair, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership

Jonathan Spearing, director of finance, Poplar Harca

14.50-15.20 Networking break via Zoom: reflections on day one

Delegates will be invited to join a Zoom chat to network and meet each other. Please introduce yourself and share your reflections on topics discussed during the first day of the conference




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