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Day 2 agenda: 2 December 2020

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08.30-09.15 Winckworth Sherwood breakfast briefing - ‘A year in review: overcoming financial challenges to the sector

The session will provide an overview of financial conditions in the housing sector, ongoing challenges and upcoming requirements. Speakers will discuss the financial implications of building safety works, transition from Libor to Sonia, approaches to ESG, and recent market activity.


Session chair: Louise Forrest, partner, head of banking and finance, Winckworth Sherwood


Speakers: Paul Stanley, relationship director, Lloyds Bank

Gareth Francis, director of treasury and corporate finance, Clarion Housing Group

Richard Conway, director, social housing, Chatham Financial

09.30-10.20 Session 5 Riding out the wave: the economic and political outlook on a macro level

Brexit, the pandemic, and an economy under pressure: in this keynote session we hear about the political, social and financial outlook for the UK, and what housing should expect.


Miatta Fahnbulleh, chief executive, New Economics Foundation


Lord Gavin Barwell, former Downing Street Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Theresa May, former Minister of State for Housing and Planning


Chair of Day 2 - Denise Fowler, chief executive, Women’s Pioneer Housing

10.30-11.20 Session 6 Scenario planning for the ‘new normal’ on a micro level

How are housing associations stress-testing and shoring up finances for continued uncertainty, and a potential double hit to the economy as the continued impact of COVID-19 and Brexit beds in? And what steps should providers take to ‘future proof’ their financial profiles more broadly, including through ESG reporting?


Caroline Moore, chief financial officer, Abri


Tom Paul, director of treasury and commercial, Optivo


Rosemary Farrar, chief financial officer, Platform Housing Group

11.30-12.20 Session 7 ‘Section 114’: what the local authority funding crisis means for the future of social housing

A recent survey found that one in five local authority CEOs are predicting that by the end of the next financial year they will need to declare that they do not have sufficient resources to meet their funding needs. What does this looming instability mean for localities, and how should social landlords reshape their businesses to respond?


Nigel Wilson, chair, Homes for the North, chief executive, Gentoo


Barbara Brownlee, managing director for Westminster builds, Westminster Council


John Verge, chief executive, Golden Lane Housing


Rebecca Sycamore, executive director for development and growth, St Mungo’s

12.20-12.50 Networking break via Zoom: risk, resilience and planning for the future

Delegates will be invited to join a Zoom chat to network and meet each other. Please introduce yourself and share your thoughts on the previous sessions; you may want to share how your organisation is stress testing, mitigating risks and preparing for tough economic climate.

14.00-14.50 Session 8 Talking stock: the road to decarbonisation and ‘decent homes two’

How are housing associations mapping out the route to decarbonisation and the advent of a ‘decent homes two’. We hear from organisations on the carbon implications of stock disposal, retrofit versus rebuild, lessons learned from decent homes one, and the importance of community engagement.


Emily Braham, head of sustainable energy, Nottingham City Homes


Elly Hoult, group director, assets, Notting Hill Genesis


Nigel Sedman, group director of homes, ForViva


Alexandra Willey, director of strategic asset management, Clarion Housing Group

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

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 day.




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