2019 Agenda

The 2019 conference included a main programme and two streams, designed to provide delegates with plenty of choice between topics, opportunities to network and move around the rooms.


Click here to view Stream 1 - Impact investment and ESG in UK social housing


Click here to view Stream 2 - Safety and quality across the social housing sector



Morning chair: Professor Christine Whitehead, housing economics, London School of Economics


Afternoon chair: Pete Gladwell, head of public sector partnerships, Legal & General

08.25 – 09.05 Winckworth Sherwood breakfast briefing: Social housing finance - the new normal

The world is changing: Hear RP and funder views on the new structures and funding sources that are becoming commonplace in the sector including unsecured debt, overseas funders, syndicated transactions and private placements.

Winckworth Sherwood will also be sharing the results of their survey published in Social Housing which has examined the sector’s current approach to social housing finance.


Duncan Brown, director of finance & technology, Vivid

Pietro Crescini, director, Sumitomo Mitsui Baking Corporation

Graeme Gilbert, treasury director, Sovereign Housing Association

Phil Jenkins, managing director, Centrus Advisors


Chair: Deborah Rowntree, senior associate, Winckworth Sherwood

9.10 Chair’s opening remarks

Professor Christine Whitehead, Housing Economics, London School of Economics

9.15 – 10.10 Session 1. A brave new political and economic landscape

The political landscape has suffered countless quakes in the last 12 months, resulting in another new administration and a potential change in direction for housing policy. What next for UK politics, the economy and the housing sector?


Professor Christine Whitehead, Housing Economics, London School of Economics

Poppy Trowbridge, columnist for The Times and the Guardian, former special adviser and director of communications to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond

Lord Gavin Barwell, British politician, former Downing Street chief of staff to Prime Minister Theresa May, former Minister of State for Housing and Planning

10.10 – 10.50 Session 2: Re-building the investment case for social housing

With every new government comes a rethink and reshuffle on housing policy – and consequences for tenants, the operating and regulatory environment, and housing provider delivery and investment capacity. This sessions explores how the sector can position itself for the future, and the case it should be making for public investment in social housing.


Matthew Bailes, group chief executive, Paradigm Housing

Steve Douglas CBE, group chief executive, Altair, chair, One Housing Group

Carol Matthews, chief executive, Riverside, chair, Homes for the North

10.50 – 11.15 Coffee and networking break

11.15 – 11.45 Session 3: A view from the regulator

Social Housing invites the English Regulator of Social Housing to set out the direction of travel for housing regulation, along with its current priorities and key messages for registered providers and local authorities.

Julian Ashby, former chair, the Regulator of Social Housing, chair, Paradigm Housing

11.45 – 12.25 Session 4. Moving with the times: turning risk into opportunity

The UK’s departure from the EU has brought no shortage of forecasts and predictions. Our speakers will set out the impacts so far for social housing – from financial and business planning mitigations to frontline services – and the role of housing providers in supporting communities and local economies in these unsettling times.


Anne Turner, board member, finance, Network Homes

Richard Petty, lead director, living advisory, JLL

Dr. Mathias Hain, managing director, Ritterwald Consulting

12.25 – 13.00 Session 5: Debate - The investable proposition of UK social housing

UK social housing is attracting a bigger and broader range of private finance and capital than ever before. Our speakers assess the appeal of UK social housing from an investment perspective, how the worlds of for-profit and not-for-profit align, and the appropriate balance between commercial return and social outcomes.


Pete Gladwell, head of public sector partnerships, L&G

Rob Beiley, partner, Trowers & Hamlins

Karin Erlander, director, S&P Global Ratings

Martin watts, director of treasury, L&Q

13.00 – 13.20 Session 6: Savills research launch - private investment opportunities in affordable housing

Helen Collins, head of affordable housing consultancy, Savills

Josh Rose-Nokes, associate director, Savills Residential Research

13.20 - 14.20 Lunch break

14.20 – 15.00 Session 7: Getting to the heart of social housing providers

With extensive focus on the many risks facing housing providers today, how are housing providers addressing their core purpose? This session will look at how business plans are coping with the balance of central tenant and customer issues including affordability, welfare reform and the roll out of universal credit, with delivering quality new homes.


Vinny Roche, chief executive, First Choice Homes Oldham

Clare Norton, chief executive, Peter Bedford Housing Association, chair, G320

Mark Washer, chief executive, Sovereign

Elspeth Mackenzie, chief executive, Thrive Homes

15.00 – 15.40 Session 8: Embracing innovation: are you ready for change?

This session will address new ways of delivering homes and essential services. We will look at how organisations from across the sector and beyond are using innovative approaches to improve and evolve. What new approaches can be incorporated into the housing sector from other industries?


Paul Dolan, group chief executive, Accent Group

Kal Kay, director of finance, Great Places Housing Group

Ashling Fox, chief operating officer, Peabody

16.00 – 16.40 Session 9: Working together to deliver - making partnerships work

What is the key to successful collaboration? The sector has seen a number of housing associations across unite to form partnerships and joint ventures in order to boost the delivery of homes and provide better services for the residents. The session will look at examples of joint ventures and partnerships across the housing sector.


Gary Orr, chief executive, Radian

Jonathan Layzell, executive director of development, Stonewater

Nathan Mallows, director of finance, Coastline Housing

16.40 – 17.10 Session 10: Panel discussion - Fixing the broken housing market: how are we doing so far?

Almost three years ago, the government of the day published a white paper calling on all corners of UK housing to come together to fix the broken housing market.The devastating events at Grenfell Tower then put the focus firmly on safety and tenant voice. So how far have we come to building a ‘stronger, fairer Britain’? And what should be done now to fix the broken housing market?


David Cowans, chief executive, Places for People

Sarah Smith, chief financial officer, Optivo

Polly Neate, chief executive, Shelter

17.10 Chair’s closing remarks

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


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