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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
"Met some great people and made some great contacts. Took away some great tips that are easy to introduce. Saw some marvellous, inspirational speakers that really made me think"
"Great innovative ideas around customer experince and improving the overall customer journey."
"Great insight into how others have successfully integrated innovation and disruption into their businesses."
"Not just another housing conference; challenging examples of thinking from outside the housing bubble"