Stream 1: Impact investment and ESG in UK social housing

Sponsored by Civitas, Places for People, Ritterwald Consulting, Trowers & Hamlins


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Impact investment is a multi-trillion pound global market. With an increasing number of entrants attracted to the ‘social’ in social and affordable housing, this stream will look at the opportunities and risks in this market, and what it might mean for UK housing and future funding sources and partners.


Topics include:


  • Telling the UK social housing story on a global platform
  • Who are the ‘impact investors’
  • The platforms: retail charity bonds, social bonds, impact investment equity/lease funds, ethical banks, homelessness funds, UK government and more.
  • Knowing the pitfalls: lessons from the specialist supported housing sector


Chair: Paul Rickard, chief financial officer, Pocket Living

14.20 – 15.00 Session 1: Social impact investing at home and abroad: the story so far

Impact investing and ESG have hit the mainstream in recent years, stretching across urban renewal and regeneration, clean energy, infrastructure, housing and SME finance. With growing appetite now in the UK and changes afoot for the pensions industry, we hear from leading figures on the story so far in Britain and abroad.


Jamie Broderick, working group lead, Impact Investment Institute

Karen Shackleton, founder, Pensions for Purpose, deputy chair, the strategic investment board for the Ministry of Justice

Simon Chisholm, chief investment officer, Resonance


15.00 – 15.40 Session 2: Meet the impact investors

Who are the impact investors and what are they looking for in the public sector and social housing? We hear from a number of funders about their investments to date, including what drives an ‘impact’ investment, insight into the balance between social and commercial return, along with the role and direction of travel for ESG in the UK.


Anna Shiel, head of origination, Big Society Capital

Dominic Brindley, head of public sector and structured asset finance, Natwest Markets

Lutz Rittig, managing director, Ritterwald Consulting

Whitni Thomas, senior manager, investor relations and crowdfunding, Triodos Bank

15.40 – 16.00 Coffee and networking break

16.00 – 16.40 Session 3: Measuring the impact in UK social housing

Housing associations and their banks have recently been embracing ESG, while big names from the investment community have entered affordable housing under the ‘impact’ banner, largely with equity models. This session looks at the sector’s experience to date, whether there is a natural match, examples of funding arrangements and structures, and how housing providers are approaching ESG.


Patrick Symington, chief executive, MORHomes

Naomi Roper, partner, housing finance, Trowers & Hamlins

Sarah Forster, chief executive, The Good Economy

Matt Cooper, head of treasury, Places for People

16.40 – 17.10 Session 4: Risk and reward - striking the right balance

Impact investing may be viewed differently depending on your perspective and the sector you operate in. This session explores risk and reward, regulatory considerations and lessons learned to date from recent sector entrants and experiences.


Paul Bridge, chief executive, Civitas Housing Advisors

Richard Petty, lead director, living advisory, JLL

Piers Williamson, chief executive, THFC

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

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