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Day 2: 17 September

The two day online conference agenda incorporated keynote sessions, panel discussions, networking, polls and Q&As.

 

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9.00 Registration

9.30 Chair’s opening remarks and introduction

Session chair: Sarah Williams, editor, Social Housing

9.35 A view from the funders

Against a backdrop of a tumultuous period in the financial markets triggered by COVID-19, and continued caution amid global economic pressures, UK social housing has offered something of a ‘safe haven’ to investors. We hear from funders and lenders about their views on the sector and give you the opportunity to pose your questions to the sector’s most prominent investors.

 

Henrietta Podd, director, social housing, Chatham Financial

Elizabeth Cain, deputy head of debt origination, Pension Insurance Corporation

Barry Fowler, managing director, alternative income – real assets, Aviva investors

10.20 ESG and SLL funding

A changing financial landscape and increased appetite for UK social housing has seen a number of new lenders and funders enter the sector, along with the emergence of new ESG and sustainability-linked products and a sector-led ESG movement. How do these products work, what’s really driving them, what are the benefits for housing associations, and how should the sector present itself in relation to ESG and impact investing?

 

Imran Mubeen, head of treasury, Bromford

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

11.00 Networking break

Delegates will be offered to join a Zoom chat to continue the conversation online, network and meet each other.

  • Please introduce yourself and share your thoughts on the earlier sessions.
  • How do you think the sector’s borrowing capacity has changed post pandemic and what can the housing associations do to attract new investors and funding?

11.20 Talking treasury

Treasurers from within sector and other industries discuss their priorities. From unsecured lending to ‘alternative’ finance solutions, the equity question, cashflow and liquidity requirements and credit ratings.

 

Tariq Kazi, head of treasury, Optivo

Ines Callahan, director of analytics, Fitch Ratings

12.05 The transition away from the Libor benchmark: is the sector ready?

The Libor benchmark will cease sometime after 2021. What is the impact this change will have on pricing/costs of financial products? Is the sector ready to make this transition? We hear a case study of the sector’s first full transaction.

 

Opportunity to continue the discussion on technical aspects of Libor transition online.

 

Alastair Hughes, senior advisor, Bank of England

12.30 Networking break

Delegates will be offered to join a Zoom chat in small groups to network and meet each other.

  • Please introduce yourself and share your thoughts on the previous two sessions.
  • You may want to share how your organisation is managing the Libor to Sonia transition or reflect on the current treasurers’ priorities in your organisation.

 

13.00 Lunch break

13.30 Chair’s welcome back and introduction to afternoon sessions

 

 

13.30 Public and private partnerships

Grant, land and s106 are all crucial ingredients for the delivery of social housing. This session looks at how public funding is being deployed, alongside the emergence of new public and private partnerships in the market.

 

James Duncan, partner, Winckworth Sherwood

David Armstrong, chief financial officer, Flagship Group

14.20 Building safety: a crisis within a crisis

Building safety continues to be a top priority for housing providers, with additional challenges caused by the pandemic. This session will consider financial case studies, investment programmes and the funding challenges facing providers – as well as new regulations and the role of government.

 

Peter Benz, director of finance, Network Homes

Tom Miskell, chair, Pendleton Together Operating Company

15.00 Networking break

  • Delegates will be offered to join a Zoom chat to meet each other and continue the informal conversation online. Please introduce yourself and share your thoughts on the previous two sessions.
  • What is the impact on grant funding in the social housing sector post pandemic?
  • Please share how your organisation is coping with increased financial implications to meet the building safety standards.

15.20 Investing in a greener future for UK housing

The final session of the day, and the conference, will explore the financial planning being done by the government and the housing providers as they build the zero-carbon agenda into their business plans. How can the sector create a greener future for social housing?

 

Will Perry, director of strategy, Regulator of Social Housing

Sam Scharf, Director of Community Investment, Orbit

Rishi Madlani, Sustainable Finance Lead, Natwest

16.00 Chair’s closing remarks

Sarah Williams, editor, Social Housing

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