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Day 2: 17 September

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


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9.00 Registration

9.20 Chair’s opening remarks and introduction

9.30 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 at home and abroad about their views on the sector and give you the opportunity to pose your questions to the sector’s most prominent 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?


Lee Gibson, executive director of finance, Bromford

11.00 Networking break

11.15 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

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.


12.30 Lunch & networking break



13.25 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.

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

15.00 Networking break

15.15 Investing in a greener future for UK housing

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


Engage with the panellists and the audience by answering a live survey and participating in live Q&As

16.00 Chair’s closing remarks

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