The two day online conference agenda incorporated keynote sessions, panel discussions, networking, polls and Q&As.
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Session chair: Sarah Williams, editor, Social Housing
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
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
Delegates will be offered to join a Zoom chat to continue the conversation online, network and meet each other.
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
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
Delegates will be offered to join a Zoom chat in small groups to network and meet each other.
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
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
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
Sarah Williams, editor, Social Housing