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2019 Programme schedule included:

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08:00 - 08:45 Breakfast briefing - Lessons learned from investment in specialist supported housing

Our breakfast briefing session will be focusing on investment in the specialist supported housing sector and lease-based providers, including the regulator’s recent ‘lessons learned’ report which focused on the model. The session, sponsored by Civitas, will provide an in-depth debate about the specialist supported housing provision and the business model.

Paul Bridge, chief executive, Civitas
John Higgins, chief executive, First Priority Housing Association

Sharon Scollen, chief executive, Falcon HA
Jonathan Walters, assistant director of regulation, RSH

Chair: Luke Cross, editor, Social Housing

09:00 - Chair's opening remarks

Gavin Smart, Deputy chief executive, Chartered Institute of Housing

09:05 - "Breaking down Brexit: now what?"

With the current uncertain political and economic environment at the forefront of finance leaders’ minds this session will provide much needed discussion and debate around the potential impacts of Brexit. Our speakers will tackle it from a macroeconomic and fiscal policy perspective, and Tim will give us much an insider perspective on the current dynamics in Whitehall.

Confirmed speakers:

Grace Blakeley, Research fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
Tim Shipman, Political editor, Sunday Times

09:45 - A view from the regulator

In what is now a staple of the Social Housing conferences, the chair of the English Regulator of Social Housing will provide a much anticipated update of the regulatory progress, priorities and expectations in the post-Brexit environment.


Confirmed speaker:
Simon Dow, Interim chair, RSH

10:25 - Into the great unknown: managing the risk

Our speakers will provide much needed analysis of the key risks housing associations are facing and how they are stress testing and responding to these. Topics to be explored include: risk, modelling, mitigations, recovery and development plans

Confirmed speakers:


Ebele Akojie, Chief financial officer, One Housing Group
Mark Hattersley, Chief financial officer, Clarion Housing Group
Helen Rourke, Director of finance and company secretary, Manningham Housing Association

11:05 - Morning break

11:30 - Funding sources in a new economic climate

How is the funding community responding to current and future economic and political uncertainty? This session will cover key topics such as: the inside track on the appetite of sterling bond investors, views from a US investor, thoughts on the new affordable housing guarantees scheme, new bond aggregators, unsecured lending and the emergence of impact investment.


Confirmed speakers:

Fiona Dickinson, Investment director, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Fenella Edge, Treasurer, The Housing Finance Corporation

Eilidh Mactaggart, Managing director, MetLife Investments

Henrietta Podd, Director, JCRA UK

12:10 - Mergers and acquisitions

This session will look into different ways mergers can be structured, gain a retrospective view of the initial merger and acquisition goals, and explore whether our panel have managed to deliver these.

Confirmed speakers:
Heather Ashton, Executive director of resources, Thirteen Group

Larry Gold, Deputy chief executive - CFO, Trafford Housing Trust

Paul Weston, Chief financial officer, Housing 21


12:50 - Savills research launch: Mitigating Market Risk – Supporting delivery through cycles

Housing associations have never been more vulnerable to housing market fluctuations and we examine how housing association turnover from market activities has grown. We show where there is most sales exposure and what happened to sales during the Global Financial Crisis. Finally we look at the impact different downturn scenarios would have on a hypothetical housing association’s financial health and development capacity.


Confirmed speakers:

Chris Buckle, Director, residential research, Savills

Robert Grundy, Head of housing, Savills

13:10 - Lunch

14:10 - Rethinking the way we fund social housing

Through the theme of rethinking the way the sector operates, our panel will discuss questions such as: how can the sector make the economic of social housing stack up? Does the housing association business model need to change or evolve? What are the key finance and funding ingredients?


Confirmed speakers:

Peter Denton, Group finance director, Hyde

Lee Gibson, Executive director of finance, Bromford
Susan Hickey, Chief financial officer, Peabody

Susie Rogers, Partner, Capsticks

14:50 - How tenant voice is re-shaping business plans

Our panel will explore how tenant needs are impacting business strategy and financial planning. We would like you to also focus on whether you are applying the recommendations from the Social Housing Green Paper, including performance league tables and greater transparency.


Confirmed speakers:

Waqar Ahmed, Group director - finance, L&Q

Simon Gibbs, Executive director of finance & strategy, Curo

Rob Griffiths, Deputy chief executive & chief financial officer, Longhurst Group

Kevin Heslop, Group director - technology, Sanctuary

15:30 - Afternoon break

15:50 - Building homes ready for the future

How is the sector changing the way it invests and builds new homes to tackle the challenge of an aging population and in light of the Hackitt recommendations? What role will MMC play in building homes for the future? What does this mean for business plans and investment models?


Confirmed speakers:

Giles Carter, Director, Ilke Homes, and operating partner, TDR Capital
Sarah Jones, Chief financial officer, Anchor Hanover Group

Andrew Mullins, Business development director, NHBC
Richard Petty, Lead director - affordable housing, JLL

16:30 - Strategic Partnerships and Joint Ventures: who takes the risk?

From Homes England’s Strategic Partnerships to the Greater Manchester JV, this session will focus on who takes the risk, shares the reward, and how finance and funding is managed through commercial entities, partnerships and JVs. Our panel will also consider the implications of moving away from s106 to more land-led strategies.

Confirmed speakers:
Phil Elvy, Executive director of finance, Great Places Housing Group
Jackie Jacob, General manager: housing projects, Homes England

Will Perry, Assistant director, RSH

Stephen Teagle, Chief executive, Galliford Try

17:10 - Chair's closing remarks

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