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9.15 Chair’s opening remarks and introduction to the conference

Chair’s opening remarks and introduction to the conference

9.20 Economy in focus

An uneven economic recovery plus the acceleration of digitisation and rising focus on social trends amid COVID-19 all make for a time of challenge and opportunity for the sector. What is the short, medium and long-term outlook and what does it mean for future investment in social housing?

Speakers:

  • Natalie Ceeney CBE, chair, Innovate Finance
  • Polly MacKenzie, chief executive, DEMOS

Chair: Sarah Williams, editor, Social Housing magazine

10.25 Confronting the uncertainty – what does the current political and economic environment mean for sector finances?

The known and unknown economic challenges of Brexit, potential recession, falling rental income, financial priorities rightly shifting towards meeting fire safety and sustainability needs and the global Coronavirus pandemic have all placed huge pressures on housing providers. However, there is also huge potential to innovate and collaborate to firmly establish housing as a true economic driver for growth across the UK. How can the sector rise to these challenges in an ever-changing environment?

 

Speakers:

  • Tracey Barnes, chief financial officer, Sovereign Housing
  • Paul Bridge, chief executive social housing, Civitas Investment
  • Michael Brooks, associate director – international public finance group, Fitch Ratings
  • Shendi Keshet, director of finance and resources, Manningham Housing
  • Jonathan Walters, deputy chief executive, Regulator of Social Housing

Chair: Sarah Williams, editor, Social Housing magazine

10.25 Parallel session: Confronting the uncertainty - what does the current political and economic environment mean for sector finances in Scotland?

The known and unknown economic challenges of Brexit, Indy Ref2, potential recession, falling rental income, financial priorities rightly shifting towards meeting fire safety and sustainability needs and the global Coronavirus pandemic have all placed huge pressures on housing providers. However, there is also huge potential to innovate and collaborate to firmly establish housing as a true economic driver for growth across the UK. How can the sector rise to these challenges in an ever-changing environment?

 

Speakers:

  • Ngeme Ntuli, director of group finance, Port of Leith
  • Nick Pollard, group finance director, Link Group
  • Helen Shaw, assistant director of regulation, Scottish Housing Regulator

Chair: Heather Pearson, co-head of housing sector, Addleshaw Goddard

11.25 Net zero financing – risks and barriers

With HAs now beginning to scope out the cost of decarbonising their stock by 2050 and estimates for the potential costs being mooted at upwards of £4.8bn, pressure is increasing on business plans. Covenant flexibility and carve-outs will provide some headroom, but what are the impacts on security and where are the innovative solutions to funding this key requirement for the sector?

 

Speakers:

  • Emma Harvey, programme director, Green Finance Institute
  • Scott Martin, executive director of resources, Karbon Homes
  • Claire Racine, director, upstream sustainability services team, JLL
  • Naomi Roper, partner, Trowers

Chair: Andrew Cameron-Smith, Social Net Zero

12.25 Unlocking additional capacity to meet pressures on the sector

Housing associations have faced two major challenges over the last five years: the rent cut and concerns over building safety in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy. Both have placed pressure on the sector’s finances, even before the outbreak of Covid-19. The major costs faced by the sector over coming years are continued work on building safety, the ramping up of decarbonisation, and increasing costs of new homes (Future Homes Standard). Can the sector find the cash?

 

Speakers:

  • Lawrence Bowles, director, residential research, Savills
  • Alex Morgan, Director, director, housing treasury, Savills
  • Catherine Wilson, director of affordable housing valuation team, Savills

 

13.25 LUNCHTIME ROUNDTABLE: Data and building safety - how the UK Housing Data Standards will underpin the government’s golden thread initiative

A roundtable exploring the role of the UK Housing Data Standards in ensuring that you will be able to deliver on the government’s agenda on building safety and that your investment in homes responds to future legislation.

Hosted by Jacqui Bateson, managing director, HACT

14.15 One eye on the future

Whilst we all work to confront and deal with current uncertainty, how do we continue to scenario plan for future risk? Will the rebuilding of business plans to take into account increasing rent arrears and other stress testing ensure finances are secure enough to manage in the event of future, unseen ‘black swan’ events? How can we mitigate the impact on development programmes and future sales?

 

Speakers:

  • Sue Harvey, partner, Campbell Tickell
  • Mark Hattersley, chief financial officer, Clarion
  • Steven Henderson, group director of finance, Wheatley Group

Chair: Paul Rickard, chief financial officer, Pocket Living

15.00 Close of day 1

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