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2020 agenda

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9.00 Chair’s opening remarks

Gavin Smart, chief executive, Chartered Institute of Housing

9.05 Session 1: Navigating a new political and economic landscape

This session will explore the state of the economy, the new government’s social housing policy and the impact on the sector in the longer run. What next for UK politics, the economy and the housing sector?

Speaker:

Professor Trevor Williams, former Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

9.50 Session 2: The regulatory landscape under the new government

The regulatory landscape is changing. This session will hear the priorities of the regulators whose frameworks will have a direct impact on housing governance, viability and service standards.

Speakers:

Fiona Mac Gregor, chief executive, Regulator of Social Housing

Richard Blakeway, Housing Ombundsman

10.30 Session 3 Filling the void: creative finance or simple economics?

How can HAs meet the challenge of increased investment in existing homes along with the ongoing demand for new build homes. Is it time for creative solutions and alternative finance, or does it simply come down to housing economics and grant funding?

Speakers:

Geeta Nanda, CEO, Metropolitan Thames Valley

Waqar Ahmed, group FD, L&Q

11.10 Coffee and networking break

11.30 Session 4: Raising the bar on stock condition: knowing the risks

Stock condition and data quality have risen up the agenda, at a time of increased pressure around the safety and green agendas. How are housing providers demonstrating that they are managing the risks effectively, and providing the appropriate level of assurances?

Speakers:

Will Perry, Strategy Director, Regulator of Social Housing

Anne Costain, interim finance director, Thrive

12.10 Session 5: Ethical transfers: what’s driving social housing sales?

Changing demographics and the zero-carbon agenda are making some HAs rethink their footprint. This session will explore the drivers behind stock disposals and swaps, who the buyers are, and the social and economic value that is being placed on these homes.
Speakers:
Rod Holdsworth, chief financial and resources officer, Hyde

12.50 Session 6 Savills research presentation

Speakers:

Robert Grundy, head of housing, Savills

13.10 Lunch

14.10 Session 7 Building safety: financial case studies

This session will provide financial case studies around the challenges organisations are facing when dealing with costs of building safety works.

14.45 Session 8 VFM: how is the sector adapting?

Hear how providers are taking the VfM agenda beyond the regulator’s core metrics, and continuing to address questions around transparency, tenant engagement and efficiency.
Speakers:

Jonathan Walters, deputy chief executive, Regulator of Social Housing

15.20 Coffee and networking break

15.40 Session 9 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?

16.20 Session 10 Investing in a greener future for UK housing

The final session of the day 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?
Speakers:

Tracey Barnes, CFO, Sovereign

17.00 Chair’s closing remarks

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