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Day 1: 16 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 to conference

Morning chair: Terrie Alafat, former chief executive, Chartered Institute of Housing

9.30 Into the unknown: navigating a new economic landscape

The UK looks set for recession. This session will explore the state of the economy, the new government’s social housing policy and the impact on the sector. What next for UK politics, the economy and the housing sector?


Professor Trevor Williams, former chief economist, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

10.20 Re-booting for recovery

The world has changed and so has the sector. From the way housing services and new homes are delivered, to housing providers’ own working environment. Meanwhile, the pre-COVID challenges are still here: the supply and affordability crisis; green agenda; and building safety agenda.


This session will hear from housing leaders from three different types of associations about what they are prioritising and how they are bracing for recession.


Will Perry, director of strategy, Regulator of Social Housing

11.00 Networking break

11.20 Mitigating risk, safeguarding resilience

From risk to rental income, arrears and voids, to the backlog of R&M, and unknowns around the housing market and construction industry – the risks ahead are multi-faceted.


We hear from finance leaders about their outlook, financial planning, risk management and stress-testing.

Savills research presentation

Continue the conversation online


Robert Grundy, head of housing, Savills

12.30 Lunch & networking break

13.50 Chair’s welcome back and introduction to afternoon sessions

14.00 The regulatory landscape

Even before COVID-19, the regulatory landscape was already changing. Against the backdrop of a new housing white paper, this session will hear the priorities of the regulators whose frameworks will have a direct impact on housing governance, viability and service standards. We will be looking for your feedback via our online polling.


Fiona MacGregor, chief executive, Regulator of Social Housing

Richard Blakeway, Housing Ombudsman

14.55 Valuations and the housing market

Valuations are a critical part of any finance director’s loan book and accounting practices. We’ll hear the latest on social and affordable housing valuations. This session will also hear from associations with live flagship developments, regeneration schemes and a presence in the sales market, and how their business plans are adapting to the ramifications of COVID-19.


Richard Petty, head of UK Living, JLL

15.35 Networking break

15.50 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?


Geeta Nanda, chief executive, Metropolitan Thames Valley

Waqar Ahmed, group finance director, L&Q

Peter Denton, chief executive, Hyde Group

Jonathan Walters, deputy chief executive, Regulator of Social Housing

16.40 Chair’s closing remarks

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