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8.15 Breakfast briefing: Are you ready for LIBOR – in conversation with the Bank of England

GBP Libor interest reference rates, commonly used across a wide variety of financial products, will cease at the end of 2021. As the deadline approaches are you ready?

Alastair Hughes, senior advisor, Bank of England will provide a brief overview on the transition from Libor and why you need to act now to minimise the risk of disruption at the end of 2021.

9.30 UK Housing Review 2021

Hear the latest headlines and findings from the UK Housing Review 2021 and understand trends across the sector covering investments, expenditure plans and revenue spending.


  • Professor Peter Williams, departmental fellow, department of land economy, University of Cambridge

Chair: Julian Ashby, chair, Paradigm Housing

10.15 ESG standardisation – are we there yet, and does it pay off?

  • How ‘standardised’ are sector approaches to ESG reporting – is it possible to go further?
  • Pricing and cost – can we definitely say a label pays off?
  • And while it’s great to be ‘green’ – are there potential risks to signing up to a new code?


  • Sarah Forster, chief executive, The Good Economy
  • Marcos Navarro, director and sustainability lead, Natwest
  • Brendan Sarsfield, incoming chair, Sustainability Reporting Board
  • Patrick Symington, chief executive, MORhomes
  • Jon Turner, chief executive, Link Group

Chair: Luke Cross, director (London), Social

11.15 For-profits come of age

With the announcement that for-profit registered providers will be able to bid for funding under Homes England’s strategic partnership model for the first time – are for-profits now being seen as real contender in the delivery of new homes? How are they progressing, what are their ambitions and what opportunities – and challenges – do they offer to the traditional sector.


  • John Goodey, chief financial officer, Sage Housing
  • Will Perry, director of strategy, Regulator of Social Housing
  • Catherine Raynsford, director of stakeholder and investment management, Hyde
  • Sarah Smith, chief financial officer, Optivo

Chair: Julian Ashby, chair, Paradigm Housing

12.15 A lesson in mergers

What is driving the latest wave of mergers?

What can be learned from the last wave?

Looking back to mergers of old, how have cultures embedded and what has it meant for the finances of the new organisation?



  • Maame-Yaa Bempah, financial services director, Notting Hill Genesis
  • Ruth Cooke, chief executive, GreenSquareAccord
  • Caroline Moore, chief financial officer, Abri

Chair: Abigail Davies, director, housing consultancy, Savills

13.30 LUNCHTIME ROUNDTABLE: What do you need to know about SHPS and SHAPS?

The Social Housing Pension Scheme (“SHPS”) valuation results are due to be published later this month so Social Housing is hosting a roundtable session which aims to answer any questions you have about both SHPS and its Scottish counterpart, Scottish Housing Associations’ Pension Scheme (SHAPS). Katy Taylor, housing lead at pensions advisory firm Isio who will be on hand to talk about how the schemes are set up, what challenges they face as a result of the pandemic and the long-term funding of the defined benefit pensions.

15.00 Harnessing investment – grant partnerships and stimulating development

An opportunity to discuss how grant, government guarantees and partnership approaches are supporting the delivery of new homes, from strategic partnerships to the new Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme, and the needs and strategies of organisations in different areas of the country.



  • Oriane Auzanneau, director, ARA Venn
  • Geeta Nanda, vice-chair, G15
  • Jackie Rigby, head - affordable housing strategy, Homes England
  • Nigel Wilson, chair, Homes for the North

Chair: Sarah Williams, editor, Social Housing Magazine

16.00 Close of conference



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