1. Day 1
  2. Day 2
  1. 09:00 - 10:00 (1 hour)

    Registration and networking

  2. 10:00 - 10:20 (20 minutes)

    Welcome address

    Baroness Diana Warwick, Chair, National Housing Federation

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    Baroness Diana Warwick reflects on the turbulent events that have rocked 2017 to help you make sense of the sector redefining Grenfell Tower tragedy and how it has changed our sector landscape. She will also explore what the unclear result of the General Election and ongoing political uncertainty means for housing.

  3. 10:20 - 10:40 (20 minutes)

    Delivering a bold vision to fix the broken housing system

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    This session will provide clarification on the Govenment’s vision for housing.

    • Delivering a strategic, system-based response to the national challenge of ensuring we are safe in our homes
    • Providing housing associations with the rent certainty that they need to plan and run their businesses
  4. 10:40 - 11:00 (20 minutes)

    The future of housing regulation

    Julian Ashby, Chair of the HCA Regulation Committee, Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)

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    In the session, the regulator provides its vision for social housing, including:

    • defining a new relationship with the sector
    • assessing the current level of sector risk
    • identifying governance themes and lessons from recent assessments.
  5. 11:00 - 11:30 (30 minutes)

    Refreshments and networking

  6. 11:30 - 12:00 (30 minutes)

    Analysing the economic outlook

    Paul Johnson, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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    Sustained poor economic performance, spending cuts and uncertainty around Brexit continue to put pressure on government and household finances and on the housing market. Looking at recent changes and future risks Paul Johnson will set out some of the possible paths for government policy, household incomes and the housing market.

  7. 12:00 - 13:00 (1 hour)

    Responding to the Grenfell Tower tragedy

    Lord Kerslake, Chair and President, Peabody and Local Government Association
    Jacqui McKinlay, Chief Executive, Centre for Public Scrutiny

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    The Grenfell Tower fire was a tragedy almost beyond comprehension, with wide-ranging implications for the housing and building sectors. This session provides an opportunity to think about what it means for boards, including:

    • What can a board do to ensure that we never have an event like the Grenfell Tower fire again?
    • Should this event change the way accountability operates in housing
    • Driving change in how the sector approaches quality and standards – how do we move from compliance to aspiration in pursuit of the highest possible quality standards?
    • What disaster preparedness lessons can we learn from the response?
    • Where next for tenant management organisations?
    • Is it time to rethink the way we approach housing for disadvantaged people in society?
  8. 13:00 - 14:00 (1 hour)

    Lunch and networking

  9. 14:00 - 15:00 (1 hour)
    • 14:00 - 15:00 (1 hour)

      SP1: Welfare Reform

      Sue Ramsden

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      How organisations can best prepare for Universal Credit, understand the impact on tenants and manage the risk.

    • 14:00 - 15:00 (1 hour)

      SP2: Asset Management

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      With asset management and maintenance teams providing the vital front line with tenants, it is essential that boards understand the increasingly crucial strategic role that they play in both improving the quality of services and in achieving efficiencies.

    • 14:00 - 15:00 (1 hour)

      SP3: Introduction to the housing sector for new board members

      Paul Bayly

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      This session provides an essential briefing for newcomers to housing. It will outline the key policy issues, sector challenges and regulatory priorities, to equip you in your role as a board member.

    • 14:00 - 15:00 (1 hour)

      SP4: The future of tenant involvement

      Raj Patel

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      Accountability to the communities that we serve is rightly at the top of everyone’s agenda at the moment. How can we really listen to tenants and make sure that we are customer driven and responsive businesses?

  10. 15:00 - 16:00 (1 hour)
    • 15:00 - 16:00 (1 hour)

      SP5: Achieving efficiency and delivering value for money

      Bharat Mehta CBE

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      With ever-reducing resources and an increasing social need, how do you make every penny count? This session will explore how you can demonstrate value for money and achieve efficiency.

    • 15:00 - 16:00 (1 hour)

      SP6: Mergers, collaborations and joint ventures

      Session sponsored by BDO

      Neil Goulden, Jeff Harris

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      Merger activity has been hectic over the past year and it's not over yet. In this session, we will hear from organisations who have experienced the merger process and hear their future plans. We'll also explore how joint ventures and collaborations, rather than full-on mergers, can be used to achieve shared ambitions.

    • 15:00 - 16:00 (1 hour)

      SP7: Best practice in board appraisal

      Session sponsored by Campbell Tickell

      Stephen Bull

    • 15:00 - 16:00 (1 hour)

      SP8: Treasury committees update

      John Weguelin

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      Exploring the latest developments in housing's treasury environment, this session provides a unique opportunity for treasury committee members to share their experiences and meet others facing similar challenges.

  11. 16:00 - 16:30 (30 minutes)

    Refreshments and networking

  12. 16:30 - 17:30 (1 hour)

    Board operations and risk management

    Neil Goulden, Chairman, Clarion Housing
    Rob Warm, Head of Member Relations, National Housing Federation

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    Understanding your role and accountabilities as a board member:

    • The growing importance of stress-testing and disaster scenario planning
    • How does the board get sufficient assurance?
      • How much can you rely on the executive team?
      • Do you need independent verifying?
    • Steering the way to excellence in board governance – sharing best practice and learning from alternative approaches
      • To pay or not to pay
      • Board performance and appraisal
      • The relationship between the Chair and CEO
      • Board papers – how much is too much?
    • Understanding your board skills needs
    • A housing association shares their experiences of a governance downgrade and describes their successful route to recovery
  13. 17:30 - 18:30 (1 hour)


  14. 18:30 - 19:30 (1 hour)

    Networking drinks reception

  15. 19:30 - 22:30 (3 hours)

    Conference dinner

    David Orr, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation

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    Join us for an elegant 3 course meal with wine, music and engaging conversation.