Schedule

  1. Day 1
  2. Day 2
  1. 08:30 - 09:30 (1 hour)

    Registration and networking

  2. 09:30 - 10:15 (45 minutes)

    Commerciality versus social purpose in housing

    Fay Selvan, Chair, New Charter Housing Group
    Nicola Inchbald, Group Chair, Rooftop Housing Group
    Dipesh J. Shah, OBE, Chairman, Genesis Housing Association

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    Housing associations are diverse organisations. Many large housing associations now see themselves primarily as developers, and invest their profit in the delivery of new affordable homes. However, others feel that these organisations have lost the core values that drove them.

    In this session, we'll hear from both sides of the debate and explore how to be a dynamic social business but still maintain your original social purpose.

    • What does increasing commerciality mean for board dynamics and board decision-making?
    • How have other sectors achieved a balance between commercial activity and their core purpose?
    • Understanding the regulator's perspective
    • Understanding and mitigating the risk of commercial activity.
  3. 10:15 - 11:00 (45 minutes)

    Diversification and new ways of working

    Sir Peter Fahy, Chair, Plus Dane Housing
    Guddy Helevuo-Burnet, Senior Business Partner (domestic abuse) , Peabody

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    Housing associations are increasingly involved in a diverse range of activities. In this session, we will review a selection of exciting new opportunities and explore what they mean for boards.
    • Becoming a community service provider – investing surplus in non-housing assets and community infrastructure with lots of social value
    • Investing in employability services – helping low skilled into the market and ensuring our tenants don’t miss out on growth in the economy
    • Housings role in supporting inclusive growth, social cohesion, inclusion and integration
    • Developing for millennials – creating a viable offer to meet the unmet housing needs of young people

  4. 11:00 - 11:30 (30 minutes)

    Refreshments and networking

  5. 11:30 - 12:30 (1 hour)

    Developing the homes needed to solve the housing crisis

    Austen Reid, Group Director of Development, Clarion Housing Group
    Karen Marshall, Corporate Director of Governance and Compliance , whg
    Alan Yates, Executive Commercial Director, Accord
    Elisabeth Buggins CBE, Chair, Accord
    Valerie Owen OBE, Chair, Swan Housing

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    Raising the bar in the quality of housing developments – aspiration versus compliance – going above and beyond in pursuit of building standards

    • Ensuring an effective board understanding of development risk
    • Exploring tenure mix and what developing a range of tenure means for boards
    • Understanding the future of shared ownership – will equity ever become a tradeable instrument?
    • Offsite manufacture – assessing the risk for boards
  6. 12:30 - 13:30 (1 hour)

    Lunch and networking

  7. 13:30 - 14:30 (1 hour)
    • 13:30 - 14:30 (1 hour)

      SP9: Financial sustainability

      Jonathan Walters

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      With the effect of rent cuts still being felt and the impact of welfare reform, it's essential that housing associations' business plans stack up, both now and in future. But with uncertain economic prospects, this presents many housing associations with a challenge.

      This session explores what you need to do to ensure the resilience of your organisation in the face of this challenge.

    • 13:30 - 14:30 (1 hour)

      SP10: Health, social care and housing

      Mike More

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      With delayed transfers of care a challenging problem, housing can offer bold solutions to the big challenges in healthcare.

      This session will prove how housing associations are helping to support people moving out of hospital into suitable homes.

    • 13:30 - 14:30 (1 hour)

      SP11: Chair’s masterclass

      Suzy Brain England OBE

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      Sharing her vast experience of chairing organisations across a wide variety of sectors, Suzy leads a session for housing association chairs to learn from each other, share best practice and network with colleagues.

  8. 14:30 - 15:00 (30 minutes)

    Refreshments and networking

  9. 15:00 - 16:00 (1 hour)

    Innovation and transformation – creating our future

    John Newbury, Chair, RHP
    James Green, Futures Programme Director, National Housing Federation

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    Identifying the opportunity areas for housing transformation – what is possible and what could that achieve:
    • Delivering digital transformation in housing
    • Learning from out of sector innovators and disruptors

  10. 16:00 - 16:00 (1 second)

    Close of conference