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Day 2: Thursday 4 March


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*Please note sessions marked * will take place in a Chatham House-style format and will therefore not be available to view on-demand

08:15 – 09:15 Breakfast Briefing - Power to Zero: Decarbonising the social housing sector

Decarbonising the UK’s existing social homes is a significant challenge for the sector. Stonewater has been championing the need for long-term funding and solutions to allow the sector to decarbonise with confidence, including commissioning new research by the IPPR. Join their breakfast panel for a discussion on what the sector needs to commit to decarbonising, and how we can work together to find a solution.


Discussion points will include:


  • Ensuring the sector prioritises retrofit
  • Funding and government support
  • Technology and supply chains
  • Resident Engagement
  • Working together to commit to decarbonisation

Chair: Juliana Crowe, chair of the customer experience challenge & assurance panel, Stonewater

  • Patrick Chauvin, executive director – assets, Stonewater
  • Nicholas Harris, chief executive, Stonewater
  • Matt Harrison, project director - Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Jenny Osbourne MBE, chief executive, TPAS

09:30 – 10:15 Procuring a sustainably safe future

The current challenges we face, call for creative solutions. The session will explore not only what the impact of building regulations and fire safety has been in current procurement methods, but also reimagine the future path to ensure practices are implemented, which can guarantee procurement, is done sustainably too.


Chair: Rebecca Rees, partner, Trowers & Hamlins

  • Cecily Church, sustainability manager, The Guinness Partnership
  • Oliver Mooney, category manager, Fusion 21
  • Sandip Shergill, procurement director, Notting Hill Genesis

10:30 – 11:15 Data will talk to you if you are willing to listen

In the shift from future development to focusing on the existing stock, we cannot help but wonder, what do we actually know about our stock? The solution to understanding our stock seems to be found amongst the data. Knowing this, is it true that the sector is “data rich but intelligence poor” or does the sector need to learn how to better collect its data? What metrics do we need to incorporate? How can we utilise IoT to our advantage? Lastly, how can we start listening to it and utilising it properly?


Chair: Chris Jones, chief operating officer, Aico | HomeLINK

  • Hermione Crease, co-founder, Purrmetrix

  • John Fisher, managing director, Central Housing Investment Consortium Ltd (CHIC)
  • Johnny Furlong, BIM strategy lead, L&Q

11:30 – 12:15 Deploying retrofit programmes with resident engagement in mind

Stock can no longer be seen as such, and the sector is finally seeing them as what they truly are: homes. With this in mind, it’s crucial to bring residents along the retrofit deployment journey, especially when deciding which approach to take. In this session, we will also be hearing from different projects detailing their retrofit process, results, and funding.


Chair: Tina Mistry, relationships manager, Aico | HomeLINK

  • Mark Arnold, head of technical, Thirteen Group
  • Ellie Benton, research assistant, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Owain Israel, project manager, Linc Cymru Housing Association
  • Chris Moody, resident, Poole Housing

12:15 - 13:15 Roundtable discussion - Financing retrofit*

This roundtable is an opportunity for all of us to gather (in the virtual world of course), and start to brainstorm and discuss the crucial question - how are we going to pay for this? Leading the discussion, we’ll hear from the Green Finance Institute, from members of its Coalition for the Energy Efficiency of Buildings, who will present to us some of the finance solutions available to help us overcome this “challenge”.



Emma Harvey, project director, Green Finance Institute

Andy Sutton, co-founder, Sero
Karl Harder, co-founder and director, Abundance Investment
Ryan Jude, associate, Green Finance Institute

13:30 - 13:50 Coffee with Pete*

Meet our deputy editor, Pete Apps, for a coffee and run through of the latest news

14:00 – 14:45 How are we going to pay for this?

At the end of the day, it all comes down to this… funding. With such a huge challenge ahead, which will involve an upfront cost from Housing Associations, how is the sector going to fund these projects and what funding is currently available?


Chair: Sarah Williams, editor, Social Housing

  • Dominic Brindley, director, corporate financing and risk solutions team, Natwest Markets
  • Helen Evans, chief executive, Network Homes and chair, G15
  • Emma Harvey, project director, Green Finance Institute
  • Andy Howarth, director of finance, WHG

15:00 – 16:00 Vision 2030

To conclude the Summit, it’s time to bring the end-goal closer and look at what the near future should look like. Hear from our panellists from across the UK as they discuss how different regions, local authorities and councils are tackling their own climate change targets, and what they envision 2030 should look like.


Chair: Sarah Kostense-Winterton, executive director, Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers

  • Teresa Bray, chief executive, Changeworks
  • Tracy Harrison, chief executive, Northern Housing Consortium
  • Jason Longhurst, chair, UK Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Andy Sutton, co-founder, Sero

16:00 Closing remarks

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