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Social Housing Finance Conference

Thursday, 03 May 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
200 Aldersgate, St. Paul’s, London EC1A 4HD
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The sector’s leading one-day conference for finance professionals to explore the latest insight and best practice in strategic and technical financial management.

The Social Housing Finance Conference is now established as the sector’s leading one-day conference for finance professionals which grapples with the latest strategic and technical finance issues.


Key topics for 2018


  • State of the economy
  • Brexit: how is it impacting UK housing?
  • Managing key risks and market exposures
  • Grenfell – the sector response and Hackitt Review
  • Investment for new and existing homes
  • Balancing social and commercial activity
  • Regulatory update
  • Service transformation and efficiency
  • Re-thinking treasury strategies


  • The topics that matter most, all in one day
  • 35+ of the sector’s leading thinkers and practitioners
  • Over 7 hours of unrivalled analysis and best practice
  • 350 senior housing professionals

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2017 programme

Social Housing Finance Conference Programme 2017


08:00 The new political landscape post the Housing White Paper: Financial opportunities and risks

Fixing our broken housing market’ included a huge array of potential reforms. These set out a clear expectation that RPs, now seen as “allies” of government, will build more homes as part of making a significant contribution to addressing the housing crisis. But before any of those measures are enacted, the sector is about to be given unprecedented freedoms through partial deregulation, that could change the face of valuations.

Join senior leaders to discuss what this means, the impact of these measures and how we can maximise the new opportunities whilst managing the inevitable risks.


Ric Blakeway, Former deputy mayor for housing, GLA

Adam Challis, Head of residential research, JLL

Richard Petty, Lead director, affordable housing, JLL

David Montague, Chief executive, L&Q

Chair: Emma Maier, Editor-in-chief, Inside Housing


08:30 Registration


09:00 Chair’s opening remarks


Anne Turner, Board Member, Network and Asra Housing


09:05 Making sense of the economic landscape

Our expert panellists explain how the fast-moving economic environment is impacting the UK housing market.


Professor Christine Whitehead, Emeritus professor of housing economics, LSE

George Buckley, Chief economist, Nomura


09:40 Regulatory update

The future of regulation in the sector is changing; since the reclassification of the housing associations, the government has been swift in moving to deregulate the sector. Julian will provide an in-depth look at the future of regulation and identify what this could mean for investors and landlords.


Julian Ashby, Chair, Regulatory Committee, HCA


10:20 Driving efficiency and value for money in sector – Responding to the efficiency challenge

Government has made it clear it wants providers to ‘up their game’ on efficiency. We explore the sector response, from both the FD and board perspective.


John Hudson, Chief Finance Officer, Home Group

Helen Edwards, Board member, Peabody

Chris Walker, Co-founder and director, Chamberlain Walker


11:00 Morning break and networking

11:25 Breaking the mould: reshaping the HA business model

From merger and acquisition, to restructuring: finance leaders discuss how they have reimagined the way they operate, explaining what it took to get there, and the opportunities ahead.


Mark Washer, Chief financial officer, Clarion Housing Group

Waqar Ahmed, Group finance director, L&Q

Gail Teasdale, Finance director, Accent


12:05 Funding in a changing environment

Investors will offer their views on changes in the HA market and what that means for the sector profile, including the move towards more market-related activities in a more volatile macroeconomic environment.


Henrietta Podd, Director, JCRA

Dave Cassidy, Head of social housing, Barclays

Richard Normington, Infrastructure and sustainable investments, The Investment Association

Al Robinson, Asset and risk management, Rothesay Life


12:45 Savills research presentation: Is Rent Freedom a Silver Bullet?

The Housing White Paper promised a new rent standard post-2020. From April 2019, the housing cost support social tenants receive will start to be capped by LHA. It has never been more important for social housing providers to understand rents.

Are social housing rents always lower than market rents? We will show how the differences vary across the country.

Do market rents always grow in line with incomes? We will analyse the variation in market rental growth across the country.

Will the LHA cap result in lower rental income for housing associations? We will assess how many households may be affected and which areas of the country will see the greatest impact.


Chris Buckle, Director, residential research, Savills


13:05 Lunch and networking


14:05 Scaling up: options for delivery

From joint ventures between HAs, councils and investors, to off-site construction models, housing delivery is taking various forms. We delve into the structure of some examples, and ask what it means for risk and reward, as well as financial and social outcomes.


Paul Rickard, Group finance director, One Housing Group

Tim Saunders, Fund director, PfP Capital

Jamie Smith, Deputy chief executive & finance director, Swan Housing


14:45 Afternoon break and networking


15:10 Breakout A: Are your covenants fit for purpose?

This session will bring together organisations that have recently renegotiated covenants with lenders or completed significant refinancing, exploring the pros and cons of the deals and what it enables them to do.


Mark Hattersley, Chief financial officer, Sovereign

Helen Rourke, Finance director, Trafford Housing Trust

Paul Gray, Finance director, BPHA


15:10 Breakout B: Alternative models across a variety of tenures

With a variety of different funding and delivery models emerging, and providers driving into markets such as PRS, we hear about the alternatives to traditional ways of working.


Andrew Dawber, Director, Civitas Housing Advisors

Simon Century, Director, corporate finance and partnerships, L&G

Catherine Webster, Strategic finance & investment director, Quintain


15:55 Breakout C: SME HAs: what are the options?


Smaller to medium sized housing associations come together to discuss how they are adapting to meet the challenges of the new environment. Expect mergers, partnerships, stock management and cost sharing vehicles.


Peter McCormack, Chief executive, Derwent Living

Sue Lock, Director, strategy and policy, older people, Guinness Care and Support

Andy Howarth, Finance director, Fortis Living

James Tickell, Partner, Campbell Tickell


15:55 Breakout D: Held to account: the FRS fall out

The first full year of new accounting rules has thrown up some particular challenges around covenant compliance, while exacerbating areas such as pensions. We look at progress and resolution.


Jonathan Pryor, Partner, Smith and Williamson

David Spreckley, Director, KPMG

Jenny Brown, Head of Housing, Grant Thornton


16:40 New world, new risk

This session will explore whether housing associations have a new purpose, and if so, are their business models fit enough to meet it? Our experienced panel of experts will close the conference with a thought-provoking assessment of whether the sector is equipped to deliver the government’s agenda.


Jeff Zitron, Chair, Altair

Corne Koppelaar, Founder, Global Habitat

Deborah Shackleton, Chair, Grainger Trust


17:15 Close



Venue Information

200 Aldersgate, St. Paul’s, London EC1A 4HD


The St. Paul’s venue is conveniently located in the heart of the City, right next to London Wall and the Museum of London. Just 5 minutes from both Barbican and St Paul’s tube stations, and 10 minutes from Farringdon and Moorgate. Our venue overlooks the Museum of London, so follow signs to the Museum and you will find our venue right next door.


By Underground, St Paul’s - Central line
On exiting the station follow St Martin Le-Grand north towards Aldersgate Street and the Museum of London. When you arrive at the Museum of London roundabout our venue is located on the left. Look for the circular artwork in the window and go through the revolving doors.


By Underground, Barbican - Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines
On exiting the station turn right on to Aldersgate Street. Follow Aldersgate Street south towards London Wall and the Museum of London. As you arrive at the roundabout for Museum of London our venue is on the right. Cross over the zebra crossing and look for the circular artwork in the window and go through the revolving doors to reception.


By Train
Aldersgate Station is located near Moorgate and Farringdon railway stations, and is around a 10 minute walk from both.


By Bus
The closest bus stop is at the Museum of London and is served directly by the number 4 and 56. Other services also serve Barbican and St Pauls and our venue is a short walk from both these locations.

The nearest ’Boris Bike’ docking stations are located directly outside 200 Aldersgate and adjacent to the Museum of London.


The closest car park is located next to the venue at 158 – 170 Aldersgate Street. Visit for more details.

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