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Stream 1: Strategic Planning for the Future of Work

Chair: Judy Hart, chief executive, Investors in Excellence


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11:15 - 12:30 How to embed Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) into your workforce

11. 15 - Case Study: distribution autonomy in decision making: real shared leadership

Carole Richardson, Director of People and Culture, North Star Housing Group

  • Developing a five year strategy plan involving all across the organisation
  • Creating an open apace event: allowing open discussion of heartfelt concerns, knowledge pooling and recommendations to be made


11:40 - Panel discussion: defining the future of work in the housing sector

Lizi Marsden, Head of Organisational Development, Great Places Housing

Joanne Tilley, Executive Director – Corporate Services, emh Group

Helen Walsham, Chief Operating Officer, Deputy CEO, Flagship Group

  • What will the future of work look like in the Housing sector?
  • How to rethink your workforce strategy to support the future of work
  • Moving from transactional HR to a value adding service
  • What is the likely impact of Brexit on the Housing sector workplace?

12:30 - 13:30 Networking lunch break

13:30 - 17:00 Recruitment: identifying, assessing and closing the skills gap and attracting talent

13.30 - The recruitment struggle panel: discussing real ideas and solutions behind the skills gap

Lynsey Sweeney, Managing director, Give Us A Chance

Ria Bailes, Group director people & change, One Housing Group

Gemma Stockdale, Senior project business partner, Thirteen Group

Lucy Graley, Executive director of people & business services, RHP

  • Anticipating skills shortages: what skills will be required in the future & where are the skills going to come from?
  • Preparing for skills gaps related to differing circumstances: Brexit, construction, leadership
  • Identifying the make-up of the potential workforce in the UK and tapping into the talent pool
  • Effectively communicating a compelling employer offer: attracting the best candidates from the widest pool of talent to a career in housing
  • How to attract diverse talent – engage, empower and recruit the best
  • How to sell the housing sector brand – Making housing the destination choice of career for top new talent entering the workforce

14.20 - Positioning your employer brand towards recruitment: understanding how to target the outside world successfully

Baljinder Kang, Executive director of people, Midland Heart

  • How do you tailor to the common corporate goal values and behaviours and give the right feel?
  • Developing a clear USP to differentiate yourself as an employer
  • Working in the housing sector and the opportunities it offers employees

14.45 - Panel discussion: enabling leadership roles for all to understand better the communities served

Lisa Taylor, Founder/ director, Coherent Cities

Kate Dodsworth, Chief executive, Gateway Housing Association

Fiona Deal, Executive director people & technology, Network Homes

Gina Amoh, Chief executive, Inquilab Housing Association & Chair, BME London

  • How do we get minority groups through the glass ceiling?
  • Being authentic & innovative as an employer to attract the best candidates from every background and community
  • Responding to the specific needs of the community: understanding what your customers and workforce want and responding to specific needs

15.35 - Afternoon networking break


16.05 - Case study - employment initiatives: breaking the cycle of worklessness, low skills and productivity

Dave Power, Chief executive, One Manchester

  • Sharing what initiatives GM Housing Providers Group are running through the Employment and Skills Task Group
  • Motiv8

16.30 - Panel discussion: effective succession planning - bridging the gap and managing the talent

Catherine Hodds, Director of human resources, Saffron Housing Trust

Ian Warren, Director of people services, The Regenda Group

  • Addressing the challenge of aging boards and how to reach out to the next generation of leaders
  • Building pipelines of talent to deliver diversity, plan for leavers and cover the whole of the workforce Addressing recruitment change: re-evaluating and recrafting business planning
  • Addressing cultural shifts, ways of working (agile and tech) and training of management
  • Revising talent, organisational structures and business models


17.00 Chair’s closing remarks

Speakers include:

Alison Rigby

Alison Rigby

Amina Graham

Amina Graham

Amy McClure

Amy McClure

Asif Sadiq MBE

Asif Sadiq MBE

Baljinder Kang

Baljinder Kang

Boris Worrall

Boris Worrall

Carole Richardson

Carole Richardson

Catherine Hodds

Catherine Hodds

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