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2020 Agenda

Chaired by: Martin Hilditch, editor, Inside Housing, David Bogle, chief executive, Hightown Housing Association

09.15 Registration and refreshments

09.45 Chair’s opening remarks

David Bogle, chief executive, Hightown Housing Association

Martin Hilditch, editor, Inside Housing

09.50 Opening keynote address: the Homelessness Reduction Act and what the future holds

How has the act impacted local authority and housing association behaviour? What are the next government’s priorities?


John Hall, director MHCLG, Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Delivery

10.20 Allocations and statutory homelessness obligations

How can we encourage closer working relationships between housing associations and councils? What does a successful partnership look like and how do we get there?


Gavin Smart, chief executive, Chartered Institute of Housing

10.40 Homelessness: what can we learn from Scotland, Wales and the combined authorities?

In conversation with:


Jon Sparkes, chief executive, Crisis

Jean Templeton, chief executive, St Basil’s, Birmingham, chair, WMCA Homelessness Taskforce

Molly Bishop, strategic lead for homelessness and rough sleeping, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

11.20 Networking and refreshment break

11.35 Homelessness: What interventions actually work?

Martin Hilditch, editor, Inside Housing in conversation with:


Dr Ligia Teixeira, chief executive, Centre for Homelessness Impact

John Puzey, director, Shelter Wales

Robyn Casey, policy & public affairs, St Mungo’s

12.10 Homelessness: The psychological perspective

Dr Emma Williamson, principal clinical psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, chief executive officer, aneemo

12.30 Using art to change the narrative

Artist Anthony Luvera talks about his Frequently Asked Questions exhibition, which focuses on the impact of homelessness at the national level, demonstrating the true scale of the crisis through an individual’s navigation of bureaucratic and depersonalising centres of authority. Stemming from a parallel enquiry conducted over the past five years with Gerald Mclaverty, it presents responses from 110 local authorities across the UK, based on questions arising from Gerald’s own experience of homelessness.


Anthony Luvera, artist

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Homes for Cathy Commitments: what have housing association’s done over the past year?

Each table will hear from H4C members who have successfully implemented one of the commitments over the past year to talk candidly about their experiences and answer questions from around the table. The discussion will centre on how to successfully deliver on aims; how problems have been overcome; and what partnerships have proved to be successful. Attendees will be given a summary afterwards.


Carol Matthews, chief executive of Riverside, followed by table discussions

Michael Newey, chief executive, Broadland Housing Association

Tracey Lees, chief executive, Wandle Housing Association

Martin Hancock, chief executive, BCHA

Professor Ian Cole, chair, SYHA

15.15 Lived experience

15.30 Refreshment break

15.45 Inspiration from abroad: key learnings that we should be implementing today

Presentation followed by questions from the audience.


Freek Spinnewijn, chief executive, Feantsa

16.05 Successful partnership working: panel discussion

Chyrel Brown, chief operating officer, One Housing

Brendan Sarsfield, chief executive, Peabody

16.35 Closing debate: the politics of homelessness

Matthew Downie MBE, director of policy and external affairs, Crisis

17.00 Chair’s closing remarks

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