What’s going on at the Social Housing Annual Conference on 5th December 2018?

For the early risers, there is a breakfast briefing beginning at 8.00am with Richard Petty from JLL, Mark Davie – Head of M&G Investments and Paul Phillips- Group Director at NottingHillGenesis talking about the rise of shared ownership.

The conference starts in earnest at 9.00am, with the eponymous Deputy Chief Executive of the CIH, Gavin Smart, giving his own sideways take on all things housing; and Dr Rebecca Harding from the Society of Professional Economists and Tim Montgomerie, Co-Founder Conservative Home and Centre for Social Justice, explore both Brexit and the current febrile politics, and its potential impact on our sector.

An expert panel, including David Cowan, from Places for People and Susie Rogers, partner at the real estate team at Capsticks will then look at what new partnership models look like, that share risk and reward and bring forward land.

Simon Dow, new Chair of the Regulator of Social Housing, will do the regular annual sector update. No doubt he will cover sector reputation, risk, the Social Housing Green Paper, and the much-debated league tables. Expect it to be lively.

There’ll then be a session on learning from the problems of Priority Housing. For a great analysis read Luke Barratt’s Inside Housing article and our own Steve Douglas’ assessment of the lessons to be learnt for all housing providers, both large and small.

Finally, before lunch, there will be a look at transforming business, doing more with less, reducing costs and unlocking capacity. The session will include small and large housing associations and new sector provider Sage Housing, one of the so-called sector disruptors.

We’ll also have the annual Savills research on the market.

Then a well-earned lunch.

But the afternoon will be no less packed.

We’ll hear trail blazers Peabody CEO, Brendan Sarsfield talk about how they are addressing the affordability issue, and disruptive thinker, Your Housing Group CEO Brian Cronin, and CEO of Rentplus, Steve Collins talk about different models of rental and homeownership.

We’ll also have sessions on the future shape of the sector and how regulation is evolving to respond.

The finale is bound to be interesting and provocative, with Claire Kober, former Leader of Haringey Council and now Director of Housing at Pinnacle and Jamie Ratcliff – key affordable housing lead on policy in London- giving their thoughts on how the sector has performed and Lord Porter, Chair of the LGA, who as always will pull no punches on the good, the bad and the ugly of the sector’s and government’s performance on housing delivery and housing quality.

A full day. Enjoy. I will.

Mihir Shah, Consultant, Altair