CIH Manchester: The ones to watch

matt_mccormackWhile there will undoubtedly be one key topic of conversation that will now be centre stage at the CIH conference this week, at the same time there will also be plenty of useful debate on other housing matters, in a packed conference programme.

The Altair team will be out in force in Manchester this week, and in anticipation we’ve picked out what we think are some of the key themes coming out of the conference and some particular sessions that have taken our interest:

  • Devolution: A hot topic in the policy and legislative environment. Wednesday afternoon sees a discussion chaired by journalist and author Owen Jones, with Sir Howard Bernstein from Manchester City Council and Kate Kennally from Cornwall Council on devolution and the opportunities it presents for housing. Also on Wednesday afternoon the impact on devolution and regionalisation on development funding structures will be considered in the Ideas Exchange. Altair are also hosting an invitation only  lunch on Tuesday where we will hear from Paul Beardmore, Executive Director of Housing, Manchester City Council, about the lessons learnt from the Manchester approach to devolution, as well as from Richard Blakeway, the PM’s new Housing Policy Adviser at Number 10.
  • The relationship between local government and housing associations: A session on Tuesday afternoon chaired by Mark Easton and including David Orr – NHF, Keith Exford – Affinity Sutton, Cllr Peter Box – LGA, and Sally Randall – DCLG, will consider the future relationship between housing associations and local authorities in addressing new housing supply, delivering social care and reducing costs. Wednesday morning sees a session with Councillors and local authority executives who will be exploring the role of local government as housing providers and enablers of new supply.
  • Transformation: Something we’re spending an increasing amount of time involved with at Altair, transformation is a key theme at this year’s conference. On Wednesday morning the Housing Ombudsman will be sharing learning points from its own experience. Thursday morning sees a masterclass session on Business Transformation with representatives from Housemark, FutureGov and Virgin. Following which, Graham Hishmurgh of Altair and Jonathan Cowie, CityWest Homes’ Chief Executive, will be de-mystifying transformation and talking about the ALMO’s own experiences in a session at noon in the Ideas Exchange.
  • Regeneration and particularly estate regeneration is a big theme across this year’s conference. The Housing Minister takes the stage for Wednesday afternoon’s keynote session at 13.45 along with a great panel chaired by Owen Jones to discuss the government’s plan to regenerate 100 estates. If you’re not in that session, then at 14.15 there’s a session on housing-led regeneration in Milton Keynes. After which there’s a masterclass chaired by Ben Denton, Group Director or Strategy and Business Development at Keepmoat, involving representatives from Cross Keys Homes, Pinnacle, Manchester Place and Urban Splash on positively engaging residents and communities in estate regeneration. On Thursday morning there’s another session on estate regeneration examining best practice in scheme design, financing and structuring.
  • Innovation in housing delivery: The first session examining innovation in housing delivery takes place on Tuesday morning where different business models are discussed in light of offsite construction, local authority development and the build to rent market. A session on Wednesday morning then addresses the increasing interest from institutional investors in modular construction with Paul Stanworth, MD at Legal & General Capital. Thursday morning at 11.45 also has a session looking at off-site manufacturing and digital engineering amongst other innovative solutions in housing delivery.

Altair offer a range of advisory and consultancy services including Finance, Governance & Strategy, Property, HR, Recruitment and Organisational Excellence. A number of Altair consultants will be in Manchester for the conference this week and if you’d like to arrange an appointment with any of us then please do not hesitate to do so on the contact details below.

We look forward to catching up with old colleagues and friends, and also meeting some new people along the way!

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Steve Douglas, Partner
07810 152 840
Dr Fiona Underwood, Partner
07788 643 092
Chris Wood, Partner
07932 693 292
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Michael Appleby, Director
07545 314 749
Jim Lashmar, Director
07968 616 550
Judy Wayne, Director
07880 606 067
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Graham Hishmugh, Senior Consultant
07940 569 395
Gill Powell,
07966 612 592
 Mark Sweeny, Senior Consultant
07887 512 165