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  • Facing rent reductions, how can housing associations do more with less?

    Facing rent reductions, how can housing associations do more with less?

    28 February 2018
    Ian Smith is Finance Director and GM at Invu

    Since April 2016, housing associations have been required to cut rents by 1% per year.

  • What can we in housing association finance teams learn from Star Wars?

    What can we in housing association finance teams learn from Star Wars?

    16 February 2018
    Nathan Mallows is Director of Finance at Coastline Housing Group

    Thinking about what the Housing Finance Conference and Exhibition has meant to me at different points in my career, I am struck by some inspiration that might serve to stir up some lively debate in a galaxy not so far away.

  • What can the housing sector learn from an RAF jet pilot?

    What can the housing sector learn from an RAF jet pilot?

    8 February 2018
    Mandy Hickson is a former RAF Combat Survival & Rescue Officer

    Analysing threats, taking calculated risks, being decisive under intense pressure – RAF pilots and finance professionals have more in common than you might think.

  • Welcome to 2018 - technomics is the new economics

    Welcome to 2018 - technomics is the new economics

    15 January 2018
    John Straw is the author of iDisrupted

    John Straw, author of iDisrupted and serial entrepreneur, sets the scene for his session at Housing Finance 2018 in March – how the sector can make the most of rapid social and technological change.

  • Was this a Brexit budget in disguise?

    Was this a Brexit budget in disguise?

    30 November 2017
    Trevor Williams a visiting Professor at the University of Derby

    An examination of the Chancellor’s Budget 2017 by Trevor Williams, the former Chief Economist at Lloyds Banks.

  • Leading your people through change

    20 January 2017
    Lucy Adams is CEO of Disruptive HR, ex-HR Director of the BBC and author of the bestselling 'HR Disrupted'

    Remember the days when a “change programme” made sense? Change seemed more controllable, more linear – with a beginning, a middle, an end. The change management gurus told us that if we had a clear vision, an aligned senior team, a consistent message and some change champions, it would all go to plan. I have been leading change in complex organisations for years and more recently this hasn’t seemed to work so well.

  • FRS 102 – how was it for you?

    FRS 102 – how was it for you?

    12 December 2016
    Maria Hallows is Audit Partner at Beever and Struthers

    The biggest change to the accounting regime in a long time came into effect for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2015 – which means that almost all housing associations have now prepared their accounts on the new basis. So, how was it for you?