Schedule

  1. Day 1
  2. Day 2
  1. 07:30 - 08:30 (1 hour)

    Morning run!

    Meet on the ground floor of the ACC

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    Join Federation staff for a guided 5km jog.

  2. 08:30 - 09:30 (1 hour)

    Registration and exhibition opens

    Registration/ Hall 2

  3. 09:15 - 09:20 (5 minutes)

    Welcome address

    Hall 1

  4. 09:20 - 10:00 (40 minutes)

    Adapting to the new Universal Credit regime

    Hall 1

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    The leader of the Universal Credit programme will discuss the implementation of the programme,
    including successes and lessons learned resulting in changes, followed by a debate on the progress
    of the programme and what changes housing associations want to see going forward.

  5. 09:55 - 10:35 (40 minutes)

    Building safety post-Grenfell, a financial perspective

    Michelle Allott, Director of Finance, Together Housing Group
    Waqar Ahmed, Group Finance Director, L&Q
    David Orr, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation

    Hall 1

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    A session exploring the sector’s commitment to driving up safety, adjustments housing associations
    are making in anticipation of a new regulatory system, and what these changes could mean for
    business planning.

  6. 10:40 - 11:10 (30 minutes)

    Refreshments, demos and seminars

    Hall 2

  7. 11:10 - 11:55 (45 minutes)
    • 11:10 - 11:55 (45 minutes)

      S4: People, data and things – why your ICT strategy isn’t working!

      Room 11C

      Gail Teasdale, Steve Dungworth

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      • Transformation through technology and data whilst taking people with you
      • Designing an ICT strategy that accommodates everyone
      • Is digital by default the only way?
    • 11:10 - 11:55 (45 minutes)

      T4: SHPS 2017 scheme accounting and valuation

      Hall 1C

      Andy O’Regan, Ceri Ross

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      Update on the progress of the Scheme Valuation from the scheme provider and understand the potential future changes to the accounting of the scheme in your accounts.

    • 11:10 - 11:55 (45 minutes)

      E4: Achieving value for money through better contract management

      Room 13

      Walter Akers

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      Explore how getting the best value out of your suppliers doesn’t stop when you sign the
      contract!

    • 11:10 - 11:55 (45 minutes)

      R4: How to respond to the challenge of Universal Credit

      Room 11B

      Clare Togneri, Dr Tom Wormald

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      How to drive an effective response to the challenges and opportunities posed by Universal Credit and truly understand and get to grips with tenant issues.

    • 11:10 - 11:55 (45 minutes)

      D4: Making social housing an attractive investment – how they do it in Europe

      Hall 1B

      Hendrik Cornehl

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      • Discussion of Brexit implications for the social housing sector in the UK from a European perspective
      • Financing affordable housing – trends across Europe in accessing capital markets
      • Challenging European financing solutions with the UK market
    • 11:10 - 11:55 (45 minutes)

      C4: How robust is the sector’s risk management?

      Room 12

      Phil Cliftlands, Hamid Ghafoor

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      Take a look at some of the trends from recent IDAs and findings from BDO’s Social Housing Barometer - what should you be keeping an eye on to protect your housing association from any threats?

    • 11:10 - 11:55 (45 minutes)

      H4: Tax 101

      Room 11A

      Warren McQuillan, Vicky Cook, Tom Smith

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      An update on the key tax considerations for anyone working in the sector, covering why tax is an increasingly important consideration, common pitfalls and how value can be added in the course of tax reporting and compliance.

  8. 11:55 - 12:25 (30 minutes)

    Refreshments, demos and seminars

    Hall 2

  9. 12:25 - 13:10 (45 minutes)
    • 12:25 - 13:10 (45 minutes)

      S5: Creating a platform for better insight and building a data driven culture

      Hall 1C

      Kunal Gupta, Stephen Russell

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      • Examining the business case for analytics, and why investing in data is a crucial step towards making better decisions
      • How to create a culture of data-driven decision making, and embedding insight into the way you do business
      • The importance of data governance and master data management
    • 12:25 - 13:10 (45 minutes)

      T5: Exploring valuations

      Room 12

      Richard Petty

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      Looking at the impact of Grenfell on valuations and future development, and the projections for existing use values post deregulation.

    • 12:25 - 13:10 (45 minutes)

      E5: Enhance the customer experience, deliver value to the bottom line

      11C

      Dan Oehlman, Richard Blakey, James Shand

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      How housing associations are leveraging leading edge communications management solutions to enhance customer experience and deliver value to the bottom line.

    • 12:25 - 13:10 (45 minutes)

      R5: Exploring the big issues on the policy horizon

      Hall 1B

      Phil Elvy, Anne Southern, Susan Hickey

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      A panel of members of the Federation’s Financial Policy Advisory Group will discuss some of the challenges facing the sector, both now and in the near future.

    • 12:25 - 13:10 (45 minutes)

      D5: The long term view on investment in social housing

      Room 11B

      Cliff Prior, Ray Tierney, Piers Williamson

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      What is it about the sector which is attracting new investors, and how do banks view the long term future of the sector?

    • 12:25 - 13:10 (45 minutes)

      C5: A flexible approach to liquidity strategy and risk mitigation

      Room 11A

      Steve Sharples

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      What does the changing risk environment mean for liquidity? And what are the golden rules for ensuring risk is clearly identified and stated?

    • 12:25 - 13:10 (45 minutes)

      H5: Pensions 101

      Room 13

      Luke Hothersall

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      Provides a background to pensions in the sector, including DB/DC arrangements and current accounting standards.

  10. 13:10 - 14:40 (1 hour, 30 minutes)

    Networking and lunch

    Hall 2

  11. 13:30 - 13:45 (15 minutes)

    What V2 means for housing associations

    Exhibition seminar session

    Lower Galleria

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    The housing regulator has recently recalibrated their viability approach to housing associations.


    We’ll look at why this has occurred, what this means for the sector, its impact on our ability to secure
    finance and ultimately, our ability to build much-needed new homes.

  12. 13:50 - 14:15 (25 minutes)

    Value for money and transformation

    Exhibition seminar session

    Lower Galleria

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    In a challenging economic and political climate, Midland Heart launched its Fit for the Future corporate plan and set out a transformational change programme. Two years on, we want to share our story. Tony Bryan (CEO, Vantage Business Solutions) will also demonstrate how strategic benchmarking has helped Boards drive change.

  13. 14:30 - 14:50 (20 minutes)

    Creating the future: investing in ideas

    James Green, Futures Programme Director, National Housing Federation

    Hall 1

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    Where are we now with the futures programme, why does the sector need it, why has it attracted £15m of outside investment, and a taster of the ideas from housing associations that are being taken to the incubation phase.

  14. 14:45 - 16:00 (1 hour, 15 minutes)

    Refreshments, demos and seminars

    Exhibition

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    It’s your last chance to discuss the issues of the day and connect with your peers

  15. 14:50 - 15:45 (55 minutes)

    How can the sector make the most of rapid social and technological change?

    John Straw, Author, iDisrupted

    Hall 1

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    John Straw is a serial entrepreneur with 4 startups and 4 exits behind him, and a leading authority on emerging technologies. He was Chair of Thomas Cook’s Digital Advisory Board until recently, is an active investor in early stage start-ups, is a NED for Provident Financial and a Senior Advisor to Mckinsey and Company.

    In his speech John will turn his attention towards the housing sector, and what the likes of blockchain, VR, drones, 3D printing and the emergence of the gig economy mean for the way housing associations will work in the future.

  16. 15:00 - 15:00 (1 second)

    Exhibition close

    Hall 2

  17. 15:45 - 15:50 (5 minutes)

    Chair’s closing remarks

    Hall 1

  18. 15:50 - 15:50 (1 second)

    Event close

    Exhibition

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    The event will close with a mix of interactive sessions, presentations and networking opportunities