9 February 2022

For many this may be the first in person conference you have attended in quite some time. For me it also helps mark what I hope is a return to normal (whatever that might mean now).

A time to reconnect with a shared focus

enthusiastic optimism that our sector can solve the housing crisis by learning, sharing, disagreeing and spending time together with a shared focus.

My first Housing Finance Conference as a management accountant for Paradigm Housing was in 2000. Worries about the millennium bug and the world ending had passed (hmm seeing any similarities with how 2022 feels? Different type of bug maybe…). It, without doubt, provided the spark for my wider interests in all things housing and finance related. This conference in 2022, like with many years, provides space to meet with other professionals and people at different stages of their careers and enables the sharing of ideas, initial network building and potentially creation of friendships that can last forever.

So I will be approaching 2022 with the same mind set as I did in 2000 – enthusiastic optimism that our sector can solve the housing crisis by learning, sharing, disagreeing and spending time together with a shared focus.

The Housing Finance Conference 2022 returns with a finance fundamentals stream, which I am delighted to be co-chairing with Sarah Smith from Optivo. It should provide some of that learning space if you are new to the sector – please come with your questions. You never know when one question about why something is done the way it is might be the point at which we realise something needs to change!

New for 2022 is the mentoring opportunity. The NHF have secured time from a number of senior finance professionals for delegates to have a targeted conversation – so please have a look at this and make contact with the NHF to take advantage of this opportunity.

Finally, there’s an ask and challenge for all of us attending (stolen from Jack Russell who has provided brilliant coaching and Insights at Coastline) - please be interested and interesting. Ask questions, share your views and make the best of the opportunities available.

To book your places for Housing Finance 2022, please visit the registration page.

Nathan Mallows

Director of Finance and ICT, Coastline Housing

Director of Finance and ICT, Coastline Housing

@NM_Coastline

Nathan is the Director of Finance and ICT at Coastline Housing in Cornwall since January 2016. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant for 4 years supporting various charities, start-ups and Housing providers. Nathan has worked in and around housing for nearly 20 years and been fortunate to be involved with amazing organisations of all shapes and sizes supporting communities and delivering much need new homes predominately across London and the surrounding counties.

Nathan is also the current chair of the National Housing Federation’s Finance Policy Advisory Group which exists to inform and respond to the NHF’s wider policy agenda with particular reference to financial implications for its members.

A time to reconnect with a shared focus