Now that Housing Finance has been postponed to March 2021, we know you'll be missing the chance to hear from sector leaders on key finance issues for your organisation during the national recovery. So, exclusively for our delegates, we're launching The Finance Hour, a series of monthly webinars in the lead up to Housing Finance 2021.

Hosted by Optivo's Head of Treasury and Commercial, Tom Paul, The Finance Hour will cover pressing issues including the impact of coronavirus, how to improve your operational and business agility, an update from the Regulator, and a presentation from the Financial Conduct Authority on the fast approaching transition to SONIA.

We want this essential content to keep you informed and inspired during this time of extraordinary uncertainty, so The Finance Hour series is free of charge to all Housing Finance 2021 delegates. There is no need to pre-register, we'll email you a link to access the content a week before the webinar.

Programme

Thursday 1 October 09:30-10:30

In conversation with the Regulator: towards a new operating environment

Regulator's view of the sector and operating environment during the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaker: Will Perry, Director of Strategy, Regulator of Social Housing

Tuesday 10 November 09:30-10:30

Responding to a crisis

  • Improving operational and business agility
  • Responding to the economic turmoil: accelerating the adoption of new ways of working
  • Resources and best practices

Speakers:

Tracey Barnes, Chief Financial Officer, Sovereign
James Hedgman, Finance Director, Dolphin Living
Robert Griffiths, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer, Longhurst Group

Tuesday 8 December 09:30-10:30

Impact of coronavirus on resident and housing association incomes

  • Look at the impact of the pandemic on employment and incomes and the prospects for economic recovery
  • Show how HAs have worked with residents and DWP to mitigate the economic impact of the outbreak
  • Has Universal Credit withstood the strain?
  • Consider the challenges to come and how associations can best direct resources and reduce debt

Speakers:

Janette Pearce, Head of Income, Together Housing Association
Sarah Seeger, Director of Tenancy Services, Curo
Tony Wilson, Director, Institute for Employment Studies

Tuesday 12 January 09:30-10:30

Operating income: reconfiguration of business plans, cash flow and liquidity

  • Liquidity drive
  • Market sale post coronavirus
  • Cost of remediation
  • Efficiency and mergers

Speakers:

Waqar Ahmed, Group Director Finance, L&Q
Michelle Allott, Director of Finance, Together Housing
David Stokes, Head of Risk and Credit, THFC Group

Thursday 11 February 09:30-10:30

Hello SONIA?

With the end of 2021 fast approaching the sector still has thousands of legacy agreements to renegotiate.

  • When will the banks begin the process?
  • Will the FCA intervene to kick-start the transition?
  • What are housing associations doing to prepare?

Speakers:

Helen Boyd, Acting Head, Market Policies, FCA
Matt Cooper, Tax and Treasury Director, Places For People