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Spring forward – big decisions for the bottom line

  • Type HQN Event
  • Venue Manchester
  • Start 17 Apr 2018 10:00
  • End 17 Apr 2018 16:00


Spring forward – big decisions for the bottom line

2018 promises to be another year of radical change for the housing sector.

Many housing associations and local authorities are facing fundamental decisions about their future.

The Spring Statement and a new housing green paper could help or hinder these aspirations. And residents are likely to have a bigger say thanks to the Minister’s roadshows.

But it's not just policy that will set the agenda. As housing providers become more complex, a deeper understanding of operating models, structure and risk appetite is essential. Do you really know what type of organisation you are now let alone where you want to be in 10 years' time?

So join HQN chief executive Alistair McIntosh, Housing Finance Network lead associate Ian Parker and a top line-up of speakers to examine some of the big questions facing the sector – and hopefully get some answers.

Key sessions include:

  • What the Spring Statement means for housing
  • Mergers – why are so many going through? are they delivering? what gets in the way?
  • What do the Global Accounts tell us about VFM?
  • V2 – Is it a 'badge of honour' or one step away from V3?
  • Rise of the tenant voice – impact on operating model, regeneration and merger (no sooner have LSVT ballots been voided by removing the promised council board members – than we get new votes before regeneration)
  • Return of direct government/council borrowing – National Audit Office finds that private finance can add 40% to 70% to costs – will this lead to a re-think?
  • Looking forward to the Housing Green Paper – will there be changes to prevent another Grenfell? Will we really get building this time?
  • The future of LA funding – is Northamptonshire CC just the first?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Alistair McIntosh, Chief Exeuctive, HQN – Chair
  • Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA
  • Karin Erlander, Director, International Public Finance Ratings, S&P Global Ratings
  • Leslie Channon, Chair, A Voice for Tenants
  • Ian Parker, HQN Housing Finance Network lead associate

More to be announced


Rob Whiteman was appointed as the Chief Executive of CIPFA in September 2013. Before joining the Institute, he was a senior civil servant who worked as the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency and had previously led the Improvement & Development Agency. Between 2005 and 2010 Whiteman was CEO of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Prior to this role, he was Director of Resources at the London Borough of Lewisham.

Whiteman is a well-known commentator and writer on public service reform and modernisation on a wide range of areas such as leadership, partnership working across local and central government, and building community cohesion. In 2008 he was named one of the ten most influential people in local government by the Local Government Chronicle. In 2007 and 2009 he carried out the capability reviews of the Department of Health for the Cabinet Office.

Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Government from the University of Essex, Whiteman started his management career at WH Smith plc, before moving into the public sector. An accountant by profession, Rob qualified with CIPFA early in his career whilst working at the London Borough of Camden. He has since held several local government finance advisory roles for the Local Government Association and CIPFA, and for many years served as secretary to the Society of London Treasurers.

This event will also be held in London.

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