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Spring forward – big decisions for the bottom line


Spring forward – big decisions for the bottom line

What implications will the Spring Statement, the new Value for Money Standard and the housing green paper have for the housing sector as it faces up to a year of big decisions?

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 going to have a much bigger say in how organisations are run.

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?

In the meantime, the Regulator of Social Housing wants to know whether you're delivering Value for Money – and the metrics measuring your performance under the new VfM Standard will keep everyone on their toes.

So join HQN Chief Executive Alistair McIntosh, the social housing regulator 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:

  • Measuring up – what the new VfM Standard really means for your organisation and what the Global Accounts tell us
  • The impact of the Spring Statement
  • Mergers – why are so many going through? are they delivering? what gets in the way?
  • 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
  • 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 local authority funding – is Northamptonshire CC just the first?
  • Helping housing associations to take control of their borrowing.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Alistair McIntosh, Chief Executive, HQN – Chair
  • Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA
  • Karin Erlander, Director, International Public Finance Ratings, S&P Global Ratings, and Ratul Sood, S&P Associate
  • Nic Bliss, Head of Policy, Confederation of Co-operative Housing
  • Patrick Symington, Chief Executive, MORhomes.
  • Jim Bennett, Assistant Director for Regulatory Strategy, RSH
  • Christine Whitehead, Professor Emeritus, LSE
  • Ian Reed, Assistant Chief Executive, Plus Dane


Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman has been CEO of CIPFA since October 2013, during which time the institute has seen its accountancy student footprint extend to 80 countries and new specialisms launched in areas such as counter fraud. Rob has been chair of the North East London STP since 2016.

Previously, Rob has held CEO roles at the Home Office for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Improvement & Development Agency (IDeA). He was CEO of London Borough of Barking & Dagenham from 2005 to 2010, and his non-executive roles have included the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Ratul Sood

Ratul Sood is an Associate in the International Public Finance group. Based in London, he covers social housing providers, higher education and local and sovereign government ratings in the UK, the Channel Islands, and Netherlands. He joined S&P in 2012 and has worked at S&P Global Market Intelligence until 2015 as a Financial Analyst. Ratul holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Imperial College Business School and a Bachelors (with honours) in Economics from the University of Bath. He is also a CFA charter holder.

Christine Whitehead

Christine Whitehead is Professor Emeritus in Housing Economics at the London School of Economics.

Major themes in Professor Whitehead’s recent research include analysis of the relationship between planning and housing; the role of private renting in England and in European housing systems; financing social housing in the UK and Europe; demographics and the demand for housing; accelerating housing development in London and the evaluation of government policies on home ownership and housing supply.

Her latest books both published by Wiley Blackwell in 2016 are Milestones in Housing Finance in Europe (with Jens Lunde) and Planning Gain (with Tony Crook and John Henneberry) – which won the 2016 RTPI Research Excellence award.

Patrick Symington

Patrick is a finance professional, originally from the private sector, with long experience in the housing sector as an executive director, NED and consultant. Patrick was most recently Executive Director at First Wessex, responsible for finance, IT, governance and business transformation. He is currently also a board member and Chair of Risk at Stonewater HA.

Who should attend?

  • Chief executives
  • Finance directors
  • Local authority housing directors
  • Policy and strategy teams
  • Board members
  • Governance teams
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