Find out how to use tech to help people and places to ‘be safe and stay safe’.
Making homes and communities safer is a key aim for the sector. The safety of people living in our homes is by far the most pressing issue facing landlords.
The legislation is in place:
- The Building Safety Bill provides a new legislative framework for housing providers
- Point one of the Charter for Social Housing Tenants states tenants should be ‘safe in your home.’
Tenants are increasingly aware of the fire and safety risks associated with their properties (especially in high rise blocks), and providers are working to understand the scale and the cost of carrying out the necessary repairs.
Most housing providers recognise the importance of going beyond tick-boxing compliance and truly embedding safety in everything they do. It is not just about the management of individual units and blocks but about creating safer schemes and places too.
There’s much for landlords to do, both in homes and in the community where cases of ASB and domestic abuse are on the rise.
So, how can embracing new technology help us go further and quicker on safety?
Smart home technology, augmented reality and new kit for neighbourhood housing officers is already helping us push new boundaries to keep people safe, while better use of data management software and processes is giving landlords and tenants greater assurance that properties and communities are safe places to live.
All of this comes from setting the right culture on safety across our organisations and the sector, arming our people with the right information and technology to make the best possible decisions.
Join us to hear different perspectives on safety, from ensuring involvement and engagement from tenants in fire safety and utilising tech to help people and places to be safe and stay safe.
What will be covered:
- How do we achieve a culture which embraces tech and data in safety?
- The role of co-production in tenant safety and technology
- IoT and its role in building safety
- Using tech and data to make communities safer.
- Senior teams
- Asset management professionals
- Customer and housing service professionals
- Heads /Directors of ICT / Innovation / Digital
- ASB leads
- Board members and executive teams.
Chris Jones, Chief Executive, HomeLINK
Chris joined the founding team of HomeLINK in January 2018 with previous careers spanning technology strategy, advisory and commercialisation. He started his career as a management consultant in the energy sector but directly prior to joining HomeLINK was the operations director at a high growth AI company where responsibilities included business development, marketing and operations.
Kate Lindley, Service Lead – Digital and Data, Socitm Advisory
With 15+ years’ experience leading digitally enabled change in housing and local public services, Kate is passionate about user-led design. Kate now leads Socitm’s Digital and Data service, supporting councils, housing providers and national bodies to deliver sustainable service design and transformation.
Formerly Head of Programme Delivery at The Guinness Partnership and now a non-Executive Director of two housing associations, Kate’s combination of strategic insight and pragmatic hands-on delivery expertise, ensures a visionary approach that is grounded in reality.
Judith Wren, Tenant, Clarion
Tenant Committee Member of various groups since the 1980’s. Focussing on Repairs, Design of New Homes and maintenance of older properties
Chairperson of the Circle Anglia ‘Joint Commission’ working on all issues with the then MD Carol Carter. This meant Judith had became a Tenant Member of the Trust Board. Focussing on Policies eg, diversity, repairs and safety. Involved in Complaints panels and procurement processes. Networking with as many Residents as possible. Stood down to focus on health matters following two muggings. Online working from home has enabled me to get back into being an involved resident.
By profession Judith is a teacher. Working across a range of age and ability groups. No longer in the classroom. Now teaching people meditation practice called Autogenic Therapy. This helps with the stress she and many other residents face when we are discriminated against and find barriers put in our way.
Sean Elson, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
Sean is a specialist health and safety partner advising clients on health, safety and fire issues. He regularly advises in the context of criminal health and safety investigations including corporate manslaughter. He is part of the team advising individuals in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry and related criminal investigations by the Metropolitan Police.
Richard Brown and Fransiska Green, Poplar HARCA
We are both part of Poplar HARCA’s Asset Management team, working together on a project to install smart technology into 6000+ resident homes. With this technology we are working to implement new procedures that will help adapt our response to concerns and repairs raised by residents, eventually transforming our service from reactive to proactive. Our aim is to create a better resident experience by using a more informed repairs strategy, ensuring a safer home and empowering residents to make more informed decisions.
We are relatively new to HARCA’s Internet of Things project team, having only joined in November and January, however we are both passionate about technology and providing safe homes for the residents that our association houses. Despite being new, we have ample experience engaging with our residents and understanding their needs, and we are using this knowledge to support our project rollout and process implementation.
We look forward to seeing where smart technology can take our organisation, and how we can work with it to provide residents a service and a home that they deserve.
Vicky Saunders, Managing Director, BTP Architects
Vicky Saunders is managing director at BTP Architects. She is an award-winning specialist in housing design and has extensive knowledge in all types of housing, including new build, refurbishment, supported living and extra care schemes.
Vicky has developed a particular specialism in tower block refurbishment and fire safety following the Grenfell tragedy, working with housing associations across the UK. She worked with Great Places Housing Group recently on a national pilot using BIM on tower blocks to provide the ‘golden thread of information’ and assist in fire safety and maintenance.
Vicky is an ISO 19650 accredited BIM specialist, Home Quality Mark Assessor and RICS/AABC conservation architect. She is a regular contributor in the press on quality in housing design and the planning process.
- Kelly Lee, Building Safety Leader, Orbit
- Tim Cowland, Socitm Advisory , tbc
- Alec Gaston, Head of Asset & Compliance, Peaks & Plains.
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