1. Schedule
  1. 09:00 - 10:00 (1 hour)

    Registration and refreshments

  2. 10:00 - 10:10 (10 minutes)

    Chair’s opening remarks

    Gaby Hinsliff, Guardian columnist and former political editor of the Observer, The Guardian

  3. 10:10 - 10:35 (25 minutes)

    Analysing the impact of policy and regulatory change

    Gill Payne, Executive Director of Public Impact, National Housing Federation

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    • Understanding and responding to the housing vision of the new Government
    • Supporting smaller members in their plans to build more homes
    • Exploring how de-regulation will change the relationship of housing associations with the Homes and Communities Agency – what will the impact be on your governance?
    • Business planning for the impact of Brexit on the sector
    • Planning for rents post 2020
  4. 10:35 - 11:15 (40 minutes)

    Telling the story of smaller housing associations

    John Delahunty, Chief Executive, Innisfree

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    • Developing mechanisms to ensure the voice of smaller housing associations is consistently heard
    • Presenting ourselves as strong social SME businesses
    • Collating the stories which communicate the difference your work makes
    • Creating a coherent message to share and how to communicate it effectively
  5. 11:15 - 11:45 (30 minutes)

    Refreshments and networking

  6. 11:45 - 12:15 (30 minutes)

    Improving our ability to demonstrate the value of our contribution

    Claire Warren, Chief Executive, Pickering and Ferens Homes

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    • Reviewing variation in sector costs and developing an accurate picture of efficiency and value
    • Examining a range of metrics that demonstrate how and where smaller housing associations punch above their weight
    • Exploring the Sector Scorecard approach from the point of view of smaller housing associations
    • Are your board focused on the right KPIs and how do they link to the Scorecard?
    • Developing local benchmarking approaches in collaboration
    • Undertaking value for money self-assessments
    • Measuring and demonstrating social value and social return on investment
  7. 12:15 - 13:00 (45 minutes)

    Breakout sessions

    • 12:15 - 13:00 (45 minutes)

      B1: Supported housing

      Raife West

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      • Outlining the latest position on the future funding of supported housing
      • Preparing for shadow implementation of the potential LHA cap in 2018
      • Mitigating the risks of the LHA cap for smaller housing associations
    • 12:15 - 13:00 (45 minutes)

      B2: Influencing skills

      Angela Gascoigne

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      • Recognising and celebrating our power and influence
      • Mapping the key people we need to influence
      • Creating powerful stories about what we do and why the world needs us
      • Constructing consistent messages, which will ensure we can shape our future
    • 12:15 - 13:00 (45 minutes)

      B3: Development finance for smaller housing associations

      Paul Yates

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      • How to make the finances of development stack up for smaller associations
      • Accessing development finance at competitive rates
      • Bond market options
  8. 13:00 - 14:00 (1 hour)

    Lunch and networking

  9. 14:00 - 14:30 (30 minutes)

    Development for smaller housing associations

    Diana Kingdon, Chief Executive, Greenoak Housing Association
    Shelagh Morgan, Director of Housing, Chichester Greyfriars Housing Association

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    • Encouraging organisations of all sizes to set ambitious targets for development   where possible
      • Overcoming the challenge of the availability and cost of land
      • Ensuring the high standards and quality of new build homes
      • Undertaking development appraisal and viability as a small association
      • Funding development through grants and private finance
      • Developing for rent, shared ownership and sale
      • Help and assistance with development

  10. 14:30 - 15:10 (40 minutes)

    Collaborations, mergers and joint working options for smaller housing associations

    Katrina Robinson MBE, Head of Legal Services, Optivo
    Clare Norton, Chief Executive and Chair, Peter Bedford Housing Association and G320

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    • Reviewing merger activity within the sector
    • Making a merger work as a smaller housing association
    • Working in collaboration to achieve efficiencies through economies of scale and ensure financial sustainability
    • Why are meaningful examples of collaboration still so rare? The challenges that need to be overcome
    • The key opportunities for smaller housing associations to work in collaboration and where others have made it work
    • Undertaking collaborative development work to reduce risk and maximise capacity
  11. 15:10 - 15:30 (20 minutes)

    Refreshments and networking

  12. 15:30 - 16:00 (30 minutes)

    Skills, governance, risk and board development

    Andre Angelinetta, Director of Audit and Vice Chair, Aster and South Western Housing
    Amandeep Jhawar, Risk and Compliance Director, Orbit Group

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    • Understanding why deregulatory measures and effective board ownership of risk management are more important than ever
    • The key governance and risk challenges for smaller housing associations and how to overcome them
    • Setting the strategy and vision for the association - how do these relate to risk?
    • Demonstrating how value for money (VfM) is embedded in the organisation
    • Ensuring effective internal control for strategic and operational risk
    • Defining risk appetite
    • Understanding the capacity and skills gaps within your organisation
    • Using the board to bring essential skills into the business
    • Attracting board members with key skills – to pay or not to pay?
  13. 16:00 - 16:45 (45 minutes)

    Breakout sessions

    • 16:00 - 16:45 (45 minutes)

      B4: Treasury for smaller housing associations

      Joanne Martin, Duncan Salter

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      • Exploring the latest developments in the housing association treasury environment – what these mean for smaller housing associations
      • Reviewing the external factors influencing treasury policy
      • Exploring consortia andcollaborative approaches for smaller associations
    • 16:00 - 16:45 (45 minutes)

      B5: IT and technology options

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      • Delivering digital transformation in housing – what are the opportunities and what is driving the need
      • Innovation - maximising the advantage that comes from being smaller
      • Collaborative technology opportunities for smaller associations
    • 16:00 - 16:45 (45 minutes)

      B6: Managing the impact of welfare reform

      Sue Ramsden, Jonathan Horsfall

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      • Understanding why UniversalCredit is a key strategic risk
      • Exploring evidence indicating that associations need to prepare for higher levels of arrears and greater challenges in rent collection
      • Modelling the financial implications of reduced rental income and increased costs of collecting rent
      • Preparing for the process of getting non-payers onto direct payments
      • Practical tips on managing arrears
  14. 16:45 - 16:45 (1 second)

    Conference closes