Schedule

  1. 09:00 - 09:50 (50 minutes)

    Registration, refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing

  2. 09:50 - 10:00 (10 minutes)

    Chair's welcome and introduction

    Julia Unwin CBE, Former Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, and Winner of Outstanding Achievement Award at 2016 ICSA Awards

  3. 10:00 - 10:45 (45 minutes)

    Exploring the latest developments in housing governance and regulation

    Fiona MacGregor, Executive Director of Regulation, Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)
    Julia Unwin CBE, Former Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, and Winner of Outstanding Achievement Award at 2016 ICSA Awards

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    • Hear the latest developments in the reform of housing association regulation.
    • What will devolution of powers mean for housing governance teams?
    • Understand the new approach to viability assessments of housing associations.
    • Examine the increased focus on value for money in the HCA's updated regulatory standards.
  4. 10:45 - 11:15 (30 minutes)

    Analysing the implications of change for housing governance professionals

    Baroness Diana Warwick, Chair, National Housing Federation
    Julia Unwin CBE, Former Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, and Winner of Outstanding Achievement Award at 2016 ICSA Awards

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    • Explore the governance implications of the Housing White Paper and what they mean for housing association governance.
    • Predict the impact of Brexit on your housing association.
    • Analyse what the future holds with regard to rent flexibility.
    • Explore the growing range of housing tenures available and what these mean for housing association governance.
  5. 11:15 - 11:45 (30 minutes)

    Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing

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

    Learning from mergers

    Clare Miller, Executive Director Governance and Compliance, Clarion Housing Group
    Julia Unwin CBE, Former Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, and Winner of Outstanding Achievement Award at 2016 ICSA Awards

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    • Why merge? Develop the evidence of value for money that demonstrates the benefits of a merger.
    • Understanding the role of the company secretary during a merger.
    • How to combine two governance systems and overcome the cultural challenges of bringing two organisations together.
    • Practical guidance on how to deliver the technical elements of a merger and stay on top of the legal process.
  7. 12:15 - 12:45 (30 minutes)

    Preparing for an In-Depth Assessment (IDA)

    Rachel Challinor, Director of Governance, Performance and Compliance, Longhurst Group
    Paul Medford, Group Company Secretary, Aspire Housing Group
    Julia Unwin CBE, Former Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, and Winner of Outstanding Achievement Award at 2016 ICSA Awards

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    • Understand the triggers for an IDA and how you can best avoid them.
    • Explore the new criteria around value for money.
    • How your governance provides value for money.
    • Learn how best to prepare data required by the HCA to evidence your compliance.
  8. 12:45 - 13:45 (1 hour)

    Networking lunch and exhibition viewing

  9. 13:45 - 14:30 (45 minutes)
    • 13:45 - 14:30 (45 minutes)

      Risk, compliance and assurance

      Michelle Friday, Katie Moore, Paul Bayly

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      • Developing robust systems of business assurance.
      • Ensuring line of sight from the board to the rest of the organisation.
      • Stress testing to identify fatal risks.
      • Reviewing risk management processes to ensure all risks are identified.
      • Empowering the Audit Committee to provide early warnings of failure.
    • 13:45 - 14:30 (45 minutes)

      An essential guide to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

      John Bryant

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      • How to develop measures to demonstrate your compliance with GDPR.
      • Undertaking Privacy Impact Assessments.
      • Updating contractual terms with data processors to ensure compliance.
      • Clarifying the “right to be forgotten”.
      • Delivering training and education to staff around the requirements of GDPR.
      • Are your tenancy agreements GDPR ready?
  10. 14:30 - 15:15 (45 minutes)
    • 14:30 - 15:15 (45 minutes)

      Hot topics: Legal and regulatory updates

      John Bryant, Stephen Bull

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      • Exploring the impact of de-regulation on housing association governance.
      • Understanding what the removal of the Consents Regime means for you.
      • Legal update on joint ventures.
      • Demonstrating compliance with immigration legislation – Right to Rent checks.
      • Clarifying the greater importance of charity law as deregulation allows greater diversification.
    • 14:30 - 15:15 (45 minutes)

      Best practice in delivering board development

      Brenda Infante, Peter Swabey

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      • Undertaking board appraisals – guidance on what is best practice.
      • What is the role of the company secretary in the recruitment process?
      • Developing effective induction, education and professional development programmes.
      • Examining the role of the nomination committee.
      • Ensuring effective succession planning.
  11. 15:15 - 15:45 (30 minutes)

    Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing

  12. 15:45 - 16:15 (30 minutes)
    • 15:45 - 16:15 (30 minutes)

      Roundtable 1

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      Developing a working model of future operation - what will your business look like in five years?

    • 15:45 - 16:15 (30 minutes)

      Roundtable 4

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      How governance can support the delivery of customer focused digital transformation - what are the key challenges and solutions?

    • 15:45 - 16:15 (30 minutes)

      Roundtable 5

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      Supporting boards to be risk enabled and not risk averse - how can governance teams support this ambition?

    • 15:45 - 16:15 (30 minutes)

      Roundtable 6

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      Safeguarding charitable and publicly funded assets - how can governance processes protect associations when undertaking riskier ventures?

    • 15:45 - 16:15 (30 minutes)

      Roundtable 7

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      Creating a governance and board culture which enables challenge - what are the actions you can take to support this?

    • 15:45 - 16:15 (30 minutes)

      Roundtable 8

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      Understanding the role of governance in future-proofing your organisation -  what are the changes and risks that governance needs to prepare for?

    • 15:45 - 16:15 (30 minutes)

      Roundtable 9

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      Driving out unneccessary complexity - how can you simplify and what are you doing that adds no value?

    • 15:45 - 16:15 (30 minutes)

      Roundtable 10

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      Ensuring governance committee structures are fit for purpose - what do your committees need to do and how will that change in future?

  13. 16:15 - 17:00 (45 minutes)

    Feedback from group work and action planning

  14. 17:00 - 18:00 (1 hour)

    Close of conference followed by networking drinks reception

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    Join over 200 company secretaries and housing governance professionals for networking drinks at the only specialist event dedicated to this group in the sector.