1. 14 June
  1. 08:45 - 09:45 (1 hour)

    Registration, refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing

  2. 09:45 - 10:00 (15 minutes)

    Chair’s welcome and introduction

    Clare Miller, Executive Director Governance and Compliance, Clarion Housing Group

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

    The housing landscape: exploring the latest developments in housing policy, governance and regulation

    David Orr, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation
    Fiona MacGregor, Executive Director of Regulation, Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)

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    • Implications of the renewed government focus on housing
    • Future opportunities and risks for housing associations
    • Forecasting the long term impact of deregulation on social housing
  4. 10:45 - 11:25 (40 minutes)

    One year on from the Grenfell Tower fire: critical governance considerations for housing associations

    Gordon Perry, Board Member, Trafford Housing Trust, Broadacres Housing Association and ARK Consultancy
    Lee Sugden, Chief Executive, Salix Homes
    Lucy Grove, Grenfell Programme Lead, National Housing Federation

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    • Public inquiry update: overview of findings to date and what they might mean for housing governance
    • Responding to the Hackitt Review recommendations – how will these change our approach to building safety?
      • Evaluating emerging standards, procedures and policies
      • Considering the cultural and practical changes needed to deliver a new framework for building safety
    • The role of the ‘responsible person’ – what does this mean for board governance?
    • Best practice for resident engagement on building safety, balancing the views of residents with your responsibilities for keeping homes safe
  5. 11:25 - 11:55 (30 minutes)

    Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing

  6. 11:55 - 12:35 (40 minutes)

    GDPR - completing your journey to compliance

    Penny Huggard, Head of Governance & Compliance, Futures Housing Group
    Stephanie Vasey, Data Governance Manager, Hanover Housing Association

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    Hear from two housing associations on the challenges they faced while adapting to become GDPR compliant and what lessons they have learnt.

    • The key risks of non-compliance and the priority actions post GDPR deadline
    • Examining the specific areas of exposure for housing professionals
    • Putting effective governance in place to manage the long term culture change required
  7. 12:35 - 13:10 (35 minutes)
    • 12:35 - 13:10 (35 minutes)

      Deregulation and self-governance – one year on

      John Maton, Katrina Laud, Rachel Challinor

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      Recap on the key regulatory changes on asset disposals, deregistrations and mergers

      • Clarify the charity commission regulations which will now need to be met
      • Examine the immediate governance impact of
      • deregulation in terms of:
        • notifications process
        • reporting
        • asset management
      • Explore practical examples of how the new freedoms can be exercised and where the pitfalls may lie
    • 12:35 - 13:10 (35 minutes)

      Supporting the continuous development of your board

      Peter Swabey, Radojka Miljevic

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      • Weigh up whether remuneration of board members will help attract talent. Will it lead to better performance?
      • Understand the appraisal process as a key tool to supporting the continuous development of your board
      • Examine strategies for optimising tenant involvement on boards
      • How can boards ensure they acquire the appropriate skills and knowledge?
  8. 13:10 - 14:10 (1 hour)

    Lunch, networking and exhibition viewing

  9. 14:10 - 14:45 (35 minutes)
    • 14:10 - 14:45 (35 minutes)

      Legal update

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      • Updates on the latest regulation and key governance actions needed:
        • anti-money laundering regulations
        • new criminal offence rules for tax evasion
        • consumer credit regime
    • 14:10 - 14:45 (35 minutes)

      Governing the delivery of care and support services

      Claire Luxton, Holly Dagnall, Donna Kelly

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      • Overcome the challenge of delivering your care and support services objectives under financial pressure
      • Manage risk in the context of changing regulation and decreasing funding
      • Update on CQC guidance
  10. 14:45 - 15:25 (40 minutes)

    Enabling meaningful tenant engagement

    Aasia Nisar, Community Engagement and Scrutiny Manager, Sovereign
    Angela Lockwood, Group Chief Executive, North Star
    Elspeth Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Thrive Homes

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    • Develop more effective mechanisms to engage with and empower tenants to work in partnership with housing associations
    • Create channels to capture tenants’ views and integrate feedback into strategy
    • Transform models of tenant governance
    • Outline recent changes to the housing consumer regulations
    • Assess the impact
  11. 15:25 - 15:55 (30 minutes)

    Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing

  12. 15:55 - 16:35 (40 minutes)

    Achiveving diversity at board level

    Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director, ICSA: The Governance Institute
    Raj Patel, Chief Executive, Housing Diversity Network

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    • Reflecting your customer – the importance of diversity and representation on boards
    • Examine how diversity can positively influence the quality of decision making and the overall success of your organisation
    • Preparing for, engaging, attracting, and retaining diverse members for your board
    • Looking beyond housing for great examples of effective diversity practice
  13. 16:35 - 17:00 (25 minutes)

    Managing merger integration

    Alison Wignall, Director of Governance, Optivo
    Jo Robinson, Executive Director of Governance and Compliance, Optivo

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    • Compare the merger experiences of different sizes and types of organisation?
    • Manage merger integration issues and identify key priorities and areas of risk:
      • combine two governance systems
      • managing operational integration
      • aligning cultures
    • What we can learn from past mergers?
    • Examine evolving models for cooperation
  14. 17:00 - 17:20 (20 minutes)

    Closing comments from the Chair

    Clare Miller, Executive Director Governance and Compliance, Clarion Housing Group

  15. 17:20 - 18:30 (1 hour, 10 minutes)

    Drinks reception

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    Join your peers from a broad mixture of associations of different
    sizes, regions and focuses to reflect on the day and build connections.