Keynote speakers

  • Georgie Barratt

    Georgie Barratt

    Technology journalist and broadcaster

    Georgie Barrat is an experienced broadcaster and the new Gadget Show presenter for Channel 5. She writes on tech for Marie Claire, Tech City News & The Mirror. She also features on ITV's Weekend and the BBC's Tech Tent & Click.

  • Sajid Javid MP

    Sajid Javid MP

    Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government

    Sajid Javid was appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  in July 2016 and was elected Conservative MP for Bromsgrove in 2010. He served as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on from May 2015 - July 2016. He was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from April 2014 - May 2015 and previously he was both the Economic and Financial Secretary to the Treasury. He was a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee from June to November 2010.

  • Laura Kuenssberg

    Laura Kuenssberg

    Political Editor, BBC

    Laura is the BBC's political editor. Until July she was Newsnight's chief correspondent and a regular presenter of the programme after a spell as ITV News business editor, and many years reporting on politics for a wide range of BBC News programmes. Based again at Westminster she now has a particular responsibility for political coverage on the BBC's flagship news programmes, including Today on Radio 4 and the Six and Ten O'Clock News on BBC One.

  • Jackie Long

    Jackie Long

    Social Affairs Editor and Presenter, Channel 4 News

    Jackie Long is Channel 4 News Social affairs editor and presenter. She joined the programme in 2011, following more than two decades at the BBC. Most recently she was Correspondent at Newsnight, and she previously worked on The World at One, PM and Five Live.

  • David Orr

    David Orr

    Chief Executive, National Housing Federation

    David Orr is Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation and a former President of Housing Europe, the European network for Social Housing. He is the Chair of the board of Reall, previously known as Homeless International.  He has recently retired from the board of The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC) and as Chair of Building Lives. Previously, David has been Chief Executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and of Newlon Housing Trust, having also worked with Centrepoint. David was awarded in 2010 an honorary membership of the CIH.

  • Baroness Diana Warwick

    Baroness Diana Warwick

    Chair, National Housing Federation

    Diana sits in the House of Lords and is widely respected across all parties. She understands the challenges facing housing associations – recognising that many people do not understand the role they play, and sees the important role the Federation has in collaborating with a wider stakeholder base and in creating greater awareness. She has a wealth of experience in lobbying, and has good experience at executive and non-executive level including representative membership bodies such as Universities UK and the Human Tissue Authority.


  • Claire Powell

    Claire Powell

    Director of Strategy, Sovereign

    Clare is Strategy and Research Director at Sovereign. In this capacity, she chairs the policy and research group of CASE (the Consortium of Associations in the South East), undertaking research on issues of shared interest. She has worked in housing for over 30 years, the last 16 at Sovereign. In a personal capacity, Clare chairs the CIH Policy Advisory Committee.

  • Josep Maria Montaner

    Barcelona City Council

  • Peter Andrew

    Deputy Chairman, Home Builders Federation

  • Terrie Alafat CBE

    Terrie Alafat CBE

    Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing

    Terrie began her career in the UK in social services policy development in a local authority and was Director of Housing and Corporate Strategy in the royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea until she moved to the civil service. Her academic background is in social policy and research. She was most recently Director of Housing in the Department for Communities and Local Government, with overall policy responsibility for the supply and management of housing across all tenures, housing growth, and homelessness prevention and support. As part of this, she also lead on sponsorship of the Homes and Communities Agency. She has worked in the civil service covering various housing policies and programmes since 2003.

  • Dr Jessica Allen

    Dr Jessica Allen

    Deputy Director, Institute of Health Equity

    Jenny was co-director of the Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide in the WHO European Region and was previously Project Director of the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post-2010 (the Marmot Review). She has worked closely with national and local governments, third sector organisations and the NHS and published widely on social determinants of health. Prior to her work at UCL she was head of Health and Social Care at IPPR, Research Fellow in Public Health at the Kings Fund, and worked at Unicef and LSE. She has published and broadcast widely on issues relating to health and social care policy. She holds a doctorate from the University of London.

  • David Anderson

    Director - New Homes, Rightmove

  • Tim Barclay

    CEO, Appello

  • Matt Brazier

    Director of IT, Flagship Group

  • Javier Burón

    Javier Burón

    Housing Manager, Barcelona City Council

  • Sinead Butters MBE

    Sinead Butters MBE

    Chief Executive, Chair and Board Member, Aspire Group, Placeshapers and National Housing Federation

    Sinéad has been Chief Executive of Staffordshire-based Aspire Housing since 2006. Under her leadership the Aspire Housing Group has grown and broadened its services via the acquisition of Staffordshire’s largest apprenticeship provider, PM Training. With a strong combination of new build housing, regeneration, training and employment services, the Aspire Housing Group aims to maximise its impact in local communities and improve people’s life chances. Sinéad grew up in Staffordshire, studied at Keele University and is one of its founding fellows in recognition of her achievements and Aspires support for North Staffordshire communities. In October 2015 Sinéad become Chair of PlaceShapers, the national network of over 117 community-based housing associations, with a collective goal to achieve real and lasting improvements in the communities they serve. In the 2016 New Year Honours list, Sinéad was awarded an MBE for her services to housing.

  • Rachael Byrne

    Rachael Byrne

    Executive Director, Care and Support, Home Group

    Rachael has worked in the sector for 30 years and brings a wealth of experience in expertise in developing services that ensure the 35k vulnerable clients Home supports every year are supported and housed for the long term. Prior to being appointed Rachael worked for a range of providers including Local Authorities (1988-1994), NACRO (1994-1998), and was Director of Supported Housing at Riverside ECHG (1998-2009). Rachael is a board member with the Abbeyfield Society the membership body CLINKS for all 3rd sector organisations involved in Criminal Justice and an editorial advisor to Inside Housing.

  • Carole Clark

    Carole Clark

    Head of Insight, Bromford

  • Frances Coppola

    Frances Coppola

    Financial writer and commentator and visiting advanced fellow, Sheffield University

    Frances originally trained as a musician and singer before working in banking for 17 years, completing an MBA at Cass Business School in London, where she specialised in financial risk management. She is the author of the Coppola Comment finance & economics blog, which is a regular feature on the Financial Times's Alphaville blog and has been quoted in The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Guardian. She is a frequent commentator on financial matters for the BBC.

  • Julian Cork

    Julian Cork

    Chief Operating Officer and Board Member, Landbay

    Julian is COO and board member of Landbay Partners, where he oversees all operational aspects of the business, including FCA regulation and its ISA. Julian is a strong supporter of innovation in financial services with over 20 years’ experience in the sector. Prior to Landbay, Julian held executive roles at JPMorgan and Macquarie Group in New York, London, Tokyo and Sydney where he led large distributed global teams with a successful track record of organizational leadership and design in FX, fixed income, derivatives, treasury and equities product sets. Julian is also a non-executive director of Bud Financial and sits on various advisory boards in the wider fintech space.

  • Marie-Claire Delbrouque

    Director of Housing & Customer Insight, Flagship Group

  • Kevin Dodd

    Kevin Dodd

    Chief Executive, Wakefield and District Housing

    Kevin Dodd is Chief Executive of one of the Country’s largest Registered Social Landlords - Wakefield and District Housing was awarded three stars and excellent prospects in only two years of operation. The UK and Regional Business Excellence Award, Charter Mark and Investors in People (full and work life balance).

  • Julie Fadden

    Julie Fadden

    Chief Executive and President, South Liverpool Homes and Chartered Institute of Housing

    Julie has extensive experience in local government and ousing. Her work over eight years on the Partington Estate in Trafford led to its transformation, winning the first InBiz Peaceful Neighbourhood Award in 2004. Julie is also the President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), having been actively involved with the CIH for much of her career, both at Branch and CIH Council level. She is currently Membership Officer of the North West Branch as well as a nationally elected member of CIH Council. 

  • Ian Fletcher

    Ian Fletcher

    Director of Policy, British Property Federation

    Ian is a lobbyist for the UK property sector, promoting the interests of investors, landlords, developers and property managers. He does advocacy with Government, MPs and other stakeholders with particular interests in housing policy, commercial property, sustainability, planning and regeneration. Formally he was Chief Economist and Head of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, representing the UK's small businesses and entrepreneurs. He is also on the Board of the National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS) and Chair an Audit Panel that inspects student accommodation and is a member of the John Adams Society, which promotes US-UK relations, and participated in the US Government's International Visitor Programme.

  • Larry Gold

    Larry Gold

    Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer, Trafford Housing Trust

    Larry oversees the running of Finance, Organisational Development (HR/Learning & Development/Facilities) and the newly formed Developer business stream. He is also responsible for overseeing Social Enterprise. Recruited to assist in setting up the Trust, Larry was the Trust’s first employee in 2004. Larry has been a member of the Leadership Team since the Trust’s inception and has over twenty years’ experience within the public sector – previously working for Walsall Housing Group, Prime Focus Regeneration Group, and has held a number of senior management positions within central and local Government. 

  • John Goodall

    CEO and Co-Founder, Landbay

  • Dr Jenny Harries OBE

    Dr Jenny Harries OBE

    Regional Director: South of England, Public Health England

    Jenny trained in Public Health in Wales following formal qualifications in pharmacology, medicine and health economics. She was the Regional Public Health Advisor to the South East Wales Regional Commissioning Unit and Director of Public Health in Monmouthshire before taking up positions as Director of Public Health in England, first in Swindon (in 2009) then for the Norfolk & Waveney Cluster (in 2011). She was a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation from 2008 until her current post commenced and more recently has been a member of the Expert Advisory Group on the NHS Constitution. She has worked in public health and medicine in many countries including in New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Kenya and Albania and is an international tutor for students at EHESP, the French National School of Public Health. Within PHE she leads Operations input to several areas including healthcare public health, tobacco control, HCAI, social marketing and immunisations.

  • Alistair Hawes

    Programme Director, Clarion Housing Group

  • John Healey

    MP, Shadow Minister for Housing

  • Mark Henderson

    Mark Henderson

    Chief Executive and Board Member, Home Group and National Housing Federation

    Mark has nearly 30 years of experience in regeneration and business support. He previously ran his own business before joining Home Group, before that had worked with the RDA as Operations Director and a variety of regeneration and economic development jobs across the country in local government, most recently as Chief Executive of one of the largest County Councils in the country. He is a newly appointed Board Member for the National Housing Federation.

  • Geraldine Howley

    Geraldine Howley

    Group Chief Executive, Incommunities Group

    Geraldine has a BA Hons degree in housing, is a chartered surveryor and a fellow of the chartered institute for housing (CIH). In 2015 she became president of the CIH. She holds a number of key influential positions including chair of the National Housing Federation's Yorkshire and Humber chief executive forum, council member of the Yorkshire and Humber CBI and is a member of the international housing partnership and also the placeshapers group.

  • Nigel Jeremy

    Nigel Jeremy

    Chief Learning Officer, British Airways

    Nigel has led the learning and devleopment and recruitment functions for companies including HBOS, Vodafone and EasyJet. In 2009, he moved to the lead the Learning, Recruitment and Organisation Development functions for Marks and Spencer, operating across 55 countries. During this time, M&S was voted most admired company for Attracting, Developing and Retaining Talent in 2012 (Management Today Awards). In 2014, Jeremy joined British Airways as their Chief Learning Officer responsible for all learning and development activity across this global business and iconic UK brand.

  • Chan Kataria OBE

    Chan Kataria OBE

    Group Chief Executive, EMH Group

    Chan has held numerous positions at senior level in both housing association and local authorities since 1985. He is a former Chair of the National Housing Federation in the East Midlands and a member of the steering group of housing association alliance PlaceShapers.

  • Helen Kings

    Helen Kings

    Managing Director, Touchstone

    Helen Kings is Managing Director at Touchstone, a UK wide property management firm who specialise in the private rented sector and build to rent. As increasing numbers turn to the sector, she believes customers should expect a quality product and professional experience when renting, and is passionate about making this happen. With extensive commercial expertise, Helen has worked for some of the UK’s largest and well-known retailers, including Aldi and Somerfield. Before joining Touchstone, Helen was Sales Director at Compass Group, a market leader in contract catering and FM support services.  

  • David Montague

    David Montague

    Chief Executive, L&Q and Board Member, National Housing Federation

    David Montague has been chief executive of L&Q since February 2008. He has been with L&Q since 1988 and served as Group Director of Finance before his current appointment. In 2013 David was elected to the National Housing Federation board and awarded a CBE for services to housing in London. David is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He writes and speaks on social housing issues and publishes regular blog posts on his website.

  • Mike More

    Mike More

    Group Board Member , L&Q and Chair, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Mike began his career in finance roles at Cambridgeshire County Council before joining Suffolk County Council in 1999, initially as Director of Resources and then becoming Chief Executive in 2002. In 2008 Mike was appointed Chief Executive of Westminster City Council where he drove through major strategic and operational changes, including a pioneering service delivery partnership between three London boroughs. A key part of his role with the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation trust as is making sure the business is 'safe' in its pursuit of commercial activity, but also in its focus on patient outcomes. In addition to his role on the main board of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation trust, he has been invited to Chair the Uniting Care Partnership LLP Board an £800 million service provision contract over five years.

  • Robin Oliver

    Robin Oliver

    Director of Development, RHP

  • Alastair Parvin

    Co-Founder, Wikihouse Foundation

  • Alistair Parvin

    Alistair Parvin

    Co-Founder, Wikihouse Foundation

    Alastair Parvin is a designer and civic entrepreneur based in London. He is the co-founder of WikiHouse Foundation and a member of strategic design group 00. He is currently working on better housing systems, democratic cities & technology made by and for everyone.

  • Simon Penny

    lab Designer, Bromford

  • Jeremy Porteus

    Jeremy Porteus

    Founder and Director, Housing LIN

    Jeremy was formerly the CSIP National Programme Lead for Housing at the Department of Health (DH) and responsible for its £227m Extra Care Housing capital investment fund.

    He is author of several All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People’s inquiry HAPPI reports, including:

    • Housing our Ageing Population: Plan for Implementation, and

    • Housing our Ageing Population: Positive Ideas

    Since leaving the DH, Jeremy has established the Housing LIN and was a member of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia Health and Social Care Champion’s Group.

  • Dave Procter

    Dave Procter

    Chair, Together Housing

    Dave has worked in housing for over 48 years, retiring as Chief Executive of Penine Housing in 2005. Since then Save as worked as a consultant for many housing and third sector organisations within governance, executive mentoring and organisational change.

  • Campbell Robb

    Campbell Robb

    Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

    Before joining JRF and JRHT, Campbell was the Chief Executive of Shelter for seven years. As Chief Executive, he led the organisation through one of the most challenging periods in its history. This included building a sustainable, fundable model of integrated advice and support that is helping more clients than ever before, a growth in independent income and leading the organisation’s response to some of the biggest changes to housing and welfare policy in generations.

  • Cllr Darren Rodwell

    Cllr Darren Rodwell

    Leader of the Council and Labour Group, London borough of Barking and Dagenham

  • Ann Santry CBE

    Ann Santry CBE

    Chief Executive, Sovereign

    Ann has led Sovereign since 1999. Her former roles include Chief Executive of the Swaythling Housing Society in Southampton and Development Director for the Guinness Trust. She is also chair of CASE, a lobby group on housing issues in the south east, and a non-executive director of the States of Jersey Development Company.

  • Cllr Paul Smith

    Cllr Paul Smith

    Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, Bristol City Council

    Over 40 years experience in the Public Sector with 20 of these at a Senior level. Established Cloud Coaching Consultancy in 2011 to provide Coaching, L&D services and Governance services to public and private organisations. Paul is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Association of Coaching (AC), and Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). Paul is also Chair of Pierhead HA and Chair of the NHF's NW Regional Board Members Group.

  • John D Synnuck

    John D Synnuck

    Chief Executive, Swan Housing

    John has considerable skills and experience in managing a social landlord's business, having worked in the public and housing association sectors for 40 years. He is a former Director of Housing for the London Borough of Southwark and Housing Services Director for West Kent Housing Association, the country's second ever large scale voluntary transfer.  John is responsible for and oversees the strategic direction of the business.

  • Andrew Van-Doorn

    Andrew Van-Doorn

    Chief Executive, HACT

    Andrew joined HACT in 2003 and has worked in homelessness, supported housing and wider social exclusion policy and practice for 19 years. Andrew has worked for HACT for 13 years although for 18 months he was seconded to the National Mental Health Development Unit at the Department of Health as the National Housing Lead. He is a Non-Executive Director at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust and Chair of Stonewall Housing. 

  • Nick Walkley

    Nick Walkley

    Chief Executive, Homes and Communities Agency

    Nick has extensive local government experience, most recently as Chief Executive of Haringey Council and previously as Chief Executive of Barnet Council. He has led the delivery of a number of high-profile housing and regeneration schemes, including the £1bn large-scale regeneration of the Tottenham area, which is expected to create 5,000 new jobs, 10,000 new homes and more than 1m square ft. of new employment and commercial space. Nick is listed in Local Government Chronicle’s ‘100 Most Influential in the Sector’ and Inside Housing’s ‘Public Sector Housing Most Influential’.

  • Mark Washer

    Mark Washer

    Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chair, Clarion Housing Group and National Housing Federation

    Mark Washer is responsible for all aspects of Clarion's finances and IT, with a focus on financial strategy. He is currently leading the Group’s major change programme, which will transform their approach to service delivery over the next three years.  Mark is a chartered accountant, having qualified with Deloitte in London. He is also a board member and Deputy Chair of the National Housing Federation.

  • Micheal West

    Micheal West

    Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology and Head of Thought Leadership, Lancaster University Management School and Kings Fund

    Michaels' areas of research are team and organisational innovation and effectiveness, particularly in relation to the organisation of health services. He lectures, both nationally and internationally, on the results of his research and on his solutions for developing effective and innovative organisations.

  • Andy Williams

    Andy Williams

    Accountable Officer, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG

    Andy joined the NHS in 1985 and has worked at Director and Chief Executive level in both provider and commissioning organisations for the last 14 years. Andy has an MBA (Health) from Nottingham University. He is also a member of the Institute of Health Management and Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

  • Andy Williams

    Accountable Officer, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG

  • Boris Worrall

    Boris Worrall

    Chief Executive, Rooftop Housing Group

    Boris is responsible for strategy, business planning, sustainability, policy, research, communications, external affairs, culture and staff engagement and group performance. He started working in housing after a career in criminal justice and journalism. Boris is a HACT Board Member and NHF Midlands committee Vice Chair. Boris is a commentator on futures, transformation and national policy. 

  • Alan Yates

    Alan Yates

    Group Executive Director of Regeneration, Accord Group

    Alan has over 24 years senior management experience in the affordable housing sector in regeneration and development. He is Chairman of the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership (SHAP) and has a particular interest in low carbon housing. Alan led the formation of an offsite manufacturing facility, Local Homes and he and his development team have won a variety of awards for their work.