National Conference: Building the Future - Programme Announced

11 April 2018



The programme for our 2018 National Conference will explore the theme ‘Building the Future’; with a range of expert speakers from across the sector. 


We're delighted today to announce the programme for the day, which will also include a walking tour around the fascinating new built environment at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, followed by a networking drinks reception.


The four main elements of the national conference will focus on:

  • Housing Supply

  • Housing in a Digital Future

  • Quality, Skills and Procurement

  • Placemaking and Integrated Communities


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Full Programme:




Registration, coffee and networking




Building the Future




Andy von Bradsky, Chairman, The Housing Forum




Session One – Keynote Address


Ambitions for housing delivery – and for integrated communities


Isobel Stephen, Housing Supply Director, MHCLG




Followed by discussion chaired by Shelagh Grant, Chief Executive, The Housing Forum




Session Two – The Future’s Digital!


Connectivity and Major Infrastructure Opportunities - changing the way we will live


Tom Kelly, Corporate Affairs Director - HS2  




Smart Cities and Thermotechnology


Richard Blackburn, Business Development Manager, Bosch Thermotechnology 




Place Making in a Build to Rent Future


Alex Notay, Build to Rent Fund Director – Places for People




Networking Coffee Break




Session Three –Setting Our House in Order


Questioning the Scenario


Andy Tookey, Managing Director - Baily Garner


Nigel Ostime, Project Delivery Director - Hawkins Brown




Summary of the Housing Forum Working Group Issues




Panel contributions


Tackling the Skills Shortage with the Place & Making Institute


Gill Steward, Chief Executive, London Borough of Bexley




Home Grown Talent  


Mike Turner, Development Director, Ian Williams Ltd.




Partnering through Procurement


Rebecca Rees, Partner and Katie Saunders, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins




Concluding with the launch of The Housing Forum’s latest report

“Stopping Building Failures”




We Build the Future

  Richard Harral, CEO We Build the Future Charity
  Closing Address

Andy von Bradsky, Chairman, The Housing Forum and Shelagh Grant, Chief Executive, The Housing Forum



Lunch and networking




Coaches depart for walking tour




Session Four –Placemaking for integrated communities


Walking tour of housing schemes in Hackney Wick and Chobham Manor at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford


Hawkins/Brown and PRP




Networking drinks reception