Brighton: Hackitt Implementation and Diversity

15 March 2019





The Housing Forum provided a quality start to the Brighton conference in early March with popular sessions examining topical themes in the sector.

Partnering with Willmott Dixon and Women in Social Housing (WISH), the two events respectively explored organisational response to the outcomes of the Hackitt report, and the benefits of diversifying the workplace across the sector.



Delivering Better Safer Homes - The implications of Hackitt implementation for quality

In partnership with Willmott Dixon

This session explored what organisations can do to ensure the process of designing and building homes improves and considered what organisations themselves are doing to embed this in their programmes.

Chaired by Shelagh Grant, CEO of The Housing Forum, the panel included the following speakers and subjects:

Andy Tookey, Managing Partner at Baily Garner opened up with a consultant’s perspective on the changes observed in the sector post Grenfell, and also considered how organisations committed to improving quality can embedding change within their organisation.

Tim Quick, Director of Formation Architects then provided the designer’s perspective and discussed how to get the best from Design and build, in addition to assessing where ownership and responsibility lie within projects to ensure a commitment to quality.

Iain Clark, National Product Manager at Willmott Dixon gave the contractor’s perspective and evaluated the lessons that are being learned from the early adopters of Hackitt implementation, including the changes that contractors are making to deliver on safety and quality.


Delegate Comments:

‘I found this session valuable because it outlined an increased push towards clear legislation and policy, and demonstrated the importantance of having all parties involved and on the same page.’



Changing the Dynamic – The Benefits of a Diverse Workplace

In partnership with Women in Social Housing (WISH)

All businesses benefit from promoting a culture which encourages representation of all groups from the top down, and this timely panel debate will provide an opportunity to hear about some of the ways in which organisations and individuals are reaping rewards from challenging the status quo and taking action to address inequality.

Chaired by Ria Bales, Group Director of People and Change at One Housing, the informal panel debated the following points:

  • Given the lack of progress to date in creating more diversity in top teams, what has been one of the most successful ways of supporting more diversity into senior positions?
  • Organisations and individuals both have a responsibility to play in changing the dynamic. How can people work together to improve workplace diversity?
  • How can we move away from traditional ways of recruiting that often doesn’t favour candidates from diverse backgrounds and what are some of the challenges in recruitment that organisations face in building diverse teams?
  • What advice would you give the people here to help them be the best they can be?


  • Terry Fuller - Strategic Land, Planning & Estates, Homes England
  • Samantha Herelle - Director of Operations, Mount Green HA, Main Board Member, Optivo
  • Alan Wright - Partner, BPTW
  • Rob Hart - Diversity and CSR manager, Pennington Manches
  • Shirley Heapy - Associate Director, Development Consultancy & Agency Team, GL Hearn


Delegate Feedback:

‘I found the panel debate helpful to understand how much 'diversity' could be further improved within my organisation, and also how it could potentially benefit existing and new staff’