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




We Build the Future


Richard Harral, Founder and Trustee, We Build the Future Charity 




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 – Into the Future!


Chaired by Mike De’Ath, Partner, HTA Design LLP 




Creating the Conditions for a Successful Future


Tom Kelly, Corporate Affairs Director - HS2  




The Internet and Things


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


Conclusions from The Housing Forum’s Working Group



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”




Concluding Address


Homes England’s expanding land enabling role to accelerate housebuilding

  Stephen Kinsella, Executive Director for Land, Homes England

Summary of the Day

  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