Highlights from The Housing Forum’s National Conference 2017-

“The Great Housing Challenge”

Wednesday 17 May 2017



"Really good well thought out day of speakers and presenters, the tour and the networking continuation afterwards. Very enjoyable."


Our sold out 2017 National Conference was a great success with 150 attendees and speakers from across the housing sector.  

Make sure you save the date for next year's Conference which will be held on Wednesday 23 May 2018.


The morning session was held at The Grange City Hotel in the City of London (please see the presentations below) and was followed by a tour of housing developments around the City Road Basin in Islington. The day ended with a networking reception at Diespeker Wharf next to the Regent's Canal with Pollard Thomas Edwards.






The Housing Forum’s Future Plans

Shelagh Grant, Chief Executive, The Housing Forum


New Civic Housebuilding – Lessons for Delivering Quantity and Quality

Kate Webb, Head of Policy, Shelter


The New Way to Rent

Steve Sanham, Managing Director, HUB


Modern Living - The American Way

Brendan Kilpatrick, Senior Partner, PRP


Building Birmingham

Clive Skidmore, Head of Housing Development, Birmingham City Council


The Right to Build

Michael Holmes, Chair of The National Custom & Self Build Association


Community Led Housing

Catherine Harrington, Director, National Community Land Trust Network


The Rent Plus Way

Sue Coulson, Director of Partnerships, Rent Plus


Sustainable Leasehold and Long Term Asset Management for mixed tenure developments

Dick Mortimer, Group Director, Development and Sales, Family Mosaic and Jim Martin, Executive Chairman, Martin Arnold


Future Proofing Housing Supply
Stephen Teagle, Chief Executive, Partnerships and Regeneration, Galliford Try and
Deputy Chairman, The Housing Forum




 The final conference programme is available here.





Feedback from the day


"It was great that the Key Note speaker addressed the more controversial issues we face regarding housing."



"Good networking across the sectors, excellent variety of speakers."



"Learning the challanges that my clients (HAs & LAs) are facing in housing at the moment"



"Walking tour was an excellent idea, informative guide from Pollard Thomas Edwards. Learnt a lot during the Packington session."



"Interesting varied sites shown to us. Talk about Packington was interesting and very positive."





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