Conference: Maintaining social housing safety, security and reputation


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Watford WD25

The social housing sector is good at finding solutions collectively. This housing-sector led conference will shine a light on safety, security and reputation as key to a more successful future.

The Northern Housing Consortium has joined forces with Aviva, Sedgwick, Styles and Wood, the Building Research Establishment and Business in the Community, to convene industry leaders around some of the key issues facing our sector today. This inaugural collaborative industry event will help improve our sector’s management of safety, security and reputation.

This exclusive event brings social housing CEOs and directors together with industry experts. Through current case examples, it will uncover how disruption is being dealt with head on and what we can do more effectively to manage future impacts.

This is a sponsored event made possible by the kind support of Aviva, Sedgwick, Styles & Wood, BRE, Northern Housing Consortium and charity partners.

Housing Associations and companies in their supply chain, construction companies

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.

What the day will involve
There will be an expert led tour of BRE’s first class Innovation Park, where delegates can experience first-hand what it is like to be flooded in BRE’s Flood Resilient Repair House. The house uses products currently available on the marketplace to showcase how an everyday home can be resilient to flooding and recently received an Environment Agency Project Excellence Award for the Innovation category.

10:00: Arrival, registration and refreshments.

10:30: Opening - The BRE and site logistics, Matthew Barker, Consultant, BRE.

10:40: Welcome & Conference purpose with Jo Boaden, CEO, Northern Housing Consortium and Mike Still, The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group Chair

10:50: Catastrophic risks – the world is changing. It has been 12 months since the Grenfell Tower tragedy. This session will address a series of intertwined issues for housing providers in the UK emerging since the fire. What is needed to change behaviours and provide some levels of assurance to safeguard the sector? With Dr Jim Glocklin, Independent Review of Building Regulations, Fire Safety and Alasdair Smith, Risk Management, Aviva.

11:20: Legal implications – how exposed are we since Grenfell? This session will explore what level of legal risk are Boards of Management exposed to and how can this be mitigated? 

11:35: A more Resilient Supply Chain. A resilient supply chain can help secure business continuity for housing associations impacted by disruptive events such as floods or fire. What mechanisms exist to improve supply chain management and what is missing? 

11:50: Break & Networking

12:10: Risks and modern day vulnerabilities. A panel discussion chaired by Hugh Morris, Continuity Planning, Marsh.

12:50: Case examples: The well-known risks. The last UK flooding periods demonstrated the vulnerability of the housing sector to natural catastrophes and the need for greater coordination for preparedness, response and recovery. Outcomes of the DEFRA Property Level Flood Resilience Roundtable, with Graham Brogden, Chair of the Property Level Resilience Roundtable DEFRA.

13:05: Insuring against risk. The insurance sector will need to work more closely together to reduce the overall risk to the housing association sector. With Ian Gibbs, National Technical Manager, Sergon Building Consultants (Sedgwick).

13:20: Would you be ready? A session exploring how smaller businesses can make sure they're more prepared when faced with disasters such as flooding, fire or cyber attacks. With Joey Tabone, BERG Director, Business in the Community.

13:30: Lunch and tour of Innovation Park – including the Flood House and The Prince’s Natural House.

15:00: Finish