Leading housing experts to speak at major Social Housing Conference in Liverpool


North West businesses will once again have the opportunity to hear the expert views of some of the leading figures from the housing sector on the wide-ranging changes being faced by social housing providers when the annual Social Housing Conference returns to Liverpool this month.

Brabners Chaffe Street and Mitchell Charlesworth (both leading advisors to the social housing sector), together with Your Housing Group are once again presenting the Social Housing Conference, which takes place on Friday 16 November 2012 at Liverpool's BT Convention Centre.

To book a delegate place at the conference, simply download a booking form here.

At this year's conference, titled 'Who Dares Wins', the keynote speakers have been confirmed as Steve Rotherham MP for Liverpool Walton, Julian Ashby, Chair of the Regulation Committee and board member at the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), and Derek Long, Head of North, National Housing Federation (NHF).

A range of experts will explore the Localism Act, welfare reform, the direction of social housing regulation and how social housing providers can adapt in these times of great social and economic turmoil. Social housing specialists will also present a series of workshops, offering practical advice on a range of topics specific to the sector including housing management, finance, employment and renewable energy. The conference and accompanying workshops will demonstrate why only those organisations which are brave enough to take on these challenges will thrive.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to put questions to a panel made up of Chief Executives and senior representatives from North West registered providers including Brian Cronin, Chief Executive of Your Housing Group, Carol Matthews, Chief Executive of The Riverside Group, Tony Dunne, Group Director of Corporate Planning and Change at Symphony Housing Group, Maggi Howard, Director of Assets and Enterprise at Liverpool Mutual Homes and Claire Griffiths, Managing Director of Regeneration and Commercial Development at Plus Dane Group.

Social Housing Conference 2012

Alistair Fletcher, Partner at Brabners Chaffe Street and head of one of the largest social housing specialist legal teams in the North West which is nationally recognised for its work with housing associations, said: "The social housing sector faces unprecedented changes in the months ahead but for those who are prepared these changes present opportunities as well as challenges."

Mitchell Charlesworth Partner and social housing specialist Paul Wainwright said: "With both the economic climate and legislative changes greatly affecting the housing sector at this time, we are pleased to bring together a selection of highly influential speakers to debate a wide range of very topical subjects."

Brian Cronin, Chief Executive of Your Housing Group, who is chairing the conference said: "Social housing is facing some of the biggest changes to the sector in a long time, such as Welfare Reform and the increasing need for affordable homes. As housing providers we all need to adapt and take on the challenge to ensure the best outcome for our residents, now and in the longer term. This Social Housing conference provides the opportunity for some of the leading housing providers, and key advisors to the sector, to come together to share knowledge, and offer practical advice on a range of topics currently facing housing providers. It promises to a very informative and valuable event for all."

The conference, which is aimed at registered providers, housing professionals, local authorities and other related businesses, is returning following the resounding success of last year's event which saw more than 160 delegates and 20 exhibitors attend from across the UK.

The Social Housing Conference will take place at Liverpool's BT Convention Centre on Friday 16 November 2012. For more information about booking a place as a delegate, please contact Cara Bartlett at Brabners Chaffe Street on 0151 600 3022 or email: bcsnewsandevents@brabnerscs.com

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