Panel speakers revealed for North West Housing Conference 2015

Additional speakers who will participate in a panel session at the North West Housing Conference 2015 have been revealed.

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The panel session, called "Foundations for the Future" welcomes up and coming young housing professionals who will be sharing their views and giving delegates a fresh perspective on the challenges facing the sector. Making up the panel will be Ben Osu, Community Project Officer, Your Housing Group; Natalie Pryor, Customer Involvement Officer (Co-Regulation), Liverpool Mutual Homes; Danielle Sheldon, Neighbourhood Team Leader, The Regenda Group; and Michael Arndt, Corporate Project Manager, The Riverside Group.

The panel joins leading figures from the housing sector who will give their expert views on the wide-ranging changes being faced by social housing providers. Confirmed speakers are Gill Payne, Director of Policy and External Affairs, National Housing Federation; Colette McKune MBE, Deputy Group Chief Executive, ForViva; Deborah McLaughlin, Chief Executive, Manchester Place; and Carol Rogers MBE, Director of Education and Visitors, National Museums Liverpool. The event will be chaired by Derek Long, Director, arc4.

The conference will review the latest developments in policy and strategy and explore the economic realities facing the sector following the Summer Budget and the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review in November.

Current and emerging housing issues will be explored through a programme of keynote presentations and practical workshops presented by housing specialists. Topics include improving the links between health provision and housing, catering for an ageing population and empowering communities.

Brabners and Mitchell Charlesworth are hosting the conference with support from a project group made up of ForViva, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Riverside, Symphony Housing Group, The Regenda Group and Your Housing Group – and additional sponsorship from Procure Plus.

Paul Wainwright, partner at Mitchel Charlesworth says: “As one of the lead organisers for the North West Housing Conference, it is fabulous to see such renowned speakers and key figures on the conference panel discussing the latest developments in the sector. The exhibitors at the event derive from a wide array of businesses and it is pleasing to see how these organisations see the benefit of exhibiting at the well established North West Housing Conference.”

Alistair Fletcher, partner at Brabners comments: “As the sector grapples with the implications of enforced rent reductions for the next four years, and digests the NHF’s offer to extend the right to buy, it is crucial that each Registered Provider lays the right “foundations for the future”. Whilst the challenges that lie ahead are unprecedented, and recent media comment has been hostile, the speech delivered by Secretary of State Greg Clark at the NHF Conference on 24 September suggests that the Government is willing to work with the sector if it will play its part in delivering the affordable housing that the country needs.  We hope this conference will equip delegates to plan, and build, the foundations necessary for their organisations to weather the current storm and succeed in the future.”

The North West Housing Conference will take place at Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront on Thursday 15 October 2015.

For more information about booking a place in the exhibition hall, please contact Cara Bartlett at Mitchell Charlesworth on 0151 255 2300 or  For more information about booking a place as a delegate, please contact Reta Madgin at Brabners on 0151 600 3401 or

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