CIPFA Housing Conference

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Event summary

Fixing our broken housing market is more than just a consultation paper. It has to be deliverable policy that enables an adequate supply of housing for those who need a home.


25 January 2018
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:00


One Great George Street
1 Great George Street
[See map]

Standard price

£110.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£95.00 excl VAT

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About this event

This conference challenges any barriers that prevent organisations achieving that goal. Barriers such as legislation, policy, finance and opportunity will all come under scrutiny. Seeking to identify what is attainable, this conference will look at sustainable and achievable funding, how working with other providers can deliver more homes and how, by examining the very latest research, we can see how others increase supply.

Who should attend?

Local authority housing and housing finance staff working in local authority council-housing services, arm's length management organisations and strategic housing functions. 

How will I benefit?

Delegates will:

  • understand the DCLG view of strategic housing policy including any influences from the November budget
  • gain insights and support around business planning 
  • hear the latest research around local authorities' provision of housing
  • learn how communities have benefited where housing associations and local authorities have co-operated on joint ventures
  • improve their knowledge of how welfare reform is impacting on social housing.

Conference highlights

 Delegates will gain:

  • feedback from key research undertaken by Savills on the borrowing, capital investment and business planning environment, and how local authorities are responding
  • the very latest on welfare reform and funding proposals for supported housing
  • access to brand new research on how local authorities can build more homes supported by practitioner session on delivery.

CPD hours



  • Accounting
  • / Housing
  • / Local government

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Speaker - Ken Lee, chair, CIPFA Housing Panel

Ken Lee

Ken is chair of CIPFA's Housing Panel, commenting on and influencing government housing policy. His housing experience ranges from rent collection to managing the HRA. He’s been housing finance advisor to the Association of District Councils, the Society of District Council Treasurers, and the LGA. He led CIPFA’s work on refinancing and is trying to ensure that CIPFA remains influential on all housing matters such as assisting thinking on high value asset sales and pay to stay. He is also a board member at the leading ALMO Stockport Homes.

Speaker - Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA

Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman has been CEO since September 2013. Before joining the Institute, he was a senior civil servant who worked as the chief executive of the UK Border Agency and had previously led the Improvement and Development Agency. Prior to this he was CEO of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and director of resources at the London Borough of Lewisham.

Speaker - Steve Partridge, Director, Savills Housing Consultancy

Steve Partridge

Steve Partridge, CPFA, is a director at Savills Housing Consultancy. Steve is a senior leader and highly regarded national expert in housing finance with over 25 years’ experience in the public and private sectors of business planning, investment appraisal, financing and the development of new homes. Steve specialises in working with housing providers to build their financial capacity, to assess options for, and then implement the delivery of new and better housing.

Speaker - Sheldon Wood, Benefits Advisor, CIPFA Benefits & Revenues Service (CBRS)

Sheldon Wood

Sheldon has 16 years' local government experience, including principal benefits officer at Sheffield City Council, where he managed the service and implemented major changes to the council's benefits administration. He joined the CIPFA Benefits and Revenues Service (CBRS) in 2003 and has trained and advised members of the team on all aspects of benefits legislation and local authority benefits service administration, focusing on the changes required as a result of successive government welfare reform policies and change programmes.