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RESI Conference 2017 :: 2017 Agenda
Welcome to the RESI Conference

Day 1 - Wednesday 13 September 2017


Editor’s Welcome and Drinks Reception

Special Guest Speaker

7pm finish 

Day 2 - Thursday 14 September 2017


Welcome from RESI Chair and Host, Mark Easton, BBC Home Editor

Session 1: Delivering the Housing White Paper

The Housing White Paper highlights a welcome change in the political tone, but do the policies go far enough? It’s evident the traditional way of doing things no longer works and in this session we hear directly from government and the market on the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead. 


Market Challenge

Lucian Cook, Head of UK Residential Research, Savills

In Conversation with…

Political keynote address


Welcome from RESI Chair and Host, Mark Easton BBC Home Editor


Panel: A housing market that works for everyone?

As stated by Sajid Javid “we need to build a lot more homes if we are to achieve a country that works for everyone.” The question is, what does this look like for tenants, tenures and the industry and is it possible to create a market that works for everyone?

Peter Freeman, Founder, Argent
David Cowans, Group Chief Executive, Places For People

Morning Break, Networking and Refreshments

Session 2: Unlocking planning to stimulate housing

The planning regime is a perennial issue, but if anything the challenges have become more acute over the past year. Why is the planning system still not fit for purpose? Why is there such a gulf between the number of planning consents and number of schemes being built out? This and myriad other pressing questions will be addressed as we evaluate the current system, assess the key lobbying issues and map the way forward to get housebuilding truly firing on all cylinders!


In Conversation With... Keynote address: A transatlantic dialogue

In this session we bring London and New York together in a transatlantic exchange of ideas on planning and how to create housing additionality in the Big Smoke Cities.

James Murray, Deputy Mayor, Housing and Residential Development , Greater London Authority

Panel: Planning in action!

  • How can the market’s frustrations with planning be addressed?
  • Infrastructure: The Key to 100,000 New Homes  
  • Supurbia: Increasing Housing Supply via Densification of the Suburbs
  • The M27 Corridor, 5 years, 4600 homes required – A joined up vision in planning and local leadership
  • Lessons from Paris: The ‘Reinventing Paris’ Approach to Land Disposal and Innovative Design
Cllr Donna Jones, Leader, Portsmouth City Council
Dr Riette Oosthuizen , Partner, Head of Planning, HTA Design
Harry Downes, Managing Director, Fizzy Living

In conversation with... Keynote address: The outlook for the regions

As part of the drive to devolve powers to the city regions, this year will see the election of several new Metro Mayors. In this session we hear directly from the City regions and learn more about their vision for housing and regeneration.


Lunch and Networking


In Focus Sessions

The coastal town that they forgot to close down… Time to look again at coastal communities

A change has been happening in many seaside towns and coastal villages. There are new property and development opportunities. In many of these areas, councils have taken a lead in land assembly and CPO of rundown properties, ready for building as well as allocating significant land for development. In this session, we showcase best practise and highlight the live development opportunities. 


Chaired by: Natalie Elphicke OBE, Chief Executive, The Housing & Finance Institute

In Focus Sessions

Re-inventing Renting: BTR at the Front and Centre of Fixing Our Broken Housing Market

  • How is the sector doing?
  • Who are the new BTR entrants and why have they come aboard?
  • Rent Control – Yay or Nay
  • BTR Operational Imperatives


Rita Akushie, Group Finance Director, Thames Valley Housing
Graham Bates, Chief Executive, Liv Group
Dan Batterton, Build to Rent Fund Manager, Legal & General Investment Management
Anil Khera, Founder, Chief Executive, Node

In Focus Sessions

Regeneration that Benefits the whole community

After a seven year hiatus, regeneration is back on the agenda and towns and cities across the UK have significant regeneration opportunities that combined could add billions of pounds to GDP, whilst also serving as a catalyst for much needed residential development. In this session, we drill down and examine the following:

  • What does the housing tenure mix look like in reality and what is the impact of BTR on regeneration? 
  • Meanwhile Housing: the start of regeneration and an affordable solution
  • Mixed-use schemes: A Sense of Place - Communities, Culture and Identity
  • Wellness and Wellbeing: NHS Healthy New Towns - integrating health, housing and the built environment


Elliot Lipton, Managing Director, First Base
Daniel McDonnell, Strategy Programme Manager - Healthy New Towns, NHS England
Darren Rodwell, Leader, Barking and Dagenham
Eddie Bridgeman, Director, Meanwhile Space

In Focus Sessions

Addressing the intergenerational housing crisis and work/life divide

Intergenerational inequality and marked wealth gap, issues of housing supply and affordability, an aging population and a millennial demographic with new expectations are all well documented features of the UK’s current housing landscape and these issues must be addressed as part of creating a housing market that works for everyone.

  • First Time Customers vs Last Time Customers: what do the tenants want and how is the market responding to the rapid demographic shift?
  • Viva la Revolution: Co-Living and Co-Working at the heart of flexibility and millennial expectations
  • 50,000 Homes Campaign: the employers role in addressing housing affordability
  • Intergenerational living: new models and lessons from abroad


Olivia Harris, Chief Executive, Dolphin Living
William Davies, Director, NEX Real Estate

In Focus Sessions

RESI PropTech – in association with Osborne Clarke

How Can We Use Proptech Across The Industry To Educate, Engage And Deliver Results? 


Savannah De Savary, Founder and Chief Executive, Built-ID
James Morris-Manuel, EMEA Sales Director, Matterport
Chaired by: Conrad Davies, Partner, Osborne Clarke

Afternoon Break and Refreshments

Session 3: Modern methods of disruption and construction


Panel: Where are we, where do we need to be and how do we get there?

Lesley Chen Davison, Portfolio and Corporate Finance Executive, Delancey
Chaired by: Peter Cosmetatos, Chief Executive Officer, CREFC Europe

Chairs Closing Remarks and Conference end

Day 3 - Friday 15 September 2017


Welcome from RESI Chair and Host, Mark Easton BBC Home Editor


Keynote Address: In Conversation With…


Morning Break, Networking and Refreshments


Panel: Capacity and Diversity – A Clarion Call to the sector!

Richard Cook, Head of Residential, Development, Lend Lease Europe

Keynote Address


Lunch, Networking and Conference End

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