Last week I had the honour of being invited to attend the annual National Housing Federation East Midlands regional conference and dinner; usually the realm of Chief Executives and Board Directors, I was invited by Lindsey Williams to attend as a ‘Rising Star’.
I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to attend this event, which included a dinner with the NHF Chief Executive, David Orr; this turned out to be quite an intimate affair with a total of 14 guests!
As a self-confessed housing geek, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the latest thinking on how the sector can develop to meet housing need across the East Midlands, and discussing these ideas with other delegates, which included Hayley Davies and several Board Directors from across the Group.
Topics of discussion included the latest picture for housing investment in the region; the changing face of housing associations’ business models; working within Localism, and the sector’s role in the employment and skills agenda (click here for a round up).
As Private Rented Sector Coordinator responsible for delivering the corporate private sector leasing project, I was particularly interested in the discussions on how, in an environment of reduced public investment, many housing associations may need to diversify into market rent and sale products so they can plough profits back into retaining their traditional philanthropic values, e.g. affordable and social housing building programmes.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable and thought provoking day and I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend.
Please leave your thoughts below on how the sector can develop to meet housing need across the East Midlands