Northern Housing Summit

The Summit arrives in Manchester at the start of 2016 – a challenging, tumultuous, some would say opportunistic time for Housing in the North.  Set against the developing backdrop of the Northern Powerhouse, the Summit will provide an opportunity for delegates to reflect on the fundamental questions facing the North and the housing sector.

Northern Powerhouse

Speakers to include:

  • James Wharton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Northern Powerhouse)  (invited)
  • Jonn Elledge, New Statesman


Growth and delivery

In these sessions we’ll be looking at how to unlock investment and delivery into our Northern cities and places, the role housing plays in supporting a vibrant powerhouse, and exploring the progress of Manchester Place, the housing delivery agency for Manchester. Our speakers will also be looking at what the future holds for social housing, and the Housing Finance Institute’s plans for delivery. Delegates will be updated on progress from the Commission for Housing in the North, which seeks to promote growing, vibrant and high quality housing markets across the North. We’ll also explore the role of housing in supporting customers into work.

Speakers on this theme include:

  • James Wharton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Northern Powerhouse) – invited
  • Naz Parker, HCA
  • Deborah McLaughlin, Manchester Place
  • Paul Marsh, UKTI
  • Naz Parker, HCA
  • Natalie Elphicke, Housing Finance Institute
  • Housing the Powerhouse, speaker tbc.


Wider public sector reform

Our public sector reform theme will explore what the sector can do differently to increase efficiency, and how the future looks for social housing. Is local government set to capitalise on the opportunities of devolution and decentralisation? We’ll also discuss how housing and health services can work together in joint ventures.

Speakers on this theme include:

  • Mark Lloyd, LGA (invited)
  • Cath Green, First Choice Homes Oldham
  • Jane Forrester, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Peter Molyneux, Chair, South West London and St George’s NHS Trust
  • Neil Reveley, Executive Director, People Services, Sunderland City Council
  • Louise Giles, Director of Development and Learning, Lancashire Care NHS Trust
  • David Kirkby, Bright Blue
  • Barbara Spicer, Plus Dane (invited)

The Summit also seeks to challenge all of us across the North and asks three fundamental questions: are we as effective as we can be – do we really meet our aspirations or do we hide behind excuses and don’t change until we’re pushed? Are we supporting dependency rather than unleashing aspiration? And finally, does the North need a disruptive influence? And if so, are we ready for it?

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