Centre for Excellence in Community Investment: online conference 2020


An online conference focusing on the issues facing community investment professionals across the UK.

The work of community investment professionals has been at the heart of the social housing sector's response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since March, HACT and the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment has been working with community investment professionals across the UK, discussing immediate responses, sharing best practice and developing medium to longer term strategic responses.

In May this year, we were due to host our second annual community investment conference. Then Covid-19 happened and we put the event on hold.

Now, we've curated an online conference that reflected that work, providing opportunities to learn, share insights, network and discover new ways of working. Spread over three days, we will be hosting twelve sessions looking at the key issues facing community investment teams, featuring inspirational speakers and panellists from inside and outside the sector.

We will be adding speakers to this agenda as they are confirmed.

Day 1:

28 September

9.00-10.00: What's the role of community investment in the recovery and reset of communities following the Covid-19 pandemic?

Chair: Andrew van Door, CEO - HACT

Speakers: Ben Collins, Chief Executive - NIFHA; Lucy Grove, Director of Strategic Communications and Campaigns - NHF; Stuart Ropke, Chief Executive - CHC; Sally Thomas, CEO - SFHA; Matthew Buckham, Communities Director - Sovereign; William Miller, Director of Social Impact - Optivo

11.00-12.00: What opportunities are there for social housing organisations and residents in a challenging and changing jobs market?

Chair: Rob Sugden, Head of Communities - HACT

Speakers: Lynsey Sweeney - Communities that Work; Tony Wilson, Director - Institute of Employment Studies; Samantha Windett, Director of Policy - Impetus; Alison Matthews, Employment and Skills Manager - WHG

1.00-2.00: Re-imagining the role of social housing organisations in place

Chair: Rachael Orr, Director - PlaceShapers

Speakers: Claire Higgins, CEO of Cross Keys Homes; Pam Hankinson, resident - South Yorkshire Housing Association; Andrew van Doorn, CEO - HACT

3.00-4.00: The online challenge: digital engagement, digital inclusion and digital delivery in changing times

Chair: Rob Sugden, Head of Communities - HACT

Speakers: Scott Tandy, Community Regeneration Officer – Newydd; Matthew Adam, CEO - We Are Digital; Ryan Davidson, Community Inclusion Officer - Govan; James Prowse, Key Account Director - Hyperoptic

Day 2:

29 September

9.00-10.00: The impact we've made: the role of research, data and analytics in community investment.

Chair: Frances Harkin, Head of Research - HACT

Speakers: Bassam Mahfouz, Community Investment Manager - A2Dominion; Russell Smith, Income & Development consultant - Orbit , Sallie Bridgen - Riverside; Natalie Playfair, Project Manager - L&Q Adam Chester, Project Officer - HACT

11.00-12.00: Beyond hardship and vouchers: social housing organisations and poverty

Chair: Rob Sugden, Head of Communities - HACT

Speakers: Tanya King, Customer Engagement and Inclusion Manager - Stockport Homes; Suzanne Mazzone, Head of Income and Service Improvement - ClwydAlyn; James Hudson, Assistant Director of Commercial Strategy & Growth - Your Homes Newcastle; Alan Graham, Welfare benefits officer - Paisley Housing Association

1.00-2.00: Housing and health: how community investment can drive forward integration and population-based health

Chair: Andrew van Doorn, CEO - HACT

Speakers: Babu Bhattacherjee, Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods - Poplar HARCA; Jan Brennan, Housing Manager - Linstone; Katarina Reid, Health Improvement Manager (Health and Housing) - Public Health Scotland

3.00-4.00: How can community investment help address racial inequalities facing BAME communities?

Chair: Cym D'Souza, Chief Executive - Arawak Walton Housing Association

Speakers: Jahanara Rajkoomar, Director of Community Investment - MTVH; Abdi Segulle, Scheme manager - Red Sea House; Rohini Sharma Joshi FCIH, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager - Trust Housing Association

Day 3:

30 September

9.00-10.00: Community-led housing: CLH toolkit, policy & best practice

Speakers: Pete Duncan - Social Regeneration Consultants; Jon Fitzmaurice - Self Help Housing, David Alcock - Anthony Collins Solicitors; Tom Chance - Co-CEO of the National Community Land Trust Network

This session is a FREE event, hosted as part of the conference; your conference ticket will give you access to it but it is also open to the public so please do invite others along.

11.00-12.00: Reimagining the tenant-landlord relationship: what next for resident engagement in the light of Covid-19?

Chair: Alison Inman, Board member of Colne Housing Society and Tpas

Speakers: Charmaine Simei, Director of Community Investment - Longhurst Group; Sahil Khan, Director of Community Investment - Catalyst; Bee Rowley, Community Investment Manager - Coastline; Ruth Montgomery, Business Development Manager - Rural Housing Association; Rob Wray, Chief Innovation Officer - HACT

1.00-2.00: A youth offer fit for the 21st Century: The current crisis has highlighted the inequalities that many young people face daily. How can we make this crisis an opportunity to look at things differently?

Chair: Sarah Willis, Head of Strategic Partnerships & National Delivery (MTVH) - Housing Association Youth Network

Speakers: Sharon Long, Director - Partnership for Young London; Sara Ahmed -Partnership for Young London; Darwin Bernardo, Community Engagement Lead - Violence Reduction Unit; Fabio Thomas, Project Researcher - Beatfreeks

3.00-4.00: Not left behind: how can community investment bridge the gap for older and vulnerable people?

Chair: Sarah Mitton, Age Friendly Communities Manager - Clarion Futures

Speakers: Tina Wathern, Older LGBT housing network co-ordinator - Stonewall Housing; Edyta Bancer, Ageing Better Manager - South Yorkshire Housing Association; Matt Parsonage, Head of Communities - Clarion Futures; Miriam Fagbemi, Community Building Manager (Health Placemaking) - Ebbsfleet Development Corporation