27 MAR 2018

HFi Today, HBF Policy Conference

The HFi at the HBF Policy Conference

Last week, our Chief Executive, Natalie Elphicke, chaired the HBF Policy Conference. The Conference had a very strong lineup including Heather Wheeler MP, Minister for Housing and Homelessness, and Labour's Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP.

Redrow chairman Steve Morgan delivered a keynote speech reflecting on his time in the industry as he looks to step back from his role at the housebuilder that he built up from scratch - becoming Redrow's non-executive Chairman. Crest boss, Stephen Stone, talked about the industry's work on quality and Bovis Chief Operating Officer, Keith Carnegie, opened up about the challenges faced by his firm in 2017 and the steps taken to turn the ship around.

NHBC CEO, Steve Wood, described NHBC's role in the quality debate. Countryside's Chief Financial Officer, Rebecca Worthington, discussed the challenges of expanding and diversifying the industry's workforce and Shelter's CEO, Polly Neate, gave her take on the housing crisis and potential solutions.

Moelis + Co's MD, Mark Aedy, provided a City view of the sector and the challenges and opportunities ahead. Savills' Director of Residential Research, Lucian Cook, gave his views and analysis of the UK housing market.

After the Conference, Natalie Elphicke commented: "This was an absolutely outstanding line up of speakers. HBF policy conference was fully booked and no wonder - it is one of the conference highlights of the year."

Housing Infrastructure

The HFi has been producing leading work on infrastructure recently. In particular, our report 'Better Connections'. This has been recognised by the highly regarded House of Commons Library. They draw on our research in their report 'Tackling the under-supply of housing in England'.

Our Chairman, Sir Mark Boleat, will also be speaking about infrastructure tomorrow (28th March) as he has been invited as a panellist for City & Financial Global's 'UK Infrastructure Policy & Investment Summit'.


Housing Business Breakfast

Due to the timing of Easter this year, we have decided that our next Housing Business Breakfast will take place on Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 8:30am to 10am at a central London location. This is a great opportunity to not only network, but also, discuss the most important issues facing the housing industry. More details coming soon.

To reserve your place email events@thehfi.com

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