What an inspiring and thought-provoking two days at the National Housing Summit 2019.
Chris Bancroft, Head of Events at the National Housing Federation
25 September 2019
We've come to the end of our National Housing Summit 2019.
A roundup of day one
A key highlight for me was the lively, provocative Question Time on Brexit, where our panellists debated the future of the British economy. The discussion highlighted the social challenges that led to the vote to leave the EU, and pinpointed the housing crisis as both a clue as to why it happened and the key to solving our political divisions.
We also heard about the progress being made by the early adopters of the Together with Tenants initiative and how homes designed for women benefit everyone - ending the day by looking to the future, and hearing about how organisations are revitalising their sense of purpose.
A roundup of day two
The day started with an opening address from our Chair, Baroness Diana Warwick, who then turned the tables on the BBC's Mark Easton, asking him questions on the political landscape and getting his insight on the sector's reputation. And we ended the day with a heart-felt discussion on trust, hearing from people with lived experience of the issue.
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What else has been going on?
The shared ownership campaign team met many of you over the past two days and discussed their plans for launching our national advertising campaign in early 2020. If you didn't get a chance to talk to the team, you can find out more on our website.
The Housing Futures team held inspirational workshops on a range of challenges from the skills shortage to diversity in our sector, along with a masterclass on people-powered innovation. Want to find out more about the exciting next phase of our Futures work? Take a look at the Housing Futures website.
Over at Future Housing Leaders
On day one at Future Housing Leaders, there was loads of enthusiasm and dedication for the sector to develop good leaders as the group had their own agenda of speakers.
On day two, we challenged the Future Housing Leaders to walk in the shoes of a senior leadership team to develop strategic plans on a range of critical business issues. The teams were so impressive, with their fresh and creative approaches, and showed their true dedication to the sector. Future Housing Leaders will be running alongside Summit next year, so consider sending a group of your colleagues in 2020.
And finally, I want to thank you for participating in all our debates, workshops and conversations. Your involvement really makes the National Housing Summit the must-attend event of the year. Have a safe journey home and I look forward to seeing you back at the Barbican next year – save the date, 7–8 October 2020.