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This year’s PlaceShapers Annual Conference will take place over three days and will be our first ever virtual conference. We are planning a mix of plenaries, smaller workshop discussions and time for learning and networking. All from the comfort of your living room!
As the conference is virtual this year we are able to offer our members* more than two places so please do invite colleagues from all areas of your organisation to join us.  We would love to welcome them. To register your place please complete the booking form and get the sessions in your diary. If you have any queries drop Charlotte a line.  

The full delegate pack featuring detailed information about our speakers can be downloaded here.

Day One – Our Work.

Day one will focus on PlaceShapers’ work and new strategy, and exploring some of the key challenges members are facing now. 

10am – 11.30am: Opening plenary: How PlaceShapers is responding to the current social and political environment 

Keynote Speaker: Matthew Walker, PlaceShapers recently appointed Chair also featuring Charlie Norman and Claire Higgins  

Christopher Pincher, Minister of State for Housing (recorded address)

Andrew Van Doorn, Chief Executive, HACT

Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive, Bright Blue

Chaired by Christine Turner, Chair of PlaceShapers, Chair's Group

12pm – 1pm: Lunch and Learn: Diverse Voices 

Diverse voices: the first of a series of lunchtime talks featuring diverse voices from across our membership.

2020 hasn’t been purely about Covid-19 and the impact it has had globally. The rise of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, the strength of feeling and level of support it has generated has thrown diversity sharply back in to focus.  We’ll be exploring ways our sector can engage with the movement for the benefit of our residents. 

Speakers: Kemoy Walker, Sam Lewis, Jo Tripney and Tia Mantack, MSV Housing

Chaired by Chan Kataria, Group Chief Executive, EMH

2pm – 3pm: Workshop One

Tackling stigma: What do we as landlords need to do to tackle stigma?

We know our residents can be stigmatised due to their circumstances and we know it’s not a new thing.  In this workshop we will be discussing the new guide 'It’s not OK' from the Chartered Institute of Housing and the See the Person Campaign . 

With Melanie Rees, Chartered Institute of Housing and Pam Hankinson, See the Person

Chaired by Claire Higgins, Chief Executive, Cross Keys Homes and PlaceShapers Board Member

3pm – 4pm: Workshop Two

Supporting residents into work during the recession

Joe Dromey, Director, Learning and Work Institute, Ken Gibb, CACHE, Niall O’Reilly, Wellbeing and Work lead SYHA

Chaired by Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director, Communities that Work and Jonathan Higgs, Chief Executive, Raven Housing Trust and PlaceShapers Board Member  

Day Two – Customers and communities.

Our focus for day two is our customers and communities  

10am – 11am: Opening plenary: The Charter for social housing residents: what does the White Paper mean for us?

Keynote Speaker: Fiona MacGregor

We are delighted to be joined by Fiona MacGregor, a familiar face and Chief Executive of the Regulator of Social Housing.  Fiona will be identifying the ways that recent events have and will continue to impact on the ways we work with customers and communities.

Speaker: Joe DeVille, Vice Chair, Tenants Advisory Panel 

Chaired by Danielle Oum, Chair of WHG 

11am - 12pm: Plenary

Speaker: Jonathon Porritt

Eminent environmentalist Jonathon Porritt will talk about the climate emergency, covid and how we can meet the net zero carbon challenge. 

Chaired by Charlie Norman, Group Chief Executive, MSV and PlaceShapers Vice-Chair

12pm – 1pm: Lunch and learn: A charter for tenants: what does the white paper mean for residents and members?  

Session delivered by residents, led by James from Broadland Housing  

 Led by James Temple, Resident, Broadland Housing 
Speaker: Jenny Osbourne, TPAS  

Chaired by Carol Carter, Chief Executive, Origin Housing and PlaceShapers Board Member

2pm – 3pm: Workshop One

Ensuring no place left behind

No Place Left Behind is a recently formed commission focussing on prosperity and community placemaking.  It focuses on under-valued areas and takes as its mantra that no place should be left behind. In this session we will be joined by their Chair who will bring the work of the commission to life.

With Toby Lloyd, former housing adviser to Theresa May and Chair, No Place Left Behind Commission

Chaired by Rachael Orr, PlaceShapers Director

3pm – 4pm: Workshop Two

Housing Associations as community anchors – what more do we need to do?

An emergent theme from the many conversations we have had in recent months is that many of our members fulfil the role of community anchor in their areas.  We do great work but this this session will ask.  What more can we do?

With Kevin Lowry, Director of Housing, Manchester City Council and Anne McGurk, resident and Chair, Phoenix Community Housing 

Chaired by Katie Teasdale, Head of Member Relations, National Housing Federation

Day Three – The Future.

On day three we will look ahead to the coming 12-18 months and the challenges our organisations and communities will face, and discuss how we can help support them

10am – 11am: Workshop One

Harry’s pledge: supporting carers and the care sector

Covid-19 has shone a bright light on the massive contribution that unpaid carers and key workers in the care sector make all over the country.  This session will talk about the Harry’s pledge campaign, and what more we need to do to help and value carers.  

Speaker: Julie Doyle, CEO Longhurst Group and Hayley Charlesworth, Funder, Harry's Pledge and Karolina, The Care Workers Charity   

Chaired by Oona Goldsworthy, Chief Executive Officer, Brunelcare

11am-12pm: Workshop Two

How could we help support Domestic Violence services in the next 12-18 months? 

Sadly, but perhaps inevitably lockdown has seen a huge rise in cases of domestic violence.  The need for additional support and interventions to support people going forward is clear but what role do we have in supporting this? What more could we do?     

Speakers: Alison Inman, Kelly Henderson, Interim Director of Housing, Women's Pioneer and Michelle Hill

12pm – 1pm: Lunch and Learn

Learning from International Development. What can Housing Associations learn from the way international development organisations design and deliver programmes with communities? 

Speaker: Kate Wareing, former Director of Strategy at Oxfam GB, now CEO Soha Housing

Chaired by Cath Purdy, Chief Executive, South Lakes Housing and PlaceShapers Board Member

2pm – 3pm: Workshop Three

How can we better support children and young people in the next 12-18 months?

Reports raising concerns around the mental health of children and young people have been prevalent in the press throughout the pandemic.  We have a role in supporting children and young people, but what is it?

Speakers: Justin Watson, Director, Young Manchester and Dan Paskins, Director of Impact, Save the Children

Chaired by Charlie Norman, Group Chief Executive, MSV and PlaceShapers Vice-Chair

3pm – 4 pm: Closing plenary: Future gazing: What lessons can we take from 2020 to make us better fit for the future?  

Covid-19 has presented multiple complex challenges throughout the sector and provided many learning opportunities along the way.  This plenary will look to the future and identify what can be done differently as a result of our collective experiences.   

Speakers: Amanda Leonard, Director, Housemark, Steve Douglas, CEO St Mungos, Harry Swales, Executive Director, Partners and Places, Homes England, Vic Rayner, Executive Director, National Care Forum 

Chaired by Matthew Walker, Chief Executive, Leeds Federated and PlaceShapers Chair 


* Please note conference places are only available to fully paid up PlaceShapers member organisations and their representatives.


Organiser Details

Name: Charlotte Kay


Telephone: 07940111283

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