21st Hertfordshire Housing Conference

Shaping Homes for Hertfordshire

Fielder Centre, Hatfield Business Park

Tuesday 14th May 2019

Draft Programme


Event registration and refreshments


Welcome and introduction


Keynote speaker –  Lord Best


Keynote speaker – Robert Grundy, Savills

Tough times ahead – can we keep building?


Panel Discussion – Rod Cahill, Sage Housing,Ian McDermott, Catalyst Housing, Mary Parsons, Places for People, Chaired by Shelagh Grant, The Housing Forum

Each of the panellists will explain their key purpose in Hertfordshire and discuss whether the sector has lost its social purpose and what 2020 onwards will look like for Housing Providers




Breakout sessions:

  1. •Train or we die
    Kevin O’Connor, Durkan and Amanda Winder from UH explore amongst other things; skills shortages, apprenticeships, attracting the youth of tomorrow and skill sets for the future
  2. Infrastructure and Smart Mobility
    Rupert Thacker, Programmes and Strategy Manager at Herts Highways with Prof Stephen Joseph and Dr Scott Copsey from University of Hertfordshire

  3. Placemaking
    John Lewis, Peabody and Sophia De Sousa, The Glass-House
    Community Led Design.

  4. Building Sustainable Communities – Sponsored by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
    Graham Fisher, CEO, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, Mark White, Founder, Your Town and Simon Heywood, Managing Director, Hertfordshire Building Control
    What is the future of our Garden Cities and what can we learn from their rich heritage in masterplanning? Join this workshop to hear about proposals being put forward to revitalise our town centres; the future of master planning and how Hertfordshire is creating a quality kitemark for sustainable modern construction. You will also have the opportunity to find out about how to encourage greater community participation in your town




Keynote Speaker – Carol Cairns, Head of Home Ownership and Supply, South East, Homes England
Accelerating housing supply, affordability and delivery in Hertfordshire


Presentation and Q&A – Colin Ainger, Partner, HTA Design LLP

Private rent design, embracing offsite manufacture, presenting products used by Greystar and L&Q


Summary and Questions