The CIH Conference programme is taking shape, with the largest audience in recent years expected
New speakers are being confirmed daily for the CIH Conference running this year from 24-26 June, with the line-up featuring a strong political focus as we enter the countdown to the general election and Scottish referendum. Delegate numbers grew last year and the audience looks likely to be bigger again in 2014, reflecting both the challenges and new opportunities currently being tackled by the sector.
Interviewed for the conference’s recent Preview magazine, CIH chief executive Grainia Long said:
“Last year we welcomed more than 7,500 housing professionals to our conference and exhibition and we are committed to making 2014 bigger, better and bolder than ever.
“Our industry is already high on the political agenda, but Housing 2014 is a vital opportunity for us to come together and make sure it is at the forefront of the debate in the run-up to the elections and we will also be focusing on the issues that you have told us really matter on the ground; the economy, recovery and investment, industry and innovation and places and people.”
Senior politicians from all major parties are expected to attend; Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds MP will be speaking and commented:
“Housing is a top priority for the Labour Party. We are determined to ensure we build the homes the country need. The people that I meet working in housing are always passionate about what they do and I look forward to hearing their ideas at my first CIH conference.”
Other key speakers currently confirmed include housing association leaders David Cowans of Places for People, Elizabeth Austerberry of Moat, Jack Stephen of TVHA, Paul Crawford of DCH, Julie Fadden of SLH Group and Steve Stride of Poplar Harca.
Just a few of the speakers from outside of the sector lending their expertise include: Chair of The Policy Exchange and The Times columnist Danny Finkelstein, Permanent Secretary for DCLG and Head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake, Group Chief Executive of Legal and General Nigel Wilson, and General Secretary of The Fabian Society Andrew Harrop.
Delegate places can be booked at www.cihhousing.com