Homes 2017 advisory board

Challenging, compelling and cutting-edge – this was our aim when curating the content for Homes 2017 and to help us achieve this, we sought the expert advice of a panel of 45 influential industry leaders.


Through a stimulating roundtable discussion, we collaborated with our panel to shortlist the most pressing issues to address on the programme this year and the most exciting speakers to tackle them.

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The 2017 Asset Management advisory panel includes:


  • Chair: Robert Grundy, head of housing, Savills
  • Mike Donaldson, director of strategy, L&Q
  • Jez Lester, assistant chief executive, Incommunities Group
  • Jane Porter, executive director of operations, Amicus Horizon
  • Ian Thomson, executive director assets & investment, Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust
  • Jillie Smithies, director of housing and property services, Golding Homes
  • David Morgan, managing director, Wates Living Space
  • Richard Medley, director of assets and neighbourhoods, Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Cliff Horrocks, corporate director - asset management, whg
  • Steve Michaux, director of leasehold services, A2 Dominion
  • Andy Mackay, director of planned delivery, The Guinness Partnership
  • Brent O’Halloran, director of asset management, The Hyde Group
  • Charlotte Semp, director of strategy and investment, Notting Hill Housing Trust
  • Steve Brookfield, regional operations director, Kier Services
  • Paul Reader, director, Morgan Sindall Property Services
  • Ben Johnson, assistant director of property, Watford Community Housing Trust
  • Paul Pledger, assistant director of property and development, Epping Forest District Council
  • David Sherrington, deputy director of property, London Borough of Haringey
  • Jan Taranczuk, head of repairs and maintenance, London Borough of Ealing
  • Richard Ellis, head of Peabody and CBHA projects and surveying services, Peabody Trust
  • Greg Birch, head of property and investment, Brent Housing Partnership
  • Ian Gregg, executive director of asset services, The Riverside Group Ltd
  • Martin Hilditch, deputy editor, Inside Housing


Hot topics emerging from the board meeting included:


  • Taking a strategic approach to asset management
  • Stock rationalisation and performance management
  • Value for money and moving to demand-led models of repair and maintenance
  • Technology, digital innovation and data
  • Evaluating different models of partnership working
  • Driving best practice in procurement
  • Managing tenant expectations and streamlining customer service
  • Managing mixed tenure properties
  • Opportunities for addressing the skills shortage


A sample of the advisory board’s insights:


“There comes a tipping point – we can’t see our income go down as our costs go up”

“My concern with demand-led maintenance is that it’s customer-driven rather than property-driven”

“Are larger providers always better?”

“Tenants love DLOs but it has never given us good value”


The 2017 Development panel includes:


  • Mike Jackson, Development Director, Hyde Housing
  • Jonathan Layzell, Executive Director of Development, Stonewater
  • Karen Sullivan, Service Director for Planning & Development, Islington Borough Council
  • Cllr Averil Lekau, Cabinet Lead for Housing & Anti-Poverty, Royal Borough of Greenwich
  • Chris Blundell, Director of Development and Commercial Services, Golding Homes
  • Vicky Savage, Development Director, Network Homes
  • Colm Lacey, Director of Development, London Borough of Croydon
  • Joe Cook, Executive Director of Development, Aldwyck Housing Group
  • Ian Jackson, Director of Portfolio Investment, Longhurst Group
  • Oliver Boundy, Head of New Business, Commercial & Regeneration, Southern Housing Group
  • Pete Gladwell, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, Legal & General
  • Tristan Samuels, Head of Development, City of Westminster
  • Terry Fuller, Executive Director of East & South East, Homes & Community Agency
  • Andy von Bradsky, Chair, Housing Forum
  • Amy Nettleton, Assistant Development Director, Aster UK & Chair, National Housing Group (NHG)
  • Mel Toomey, Head of Marketing, Hastoe & Vice-Chair, National Housing Group (NHG)
  • Daren Nathan, Development Director, Durkan
  • Nicolas Khalili, Managing Director, HWO Architects
  • Nick Sterling, Managing Director, Osborne Communities
  • Robert Grundy, Head of Housing, Savills (chair)
  • Keith Taylor, COO, F3 Consulting Group
  • Andy Watts, Director, Cast Media


The biggest themes discussed in the board meeting included:


  • Implications of the white paper on housing development – opportunities and risks
  • Skills and apprenticeships
  • Offsite construction and modern methods of construction
  • Infrastructure
  • Innovative funding models and getting your board ‘on board’
  • Access to land
  • Estate regeneration and resident engagement



A sample of the advisory board’s insights:


We need emotive and powerful messages to attract people into construction – like the government has done with teaching”

“The problem with modular is that it’s geographically dependent. Out of the South East, it’s difficult to make it work”

“We need to view infrastructure as an asset not a cost”

“You need brave leadership and a vision – investment decisions are often too reliant on sales figures”

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