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Published on: 6 November, 2018

5 December 2018 – 5 December 2018

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NIFHA’S 2018 Finance Conference takes place Wednesday, 5th December, in the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast.

This year’s event will address the key issues impacting on the Finance & Treasury teams across the housing association network.

It’s promising to be another packed event with plenty of lively debate and an excellent networking opportunity.

The programme will include a range of plenary and break-out sessions with speakers from local and further afield that are specialists in their field with a strong social housing background. The conference will offer excellent opportunities to share experiences and ideas and to network with the key financial influencers within the social housing sector.

Here’s a taste of what’s on offer:

– Outlook for the economy and for the sector

  • Financial review and outlook – Neil Gibson, Chief Economist, Ernst & Young
  • Presentation of sector Global Accounts – Martin Cowie, Price Waterhouse Coopers

– Getting your finances lined up for future challenging times

  • The impacts of welfare reform on the finances of social tenants and their landlords – Emma Owens, Head of Customer Accounts, Curo Housing
  • How robust and accurate financial reporting has been crucial to effective management: a UK example, Michael Newey, Chief Executive, Broadland Housing
  • What may be coming down the track if local policy developments or supports are not in place: Kate McCauley, Policy & Practice Manager, Housing Rights

– Sector scorecards, KPIs and VFM statements: their value and use

  • The value in measuring performance: Jonathan Boggs, Founder, JMB Associates
  • Putting VFM in the driving seat: Jennifer Scarlett, Finance Manager, Home Group
  • The UK Sector Scorecard: observations for Northern Ireland – John Wickenden, Research Manager, Housemark
  • Northern Ireland sector scorecard – initial thoughts: Gareth Hughes, Head of Finance, Clanmil

– Property Portfolio diversification: rent, part buy, property sales … where next?

  • A fresh response to changing demands in housing (Maple & May) – Michael Rafferty, Group Financial Director, Choice Housing
  • How mixing rental and co-ownership developments can work – Mark Graham, Chief Executive, Co-Ownership

– Lenders Panel: let’s talk with the bankers

  • Discussion and Q&A with Danske Bank, Ulster Bank, Barclays Bank & UCIT – what are banks looking for? what are their respective offers and what do borrowers need to bring to the able?

– Being financially astute in uncertain times

  • Is your business plan stress tested to take the stress out of our financial planning? – Brian Clerkin, Director, ASM
  • How is the credit worthiness of NI Housing Associations impacting on growth? – Pete Redman, Managing Director, Traderisks

– Financing Options: the traditional and the new funding methods

  • What are the borrowing options for housing associations? Fiona O’Driscoll, Director, Centrus Advisors
  • Diversifying funding for housing – Donna Knowles, DfC
  • The impact of Brexit on longer term loan products and prospective capital markets issuance in the short term – Gerhard Oberholzer, Director, GB Social Housing
  • Making the most of cashflow capacity – Wayne Nickels, Partner, Cunningham Coates

BOOK NOW – (book 3 places and get a 4th place free)

Member Rate – £150

Associate Rate – £160

Non Member Rate – £190

NIFHA is grateful for the support of our Conference Sponsors 


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