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Charity golf day

The charity golf day was a great success and raised £550 for the Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs. Cath Errington, Assistant Director of WAYN, wrote to us to say, “We will be putting the money towards a 100 mile canoe test that a group of young people will be taking in May. This is a great challenge which take place over five days on the river Severn in Worcestershire.”

WAYC logo and youth members playing musical instruments

NHMF Conference Timetable

Tuesday 26 January 2010

9.00 - 10.00 Registration, refreshment and exhibition viewing

10.00 Plenary 1:

Social responsibility as a driver of business improvement

Dr Paul Griseri (Head of Business and Management, Middlesex University Business School)
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11.00 Refreshments in exhibition areas
11.30 Choice of workshops:
  1. 1a Procurement preparation: planning for procurement success
    Mathew Baxter (Managing Director, Echelon)
  2. 1b T Zero: refurbishing homes for a low carbon future
    Gilli Hobbs (Director of Resource Efficiency, BRE)
  3. 1c Asbestos: how will recent guidance and case law affect housing providers?
    John Richards (Director, Thames Laboratories)
  4. 1d An alternative approach to securing void properties
    Joseph Cooper (Marketing Manager, Ad Hoc)
  5. 1e Short notice inspections
    Andrew Sutton (Head of Property, Minster HA)
    Julian Ransom (Associate, Ridge Property and Construction Consultants)
12.30 Plenary 2:
Mark Robinson (Solicitor, Shoosmiths)
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13.15 Buffet lunch and exhibition viewing
14.00 Choice of workshops:
  1. 2a From OJEU to contract - procuring the contract and contractor you want
    Andrew Millross (Partner, Anthony Collins Solicitors)
  2. 2b Addressing sustainability in a challenging environment
    Dr Steve Snaith (Research Director, ICI Akzonobel)
  3. 2c Perspectives on gas safety, regulation, and inspection
    Vic Lord (Managing Director, Morgan Lambert)
    Simon Millington (Director of Operations, Morgan Lambert)
    Alan Parker (Morgan Lambert)
    Stuart Penswick (Partner, Forbes Solicitors)
  4. 2d Relish: a case study on community involvement
    Robin Roberts (Property Services Director, Worthing Homes)
    Colin Farrell (Senior Partner, FFT)
    Jeff Henton (Construction Director, Rydon Maintenance)
  5. 2e Evicting Legionella?
    Daniel Pitcher (Consultant, Water Hygiene Centre)
15.00 Refreshments in exhibition areas
15.30 Plenary 3:
Dr Richard O'Connor (Business Improvement Director, Thomas Vale Construction)
Shaun Aldis (Director of Property Services, Wolverhampton Homes)
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17.00 NHMF AGM chaired by Paul Wenham
18.30 Pre dinner drinks
20.00 Conference dinner and NHMF awards

Wednesday 27 January 2010

7.30 Breakfast in restaurant
9.30 Plenary 4:
Lesley Barnard (Tenant Standards Manager (North), Tenant Services Authority)
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10.15 Choice of workshops:
  1. 3a Who manages the Contract? A practical guide to contract administration
    Rajnath Kumar Sond (Director, Echelon)
  2. 3b Retrofitting for the future
    Andrew Percival (Sustainability Manager, Kinetics)
  3. 3c Best value and best practice for lift maintenance
    Michael Berry (Managing Director, Elevate Consulting)
  4. 3d Reducing energy demand in new homes and retrofit projects (a practitioner's perspective)
    John Barnham (Head of Asset Management, Orbit Heart of England)
  5. 3e Does your DLO deliver value for money?
    Peter Evans (Director of Technical Services, The Radian Group)
    Andrew Godwin (Head of Radian Services, The Radian Group)
11.15 Refreshments in exhibition areas
11.30 Choice of workshops:
  1. 4a Our contractor is insolvent - help!
    Richard Brooks (Associate Solicitor, Anthony Collins Solicitors)
  2. 4b SHAP beyond Decent Homes Standard
    John Sharpe (Director, Sustainable Housing Action Partnership)
    Please visit the SHAP website for more information
  3. 4c Essential steps for managing fire risk
    Steve Hesketh (Senior Electrical Engineer, Electrical Safety Council)
    Peter Jackman (Chairman and Technical Director, International Fire Consultants)
  4. 4d Involving residents - the win, win factor
    Chris Blackbeard (Housing Manager, Weymouth & Portland Housing)
  5. 4e Letting grounds maintenance contracts
    Ian Dent (Senior Project Manager, Harvest HG)
    Richard Holliday (Director, Rand Associates)
12.30 Plenary 5:
Steve Partridge (CIH Consult)
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13.15 Buffet lunch and exhibition viewing
14.00 Plenary 6:

Forum debate: can open book partnering deliver long term cost savings?

Caroline Thorpe (Assistant editor, Inside Housing)

Mike Turner (Development director, Ian Williams Ltd)

Rob McNaugton (Associate, Housing Quality Network)

Wayne Hughes (Executive director for Asset management and procurement, Housing Quality Network)

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14.45 Plenary 7:
Stephen Muers (Head of Policy and Performance, Homes & Communities Agency)
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15.00 Close

The NHMF reserve the right to make changes to the timetable.