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5 key speakers to watch at PfH Live 2016

Key speakers at PfH Live 2016

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Procurement for Housing is set to welcome over 8,000 delegates to their biggest exhibition and conference yet, PfH Live 2016 in Manchester. Last year saw some great insight from the panel sessions on key industry topics and issues – and this year is no different.

Over the three-day event, PfH, combined with the Housing 2016 conference and exhibition, will welcome more industry experts from across the country to share their experiences and expertise on better procurement for housing associations. Of the many seminars and panel sessions set to be hosted in June at the Manchester Central Convention Centre, here’s five that you must take the time out to watch.

1 – Mark Easton – BBC (with a guest panel)

  • One year in – what will the future policy and legislative environment look like?
  • Tuesday 28th June
  • 10:30 – 11:30

Just over one year on from the general election, the government are delivering their policy agenda at pace. So far housing policy has been at the centre of this, from Right to Buy, pay to stay and the introduction of starter homes and a renewed emphasis on creating a nation of home owners. With four more years left of the parliament, what do Number 10, the Treasury and DCLG really think about the future of the sector? Add the EU referendum into the mix, which falls five days before the conference, and we have a potentially very interesting four years and possibly beyond.

2 – Nicola Robinson – CIPS & Fiona Adams – Stonewater Housing Association

  • Optimising the value from your supply chain
  • Wednesday 29th June
  • 10:00 – 11:00

The supply chain is the backbone of the business and is also an enabler for effective business strategy execution. In this session, you will explore how to create, control and leverage your spend throughout the entire supply chain.

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3 – Jo Meehan – University of Liverpool

  • Using contract management to effect strategic commercial change
  • Wednesday 29th June
  • 11:45 – 12:30

The importance of contract management and how it can be leveraged to gain more influence to effect positive strategic change and impact procurement at sourcing stage.

4 – Magnus Walker – PfH

  • Procurement in volatile markets – how to offset the risk
  • Wednesday 29th June
  • 15:30 – 16:15

Driving procurement excellence in volatile markets can be challenging and we have to know how to offset the risk to ensure best value is obtained. In this session, you will take lessons from one of the most volatile markets – energy – and will hear challenges and experiences from the sector to offer practical insight.

5 – Isabel Hardman – The Spectator (with a guest panel)

  • What will social housing look like in 10 years’ time?
  • Thursday 30th June
  • 09:45 – 11:00

The guest panel will examine and explore what social housing may look like in 10 years and how the sector should/could respond to this. Themes to be discussed include: what will the mission be? What will the Housing Benefit bill look like in 5-10 years?

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