Confirmed Speakers

Our confirmed speakers include…

Paul Hackett

Chief Executive, Optivo

Paul is Chief Executive of Optivo, one of the UK's leading housing associations, and Chair of the G15 - the group of London's largest housing associations. Prior to the launch of Optivo in 2017, Paul led AmicusHorizon as CEO since 2012.

Optivo own and manage 44,000 homes and will invest more than £3.5bn to build 15,000 new homes by 2028. They were established in 2017 from the merger of AmicusHorizon and Viridian, and are seen as an innovator in the field of resident engagement and co-creation.

Paul is an Honorary Professor at the UCL Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management and a member of the School's Independent Advisory Board. He also sits on the RICS 'Housing Supply Group'.

Simon Rubinsohn

Chief Economist, RICS

Simon is responsible for overseeing thought leadership within RICS including managing the high profile suite of market surveys. He is closely involved with policy development and regularly works with Bank of England officials on issues related to the real estate sector. He frequently speaks at conferences focusing on both residential and commercial markets and is regularly quoted for his insights in the media.

He's also Non Executive Director and Chair of the Development Committee at L&Q.

Shane Hughes

Director, Savills

Shane is Director at Savills in the Public Sector division, specialising in providing strategic investment and procurement advice to the social housing sector.

Shane has over 25 years experience working with Registered Providers and Local Authorities throughout the UK in developing their long term investment plans, commissioning partnering frameworks and providing strategic management advice.

Rebecca Rees

Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

Rebecca is a partner in Trowers & Hamlins' Projects and Construction department and co-heads the Public Procurement practice. Rebecca is named as a 'Leader in the Field for Public Procurement (UK wide)' by the Chambers and Partners' Guide to the Legal Profession 2018.

Rebecca specialises in providing practical and commercial advice on complex procurement issues and advises on tendering procedures, procurement structures and evaluation/qualification criteria and processes.

Alistair McIntosh

Chief Executive, HQN

As founder and chief executive of HQN, Alistair is regarded as one of the foremost advisers on governance and regulation, specialising in VfM and stress testing. His hands on approach sees Alistair leading on all HQN's in-depth assessment mock exercises and support work, designing and running the popular Iron Grip sessions.

Career highlights include: Setting up and running the National Federation of ALMOs, leading the popular consultation on the regulatory standards for housing and developing an approach to VfM that won praise from the housing minister.

Public Sector Delegates

(Housing Association, Local Authority, ALMO, University or Central Government)




Service Providers

(Contractors, Consultants, Solicitors and all other Private Sector Delegates)


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