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Trowers & Hamlins partners to speak at upcoming NHF conferences

Trowers & Hamlins partners to speak at upcoming NHF conferences

Trowers & Hamlins partners Suzanne Benson, Emma Burrows and Sharron Webster are to speak at two upcoming National Housing Federation conferences.

On 21 May 2014, Housing and Regeneration partner Suzanne Benson will speak at the Affordable Home Ownership Conference on 21 May, taking place at the British Library Conference Centre in London.  This conference will look at the key strategic issues facing housing associations as they deliver homes for affordable home ownership and market rent.  It will also examine where housing may feature in party manifestos in the run up to the next election, how shared ownership is perceived outside the sector, the needs of customers and businesses when offering new services, and how to capitalise on initiatives to boost market renting.

Suzanne will present with Kush Rawal, Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing from Thames Valley Housing Association, on improving staircasing through innovation, looking at the shared ownership model and the rate of staircasing activity.  Kush will talk specifically about TVHA's experience in developing the Shared Ownership Plus model, an innovative product which Trowers & Hamlins advised on.

On 17 June 2014 Suzanne, along with Emma Burrows and Sharron Webster, will speak at the Company Secretaries’ Conference 2014, to be held at The Kings Fund, 11 Cavendish Square in London.  Specifically designed for company secretaries in the social housing sector, this conference will focus on key concerns facing the sector, including the regulatory regime, recruitment, tenure and remuneration of board members, legal and technical issues and making sure the board are presented with best quality information to enable them to discharge their duties.

Suzanne will present with John Edwards, Company Secretary of The Hyde Group, on consumer credit and how the new regime will affect the social housing sector.  They will discuss the switch to the Financial Conduct Authority, how consumer credit regulation works under the FCA, how to know if a credit licence is needed, and what to do once a license is obtained.   

Head of Employment Emma Burrows will lead a discussion on board member pay based on the April 2014 NHF publication "Board member pay – what housing associations need to know", which she co-authored.  Her session will look at the NHF's new guidance and whether board remuneration needs to reflect changes in organisational structures.  She will cover the issues associated with different types of board structures, the options around payment, whether housing associations should be linking payment to board performance, and how to implement payment.

Housing and Regeneration partner Sharron Webster will present on diversification and charitable trading, specifically looking at emerging business models and trends, how to identify risks and opportunities in diversification, the conflicts of interest that can occur, and how to protect charitable or publically funded assets if things go wrong. 

For further information about these events or to register to attend, please visit the NHF's website.