The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment: National Conference 2019

This year, for the first time, the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment is hosting the first national conference dedicated to community investment.

The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment is hosting the first national conference dedicated to community investment. 


Tuesday 21st May 2019
9:00 to 17:00
£100.00 + booking fee

Every year, social housing providers invest millions of pounds in their communities, whether through employment schemes, youth work, financial capability initiatives, grant-making or a range of other activities.

Opening keynote speech: 
The future of civil society: where do housing associations fit in? Asif Afridi (Panel member, Independent inquiry into the future of civil society, and Deputy CEO, Brap)

Panel discussion: 
Can community investment deliver resident involvement? Michael Hill, Business Development Manager, Tpas; Charlie Norman, CEO, MSV; Rachel Honey-Jones, Head of Community Regeneration, Newydd Housing Association

Workshops (morning sessions):
How do we support Boards to become the champions of community investment? Jon Fisher, Head of Communities, Sovereign;  Jennifer Dykes, Board member, Sovereign

Stepping into the spotlight – youth engagement and the Spotlight Centre: Daniel Rose, Director, Spotlight

Using and collecting evidence to shape community investment services: Stephen Burns, Executive Director, Care and Communities, Peabody;Dr Frances Harkin, Research Lead, HACT

Developing community investment’s approach to professional development and qualifications: Dr Val Harris, ESB; Nicky Hazelwood, Community Investment Manager, Hexagon

Lunch: Meet Your Network Lead session 

Sub-plenary 1Five years of the UK Social Value Bank: how to use social value to demonstrate the value of community investment: Sheila Maxwell, Community Regeneration Officer, Link Group; Mary Kathryn Adams, Deputy Chief Executive, HACT; James Williams, Head of Social Impact, HACT

Sub-plenary 2The inside story of GUAC’s Communities that Work campaign: Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director, GUAC; Jon Fisher, Chair of Board, GUAC

Sub-plenary 3Using social investment to deliver community investment outcomes: Jules Tompkins, Investment Manager, Community Impact Partnership; Helen Wilson, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Projects, Clarion Futures

Workshops (afternoon sessions):

How to change the national discourse around housing to include community investment: Speakers tbc

How to use procurement as a vehicle to drive and deliver community investment priorities: Barry Malki, Head of Communities, HACT; Alison Wilkinson, Group Customer Development Manager, Mears; Gary Jackson, Group Director Marketing, Comms & Customer Success, Mears

Sharing social impact measurement skills: Sheila Maxwell, Community Regeneration Officer, Link Group

Upskilling frontline staff to deliver community investment: Helen Scott, Performance and Evaluation Manager, Wheatley 

How to deliver community investment in a diverse cultural climate: Panel discussion: Chaired by Julie Haywood, Director of Community Investment, WHG; Tim O’Malley, Community Development Manager, Clanmil; Sahil Khan, Head of Gateway and Community Services, Catalyst; Lyn Mangisi, Community Development Officer, Radian

Closing speech: 
How do we ensure that community investment is at the core of social housing? Sally Thomas, Chief Executive, SFHA


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