Housing Market Intelligence Conference 2019

08 October, 2019

HMI 2017 Photo

Challenges and solutions at HMI 2019

More than 250 senior industry professionals came together at this year’s Housing Market Intelligence conference and annual report launch in London to hear challenges laid down to the industry and discuss potential solutions. The conference was chaired by Natasha Kaplinsky.

With the Extinction Rebellion protests under way just up the road from the conference venue, it was apt that John Gummer, Lord Deben, chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, should launch a robust challenge to the industry to lead the way on sustainability and energy efficiency.

Natalie Elphicke OBE, the New Homes Quality Champion, followed with another challenge on quality and customer care, outlining industry plans for a new homes ombudsman.

Chris Rumfitt of the Field Consultancy described how his firm is working with the industry to improve its delivery and its image, and NHBC ceo Steve Wood looked at quality in construction in the industry.

Bovis ceo Greg Fitzgerald described the turnaround at the firm over the past couple of years – a reminder of the importance of people in delivering quality homes. And National Housing Federation ceo Kate Henderson looked at the role of housing associations in the modern market and urged more partnerships with the industry.

In a packed day, delegates also heard from speakers such as Grainne Gilmore of Knight Frank and David Smith of The Sunday Times on the state of the market and the wider economy, while Jackie Bennett of UK Finance talked mortgages and life beyond Help to Buy.

HBF executive chairman Stewart Baseley began and ended the day, setting the scene and summing up the day – acknowledging the challenges, describing how far the industry has improved and accepting that there is still a way to go.

Expert speakers include..

Natasha Kaplinsky OBE
Natasha Kaplinsky OBE
Conference Chair
John Gummer
The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben
Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change
Stewart Baseley new
Stewart Baseley
Executive Chairman, Home Builders Federation (HBF)
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Greg Fitzgerald
CEO, Bovis Homes
Steve Wood
Steve Wood
Chief Executive, NHBC
Jackie Bennett
Jackie Bennett OBE
Director of Mortgages, UK FInance
David Smith
David Smith
Economics Editor, The Sunday Times
Kate Henderson
Kate Henderson
CEO, National Housing Federation
Stephen Kinsella
Stephen Kinsella
Chief Land and Development Officer, Homes England
Grainne Gilmore
Gráinne Gilmore
Housing Research Expert
Natalie Elphicke
Natalie Elphicke OBE MP
Independent Chair, New Homes Quality Board


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