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Points West: The Other Housing Event


The seventh CIH SW ‘Other Housing Event’ took place at the Palace Hotel in Torquay on 20 -21 November. This popular two-day event was well attended by frontline housing professionals working in the south west and expertly chaired by BBC News home editor, Mark Easton.

The conference featured a very popular session on how to tackle anti-social behaviour effectively alongside the new crime and policing bill. This was jointly presented by Chris Grose from Capsticks, and Andrew Wright, CE, Office of Police Crime Commissioner, Devon and Cornwall and the Scilly Isles. Other topics included housing law, universal credit, housing goes digital, managing rent arrears and much more.

The opening keynote – the modern housing professional and career development – jointly presented by CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart, CIH president Steve Stride and Tower Hamlets Homes business innovation manager (and CIH Rising Star) James Caspell, seemed to strike a chord with this young housing audience.

James said: “The housing sector needs to shout about housing being a viable career.”

Steve added: “Leadership is about people and has passion and purpose, giving people energy to smile.”

The guest motivational speaker was Simon Weston OBE, Falklands War veteran, author and charity supporter. A familiar face to many, Simon became well known for his struggle to overcome his horrific injuries – 46% burns - when the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands.

Simon told delegates: “I don’t look at myself as a victim or unlucky – I look at myself as being incredibly lucky to be alive and having the opportunity to rebuild my life.”

Simon’s message was: “Seize the moment, triumph over adversity and make sure you succeed in everything you do.”

CIH South West Chair Tina Fulcher said: “I would like to thank all our sponsors, especially our main sponsor, Spectrum Housing Services and all our keynote speakers and workshop leaders who did a great job of making this event such a great success. A big thank you must also go to the CIH events team.”

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