Mergers - Welsh housing's most visible change?
The BIG Question 2016 is asking ‘does Welsh housing need to change to succeed?’ There aren’t many changes much more dramatic, or potentially as contentious, as big mergers. We caught up with Amanda Davies, chief executive of Pobl Group, ahead of her session at the BIG Question to find out what she’d be bringing to the stage.
You can see Amanda at the BIG Question 2016, 20 October, Cardiff. The BIG Question is our annual high-level housing policy symposium, which debates the current and cutting edge issues.
It’s a challenging time for Welsh housing. There’s an ambitious target for 20,000 affordable homes, public service transformation, regulatory reform, mergers, new legislation, the appetite for risk and an increasing need to demonstrate value for money are just some of the issues housing organisations are grappling with. Are they ready for the challenge and fit for purpose? Do we need to change to succeed in this new environment?
It's a power-packed programme for our most hard-hitting event of the calendar. We’ve got insider insight on local government re-organisation from Steve Thomas, and the new (returning) Cabinet Secretary with responsibility for housing, Carl Sargeant AM. Expect masterful chairing of the event (and some corking chair's first questions!) from our own Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive and director of policy at CIH.