Housing Forum

Join us for debate and drinks with industry leaders, sector experts and opinion formers at our 2018 Housing Forum

Businesses with a keen interest in housing are invited to join us for debate and drinks at this year’s Housing Forum. We'll share insights, ideas and best practice to build bright futures.

More homes, bright futures - it’s a challenging ambition. And our Building Bridges research explores how we can achieve the best for customers through strong partnerships, innovation and joined-up thinking. At this year’s Housing Forum, we’ll be sharing and discussing the latest developments, ideas and best practice. This will enable us to work together to build more affordable homes and help support customers to have bright futures.


We’re excited to announce our guest speakers:


  • Sinéad Butters MBE, Chair of PlaceShapers and Chief Executive of Aspire Housing Association. Sinéad will be sharing her insights on the benefits of partnership working within the social housing sector from a national perspective.
  • Keith House is Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council and board member of Homes England. He’ll be sharing regional examples of partnership working, including the  Aspect joint venture
  • Richard Samuel, NHS Clinical Commissioner and Sustainability and Transformation Plan Lead for Hampshire. Richard will speak about the benefit that partnership work can bring to both the wellbeing of customers and communities.


Confirm your place

Please RSVP to housingforum@vividhomes.co.uk and let us know if you have any dietary or special requirements. If you have a colleague who’d benefit from attending, feel free to extend our invitation to them and let us know their name.



Thursday 27 September 2018


Key timings

4.30pm - Registration and refreshments

5.00pm - Introduction from VIVID Chief Executive, Mark Perry and keynote speech from Sinéad Butters MBE

5.30pm - Hear about some of the regional examples of partnership working from Keith House and Richard Samuel

5.50pm - Question time panel discussion, with guest speakers answering questions from the audience

6.30pm - Drinks reception and canapés


Getting there

Address: Building 2000, Lakeside North Harbour, Western Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3EN

Train: Cosham train station is the nearest station and the venue is a 20 minute walk away, or 5 minutes in a taxi.

Car: The venue is easily accessible from junction 12 of the M27.

Parking: If you’re travelling by car, please follow the blue Event Parking signs when you arrive onsite which will direct you to Car Park E, which is closest to the entrance of 2000.

On arrival: Please be sure to report to the VIVID reception desk before entering the auditorium. Refreshments will be served from 4.30pm and the event will start promptly at 5pm.


Building Bridges

Read our joint research with the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Association of Retained Council Housing ahead of the event. Find out more about the research here – you can also download copies of the summary report and the full report.

Want to know more about our panel of expert speakers?

Sinead ButterChair of Placeshapers

Sinéad’s been the Chief Executive of Staffordshire-based housing association, Aspire, since 2006. Under her leadership Aspire’s grown substantially. In 2015, Sinéad became Chair of the housing network PlaceShapers, a national network of more than 100 local, community-based housing associations. PlacesShapers members have a focus on putting the customers at the center of what they do. They build homes to respond to local housing need and work with local authorities and other partners to improve and shape places at a strategic and operational level.

In 2016, Sinéad was awarded an MBE for her services to housing. And this summer she was granted honorary doctorates from 2 Staffordshire universities for her work supporting communities and promoting opportunities for young people. Recognised as a Top 6 ‘24Housing Power Player’, Sinéad is driven to deliver excellence.

Twitter handle: @SineadBAspire


Keith HouseLeader of Eastleigh Borough Council

Keith’s been an active politician for almost 30 years. He’s been Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council since 1994, and since 2001 he’s also been a Hampshire County Council Member where he’s now Leader of the Opposition Liberal Party.  

In addition, Keith has a high profile at a national level and has a passion for planning. He was appointed by the Secretary of State to the Homes and Communities Agency and is a leading spokesperson on housing development, giving practical insight into how councils can increase and accelerate much-needed housing development. He was the co-author of the Elphicke-House Report in 2015, a Government commissioned review into the local authority role in housing supply.

Keith also serves on a number of other bodies, such as the South-Central Ambulance Foundation NHS trust, South East Employers, the Police and Crime Panel, and he’s a governor of a local six form college.

Twitter handle: CllrKeithHouse


Richard Samuel

Sustainability and Transformation Plan Lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Joining the NHS as a Graduate Management Trainee, Richard’s worked in leadership roles across the sector. He‘s held Director and CEO roles in the Provider, Commissioning and Regulatory sectors and currently heads up the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, which is transitioning into an Integrated Care System. He sits as a co-opted Advisor on the National NHS Clinical Commissioners Board and is a Board Member of the Wessex Academic Health Science Network.

Throughout Richard’s career, he’s been committed to driving innovation and transformation for the benefit of people. And has been privileged to be part of a number of well-regarded national innovation initiatives, including the ‘Better local care new care models vanguard programme’, the ‘Healthy new towns programme’ in Whitehall and Bordon, and the ‘Wessex local health and care record exemplar’.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.