Housing Futures speaker list

HACT Futures participants will be drawn from the following growing panel of experts:

Frances Coppola – former Associate Editor of www.pieria.co.uk - the international online economics news and opinion website - and leading independent commentator on banking and the wider economy. Following a career as a banker and economist, focused in particular on management of financial risk, Frances is now one of the most followed economists on twitter (@frances_coppola), providing relentless and sharp commentary on current and emerging economic issues. 

Steve Toft Influential public services analyst and author of the award winning blog flipchartfairytales.wordpress.com. Having worked in local government, utilities, banking and a “big 4” consultancy, Steve is now blogger, columnist, management consultant and independent public services/employment analyst.  Steve writes and tweets (@flipchartrick) extensively on government finance, workforce and demographic issues, with a strong focus on the challenges emerging in all those areas over the next decade.

Matt Leach CEO of housing ideas and innovation agency HACT.  Matt writes, tweets (@matt_leach) and speaks extensively on the future shape of the housing sector, with a particular focus on understanding the social value of housing and getting on top of the likely impact of new technologies on both housing provider businesses and the lives of tenants and communities.

Professor Alex Marsh Professor of Public Policy and Head of the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, and prolific author, both online http://www.alexsarchives.org (@ShodanAlexM), and in print.  Between 2005 and 2009 Alex was a managing editor of Housing Studies and remains a member of the journal’s Management Board, and since then has become one of the highest profile housing-focused political analysts in the UK.

Daniel Fujiwara Director of Simetrica and researcher at the Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE.  Daniel has over 10 years of experience working at a senior level in government and international organisations, primarily on social value and cost benefit analysis issues; is scientific advisor to Social Value UK (formerly the SROI Network); and has advised numerous high profile businesses on social impact measurement and evaluation, including the World Bank, the OECD, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kraft foods and Danone.

Peter Molyneux Director Common Cause Consulting, Peter has a wide experience of change management and governance issues in the private, public and voluntary sectors and is a member of the Homes and Community Agency Advisory Group on Older People and Vulnerable Adults and an Expert Adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He is a Member of the John Madejski Centre for Reputation Management at Henley Business School and a member of the advisory group for the Board Leadership Programme at the King’s Fund.

Anne McCrossan is the Founder of Visceral Business and specialises in digital business strategy. Her career began with working on the launch of Apple in the UK in 1984 and she has spent over 20 years working with organisations dealing with large scale commercial, public sector and not-for-profit change. She is also the author of The Connected Housing Index as well as the Social Charity Index and The Social Food Index, and a contributing author to the seminal book 'Business Model Generation'.

Tomas Hirst Co-founder and Editorial Director of Pieria.co.uk and Political Correspondent of Business Insider, Tomas writes, blogs and tweets (@tomashirstecon) extensively on politics, economics and world affairs.  Tomas was previously a commissioning editor at the World Economic Forum and Social News Director at Mindful Money. 

Jayne Hilditch Pioneering thought leader around the application of and until December 2015, Corporate Services Director at Thames Valley HA, Jayne has a twenty year career spanning housing, design and technology, Jayne relentlessly writes, speaks and tweets (@JayneHilditch) about housing sector transformation and the application of digital by design public service principles to the housing sector. Founder of #HousingCamp – the housing sector’s largest innovation-focused unconference. 

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