The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment: national conference 2019

The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment is hosting the first national conference dedicated to community investment.



Opening keynote speech: 

The future of civil society: where do housing associations fit in? Asif Afridi (Panel member, Independent inquiry into the future of civil society, and Deputy CEO, Brap)

Panel discussion: 

Can community investment deliver resident involvement? Michael Hill, Business Development Manager, Tpas; Charlie Norman, CEO, MSV; Rachel Honey-Jones, Head of Community Regeneration, Newydd Housing Association


Workshops (morning sessions):

How do we support Boards to become the champions of community investment? Gary Fulford, Group Chief Executive, whg; Jon Fisher, Head of Communities, Sovereign;  Jennifer Dykes, Board member, Sovereign; Andy Zuntz, Chair of the Board, ForViva (Chair)

Stepping into the spotlight – youth engagement and the Spotlight Centre: Daniel Rose, Director, Spotlight

Using and collecting evidence to shape community investment services: Stephen Burns, Executive Director, Care and Communities, Peabody; Ceris Anderson, Knowledge and Insight Manager, Streetgames; Dr Frances Harkin, Research Lead, HACT

Developing community investment's approach to professional development and qualifications: Dr Val Harris, ESB; Nicky Hazelwood, Community Investment Manager, Hexagon; Rebecca Clarke, Head of Membership, CIH


Lunch: Meet Your Network Lead session 

Sub-plenary 1: Five years of the UK Social Value Bank: how to use social value to demonstrate the value of community investment: Sheila Maxwell, Community Regeneration Officer, Link Group; Mary Kathryn Adams, Deputy Chief Executive, HACT; James Williams, Head of Social Impact, HACT

Sub-plenary 2: The inside story of GUAC's Communities that Work campaign: Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director, GUAC; Jon Fisher, Chair of Board, GUAC

Sub-plenary 3: Understanding alternative funding options for community investment: Jules Tompkins, Investment Manager, Community Impact Partnership; Helen Wilson, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Projects, Clarion Futures


Workshops (afternoon sessions):

Changing the national conversation around housing to include community investment: Mark Lawrence, Editor, 24 Housing; Jen Barfoot, Chief Executive, Homes in Sedgemoor; Andrew van Doorn, CE, HACT (Chair)

How to use procurement as a vehicle to drive and deliver community investment priorities: Barry Malki, Head of Communities, HACT; Alison Wilkinson, Group Customer Development Manager, Mears; Gary Jackson, Group Director Marketing, Comms & Customer Success, Mears

Sharing social impact measurement skills: Sheila Maxwell, Community Regeneration Officer, Link Group

Upskilling frontline staff to deliver community investment: Helen Scott, Performance and Evaluation Manager, Wheatley 

How to deliver community investment in a diverse cultural climate: Panel discussion: Chaired by Julie Haywood, Director of Community Investment, whg; Tim O’Malley, Community Development Manager, Clanmil; Sahil Khan, Head of Gateway and Community Services, Catalyst; Lyn Mangisi, Community Development Officer, Radian


Closing speech: How do we ensure that community investment is at the core of social housing? Sally Thomas, Chief Executive, SFHA

Panel discussion following Sally’s speech featuring Sally Thomas, Sahil Khan, Stephen Burns, Nicky Hazelwood, and Julie Haywood, with Andrew van Doorn (Chair)


The Venue

The Rowton Hotel is located 15 minutes walk from central Birmingham.

Hotel rooms are available for the night before and after the conference, at discounted rates. These are available on a first-come-first-serve basis so please email as soon as possible if you require a room.

Car parking space is limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you wish to arrive by car please email us




We are grateful to both Mears and Walsall Housing Group for their sponsorshop of this conference. 

Tuesday 21st May 2019 - 9:00 to 17:00
Event price

£100 + Eventbrite booking fee