The WhatHouse? New Homes Debate

in partnership with Show House

15th March | London

The WhatHouse? New Homes Debate in partnership with Show House, NHBC, Churchill Retirement Living, Kier Living and Redrow takes place on 15 March at London’s Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel, with the event focusing on how the industry can address the skills shortage and inspire the next generation of housebuilders.

The debate, chaired by Lord Hague, the former leader of the Conservative Party and Foreign Secretary, will look at the crisis from all angles, talking not just to leading industry figures, but to those starting their careers – the apprentices who represent housebuilding’s youth vote and must make their voices heard by their peers, their employers, trainers and government.

The debate will also focus on training, talking to universities, colleges and industry bodies who can deliver the courses and the qualifications, while diversity will be another key plank of the discussions, shaping how housebuilding can be a fruitful career for all, across a whole range of professions and skill sets.

About the day

Registration will begin at 9am with tea, coffee and breakfast being served and the debate itself commencing at 9.30am.

There will be an ample time for Q&A at the end of each session, closing remarks will be made by Lord Hague at 12.45pm followed by a networking buffet lunch.

9.00am Registration

 

9.30am Welcome Address

 

9.45am The Apprenticeship Debate

We do a deep dive into the merits of combining professional training with on-site, practical experience that leads to industry recognised qualification.

Tanja Smith
Tanja Smith
Technical Director, Gradon Architecture, Chair of Construction Route Panel, Institute for Apprenticeships
Emma Wright
Emma Wright
Graduate and Apprenticeship Manager, Berkeley Group
Dr Neil Bentley
Dr Neil Bentley
CEO, WorldSkills UK
Ashley Terron
Ashley Terron
Site Project Manager, Redrow

10.30am The Training Debate

Whether it’s developing new skills or enhancing existing ones, what organisations are leading the way in the provision of construction-related training?

Professor Alison Cotgrave
Professor Alison Cotgrave
Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology at Liverpool John Moores University
Jenny Herdman
Jenny Herdman
Director for Home Building Skills Partnership, HBF
Geoff Mann
Geoff Mann
Industry Training Manager, NHBC
Anthony Wilkinson
Anthony Wilkinson
Head of Talent Development, Crest Nicholson

11.15am The Diversity Debate

What have employers across UK housebuilding and construction have pledged a commitment to employing a diverse workforce to help them gain a competitive advantage?

Kathryn Sewell
Kathryn Sewell
Head of HR, Kier Living UK
Isla MacFarlane
Isla MacFarlane
Editor, Show House News
Andy George
Andy George
Head of Talent Management, Barratt
Barry Cullen
Barry Cullen
Diversity & Inclusion Director, RICS
Kelly Hector
Kelly Hector
Head of Human Resources, Churchill

12.00pm The Leadership Debate

Hear from leading figures across UK housebuilding and outside the industry and discover what helped get them to the top.

Stewart Baseley
Stewart Baseley
Executive Chairman, HBF
Rachel Roxburgh
Rachel Roxburgh
CEO, Dallaglio RugbyWorks
Nicola Barclay
Nicola Barclay
Chief Executive, Homes for Scotland
Karen Jones
Karen Jones
HR Director, Redrow
John Anderson
John Anderson
Executive Director, Kier Living UK
Helen Moore
Helen Moore
Managing Director, City & Country

12.45pm Closing Comments and End of Debate

1.00pm Networking lunch

Register for The WhatHouse? New Homes Debate

Be a part of the conversation. Register for free to attend the WhatHouse? New Homes Debate in partnership with Show House and NHBC.

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