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Retirement Living Conference 2017 :: 2017 Agenda
9th November 2017
etc Venues, County Hall

Welcome to the Retirement Living Conference 2017

Day 1 - Thursday 9 November 2017


Welcome address from Guy Montague-Jones, associate editor (news), Property Week


Opening address by event host Jeremy Porteus, founder and director, Housing LIN


Keynote address – planning update

This session will discuss further policy developments following on the housing white paper, including the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017, the Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry, and any guidance the secretary of state may issue by the time the event takes place in November. 

Steve Quartermain CBE, chief planner, Department for Communities and Local Government

One size doesn’t fit all - exploring different approaches to later life

How do we understand the changing needs of those in later life and create solutions that meet those needs? The session will focus on the differences between the mainstream residential market and retirement housing, and the specifics of catering for those in later life.

We will consider the role of care, facilities and services and what operational models we need to support them. We will hear from players from different market segments on their retirement propositions, what works for them, and where they see the most potential for growth.

Moderated by Jane Ashcroft, chief executive, Anchor
Nick Sanderson, chief executive, Audley Retirement
Kevin Beirne, group director of housing care & support, One Housing Group
Howard Phillips, chief executive officer, PegasusLife
Johnny Sandelson , co-founder, Auriens

On the frontline of retirement housebuilding

This presentation will focus on what it takes to achieve volume in the retirement housing sector while maintaining a five-star standard of customer service and a focus on good design.

We will also hear from the company’s long-term growth plans, the improvements to its products, the progress of its in-house management services division and its recent return to the London Stock Exchange.

Clive Fenton , chief executive, McCarthy & Stone

Mid-morning coffee and networking break


The gold standard of later life living

This presentation will explore why Auriens is committed to challenging stereotypes associated with later life and why bespoke design, innovative technology and a refreshingly different approach to aging are all core principles of the new Auriens development, Chelsea.

David Meagher, Partner, Auriens

How to create a planning system that is fit for purpose

Government planning policy requires local authorities to plan for a mix of housing to meet the needs of a diverse ageing population, with rented, specialist, private, affordable and adaptable housing feeding into this mix.

Despite planning guidance describing the need for older people’s housing as ‘critical’, few development plans have strong policy requirements and allocations aimed at delivering the housing choices that older people want.

Meanwhile, specialist retirement providers report difficulties in progressing suitable schemes with planners. Why is this the case? And where do the faultlines lie – with planners, policy or developers? Or is the situation so complex that  the market needs a complete overhaul? How can we solve this conundrum?

Panel session moderated by Robin Tetlow, Chairman, Tetlow King Planning
Debbie Shanks, planning policy officer, Durham County Council
Nigel Sibley, chief executive officer, LifeCare Residences
Kathleen Dunmore, director, Three Dragons
Andrew Burgess, group land and planning director, Churchill Retirement Living

Breaking down the stereotypes: why age does not define us

At a time when the concept of retirement itself is becoming obsolete, how do we challenge outdated models of later life and begin to build intergenerational, sustainable communities that will stand the test of time?

George Lee, co-founder, The Age of No Retirement

Lunch and networking break


The Big Builder’s perspective

Despite a steady rise in the numbers of the over‑55s – whose cumulative wealth far outweighs that of first-time buyers – there is little in terms of housing offered to them by big housebuilders. The session will discuss why that is the case and what mechanisms  - regulatory or otherwise  - are needed to make this market more attractive to mainstream house builders.

We will also look at the many benefits of a better attitude to more housing provision for the elderly, including release of “under-occupied” properties back onto the market, efficient land use and reduced pressure on green field sites.

Lorraine Ufland, chief executive officer, Esperium Capital
Andrew Whitaker, planning director, Home Builders Federation
Paula Broadbent, retirement solutions director, Keepmoat Regeneration
Carl Dyer, partner, Irwin Mitchell LLP
Keith Brooks, chairman, Cast Consultancy

Facts and stats

Retirement housing is a very broad umbrella term for anything from basic age-restricted housing through to more complicated housing schemes providing the full range of care and amenity on site. This session aims to help set the scene on the market and will enable delegates to understand how it fits together, looking at some of the models adopted in the sector and how they have evolved over time.  We will look at how the market has come to be and explore where we see it heading in due course, touching on some of the drivers and issues that lie ahead which may influence its direction.

Philip Schmid, director - healthcare investment, JLL
Anthony Oldfield, director - healthcare, JLL

Emerging models of tenure

The retirement housing sector has predominately operated on a leasehold model, not always aligned with the needs of the over-55s. With the build -to-rent sector making the first strides, will professional rental emerge as a viable tenure?  Equally, affordable options have been few and between, with little on offer for those not qualified for government subsidies, yet unable to afford what is available. Could retirement shared ownership address a chronic lack of affordability?  Conversely, will different charging structures and price points lead to more choice and variety - in terms of cost, but also in design, facilities and services - to fit customers’ varying lifestyles and wealth? 

Panel moderated by: Michael Voges, executive director, ARCO
Phil Bayliss, head of senior living, L&G Capital
John Roddy, sector specialist, Charterpoint Senior Living
Richard Keeley, Housing Services Manager, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust

Coffee and networking break


Defining prospect and customer needs – the UK’s largest survey

Business success is driven by evidence on what customers want and need and the price they are prepared to pay for it. How can you accurately find this out before you start building? Why is happiness so important in driving the bottom line? With evidence from the USA and the largest-ever survey of UK retirement community residents, ProMatura will lift the lid on achieving success.

Peter Robinson, partner, ProMatura Group
Dr Margaret Ann Wylde, founder and chief executive , ProMatura Group

Rethinking later years: design, technology and lifestyle

With baby boomers entering the retirement age, the need to deliver on changing expectations of discerning customers is becoming acute. But what does good retirement housing look like? What facilities and services does it need? How can it foster residents’ sense of belonging to a community without stripping their identities? We look at how the industry in Australia responded to these questions and how the roles of design, amenities and technology are together creating the next generation of intelligent and inspiring options for contented later years.

Presentation by Eugene Marchese, chairman, Marchese Partners
Followed by panel session with Jeremy Porteus, founder and director, Housing LIN (moderator)
Mr Schmidt, a resident at Audley St Elphin's Park retirement village
Judith Phillips , deputy principal professor and professor of gerontology, University of Stirling
James Fenner, Managing Director, Silk Road

Closing keynote address by event host Jeremy Porteus


Drinks reception

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or venue should circumstances require.
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