10th CIEH Housing and Health Conference: Meeting the housing challenge

10th CIEH Housing and Health Conference  

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09 May
London - 15Hatfields, London

CPD: 4 hours 30 minutes 

Early Bird Price - Book before 4 April and save over £50 
Member: £136 | Affiliate Member: £236 | Non-member: £236  

Standard Price
Member: £189 | Affiliate Member: £289 | Non-member: £289  

Now in its 10th year, the CIEH Housing and Health Conference has never been more relevant or important.

The topical one day conference will outline the new measures to tackle rogue landlords in line with the new regulations which are coming into force in April 2018. The changes to HMO regulations and how to implement them to help improve standards in the private rented sector will also be highlighted. As well as detailed insight into the new regulations, the CIEH Housing and Health Conference programme will provide strategic insight into wider housing policy issues and key challenges facing the housing sector.

With the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety due to conclude around the time of the CIEH Housing and Health Conference, there will be a panel discussion on the post-Grenfell housing landscape and the wider implications and challenges for future regulation of tall buildings.

The latest guidance and insight from housing professionals, and case study examples of local policy and practice will provide delegates with essential tools and new housing strategies in line with updated guidance and regulations.

▼ Programme 

Download a programme of events here. 

▼ Speakers 
 Karen Buck   
Karen Buck MP, Westminster North, Labour Party

Karen Buck is the Member of Parliament for Westminster North. In Parliament, Karen currently serves on the Joint Committee of Human Rights and on the Panel of Chairs. Karen previously sat on the Work and Pensions Select Committee. Karen has been the MP for Westminster North from 2010 and was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband. She also served as Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions and then for Education. Prior to the boundary changes, she was elected MP for Regent's Park and Kensington North for 13 years between 1997 and 2010, and was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Transport. She has a breadth of experience and knowledge across Parliament as a former Regional Assistant to the Minister for London, a member of the Select Committee for Home Affairs and a member of the Select Committee for Children, Schools and Families.
Kirstie Goulder   
Kirstie Goulder, Senior Solicitor Disputes, Greenwoods Solicitors

Kirstie is praised by clients for providing practical solutions and is commercially minded to get the best results.

Kirstie is a leading expert in advising property guardian companies. Issuing multiple possession proceedings against guardians for some of the leading providers in this field has enabled Kirstie to understand the pitfalls of running a property guardian business, arming her clients with key legal arguments to support the property guardian business model. 

Kirstie also has the specialist knowledge to review property guardian businesses’ processes, protocols and key commercial documents to minimise potential threats to the business model. Kirstie provides in-house training to ensure all staff appreciate the legal complexities of guardianship 

She has also been an integral part of the London Assembly Housing Committee’s investigations into property guardianship to ensure she keeps her clients abreast of important developments via her blog.

David Smith   
David Smith, Policy Director, Residential Landlords Association & Operations Partner, Anthony Gold Solicitors

David is a specialist in residential landlord and tenant law. He advises landlords and agents in this field with a particular focus on changes in the law. He is well known for his work on tenancy deposit protection, houses in multiple occupation and consumer protection legislation.     

David acts for clients needing specialist drafting of tenancy agreement, terms of business and other documents, in relation to complex landlord and tenant litigation, and also in defending clients faced with prosecution for alleged breaches of landlord and tenant and related consumer protection legislation at which he has an enviable record of success. David believes in offering sensible advice that fits with his clients business and personal needs. As a specialist in law firm compliance fulfilling this role within the firm he is practised in steering a reasonable path between legal obligations and practical considerations.   

David also provides specialist training and lecturing on his areas of expertise at all levels having spoken and provided training courses for solicitors, surveyors, letting agents, and large and small landlords. David is also a skilled and experienced mediator offering advice on the law and practice of mediation and mediating property, landlord and tenant, and boundary disputes.   

 Michelle Houston   
Michelle Houston, Private Sector Standards Service Manager, Sheffield City Council

Michelle has 20 years’ experience working as a housing professional. Since 2008, Michelle has been instrumental in modernising the culture and improving performance of the Private Sector Housing team in Sheffield. She has carried out two service restructures; improving staff morale, raising performance, lowering public complaints and developing a range of partnerships with landlords, Shelter and Central government. Under her leadership the service has been nationally recognised for work on the new Agents redress scheme, the flagship scheme ‘Snug’, a partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and the Hallam Student Union which approves and promotes quality, well managed student homes, and for setting and enforcing high standards in the Page Hall Selective Licensing scheme.     
Debi Waite, Private Sector Housing Manager, Northampton Borough Council

Debi has worked over 25 years for a number of local authorities managing a wide range of regulatory services and having a lifetime career in investigatory work. 

Since 2013 Debi is better known for developing effective intelligence led, targeted, enforcement work particularly in Private Sector Housing.  

She has worked with MHCLG who have shown an interest in her work and she has participated in a number of national PRS working groups and conferences.  

Debi recently expanded Northampton BC’s Housing Enforcement Team anticipating Civil Penalties funding in order to target housing criminals. 

Debi is passionate about multi agency work, developing officers into successful investigators and using modern technology & techniques in order to drive out irresponsible, criminal and rogue landlords. 

 Anne Godfrey 
Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Anne Godfrey CCMI FCIM was appointed Chief Executive of CIEH in January 2016. Specialising in change management within the not for profit space she has a proven track record of delivering challenging targets while harnessing the skills, knowledge and passion of members, staff and external stakeholders. Previously Anne had leadership roles in a diverse range of membership organisations including CIM, where she was Chief Executive, the Law Society, where she was Director of Commercial and Membership Services, and the CBI where she was Commercial & Marketing Director. Anne’s earlier career in academic and professional publishing included senior sales, marketing and product development roles for publishers including Prentice Hall and Thomson Reuters. She has a first class honours degree from Glasgow University and a postgraduate diploma in law from Nottingham Law School.
Stephen Battersby
  Stephen Battersby, Vice President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Dr Stephen Battersby is a freelance environmental health and housing consultant, and researcher. He is a Fellow of the CIEH and RSPH (and now semi-retired). He is a past President of the CIEH and currently Vice President. He has chaired the Pro Housing Alliance. ARCHIVE UK (Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments) and Generation Rent (the National Tenants Organisation) currently he chairs the Committee of Management of the National Code of Standards for larger student developments. His research interests include housing conditions and health (housing as a social determinant of health); the use and enforcement of legislation to secure healthful housing; and urban rodent infestations and public health. He has been an Associate of the Safe and Healthy Housing Unit at Warwick University (where he was a member of the team that developed the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)) and also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health at the University of Surrey. He writes a blog and Digest of Case Decisions for the UK Housing Professionals Forum for RH Environmental. Over the years he has also worked with Karen Buck MP on housing matters most recently in connection with the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation etc) Bill. He is also the current Editor Clay’s Handbook of Environmental Health – the standard environmental health textbook. In 2014 he was awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours List for services to Environmental Health
Lord Richard Best OBE
  Lord Richard Best OBE

Lord Richard Best chairs the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People, chairs the Council of The Property Ombudsman, co-chairs the Home Office’s Landlords Consultative Group and the Empty Homes Group of the APPG on Housing and Planning. He has been President of the Local Government Association and Chair of Hanover Housing Association. He was previously chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and, before that, the National Housing Federation. He recently successfully piloted the Homelessness Reduction Act through the House of Lords.
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