Has social distancing brought us closer together?

Live stream Round Table debate with expert housing panel to address this question on Wednesday 9th September 10:15 am

As we press the reset button across the UK, organisations are taking with them lessons and behaviours learned during lockdown. But what are these new behaviours? How has communication become stronger? How have working practices and operating models changed? How are we maintaining our cultures and customer, employee and supplier engagement?

Nobody has a rule book for navigating the events so far in 2020. We’ve all had to ask questions and respond accordingly to protect people’s livelihoods and our organisations. These are the issues we will be addressing in our housing focused Round Table streaming live next week with a panel of specialists including:

  • Nick Harris – Chief Executive – Stonewater
  • Shelagh Grant – Chief Executive – THF (The Housing Forum)
  • Gareth Lyon –Head of Policy and Communications – ARCO (The Associated Retirement Community Operators)
  • Mike Turner – Executive Director – Ian Williams

Tune into the Ian Williams YouTube channel to hear the debate next Wednesday (9th September) at 10.15 am. We will share further links and information next week after the event.


More about the panel

Nick Harris

Nick became Stonewater’s CEO in 2016, having been CEO of Raglan Housing Association since January 2010. Previous to this, he held the CEO position at Raven Housing Trust for seven years and Group Operations Directors for the Swaythling Housing Group for seven years.

He has extensive experience in both the social housing sector and local authorities and considerable knowledge in socio-economic regeneration matters.

Shelagh Grant

Shelagh has been Chief Executive of The Housing Forum since 2006 and has built a reputation for advancing practical and collaborative solutions in housing construction and regeneration through a high-quality member centred programme.

Shelagh is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), served on the CIH Council as a National Representative for 6 years, and is an examiner for the CIH Experienced Professional Route.

Shelagh is also a member of the Editorial Panel for House Builder and Construction Manager magazine. In 2019 she was appointed chair of the CLC’s Centre of Excellence Working Group and a board member of the Hertfordshire Housing Conference.

Gareth Lyon

As Head of Policy & Communications, Gareth leads on ARCO’s engagement with key decision makers and influencers, developing its thought leadership on behalf of the sector, and the day to day management of our communications channels. Gareth joined ARCO in May 2018.

Gareth has worked in all aspects of policy and communications for over 13 years in a range of sectors including health, social care, education, science and technology. He has also served as a local councillor for over 10 years with particular experience in planning and community. He has a degree in History and Politics from Oxford University.

Mike Turner

Mike joined Ian Williams in 2003 as Executive Director. He has significant experience of collaborative working within the public sector and developing framework solutions within the private sector. Mike is a graduate from Cardiff University, a Chartered Engineer and has an MBA from University of Bath School of Management.

Mike is a regular conference speaker on outsourcing and procurement, Vice-Chair of the Housing Forum Older Peoples Housing Working Group, Chair of the NHMF Contractors Forum and a judge for the West of England Business of the Year Awards.