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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Executive briefing - To regulate, or not to regulate'

19 April, London

About the event

The debate about the arrangements for regulating social housing providers – and the shape those arrangements should take – has raged for as long as regulation itself has existed. DCLG’s proposal to separate the Homes and Communities Agency’s investment and regulation functions to address potential conflicts of interest mean that the debate is set to continue.

Following Alistair’s presentation you’ll have the opportunity to take part in an open discussion with other delegates. The evening will end with drinks and networking where you can continue to discuss and debate with fellow professionals.

Why should you attend?

Alistair McIntosh, chief executive of HQN will explain:

• whether we really need regulation - or is it just a case of ‘we can’t live with it and we can’t live without it’?

• what are the pros and cons?

• what does the future hold in an increasingly risky environment?

Hear from our specialist speaker

Speaker: Alistair McIntosh, chief executive of HQN

Alistair McIntosh is one of the social housing sector's most respected and best known personalities.

As founder and chief executive of HQN, he is regarded as one of the foremost advisers on governance and regulation, specialising in value for money and stress testing. His hands on approach sees Alistair leading on all HQN's in-depth assessment mock exercises and support work, designing and running the popular Iron Grip sessions, chairing and speaking at conferences and events.

Career highlights include setting up and running the National Federation of ALMOs, leading the popular consultation on the regulatory standards for housing and developing an approach to value for money that won praise from the housing minister.

A regular contributor to the housing press, Alistair's columns are known for their humorous, pointed and painfully accurate assessment of the state of social housing.

Since its inception, HQN has built up a membership of more than 1,000 housing associations, local authorities and ALMOs across its networks.

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at senior people who want the opportunity to reflect on and discuss the need for regulation and what a framework that works for everyone could look like.

Timings and location

Delegate registration: 17.00-17.30

Presentation: 17.30 – 19.00

CIH, 7th Floor, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

Booking information

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CIH member rate: free

Non-member rate: £25 + VAT

Please read our terms and conditions before making your booking. For more information please contact us on 024 7685 1786 or email



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