Shelton Development Services Ltd continued their series of sector focused, free CPD accredited seminars with the Active Asset Management Seminar in London on October 10th, 2018. Asset and Finance professionals from Housing Associations and Local Authorities attended to hear from sector practitioners and network with their peers.
Mike Victory-Rowe, Asset Consultant with SDS, set the scene with an introduction into the importance of strategic asset management with the sector context, trends and challenges that asset professionals need to be aware of while delivering safe, secure and sustainable homes into the future.
Seminar sponsor Devonshire Solicitors’ topic was “Dealing with the runts in the litter”. Dan Moan, a Partner, shared the key points to bear in mind from a legal perspective when dealing with the commercial property as a social housing provider.
In a doubleheader session on Asset Management – a journey to the future, Jesse Meek & Laura Daniel gave attendees hands-on experience of leveraging the ever-changing technological landscape to innovate and improve business processes and how that can positively affect asset management. Cardboard virtual reality headsets coupled with an app on a mobile phone to show and train asset managers to spot issues in new build homes – tied up with some friendly competition encouraged team work on each table. After the tea and networking break, Jesse and Laura shared how Sovereign are using technology and collaboration to deliver innovation across the business, leading to improved delivery of value for money and increased investment across the Sovereign asset portfolio.
Jonathan Walters, Deputy Director of Regulation at Regulator of Social Housing asked the audience to consider “Asset Management: What problem are you trying to solve?” given the policy context, Social Housing Green Paper and sector performance over the past 10 years. Jonathan emphasised the function of the Regulator and emphasised the fact the Regulator does not dictate strategy but supports compliance, governance and good asset acumen, along with how the revised Value for Money standard enabled providers to focus on their strategic objectives, articulate their strategy to deliver homes and develop their approach to achieving value for money.
In the first session after lunch Thomas Fountain, Head of Asset Management at Clarion spoke on the development of The Clarion Standard for their existing portfolio of homes. The setting of the Clarion Standard gives a verifiable commitment to achieving Clarion’s corporate objectives and gave a basis for business planning, (de)investment decisions and driving (proactive asset management. Thomas’ points included the effectiveness of asset valuation models when appraising existing stock and how resident engagement is an important factor to consider when developing an asset strategy.
Alex Rose, Director – Residential Real Estate Solutions at Hometrack presented on Unlocking Strategic Asset Management. Alex showed the audience how Hometrack’s automated valuation model utilises data and harvests information points to provide a holistic view and understanding of property value. He reviewed a few use cases including high-value asset disposals, rent review policies and tracking stock performance in the wider market context.
Nick Yandle, Policy Leader, from the National Housing Federation, spoke on Managing quality portfolios. He covered the role of the Federation in the sector, explained the big issues and priorities as they see them and talked to involving and engaging with members. The NHF priorities include:
Safety and compliance
Quality of Homes
The SDS Asset team ended the day with Stock Profiler: Practical use of data in Active Asset Management. Rowley Maggs, Asset Director, led an entertaining roleplay with Mike Victory-Rowe. They outlined the functionality and capabilities that the SDS Stock Profiler asset valuation model can offer housing associations to deliver quality homes, value for money and an active approach to asset management using internal and external data sets.
Thank you, everyone, who made the day such a success. Please keep an eye on the SDS Events webpage for the latest SDS events