Trafford Housing Trust

Trust's CEO to give Chartered Institute of Housing’s executive briefing

07 September 2016

Matthew GardinerOn Thursday 8th September Trafford Housing Trust’s chief executive Matthew Gardiner will deliver the Chartered Institute of Housing’s executive briefing in London.

The event is aimed at senior professionals from housing associations who want a better understanding of how their organisation can innovate, yet stay true to their values, in order to meeting housing need

Matthew will explore how the sector has risen to the challenge of meeting housing need over the last century and take a look at where providers need to go next in today’s complex housing landscape, and how to navigate issues such as Brexit, right to buy, increase in homeownership and the current funding environment

The briefing comes just weeks after the Trust confirmed its position as a forward thinking housing association with the announcement of its joint venture with London housing association L&Q, which will see 2,000 new homes across Greater Manchester and the North West over the next four years.

The scheme will expand the Trust’s footprint beyond Trafford to incorporate projects in Stockport and Salford, with a plan to develop further schemes across the North West including projects in Cheshire and Cumbria. The 50/50 (JV), will enable both organisations to deliver more houses more quickly, than each could individually.

In 2015 the Trust launched a dedicated property arm, Laurus Homes, which has already delivered a number of new build residential schemes in and around Trafford for outright sale.

As chief executive, Matthew has successfully led the organisation since its creation in 2005. He is responsible for the long-term strategy, financial viability and working culture of the Trust, creating a Times Top 100 Best Company to work for over the last three years. Matthew has over 30 years’ experience in the housing sector.

He has held a national policy role for special needs housing; been both a manager of existing homes and a developer of new ones; and been both a provider of finance for housing associations from City Institutions.

During his briefing, Matthew Gardiner will investigate the following:

  •          Has the sector innovated enough to ensure modern social housing needs are met?
  •          What innovations/changes would the sector have to do to impress Octavia Hill?
  •          Is the disruptive environment we’re in, i.e., enough to give the sector the push it needs to be innovative?
  •          How can the sector’s values be brought to life in the face of sector disruption?
  •          How can the sector retain values while still keeping up with changes by being commercially sound?

After the presentation, Matthew will open the floor for questions and discussion, giving attendees the opportunity to get a clear understanding of how organisations can innovate in the current political and economic climate.



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