Home Builders Federation gathers impressive speaker list

Mark Clare will address the industry at this year’s Housing Market Intelligence (HMI) conference, which will also see the launch of the annual HMI report.

The Barratt ceo will give his thoughts on the new homes sector and discuss Barratt’s plans in the light of the government’s introduction of initiatives to increase housing supply.

On the same theme, communities secretary Eric Pickles, having kept his job in the recent cabinet reshuffle, will also speak at the conference, giving the government’s view of the state of the market and its plans, should it win the 2015 election.

The conference will be focusing on how the industry can meet the supply challenge and will include a delivery discussion panel including Places for People ceo David Cowans, Mike Jones, chair of the LGA planning and housing committee, and Steve Midgley, md of Fairgrove Homes.

Also speaking at the conference will be LSE professor Paul Cheshire, co-author of a new and important study of urban policy, head of residential at Legal and General James Lidgate, and analyst Anthony Codling at Jefferies who will take a City view of the industry.

HBF speakers Stewart Baseley, Andrew Whitaker and John Stewart will also give their views on the market, planning and the economic outlook.

The conference, which will be chaired by NHBC ceo Mike Quinton, will take place on 8 October at Milton Court at London’s Barbican.

By David Mote, Editor