Please see below for the 2018 agenda, giving you a taste of what's to come. 

The 2019 agenda and speakers will be added here shortly.

Coming of Age

Chair’s opening remarks

Jeremy Porteus, Director, Housing Learning and Development Network

Chief Executive
Housing LIN
Keynote Presentation

Retirement living: Market overview

Assessing the market opportunity for investors, developers and operators

Lessons from other sectors – student, PRS

Costs vs returns

Partnerships potential

Update on the JLL Housing with Care index

Anthony Oldfield, Director – Healthcare, Alternatives, JLL

Director – Healthcare, Alternatives
Panel Discussion

Could retirement living be the next student accommodation?

At the moment only 7000 homes are being delivered annually according to the latest data by L&G, how do we build the momentum? What would it take to turn retirement living into a more mature asset class?


Keith Brooks, Chairman, Cast Consultancy

Robin Hughes, Chief Executive, Castle Retirement Living

Anna Sabine-Newlyn, Chief Executive, Meeting Place Communications

Andrew Ovey - Head of Healthcare AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets

Cast Consultancy
Castle Retirement Living
Chief Executive
Meeting Place Communications
Head of Healthcare AXA Investment Managers
Understanding your customer

There are many misconceptions about consumers – who they are and what they want from their retirement housing. This session explores the wants and needs of the population looking to make the move into new specialist housing:


David CraigHead of market research, Data Energy


Dr Margaret Anne WildeFounder & CEO, ProMatura International

Jonathan Collie, Co-Founder, Age of No Retirement

John Galvin, Chief Executive, Elderly Accommodation Counsel

Catalina HoffmanFounder & chairman, Hoffman Group

Maria Brenton, Senior Ambassador, Cohousing Trust 

Head of Market Research
Data Energy
Chief Executive Officer
ProMatura Group, LLC
Co Founder
Age of No Retirement
Chief Executive
Elderly Accommodation Council
Founder & chairman
Hoffman Group
Senior Ambassador
Cohousing Trust
McCarthy & Stone's new strategy in a changing and challenging market

David Bridges, McCarthy & Stone’s Group Marketing & Customer Experience Director, will provide an insight into the company’s newly announced direction and strategy, highlighting how it will respond to the more challenging secondary housing market and the evolving needs of older people.

David Bridges, Group Marketing & Customer Experience Director, McCarthy & Stone

Group Marketing & Customer Experience Director
McCarthy & Stone
Mid-morning coffee and networking break
Homes England and funding for Older Person’s Housing

Shahi Islam will look to explain the funding programmes available to the sector to deliver older persons housing.


Shahi Islam, Head of Housing Programmes – Programmes and Policy,  Homes England 

Head of Housing Programmes – Programmes and Policy
Homes England
Masterclass and ask the Expert

How to navigate the planning minefield 

Our experts will share their perspective on how to resolve the planning process. Delegates will have the opportunity to put their questions to the panel.


Kathleen Dunmore, Director, Three Dragons
John Slaughter, Director of External Affairs, House Builders Federation
Carl Dyer, Head of Planning, Irwin Mitchell 
Michael David, Housing Strategy & Implementation Manager, Central Bedfordshire Council

Victoria HillsChief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute

Three Dragons
Director of External Affairs
House Builders Federation
Head of Planning
Irwin Mitchell LLP
Housing strategy & implementation manager
Central Bedfordshire Council
Chief executive
Royal Town Planning Institute
Lunch and networking
Panel Discussion

Retirement Living’s next top business model

The government has just proposed an exemption to retirement housing in its crackdown on ground rents, but controversy still surrounds their use and there is also widespread mistrust of event fees. How can the sector overcome these issues and what are the alternatives? What is the potential of the rental model?


Guy Montague-Jones, Deputy Editor, Property Week 


Michael Voges, Executive Director, ARCO

Phil Bayliss, Head of Later Living, Legal & General Capital

Andrew Burgess, Managing Director, Churchill Retirement

John Roddy, Sector Specialist, Charterpoint Senior Living 

Deputy Editor
Property Week
Executive Director
Head of Later Living
Legal & General Capital
Group land and planning director
Churchill Retirement
Sector Specialist
Charterpoint Senior Living
Case study showcase

This short showcase presents two distinct case studies of developments that recognise and understand how residents want to live, exploring how they have met their health and wellbeing needs through innovation and design.

Anne-Marie Nicholson, Senior Partner, PRP 

Sonia Parol, Senior Associate Director – Head of Care and Residential

Senior Partner
Senior Associate Director - Head of Care and Residential,
Urban Edge Architecture
Afternoon refreshments and networking
Panel Discussion

How to attract investment and funding

Whether you are a retirement living veteran or an entrepreneurial entrant, securing capital in your development is essential. This session will:

•       Provide essential insight on the availability and cost of debt finance

•       Explore the options for securing equity

•       Analyse how different business models affect funding options


Philip Schmid, Director – Healthcare Investments, Alternatives, JLL


Richard Martin, Relationship Manager, Property Finance, Bank Leumi (UK)

Kevin Beime, Director, head of retirement, Octopus Healthcare

Honor Barratt, Managing director, Birchgrove

Director - Healthcare Investments, Alternatives
Relationship Manager, Property Finance
Bank Leumi
Director, Head of Retirement
Octopus Healthcare
Managing Director
Lessons from abroad

Drawing on experience from overseas where the market is more mature and different models of tenure are well established, the panel will explore:

  • How demand is being met in each region 
  • The different operating models
  • How new developments are meeting the health, social and wellbeing needs of residents and creating a community 
  • Top innovations that are shaping the future of retirement living accommodation 


Victoria Wallace, Associate Director - Healthcare, Savills 

Helen Jones, Chief Operations Officer - Amicala

Gavin SteinCEO and founder, Elysian Residences

Associate Director - Healthcare
Chief Operations Officer
CEO and founder
Elysian Residences
Question Time

Panel of day's speakers

Our panel of experts will take questions from the audience and address queries and concerns – it’s your time to set the agenda!

Chairman’s closing remarks
Conference closes and drinks reception

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