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Let’s Talk about Racism: BMENational Conference 2022

BMENational announces the programme for its annual conference on 21 October

BMENational has revealed the programme for its Annual Conference, with the theme ‘Let’s Talk About Racism’. The conference is taking place as an in-person event for the first time in three years on 21 October in central London. The event will provide insights into the key challenges facing the housing sector. The Conference will involve keynote presentations, topical panel discussions and debates, with ample time for networking.

Conference speakers include Kate Henderson (National Housing Federation) and Kate Dodsworth (Regulator of Social Housing) who will talk about an anti-racist approach in housing and regulation. Roger Kline will share his experience in the National Health Service and we are also joined by speakers form the Resolution Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to discuss the cost of living crisis, and what it means for our communities.

Khalid Mair and Tom Copley (the Deputy Mayor for Housing at the GLA) will draw out lessons for the housing sector from the GLA’s approach o tackling inequality. There will also be an opportunity for BMENational members to discuss the future direction and priorities for the network.

Cym D’Souza, chair of BMENational , comments:

“As the housing sector continues to change, we’re presented with an ever-increasing number of challenges which need innovative solutions, and this year’s conference and will address some of the key issues faced by organisations in tacking racism. Following another exceptionally challenging year, and a time of significant change post-pandemic, we are convinced that BMENational members have an increasingly central role to play in creating positive and inclusive communities which welcome people from all backgrounds”

Peter Borgers, Relationship Manager, Triodos Bank UK, the Conference’s headline sponsors says:

“We are very pleased to be sponsoring BMENational’s 2022 annual conference. Triodos lends only to organisations delivering social, cultural or environmental impact, and the social housing sector has been a key lending focus for us for the last 15 years. We are proud to have a number of BMENational members as customers and would welcome the opportunity to help more member housing associations with their funding requirements.”

Delegates can book their place at the BMENational Conference here.

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