KHG Conference 2024

We’re holding our conference on Tuesday 5 March 2024, 9.30am – 4.00pm, at Clive Emson Conference Centre, Kent Event Centre, Detling Showground, ME14 3JF.

We have launched the Kent Housing Group Conference 2024 in association with Birketts, Counties & Capital Consulting and Stantec. The conference is aimed at developers, registered providers, planners, architects, contractors, policy makers, charities, consultants and special interest groups. Panel discussions will reflect the themes of the Kent and Medway Housing Strategy 2020-2025, and discussions on the day will help to formulate the future strategy.

Read our latest press release about the conference.


9.30am: Registration opens

10.00 – 10.05: Welcome by Chair – Sally Bundock

10.05 – 10.15: Introduction by Kent Housing Group – Brian Horton, Kent Housing Group Chair

10.15 – 10.25: Opening Keynote – Kate Willard OBE, Chair, Thames Estuary Growth Board

10.25 – 10.35: Keynote – Roger Gough, Leader, Kent County Council

10.35 – 11.20: Healthier Homes, Healthier Communities, Happier Lives
This session looks at how housing, health and social care sectors can best collaborate to ensure a higher level of health and wellbeing within communities.

  • Dr Ellen Schwartz, Deputy Director of Public Health, Kent County Council
  • Neil Diddams, West Kent Housing Association
  • James Williams, Deputy Director of Public Health, Medway Council
  • Malti Varshney, NHS Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board Executive Team

11.20 – 11.40: Coffee break

11.40 – 12.25: Safe as Houses
We consider the issues and challenges involved in ensuring decent, secure, healthy, warm homes, whether new build or existing homes, regardless of tenure.

  • Ann Millington, Kent Fire and Rescue Service
  • Gavin Dick, National Residential Landlords Association
  • Gemma Hancock, Executive Director, mhs homes
  • Richard Hopkins, Thanet District Council

12.25 – 13.10: Housing, Infrastructure Investment and Zero Carbon Targets
Our focus in this session is infrastructure investment into Kent and Medway and the ways in which stakeholders can support and influence delivery.

  • Shaun Pidcock – Lower Thames Crossing
  • Mark Breathwick, Medway Council
  • Claire Pamberi, Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Manager, Kent County Council
  • Kate Jack, Stantec
  • Nick Fenton

13.10 – 14.10: Lunch

14.10 – 14.55: The Planning Process and Housing Delivery
Our experts on this panel discuss the main challenges and barriers in accelerating the delivery of homes across Kent and Medway and debate the major planning reforms they think are needed to speed up delivery.

  • Liz Gibney, Chair, Kent and Medway Economic Partnership (KMEP)
  • Simon Thomas, Canterbury City Council
  • Tom Newcombe, Head of Planning and Environment, Birketts Solicitors
  • Huw Edwards, Stantec
  • Shona Johnstone, Homes England

14.55 – 15.40: Affordability, Inclusivity and Flexibility
We focus on the most effective ways to deliver the right type, tenure and location of affordable homes that meet the housing needs of Kent and Medway.

  • Steph Goad, Golding Homes
  • Julia Hargreaves, Porchlight
  • Emma George, RentPlus
  • Neill Tickle, Counties & Capital Consulting
  • Steve Nunn, Moat

15.40 – 15.50: Closing Address

15.50 – 15.55: Closing Address by Kent Housing Group – Brian Horton, Kent Housing Group Chair
Kent Housing Group will summarise the key takeaways from conference sessions and discuss next steps.

15.55 – 16.00: Chair closes

16.00: Conference closes

The event is being delivered by White Label Creative.

Delegate places are free for KHG members (maximum 5 per organisation). Standard non-member tickets are priced at £250+VAT.

To register your place, please click here:

Partnership and exhibition opportunities
Partnering with the conference provides the perfect opportunity to build or strengthen relationships with decision makers in the housing sector across Kent and Medway. If you would like to raise your profile and be part of the conversation, a variety of partnership opportunities are available, as well as space for any companies who wish to exhibit and showcase their projects or services. For information on how you could get involved, contact Shelley Cook at

Headline Sponsors: Birketts Next Level Law; Counties & Capital Consulting; Stantec. Supporting partners: metroSTOR safer neighbourhoods cleaner world; mhs homes; Paramount Independent Property Services- Your housing partner; Rentplus your pathway to home ownership.