Housing LIN Summit 2020 – Reaching for the Top

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Please note that all sessions' presentations and recordings are available on this event's microsite.

About the Housing LIN Summit 2020

Taking place over 5 days, the #HLINSummit2020 (opens new window) consists of 10 HAPPI Hour online sessions (2 per day) with over 30 speakers, celebrating outstanding innovation, latest research findings, leading practice developments and sector thought-leadership, including a look at the sector transformation that has taken place over the last 9 months as a result of Covid-19.

HAPPI Awareness Week

And, that’s not all. To celebrate the Housing LIN Summit 2020, we are also designating the week as the first ever HAPPI Awareness Week. We want to further raise awareness over the 5 days about the virtues of designing care-ready accommodation and age-friendly housing services, promoting what's best in housing for an ageing population, sharing the key learning and improvement points and celebrating the benefits of HAPPI with you. Get connected with #HAPPIweek (opens new window)

Terms & conditions

Important notice: this summit is provided free of charge to those registered in advance to attend and who subsequently attend. However, we reserve the right to charge those who register and subsequently fail to attend for the full cost of a conference place. This is due to the LIN incurring irrecoverable costs based on numbers of those registered in advance to attend. Non-attenders will be invoiced and pursued for payment. By registering you unreservedly accept these terms and conditions. The cost of the 2020 conference for non-attenders is £150 plus VAT per head.


Browse our programme below for more information and select from the HAPPI Hour sessions that you would like to join each day. You can now choose as many of the sessions as you want to go to.

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Monday 07 December 2020

Designing for HAPPIness

This session will focus on innovations in designing HAPPI age-friendly housing that best promote independence and feelings of community, sharing the learning from examples of what has worked well.

Chair: Jenny Buterchi, Partner, PRP ~ @PRP_News


Village Life: Later Life living to the full

This session will look at the later living market and features the environmental and social benefits of village life in retirement, especially with Covid-19 in mind.

Chair: Louise Drew, Head of Real Estate, Shakespeare Martineau ~ @LouiseDrewLaw (opens new window) @SHMALaw (opens new window)


Tuesday 08 December 2020

Communities that care and share

This session explores how we can support local communities to become more resilient if we design and build the right homes, engage with a diverse range of community groups and offer person-centred services that deliver outcomes that they want.

Chair: Paula Broadbent, Retirement Solutions Director, Lifestyle by ENGIE ~ @PaulaBUK (opens new window) @ENGIE_UK (opens new window)


CollaborAGE: community-led housing and lifelong neighbourhoods

This session will provide an overview of the Housing LIN’s new online directory of collaborative community-led projects for all ages, highlighting exciting examples from Cambridge and Madrid.

Chair: Paul Watson, Managing Director, Guinness Care ~ @GuinnessCare


  • CollaborAGE - Margaret Edwards, London Regional Chair, Housing LIN
  • Living in Cohousing - Frances Wright, cohousing resident, Marmalade Lane ~ @10MLFrances; @CambridgeK1 & Jenny Borden, cohousing resident, Marmalade Lane ~ @JennyBorden (opens new window); @still_green
  • Communitary care and healthy ageing in vulnerable neighbourhoods. Study case: project Mercado Habitado (Reinventing Cities Madrid - Spain) - Elisa Pozo Menéndez, architect and urban planner, MIT'A studio ~ @ElisaPozoMdez

Wednesday 09 December 2020

Inclusive Leadership for our sector

Drawing on the experiences of senior sector leaders and the Housing LIN’s Future Leaders programme, this session will shine the spotlight on the importance of creative leadership and the key ingredients required to enable service transformation.

Chair: Bruce Moore, Chief Executive, Housing 21


Setting new digital ambitions

This session will examine the potential for smart homes and mobilising new technologies in a connected world to support healthy ageing and wellbeing.

Chair: Zillah Moore, Marketing Director, Tunstall Healthcare ~ @TunstallHealth


  • Winter pressures: how care tech in the home offers continuity of support - with Zillah Moore, UK & Ireland Marketing Director, Tunstall Healthcare (UK) Ltd
  • myKiosk - Remote Observations in Care Homes - with Joanne Dorsman, Neighbourhood Transformation Programme Manager, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • How SMaRT use PNC to support a wider cohort of customers - with Sarah Wiest, Centre manager at SMaRT, Nottingham Community Housing Association

Thursday 10 December 2020

Intergenerational Living: More than ‘Lodgers for Codgers’

This session will highlight a range of pioneering schemes from the UK and elsewhere in Europe and how we can build stronger communities for all ages.

Chair: Gita Prasad, Eastern Regional Chair, Housing LIN and Strategic Commissioner at NHS Clinical Commissioning Group ~ @GitaDreams (opens new window)


Adapting our homes for the 21st century

This session will showcase innovative, cutting edge approaches to deliver smarter home adaptations to meet the grand housing challenge on ageing.

Chair: Yvonne Castle, CEO, Johnnie Johnson Housing ~ @yvonnecastle @JJHousingTrust


Friday 11 December 2020

Stylish refurbishment adaptations – how to retrofit our existing housing and the business case

This session will take a tour of the latest innovations in refurbishment to create aspirational homes through contemporary interior designs, adaptations and repairs.

Chair: Ed Warner, Founder & CEO, Motionspot ~ @motionEd (opens new window)


Mainstreaming accessible housing (3-4.30pm)

This session calls for the improved accessibility of our homes and the way in which we plan and design in quality from the outset for all.

Chair: Susan Kay, Executive Director, Dunhill Medical Trust ~ @dunhillmedical (opens new window)


  • Campaigning to boost provision of accessible homes - Nicholas Bungay, Director of Strategy & External Affairs, Habinteg ~ @Habinteg @nic_bungay
  • Can smart homes meet the needs of our ageing population: The challenges of implementation - Dr Gemma Burgess, Acting Director, Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, University of Cambridge ~ @CCHPR1
  • Inclusive Accessible Design: Lessons learnt from COVID - Kathryn Gundry, Project Architect & Mark Slater, Director, Archadia ~ @ArchadiaArch