Unlocking Social Value

Key messages from our social value conference

At our annual conference, we asked how housing and regeneration projects can create more social value for communities. Read the conference write-ups to find out.

Unlocking social value is now key to successful urban development. Public sector partners want lasting community benefits from regeneration, and housing associations now see creating social value as core business.

Private sector partners see delivering social value as a competitive edge to win bids, as well as being the right thing to do, while investors need environmental, social and governance (ESG) returns.

At our conference, we heard from experts, including local authorities, housing associations, developers, architects, consultancies, and community organisations. Here are the key points with slides, video and further reading.

Unlocking Social Value conference sessions

On Tuesday 4 July 2023, over 180 delegates and speakers came together for the following sessions:

  • What is social value and what has it achieved in the last decade?
  • Beyond the tickbox: levers and barriers to delivering meaningful social value
  • Measuring and evidencing the impact of social value
  • Social value: Whose responsibility is it?
  • The skills we need to rethink social value
  • Beyond London: Best practice from the UK and abroad
  • Social value from the bottom up: Assessing local need
  • Looking ahead: The future of social value

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Find out more about our social value programme

 Social value conference write-ups 

What is social value and what has it achieved in the last decade?

Andrew van Doorn OBE, Chief Executive, HACT
Professor Henrietta Moore, Founder & Director, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

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Beyond the tickbox: levers and barriers to delivering meaningful social value

Sara Bailey, Senior Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
Joanna Dahlgren, Head of Social Value & SROI, LB Waltham Forest
Vivienne King, Head of Real Estate Social Impact, The Good Economy
Jenny Rydon, Partner and Head of Strategic Advisory, Montagu Evans (chair)
Kelly Thomas, Social Value and Fundraising Manager, Metropolitan Thames Valley

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Measuring and evidencing the impact of social value

Stephen Biggs, Corporate Director – Community Wealth Building, LB Islington
Sarah Eastham, Partner – Engagement, Pollard Thomas Edwards
Stephanie Edwards, Co-Founding Director, Urban Symbiotics
Bianca Goulden, Head of Communities, L&Q
Kate Ives, Strategic Director, Countryside Partnerships (chair)

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The skills we need to rethink social value

Leila Atallah, Urban Designer, LB Camden and FoL Emerging Talent Programme
Danie Gilbert, Director, We Flock CIC & Good Shepherd Studios
Cali Ibrahim, Social and Economic Investment Manager, Notting Hill Genesis
Nicola Mathers, Chief Executive, Future of London (chair)
Helen Milner OBE, Group Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation

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Social value: Whose responsibility is it?

Paul Augarde, Director, Augarde & Partners (chair)
Pete Gladwell, Group Social Impact & Investment Director, Legal & General
Louise Page-Jennings, Director of Communications & Social Impact, Yoo Capital
Mike Saunders, Chief Executive, Commonplace
Amandeep Singh Kalra, Associate Director, Be First

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Social value from the bottom up: Assessing local need

The workshop was chaired by Nina Burich of Mobilise with the help of facilitators who led breakout discussions.

Facilitators represented both community members and practitioners.

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Beyond London: Best practice from the UK and abroad

Oliver Campbell, Development Director, Linkcity UK and Chief Executive, Uliving (chair)
Nigel Carter, Co-founder, Oxford Community Action
Simon Grove-White, Principal Economic Development Officer – Community Wealth Building, Oxford City Council
Mayor Tim Kelly, Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Looking ahead: The future of social value

Marcus Bate, Partnerships and Communities Director, Mount Anvil (chair)
Alice Lester MBE, Director Regeneration, Growth and Employment, LB Brent
Mekor Newman, Director, Newman Francis
Hilary Satchwell, Mayor’s Design Advocate, GLA and Director, Tibbalds

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 Our partners

Thanks to our programme sponsors

Bouygues UK Countryside Partnerships Linkcity UK Mount Anvil Pollard Thomas Edwards Trowers & Hamlins and Yoo Capital.

Thanks to our conference sponsors

Commonplace Lovell and Montagu Evans