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Day 1: Social Housing Annual Conference 2020 and HOMES UK - "A virtual day of inspiration"

Robin Ridgley

Having attended several Social Housing Annual Conferences in my 15 years working in the sector both in Harrogate and in Manchester, this years conference was always going to be different. 

Getting up this morning and not having to travel was different and then the thought of not being able to catch up and have a coffee and a chat with ex colleagues and friends was always going to be a little different.

I need not have worried as Day 1 once again re-affirmed my love for the sector, its people and how Social Housing is making a huge difference to the lives of people across the country.

At Sysdoc we are proud of our aviation heritage and our Human Centred Design approach which has seen us support numerous public sector and social housing organisations in implementing IT projects whether that be SAP, MS Dynamics or our innovative knowledge portal solutions.

We do this knowing that we also must support senior leaders to ensuring people and culture change are at the heart of programme.

Day 1 at Social Housing Annual Conference 2020, there has been some fabulous insights, informed debate and engaging panel-based discussions.

At Homes UK: The virtual sessions have provided a safe and timely opportunity for the entire housing sector to collaborate and plan a post - COVID - 19 future at the end of a year that has brought unprecedented challenges.

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My day started off with an early morning breakfast meeting which was hosted by Fitch Ratings and Great Places Housing Group CEO Matthew Harrison who engaged the audience with how important it is to be rated to unlock funding to help develop new homes.

I was encouraged that even today in this challenging environment providing affordable homes is still a huge priority, especially in the North of England and Matt spoke with passion about the work the organisation had done and was still to do.

Technology was then the order of the day, with a couple of informative sessions about how unlocking digital potential can make a difference. It was great to hear and

Then it was time to check in online with ex-colleagues and friends which allowed me to find out what has been going on in their part of sector and to reconnect.

Final sessions of Day 1 were listening to how Social Housing providers are looking at planning for the post Covid 19 world.

At Sysdoc we are on a similar journey, with the development of our 9 integrated capabilities and our unique Flight Path approach, we deliver the future of work, drawing upon our capabilities and experience to meet client ambitions and challenges.

Flight Path is unique to Sysdoc and is the way we do everything we do.

Our focus is to deliver the future of work for ourselves and our clients by being innovative and driving quality through continuous improvement whilst remaining true to our values. 

So all in all a great Day 1 and I am looking forward to rest of my experience in the virtual world of the conference.

Robin Ridgley is Sysdoc’s Head of Capability for People and Culture. 


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