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Housing roundtable: Accelerating housing’s digital future

May 16 @ 6:15 pm

Housing leaders’ roundtable: Accelerating housing’s digital future

Thursday 16th May from 6.15pm
St Martins Lane Hotel, Covent Garden, London
Guest speaker: Ross Fraser, Disruptive Innovators Network & Founder of HouseMark
What’s on the agenda

There’s no question the future of housing is digital. The only question is how to get there, in a way that instils positive long-term change and matches evolving customer expectations. At this roundtable for UK housing leaders, we’ll discuss and share ideas and strategies for pioneering transformation, accelerating agility, and enabling true customer-centricity. Guests will explore how to:

  • Meet the needs, expectations and pace of today’s increasingly digital-savvy customers
  • Successfully manage behavioural change to promote a transformation culture internally
  • Identify innovations and ideas to help UK housing organisations tackle current issues, opportunities and challenges

Alongside the business content, there’ll be a big focus on networking and connecting with like-minded senior housing peers. With that in mind, there will be a complimentary dinner with wine, plus a light-hearted and entertaining wine-related quiz with a wine host.

Guest Speaker

Ross Fraser, Head of Research, Disruptive Innovators Network
Ross has worked in the social housing sector since 1980 and is probably best known as the founding Chief Executive of HouseMark, the business intelligence subsidiary of the National Housing Federation and the Chartered Institute of Housing. Ross set up HouseMark in 1999 and by 2016, when he stepped down from that role, the company had become the second largest membership organisation in the sector with over 950 social landlord members across the UK.

Leon Blakely, Rackspace
With over 18 years’ experience in the market, Leon believes it’s becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to understand, interpret and differentiate the broad array of cloud-based technologies on offer. He aims to help customers, particularly housing organisations with specific requirements, cut through the complexity and deliver technical solutions that benefit their business.

Who’s attending

Heads, Directors and senior leaders from the UK’s leading housing organisations.Confirmed guests include: Origin Housing, Stonewater, Lewisham Homes, Longhurst Group, Barnet Homes among others.

 Your hosts:

Rackspace is the #1 provider of IT as a service, in today’s multi-cloud world. We deliver certified expertise and integrated managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and enterprise applications.


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“Thank you for the invite, it was a lovely evening to connect with people from across the industry, in charming circumstances.”

Chief Wine Officer

We will mix business with pleasure: the serious business of wine tasting together with the pleasure of connecting with senior peers, colleagues and friends from your industry. Alongside the four-course gourmet dinner, there will be a wine tasting, hosted by an entertaining wine speaker.

This part of the evening involves some friendly wine-related team competition, with the winner receiving the ultimate accolade – the Chief Wine Officer.

Wine Host

Julian Chamberlen is a highly experienced Chief Wine Officer host, and nothing gives him greater pleasure than sharing his extensive wine experience with our guests. A passionate and committed disciple of the grape, Julian has spent 30+ years picking vines, making wine and travelling to countless European and Australian vineyards.

 9 Fine Wines & 1 Winner


One sparkling wine, one champagne


Paired with two white wines

Main Course

Paired with two red wines

Cheese Course

Paired with two red wines


Enjoyed with a dessert wine

CWO Final

Winner announced

“The venue, food, entertainment & wine were all great. Well done and thank you!”

 Your venue

St Martins Lane is one of London’s most iconic locations. Enter and be ushered you into an almost-immersive theatrical experience, where eclectic art merges with uber-chic minimalist modernism.

“Excellent evening, a lot of fun and there were some really interesting discussions”


““Thank you to CWO and the sponsors for a lovely evening. A business networking event like no other!”

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“It was a pleasure and thank you for the invite, it was a great event and had a lot of fun and met some interesting people. More than happy to attend events in the future and have signed up to the community so hopefully see you at another event soon!”

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Event details

Chief Wine Officer with Rackspace

Housing leaders’ roundtable: Accelerating housing’s digital future
45 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4HX

Thursday 16th May 2019
from 6.15pm

“Best networking event in a long time.”



May 16
6:15 pm
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