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28th September 2020

9.30am to 12.30pm


As more and more councils are providing homes through a variety of means, these sessions provide an invaluable source of advice together with experience gained by other local authorities. They are an opportunity to network with other councils and discuss different ways that councils are supporting their housing delivery


Janice Morphett

University College London

CBH 5 - Mark Farmer and Rebecca Rees will be joined by Caroline Pillay and Mark Pratten of Airey Miller to discuss

Regulatory Reform, MMC, Development Resourcing and Skills Challenges, Procurement and Governance.

Join us 28th September 2020

Councils Building Homes is back for 2020 with our largest event to date. The 5th forum in the series welcomes Mark Farmer, author of the white paper 'Modernise or Die' as one of the keynote speakers. Mark, alongside others will address the current skills shortage by exploring best procurement routes and explore the benefits and challenges associated with MMC/OSM.

Mark Farmer was appointed as the Government’s Champion for Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) in housebuilding late last year so was the perfect choice to help lead our discussion. Mark’s appointment comes at a turning point for MMC as the government launches its biggest ever investment into an off-site manufacturer to boost production and the UK sets a world record for the tallest modular building. Airey Miller’s own MMC / OSM working group will be present at CBH5 to share their lessons learnt and present real world challenges and solutions from their years of working in the sector.

Rebecca Rees of Trowers and Hamlins will also  keynote.  She  co-heads the Public Procurement practice.  Named as a 'Leader in the Field for Public Procurement (UK-wide)' by the Chambers and Partners' Guide to the Legal Profession 2018, we look forward to her address on latest best practice.

As with our previous forums we'll break into round table discussions to knowledge share. Although in a virtual setting, you'll have the opportunity to discuss the speakers' topics and for us to share what we have learned from working closely alongside Local Authorities since the formation of the Councils Building Homes.

Councils Building Homes


28 September 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm

CBH Forum 5 - also explore with industry experts and champions:


  • MMC - Opportunities and Barriers - Mark Farmer

  • Procurement and Governance - Rebecca Rees

  • Development Resourcing and Skills Challenges -  Caroline Pillay

  • Update on Regulatory Reform - Mark Pratten

Get updates on current government thinking and key industry body recommendations, on how we begin to recover from COVID, and resourcing the recovery.

As this is a virtual event, you can register for specific workshops of your choice. Further details to be released in September.


Facilitated Round Table Discussions

Join other developing councils to examine and discuss your key development challenges:

  • How Regulatory reform may change the way and point at which we procure (Mark Pratten: Airey Miller)

  • Solutions to the supply and procurement of Offsite Manufacturing (John Murray: Airey Miller)

  • Delivering a development programme in a COVID world (Caroline Pillay: Airey Miller)

  • How to overcome procurement barriers and secure value in your development pipeline (Rebecca Rees: Trowers)

We are a multi-discipline organisation with a long and successful track record delivering a variety of professional services to Public Sector housing clients.


Since 2014 we have utilised the skills within Airey Miller to become an “in-house, out-sourced resource” to Local Authorities and their housing companies. The range of our skill sets encompasses the entire development process from strategic planning and viability to project monitoring, The Golden Thread and asset management. 

Our role is to assist Local Authorities and their housing companies as a critical friend and in a time of skill shortage, to establish a programme to once again enable “Councils Building Homes” for their communities.

Here are some of the support services Local Authorities have and are benefiting from as a result of Councils Building  Homes forums:

  • Client Side Programme & Project Management 

  • Financial Modelling & Viability Appraisals  

  • Commercial & Design Management

  • Capacity Building & Training 

  • Developing Intelligent & Capable Client Functions

  • Information Management, BIM & Document Control

  • AMBespoke Financial Modelling

  • Process Mapping & Full Business Support

  • Risk Management Strategy & Implementation 

  • Principal Designer

  • Project Monitor Services

  • Funding & Grant Acquisition

  • Asset Review & Development Optimisation

Councils Building Homes Welcomed James Murray in 2019

"Councils Building Homes is the right thing for us to be doing..."

In July 2019 Councils Building Homes forum welcomed the then *Deputy London Mayor for Housing and Residential Development James Murray to address 33 local authority participants of the forum at the LGA office Westminster. 


James Murray offered encouraging words on what the Mayor’s office is doing to support “Affordable” home building and to support councils to meet what are arguably ambitious housing targets.


The Deputy Mayor acknowledged the limitations of the existing model of housebuilding, suggesting that council home building has found its time.  This is evidenced by the variety of models being used and the number of councils across the country taking more of a leading role to bring new homes forward. 


“councils building homes is the right thing for us to be doing”


The Deputy Mayor, who oversees the Mayor’s £4.8bn affordable homes programme, concluded his speech by offering to support future CBH Forum events where possible, recognising that “councils building homes is the right thing for us to be doing", and we look forward to welcoming him back.


I found the forum highly informative, supportive, creative and very worthwhile. The opportunity to discuss common issues with an experienced cohort public and private professionals was refreshing. I will certainly attend again in the future.

Terry Fuller Homes England

I found the event both highly informative but also inspiring in terms of achieving housing aspirations and different approaches to doing this. Thank you so much for organising and allowing me to attend.


Kate Lowman Devon County Council

Councils Building Homes is led by three Senior Partners:


Caroline Pillay  MSc MAPM

Senior Partner

Caroline has a wealth of experience in the delivery of urban regeneration projects, both as a consultant and client side. Her team provide development and project management services and a complete strategic, commercial and technical advisory service. Caroline has provided support to many local authorities inside and outside of London.


Peter Airey  MRICS IMaPS

Managing Partner

With 40 year's experience, Peter provides his knowledge, expertise and support in all areas of our technical and professional activity. He specialises in procurement, where he provides innovation, vision and a pioneering approach. 

John Murray  MRICS

Senior Partner

John has a wealth of knowledge in the residential sector and a particular specialism with developing registered provider clients. He has significant experience co-ordinating regeneration projects and uses his skills to lead the team to successfully broker new opportunities and deliver on joint venture partnerships.