Webinar: The Future of Housing with Joe Garner, Chief Executive and Robert Gardner, Chief Economist, Nationwide Building Society

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With housing a critical cross-sector issue, we are delighted to be joined by Nationwide’s Chief Executive, Joe Garner, and their Chief Economist, Robert Gardner, to discuss The Future of Homes. In this special session you will get an update on the housing market along with reflections what this will mean for not just the financial services sector but also broader society.

Join us live to:

  • Learn more about the current housing market, including the private rental sector, green homes and first-time buyers
  • Gain insight into how the Future of Home ties in with the broader government policy agenda, specifically around ‘levelling-up’, infrastructure spend, ‘project speed’ and the broader environmental priorities   
  • Explore how the private and public sector can work together to overcome housing challenges
  • Joe Garner

    Chief Executive

    Nationwide Building Society

    Joe joined Nationwide in April 2016 from BT Group where he was Chief Executive of Openreach, a position he held from early 2014. Prior to this Joe was a director of HSBC Bank PLC and Head of HSBC in the UK, roles which included responsibility for all of HSBC's retail and commercial banking business, including Marks and Spencer Bank, First Direct and The John Lewis Partnership Card. He has also held senior positions at Dixons Stores Group and spent the early part of his career at Procter and Gamble. In May 2016 Joe was appointed as a member of the FCA's Practitioner Panel. Joe was previously appointed to the FSA Practitioner Panel in 2011 and was Chairman between 2012 and 2013. Joe was also a Non-Executive Director of the Financial Ombudsman Service from 2007-2010. He is currently Chairman of the British Triathlon Foundation Trust.

  • Robert Gardner

    Chief Economist

    Nationwide Building Society

    Robert and his team provide economic analysis and advice to key decision makers in Nationwide. The team is focused on developments in the UK economy, with a particular emphasis on the mortgage and savings markets. As the external spokesperson for the Nationwide House Price Index, Robert is frequently quoted in the media and often appears on Radio and TV and speaks at a range of internal and external events. Prior to joining Nationwide, Robert was the Head of Macroeconomics at RBS, where his team was responsible for providing economic analysis and forecasts for the UK, US and major Eurozone economies. During his career he also worked for Barclays, where he was responsible for analysis of emerging markets in Asia and Latin America. He has also worked as an economic adviser at HM Treasury.


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