Creating resilience and additionality through collaboration

Creating resilience and additionality through collaboration


In light of the rent caps and with increasing inflationary pressures, growing investment needs to achieve building and fire safety compliance and quality requirements, as well as staff recruitment and retention pressures, providers are having to re-examine how they operate in order to continue to deliver quality services to residents and develop new homes to tackle the housing shortage.

Some issues are too big to solve alone, and partnership working continues to present a way to unlock greater capacity through working together.

Within this interactive in-person session, we explore the opportunities which collaboration can bring, as well as the key risks and hurdles which must be overcome to achieve genuine additionality through mergers and partnerships.

For some providers, it will be impossible to continue as stand-alone organisations in light of increasing financial and operational pressures, and we have already begun to see “rescue scenarios” emerging within the sector. We will also be looking at what issues providers need to be looking at if considering stepping in to assist another association in these circumstances.


Topics Covered:

  •  The spectrum of collaboration options;
  •  Recent merger activity in the sector and potential lessons to be learned;
  •  Getting the “why” right;
  •  Reputational matters;
  •  Regulatory requirements, including in relation to resident engagement, accessibility and transparency;
  •  The role of the board and good governance;
  •  The important of culture and alignment; and
  •  Key risks and top tips.


Campbell Tickell:

CT Partner, David Williams, will be speaking at the event.


22 Mar 2023


9:30 am - 12:30 pm




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  • David Williams
    David Williams
    Partner, Campbell Tickell

    David is a Partner and leads the practice on Mergers and Acquisiton, Stock Rationalisation and growth strategies. A housing professional for 35 years, David has worked for a number of large RPs in the sector at Chief Executive and Executive Director level. Until recently David has been a Board member of a number of organisations both in the UK and Ireland, including RPs and ALMOs.

    Since joining Campbell Tickell in 2011, David has focused primarily on supporting organisations on M&A strategies either as strategic adviser, lead adviser, critical friend, and integration lead. Acknowledged as a sector leader in this business area, David has supported over 65 partnerships, many of which successfully formed new Groups. More recently, David has also lead the practice on Stock Rationalisation. A growing area of CT’s sector offer, David has led teams supporting the largest transactions in the sector by both scale and value providing advice on sourcing opportunities, bid planning, financial assessment, and project support.

    David has supported housing organisations in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.

    He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has a BA(Hons) degree in Housing Studies from Sheffield Hallam University.