Making Places Last – Sustainable Homes and Communities #MAKINGPLACESLAST

£0.00£240.00 inc VAT

Making Places Last is the 4th in a series of successful annual events focusing on Sustainable Homes and Communities. We aim to attract both the buyers and sellers , bringing together a wide variety of product and service providers who collaborate to deliver low carbon, sustainable communities operating in a circular economy. Our target audience is anyone who wants to learn the art of the possible in the provision of innovative solutions that will ensure we do not perpetuate mistakes we have made in the past but build communities that will be fit for purpose in 60 to 100 years time. Change is happening at a revolutionary speed. We explore how change can be delivered and seek to energise the revolution.


The following speakers are already confirmed

Beverley Nielsen Director BCU – Chair
Ben Harding Corporate Development Director SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
Gerrard Fisher OSA Partners LLP
Dr David Greenfield Co-organiser and Mentor Circular Economy Club
Prof Peter Slater University of Birmingham
Thomas Fell The Green Kilo
Paul Dockerill Director of Energy and Programme Management whg ( Walsall Housing Group)

More speakers to be announced shortly

We are looking for key sponsors to support the event. The sponsorship package will include

  • Speaker Slot
  • Logo on all marketing materials before and at the event Programme Newsletters, Flyers, Website etc
  • Lead article in Making Places Last Newsletter
  • An information table. We build large amounts of time into the event schedule for networking which is a key objective and hopefully helps break down silo isolation. Information tables provide the opportunity to display Exhibition materials, distribute promotional material, have a video display etc etc
  • Option to become a member of the event Project Advisory Group

In 2017 the RSA became involved in the event for the first time. As a result, we reduced our event to a half day conference, followed by lunch and the a RSA in ConveRSAtion led by Susan Harris, Chair of the RSA’s Sustainability Network. In 2018 the RSA workshop will explore how the revolution highlighted in the conference can be energised and what barriers stand in its way. We hope sponsors will engage in the RSA workshop.

For more information on sponsoring/exhibiting /attending please contact
David Middleton 0121 444 2683/07815 531 660 or
Jacqui Staunton 07866 552 833




Event Details

Date: November 07, 2018

Start time: 09:00

End time: 15:30

Venue: MAC Birmingham

Directions: The MAC is located in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, opposite Edgbaston County Cricket Ground on Edgbaston Road (off A441 Pershore Road and A38 Bristol Road) - Further details can be found at

Phone: 07866552833


Registration, refreshments and exhibition
09:30 - 10:45
Session 1
10:45- 11:15
Refreshments , Networking & Exhibition
11:15 - 13:00
Session 2
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
RSA in ConveRSAtion - 'World Cafe' - Interactive facilitated discussion

Speaker Name: Beverley Nielsen

Job Title: Director

Company Name: BCU Birmingham City University

Speaker Biography:

Beverley Nielsen is Director of the Institute for Design & Economic Acceleration, IDEA, at Birmingham City University, where she has worked for the past decade as Director Employer Engagement amongst other roles. Beverley stood earlier this year as the Lib Dem Candidate for West Midlands Metro Mayor. Previously she worked as MD, Fired Earth, and Director FTSE-250 business, AGA Rangemaster plc, as well as being CEO Heart of England Tourist Board and Director, CBI West Midlands. She served as a County Councillor in Worcestershire, and is currently Chairman of Outdoor Elements, the Midlands Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Cluster, Director of ART Business Loans and Associate Fellow, WMG, the University of Warwick. She has written about sustainable, inclusive economies as creating our own Self Made Place and co-authored the book, published by Palgrave Macmillan, Re-designing Manufacturing, re-imagining the business of making in the UK with Prof Michael Beverland and economist Vicky Pryce.

Speaker Name: Paul Dockerill

Job Title: Director of Energy and Programme Management

Company Name: whg ( Walsall Housing Group)

Speaker Biography:

Paul is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Chartered Environmentalist. Is currently Director of Energy & Programme Management at whg and is responsible for their energy strategy. Has a passion to eradicate Fuel Poverty and support regional innovation and believes micro and secure sustainable energy development should be led by the West Midlands creating a heart to manufacturing renewable innovation opportunities

Speaker Name: Ben Harding

Job Title: Corporate Development Director

Company Name: SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

Speaker Biography:

Ben Harding, Corporate Development Director at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK is responsible for all aspects of private sector business development, with most recent focus on the manufacturing, retail and food and beverage sectors.

With over 17 years of experience in the waste and resource management industry, Ben has a wealth of experience in private and public sectors business development.

Prior to his latest appointment Ben held the role of General Manager for Material Sourcing covering business in East Anglia, the Midlands and the North West. Before joining SUEZ in 2011, Ben worked for Sterecycle, Entec UK and Waste Recycling Group.

Speaker Name: David Greenfield

Job Title: Co-organiser and Mentor

Company Name: Circular Economy Club - London

Speaker Biography:

David is the Managing Director of SOENECS, the independent environmental research and innovation practice he set up in 2014 following 15 years in leadership roles in local and regional government. SOENECS provides strategic advice and support to the public and private sectors and specialises in the fields of creation and support of innovation, circular economy, waste management, resource management, renewable deployment & partnership delivery.

In the last two years David has co-created and is managing:
• The Department for Transport (DfT) funded research project “Pothole Spotter” – using existing assets (RCVs’) to prevent potholes
• “Tech-Takeback” – a partnership between SOENECS, Freegle, EraseMydata and Brighton & Hove City Council
• “The Hove Trinity Trust” - a revolving fund for investment in energy efficiency and community access in churches in Hove
• “Brighton & Hove Eco Dinner Club” – action based networking club

David is also the London “Circular Economy Club” co-organiser, non-executive Director of CIWM enterprises, Trustee and Director of Freegle, Chair of the ICE Resource Management Panel, Delivery Director for the Diocese of Chichester Energy Stewardship Programme and advisor and past chair to the National Waste Network Chairs (WNC).

He is a Chartered Waste Manager, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and a Chartered Environmentalist.

Speaker Name: Gerrard Fisher

Job Title: Partner - Circular Business

Company Name: QSA Partners

Presentation Synopsis: Gerrard's presentation will share learning from his work, bust some myths about circular economy and provide tips on how you can develop circular economy in your business.

Speaker Biography:

QSA Partners are circular economy business model experts and have helped a wide range of businesses implement new, more circular models that generate more profit. Examples range from Argos to Samsung, and Mujo to Riversimple. Gerrard has worked on circular business model development for ten years, showing large and small companies how to find and create new value for customers by improving their service and product offers.