Making Places Last – Sustainable Homes and Communities #MAKINGPLACESLAST

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Making Places Last is the 4th in a series of successful annual events focusing on Sustainable Homes and Communities. We will present Case study evidence that innovative products and solutions are available to ensure communities we are developing now will be low carbon, sustainable and functioning in a circular economy by 2030, the target date to meet the Sustainable Development Goals . We can stop perpetuating mistakes of the past that have led to Grenfell and continuing waste and polluting activities. We have the means to do so. We will bring together product and service providers from the myriad of sectors that can collaborate to deliver fit for purpose communities plus those responsible for ensuring we should have such communities in the future

We are delighted to incorporate an interactive RSA Sustainability Network 'World Cafe' workshop into the day's events which will explore issues arising from the presentations and question and test conclusions. With targets set for a transition away from fossil fuelled vehicles to clean and renewable energy systems; localised, renewable energy provision; a public rebellion against throw away plastic; the new world of information technology; moves towards localised food provision, we truly are experiencing a transformational revolution. How can we energise it? What hurdles stand in the way? .


The following speakers are already confirmed

Beverley Nielsen Director BCU – Chair
Ben Harding Corporate Development Director SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
Simone Hindmarch-Bye Managing Director Commercial Group
Gerrard Fisher OSA Partners LLP
Dr David Greenfield Co-organiser and Mentor Circular Economy Club
Prof Peter Slater University of Birmingham
Thomas Pell The Clean Kilo
Paul Dockerill Director of Energy and Programme Management whg ( Walsall Housing Group)
Mike Leonard CEO Building Alliance
Peter Braithwaite ex Head of Sustainability Olympic Delivery Authority’s Delivery Partner
London 2012 Olympic Park
Gavin Heaphy Construction Director North West Cambridge Development
Carolina Karlstrom Ecoed Associate Jade Advisory Ltd
Jono Adams Associate Director Anthesis

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
  • Option to become a member of the event Project Advisory Group

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


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Event Details

Date: November 07, 2018

Start time: 09:00

End time: 15:30

Venue: Tally Ho , Pershore Road Birmingham

Directions: By bus - National Express West Midlands routes 45 & 47 travel along the Pershore road and stop outside our venue. By train - New Street Station and Moor Street Station are both within easy commuting distance of our venue. ​Both stations provide have easy access to taxi ranks and bus services. By car - Our venue is situated just 4.3 miles off the Aston Expressway. After leaving the Expressway head South West along the A38, Keep right and continue down the Queensway (via the tunnels) passing Great Charles Street, Suffolk Street, and eventually hitting the main Bristol Street. At the Junction of Bristol Street and A4540 Belgrave Middleway turn left and take the 3rd exit at the roundabout on to the Pershore Road and continue for around 1.1 miles to reach our venue.

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 Sustainability Network in ConveRSAtion - 'World Cafe' - Interactive discussion facilitated by Susan Harris RSA Sustainability Network

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)

Presentation Synopsis: Changing role of social housing providers; need to work in partnership;new opportunities

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

Presentation Synopsis: Putting waste to good use

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: Simone Hindmarch-Bye

Job Title: Managing Director

Company Name: Commercial 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.

Speaker Name: Prof Peter Slater

Job Title: Professor of Materials Chemistry/Co- Director/ Steering Committee member

Company Name: University of Birmingham/Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage/Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials

Speaker Biography:

Peter Slater is Professor of Materials Chemistry, Co-Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, and member of the steering committee of the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials. Previously he worked at the University of Surrey and St. Andrews University. His research interests include the development of new materials for use in clean energy applications, such as fuel cells and lithium/sodium ion batteries, as well as strategies for the recycling and reuse of lithium ion batteries.

Speaker Name: Mike Leonard

Job Title: CEO

Company Name: Building Alliance

Speaker Biography:

Mike has 38 years in the building materials sector operating at Managing Director and CEO level for major producers
Mike is currently the CEO of the Building Alliance Community Interest Company. a not for profit organisation promoting construction in the UK and Europe and is the founder and leader of the “Get Britain Building” campaign.
The Building Alliance seeks to unite the diverse construction industry around the major opportunities that lie ahead including better regulation, resilient housing that offers comfort and safety to the occupier and the Digital Housing Revolution.
He is currently working with West Midlands Combined Authority and Birmingham City University on a major initiative to attract young people into the wider construction industry, improving apprentice and academic training as well as promoting the circular economy and the wider benefits of investing in the built environment.

Speaker Name: Tom Pell

Job Title: Founder

Company Name: The Clean Kilo

Speaker Biography:

‘I used to fill most of my days in a lab as a PhD chemist at a university in Melbourne, Australia. After completing this and returning to the UK, I aspired to work in the green chemistry sector with the hope of producing biofuels and solvents from domestic waste and plant matter. I decided, however, that this wouldn't have as much of a positive impact as I would want it to.
This, along with a growing realisation of how much plastic waste is produced from domestic sources alone, and no current way to solve it, led me to start working on this project. The Clean Kilo will be a shop where virtually no plastic packaging exists and where customers can bring their own reusable containers to fill with the products on sale - a concept which I first observed all over Australia.’

Speaker Name: Gavin Heaphy

Job Title: Construction Director

Company Name: North West Cambridge Development, University of Cambridge

Speaker Biography:

As Construction Director, Gavin has responsibility for all design, procurement and delivery of the project works. Gavin has a great deal of experience in the delivery of large and complex projects of varying nature, from commercial offices and business parks to research facilities and residential developments. Prior to joining the University Gavin was Operations Director at the Athletes Village for the London 2012 Olympics. Gavin is a Chartered Builder and holds a Master’s Degree in Project Management

Speaker Name: Peter Braithwaite

Job Title: Ex Head of Sustainability Olympic Delivery Authority’s Delivery Partner

Company Name: London 2012 Olympic Park

Speaker Biography:

Peter is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Environmentalist. With over 40 years of experience, predominantly in consultancy within the civil engineering industry, Peter is a recognised expert in sustainability and sustainable development of major infrastructure and regeneration projects. He has developed and delivered sustainability strategies for numerous major infrastructure and built environment projects and programmes internationally, including the London 2012 Olympic Park. As well as providing independent sustainability services, Peter has a part time role at the University of Birmingham leading a collaborative research project with local industry developing innovative low carbon materials from waste products

Speaker Name: Carolina Karlstrom

Job Title: Ecoed Associate

Company Name: Jade Advisory Ltd

Speaker Biography:

Carolina Karlstrom is an Associate of Ecoed Life. Ecoed Life is the first environmental education and behavioural change initiative that is fun and interactive and uses practical methodologies (such as the Ecoed game app) to bring about a more sustainable way of living.
She is also the founder and director of Jade Advisory Ltd., a sustainability consultancy creating space for change in organisations and communities, through strategic interventions, people and community engagement. Carolina’s broad knowledge of sustainability is the result of 20+ years of experience in the renewable energy sector and in leading strategic and professional sustainability roles.
Aiming to walk the talk and show how individual passion can create change, she leads the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) network in London. This is a grassroots network of change makers aiming to raise awareness, connect people and inspire to action towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
As if one MSc is not enough, Carolina has completed two; one in Engineering and one in Sustainability & Responsibility. She is a mother of two and she loves walking in nature (in fact her last MSc thesis was all about walking!). You can often find her hiking in the Chiltern Hills.

Speaker Name: Jono Adams

Job Title: Associate Director

Company Name: Anthesis

Presentation Title: City-focused low carbon pathway modelling

Presentation Synopsis: SCATTER (Setting City Area Targets and Trajectories for Emissions Reductions) - A tool to support cities to set emission reduction targets and define appropriate pathways to achieve compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement.

Speaker Biography:

Jono is a sustainability advisor with over 15 years of experience driving change in both the private and public sectors. He currently leads Anthesis’ Energy and Carbon team in the UK. He has a strong international background having worked extensively in Europe, Australia and South America. Previously, leading environmental due diligence and climate change services at KPMG, he advised a wide range of clients from Anglo American and Toshiba to the Civil Aviation Authority and the Conservative Party.

Jono started out as a change management consultant for Airbus and GKN before becoming a contaminated land and climate change consultant at ENVIRON. Jono is a member of IEMA and holds a degree in Environmental Science from Nottingham University.