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 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? .


Beverley Nielsen Director BCU – Chair
Keynote Speaker Maciej Korbasiewicz – CEO Bolix S.A.
Ben Harding Corporate Development Director SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
Simone Hindmarch Managing Director Commercial
Stephen Gapik MD UK and Ireland Soltherm External Wall Insulation
Gerrard Fisher Partner, Circular Business Models QSA Partners LLP
Debbie Ward 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 Independent Sustainabiliy Advisor
Gavin Coull Senior Client Representative North West Cambridge Development
Carolina Karlstrom Ecoed Associate Jade Advisory Ltd
Jono Adams Associate Director Anthesis
Monique Seth Partner Conigital
Susan Harris Chair RSA Sustainability Network
see further details of the speakers on the speaker TAB below

The Ecoed Student Session

During this 1 hour session, students will be invited to reflect on what they’ve seen and heard so far at the conference – and what they know about the sustainability issues of our times – and create their own “pledge” or call to action in the shape of a video, a poster/banner, or any other creative form that can be viralised through social media. They will hear from the successful brand builder and environmentalist – Simon Jordan – on how to create an ecocampaign, and they will experiment with creating a proposal that will be exposed to the other conference participants

Please contact David Middleton if you wish to take up this opportunity to bring students to the event – there is no cost


The Ecoed Challenge


Ecoed are also running a 7 days online challenge, where conference participants will be able to use an online tool to contribute to the practical data-based research on environmental footprint knowledge and action. Your participation is crucial, the more data we have, the better! Plus the top 3 participants will win an eco-prize! The results of the research will be presented at the Conference.


Please sign up below before October 12th to participate


The challenge will take place from 15th – 22nd of October.


For more information on 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
09:00 - 10:45
Paul Dockerill Walsall Housing Group, Jono Adams Anthesis, Stephen Gapik Soltherm External Insulations, Ben Harding SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK, Debbie Ward Circular Economy Club, Gerrard Fisher QSA Partners LLP, Simone Hindmarch Commercial
10:45- 11:15
Refreshments , Networking & Exhibition
11:15 - 13:00
Monique Seth Conigital Group, Gavin Coull North West Cambridge Development, Mike Leonard Building Alliance, Tom Pell The Clean Kilo, Peter Braithwaite Independant Sustainability Advisor, Carolina Karlstrom Jade Advisory (for Ecoed), Professor Peter Slater University of Birmingham, Susan Harris RSA Sustainability Network
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: Keynote Speaker - Maciej Korbasiewicz

Job Title: CEO

Company Name: Bolix

Speaker Biography:

A graduate of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science, a participant of the American Management Association Program, USA. He has gained international experience of management, having had successful senior leadership roles in Poland, Japan and USA. He has worked for a number of large corporate organisations include Taiyo Electric Co., Taiyo Poland, HOBAS POLSKA, Amitech USA and latterly Since 2009, President of the Management Board of Bolix S.A. and Soltherm Ltd. Bolix is a subsidiary of the Berger Group, a £1bn revenue paints manufacturer based in India. Maciej is married to Ewa, has grown up children which gives him the time to follow his second love of golf.

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

Job Title: Managing Director

Company Name: Commercial

Speaker Biography:

Simone went into business with her brother Arthur and his university friend Alastair in 1991. Previously, Simone and Arthur’s father ran a thriving stationery and office equipment group, but sadly, just as it was gearing up for growth, the recession of the late 80s hit. The company was put into receivership in 1991, so Simone, Arthur and Alastair stepped up to the challenge and relaunched as Commercial. At that time, they focused exclusively on business-to-business stationery, copiers and office furniture, starting life in a one-room, one-phone office.

Arthur had already been working in his father’s business, but Simone had to make some sacrifices. She’d been competing as an international swimmer since the age of 15, winning two gold medals in the World Student Games and another for the UK at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. After the Commonwealth Games, she embarked on a career in fashion but this had to be cut short when she was asked to join Commercial full time. The personal strength and tenacity she’d developed in her sport ultimately played a fundamental role in the company’s future success.

Fast forward 27 years to 2018, and the business now employs almost 300 people across three locations and offers a broad portfolio including IT services, managed print services, print, workwear, interiors and technology as well as office supplies. The three founders are still at the helm, and their personal characteristics are very much evident in the business.

Simone was responsible for steering the business ethos towards a more sustainable stance following her ‘Al Gore moment’ in 2006. After attending one of his An Inconvenient Truth lectures with longstanding client Sky, she arranged company-wide viewings of the documentary version and persuaded the Board that ‘sustainability and profitability had to go hand-in-hand’.

It was a critical turning point. Since those early days of C02 reduction, Commercial has made the transition to a leading light of sustainable business in the UK. This was firmly underlined in 2018 when the business won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

Today, environmental aspects of sustainability are still at the forefront of Commercial’s agenda. It’s currently in the early stages of an ambitious programme to eradicate single-use plastic from the supply chain, and it continues to take part in ground-breaking trials of low-emission delivery vehicles. But social sustainability takes an equal footing. In 2014, the business founded a social enterprise, Commercial Foundation, to help disadvantaged young people develop personal resilience and practical workplace skills via its NoLimits programme.

Commercial Foundation is close to becoming self-sufficient, thanks to the success of its print offering, We Do. Print where the young people benefit from life-changing work experience opportunities. Recently, the Commercial Foundation model has evolved again offering young people the chance to develop valuable technology skills. They work with IT Schools Africa to overhaul and upgrade computer equipment that Commercial IT Services’ clients no longer require after systems upgrades. The computers are then shipped to Africa where they enrich the learning opportunities of schoolchildren.

Simone recently took on the new role of Managing Director at Commercial, to focus her efforts as the business heads towards its £100m milestone target. Her achievements are testament to the fact that when strong values and strong business sense work in unison, the results can be transformational.

Speaker Name: Stephen Gapik

Job Title: MD ( UK and Ireland)

Company Name: Soltherm External Insulations

Presentation Synopsis: Exploiting business opportunity and expansion through long-term and ethical relationships with customers and business partners

Speaker Name: Debbie Ward

Job Title: CEC Mentor

Company Name: Circular Economy Club

Speaker Name: Gerrard Fisher

Job Title: Partner - Circular Business Models

Company Name: QSA Partners LLP

Presentation Title: Making change happen: Case studies of circular business models in action

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

Presentation Title: Ensuring resilience in the built environment

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 Coull

Job Title: Senior Client Representative

Company Name: North West Cambridge Development, University of Cambridge

Speaker Name: Peter Braithwaite

Job Title: Independant Sustainability Advisor

Company Name:

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.

Speaker Name: Monique Seth

Job Title: CEO

Company Name: Conigital

Presentation Title: Transforming the mobility landscape to create jobs, growth, social impact and sustainability