Climate Change Turning Consequences into Solutions #ClimateChangeBirmingham19

£0.00£360.00 inc VAT

After a hugely successful event in 2018 with 180 + registered , we are looking forward to an equally successful event in 2019, with over 120 already registered we are hopeful of reaching our target of 200. Climate Change is most definitely on the agenda following last December's UN dire warning that global warming could reach 1.5 degrees C increase over pre industrialisation temperatures by 2030. That's just 11 years from now – it really is time to act


This conference will consider:


What are the consequences of climate change – what are the implications for business , what are the threats? What are the opportunities? & How will it impact on our daily lives and quality of life?
We will look at examples of activity already taking place in the public and private sector and hear from the West Midlands Combined Authority on their commitment to action.


Our programme of specialist subject speakers plus representatives of key business sectors is almost complete. They will tell us how they expect +1.5 degrees will affect us all – and how they are taking action now


Programme – Morning

Welcome – Professor Rashid Gatrad, OBE Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands & leader of the WASUP project
Chair – Beverley Nielsen Executive Director of the Institute of Design and Economic Acceleration at Birmingham City University
The consequences of Climate Change
John Firth
Co-founder and CEO of Acclimatise
Liz Parkes Deputy Director Climate Change & Business Services, Environment Agency

Companies and Organisations Taking Action

Paul Dockerill Director of Energy and Programme Management , whg
Paul Nicol Director of AMC, whg
Dr Paul Brooks Group Director; Health, Safety & Environment, Tata Group
Nicky Philpott Director, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
Michael Addison Director, Eco Birmingham
Clayton Shaw Programme Manager, STEAMhouse , Birmingham City University
Dr Chris Martin Co Founder, Footsteps – Faiths for a Low Carbon Future
Harvir Sahota Managing Director Mahirs Experience
Kate Cooper CEO Birmingham Food Council
Tom Bradley External Affairs Manager Cadent Gas
Katie Hale President Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce

The Way Forward – Open Discussion

How do we increase real action in the West Midlands to respond to the climate change challenge ?
Where is the voice of business in the region ? Can business and community based groups work better together to accelerate a better response to climate change?”

led by

Michaela Wright Head of Corporate Sustainability HSBC UK Bank plc
Professor Martin Freer Director Birmingham Energy Institute, University of Birmingham

Summary and Call to Action

Chris Crean Regional Campaigner Friends of the Earth

We are grateful to Sue Riddlestone OBE, CEO and Co-founder Bioregional who has undertken to take to the Westminister Government any calls upon them emanating from our event.

This not-for-profit event offers free attendance for delegates however to cover our costs we are looking for 1 final sponsor, with a story to tell re their company's involvement with sustainability and solutions to climate change who will get the opportunity to join the prestigous panel of speakers (£1,000) and also have your logo on all the marketing materials for this successful and inciteful event. If you want to find out more please do not hesitate to contact

Images from the 2018 event


Event Details

Date: November 06, 2019

Start time: 09:00

End time: 15:30

Venue: Tally Ho , Pershore Road Birmingham

Coordinates: 52.453089,-1.907984

Directions: Directions Thank you for booking your place on the Climate Change - Turning consequences into Solutions . 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.

Speaker Name: Beverley Nielsen

Job Title: Executive Director of the Institute of Design and Economic Acceleration

Company Name: Birmingham City University

Speaker Biography:

Our event chairman (for the third year), is an entrepreneur, educator and campaigner. She is executive director of the Institute of Design and Economic Acceleration at Birmingham City University. Her wide ranging business and commercial career has included, amongst much more, being a policy advisor for the CBI on non-tariff trade barriers in Europe, promoting in Brussels the views of British business in the early days of the European Community, working in New York for Vogue, and being regional director for CBI in the West Midlands.

Speaker Name: Professor Rashid Gatrad OBE

Job Title: Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands and leader of the WASUP campaign

Speaker Biography:

Professor Abdul Rashid Gatrad OBE DL is a consultant Paediatrician at the Manor Hospital in Walsall and also Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Universities of Kentucky (USA) and Wolverhampton. He is a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Science. For services to children in the West Midlands he was awarded an OBE. For halving death rate in new born babies, and much more, he was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Walsall. He has provided humanitarian aid to over 20 countries and has built a hospital in Gujarat where Cleft, breast, limb and cataract operations are carried out. In May 2017 he was awarded the Life time achievement award by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child health. The Queen recognised all this and his global charity work, by making him a Deputy Lieutenant to Her Lord Lieutenant in 2014. In 2017 he founded WASUP – World Against Single Use Plastic

Speaker Name: John Firth

Job Title: Co-founder and CEO

Company Name: Acclimatise

Speaker Biography:

John has over 25 years’ experience in assessing the impacts of climate change. Prior to Acclimatise he worked in the UK water sector for Severn Trent Water, where he led their strategic business planning team, with responsibilities for water resource, water supply and waste water planning, and environmental consenting.
John co-founded Acclimatise with Dr Richenda Connell in 2004. Acclimatise has now worked on nearly 400 adaptation and resilience projects in over 80 countries, for both the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience of integrating climate change into business decision-making and risk management processes. He has a particular expertise in the impacts of climate change on SMEs, multi-national corporates and their supply-chains and the financial services sectors (risks and opportunities); and is actively engaged on work related to the ‘Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures’ (TCFD). John has worked extensively on country National Adaptation Plans developing the linkages between non-state actors, government and politicians to create shared agendas for policy reform. John is also interested in the legal implications for business, disclosure of information to investors, the mobilisation of private-sector finance, climate funding in developing countries, and the integration of adaptation/resilience into national policy making.
John has worked on projects in Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Australia, South and South-East Asia for banks, governments, insurers, investors, development partners, and the private sector.
He has published numerous articles in professional journals and appeared as a speaker at conferences throughout the world. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning and a Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Decision Making. John is a member of several professional associations: Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI), Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS), and a Member of the American Meteorological Society. In 2013 John was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world on environmental investing and policy making by the Journal of Environmental Investing.
Acclimatise was one of the seven founding partners of the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA) which was launched at COP 23 and has now become the Global Center of Adaptation. John worked closely with the Netherlands Government, chairing the Implementation Group during the GCECA’s first year and was a member of the GCECA’s Governing Board. John is an active member of the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment (GARI) working group and is an expert advisor to the Climate Bonds Initiative Adaptation Resilience Working Group, the EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy Expert Group, the Global Commission on Adaptation, and Winrock International's Private Investment for Enhanced Resilience (PIER) programme.

Speaker Name: Liz Parkes

Job Title: Deputy Director Climate Change & Business Services

Company Name: Environment Agency

Speaker Biography:

Liz leads a broad portfolio of work across the Environment Agency with a focus on enhancing our resilience to a changing climate. This has included support to Government’s Green Finance Task Force on securing resilient investment and establishing a Climate Ready service to support public and private organisations in climate proofing their future.

Liz combines extensive regulatory experience with the ability to think creatively and strategically about the future and to engage others in that journey. Liz works closely with Defra and BEIS on climate adaptation and mitigation including on the Country’s preparedness for exiting the EU. She oversees UK implementation of the emissions trading and energy efficiency schemes on behalf of BEIS and the UK Air Quality Monitoring network for Defra. Liz leads on a range of cross cutting issues for the Environment Agency, including on public health and air quality. Until recently she managed the organisations work on environmental incidents, as well as initiating thinking on how to stimulate new sources of investment in the environment. Liz is a passionate champion for employee wellbeing and has lead a number of change initiatives. Liz was previously Head of Waste and Resources at the Agency, and prior to that she worked in local government and for the Tidy Britain Group. Liz now lives and works in Bristol where the Agency’s headquarters are based.

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: Paul Nicol

Job Title: Director of AMC

Company Name: whg (Walsall Housing Group)

Speaker Biography:

With over 20 years experience working within the construction industry, Paul has managed and driven large-scale multi-million pound projects through to much lesser schemes. Specialising in all levels of projects; varying from project award through to delivery. He is prepared to, and actively challenges strategic business objectives in order to search for more innovative ways of operating.
Paul is a passionate, collective individual who never appears to stand still for long, whilst driving him and others. On delivering major changes and drivers in the construction and manufacturing industry, he’s acknowledged as an active innovator in his field.
In 2016, Paul was signposted by the Black Country Growth Hub to attend the prestigious ‘Growth Builder’ programme, aimed specifically at high-growth business leaders. The London founded programme, initiated by PWC, RBS and NatWest Bank, was designed by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, and attracted participants from across the UK. This programme was the first of its kind to work collaboratively with universities, UK Corporates and Governmental departments. The programme was established to help British businesses move onto the next platform of growth and scale up. The educational programme was supported through a network of ambitious high net worth business leaders across diverse sectors.
As a Competitiveness Advisory Board Member for the Black Country LEP, Paul supports core decision making with the aim of identifying and promoting growth within the development of the region’s economic, social and physical infrastructure. He also supported the launch and delivery of the innovative supply chain portal HVM City that enables regional businesses to register and connect.
Being an influential, customer-focused leader where he collaboratively works with key stakeholders to deliver businesses and projects. In June 2017, Paul won ‘Business Person of the Year’ at the Nachural Summer Ball Business Awards.
Paul is currently the Director of AMC (Advanced Methods of Construction) at whg. whg are a leading midlands based housing provider that own and manage over 21,000 homes. whg pride itself and its strong commitments that are dedicated to the success of our people and places. Paul’s role is to cultivate a supply chain using AMC that can be fed into the development programme for whg, with sustainable growth, low impact housing

Speaker Name: Dr Paul Brooks

Job Title: Group Director; Health, Safety & Environment

Company Name: Tata Group

Speaker Biography:

Dr Paul Brooks is currently Group Director, Health, Safety & Environment for Tata Steel.

Originally from South Wales in the UK, he has a B.Eng (Hons) in Biochemical Engineering from Swansea University; a Ph.D in Energy Conservation/Heat Transfer from the University of the West of England in Bristol and an MBA from Warwick University. He also holds a postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Health & Safety from Oxford Brookes University. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist and a Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Dr Brooks is currently the chairman of the World Steel Association Safety & Health Committee. He is also a member and past chairman of the World Steel Association Environment Committee, a past chairman of the Eurofer Environment Committee & a founding member of the Tata Sons Climate Change Committee.

In addition to his role at Tata Steel he was previously a Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) UK and is currently a Director of Ravenscraig Limited; a JV between Tata Steel, Scottish Enterprise & Wilson Bowden, set up in order to redevelop & regenerate the former Ravenscraig steelworks site in Scotland. He is also a past president of the Lincolnshire Iron & Steel Institute.

Speaker Name: Nicky Philpott

Job Title: Director

Company Name: UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

Speaker Biography:

The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change is a coalition of the UK's major health institutions who have come together to ensure that public health is improved as climate change is tackled. Nicky joined the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change as Director in January 2019 developing and implementing its strategic direction. She previously worked in various UK charities including the NSPCC and Age UK, leading on external affairs, campaigning and fundraising. Before joining UKHACC, she was Director of Advocacy and Engagement at the Ramblers, where she led efforts to open up cities, towns and the countryside for walkers.

Speaker Name: Clayton Shaw

Job Title: Programme Manager STEAMhouse

Company Name: Birmingham City University

Speaker Biography:

Clayton is responsible for overall project delivery of STEAMhouse (Phase 1) and works closely with the team on areas of capital development, financial management, programme design and delivery, marketing and PR, strategic partnerships, research collaborations, and sector development.
STEAMhouse is a creative innovation centre in Digbeth, Birmingham, UK, with the aim of brokering collaborative relationships between businesses, academics, arts and creative industries to support innovation and prototyping activity for social and economic benefit. The centre will demonstrate how arts and creativity can be combined with STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) to drive innovation, skills, research, and economic growth.
Prior to this he was Associate Director at Sampad, a Birmingham based South Asian arts development organisation, Combined Arts Officer at Arts Council England, Cultural Partnerships Officer at Birmingham City Council, and Events Officer at the Herbert Arts Gallery in Coventry.
He is a passionate advocate of arts and culture and is particularly interested in the interplay between arts, science, technology, and engineering. He currently occupies board director positions for Culture Spectrum, the Whitworth Wallis Trust, and The Other Way Works, Prior to that he was a board director of Moby Duck, and founding board director of Culture Central.

Clayton is a postgraduate of Fine Art, University of Central England (now BCU), and a Masters graduate in European Cultural Policy and Management, University of Warwick. He was also an honorary research fellow at the University of Birmingham in the College of Art and Law.

Speaker Name: Michael Addison

Job Title: Director

Company Name: Eco Birmingham

Speaker Biography:

Michael is responsible for setting the vision of ecobirmingham and making connections across the sectors to help the city become as sustainable as possible. The current focus is on tackling air pollution, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and minimising the impact on the planet. He is also the current chair of the Greener Birmingham Coalition.

ecobirmingham is a charity dedicated to creating a city where air pollution is a thing of the past, not a current problem. A city that is powered by renewable energy and where homes are energy efficient. A city that always reduces, then re-uses, then recycles what it consumes. A city where we have access to nature and can learn about our place in the world. A city whose citizens demand a better approach from businesses such as tackling unnecessary plastic waste. A city we can all be proud of and which leads the way in how to live a simpler life with respect for the planet.

Prior to this he was a Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, Midlands and has a long career running cultural, educational and community organisations in Yorkshire, Bristol and the Midlands.
He is a passionate advocate of the role that arts and culture can play in engaging people in the climate change agenda.

Speaker Name: Dr Chris Martin

Company Name: Footsteps for a Low Carbon Future

Speaker Biography:

Chris Martin is one of the founders when Footsteps - Faiths for a Low Carbon Future which was formed in 2015 in the run up to the Paris Climate Summit. He originally worked in the steel tube industry before joining what became the UCE Business School, completing a PhD in SME knowledge management in 2002. Having experienced the decline of Birmingham’s traditional manufacturing and the city's regeneration based on service and knowledge based industries, Chris is now excited being involved in Birmingham’s next transition - to a Net Zero Carbon city by 2030, or as soon afterwards as a just transition allows. He is the faith communities’ representative on the Council’s climate emergency task force.

Speaker Name: Harvir Sahota

Job Title: Managing Director

Company Name: Mahirs Experience

Speaker Biography:

Harvir Sahota is the founder and Managing Director of Mahirs Experience, the regions premier authentic Indian catering company specialising in both private and corporate events.
A former winner of the Outstanding Small Business of the Year (The Asian Business Chamber of Commerce) and The Best Employer (British Asian Hafta), Harvir is passionate about all aspects of the catering and events industry and is committed to growing Mahirs Experience whilst at the same time helping those closest to him to also develop & grow.

Having graduated from university with honours in Business and Information Technology, more recently Harvir successfully completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 businesses programme run by Aston Business School and Tony Robbins' Exclusive Program for Entrepreneurs, Business Mastery’. Harvir was also recently invited to 10 Downing Street to celebrate Diwali as part of an exclusive delegation from the region and in recognition of his work.

A believer in personal growth and development, Harvir is currently working on developing a catering academy with a range of apprenticeships and qualifications which will be available for those who are interested in pursuing a career in catering & hospitality, including local disadvantaged young adults.

Harvir has also formed The Mahirs Foundation with one of its key objectives to raise money for local lesser known charities and social enterprises. Since 2014 The Mahirs Foundation has raised thousands of pounds each year for an adopted charity. The charities adopted each year are chosen and voted for by employees of Mahirs Experience. The charities that Mahirs have helped so far include those specialising in helping with domestic abuse, substance abuse, autism, breast cancer, mental health & problem gambling.

At the time of launching The Mahirs Foundation Harvir stated, “As a business grows, so does its impact on the world and the environment around us. At Mahirs we are aware of this and we aim to minimise our impact on the environment and use our resources to give something back to the community. Part of Mahirs’ values is that we invest in people whilst also helping those in need.”

Speaker Name: Kate Cooper

Company Name: Birmingham Food Council

Speaker Biography:

The work of Birmingham Food Council currently focusses on three challenges: food and the economy, food safety, integrity and assurance and the strategic challenges associated with food security. Regarding the third of these, they’ve developed The Game, a scenarios process to inform and support decision-makers about food security risk and resilience.
Most of Kate’s earlier working life was designing and leading interesting projects
with blue-chip clients. She was also subject leader for innovation at the Warwick
Manufacturing Group for several years. With hindsight, she realises these
experiences set her up neatly to cajole a posse of regional scientists and others to contribute to a Birmingham 2050 Scenarios Project (2011-14) which explored
possible food futures for the city.
This project generated several spin-offs. Arguably the most fun was The Hand That Feeds: A musical about food crime (think rock opera meets Greek chorus meets community choir meets jazz) with its premiere in the Bullring one sunny Saturday afternoon in May 2016. Arguably the most important was the request from Birmingham Public Health to set up a Birmingham Food Council, which she
established as a CIC in March 2014.

Speaker Name: Tom Bradley

Job Title: External Affairs Manager

Company Name: Cadent Gas

Speaker Biography:

Tom is responsible for Cadent’s interactions with key local and national stakeholders. In his role, he works closely with local authorities, LEPs, trade bodies and business groups to help support and develop regional energy strategies. He is also responsible for engaging with Government, and works closely with politicians and civil servants on key issues, such as energy security, decarbonisation and the future of transport.

Prior to joining Cadent, Tom worked as a Public Affairs Consultant in London and Brussels. During this time he worked with high profile clients across a range of sectors, including Moody’s; Shell; WH Smith’s; Cemex; Autogas; Coventry City of Culture; UK Power Networks; Western Power Distribution; and, the Civil Aviation Authority. In particular, he specialised in energy, transport, air quality and Brexit related issues. He provided strategic advice to clients on how best to engage with Westminster, Whitehall, local and devolved government, and regulators; as well as the institutions of the European Union.

Tom previously served as a senior adviser to a Member of Parliament. He has also worked for the ECR Group’s Transport Spokesperson in the European Parliament, as well as for a UK political party. He graduated from the University of York with a degree in Politics with International Relations.

Speaker Name: Katie Hale

Job Title: President

Company Name: Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce

Speaker Name: Michaela Wright

Job Title: Head of Corporate Sustainability

Company Name: HSBC UK Bank plc

Speaker Name: Professor Martin Freer

Job Title: Director Birmingham Energy Institute

Company Name: University of Birmingham

Speaker Biography:

The Birmingham Energy Institute is the focal point for the University of Birmingham and its partners in the West Midlands, to create change in the way we deliver, consume and think about energy. The Institute harnesses expertise from across the University to deliver co-ordinated research and education, and develop regional, national and global partnerships to create technology and policy solutions to address energy challenges. With our national and international collaborators, from both academia and industry, we are helping to define the landscape for the future.

Speaker Name: Chris Crean

Job Title: Regional Campaigner - West Midlands

Company Name: Friends of the Earth

Speaker Biography:

Chris Crean is Friends of the Earth’s regional campaigner for the West Midlands. Based at Birmingham FOE’s iconic building on Allison St, Digbeth home to The Warehouse Café, Sprocket Cycles, Brum Radio and Well Rooted Foods to name but a few along with meeting rooms to hire and flexible working space, he is a networker and a sign poster to environmental issues across the region. While a master of nothing he might know a little about a lot which might just might help you to start to take on the environmental challenge that confronts you today. .

Chris lives in Brum and can be seen in cafes, pubs n parks as well as on a pushbike or at Moseley Road baths on his way into work in the morning.