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Making Places Last – Sustainable Homes and Communities

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As our population grows, changes, demands more and generates more waste, so our communities will have to be different if they are to be low carbon and sustainable. We explore not what communities of the future might look like but what is happening right now to deliver change.
From the provision of homes, mobility and food, to recycling and materials management, to sourcing environmental and sustainable products, to a different way of supplying energy, we hear examples of what is happening now to make places that last.


Beverley Nielsen (Chairman) Director, BCU (Birmingham City University)
David Middleton Former CEO UK BCSD and MEBC and joint event organiser
Paul Dockerill Director Business Development, whg (Walsall Housing Group)
Neil Baldwin Head of Social Housing, Reconomy
Stef Stewart Regional Director, Graftons International – Buildbase
Adrian Gault Acting Chief Executive, Climate Change Committee
D. J. Clemson Secretary, UN Principle Responsible Management Education
Dr Samuel E. Ewell III Project leader, Co-op Futures
Dr Noha Nassar Director Mela Social Enterprise
Geoff Henderson Director Urban Hax
Marcus O'Kane Water Resources and Catchments Lead Severn Trent
Mike Leonard CEO Building Alliance
Who should Attend?

Policy Makers, Social Housing Providers, Energy/Sustainability/Estate Managers/Advisors in the Public/Private/Education & Third Sector and suppliers of low carbon sustainable products and services.


For more information contact David Middleton 0121 444 2683/07815 531 660 or
Jacqui Staunton 07866 552 833



Event Details

Date: November 01, 2017

Start time: 09:00

End time: 14:00

Venue: MAC Birmingham

Directions: 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: 07855662833


Speaker Name: Chair - 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 Business Development

Company Name: whg ( Walsall Housing Group)

Speaker Name: Neil Baldwin

Job Title: Head of Social Housing

Company Name: Reconomy

Speaker Biography:

Entering the world of waste management after a failed football career over 14 years ago, Neil has gone from working out of Hazardous Landfills to his present position of specialising in the Social Housing Sector.  Having worked for a spectrum of various treatment facilities and now working in outsourced waste management, Neil has gained experience in all areas of waste.  Having now found his niche area in Social Housing, Neil heads up the Reconomy Social Housing Division and provides waste management solutions to clients such as Walsall Housing Group (Partnered via Grafton’s) and Mears in the Midlands area, as well as a large number of clients Nationwide.  Neil is a CIWM Qualified Waste Smart Trainer and is presently studying a degree in Business Management.
Neil is married to Abigail and has 3 children under the age of 8 keeping him on his toes outside of work.

Speaker Name: Stef Stewart

Job Title: Regional Director

Company Name: Graftons International

Speaker Name: Adrian Gault

Job Title: Acting Chief Executive

Company Name: Climate Change Committee

Speaker Name: David J Clemson

Job Title: Secretary

Company Name: UN Principle Responsible Management Education

Speaker Name: Dr Samuel E Ewell III

Job Title: Project Leader

Company Name: Co-op Futures

Speaker Name: Dr Noha Nassar

Job Title: Director

Company Name: Mela Social Enterprise

Presentation Title: Housing or Neighbourhoods? The future of places for people.

Speaker Biography:

Noha is a passionate architect, urban designer, academic and consultant who believes that community-based solutions to urban design and heritage can build a strong identity of place and bring people together. She is the Founding Director of MELA Social Enterprise. Over her career Noha has written a range of courses to meet the needs of professionals and communities. She has been actively involved in finding creative ways to engage with cultural diversity in areas of urban change where community cohesion makes social, cultural and economic sense. She has held several academic Director posts and held two international Post-doctoral Fellowships. She co-edits the Journal, Urban Design International. Noha is the author of the award-winning book ‘Bridging Cultures: the guide to social innovation in cosmopolitan cities’ and editor of the recent book ‘Connections: 12 approaches to relationship-based placemaking’ – a coproduction with MELAssociates. You can visit the MELA website at

Speaker Name: Marcus O'Kane

Job Title: Warer Resources and Catchments Lead

Company Name: Severn Trent Water

Speaker Name: Geoff Henderson

Job Title: Director

Company Name: Urban Hax

Speaker Name: Mike Leonard

Job Title: CEO

Company Name: Building Alliance