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Making Places Last – Sustainable Homes and Communities #MAKINGPLACESLAST

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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.

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Beverley Nielsen (Chairman) Director, write my home work BCU (Birmingham City University)
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David Middleton Former CEO, extended problem solving purchase UK BCSD and MEBC and joint event organiser
Paul Dockerill Director Energy and Programme Management, application essay help whg (Walsall Housing Group)
Mike Leonard CEO, audison thesis th k3 orchestra price Building Alliance
Stef Stewart Regional Director, creative writing postgraduate uk Graftons International – Buildbase
Adrian Gault Acting Chief Executive, literature review ghost writer Climate Change Committee
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Neil Baldwin Head of Social Housing, Reconomy
Marcus O'Kane Water Resources and Catchments Lead, Severn Trent
David Bird CEO, Coop Energy
Monique Seth CEO, , Conigital Group
D. J. Clemson Secretary, UN Principle Responsible Management Education UK & Ireland
Dr Samuel E. Ewell III Social Enterprise Advisor, Co-op Futures
Dr Noha Nassar Director, Mela Social Enterprise
Susan Harris Chair RSA Sustainability Network
Geoff Henderson Director, Urban Hax

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


Registration , refreshments, exhibition , networking
09:30 - 10:45
Session 1 Chair Beverley Nielsen BCU, Gavid middleton Ex UKBCSD, & MEBC, Paul Dockerill whg, Mike Leonard Building Alliance, Stef Stewart Buildbase, Adtian Gault Committe on Climate Change
10.45 - 11:15
Refreshments , exhibition & networking
11:15 - 1:00
Neil Baldwin Reconomy, Marcus O'Kane Severn Trent Water, David Bird Co-op Energy, Monique Seth Conigital Group, David Clenson UN Principles for Responsible Management Education, Dr Samuel E Ewell III Coop Futures, Geoff Henderson Urban Hax, Noha Nasser Mela Associates, Susan Harris RSA Sustainability Network
1:00 - 2:00
Lunch, Exhibition &, Networking
2:00 - 3:30
RSA in ConvRSAtion with Sue Harris of the RSA Sustainability Network

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: David Middleton

Job Title: Former CEO

Company Name: UK BCSD & MEBC

Speaker Biography:

I retired in 2014 after 22 years as CEO of the MEBC, the Midlands environmental business network, and 13 years as CEO of the UK branch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. That same year my first novel, The Final Shah Mat, was published. That was followed in 2016 by the second, The Acionna Projects. The third, The Hwanung Solution, is to be launched in November 2017. All three are Bond-line adventures that aim to entertain but also inform the readers about key challenges we confront as the dominant species on planet earth.
In 2015 I co-organised the first event at the MAC in Birmingham aimed at promoting low carbon, sustainable communities.
In 2017 I became a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).
Born and educated in Birmingham, I am married with two children and four grandchildren. My career also involved newspaper and radio journalism, motor sport photojournalism, PR, exhibition and conference production and staging.

Speaker Name: Paul Dockerill

Job Title: Director of Energy and Programme Management

Company Name: whg ( Walsall Housing Group)

Presentation Title: whg 2027

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: 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: Stef Stewart

Job Title: Regional Director

Company Name: Buildbase - part of the Grafton Group

Speaker Biography:

Left school at 16 to join the Navy but never did. Did various Training Scheme jobs, mainly in Retail as selling was clearly what I was good at. Ended up working on Building sites as a labourer as it paid more and I enjoyed it. In the late 80’s I left home to do it in Jersey.
After 2 years of too much fun I came home and got a job in a Builders Merchant selling Building materials, for me it was the best of both worlds. I left a few years later to Join Travis Perkins PLC and was promoted on a number of occasions over the following 15 years, mainly because I started thinking about making money rather than just selling, and ended up as a Regional Director.
I joined the Grafton Group as a Regional Director last year because of 2 things, people and customers. Grafton put them at the front of everything they do and performance happens as a result. All I want is for my business and myself to just keep on getting better, and to always be more successful by doing more of the right things.

Grafton Merchanting is a major supplier of building, plumbing and electrical materials to the construction sector. We recognise our responsibilities to reduce our environmental impact, so that future generations can enjoy the world as it exists now. We are ideally placed as a major supplier to the construction sector, to achieve far reaching improvements in sustainability through our products. We are in the starting blocks ready to work with our customers to find alternative ways to deliver a sustainable construction industry. Only in partnership with manufacturers, suppliers and the building industry can we find the solutions our world needs.

Speaker Name: Adrian Gault

Job Title: Acting Chief Executive

Company Name: Climate Change Committee

Speaker Biography:

Adrian joined the secretariat of the Committee on Climate Change as Chief Economist in May 2009, where he has been responsible for analytical work looking at UK greenhouse gas emission reduction potential and costs. He has therefore overseen analysis to inform the Committee’s advice on carbon budgets and annual progress reports. He was appointed Acting Chief Executive in July 2017 whilst the process to appoint a new Chief Executive is carried forward. Adrian is a long-standing member of the Government Economic Service (GES). Prior to joining the CCC secretariat, he has substantial experience of energy and environmental issues – as an economist in Department for Transport, the Energy Group at DTI (now part of BEIS) and in the Treasury tax team

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: Marcus O'Kane

Job Title: Warer Resources and Catchments Lead

Company Name: Severn Trent Water

Speaker Name: David Bird

Job Title: CEO

Company Name: Coop Energy

Presentation Title: Community Energy – How the future may look

Speaker Biography:

David Bird joined Co-op Energy as CEO in April 2017 from E.ON where he was the Managing Director of its residential business. David is committed to customers being at the heart of a successful business and at E.ON delivered significant increases in customer satisfaction during his time there.
He has a wealth of experience in the retail energy industry, as well as in a number of different service organisations including Marks & Spencer, BUPA, Vodafone, Homebase and National Express.
He has also held non-executive director roles in the NHS and is on the Board of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (the IPCC

Speaker Name: Monique Seth

Job Title: CEO

Company Name: Conigital Group

Speaker Name: David J Clemson

Job Title: Secretary

Company Name: UN Principle Responsible Management Education Uk & Ireland

Speaker Name: Dr Samuel E Ewell III

Job Title: Social Enterprise Advisor

Company Name: Co-op Futures

Presentation Title: Flipping the Food Waste Equation: How We Can Care for the Earth and Each Other by Saying No to Waste

Speaker Biography:

Sam Ewell is a U.S. national and permanent resident of Brazil, where he live from 2003-2010 with his wife (Rosalee) and three children (James, Isabella, and Katharine). Since 2010, the Ewells have resided in Birmingham, UK, where Sam works as a prison / community chaplain and a social enterprise adviser with Co-operative Futures
Sam is passionate about urban agriculture as a convivial context for integrating combining prison resettlement and  community food initiatives. When he is not hanging out with his chickens, worms, and veggies, he loves cycling along Birmingham's canals and making music with family and friends

Speaker Name: Geoff Henderson

Job Title: Director

Company Name: Urban Hax

Presentation Title: Sustainability Through Creativity

Speaker Biography:

Geoff is Director of Digital Native Academy, a digital innovation practice and Director of Urban Hax CIC, a community makerspace set up to harness the creative potential of residents in the Black Country and the wider West Midlands. With over 30 years’ experience, he has worked for large corporates such as IBM and BP and, in a varied career, in academia, economic development and urban regeneration. He has worked with clients in the public, private, academic and third sectors on a wide range of economic and social/community regeneration projects.

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: Susan Harris

Job Title: Chair

Company Name: RSA Sustainability Network

Speaker Biography:

Susan has over 17 years' experience in sustainability and the built environment sector. She is Chair of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Sustainability Network, Technical Director at the global sustainability consultancy Anthesis Group, and a Board member of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP). Susan has a strong focus on strategic solutions that work on-the-ground, advising clients from the infrastructure and buildings sectors including Network Rail, the Highways Agency, numerous Councils, Housing Associations, and contractors. Her expertise is focused on resource efficiency, sustainable supply chains, and training. She has previously worked for the sustainability consultancy SRS, the cost consultancy Sweett Group, and the construction best practice body CIRIA where she lead their work on waste and resources. In addition to her work with Anthesis she is a visiting lecturer in sustainability for the MA Construction programme at Kingston University, and author of CIRIA's recent publication, the Environmental Good Practice Guide for Fit-out. Susan has an interest in learning networks and pre-competitive approaches to industry-wide issues.