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Following the sad loss, last May, of David  Middleton, who had been the main organizer of this event for the last 5 years , we are all determined to deliver a great event to honour David’s huge contribution and celebrate his tireless work on sustainability over the last 25 years

He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and all of those in the sustainability movement.

After the massive success of the 2019 event which attracted over 200 delegates from multi national companies, to micro businesses, NGO’s and voluntary organisations, we  intend again at the 2021 event to give attendees the opportunity to network, share knowledge and exchange experiences in tackling the climate crisis.

I do hope you will be able to join us then

Chair – Professor Martin Freer , Director Birmingham Energy Institute, University of Birmingham and Director of Energy Research Accelerator


Jonathon Porritt CBE – Co- Founder – Forum for the Future

Paul Dockerill – Director of Energy and Programme Management – whg

Councillor Waseem Zaffar – Chairman – Birmingham Climate Taskforce – Birmingham City Council

Professor Zoe Robinson Professor of Sustainability Keele University

Steve Gapik Managing Director Soltherm/SMS Group

Philip Ward – Chair  RSA Sustainability Network

John Firth – Senior Director, Climate and Resilience Hub  Willis Towers Watson

Bob Sherman – Harbury Energy Initiative

Chris Crean – Regional Campaigner – Friends of the Earth

Colin Hewson Principal Consultant Tribe Culture Change Ltd

Beverley Nielsen  – Exec. Director Institute for Design & Economic Acceleration BCU

Rosemary Coyne SHAP Co-ordinator and Warmer Homes ERDF Compliance and Coordination Project Manager at Connexus

Nik Mckiernan WaterAid

Discussion Leads

Professor Rashid Gatrad OBE Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands & Leader of the WASUP project

Jill Chapman Co Founder The Create Flow

Kate Cooper Executive Director Birmingham Food Council CIC

Beth MacManus Director Create Flow

Gary King Director Create Flow

Nik Mckiernan WaterAid

Anna Bright – Chief Executive Sustainability West Midlands

Bevil Williams – Managing Director  REPC Ltd

We have a range of speakers already committed ( see speaker tab and links at the bottom of the event page).

We are also looking for additional companies/organisations to join whg, Birmingham Energy Institute – University of Birmingham, University of Keele and the RSA to support this event for 2021. If you have a story to tell re action on Climate Change and you wish to profile your company at this exciting event we have room for 2 more sponsors @ £1,250. This would give you a speaking position, logo placement and an opportunity for a table top exhibition at the event.

There are also a limited number of opportunities for Exhibitors @ £300

Submissions for the David Middleton Sustainability Award are now open

David Middleton sadly passed in May 2020. David was a stalwart supporter of the Sustainability movement for many years. He helped launch the Midlands Environmental Business Club in 1991 and was also the CEO of the UK Branch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Even after retiring in 2013 David continued to demonstrate his enormous enthusiasm and passion for Sustainability including setting up and running the annual Sustainability conference in Birmingham and writing a series of 4 fast moving adventure stories with central themes based on various elements of sustainable development.

David’s colleagues and friends in the sustainability industry, together with his family, have established this award in his memory. The David Middleton Sustainability Award will be presented to recognise and encourage similar passion, enthusiasm, and outstanding commitment to sustainable development.

The David Middleton Sustainability Award will be given to an individual who has either developed practical solutions or an innovative product or delivered a sustainability programme within their organisation or has brought people together in a collaborative way to deliver sustainability. The award is open to individuals working in organisations of any size in the UK.

The award will be made by the project advisory group of the David Middleton Sustainability Conference. The winner will be announced at the conference on 28th September 2021.

. All applications will require the following:

Contact details: name(s) and contact details (email & phone) for the award applicant.
Outline what has been achieved: this should show how the applicant has developed practical solutions or an innovative product, has been successful in delivering sustainable solutions, or has brought people together in a collaborative way. This submission should be a maximum of 500 words.
If nominating yourself, please supply contact details (email & phone) for an Application referee who has agreed to verify or provide additional insights into what has been achieved.

The deadline for submissions to the David Middleton Sustainability Award is 17:00 on Friday 20th August. If you know someone who might like to apply, please do pass on these details.

Please send the completed application to


09:00 – Registration and refreshments
09:15 – Event Welcome – Chair – Professor Martin Freer Birmingham Energy Institute University of Birmingham
09:15 – 10:45 Session 1 – Setting the Scene – The challenge and the Local, Regional and National perspectives
10.45 – 11:15  Networking and Exhibition
11:15 – 12:45 Session 2 – Climate Change Mitigation in Action – hear from organisations delivering change
12:45 – 1:45  – Lunch , Exhibition and Networking
1:45 –  Session 3.- How can we all make a difference – opportunity to contribute to actions
15:30 – Close

There a limited number of additional Exhibition spaces available £300 (+vat)

David Middleton – The Background

David Middleton was given the opportunity, at the age of 20, to become a news reporter on the weekly local newspaper, the Walsall Observer. He spent a few years in local newspapers and radio before becoming a motor sport photo journalist. Via time in commercial PR he moved into the world of exhibitions and conferences which took him across Europe, Japan and the USA. In 1988 he had his ‘green epiphany’ standing on a  bridge in Pittsburgh. In 1991 he helped launch the Midlands Environmental Business Club (M.E.B.C.), a business group dedicated to the subject of sustainable development. He was it’s CEO and was Secretary General of TURF – The Urban Renewal Foundation . He also later added the role of CEO of the UK branch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Developments to his activities.

He retired from those responsibilities in 2013 and then become involved in various projects including the annul Sustainability conferenece. In August 2017 he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce.

In ‘retirement’ he also starting writing fast moving adventure stories with the central themes based on various elements of sustainable development in the hope this might be an effective vehicle by which to carry important messages to as wide an audience as possible. Titled

The Final Shah Mat

The Acionna Projects

The Hwang Solution



David sadly passed away in May 2020 , he will be sorely missed by his family, friends and all those in the sustainability movement

Car Parking

Please note  although there is onsite parking available it is not guaranteed due to the nature of the estate. If the Tally Ho car park is full, please park in the MAC pay and display car park ( Cannon Hill Park ) which is  within walking distance of the venue with both pay by phone & cash. To access the MAC exit the Tally Ho and turn right into Bristol Road. Turn right at the traffic lights and turn second right into the MAC car park. Drive to the end. On the right is a small gate which leads into the Tally Ho car park, and then  it is just a short walk to the venue.


Entrance to the actual conference is via the glass doors with a plaque for the Lord Knights Suite. Please do not enter via the doors badged Conference centre which leads to their reception and offices.


The postcode is B5 7RN

Travelling to the event

See link below for full details of all travel options

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List of Delegates from 2019 Details of the David Middleton Sustainability Award

If you want further information on the sponsorship opportunities and exhibiting please  contact

Jacqui Staunton

We are proud to support WaterAid as our chosen charity. You can find out more at www.wateraid.org’.

The David Middleton Sustainability Conference is supporting WaterAid to honour David’s tireless work on Sustainability. It’s unbelievable that in the 21st century 785 million people don’t yet have access to clean water. WaterAid aims to change lives with clean water. David recognised this vital issue with one of his novels highlighting the serious impact of Climate Change on Water Supply (The Acionna Projects ) . The conference is free to attend but donations to this great cause in David’s name would be gratefully received.

Link to the Just Giving Web Page Below

We would like to thank our Sponsors ( Walsall Housing Group, University of Birmingham, Keele University and the R.S.A.)  for their support . Enabling us to offer this event free to delegates.


September 28
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free – £300
Event Tags:


Climate Change Solutions


Tally Ho Conference & Banqueting Centre
Pershore Rd
Birmingham, West Midlands B5 7RN United Kingdom


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Exhibitor 28th September 2021 David Middleton Sustainability Conference
£ 300.00 ex VAT
2 available
Delegate 28th September 2021 David Middleton Sustainability Conference
£ 0.00 ex VAT
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David Middleton Sustainability Conference Product/Services Guide
150 word entry into a Products and Services Guide to be distributed virtually and actually  to all attending the event.
£ 50.00 ex VAT