Presentation Title:

‘CARBON ZERO – THE CHALLENGE FOR SOCIAL HOUSING & COMMUNITIES’

Highlighting the value and clear principles of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) for organisations in the social housing sector, the challenges that already exist and to highlight some of the solutions and strategies to deliver those investment strategies for a more sustainable society.

Biography

Paul is Director of Energy and Programme Management at whg and leads on the strategy and approach to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ agenda. Paul is accountable for budgets totaling £24.5m including £17m to improve the quality of customer homes. He is also responsible for delivering the Energy Plan and setting the investment strategy for achieving carbon zero.

For more than 10 years, Paul has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. Prior to his role at whg, Paul has held Director roles for 21 years and delivered multi-million-pound regeneration and construction programmes across the Midlands.

Paul holds the position of Chair of whg’s Fire Safety Group, which has made significant efforts to reassure customers about fire safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Paul has also been advising the government’s Industry Safety Steering Group, chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt. In August 2020, he was also named Chair of the National Housing Federation’s National Building Safety Group which explore best practice and to create a platform for collaboration.

His passion for safety extends to Chairing the Regional West Midlands Social Housing Group which further promotes collaboration across the housing sector. He has been responsible for creating the BIM/ Digital Twin modelling with partners to create an innovative approach to building information and created a version of the building safety case which has been presented to MHCLG.

Away from work, Paul enjoys football, reading, genealogy and travelling. Paul invests significant time supporting charity and has raised thousands of pounds through charity events and walks.