13 May 2021 | Online
10:30 - 16:00
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The Built Environment sector is at the forefront of the "Build Back Better" agenda as Government shapes a post-COVID recovery that creates a sustainable future for the UK. With a plethora of new funding commitments, policies and targets setting out the context, the challenge now is how to put a Green Recovery into practice. 

Bringing together colleagues from Housing and Planning join us to discuss, understand and contribute towards this sector’s green agenda and revolution.

Why attend?

  • Hear from experts on the immediate reforms the sector faces
  • Particpate in panel discussions and debate both the strategy and practicalities
  • Discover best practice in current leading green technologies and projects
  • Examine the next steps the sector needs to take to understand how you can contribute towards this sectors sustainable future in your own setting.

16+ Expert Speakers Including:

  • Lord Deben, Chair, Climate Change Committee
  • Dr Nick White, Principal Net Gains Advisor, Natural England
  • Councillor Linda Wade, Liberal Democrat Councillor, Earl’s Court Ward, Kensington and Chelsea Council
  • Catriona Brady, Director of Strategy & Development, World Green Building Council
  • Heather Hilburn, CEO, Thames Estuary Partnership
  • Richard McWilliams, Director, Sustainability, Turner & Townsend
  • Hannah Bartram, Chief Operating Officer, ADEPT (Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport)
  • Clare Warburton, Principal Adviser – Green Infrastructure, Natural England
  • Sarah Kostense-Winterton, Chair, The Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group; Executive Director, Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association

About the Event

This event will take place online. As a delegate you can expect, high quality and timely content, facilitated Q&A, access to recordings post event and CPD accreditation.

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Chair's Introduction

Duncan Baker-Brown, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture & Design, Brighton University & Founder, BakerBrown


Leveraging Consumer Action to Hit Net Zero Targets

  • Working in partnership with businesses and local authorities to encourage citizens to ‘green their homes’
  • Exploring what types of support may be required to optimise participation
  • Understanding consumer trigger points

Claire Tracey, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Nationwide


Panel Discussion

Defining Green Recovery

  • Stamping out “Recovery-Washing”: defining what Green Recovery means for the Housing and Planning sectors
  • What is the sector doing to combat the climate and ecological biodiversity emergencies, and support social wellbeing and economic recovery? What more can be done?
  • How can we make better use of resources and funding?
  • Delivery mechanisms for change: education, policy and action!

Chris Livemore, Director, IBEX Earth

Luke Bamforth, Policy Director, Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership

Simon Mills, Director, Zyen Group

Pippa Heylings, Chair, Climate Change and Environment Committee; South Cambridgeshire District Council


Comfort Break


Greening Planning: Biodiversity and Environmental Net Gain Policies

  • Review Biodiversity and Environmental Net gain & what they mean for future development
  • Understanding the Enhanced Environment Bill and the primary legislation biodiversity net gains will be tied to
  • What will the Biodiversity Net Gain Duty mean in practice?

Dr Nick White, Principal Net Gains Advisor, Natural England


Bringing the People on our Journey

  • How are elements of the green agenda, such as the Green Homes Grant Scheme, being communicated to our residents? How are these grants impacting trust?
  • Green Recovery remains a “top level” conversation, which is a problem - What needs to be done within the sector to bring the people into the conversation?
  • Exploring strategies for changing public awareness – how can they help us to help them?

Councillor Linda Wade, Liberal Democrat Councillor, Earl’s Court Ward, Kensington and Chelsea Council

Hannah Bartram, Chief Operating Officer, ADEPT (Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport)

Dan Brooke, Chief Executive, Smart Energy GB




Panel Discussion

Housing for a Greener Future: Decarbonising the Built Environment

  • Mitigating carbon emissions through the retrofitting of built assets
  • Exploring initiatives to meet requirements for Future Homes Standards in 2023
  • Establishing long-term circularity through the creation of a circular economy

  • How can smart technologies help the industry to meet its decarbonisation targets?
  • Funding and support to manage costs and ensure properties are affordable for both the housing sector and the residents

Georgina Bailey, Policy Editor, The House (Moderator)

Sarah Kostense-Winterton, Chair, The Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group; Executive Director, Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association

Bukky Bird, Group Sustainability Director, Barratt Developments

Richard McWilliams, Director, Sustainability, Turner & Townsend


Panel Discussion

Place Making for Improved Health and Social Wellbeing

  • Designing greener, more sustainable high streets, markets and retail centres which encourage a sense of community whilst simultaneously being more attractive, investable and affordable for residents
  • Exploring the importance of green infrastructure and the social and environmental benefits it delivers
  • Balancing the politics of planning with delivery of green infrastructure
  • Social impact and climate justice: how can we make sure our most vulnerable communities are supported?

Clare Warburton, Principal Adviser – Green Infrastructure, Natural England (Moderator)

Catriona Brady, Director of Strategy & Development, World Green Building Council

Heather Hilburn, CEO, Thames Estuary Partnership


CLOSING KEYNOTE: Together Towards a Sustainable Future

  • Developing a long-term strategy for Green Recovery and tackling climate change
  • Successfully embedding the sustainability mindset into business agendas and across operations
  • Building effective partnerships across central & local Governments, businesses & the general public to maximise value and outcomes

Lord Deben, Chair, Climate Change Committee


Chair's Summary of Day & Event Close


Lord Deben
Chairman, The Committee on Climate Change

Lord Deben was the UK’s longest-serving Secretary of State for the Environment (1993 to 1997). He has held several other high-level ministerial posts, including Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1989 to 1993). Lord Deben also runs Sancroft, a corporate responsibility consultancy working with blue-chip companies around the world on environmental, social and ethical issues.

Sarah Kostense-Winterton
Executive Director, MIMA and Chairman of the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group

Sarah Kostense-Winterton, Executive Director, MIMA and Chairman of the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group

With over 25 years in advocacy across many industries, Sarah Kostense-Winterton has spent the last 7 years as Executive Director of MIMA, the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association, and the last 4 years as co-founder and Chair of the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group (EEIG) - a broad-based coalition of over 25 industry groups, NGOs, charities and businesses asking for rapid improvement in energy efficiency policy for UK homes and buildings. 

MIMA represents four of the leading mineral wool insulation companies in the UK and is the UK’s industry trade body for non-combustible, breathable glass and stone wool insulation, promoting the benefits of mineral wool insulation and the contribution it makes to the energy efficiency of buildings and the comfort, health and safety of their occupants.

Dr Nick White
Principal Advisor, Natural England

Nick leads Natural England’s work developing and securing environmental ‘net gain’ outcomes from development (both biodiversity and natural capital). Nick works closely with developers, local authorities and across Government supporting the adoption and mainstreaming of net gain.

A graduate of the University’s of Manchester (BA Hons) and Leeds (MA and PhD) Nick joined Natural England in 2008. Previously Nick worked as a manager in the National Health Service in Lancashire, was the Historical Advisor for the Imperial War Museum-North, ran a charity in London and coordinated the London Biodiversity Partnership.

Clare Warburton
Principal Adviser – Green Infrastructure, Natural England

Clare Warburton is Principal Adviser for Green Infrastructure and Local Growth in Natural England.  She has over 20 years’ experience in the environment sector, both public and private, with a particular focus on embedding green infrastructure in development through strategic planning and good design.  She is a member of the Highways England Design Panel and is currently overseeing  the 25 Year Environment Plan’s Green Infrastructure Standards project.  The project is developing a national Framework of Green Infrastructure (GI) Standards which will support delivery of more good quality green infrastructure to improve health and wellbeing, green our towns and cities and contribute to prosperous communities.  

Claire Tracey
Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Nationwide

Claire Tracey, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Nationwide

Claire joined Nationwide in September 2019, taking up the role of Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to working for Nationwide she was the interim Global Strategy Director for M&G Prudential and before that, she was a Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group and a member of their Global Financial Institutions leadership team. During her career with BCG, Claire led various strategy assignments not just in the UK but also in Europe and Asia.  

Heather Hilburn
Independent Advisor, CEO Thames Estuary Partnership

Heather Hilburn has over twenty-five years of experience in the design, delivery and financing of cultural places and healthy spaces for local communities, and the protection of the natural environment and places of historic significance.

With a background in architecture, urban design and cost management, Heather has previously held significant senior leadership posts including Principal Design Advisor for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Strategic Projects Director for the Tower of London. In her career Heather has championed community access to natural and man-made landscapes, including opening up the Tate Modern to the river Thames, softening the embankments at the River Lea and cultural programming in the Royal Parks through the Serpentine Pavilion programme.

Heather is currently an independent advisor to executive and non executive leadership, bringing private investment and blended finance into green and blue infrastructure. She also serves as the CEO of Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP), hosted by University College London. TEP is a consortium of public and private agencies that operate on the river Thames and UK coast, working on a long-term programme to address climate change and biodiversity.  She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Social Investment Foundation (Access) and the City and Guilds London Art School. 

Hannah Bartram
Chief Operating Officer, ADEPT

Hannah joined ADEPT as Chief Operating Officer in February 2016. She moved from the Environment Agency, where she led various national teams working on policy areas including planning, growth & devolution, climate change and flood risk management. During her time with the EA she spent 6 months in the Department for Communities and Local Government leading on reforms to the major planning regime. Prior to that she worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds on a range of international and domestic nature conservation issues. She is a school governor and trustee for the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust.

Bukky Bird
Group Sustainability Director, Barratt Developments

Bukky joined Barratt Developments plc as Group Sustainability Director in January 2020, responsible for the overall sustainability strategy and for driving the next stage of business transformation for Barratt’s sustainability priorities. A key focus for her is to ensure Barratt continues to play a key part in the future of sustainability in the UK and beyond and addressing the challenges facing the sector, including: decarbonisation, sustainable placemaking, responsible sourcing, ecology and biodiversity, efficient construction, and the ongoing trends of interconnectivity.

Before joining Barratt, Bukky was at Tesco plc where she held various senior leadership roles, including strategy, business transformation, sustainability and engineering operations. Prior to joining Tesco, she worked for WSP, where she held commercial and senior technical roles in energy management, sustainability and mechanical services engineering.

Richard McWilliams
Director, Turner and Townsend

Richard is a Director at Turner and Townsend, a global professional services company supporting clients to define and deliver capital investment programmes in the built environment across real estate, infrastructure, and natural resources. Richard leads the sustainability business, helping clients to realise their sustainability goals – across new-build and existing assets. As part of this work, he leads the delivery of two Mayor of London “Retrofit Accelerators” for homes and workplaces to increase the scale and pace of activity towards a low carbon future. This work includes establishing a new market for industrialised retrofit and so he is active in the debate on policy to help establish a long-term investable pathway to net zero.

Simon Mills
Associate, Z/Yen Group Limited

Simon Mills began his career by working as a field botanist in the Cloud and Elfin rainforest’s of Northern Costa Rica.

His subsequent work encompassed minerals and highways planning, environmental management systems and sustainable development. In 2000 he became environmental co-ordinator for the City of London, where he worked on carbon trading, socially responsible investment and climate risk, as well as developing the UK Government’s submission on sustainable finance for the Johannesburg Earth Summit. Following a secondment to Defra in 2010, where he established the Local and Regional Climate Change Adaptation Partnership for England, he returned to the City of London as Corporate Policy Manager and Head of Sustainable Development. Since joining Z/Yen in 2016, Simon has worked on indices, mutual distributed ledgers, standards, policy performance bonds and green infrastructure investment for a variety of international clients.

Luke Bamforth
Policy Officer, Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership

Luke joined the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership in 2017. He currently leads on policy with a focus on planning, health and wellbeing and tourism workstreams as well as driving forward the Partnership’s work on natural capital.

Interested in the natural environment at an early age, his career path took a less than direct route giving him experience in the retail, hospitality and financial sectors before taking the decision to retrain in conservation.

Luke holds an MSc in Conservation Biology and is an associate member of the Institution of Environmental Science.

Dan Brooke
Chief Executive, Smart Energy GB

Dan is one of the country’s leading communications and marketing practitioners. He is Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, who are delivering one of the largest public engagement and behaviour change campaigns ever in Britain.

Dan’s background is in the media. From 2010-2019, Dan was Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Channel 4, as well as their Board Champion for Diversity and Inclusion. He was at the heart of Channel 4’s success in popularising the Paralympic Games, in which Britain leads the world. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Discovery channels in the UK.

Dan is Chair of the British Independent Film Awards and holds a number of other advisory positions, including for the International Paralympic Committee and the British Paralympic Association. He is also the UK Government Energy Sector Champion for Disability Employment.

Chris Livemore
Director, IBEX Earth
Pippa Heylings
Chair, Climate Change and Environment Committee; South Cambridgeshire District Council

Cllr Pippa Heylings is Chair of the Climate Change and Environment Committee and Chair of Planning Committee at South Cambs District Council. Since 2018, when first elected, she has driven the green agenda at the Council with climate and biodiversity emergency declarations, one of the first Councils to declare a Net Zero Carbon target, followed by a Zero Carbon Strategy with intermediate targets for 2024, 2030 and 2040 for all sectors. The Council has also just adopted the Doubling Nature Strategy which also sets targets and has a clear statement of aspiration for 20% biodiversity net gain. Through the Climate and Environment Committee, Pippa is heavily involved in the drafting of the new Local Development Plan which has a vision of zero carbon placemaking that enhances wellbeing and biodiversity, and enables sustainable growth in one of the fasting growing areas in the country. In her professional life, Pippa is the Executive Director and co-founder of her company, Talking Transformation Ltd which provides professional facilitation and capacity-building services for multi-stakeholder dialogue on public policy that seeks to embed biodiversity and climate change in local and national economic development planning www.talkingtransformation.org


Who should attend?

Heads of and above of Planning, Housing, Regeneration, Environment, Ecology, Environmental Planning, Built Environment, Decarbonisation, Climate Strategy, as well as Biodiversity Specialists, Climate Specialists, Environmental Specialists, Conservation Specialists, Environmental Scientists, Architects, Surveyors and Urban and Regional Planners.

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