What does the next decade hold for the Built Environment?

Over the course of two days, Sheffield will play host to some of the most influential voices within the realms of sustainability and energy efficiency.

Addressing subjects such as Energy Conscious Communities, Community Sustainability, Community Financing, Low Carbon Construction, Green Construction and Green Operations, this unique line-up of experts is set to take audiences by storm in November. Every speech will give detailed insights into the world of the Built Environment and what the future holds. For those interested in sustainability and energy efficiency, missing even one session is not an option.

The conference will conclude with a Gala Dinner with a key note speech by the one and only Lord Digby Jones. He will be discussing how it can be financially viable to adopt sustainable and energy efficient work policies whilst growing your business. With carbon emissions rising, and the negative impact of climate change no longer questionable, the promise of an exceptional speech delivered by “The Troubleshooter” himself, the Gala Dinner will be a fascinating evening for all.

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2014 Confirmed Speakers

Wayne Hemingway

Wayne believes in the supremacy of design, whether in clothes or in buildings. At the height of his fame as a fashion designer, he sold his company Red or Dead and turned his attention to social housing.

Red or Dead began as a market stall in Camden. The label went on to receive global acclaim for its distinctive footwear, clothing and accessory collections. It won the Fashion Council's Street Style Designer of the Year award three years running.

Wayne now specialises in affordable and social housing. Projects include a new settlement of 3000 homes in Lothian and aprtments in Manchester's Northern Quater. His high profile development on Tyneside won a series of major awards including Building Magazine's Best Housing-Led Regeneration. Away from housing, Wayne's company has designed digital radios, fold-up bikes and water-butts shaped like bottoms. He has also launched a series of Vintage festivals, served as a judge for the Stirling Prize and published Just Above the Mantlepiece and Mass Market Classics.

In presentations Wayne argues that a flat economy still offers opportunities, especially in the UK's £62bn creative sector. His own pop-up kiosks are a prime example, providing low-rent space to a new generation of designers.

Client comments
'Inspiring, brilliant and sharp wit with sensitivity, Wayne spoke from the heart and has so much to say' - Product Design Summit

"Wayne Hemingway's talk was inspirational. If only all speakers had the same enthusiasm" - Affordable Housing Conference

Biography provided by JLA

Catherine Burke

Catherine is Head of Renewable Energy and a Partner at Freeths LLP. As a commercial and project finance lawyer with a particular focus on climate change and solar energy, an area in which she has specialised for the past 4 years. Her broad range of commercial experience, gained in-house and in private practice, includes major projects for the procurement and construction of chemical plants; technology licensing; the UK’s private finance initiative in the health, education and renewable energy projects, particularly wind and solar pv.

The Legal 500 - Clients' Guide to the Legal Profession have over the past few years said the following about Catherine: A project finance lawyer with considerable energy expertise, is “helpful and commercial”.

Adrian Hackett

Adrian is a Partner and tax specialist at Freeths Sheffield office and advises clients on effective tax structures for wide ranging projects (for both public and private companies, in the UK and internationally) including corporate restructuring, large and small scale financing and re-financing and property development. His broad experience also covers advising venture capital, private equity and EIS funds, and the tax structuring of co-investment structures.

Adrian advises both developers and investors on renewable energy projects in the UK and is working with cities and academic institutions across the UK on co-investment structures to better enable the exploitation of new and emerging technologies.

James Murray

James is the founding editor of BusinessGreen having launched the site in October 2007.

He is responsible for BusinessGreen's leading news, opinion and analysis, and also contributes to the brand's expanding events programme.

James is one of the UK's leading commentators on the low carbon economy. He writes occasionally for the Guardian newspaper and has also reported for BBC Radio on a number of green technology stories.

He reports daily on a wide range of green business issues, with a particular focus on low carbon policy, economics and technology.

In March 2011, he was voted number eight in the Press Gazette's list of the top 50 environmental journalists in the UK.

Prior to launching BusinessGreen James spent five years as a technology journalist working on a variety of IT titles.

Tim Pollard

Tim is Head of Sustainability for Wolseley UK (a major distributor of plumbing and heating products) and was not only responsible for delivering the Sustainable Building Center at Leamington Spa but he also helps in defining Plumb Center’s sustainable product offer and its commercial implementation. Tim’s breadth of knowledge stretches across a wide range of products and technologies together with the implications and requirements of a sustainable supply chain. In 2008 Tim was included in the ‘Building’ Magazine Top 40 list of ‘Green Gurus’; sustainability figures that are considered leaders in their field and in July 2010 he was named as one the West Midlands Top 50 Green Leaders. Tim sits on the DECC RHI Industry Advisory Group, the HHIC Low Carbon Group, the Green Deal Providers Forum, the NEF Advisory Council and chairs the WRAP/Defra Water Efficiency Products Group.

Before his current appointment Tim was Head of Marketing for all the Wolseley UK businesses. His 20-year career in merchanting has included experience in all sectors of the construction market. Prior to Wolseley, Tim’s career included a spell with the German chemical giant, Hoechst and a 3 year period working in Sweden.

Tim believes passionately in the provision of sustainable construction solutions which are practical, effective and economic. He regularly speaks at industry conferences throughout the UK, writes regularly in the trade press and is actively involved in activities within the local community especially involving young people.

He also describes himself as a Newcastle United supporter for 50 years, through thick and thin.

Dave Sowden

Dave leads the secretariat team at the Sustainable Energy Association and has overall responsibility for day to day operations, strategy and policy development and full accountability to the Executive Committee.

Dave has a long track record in influencing policy, with many successes over more than 20 years in the energy industry. Widely credited with extending the 5% reduced VAT rate to include domestic microgeneration, he has for the last ten years applied his policy development and campaigning skills to win many more policy changes on behalf of SEA members in over a decade of service to the organisation.

Prof. Martin Mayfield

Professor Martin Mayfield is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has recently taken up the Chair of Engineering Design at the University of Sheffield after 25 years in practice as a Director of Ove Arup and Partners Ltd, holding a portfolio including Sustainable Building Leader for the UK, Middle East and Africa, Education Leader for the UK, Middle East and Africa and Leader of the Arup office in Sheffield, leading a team of professional Engineers, working on a diverse array of projects in the UK and overseas. Within this team, he led a Built Environment research group, providing thought leadership to the wider group and Arup on the future of sustainable design and the opportunities that this will present to designers, commercial research projects for clients, identifying and driving the research strategy, horizon scanning and leading the technical progression of sustainable building design.

He has led and supported many applied research projects for major industrial clients, IMechE and the TSB covering a range of issues in the field of sustainable and low energy building design including projects such as the definition of a route to zero carbon for the Further Education sector, defining Scope 3 carbon footprinting for the Higher Education Sector and the design of the UK's only Hydrogen powered zero carbon building. He is a regular speaker at conferences on Sustainable Buildings and Cities.

Mark Woodward

Mark Woodward is the owner of Green Directions, a green conference, events and wedding venue based at the family farm where he lives with his partner and four children. Weddings have been particularly successful with all dates filled for 2014 and almost all in 2015.

Developing a sustainable business model is a key strategy. Electricity is supplied by two wind turbines and an array of solar panels while heating is provided by ground source heat pumps which draw on heat energy collected from the ground under an acre of hay meadow. In total, three times more electricity is produced than is consumed, saving over 30 tonnes of carbon and generating a net income from energy.

In 2012 Green Directions was presented with the Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. This automatically entered Green Directions into the 2013 Goldstar Awards where it was shortlisted alongside Wembley Stadium and the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Green Directions scooped two awards and two second places in the 2012 Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards.

As well as his passion for taking action against climate change, Mark is a keen violinist, footballer and smallholder.

Prof. Malcolm Bell

Following his retirement as head of the Centre for the Built Environment at Leeds Metropolitan University, Malcolm has continued to work on closing the energy/carbon performance gap in new and existing housing. Indeed his research and consultancy, undertaken in his part time role as Emeritus Professor of Surveying and Sustainable Housing, is increasing in its importance.

His work on the characterisation of the performance gap in housing, its causes and potential solutions, has gained international recognition as the requirement for zero carbon buildings becomes one of the crucial goals of the UK and European climate change policy. Malcolm’s work continues to be influential within Government and Industry both in the UK and across Europe. He is a Building Surveyor with over 30 years’ research experience in surveying and housing. He has co-authored two books on energy efficiency in housing, numerous journal and conference publications and has undertaken reviews of Part L of the Building Regulations and other major research reports for Government and major research organisations, including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He has led a number of UK Government and Zero Carbon Hub working groups on the building regulations and the implementation of zero carbon housing policy. His continuing research interests include technical and policy issues relating to the development of sustainable housing, in both new-build and existing stock renovation.

Linda McAvan MEP

Linda McAvan first became a Member of the European Parliament in 1998. In the 2014 European Elections she was re-elected as a Labour MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber.

In July, Linda became Chair of the Development Committee for the Socialist and Democrat (S&D) Group. She is also a substitute member for the Fisheries Committee. Prior to this Linda was a member of the Environment, Food Safety and Public Health Committee from 2004-2014. She was the S&D spokesperson in the European Parliament on climate change and the environment during that time.

Linda born and brought up in Bradford and now lives in Sheffield.

Alan Whitehead MP

Alan is the Chair of PRASEG, the Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group and Co-Chair of APSRG, the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group. He is also currently a member of the Commons Select Committees on Energy and Climate Change, Environmental Audit, and Standards and Privileges.

Within the Labour Party, he chairs the Parliamentary Labour Party Energy and Climate Change Group and represents the Parliamentary Labour Party on Labour's Living Standards and Sustainability Policy Commission.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Waste Management, and member of the Board for The Environment Centre (Southampton) and the Centre for the Third Age (Southampton). He is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society at Southampton Solent University.

Alan graduated with a degree in Politics and Philosophy from Southampton University and went on to achieve a Ph.D. in Political Science. In 1980 he became a city councillor and then Leader of the Council when Labour took control in 1984.

He worked in research for two national charities during the 1980s and early 90s, and in 1992, came off the City Council and became Professor of Public Policy at Southampton Institute (now Southampton Solent University).

Alan was elected as the Labour MP for Southampton Test in 1997 and re-elected in 2010 - the first time in the constituency's history that it has elected an 'opposition' Labour MP.

His special interests now include further and higher education, local government, constitutional affairs, the environment, energy and transport policy.

Oliver Coppard

Oliver Coppard is the Manager of the Dearne Valley Eco Vision, having taken on the role in October 2012. The Dearne Valley Eco Vision is a pioneering local authority backed programme that aims to transform the Dearne into the lowest carbon community of its type in the country. Before moving to the Dearne, Oliver managed the Newham Barnsley Partnership; a unique London Olympic project linking Barnsley with the Principal 2012 Host Borough of Newham. The Newham Barnsley Partnership was described by Tessa Jowell as the 'best legacy scheme I have seen'. Oliver has also worked in Westminster for the Think Tank Policy Connect, in the US Congress and for the real estate investment firm British Land. Oliver was born and raised in Sheffield, and outside of work is involved in local politics and education.

Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark is Director of Environment for Skanska UK, responsible for environment and community investment across all UK operations. Skanska’s 5,200 employees delivered revenues of £1.2 billion in 2013.

Jennifer has successfully built up the environmental credentials of the company throughout her career with Skanska, obtaining ISO14001 in 2001 and the accolade of being named the UK’s greenest company across all industries by the Sunday Times in 2011.

Jennifer joined Skanska in 1999 as an Environmental Advisor, developing her career to become Head of Sustainability for Skanska’s civil engineering business, responsible for both community relations and environment. In 2009 she became Director for Environment for the UK.

Tony Ryan

Tony Ryan is The Professor of Physical Chemistry and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Science at the University of Sheffield.

His research covers the synthesis, structure, processing and properties of polymers and he was in at the beginning of polymer nanotechnology. He has co-authored over 250 papers, 8 patents and a book on polymer processing.

He presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on Channel 4, 2002 and is a regular contributor to TV, radio and newspapers.

"The Solar Revolution: One World. One solution, Providing the Energy and Food for 10 Billion People" is his most recent book was written with social scientist Steve McKevitt.

He was made an OBE in 2006 for ‘Services to Science’.

Jack Scott

Jack Scott is Sheffield's Cabinet Member for the Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, having taken up the post in May 2012. The portfolio covers the Streets Ahead programme, litter, graffiti, waste management, climate change, food and fuel poverty.

Since being elected two years ago, Cllr Scott has represented Arbourthorne ward – one of the most deprived wards in the country. At the last General Election, he was also the Labour Candidate against Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam. Jack lives in Loxley with his partner and their two children.

Matthew Rhodes

Matthew Rhodes is the Managing Director of independent consulting engineers Encraft. Matthew has consulted on numerous retrofit projects since founding Encraft in 2003. More recently, he has been working with LEPs, local authorities and social landlords to help them identify economic opportunities in smart and distributed energy systems for their buildings and estates. Matthew is a Trustee with the National Energy Foundation (NEF) and has a degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University.

Tina Gabler

Tina is a research fellow at University of Potsdam and working in the RE-GREEN project since 2012 together with Building for the Future Ltd. Her main duties included the transfer of knowledge among the project partners and between them and local stakeholders. She therefor organised an international conference and study visits in Potsdam and collected examples from each partner city / region in a Good Practices Guide.

Tina holds a Bachelor's degree in Geography and Politics from University of Bremen and a Master of Arts in Geopolitics from the Sorbonne University Paris.

Chris Whitehead

As Group Head of Sustainability and Innovation at Balfour Beatty, Chris leads the sustainability function of a £11bn turnover (2011) multinational business that encompasses all aspects of the asset lifecycle from inception and design through to financing, construction and operations.

Chris is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, chair of the Editorial Advisory Panel for Engineering Sustainability Journal and in 2013 sat on the steering board for the UK Treasury’s Infrastructure Carbon Review.

Chris combines an enthusiasm and knowledge of sustainable development with operational experience as a board director of Balfour Beatty Investments and Balfour Beatty Construction. His project management CV includes The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre, Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, and FC-4 Canary Wharf. He started his career in 1980 at the Sheffield office of Arup.

Marie Grardel

Marie Grardel has been working at the INTERREG IVC Joint Technical Secretariat since March 2010. She contributes to monitoring the financial aspects of the INTERREG IVC running projects and to the assessment of IVC applications.

Before joining the JTS, Marie worked for 3 years for the European Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry where she was involved in EU co-financed projects.

Marie holds a Master degree in Political Sciences with specialisation in European Affairs from the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux and the University of Torino.

Marie speaks French, English, Italian and Polish.

Andrew Orriss

Andrew is a pragmatic and determined individual keen to see things done better in the industry. He has a broad experience of issues relating to zero carbon, offsite construction and sustainable building.

Andrew currently manages the Business Development team for SIG Distribution with a number of responsibilities; one of which is SIG360 Retrofit, which Andrew set up to provide own-brand RetroFit measures and support to contractors undertaking sustainable refurbishment projects. Andrew is also responsible for the SIG360 New Build service, designed to take the cost and complexity out of building new homes to high energy conservation standards.

Prior to joining the SIG team, Andrew was the Managing Director of a leading Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) manufacturing and installation business, based in Coventry. A start-up venture in 2008, this saw Andrew lead a team of 18 employees, taking on contracts worth in excess of £1m, to provide SIPs homes in the affordable homes market. Andrew was also instrumental in the setting up of the first UK SIPs Trade Association dedicated to supporting the industry.

This venture followed many years in the insulation sector; starting as a technical representative, and ultimately resulting in Andrew being appointed Sales and Marketing Director for Jablite Ltd (formerly known as Vencel Resil Ltd).

Andrew has also been actively involved in various “think tank” sessions with groups including NHBC, BuildOffsite, Building Research Establishment and CITB, typically to discuss the use of modern building materials and their impact on the construction industry.

Tony Lesoweic

Tony Lesowiec is the EU Business Development Manager in the Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Sheffield, his to role is to grow EU research. Tony has 20 years experience in successfully accessing EU funding for businesses, and with his team has accessed over €100M.

He has a strong technical background backed-up with business development acumen. Prior to joining Sheffield in 2013, Tony worked for the highly regarded Pera, a dynamic technical consultancy as a Practice Leader with full P&L responsibilities. His team were involved in developing a range of cutting-edge technical and commercial solutions for clients covering renewable energy, energy management, environmental technologies, low carbon technologies, electronics, materials, and sustainable manufacturing. Tony was at Pera for over 18 years, progressing within the organisation from delivering and managing R&D projects, to a commercial role selling EU funding to clients, to running a business practice. Prior to joining Pera, Tony worked for 3M and Fuchs Lubricants as a development chemist. Tony graduated with an Honours Degree in Applied Chemist, and is Chartered Chemist.

Robin Nicholson CBE RIBA Hon FIStructE Hon FCIBSE

Robin Nicholson is a senior partner of Cullinan Studio, which he joined in 1979. He is Convenor of the multi-disciplinary Construction Industry think-tank, The Edge, and chairs the Cambridgeshire Quality Panel. Robin is one of the Design Council CABE’s Design Review Chairs and has recently been appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham.

Previously he was a Vice-President of the RIBA (1992-94), Chairman of CIC (1998-2000) and founder member of the Movement for Innovation Board (1998-2001. He was a CABE Commissioner (2002-10), chaired the DCSF Zero Carbon (Schools) Task Force (2009-10) and was a Board Member of the National House Building Council (2007-14).

Chris Howell

A partner at Freeths LLP, Chris specialises in construction and engineering projects. Examples include: the biggest bus garage in Europe, which also incorporated on-site power generation, green roof and sustainable materials; a £50m development of 128 high value, high-spec residential apartments in a “green” building including photovoltaic roof, heat pump in the adjoining river, wind turbines, compressed air powered cars for the use of residents.

Chambers’ - Clients' Guide to the Legal Profession has said: “Chris Holwell is very highly regarded by clients and peers alike, who describe him as ‘an excellent transactional lawyer’ who is ‘exceptional on contracts’. ‘He is very knowledgeable, very impressive and gives good clear advice’ sources say".

Torsten Lipp

Dr Torsten Lipp is an expert in local landscape and planning in Germany. Torsten has written many academic publications about the effectiveness of landscape planning and is active on European projects looking at Urban planning and policy.

After his engineering degree, Torsten spent several years gaining crucial experience as a freelance landscape planner, before undertaking his doctoral degree at the University of Rostock. Since 2005, Torsten has been a post doctoral fellow at the University of Potsdam within the Landscape Management Group. He is involved in several research projects, mainly investigating landscape and environmental planning. Torsten is also a member of the Nature Conservation Advisory Council of the city of Potsdam.

Ryan Weber

As a Research Fellow at Nordregio in Stockholm, Sweden, Ryan’s main field of work focusses on planning tools and processes for urban sustainability. Within this field his focus in on land use analysis, scenario-making, development of action/implementation plans and urban sustainability indicators. Thematically, he also a particular interest in local policy for promoting green building and innovative urban design. Ryan has worked or currently works in a number of relevant projects within EU FP7, ESPON and INTERREG research networks.

Anna Krzywoszynska

I’m a qualitative researcher working in the tradition of Science and Technology Studies. I’m interested in how a change in the relationship between science and publics can help us address contemporary challenges. I focus on socio-technical approaches to sustainable food production and consumption and energy systems.

I am currently working as a post-doctoral Research Associate on a EPSRC-funded project called Solar Energy in Future Societies. The inter-disciplinary project (physics, geography, architecture, engineering) employs participatory methods in the context of solar energy technologies. The aim of the project is to work with energy users as knowledge partners to vision renewable energy systems which are locally relevant, and to query current research and development drivers in renewable energy research and policy.

I completed my PhD in geography at Sheffield University in 2012, and I graduated from University College London with a joint degree specialising in Anthropology and Italian (2006, European Social and Political Studies).

Edward Murphy

Edward is a graduate of University of the SouthBank, London with a degree in Building Services. He is a chartered building services engineer with a proven track record in design and project management of high profile low energy buildings. In his career to date he has been involved in the design and management of a number of award winning low carbon projects.

Most recently he has turned his attention to closing the gap between predicted design and actual in use energy use in buildings. His team has just won the 2013 CIBSE Performance Award for the design and implementation of 2 St Paul’s Place for the DfE, considered now to be the lowest energy sealed and comfort cooled office building on the government estate. He has just embarked on a 2 year research programme with UCL Bartlett School to develop a radically different approach for pre and post occupancy evaluation of buildings to better inform designers decision making processes.

David Purdy

David has been the Director of the Energy Efficiency Deployment Office (EEDO) since January 2012. EEDO leads on the UK response to the European Energy Efficiency Directive. The Office looks at energy efficiency policies across DECC seeking to ensure they fit together in a coherent way for consumers and the supply chain. EEDO also looks for further cost-effective potential to reduce energy demand and has particular interest in barriers to financing non domestic retrofit.

Prior to this David has been a Deputy Director at DECC since September 2009, where he led on parts of the Green Deal and took forward the development of the Energy Company Obligation.

David has worked in government since 1994. His initial experience was at the Home Office, followed by a period undertaking market research for National Savings and Investments. The most significant periods within David’s career so far have been spent at the Departments now called CLG and BIS covering local government and enterprise policy respectively.

Sam Tarff

Sam Tarff joined the Key Fund Board ten years ago, and became CEO in 2013. Sam is an experienced, resilient and highly effective chief executive with extensive knowledge and board level experience of the public sector, third sector, urban regeneration and neighbourhood renewal. He also has a proven track record of creating, transforming and sustaining enterprises, including Registered Charities, Companies Limited by Guarantee and Social Enterprises.

Sam’s mission is to take away the bureaucratic hurdles Social Entrepreneurs face, and ensure Key Fund investment benefits those communities in greatest need. His work on the social economy is at operational, strategic and policy level, positioning Key Fund as a major player within the sector.

Pierre Laconte

Honorary Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport – UITP - (SG 1984-1999). UITP serves ca 3000 members, both public and private, and has offices in all continents Was one of the three partners (with R. Lemaire, and J.P. Blondel) of Groupe Urbanisme-Architecture, created in 1969 by the Catholic U. of Louvain to produce the Master plan of a new university town, within the Brussels Metropolis, and co-ordinate its implementation. It includes a new railway station. Its centre is car-free. Its shopping mall, linked to the station, attracts 8 million visitors per year. It received the UIA Abercrombie Award. Member of the German Academy of fine Arts in Berlin (section “Baukunst”) and Dr h.c. of Napier U. in Edinburgh.

Penny Simpson

Penny is a Partner at Freeths LLP and a specialist in environmental law, particularly in its interface with planning issues. She is a recognised expert in "natural environment" legal issues such as European and UK protected species and protected habitats law and water law. She also provides advice on environmental permitting, environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment, freedom of information and planning issues. Her clients include housebuilders, renewable developers, mineral operators and water companies. She also advises a number of significant public bodies and a number of environmental interest / objector groups.

Chambers - Clients' Guide to the Legal Profession has said the following: Penny Simpson wins considerable market feedback, with one client calling her “by far the best solicitor I know when it comes to the Wildlife Act and the impact this has on developers.” She has a good relationship with our ecologists and her advice is always timely and effective.

Neil McCabe

For the past 7 years, Neil has written and implemented the Green Plan©. This is entirely from scratch, as a grass roots, genuine model of sustainable management of, Energy Usage and Carbon Production that, we are responsible for and its effects on Biodiversity, Community and Climate.

The Green Plan is easy to replicate and is now starting to roll out in Cities and Towns across the world delivering social change. “I have found a way to use behavioural change strategies to tackle Climate Change. This saves money and empowers people to effect change”.

Neil was fortunate to receive the Green Leader Award for his efforts back in 2011. At that time his work was based solely on the Green Plan for Kilbarrack Fire Station. Since then Neil has been at the coalface nationally and internationally, helping companies and Governments to reduce energy consumption and carbon production. This includes being directly involved in the writing of two EU Directives. In September 2012 the GreenPlan work in Kilbarrack Fire Station was awarded “world’s first Carbon Neutral Fire Station,” status. Minister for the Arts, Gaelteacht and Heritage Jimmy Deenihan presided over the International event.

So far Neil has invested over €3M (of non tax payers money) on Renewable Retro fits and refurbishment projects in the public service and a proven, monitored and verified €5M worth of savings from energy reduction and a change in thinking. This includes a new procurement strategy that he has written himself named “Green Public Procurement and Investing in Climate Change”.

Neil has been presented with Leadership awards for his work on Climate Change, Architectural Heritage and Social Change, in the House of Commons London, Westminster Abbey, London and the EU Parliament itself in Brussels. “As a Dubliner I have always found these moments remarkable”. He has also attended sessions in the House of Lords, in London, to help guide them on Climate Change during their new Finance Bills construction 2011. Neil holds the role of Steerer on four EU projects based in Brussels. This has included visits to Dublin from many Influential International Leaders including EU Commissioner for Climate Change Ms Connie Hedegaard. Neil also lectures on climate change in the Royal Society London and Dublin City University. This year Neil won the Green Leader award for the second time in the last Three Years.

“Neil McCabe is a full-time fireman in Dublin Fire Brigade and has demonstrated a self-learnt and in-depth knowledge of energy conservation and sustainability. He has undertaken extensive research in these subject areas. After using Kilbarrack fire station as a test bed, he has achieved significant reduction in the amount of energy used and the money saved has been ring-fenced and re-invested in the Fire Brigade. He has proved that his Green Plan works.”

Raihana Ferdous

Raihana Ferdous is a PhD researcher of Geography Department, Durham University. Her principal research interests lie in the field of energy, development and consumer culture. For her doctoral research, she is investigating a number of issues connected to the growth of photovoltaic solar technology and electricity consumption in both rural and urban areas of Bangladesh. Using ethnographic approach, my research, investigates: what and who are the actors of this network? Follows: how is the PV network of Bangladesh is being assembled? Explores: why PV technology is being re-assembled in Bangladeshi electricity consumption? Besides her PhD, she worked as a research collaborator in the documentary Off the Grid.

Dr. Jose Mawyin

Dr. Jose Mawyin was born in the coastal Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil but emigrated to the United States (New York) with his family to complete high school education. He attended Stony Brook University where he gained an undergraduate degree in Physics with a minor in Optics. His undergraduate summers were spent doing research with fellowships sponsored by AGEP and NSF working in hands-on or simulation projects. After spending a semester as a research assistant for Dr. Charles Fortmann he joined the Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. program in Stony Brook under his guidance.

The core aspect of his graduate research dealt with techniques needed to improve the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). However, he also worked on shorter term projects dealing with phonon waveguides in a-Si:H, surface characterization of materials and the constant upkeep and refurbishing of the ultra high vacuum and x-ray emission components of an XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) chamber. Other than doing research Jose was also fortunate to spend a couple of semesters as adjunct professor teaching undergraduate level courses and spending three rewarding years as the president of the local student chapter of the American Society of Materials (ASM).

After graduation in 2009 and for his first postdoctoral position he joined a group in Marseille at CINaM (Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille). The project aimed to mature organic electronics technologies previously developed by the group up to a point ready for a start-up company. His duties involved the processing, testing and optimization of hybrid solar cells using solution based coaxial nano-heterojunctions. The group eventually transitioned to the company GENES’INK located in the region surrounding Marseille in Provence.

His second postdoc and current position is in the University of Sheffield to work in a multidisciplinary project. The project combines the expertise of architects, engineers, physical and social scientist to explore new cooperative approaches in research that will involve the end-user or public in the investigation process of new technologies such as solar energy. His contribution to the project will initially entail the development of data acquisition systems that can be deployed in the field and can do long-term degradation testing or organic photovoltaics (OPV), work on encapsulation techniques to extend the lifetime of OPVs for field deployment and testing and the continuous collaboration with social scientists as to open up photovoltaic research to public involvement.

His interests cover wide ranging fields such as solar and renewable energy, sustainable development, foreign policy, world and warfare history.

When he is not at the University Jose enjoys exploring the sights of Sheffield, Britain and Europe, readying the latest sci-fi book releases and improving his night photography skills.

Alastair Buckley

Alastair Buckley studied Chemical Physics at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 1996. He then studied for a PhD, also in the department of Chemistry at the University of Sheffield, applying various laser spectroscopy techniques to measure the properties of gas discharge lamps. A highlight of his PhD work was the construction of a narrow bandwidth optical parametric amplifier to measure the hyperfine populations of thermally and photo-dissociated iodine atoms in metal halide lamps using coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy.

Following his PhD, Alastair worked for one year as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, still in Sheffield, investigating energy transfer dynamics in conjugated polymer blends using newly installed ultrafast laser equipment.

In 2000 he moved to Edinburgh to work for organic electroluminescent (OLED) display start up company MicroEmissive Displays. During the next 8 years, while working for MED, Alastair was responsible for the research and development activity of a new class of display device based on conjugated polymer emitting materials licensed from Cambridge Display Technology. His technical experience in the OLED field is extensive with particular insight into the integration of OLED devices with display drive electronic circuits, the control of device emission colour, the encapsulation of top emitting devices and OLED lifetime assessment for real-world applications.

Alastair returned to Sheffield to join the EPMM group in 2008 when he was awarded a lectureship in Organic Electronics and Photonics. His research is themed around understanding and applying the intrinsic advantages of functional organic materials to a wide range of optoelectronic devices.

Reza Shaybani

Reza Shaybani has been managing private and public technology focused companies in the optical disc manufacturing equipment, semiconductor and solar PV industries for the past 20 years. Since 2007 i has played an active role in the solar PV industry globally as founder and investor in a number of leading companies. In 2010 with a group of major companies with interest in the UK solar PV market (the founding members) we formed the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA), the National Trade Association of the UK solar PV industry. Reza is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the BPVA, Chair of the UK Solar Finance and Bankability Group, a member of the UK Solar PV Strategy Group at DECC and Director of Special Projects at Meyer Burger Global AG. In 2014 Reza founded Rated Solar Installer, a new and unique rating programme for the solar PV industry. Rated Solar Installer is designed to give customers confidence in their selection and provides them with the opportunity to rate their installer.

Lorcan Anglin, CEng., MEI, CMVP

Lorcan is a Chartered Engineer, member of the Energy Institute, Chartered Energy Manager, Chartered Energy Engineer and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional. He has been involved in controlling energy consumption all of his working life. Lorcan has a wide breadth of knowledge across domestic and non-domestic uses of energy and its attendant carbon emissions. Lorcan has overseen holistic energy reduction and renewable energy projects for various clients and believes passionately in up-skilling the consumers to help them take control of their energy and general resource use. This, he feels, will make the consumers more confident to engage with experts and to take the process of energy and resource efficiency to the necessary higher levels to achieve the demanding levels of carbon reductions in the years ahead.

Lorcan is a board member of the Low Carbon Sector Group of the SCR Local Enterprise Partnership and has helped to develop nationally accredited training for newcomers to energy management and carbon awareness. Lorcan is Energy Reduction Manager with Nifes Limited, part of the Inenco Group.

Britta Rosenlund Turner

Britta Rosenlund Turner is a social scientist and PhD researcher at Durham University. Her research is concerned with domestic applications of PV, particularly the question of how PV devices are made to matter in different everyday lives, and she investigates this using qualitative research.

Inês Vilhena da Cunha

Inês Vilhena da Cunha graduated in Architecture and Urban Management (2003) and holds a master’s degree in “Urban and Environmental Regeneration” (2007) by the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is project manager at the Policy & Research Department of INTELI. Her main research interests are: urban and regional development incorporating technology, creativity and sustainability issues, and social innovation. She has engaged in several research projects at European, national, and regional levels, together with local and regional authorities, universities and other institutions.

Chris Thompson

Chris' passions are architecture, sustainability and community space. He is obsessed with designing things “right” as well as urban planning and public spaces. He has plenty of opinions on cities, innovation and urbanism and hates the word “Eco”. Chris established Citu with a view to tackling the growth in sustainable development. Motivated by great design and a passion for doing things better, Chris has used his background in construction and financial management to adapt a hands-on approach to development with a mission to create amazing places. Chris' vision is to make Citu the most innovative developer in the UK.

Keith Bertie

As Chartered Engineer and member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology Keith runs an engineering design and delivery practice within the Emerson Climate Technologies group. Operating within a general building services and low energy design environment Keith's team have a history of energy services design from small commercial to large scale programs, with a specialism in retrospective applications to existing building estates.

With a history in Refrigeration Engineering Keith's business has recently delivered a number of major schemes looking at integrating the commercial refrigeration in retail space in to a heating cooling combination to deliver the highest performance profiles available, receiving some acclaim from within the cooling industry for recent initiatives. The Emerson Solutions team have a business funded development environment to allow some new product engineering or exiting product re-engineering to try to provide bespoke solutions to meeting overall building objectives.

David Grey MBE

David is the founder and chief of Tinsley-based diversified engineering group OSL and has been recently appointed Master Cutler. David set up his first company in 1981 and has built up his business, by acquisition and organic growth, to a group of six manufacturing companies serving a global market, turning over £35 Million and employing over 400 staff. He was awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year's Honours List for his Services to Industry and Regeneration in Sheffield and was elected to the Sheffield City Region LEP Board.

Dr. rer. pol. Stefan Dirlich

Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology
Project Coordinator ECOMETALS

Having studied environmental engineering at BTU Cottbus, Stefan Dirlich coordinated the English-language MBA Program “International Management of Resources & Environment” at TU Bergakademie Freiberg from 1999 to 2009. Stefan Dirlich received his PhD in 2010 in the field of Building Sustainability Assessment for his thesis entitled “Integration of existing building quality in building certification”.

Between 2010 and 2014 he was working at Leibniz-Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development in Dresden in the research fields Sustainable Building and Sustainable Land Management.

Currently, Dr. Stefan Dirlich is working as project coordinator of the transnational project ECOMETALS dealing with innovative eco-efficient biohydrometallurgical process for the recovery of strategic and rare metals: primary and secondary resources.

Jim Burnett

Jim works within the John Lewis Partnership as General Manager Engineering Waitrose & Non-Trading estate. Creating strategic direction and vision for the day to day delivery of increased and replenished footage in a growing business environment. Jim has engineering specification and standards control for all aspects of the Waitrose & Non-trading estate. The drive to sustainability within JLP has driven the business in a clear direction and somewhat against the conventions of the industry in some aspects and Jim has a controlling mind in the sensible commercial applications of sustainable solutions across the disciplines. JLP Property Services work with the principals of their own Responsible Development Framework. This policy sets out targets that we will Design, build, operate and dispose of all our properties.

Jim has a background in electrical engineering working within the building services industry and a considerable experience profile spread between conventional engineering and very challenging leading edge sustainable engineering and is supported within the Partnership by a desire to ‘do what is right’ for the betterment of the business, its partners and customers. This desire is funded and driven and allows some scope for controlled risk that allows license to ‘try’ where in a conventional commercial practice structure opportunity may be a little more constrained.


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