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SWM Annual Conference – New Connections – 25/11/14


25 November 2014


9:00 – 14:30


Conference Aston, Conference Centre and Hotel (within Aston Business School), Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET.


Sustainability West Midlands


Leaders and their advisers from the private, public and voluntary sectors and senior level policy and decision-makers willing to work together for a positive future for the West Midlands.

The event

The aims of the event are to:

  • Identify the connection between global climate change and the impact on the local environment of  the West Midlands
  • Showcase good practice and progress on the West Midlands 2020 sustainability priorities
  • Provide an exclusive networking opportunity for individuals and organisations

Draft agenda

09:00       Registration and refreshments 09:30       Welcome and introduction

Keynote address: Joan Walley, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee and MP for Stoke-on-Trent North

Joan will discuss the recent Environmental Scorecard published by the Environmental Audit Committee and the action required by Government to protect our environment and promote sustainable development.

SWM’s 2014 highlights

10:30       Refreshments 11:00       Sustainability in action – ConverStations

Table top case study presentations highlighting good practice throughout the region, followed by group discussions of issues and opportunities to scale up good practice in the West Midlands. Presenters include:

Alan Carr, SWM, Resilient communities

Andy Whyle, Ricoh, Sustainable manufacturing

Chris Perry, Centro, Smart ticketing

Christelle Harrison, EBRI, Potential for energy from waste

Diane Roberts, sben, Supporting business with sustainability

Gayle Monk, Anthony Collins, The Social Value Act

Helen Johnson, Staffordshire County Council, Energy management at Shugborough Hall

John Brewington, Severn Trent Water, Birmingham Urban Demonstrator

Karen Leach, Localise West Midlands, Localising prosperity

Liz Harris, Worcestershire County Council, Climate change resilience

Matthew Rhodes, Encraft, Smart grids and local energy

Michelle Smith, MAC, Active environmental management

Mike Goodfellow-Smith, SWM, West Midlands Futures Toolkit

Pam Waddell, Birmingham Science City, Innovation in the low carbon sector

Paul Fisher, University of Birmingham, Adaptation in the health sector

Paul Jenkins, NEC, Onsite waste management and energy production

Ruth Corrall, Worcestershire County Council, Young Director Experience

Sarah Crawley, iSE, Social value and the use of social enterprises

Sarah Evans, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Behavioural change

Simon Slater, SWM, Cross LEP working and low carbon economy

  12:30     Improving our local environment

Plenary and panel discussion – what ‘New Connections’ does the West Midlands need to make in 2015 to improve sustainability?

Panellists include:

Mark Rogers, CEX of Birmingham City Council and GBSLEP board member

Sarah Crawley, CEO of iSE

Steven Thompson, Climate Change Manager, National Grid

Paul Fisher, Research Fellow in Public Health, University of Birmingham

 13:15     Close, networking lunch and exhibition 14:00      Optional tours of the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University

Bookings and further information

This event is free to attend but places are limited. To register your interest in a place at our Annual Conference please use our online form.

Sponsorship and exhibiting

A limited number of opportunities are available to sponsor or exhibit at our Annual Conference. For further information please email enquiries@swm.org.uk or ring 0121 237 5890. Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities 2014 (pdf)

Generously sponsored by:

European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)The Blu EffectBusiness Environmental Support Scheme for Telford (BESST)Climate KIC – Innovation Birmingham



 Exhibitors include:

CentroChase Community Solar LimitedCofely

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