SWM Annual Conference 2014: New Connections – Global Climate Change and the Local Environment

Date of conference

25 November 2014


  • Alan Carr, SWM
  • Andy Whyle, Ricoh
  • Chris Perry, Centro
  • Christelle Harrison, EBRI
  • Diane Roberts, sben
  • Gayle Monk, Anthony Collins Solicitors
  • Helen Johnson and Mark Burston, Staffordshire County Council
  • Joan Walley, MP for Stoke on Trent North, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee
  • John Brewington, Severn Trent Water
  • Karen Leach, Localise West Midlands
  • Liz Harris and Heather Lammas, Worcestershire County Council
  • Matthew Rhodes, Encraft
  • Michelle Smith, MAC
  • Pam Waddell, Birmingham Science City
  • Paul Fisher, University of Birmingham
  • Paul Jenkins, NEC
  • Peter Braithwaite, SWM
  • Ruth Corrall, Worcestershire County Council
  • Sarah Crawley, iSE
  • Sarah Evans, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Simon Slater, SWM

Purpose of the presentations

The aim of the conference was to highlight the connection between global climate change and the impact on the local environment of  the West Midlands. We showcased good practice and progress on the West Midlands 2020 sustainability priorities through 20 ConverStations on various key topics. We also provided an exclusive networking opportunity for delegates.

Joan Walley delivered an excellent keynote presentation outlining the recent Environmental Scorecard published by the
Environmental Audit Committee and the action required by Government to protect our environment and promote sustainable development. Joan stressed the need for individuals to engage with their local MP and councillors to push the sustainable development agenda forwards.


100% of delegates providing feedback rated our Annual Conference as excellent or good in terms of content and organisation. Positive feedback included:

“Impressive unity of purpose from everyone involved and a willingness to share good practice”

“Great new opportunities for us to work with SWM from the offer to provide a link to the Parliament Environment Watchdog, to getting our emerging city region sustainability ready”

“It was worth it just to hear the Chief Executive of Birmingham say that their take-home action was to treat sustainability as an issue to be integrated rather than treated as a separate sector”

Contact Information

For more information contact enquiries@swm.org.uk or call 0121 237 5890.

Downloads and links

To view and/or obtain a copy of the presentations and resources from this event, please contact enquiries@swm.org.uk.

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SWM are very grateful for the support of our sponsors and exhibitors:

  1. BESST
  2. Chase Community Solar
  3. Centro
  4. Climate KIC – Innovation Birmingham
  5. Cofely
  6. EBRI
  7. The Blu Effect


Joan Walley, Keynote Speaker
ConverStation case studies
ConverStation case studies
Panel debate