Towards Net Zero Conference

25th February 2020 at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Birmingham

About this Event

8.30am Registration with tea/coffee

9.00am Welcome & Introduction to the work of the CE Midlands Innovation & Sustainability Thought Leadership Theme Group: Noel Street, 3D Reid

9.20am Keynote Presentation: Verel Rodrigues, Extinction Rebellion

9.50am Major Contractors’ Group Project: Mark Wakeford, Stepnell

10.10am Mi-Space Existing Stock Case Study: AJ Eaton, Mi-Space

10.30am Tea/Coffee

11.00am Client’s Case Study: Charlotte Booth, BE Design

11.20am Gaining commitment to addressing the Carbon Challenge: Dr Andrew Dewar WSP

11.40am Contractor’s Case Study: Penelope Mitchell, Overbury

12.00pm Supply Chain Case Study: Nathan Annand, Hadley Group

12.20pm Legal Perspective: Joseph Mackey, Shakespeare Martineau

12.40pm Open Forum

12.55pm Summary & Close: Noel Street , 3D Reid

1.00pm Lunch





AJ Eaton BSc (Hons) MCIOB

AJ has worked in the social housing sector since leaving university in the 1990's. Having worked on both the client and now contractor side, he has a unique insight in to the sector. AJ is a statutory director at the award winning Mi-Space and over the past eight years has led a team to quadruple the turn over of the business and established a reputation for delivering clients visions and values.  Mi-Space have recently delivered the largest Passivhaus development in the UK and are undertaking decarbonisation of existing properties for clients in the South West and Wales. 

They are also undertaking Energiesprong pilot programmes for three social housing clients. AJ is a part of the Constructing Excellence South West Board and plays an active part in the Innovation & Sustainability Thought Leadership Forum.  He lives in Devon with his family and enjoys cycling, recently leading a team to raise over £60,000 for Prostate Cancer on a sponsored bike ride to Amsterdam.

AJ will be speaking about the challenge of decarbonising existing stock to meet the commitments set out in the Clean Growth Strategy and Climate Change Act and what is involved with delivering the commitment.  We may need to shorten this, but in essence its what I am going to talk about.


Dr Andrew Dewar - WSP

Andrew brings calm to chaos. He uses expertise in psychology and continuous improvement to enhance performance and solve complex problems.

His innovative work has been published in academic journals, providing life-enhancing advice to people around the world.

Andrew’s knowledge has propelled him through a young but stellar leadership career, gaining awards in high level sport, third and public sector.

Andrew's career prior to WSP included working for Defra and the Environment Agency where he worked on a number of Sustainability related Change Programmes.

Andrew’s qualifications include: PhD motivational psychology, Chartered Psychologist, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, ISO 18404 accredited Lean Practitioner


Noel Street 

Noel is a Chartered Architect with over 30 years of experience in the Construction industry working with both Public and Private clients across multiple sectors of the industry.

A familiar presence within the Midlands property industry,Noel currently chairs both the Sustainability & Innovation Forum for Constructing Excellence Midlands and the Construction focus group for Innovation Alliance West Midlands. He also formerly chaired the Construction Industry Council – West Midlands and Birmingham Best Practice Club – Constructing Excellence.

Noel is a Director of 3DReid in Birmingham, a practice of international award winning architects, where hebrings an international mind-set providing an in-depth knowledge of complex developments operating in a highly regulated and commercially fluid environment.

He is responsible for both the business growth and operational delivery of projects across the UK for major Urban design, Commercial, Mixed-Use, Retail & Leisure, Residential, and Hotel developments.

Until: 25th February    Time: 8:30am - 2:00pm

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