By 2030, 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities – almost one billion extra people living, learning, working and playing in urban environments.
Future cities will need smart planning, different thinking and new ways of working together.
Join green contractor and developer Skanska along with Low Carbon South West and an expert panel of speakers for a thought provoking evening.
The evening will be introduced by
- Jennifer Clark -Director of Environment, Skanska UK
Jennifer Clark is Director of Environment for Skanska UK, responsible for environment and community investment across all UK operations after joining Skanska in 1999 as an Environmental Advisor.
Jennifer has successfully built up the environmental credentials of the company. Skanska obtained the ISO14001 environmental management accreditation in 2001, was named the UK’s greenest company across all industries by the Sunday Times in 2011, and won the FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Award for corporate responsibility and environment for 2014.
The panel discussion will be chaired by
- James Durie - Director, Bristol Chamber and Initiative, Business West
James Durie is Executive Director of Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative at Business West, the organisation that leads and speaks for business in the Bristol, Bath and wider area. Alongside this the organisation has a special group of all the major business and public agencies known as the ‘Initiative’, a business leadership team that enables the business community to engage in strategic matters important to business helping to bring health, wealth and opportunity for all citizens and also fulfil their wider responsibilities to the community. In 2012, James led the organisation’s contribution to the successful ‘yes’ campaign for an Elected Mayor for Bristol, put a business challenge to the mayoral candidates and the Chamber & Initiative is now working closely with Mayor Ferguson.
- Craig White Founding Director, White Design
White Design is an interdisciplinary sustainability practice specialising in the design of context sensitive, low carbon and low environmental impact buildings and landscapes, both cost effectively and to the highest design quality. Craig is also Director of White Design’s sister company ModCell - which has developed a cutting edge prefabricated straw bale cladding system; one of the world’s first products to make large-scale, carbon-negative building a commercial reality. Craig’s work is strongly focused on innovation and collaboration as well as how to maximise benefit and reduce environmental impact in an interdependent and interconnected world.
- Jo Davis Director of Planning, Development and Regeneration, GVA
Jo Davis is a Senior Director in the Bristol office of property adviser, GVA. Heading up the Planning, Development and Regeneration team across the South West and Wales, her twenty years’ experience in the industry has seen her involved in the planning of many of the region’s most prominent regeneration projects, residential housing developments, and complex brownfield site developments, working alongside companies and organisations such as HCA, St Modwen, North Bristol NHS Trust and Barratt Homes. Jo is a firm believer in taking the holistic view to sustainable development. Aware of both the opportunities and obstacles to effective delivery, she has an extensive understanding of what is achievable in this emerging market.
- Matthew Cross Head of Investment, Invest Bristol and Bath
Matthew is a highly experienced, senior international marketing and inward investment specialist with experience both in foreign direct investment business development, strategic marketing and branding and new business development. In his role as Head of Investment on the West of England’s inward investment team, Matthew is interested in the opportunities in the construction trade and potential to bring sustainable growth, development and job creation to the West of England, sustaining the region’s long term prosperity.
- Chris Fry Director, Temple Group
Chris is a business leader in environmental and sustainability consultancy. He helps organisations to create robust strategies and deliver sustainable infrastructure. Chris works on some of the UK’s most complex projects, with experience that spans the transport, renewable energy, water and construction sectors. Chris also has a strong interest in innovation, including leading a pan European study on harnessing ICT to improve energy efficiency of cities. Alongside his role as a Director of Temple he is also a member of the advisory board for the “Sustainability for Engineering and Energy Systems” industrial doctorate programme at the University of Surrey.
Travel information: The Watershed is located on Bristol Harbourside and can be easily accessed on foot, bicycle or public transport. Coming by car? Please see link to find parking.
Accessibility: Watershed is fully accessible across all floors. Please see this link to find out more
BIG Green Week: This event is taking place during Bristol's BIG Green Week, the UK's festival of eco ideas, art and entertainment - with over 150 events planned across Bristol from Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd June 2014.