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The British Museum

Great Russell St




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Join us for our action packed annual membership conference

We are delighted to announce our latest agenda and confirmed speakers for this year's Network Harvest, including:

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund

Sir Ed Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Chair of Fit for the Future and former Energy Secretary

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust

Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder Director of Ashden

22nd November, 10am-5pm followed by evening drinks reception

Fit for the Future's Network Harvest is our biggest event exclusively for members, bringing practitioners together to gather knowledge, harvest ideas and share inspiring sustainability experiences.

Organisations attending include National Trust, RSPB, Cancer Research UK, Historic Royal Palaces, Somerset House and many more!

“Last year’s Network Harvest was a fantastic day; well organised, an excellent venue, and the structure meant there was plenty of time to network” - Sally Mills, RSP


10am: Arrival – tea, coffee and networking

10.45: Opening address by Sir Ed Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Chair of Fit for the Future Network and former Energy Secretary

Keynote speech by Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund

11.15: Inspiring member case studies followed by Q&A including

Steve Curtis, Operations Manager at Contact Theatre

A journey from diesel to electric

Phil Dyke, Coast & Marine Advisor at National Trust

Adapting to change on Brownsea Island

Oliver Ingwall-King, Energy Adviser at West Suffolk Council

Better Financial Outcomes for All

Alessandra McConville, Environment and Sustainability Manager at Cancer Research UK

Knowing your data

Sally Mills, Reserves Bioenergy Project Manager at RSBP

Reedbed bioenergy

Jason Mitchell, Waste Manager at Newcastle Hospital

Achieving zero waste to landfill

12.30 Lunch and networking

1.30pm: Workshop session 1

"Creating the case for a sustainable future" - Sheila Holden OBE, key business adviser during the London 2012 Olympics, helping businesses to reduce their travel demands in preparation for the Games

Making the business case is one of the first hurdles that members face when it comes to securing project funding or successfully bringing about organisational change. Using her experience of working with London businesses ahead of the 2012 Olympics, Sheila Holden will deliver an interactive workshop to help members through the process of creating the business case. Delegates will be asked to bring along a scenario that they can use during a "Dragon's Den" session and will have an opportunity to present their case!

"Adapting to change: bridging the gap from policy into action" - Keith Jones, National Trust, Meredith Wiggins, Historic England & Olly Watts, RSPB

In a recent survey with members we discovered that whilst 84% of your organisations have a standpoint on climate change, only 45% of your organisations have a clear plan in place to respond to that standpoint. This workshop will explore what the blockages are (organisational, knowledge, resources) and develop a plan for how Fit for the Future can help organisations take practical action. The workshop will be facilitated by members of Fit for the Future’s Adaptation Working Group, which was set up this year.

"Power House: cutting energy in historic buildings" in a seminar chaired by Mike Hudson, Director of the Renewable Energy Investment programme, National Trust - featuring Caroline Cattini, Historic England, Michael McNerney, The Charterhouse, & Paul Southall, National Trust

Fit for the Future members collectively own more than 40,000 buildings, many of which are pre-1919. This seminar will include case studies on how National Trust and Charterhouse have successfully reduced energy consumption within heritage and listed buildings; Historic England will also share best practice examples and principles for installing renewables within historic buildings. The session will be chaired by Mike Hudson, Programme Director for the National Trust’s Renewable Energy Investment Programme and include a Q&A.2.45pm: Tea, coffee and networking

3.30: Workshop session 2

(As above)

4.45: Closing remarks by Chloe Hampson, Network Manager

5.00: Evening drinks reception

5.45: Launch of Ambassadors programme by Sir Ed Davey, featuring Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust and Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder Director of Ashden

7.00: Close

Click here for more information about all of our speakers

By the end of the day you should come away feeling inspired with practical ideas for delivering sustainability projects in your organisation, new connections that can help you achieve your goals and useful knowledge about what to do and what not to do!

Who should attend?

This event is for member organisations of Fit for the Future Network only. Colleagues within member organisations who have not previously been to a Network event are welcome.

If you are not a member of Fit for the Future but are interested in attending please email Hannah Mann:

Cancellation policy

The event is free to attend but there is a fee of £60 for those that cancel within 10 days of the event or do not show up on the day.

Sponsored by The Coop:

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The British Museum

Great Russell St




United Kingdom

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Organiser Fit for the Future Network

Organiser of Network Harvest 2017

Fit for the Future is a network for environmental practitoners from the not-for-profit sector and beyond. We connect our members from across 80 organisations so that they can collaborate and share best practise in order to become climate friendly, resilient and adaptive organisations.

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