Stunning Cast Revealed for Retro Expo Green Deal Summit

23rd July, 2012

As The Green Deal continues to take shape week-on-week, an exciting line up of keynote speakers drawn from across the low carbon retrofit supply chain have been confirmed to take part in Retro Expo’s Green Deal Summit later this year.

Bringing together leaders from across the value chain, from clients to installers, the Summit will address key issues such as finance, generating demand, ensuring high standards of workmanship and achieving affordable technological solutions. The Green Deal Summit is the only conference you need to attend to get clarity on and insight into the Green Deal and the lowdown on those who are leading the retrofit revolution. 

For the first time ever all of the UK’s leading city councils – Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Greater London Authority – will be coming together on this national platform to talk about their retrofit plans. 

The Green Deal Summit will comprise of seven modules – here is a flavour of what to expect.

Module 1: Green Deal Finance
Includes a senior representative from the Department for Energy and Climate Change plus Green Deal Providers – Travis Perkins, British Eco and E-ON. Speakers will include Paul Davies, Partner, PwC and The Green Deal Finance Company; Barry Lynam, External Affairs Director, Knauf; Paul Joyner, Head of Sustainable Building Solutions, Travis Perkins; Mark Cherry, Head of Green Deal Bid Development, E-ON and Nigel Taylor, Managing Director, Carillion Energy Services. PwC Partner Paul Davies will then update on the progress of The Green Deal Finance Company in securing retrofit finance, followed by a Big Debate on Making Green Deal Finance Work.

Module 2: Driving Demand
With recent surveys predicting just one in five people will participate in the Green Deal scheme, winning trust and getting buy in from consumers will be vital. Speakers include: Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive, Energy Saving Trust; Sally Hancocks, Director, Gentoo Green; Lucy Darch, Energy Director, U-Switch; David Adams, Head of Retrofit, Willmott Dixon; Chris Jofeh, Head of Retrofit, Arup; James Pitcher, Head of Energy and Environmental, Tesco; Liz Peace, Chief Executive, British Property Federation; Miles Keeping, Partner, Drives Jonas Deloitte and Yashin Sarnaik, Associate Director, Utility Wise.

Module 3: Retrofit at Scale
Hear from the UK’s leading local authorities and Energy Efficiency Partnerships for Buildings. Speakers will include: Professor Tim Dixon, University of Reading; Michael O’Doherty, Head of Climate Change: Buildings and Energy, Manchester City Council; Mareike Schmidt, Strategic Energy Programme Manager, Bristol City Council; Rachael Hickman, Project Manager – Programme Delivery (Environment), Greater London Authority; David Strong, Chair of The Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings; John Kimber, Managing Director, New Energy, British Gas; Peter Wanless, Chief Executive, The Big Lottery Fund and Ben Ross, Forum for the Future

Module 4: Retrofit Learning and Innovation
Key learning from research programmes, technology competitions and Green Deal Pilots will be shared with the help of Paul Ruyssevelt, Low Impact Buildings Consultant, Technology Strategy Board; Jeremy Kape, Director of FutureFit, Affinity Sutton; Chris Ward-Brown, Chair, National Centre for Refurbishment Excellence; John Doggart, Old Homes Superhomes Project, Sustainable Energy Academy; Neil May, Chief Executive, Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance; Dave Sowden, Chief Executive, The Micropower Council; Saint Gobain; Professor George Martin, University of Coventry; Ian Orme, Rickaby Thompson Associates; David Frise, Head of Sustainability, B&ES; Dr Peter Rickaby, Director of Rickaby Thompson Associates Ltd and member of the DECC Green Deal Installer Accreditation & Quality Forum.

Module 5: Retrofit in the Social Housing Sector in Partnership with Sustainable Housing Action Partnership (SHAP)
Local authorities and RSLs manage more than 3 million homes across the UK. This session examines how they can access The Green Deal and looks at best practice in the social housing sector. Local authorities and RSLs manage more than 3 million homes across the UK. This session examines how they can access The Green Deal and looks at best practice in the social housing sector.

Module 6: Green Deal Skills
Delivered in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies. This brings into focus the work to date in upskilling assessors, the appointment of 14 certification bodies and the progress made towards creating Green Deal National Occupational Standards. Featuring: Lynne Sullivan OBE, Sponsor of the Green Construction Board’s Knowledge and Skills Working Group; Dr Andy Ainsworth, Room 4 Consulting and Author of Retrofit Skills Gap Research; Keith Marshall, Chair of The Green Deal Skills Alliance; Richard Foxwell, Head of Green Skills, Asset Skills; Brendan McGarry, Environment Operations Manager, Green Deal Oversight Body (GD ORB), Gemserv; Quincy Lissaur, Senior Business Consultant, BSI and Author of the PAS 2030 Standard C Skills Awards; ABBE or City & Guilds; Jonathan Davis, Chief Executive, CoRE; Tim Pollard, Head of Sustainability, Wolseley plc; Dr Cathryn Hickey, Director, National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies

Module 7: The Green Deal and Beyond
Delivered in partnership with the British Property Federation. Aimed at SME occupiers and landlords, this module examines the opportunities and barriers to retrofits, and provides a practical guide to how these can be overcome. Included in this module will be a Retrofit Dragon’s Den where six innovative SMEs will be invited to present one product or service – but will they be able to hold their nerve and convince the panel?

Participants in the Green Deal Summit commented:

“A great conference programme at a great time to have a Green Deal Summit” Jeremy Kape, Director of Property Investment, Affinity Sutton.

“A fascinating Summit”, Chris Jofeh, Global Buildings Retrofit Leader, Arup

Dr Peter Rickaby, from Rickaby Thompson Associates who sits on the editorial board said: “Retro Expo will concentrate the nation’s retrofit expertise in one place for an unmissable three-day event that will transform our industry”

The Summit’s seven modules can be purchased by delegates individually or in any combination up to and including a full conference pass. Delegate prices range from £75 to £289.00 + VAT per person. For more information email:

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