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From Policy to Delivery – How Local Authorities Can Achieve Net Zero Carbon; Hosted by Wokingham Borough Council

Tuesday, 8th December 2020 1245hrs – 1430hrs

This free to attend online event is hosted by Wokingham Borough Council – a Unitary local authority in Berkshire, with their delivery partners RCDC, HLM Architects and Reds10.

In this webinar we’ll share the story of our journey towards delivering a net zero carbon facility, the first one in the Borough being delivered by the Council, starting from the very beginning of the process. We will be joined by a broad range of panellists from strategy, delivery and the technical side as well as the consultant team and the contractor – who’ll be sharing their experiences, their approach to problem resolution, and sharing best practice for mutual advantage.

With years of expertise in a variety of different areas and sectors, our panel are well positioned to give a diverse and ‘cover all bases’ overview on how to deliver a net zero carbon facility – and the audience will have the opportunity to put their questions forward.

Speakers for this event include:

Our online webinars will merge our face-to-face events with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, an exceptional panel discussion and debate, speaker presentations and an exhibition hall. The agenda will run as follows:

12:45-13:00 – Networking & Exhibition

13:00-14:00 – Main Stage –

14:00-14:30 – Networking & Exhibition

Here’s a little video highlighting what to expect

And here’s a bit more information of key areas of our online webinars…

You’ll receive unique log-in details to join our online event via computer or phone – and you’ll be greeted with an easy navigation tool. You’ll be able to navigate to:

Main Stage

Where the webinar will take place with excellent speakers and content. You’ll be able to get involved, asking questions and taking part in live polls.


Just like a real event you’ll be able to meet and connect with new people in our forum. You can directly request to chat with someone or you can enter our ‘speed networking’ area to meet numerous new people within the industry. Get your elevator pitch ready!

Sponsor / Exhibitor Area

Meet our partners and sponsors – view what they’re all about, video chat with them and download their literature and product information.

Wokingham Borough Council – Tim Searle, Senior Construction Project Manager

Tim, a Chartered Building Surveyor, has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. Tim joined Wokingham Council in 2008 as a client project manager. He has been working on the Council’s varied education and corporate capital projects taking them from inception, through the design, procurement and construction phases and handover to the end user.

Wokingham Borough Council – Rhian Hayes, Category Manager, Economic Prosperity and Place

Rhian has 10 years’ experience of developing and implementing key sustainability strategies for Wokingham Borough Council.   Currently managing the team responsible for developing Wokingham Borough`s Climate Emergency Action Plan, she is passionate about delivering a sustainable, low carbon future for residents

Wokingham Borough Council – Andy Glencross, Assistant Director, Highways & Transport & Green Infrastructure

Andy has worked in the Council’s Countryside Service in a number of roles since 1993 and has been instrumental in recent years developing a commercial approach to the provision of countryside recreation opportunities within the Borough and to the delivery of new green infrastructure facilities that address the needs of recent large scale housing growth in the Borough.

Wokingham Borough Council – Gregor Murray, Chair of Climate Emergency Working Group

After being appointed to the council’s executive committee, Gregor formalised the council’s commitment to the climate change agenda by pushing the council to declare a climate emergency with the ambitious goal of reducing the borough’s carbon footprint to net carbon zero by 2030. Since the council’s declaration in July 2019, Gregor has been leading the council’s work on tackling climate change which includes a variety of exciting projects including a green bank, solar farms, the borough first net-zero carbon building and more.

Wokingham Borough Council – Diana Tovar, Climate Emergency Strategy Officer

Diana is Wokingham Borough Council’s first Climate Emergency Strategy and Commissioning Officer. She has worked in collaboration with businesses, residents and schools to develop the Council’s response to the climate emergency.

She has worked in environmental management and sustainability for the last 15 years. Over her career, she has advised and supported various organisations to improve environmental performance.

Wokingham Borough Council – Ian Gough, Energy Manager

With over 20 years’ involvement in the Energy efficiency / Renewables arena, Ian has been responsible for the delivery of a number of major projects, reducing the Borough’s corporate Carbon Emissions reductions by well over 20% and 300 Tonnes in the last five years. These projects include: multiple energy efficiency measures/upgrades to properties; the largest Local Authority roof mounted solar PV placement scheme in the whole of the South East, a behavioural change programme with schools and large home insulation schemes in the residential sector.

Reds10 – Paul Ruddick, Chief Executive Officer

Paul has been involved in the construction industry for the past 20 years and has etched a reputation for himself and for his enterprise with his positive and proactive leadership. Reds10 are integral to the zero carbon agenda in Wokingham and are supporting the council with a host of offsite and modular solutions that fit within sustainability parameters.


RCDC – Vince Ruane, Director

Vince Ruane is the Director and founder of RCDC, a building services and sustainability consultancy. Vince founded RCDC in 2019 with the aim of delivering high quality, digitally enabled, sustainable design. In its first year, RCDC has grown to four staff, working across a number of sectors including commercial, education, public sector and advising a number of clients on how they can become Net Zero Carbon leaders within the Construction sector.


Built Environment Networking – Amanda Griffiths, Director

Amanda is one of the Co-Founder’s of Built Environment Networking – formed almost 10 years ago.

She’ll be hosting a number of the sessions throughout the day, running the days proceedings and managing the interaction between our virtual delegates and the speakers.

Amanda Coupland Director Built Environment Networking

HLM – Alex Pullin, Architect

Alex Pullin is an architect with extensive experience designing for the education and leisure sectors within the UK and internationally. Alex is passionate about designing buildings that draw inspiration from their site specific contexts, and believes that sustainability should be a key principle for all projects. Alex is the lead architect for the new Dinton Activity Centre building.

13:00-13:30 Defining the Issues and Challenges of Zero Carbon

Chair: Wokingham Borough Council; Gregor Murray, Chair of Climate Emergency Working Group

Wokingham Borough Council; Rhian Hayes, Category Manager, Economic Prosperity and Place

Wokingham Borough Council; Ian Gough, Energy Manager

Wokingham Borough Council; Diana Tovar, Climate Emergency Strategy Manager

RCDC; Vince Ruane, Director

13:30-14:20 Turning Policy in Deliverables – Defining Solutions and Solving Problems

Chair: Wokingham Borough Council; Diana Tovar, Climate Emergency Strategy Manager

Wokingham Borough Council; Andy Glencross, Assistant Director, Highways & Transport & Green Infrastructure

Wokingham Borough Council; Tim Searle, Senior Construction Project Manager

Reds10; Paul Ruddick, Chief Executive Officer

HLM Architects; Alex Pullin, Architect

14:20-14:30 Addressing the Future- What’s Next for Wokingham Borough Council’s Zero Carbon Agenda?

Chair: Built Environment Networking; Amanda Griffiths, Director

Wokingham Borough Council; Gregor Murray, Chair of Climate Emergency Working Group

Wokingham Borough Council; Diana Tovar, Climate Emergency Strategy Manager


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Tuesday, 8th December 2020

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