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Yorkshire Sustainability Conference – Day two: Future Cities

From our infrastructure in energy, construction and transport to water, waste and our economy.

Wed 05 Jul | £150

09:00 - 17:00


Cloth Hall Court, Quebec St, Leeds LS1 2HA

The Yorkshire Sustainability Conference is the BIG event taking place during YSW. Join like-minded attendees across the two days and listen to internationally recognised speakers and the trailblazers working towards their sustainability goals.

Day two focuses on the themes of future cities, covering:

  • Transport
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Water & waste
  • Economy
  • Manufacturing

Each track will include two keynote sessions, two panels and dedicated exhibition halls to meet and connect with those working in sustainability in those sectors. The Conference covers topics that will support those at the beginning of their sustainable business journey, right through to those who are deep in the work.


Who attends

Whether you’re a seasoned sustainability expert or just starting out, this conference is for anyone who wants to hear from experts in the field and learn more about initiatives that are already happening across Yorkshire and initiatives to get involved with or implement for your own organisation.

The Yorkshire Sustainability Conference is a place where like-minded individuals come together to network with like-minded individuals all committed to making a difference. We welcome everyone from the start-up community through to established businesses who want their voices heard on issues that matter.

You can also sign up for Day 1 of our conference – Living Sustainably.



09:30 – 09:40 – Opening Speech: Herringbone Suite- Kate Hutchinson and Cllr Helen Hayden

09:45 – 10:45 – Keynotes – Economy: Herringbone Suite-

Thriving: Beyond Sustainability to Regeneration of Nature, Society and the Economy. Dr Wayne Visser, Director at Kaleidoscope Futures Lab. Ltd

The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism! John Elkington, Founder & Chief Pollinator at Volans

09:45 – 10:30 – Panel: The Green Built Environment of the Future: Denim Room- Hannah Keighly, Civil & Structural Engineer CEng MICE MIStructE,  Michaela Lindridge, ESG, Social Value and CSR Specialist, Purpose advocate, Solutions seeker, Severfield, Jonathan Wilson, Managing Director, CITU,  Andrew Fairest, Ella Shuttleworth, Sustainability Assistant, Morgan Sindall Construction and David Aspin, Owner, Munroe K

09:45 – 10:30 – Panel: The future of Waste Management in a circular economy: Wool Room- Jonathan Straight, Purposeful entrepreneur and food waste campaigner,  Dhruv Dev LBSU President, Leeds Beckett Student Union and Alastair Little, Regional General Manager Yorkshire, Biffa

10:45 – 11:30 – Panel: Powering the path to a Net Zero Energy Future: Wool Room- David Owumi, Founder/CEO at Qinq, Bill Colquhoun, Founder at World Sustainability Collective and Tharina Conradie, Senior Consultant, Ener-Vate, Chris Tinson, Director, Pegasus Zero Ltd, Will Solomon, Regional Youth Climate Assembly.

11:00 – 12:20 – Keynotes: Herringbone Suite-

Transportation & Transformation – Modern Mobility for England’s Greater North: Alan James, Founder at Expert Alliance
Keynote: There is no planet B. Mike Berners-Lee, Researcher at Lancaster University

11:00 – 11:45 – Panel: The Green Economy of the Future – how will we reshape the economy to meet with our 21st century challenges: Denim Room- Enrich Sahan, Business & Enterprise Lead at Doughnut Economics Action Lab, Faye Coleman GM4Women Co-Lead at World Economic Forum & OYW Global Ambassador, World Economic Forum and UN Women, Will Smith at Tred, Eve Roodhouse, Chief Officer at Leeds City Council, Rob Doepel, UK&I Managing Partner for Sustainability at EY UK

12:20 – 13:00 – Lunch break

13:00 – 13:30 – Keynote: Changing the way people think about waste; From Evolution to Revolution: Herringbone Suite- Roger Wright, Waste Strategy & Packaging Manager at Biffa

13:00 – 13:45 – Panel: Skills for a Green Economy: Wool Room- Georgina Knockton, People Advisory Director at EY UK, Vera Trappmann at The University of Leeds, Kate Smith at Kate Smith Consulting, James Murray, Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Natasha Barber-Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Better Connect Limited and Curtis Yip Student, Regional Youth Climate Assembly

14:00 – 14:30 – Keynote: Leading the way in the Built Environment: Herringbone Suite- Yetunde Abdul, Head of Climate Action at UK Green Building Council (UKGBC)

14:00 – 14:45 Panel: What’s happening in the water sector right now: Wool Room- Nicci Russell, MD at Waterwise, Nikki Roach, Honorary Vice President at CIWEM, Neil Dewis at Yorkshire Water, Rosa Foster, Co-Director, Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission

14:15 – 15:00 – Panel: A clean and connected region – what’s next for transport in Yorkshire: Denim Room- Vincent Hodder, CEO at Leeds Bradford Airport, Jude-Daniel Smith, Youth Social Action Campaigner at Climate Education Academic, Angela Barnicle, Chief Officer Asset Management & Regeneration at Leeds City Council, Nick Brelsford, Head of Partnerships, Sustrans, Angela Barnicle, Leeds City Council and Paul Chatterton, Professor of Urban Futures, University of Leeds

15:00 – 15:30 – Keynote: Accelerating innovation in the UK & Ireland water sector: Herringbone Suite- Carly Jane Perry, Managing Director at Spring Innovation

15:00– 15:30 –Rehabilitation through Retrofit – building a green economy through social and economic equity: Wool Room- Nicola Bamford, Local Public Services Lead and Josh Dunn, Director, EY

15:15– 15:45 –Are skills the biggest issue we face in achieving the UK’s Net Zero targets: Denim Room- Chris Tinson, Director, Pegasus Zero

15:30 – 16:00 – Severfield’s sustainability approach to the greener skylines of tomorrow: Wool Room- Michaela Lindridge, ESG, Social Value and CSR Specialist, Severfield

16:00 – 17:00  Keynotes: Herringbone Suite-

Smarter Better Greener – The surprisingly long history of sustainability. Alan James, Founder at Expert Alliance

Leave No One Behind – Mat Zero, a safe and sustainable heating solution for refugees, disaster relief and informal settlements. Sri Hollema, Founder and Managing Director at Mat Zero

16:00 – 16:45 – Panel: Creating a sustainable supply chain in manufacturing: Denim Room- Jyoti Mishra, Associate Professor in Information Management at The University of Leeds, David Loseby, Professor of Research Impact in Supply Chain Management, Leeds University Business School,  Simon Collingwood, Director of External Affairs and Communications, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Holly Hansen-Maughen, Sector Manager for Retrofit, Construction & Future Workforce, Supply Chain Sustainability School, Thomas Hudson, Graduate Trainee – Project Management, Schneider Electric

16:45 – 17:00 – Closing remarks: Herringbone Suite- Kate Hutchinson

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