Date: 21/10/2022

Time: 09:00 - 15:45

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Conference

Rothamsted Conference Centre, West Common, Harpenden AL5 2JQ
09:00 - 15:45
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Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce are excited to be holding its first Sustainability Conference, taking place at Rothamsted Enterprises, Harpenden on Friday 21st October 2022, from 09:00 to 15:45.

Sustainability is fast becoming the subject that everyone is talking about, including: How to decrease carbon emissions, how to improve waste management, how to preserve our natural environment, and the long-term environmental impacts that are damaging our planet, amongst other topics. We all have a part to play in supporting and protecting our planet both now and for future generations, and this conference will examine how organisations can rise to the challenge of becoming more sustainable.

Bringing together businesses from across the county, the event will provide guidance on how we can take a more practical approach to sustainability to achieve targets and deliver significant impact locally as well as nationally. The need to act on new Net Zero reporting legislation is affecting all businesses. This, together with the emergence of many consultancies in this field, means organisations need help navigating a way through this complex potential minefield.

How business should act is a common question. The answer is often a combination of using external advisors and training your people which businesses across Hertfordshire are already acting on.

Keynote speakers

We are joined by our keynote speaker, Laura Tobin, best known for reporting the weather for ITV. Laura is an environmentalist whose mission is creating conversation around climate change and eco-consciousness. She has just released her first book ‘Everyday Ways to Save Our Planet’ which is an insightful and interactive book, encouraging readers to implement changes big and small into each household.

We will also hear from Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO, Planet Mark, who will talk about the Practical Steps to Net Zero and how business leads the way. Steve will be setting the scene around climate and the energy crisis and how they affect companies of all sizes but in particular, SME's. Steve will also discuss how SME's will find pressure in demand to demonstrate cutting carbon emissions and how they balance this with the increased cost of energy etc. that we are all experiencing.

Lynne Ceeney, Director of Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Growth, at Hertfordshire County Council will talk about the Sustainable Herts Programme, and about the challenges and opportunities of delivering a sustainable Council and County.

Headline sponsors

In addition, there will be presentations from our headline sponsors, who will each share their thoughts, ideas and actions on sustainability within their business sectors and the impact on business. We will hear from:

  • Richard Davidson, Director, Willmott Dixon Construction
  • Fiona Edwards, Head of Sustainability, JPA Workspaces

Breakout Sessions

There will be two sets of breakout sessions at this conference, each offering a selection of topics for delegates to choose from, including:

Sustainable Business: What does good look like? Do you want to be more sustainable as a business, but not sure where you should be heading? What do others do and how do they make it happen? This workshop will bring best sustainability practices to life, using real examples, across various sectors, of what good like likes and what can be achieved.

Speakers: Rondi Allan and Nick Reilly, Sustainable X

Carbon Calculation Workshop: This workshop will provide help to companies with getting started on Scope 1 & 2 emissions. It will also explain the formation of the Herts Go Green and Grow initiative, which includes a group of cross-industry businesses cutting through the complexities of Net Zero, sharing information, developing an understanding and making a positive, measurable impact.

Speakers: Simon Littlewood, Estu, David Hawes, Net Zero International and Fiona Edwards, JPA Workspaces.

Full programme

Our conference will be chaired by Richard Potter, Director of Digital Strategy, Microsoft and the programme will include:

  • Keynote speakers
  • A choice of breakout sessions
  • A panel discussion and Q&A session
  • An exhibition (Stands are selling quickly, so if you would like to take an exhibition stand at this event, please contact for more information)
  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshments
  • Networking opportunities

If you are a member of Herts Chamber, book your place now to take advantage of the early-bird rate of £112.50 + VAT. Please note, this offer ends on 2nd September 2022. #HertsGoGreenandGrow #KeeptheHeartinHerts

Speaker bios

Laura Tobin

Laura Tobin is a TV weather presenter and fully qualified meteorologist. She studied BSc Physics and Meteorology at the University of Reading. She completed her forecaster training at the Met office, was an aviation forecaster at the RAF for four years and has been a broadcast meteorologist for 15 years - six at the BBC and nine at ITV. Laura has presented the weather while abseiling and on roller coasters, from mountains to beaches, Buckingham Palace to cathedrals but increasingly she has been covering more and more extreme weather in her weather reports and climate change. It is becoming increasingly clear we are having more extreme weather, more often and it's happening closer and closer to home. Laura visited Svalbard, which is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth to look at the impacts of Climate change and how that affects us here in the UK. Following her visit to COP26, Laura released her first book 'Everyday Ways To Save The Planet' which is an insightful and interactive book encouraging readers to implement changes big and small into each household. On the release of her book, Laura has appeared on Loose Women, Lorraine, Vicky Pattinson show and more to promote the message of going green.

Steve Malkin

Steve Malkin is the Founder and CEO of Planet Mark, a sustainability certification that recognises continuous improvement, encourages action and builds an empowered community of like-minded individuals who make a world of difference. Steve created and launched the Planet Mark to work with organisations to positively transform society, the environment and economy to create a brighter, more sustainable future for us and our planet. Over 99% of Planet Mark members achieve year on year carbon reductions. Planet Mark was recently awarded official partner status in the UN backed Race to Zero campaign and is helping organisations to set credible net zero carbon targets with plans to achieve them.

Lynne Ceeney

Lynne Ceeney, Director of Environmental Sustainability at Herts County Council (HCC), is an experienced sustainability professional with technical expertise in the built environment and infrastructure sector and in corporate sustainability programmes. Prior to joining HCC she ran her own sustainability consultancy. She has also worked at international level as Global Head of Sustainability for WSP/ Parsons Brinckerhoff and was Technical Director for Sustainable Communities at BRE. She has led and worked on numerous projects for UK national infrastructure providers and advised on iconic developments such as the 2012 Olympics Athletes Village. She has also run programmes providing sustainability advice to SMEs, and delivered consultancy support to a number of well known businesses.

Richard Davidson

Richard Davidson is a Director at Willmott Dixon Construction; responsible for business development, early tendering and market engagement. He has over 20 years’ experience in the sector working on all types of buildings in both public and private sectors. A strategic thinker and believer in constant improvement, Richard is frequently engaged in local and national initiatives turning his holistic thinking and energy to whichever challenge is presented. He has a particular interest in fusing traditional and modern methods to create sustainable, high quality buildings and is passionate about playing his part to achieve Willmott Dixon’s ambition that by the end of 2030 all of their new buildings and major refurbishments will achieve net zero operational carbon. He led the development of one of the first net zero carbon primary schools in England nearly 12 years ago; with the project not only achieving zero carbon emissions but also a BRE Global Award for achieving the highest BREEAM Outstanding schools project score that year. It remains as an exemplar of what can be done and a signpost for those looking to make positive change.

Fiona Edwards

Fiona Edwards is Head of Sustainable Development at JPA Workspaces, commercial furniture specialists operating across office, education and healthcare sectors. A member of the family business for over 20 years, she is passionate about helping businesses reduce furniture carbon through sustainable procurement, long-term value and social justice. Under her guidance, JPA’s well known environmental strategy has evolved into a cohesive ESG strategy, underpinned by their Race to Zero pledge, UN SDG and a commitment to showcasing the huge untapped benefits of local operation. Fiona currently sits on the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme steering group, the Furniture Makers Climate Change and Sustainability Committee and the Women in Office Design, Sustainable Design Collective. She’s also part of the first intake of the Net Zero Leadership Programme, provided by Estu in association with Trinity College Cambridge and a recent participant in the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Circularity Accelerator Workshop. Most of all, she wants to bring Hertfordshire businesses together to ensure they can meet coming legislation for survival and growth, in order to better safeguard our people and our planet.

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