Archives: Speakers

Sarah Denton

Sarah Denton has more than two decades of experience in the construction and modular building sectors. She has specialised in helping public sector providers develop solutions to optimise their estates to meet growing demand. Sarah has worked closely with the Department for Education on a number of high profile projects within the sector. With an… Read more »

Joanna Clarke

Joanna is a registered Architect, currently employed as a Design Manager at SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre, Swansea University, where her main role is to support the design and delivery of low-energy Active Building projects. She designed SPECIFIC’s two main building demonstrators – the Active Classroom in 2016 and the Active Office in 2018, on… Read more »

Ben Rawlence

Ben is an award winning writer, activist, former speech writer to Sir Menzies Campbell and Charles Kennedy and co-founder of BMC, a new university located in the Brecon Beacons dedicated to addressing the unfolding climate and ecological crisis. Ben wrote two books about the human consequences of environmental catastrophe in Africa: Radio Congo and City of Thorns.  After… Read more »

Simon Trew

As regional director for Stride Treglown’s Cardiff studio, Simon leads a client focussed team with a passion for creativity and technical excellence. He’s written on education design in the Architects Journal, contributed to RIBA education panels and worked with the Welsh Government and Constructing Excellence to develop, deliver and present approaches to affordable model school… Read more »

Gavin Traylor

Gavin is a chartered architect with over 20 years’ experience within the construction industry and is the current RSAW President for a two-year term. He is currently a Lecturer in Architecture & Construction at UWTSD within the School of Architecture, Construction and Environment in Swansea, and is the Academic Lead for Project Integration & Industry… Read more »

Peter Hazzard

Peter is a Chartered Mechanical Design Engineer with 30 years of engineering consultancy experience covering services design from inception to completion on a wide range of projects, in the commercial, education, residential, retail, leisure, transport and defence sectors. Currently Peter is focusing his career on providing excellent designs in the education sector. He has delivered… Read more »

Rhodri Davies

Rhodri is a Senior Sustainability Manager for global construction specialists ISG and has over 12 years experience within the industry including working on some of the largest construction schemes in Europe. Rhodri is a chartered environmentalist, and a full member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Rhodri is passionate about delivering sustainable… Read more »

Emyr Harries

Emyr leads the Welsh Government’s Education Division with responsibility for education infrastructure, which includes education capital investment and the Sustainable Communities for Learning programme, education sector funding and finance, as well as education operations such as business planning, governance and business continuity. Prior to joining the Welsh Government, Emyr was an Associate Director for Infrastructure,… Read more »

Neil Thomas

Neil is a dynamic educational consultant based in Wales, with 14 years of teaching and leadership experience in the UK and internationally. His passion for education is centred around the philosophy that every child can achieve excellence. Working with school leaders, local and national governments, Neil advises on leadership, curriculum development and school design. Neil… Read more »