Speaker Group: 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 »

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 »

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 »

Natalie James-Rutledge

Natalie is a senior manager in the £2.3bn Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme, and she is responsible for delivery of the Programme in the north and mid Wales regions. Prior to joining Welsh Government in 2009, Natalie was a consultant geologist for 19 years.  Not only utilising her extensive technical experience but also gaining experience… Read more »

Robert Hopkins

Robert Hopkins is a Regional Director at AHR, passionate about education design. With over twenty years’ experience, Robert applies knowledge and experience, as well as pioneering research, to optimise the impact buildings and spaces have in enhancing the health and wellbeing of its occupants and maximising their learning potential. Robert recently led on the design… Read more »

Sarah Featherstone

Sarah is an architect and co-Director of Featherstone Young, a practice with expertise in place-making and social engagement. She is also a member of VeloCity, an all-women, multidisciplinary team re-imagining the village for the 21st century, creating new homes and working environments in healthy and socially cohesive places.  Her projects include the award winning Tŷ Pawb… Read more »