An engaging full day conference designed to encourage networking, spirited debate and information sharing.

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Kindly note that agenda sessions and timings are subject to change.

9:30 am


Welcome from the host

Steve Frampton

Steve Frampton MBE,
9:35 am

Welcome from WYCC

Welcome from the headline sponsor, West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

Joanne Patrickson

Director, West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges,
9:40 am
Panel Discussion

Skills for a green economic recovery

This session will discuss green skills system in the North, and signals the role that businesses, communities and individuals across the North will play in achieving this. This session will look into more detail on the challenges we face and how we can overcome and achieve our net zero target by 2050.

Graham Hasting-Evans

Chief Executive, NOCN Group

Fernanda Balata

Senior Programme Manager, Environment & Green Transition, New Economics Foundation

Nikki Davis

Principal / CEO, Leeds College Of Building and WYCC board member,

Jo Cutter

Lecturer in Work and Employment Relations, Leeds University Business School
10:40 am
Panel Discussion

How are we supporting the green talent pipeline in the North?

Ensuring the supply of a skilled workforce to deliver the transition to net zero and support a thriving net zero economy in future will need to be a whole system effort, involving work based learning, further and higher education and research and innovation. It will require action from national agencies, colleges and universities, private and third sector skills providers and employer and professional bodies. This session will explore everything from recruitment to education to skills gateways to help support the green talent pipeline.

Holly Buckley

Senior Social Value Manager, Willmott Dixon

Lee Baum

Green Skills Manager, New College Durham

Gerry Ruffles

Head of Education, MOBIE
11:20 am

Break and Networking

Coffee, tea and networking.

11:40 am
Panel Discussion

Regional youth climate assembly

In conversation with the Regional youth climate assembly

Steve Frampton

Steve Frampton MBE,
11:45 am
Break out panel discussion

Closing the green skills gap

In this session experts from RE: geon will showcase how they are closing the green skills and the unemployment gap in the North East.

Nadia Scott

Managing Director, RE:geon Training

Tom Gallon

Career and Skills Facilitator , North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Paul Wilson

Apprentice Site Manager, REGEN Group
11:45 am
Break out panel discussion

Collaboration between education and industry

This session will focus on the importance of links between education and industry for green skills opportunities that will ultimately contribute to a green recovery in the North. The session will explore some of the current connections and how others can contribute and help the workforce of the future.

Maddie Booth

National Head of Education for Sustainable Development, Education and Training Foundation

Charlotte Bonner


Holly Hansen-Maughan

Sector Manager for Action Sustainability’s Supply Chain Sustainability School,

Joanne Patrickson

Director, West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges,
12:45 pm

Lunch and Networking

Lunch and networking.

1:40 pm
Panel Discussion

Building sustainable infrastructure in the North

Sustainable infrastructure will be a lynchpin in the UK hitting its 2050 net zero targets, vital at every stage of the supply chain and getting us to where we need to go. Delegates can hear more on latest developments including electric, retrofitting and advances in technology.

Amer Gaffar

Amer Gaffar, Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre

Alan Wilson

Director, Net Zero Group

Annette McDonald

Deputy Managing Director, Tatton Estates

Harrison Askew

Project Development Manager and Social Value Lead for Heat, SSE Energy Solutions,

Marc Mcloughlin MAFP

Managing Director of Greenarc,
2:35 pm

Comfort break

5 minute comfort break

2:40 pm
Panel Discussion

Reskilling, upskilling and retaining a workforce

The transition to net zero will require significant action from industry, individuals and wider society to upskill and reskill. Some jobs will require specific upskilling or retraining to move to sustainable, green jobs while all jobs will require higher levels of environmental awareness as well as adjustments to reduce emissions, recycle waste materials, and sustainably source products.

Mat Ilic

CEO of Greenworkx,

Brett Mendell

Director, Thomas Kneale

Charlotte Bonner


Phil Korbel

Co-Founder/Director of Advocacy, The Carbon Literacy Project

Nehal Mehta

Director of Regions and Social Value, SSE Energy Solutions,
3:35 pm

Conference close

Conference close with networking, tea and coffee

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