ALEO National Training-Day Conference – Wigan 2016, Presentations

Held at the Pier Centre, Wigan on 15 July 2016

Presentation slides and biographies for speakers and workshop facilitators are now available below.

John Kolm-Murray – ALEO National Chair

Presentation Title: Chair’s Welcome and Update – ECO 3 and life after Brexit

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John has worked on fuel poverty in Glasgow and London and heads the Seasonal Health & Affordable Warmth Team at the London Borough of Islington, leading on the integration of affordable warmth and health work. In addition to developing policy and strategy, John manages a number of programmes, including the successful Seasonal Health Interventions Network (SHINE). His main interests are in the prevention of seasonal health inequalities, protecting the most vulnerable against the impacts of climate change and addressing the particular challenges of energy efficiency in inner cities. Recently his team won the Ashden UK Award for their work on SHINE. John has served on a number of national policy development bodies, including those that developed the private rented sector energy efficiency regulations and the NICE guideline on excess winter deaths.

Steve Barnard – National Business Development Manager, Park Home Insulations

Presentation Title: Sponsor’s Address and Park Home Insulation

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Steve Barnard is the National Business Development Manager at Park Home Insulations. He is an advocate for highlighting Fuel Poverty for vulnerable residents living in park homes. Continually campaigning and engaging with DECC and local authorities in the fight to supporting the most vulnerable people in society living in the UK’s worst housing conditions.

Andrew Champ – Executive Director of the

Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA)

Presentation Title: Reducing risks of external wall complaints

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Andrew Champ worked in the construction industry for over 34 years, 26 of these with Rockwool Insulation. Andrew has worked for SWIGA for just over a year focused on improving industry quality by reducing risks, implementing strong process and working with external stakeholders: DECC, BSI, BBA, BRE, NIA and INCA.

David Weatherall – Director, Future Climate

Presentation Title: Reaching agreement for energy efficiency improvements in flats

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David Weatherall works on overcoming the policy and regulatory barriers to energy efficiency improvements in homes. David has worked for many years for the Energy Saving Trust as well as helping found the non-profit research agency, Future Climate. David is passionate about ensuring energy efficiency policies and programmes benefit all homes, including the hardest to treat properties and hardest to reach households. He is currently a Knowledge Exchange Fellow with Oxford University working on the legal barriers to energy efficiency in blocks of flats.

Lord Peter Smith – Leader of Wigan Council and Chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Strategic Partnership Board

Presentation Title: How tackling fuel poverty contributes to improving health and wellbeing, and reducing demand on health and social care services

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Peter was elected to Wigan Council in 1978 and was Chairman of Finance from 1983 to 1991 when he became Leader of the Council. In June 2000, he was elected Chairman of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) and in 2011 Chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). He is currently leading on Health Devolution.

In June 1999, Peter was created a Life Peer with the title Lord Smith of Leigh. In Parliament he takes particular interest in local government, health and transport matters. Peter is active at the national, regional and sub-regional levels of local government. He was appointed as trustee of the Leadership Centre for Local Government and has been appointed Chair from March 2010.

Carolina Valsecchi – Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)

Presentation Title: Consultation on the Future of the Energy Company Obligation

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Carolina Valsecchi works in the Energy Companies Obligation policy team, in the Home and Local Energy Directorate in DECC.



Workshop A: Data and ECO 3

Debbie Haynes – Oxford City Council

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In the light of the recent ECO 3 consultation, this workshop will examine the kind of data that may be required to help councils successfully target fuel poverty and associated funding. Using Oxford City Council’s experience with the EDIS project, this will introduce delegates to the data behind ECO 3 and fuel poverty, and help them understand that which they have at their fingertips. It will also discuss the balance between the sensitivity and geographical area coverage of data and relative data protection requirements. Delegates will be introduced to the innovative EDIS tool, illustrating detailed mapping to target fuel poverty / ECO funding more effectively. A webinar may be offered after the event if delegates express a further interest in this.

Debbie Haynes – Oxford City Council

Debbie Haynes has nine years of experience in local government sustainability and is BREEAM AP accredited as well as having an MSc from the Centre for Alternative Technology. She has both energy related project experience and a strong understanding of policy and fuel poverty data and policy. She works across all tenures and teams in Oxford City Council in order to improve the city’s energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty. Areas of particular expertise include data for fuel poverty targeting with a particular emphasis on social housing and the private rental sector. Recent projects include the ERIC project, looking at the feasibility of energy storage with Solar PV in domestic social housing properties.

Workshop B: Fuel Poverty and Health

Anees Mank – Lead for Housing and Regeneration, Wigan Council
Kate Steen – Senior Public Health Practitioner, Wigan Council
Leanne Elsworthy – Public Health Officer, Wigan Council
Karen Spencer – Agency Manager, Wigan Borough Care & Repair
Kate Eckersley – Senior Marketing Officer, Dyson Energy Services

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Wigan Council’s Affordable Warmth Access Referral Mechanism (AWARM) began operating in the Wigan borough in 2008. AWARM delivers Recommendation 2 – to ensure there is a single-point-of-contact health and housing referral service for people living in cold homes – of the NICE Guidelines NG6 on excess winter deaths and illness and the health risks associated with cold homes.

This interactive workshop will explore the practicalities of resourcing, commissioning and operating AWARM, including:

  • Making an invest-to-save business case for funding
  • Getting political and senior management support
  • Engaging with health colleagues
  • Incorporating an academic evaluation from the start
  • Training front line referrers
  • Marketing, promoting and targeting
  • Running a two-way referral mechanism
  • Conducting healthy home checks
  • Funding and installing heating and insulation measures

Anees Mank – Lead for Housing and Regeneration, Wigan Council

Anees is an award-winning Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner with extensive experience in designing, resourcing and delivering creative and innovative evidence-based Energy Efficiency, Fuel Poverty and Regeneration projects, which have been delivered in a joined-up way to give the Wigan borough the lowest level of Fuel Poverty in Greater Manchester.

Anees has been particularly successful in attracting funding, building partnerships and investing wisely on prevention and early intervention schemes, which have been held-up as best practice nationally by DCLG, DECC, NICE, PHE and RCGP, in order to deliver tangible results on improving health and wellbeing, and reducing demand on health and social care services.

Workshop C: Stakeholder Engagement

Facilitator: Rachael Mills, Director, SE2

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This workshop will be a masterclass in how to map and prioritise the stakeholders in your fuel poverty / energy efficiency project, giving you a taster of how powerful and relevant stakeholder engagement can be.

Rachael Mills, Director, SE2

Rachael Mills is co-founder and director of SE2, a consultancy passionate about helping communities and organisations – in both the private and public sectors – find real solutions for a sustainable future.

Rachael is an enabler: she believes people are the key to change. She is an expert in stakeholder dialogue: bringing people together and giving them a space to talk, to listen, to share ideas and to find an agreed way forward.

This workshop will be a masterclass in how to map and prioritise the stakeholders in your fuel poverty / energy efficiency project, giving you a taster of how powerful and relevant stakeholder engagement can be.

Twitter: @se2_rachael