Fifth Commission Hearing is being held on Thursday 18th June, 2015 at 6pm - 2 June 2015

We are pleased to inform you that the Green Commission will be holding its fifth hearing of evidence in public on Thursday 18th June, 2015. You are invited to join us from 5.30pm for a start at 6.00pm prompt. The event will be be held in Reception Room B, Sheffield Town Hall.

The focus of this hearing will be looking at Green and Blue Infrastructure and how these issues can affect the sustainability of Sheffield.

Link for booking places can be found at the bottom of this page.

The expert witnesses who will be speaking at this hearing are:

Julia Thrift, Head of Projects and Events, Town & Country Planning Association

Julia works across a range of projects covering green infrastructure, climate change adaptation, planning and public health, garden cities and more. She is responsible for organising high profile conferences and seminars, overseeing projects across the UK, fundraising and sponsorship, staff management. She is a member of the Mayor of London's Green Infrastructure Taskforce.

Julia joined the TCPA in May 2013. She has also worked for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), where she was the founding director of CABE Space, the government's adviser on policy and practice regarding England's urban parks and public spaces. Prior to that she worked at the Civic Trust, where she ran the Civic Trust Awards for Architecture among other things.

Julia has experience of working with both Whitehall and Westminster; and putting together and leading collaborative projects involving a wide range of partners. She started her career as a journalist and has had work published in numerous newspapers, magazines and specialist journals.

She is particularly interested in the way that a high quality green and built environment can improve people's quality of life.

Will McBain, Associate Director, Water, Arup

In the 20 years I've been with Arup, I've worked on a wide range of water and environmental projects. Based in the Leeds office, I've worked closely with the UK Environment Agency for much of that time. I am on Arup’s business executive for water in the UK, the Middle East and Africa. My core expertise is in flood resilience: how to reduce the risk and impacts of floods for vulnerable people, properties and infrastructure systems. I'm particularly proud of projects where flood risk has been reduced while also improving the environment for local people and wildlife.

He is passionate about...

Water and environmental management
Flood risk assessment and management
Appraisal and design of infrastructure to alleviate flooding problems
Rivers and estuaries
Wetland habitat creation
Integrated catchment management
Blue-green infrastructure
Water Framework Directive, specifically HMWBs and fish pass projects

Professor Nigel Dunnett, Professor of Planting Design and Vegetation Technology, and Director of The Green Roof Centre, University of Sheffield

Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design and Vegetation Technology, and Director of The Green Roof Centre, University of Sheffield. His work revolves around innovative approaches to planting design, and the integration of ecology and horticulture to achieve low-input, dynamic, diverse, ecologically-tuned designed landscapes, at small and large scale. Major areas of focus include green roofs, rain gardens, pictorial meadows, and naturalistic planting design.

Robert Evans, Cenex

Following a successful career with Johnson Matthey, including a decade spent developing international markets for environmental and automotive technologies, Robert was appointed Chief Executive of Cenex in 2005. In this role he is responsible for Cenex’s work with clients to accelerate the uptake of low carbon vehicles and associated energy infrastructure through a project-based approach covering electric vehicles and electric vehicle recharging, hydrogen fuel cells and gas truck projects. Cenex also manages the delivery of the annual international Low Carbon Vehicle event taking place at Millbrook Proving Ground in September, bringing together 2,000+ visitors from more than 900 organisations.

Established in 2005 with UK government support to help accelerate supply chain and market development for low carbon vehicle technologies, Cenex operates as a not-for-profit, running programmes and projects for public and private sector clients with the aim of helping accelerate the uptake of low carbon vehicles and energy infrastructure. Cenex is known for its research into the market dynamics, vehicle operation and user behaviour for electric vehicles, as well as its work assisting fleet operators to plan for and implement carbon reduction measures using low carbon vehicle technologies. Cenex has also conducted techno-market studies and initiates small fleet demonstration projects for vehicles running on hydrogen and bio-methane.

Cenex manages the delivery of the LCV (Low Carbon Vehicle) event ( The LCV is a national Low Carbon Vehicle technology showcasing and networking event, which combines a Technology Exhibition, Ride&Drive, Seminar Programme and facilitated Networking. LCV2014 attracted more than 2,400 visitors from 950 different organisations. Cenex manages the Plugged-in Midlands Project, which is one of the eight original Plugged in Places for electric vehicle infrastructure roll out. Cenex has helped organisations in the Midlands to plan, procure, install and claim grant funding for more than 850 charge points across the East and West Midlands.

Robert currently represents Cenex on the Technology Group of the UK’s Automotive Council and the Industry Advisory Group of the InnovateUK Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation Platform which funds low carbon vehicle Research, Development and Demonstration. Robert is currently Chair of UK EVSE ( which represents the interests of charge point providers and e-mobility service providers active in the UK market. He is also a Director of the Advanced Propulsion Centre, Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and the Electric Corby Community Energy Company.

Venue Logistics:

Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone St, Sheffield, S1 2HH

Both Supertram and a number of bus services serve the City centre – more information can be found on this journey planner

Cycle parking information can be found here

Booking a Place:

UPDATE: Only 25 Spaces Remain!

While free you do need to book a place for this event. Tickets available via eventbrite:


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