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CBH 9 - Virtual Forum
26 April 2022
2.00pm to 5.00pm

01732 897901

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Approaching the Carbon Agenda
Achieving carbon efficient housing goals through
new-build and retrofit schemes.

Keynote Speakers

We look forward to welcoming you to our next Councils Building Homes virtual forum on the 26 April 2022.


This session’s topic ‘Approaching the Carbon Agenda: Achieving carbon efficient housing goals through new-build and retrofit schemes’, will focus on addressing embodied carbon, the circular economy and net zero as part of masterplanning, with case study examples of best practice in new-build and retrofit. The session will start with four keynote speeches, followed by a roundtable exercise on the topic of your choice and a Q&A session to finish.


Our keynote speakers include Rickardo Hyatt, Executive Director of Housing and Land, Greater London Authority, Nahim Ruhi-Khan, Head of Strategy and Investment, Leeds City Council and a joint keynote speech from Kieran Vincent and Mark Humphreys, Directors, Airey Miller, alongside Thomas Lefevre, Director, Etude Sustainability.

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Rickardo Hyatt

Executive Director of Housing and Land,

Greater London Authority


Rickardo joined the GLA in 2012 and has almost 15 years’ experience in housing. His is currently responsible for the leadership and development of the functions allotted to the GLA’s Housing and Land directorate, to provide strategic and operational direction for the delivery of the mayor’s housing, land and development programmes, pan London services, projects, and priorities, and to be an active member of the GLA’s corporate management team.

Throughout his career, Rickardo has established housing investment programmes and specialises in the structuring of recoverable investment to prepare land for housing delivery. In addition, he has overseen delivery of housing on GLA owned land in the east and south London. 

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Nahim Ruhi-Khan

Head of Strategy and Investment,
Leeds City Council

Nahim is an experienced housing practitioner with over 25 years’ experience of working to deliver improvements in the public sector. Nahim is currently responsible for the planning and delivery of significant capital investment programme to housing estates, including over 54,000 homes. Her previous experience includes delivering a range of property management functions to housing estates and a diverse range of non-housing assets forming part of an extensive, corporate civic estate.


Nahim led on the delivery of a large-scale housing regeneration project between 2014 and 2017. This flagship project included new-build housing, major refurbishment to existing homes and significant environmental improvements – the combination of which delivered transformational change for communities in several priority neighbourhood areas.

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Mark Humphreys 


Airey Miller

Mark Humphreys is a Director of Airey Miller with over 16 years’ experience in the Affordable Housing Sector. Mark has led the delivery of various new-build and retrofit residential schemes from inception through to completion, complying with the NAHP, Homes England, NDSS and the GLA Housing SPG. Mark is passionate about the delivery of good quality, affordable homes, with sustainability and social wellbeing at the heart of every development he is involved in. At Councils Building Homes 9, Mark will lead the round table discussion on the Retrofit London Housing Action Plan and reaching EPC level B, based on his recent work with Lewisham Council. 

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Kieran Vincent


Airey Miller


Kieran Vincent is the Director in charge of Airey Miller’s London office. He has gained 20 years’ experience in the delivery of professional consultancy services to local authorities, registered providers, and developer clients, delivering major projects, programmes and multidisciplinary technical co-ordination through all RIBA project stages.

Kieran has gained significant experience in the residential affordable housing sector delivering regeneration, land led and Section 106 developments. Kieran has also delivered Homes for sale and private rental accommodation for his clients.


Kieran has developed his expertise and knowledge to include embodied carbon, the circular economy and, net zero and can advise his clients on how best to approach these through their development activities.

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Thomas Lefevre


Etude Sustainability

Thomas is a Sustainability Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in environmental engineering, and sustainable design and construction. Thomas is environmental sustainability advisor to the University of Manchester, and a member of the Islington Design Panel.

Thomas set-up Etude in 2012, a sustainable engineering practice based in London with expertise in very low energy buildings. His aim has always been to deliver the most appropriate environmental response on projects, including the Passivhaus Parliament Hill School in Camden; the refurbishment of Grade I listed Somerset House East Wing; research into energy efficient retrofit opportunities for Tower Hamlets, or the exemplar East Wick and Sweetwater development in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Joanne Drew

Director of Housing and Regeneration,

Enfield Council

Joanne is Director of Housing and Regeneration at LB Enfield and co-chair of the London Housing Directors Network.  She has worked across the UK for central, regional, and local government, for housing associations and a national social justice charity driving transformation and the delivery of better outcomes for people, places, and the planet. At Enfield she leads a large scale housing led growth and regeneration agenda and the levelling up of the three wards of Edmonton which has multiple disadvantage.  Enfield is also co-lead Borough for the London Council’s pan London Climate Change programme for warmer and greener homes through housing retrofit.

Round Table Discussions

Round Table 1
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Rickardo Hyatt, John Murray
& Kunle Awofeso

Approaching funding and development

Round Table 2
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Kieran Vincent & Thomas Lefevre


Addressing embodied carbon, the circular economy and net zero as part of masterplanning

Round Table 3
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Mark Humphreys


The Retrofit London Housing Action Plan (reaching EPC Level B) 

CBH 9 - Virtual Forum
26 April 2022
2.00pm to 5.00pm

Why Councils Building Homes?

Airey Miller founded Councils Building Homes in 2019, as the senior leadership team recognised the absence of support for local authorities, as they restructured to self-deliver their housing development programmes.


Councils Building Homes brings together subject matter experts and councils from across the country to share lessons learned from their housebuilding endeavours, including their challenges and success stories, assisting other councils to avoid and overcome some of the common barriers to successful programme delivery.


Airey Miller is a multi-discipline organisation, specialising in the delivery of affordable housing and regeneration projects, with a long and successful track record delivering professional services to public sector housing clients. We have handed over more than 1,000 dwellings annually since 2008, with 1,890 units handed over in 2021.  A key to our success has been the formation of new services and innovation in our service delivery in response to the changing requirements of our public sector clients.


How we help "Councils Building Homes"

  • We deploy Airey Miller’s range of skillsets across the entire development process to become an “in-house out-sourced resource” to local authorities and their housing companies.

  • We provide capacity and capacity building, as required by our clients, helping them to properly scope, employ, manage and obtain value from the consultants and contractors. 

  • We assist local authorities and their housing companies, in a time of skill shortage, establishing a programme to ensure they meet their housing requirements.

Attracting keynote speakers with a proven
record of driving our industry forward

Our previous CBH 8 forum saw speakers Tom Copley, Deputy
Mayor of London, Dr Janice Morphet, visiting Professor UCL Bartlett School of Planning, Kate Dodsworth, Director of Consumer Regulations and Regulator for Social Housing, and a joint presentation from Homes England delivered by Shahi Islam, Head of Affordable Housing and Deborah Ward, Director Local Government Capacity Centre of Excellent.

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Supporting you beyond the forum

As a follow up to the success of the CBH forums many local authorities have benefited from in person consultations with Airey Miller, which have provided the opportunity to explore in more depth any of their challenges, including those identified at the forum, so that we can work together towards solutions.  


If you would like to arrange an in-person consultation with an Airey Miller consultant, please get in contact at this LINK.


I found the event both highly informative but also inspiring in terms of achieving housing aspirations and different approaches to doing this. Thank you so much for organising and allowing me to attend.


Kate Lowman, Devon County Council

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Some of our Local Authority Clients

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I found the forum highly informative, supportive, creative and very worthwhile. The opportunity to discuss common issues with an experienced cohort public and private professionals was refreshing. I will certainly attend again in the future.

Terry Fuller

Homes England

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CBH 9 - Virtual Forum
26 April 2022
2.00pm to 5.00pm