Oliver Heath | Oliver Heath Design Ltd
Bryn Thomas | Brighton Permaculture Trust
Clara Bagenal George |Elementa
Duncan Baker-Brown | BBM Design
Dusty Gedge | European Federation of Green Roof Associations
Ehab Sayed | Biohm
Sally Lowndes| Onion Collective
Maria Smith | Burro Happold
Oliver is Founder of Oliver Heath Design Ltd, an architectural and interior design practice ;
focussed on delivering health & wellbeing in the built environment through evidenced based human centred design. Oliver’s work stimulates the adoption of happier, healthier places to live and work through his projects as designer, writer, and TV presenter.
Since 1998 he has presented on numerous television channels for shows such as BBC
Changing Rooms and BBC DIY SOS, and Norways TV2 Tid For Hjim. He frequently acts as a media spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), WRAP and the Energy Saving Trust.
Design clients include champions of sustainable business practice including Interface,
Unilever, B&Q, Bio Regional, and ING Real Estate, as well as designing products for the likes of John Lewis, Pilkington Glass and Earthborn paints.
Oliver is the author of 3 books, most recently Urban Eco Chic (Quadrille), selling over 30,000 copies in 6 languages, as well as writing regularly for the Guardian, Grand Designs magazine, and House Beautiful.
Oliver is a qualified Domestic Energy and Green Deal Assessor and is passionate about sustainable design. His human centred Biophilic Design approach seeks to reduce stress by strengthening the human connection with nature to improve health and well-being in the many spaces we live and work in. Oliver is currently a Biophilic Design ambassador for Interface flooring.
Bryn has been teaching permaculture since 1994. He is one of the founders of Brighton Permaculture Trust and is now our Director as well as managing Brighton Permaculture Trust’s fruit projects. Particular areas of interest include fruit growing and orchards, forest gardening and green architecture.
Bryn was instrumental in the successful crowdfunder to build the Fruit Factory in Stanmer Park for the Brighton Permaculture Trust. The Fruit Factory is a straw bale construction within the original flint building and is now a fully operational kitchen and classroom.
Bryn teaches on many of the Brighton Permaculture Trust courses and has for many years chaired Green Architecture Day.
Duncan has practised, researched and taught around issues of sustainable development for over 25 years. He has worked on projects as diverse as ‘The Greenwich Millennium Village‘ in London with Ralph Erskine, and more recently the multi-award-winning New Country House and Estate Master Plan in Sussex UK. Author of ‘The Re-Use Atlas: a designer’s guide towards a circular economy’ published by RIBA, he is perhaps best known for a series of thought-provoking ‘house’ projects testing issues of sustainable design and resource management including ‘The House that Kevin Built’ in 2008 and ‘The Brighton Waste House’ in 2014.
Duncan’s research tests the viability of a number of practices and materials, recognising the potential of discarded “waste” as a valuable resource in the future of construction, as well as live projects as valuable teaching aides. Through his projects he fosters community development and regeneration, working with apprentice builders and students, informing young people of all ages as to their role in sustainable living. Duncan creates examples of community practice that, through the use of innovative techniques such as ‘resource mapping’ can redefine what local materials are and match them with local skills and trades.
Duncan is currently the Principal Investigator for a €3 million Interreg research programme considering the viability of local waste flows to be processed into insulation for the social housing sector. He lectures widely on issues relating to sustainable development in the design and construction industry and has recently curated ‘The WasteZone‘, a three-day symposium involving over 25 invited speakers including Prof. Walter Stahel, Prof. Michael Braungart and David Benjamin of New York’s ‘The Living.’
Dusty Gedge is a trained performer and a recognised international speaker on green roofs, green infrastructure and biodiversity. He also uses his past career as a circus entertainer to provide meaningful and fun sessions at corporate events using juggling to energise and bring out key messages.
Currently the President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations and founder of Livingroofs.org, Dusty Gedge is a recognised authority, designer and consultant on green roofs and green infrastructure and works with Gary Grant for the Green Infrastructure Consultancy Ltd. He is also co-author, with John Little, of the Small-scale green roof guide that has helped lots of small roofs sprout across the globe on sheds garages and other small buildings.
Dusty has been a TV presenter on a number of UK shows and makes his own green infrastructure, green roof and nature videos. His interest in birds, bugs and butterflies led to his green roof career. He came late to nature photography but has been actively involved for the past seven years. Although birds are his first love, he has a particular interest in invertebrates (especially on green roofs) and solitary bees.
Ehab Sayed is founder and Director of Innovation at Biohm. Ehab has over 6 years of experience as a sustainable designer, engineer, circular economy strategist and built environment innovator with a passion for creating a biomimetic (nature- inspired) circular future. Through extensive research on the global construction industry, he founded Biohm to champion a transformation towards the integration of biological processes in manufacturing.
Ehab is a Climate-KIC Certified Professional and with Biohm has amassed a portfolio of awards and recognition from highly regarded international bodies. Member of the ‘Circular Economy Club’ and UKGBC.
Sally Lowndes is a Director of Onion Collective CIC in Watchet, West Somerset – a social enterprise at the vanguard of the community business movement. Along with her co-Directors, Sally is delivering an ambitious portfolio of projects on behalf of her town, designed to re-enfranchise the community and transform the economy of the area from a £6m cultural workspace development to a new, community-aligned model of industry.
Sally is committed to demonstrating that a better way of doing business is possible and that community can take its place at the heart of industrial innovation. Sally holds an MSc in Sustainable Development from Exeter University and is a member of the Circular Economy Club. She is focussed on the integration of community into the circular economy narrative, tying local need to global politics in real, tangible ways.
Director of Sustainability and Physics at Buro Happold, Maria is a multi-award winning architect, engineer, writer, and curator, working across disciplines to bring the built environment in line with planetary limits. Maria brings fifteen years’ experience leading multi-award-winning architecture and engineering practices – from art and architecture practice Studio Weave, Interrobang Architecture and Engineering and Webb Yates Engineers.
Maria is a nationally elected member of the council of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a trustee of the Architecture Foundation, and on the steering committee of Architects Declare. In 2017 she was appointed a Design Advocate by the Greater London Authority where she serves on the Ecological Urbanism Sounding Board and advised on the development of the Circular Economy Guidance document. Maria was also chief curator of “Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth”, the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale that explored how architecture can establish the conditions for an economy based on social and ecological flourishing.
With degrees in architecture and engineering, Maria believes that integrating these skill sets offers a stronger position from which to address the issues of our age.