Superwood conference agenda

915am: Registration

955am: Welcome by the Chair

Session 1: The scale of the opportunity

10-1015am: Opportunities for the North East at a time of change: Richard Baker, Head of Strategy and Policy, North East Local Enterprise Partnership

1015-10.40am: More trees, more timber construction: making the North East the greenest region in England Paul Brannen, MEP North East England


10.40-10.55am: 8% forest cover, despite Kielder: opportunities to plant at scale - and deliver economic benefit - in Northumberland Peter Jackson, Leader, Northumberland County Council

10.55-11.10am: Planting the future: why the wood processing industry needs more trees Simon Hart, Business Development Manager, EGGER Forestry

11.10 -1130am: Panel discussion with first 4 speakers

1130-1150am - Coffee break

Session 2: Forestry, climate change and the bioeconomy

11.50am-12.05pm: More trees in the North: working together to make a difference Beccy Speight, CEO, Woodland Trust

12.05-12.20pm: Are we truly serious about tackling climate change? Forestry as a simple, low-cost option Stuart Goodall, CEO, Confor

12.20-12.35pm: Wood and the bioeconomy: big opportunities, bigger challenges? Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis, Edinburgh Napier University

12.35-12.55pm: Panel discussion: Beccy Speight, Stuart Goodall, Dan Ridley-Ellis & Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy & Research, Friends of the Earth

12.55-1.45pm LUNCH

Session 3: Building more - and building more creatively - with wood

1.45-2.05pm: Lessons from British Columbia: a high-performance, wood-based building industry to drive a low-carbon economy Adam James, Ryder Architecture (Canada)

2.05-2.20pm: Lessons from Scotland: the circular economy, using local timber and collaboration Neil Sutherland, MAKAR

2.20-2.35pm Lessons from Leeds: How timber unlocks the carbon negative home Rob Allen, Marketing & Research Manager, Citu

2.35-2.50pm: A low-carbon built environment: growing market demand Christiane Lellig, Wood for Good

2.50-3.10pm: Panel discussion with previous four speakers

310-325pm: Coffee/comfort break

Session 4: Joining the dots 

325-355pm: Round-table discussion.

Each table to discuss:

  • What are the two positives you take away from today?
  • What is the biggest barrier to driving forward a low-carbon agenda in the North-East and how can we overcome it?

3.55-4.05pm: Brief feedback from 3/4 tables, to form basis of final discussion [all feedback collected]

4.05-4.25pm: Facilitated discussion on round-table feedback with panel:

Paul Brannen; Caroline Ayre (England Manager, Confor); Christiane Lellig; Lorna Johnson, Masters Student (Conservation and Forest Protection), Harper Adams University, Graduate Agricultural Consultant (ADAS) and Winner, Confor essay prize, 2018.

4.25pm: Chair’s summary and close

* Agenda may be subject to change