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Climate Champions Power List

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead

Climate Champions Power List

Sustainability was one of the core themes of HOMES UK in 2020, coming out top when we surveyed 250 landlords. Announcing the individuals leading the way to net zero in UK housing, these sector-wide initiatives spotlight innovative solutions and individuals in the sector that are tackling the climate emergency.


To celebrate those who are driving positive change in the sector, we proud to announce Climate Champions Power List!

Individuals nominated their achievements and innovations in tackling the climate emergency and our expert judging panel determined who made the cut.

The closing date for entries was 15 October and the final list was unveiled at HOMES UK on Thursday 3 December!

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With thanks to our judges:

  • Gillian Charlesworth, chief executive, BRE
  • Ben Derbyshire, chair, HTA Design LLP and immediate past president, RIBA
  • Clare Masters, head of environment engagement, Wates
  • Jess McCabe, deputy editor (features), Inside Housing
  • Martin Smithurst, chief operating officer, Engie
  • Mark Southgate, chief executive, MOBIE
  • Sam Stacey, challenge director for construction, Innovate UK
  • Alan Wilson, business development director, NetZero Collective
  • Tony Woods, director, LHC

We would also like to recognise all our entrants for 2020 and give them a huge shout-out for the work they are doing in this field:-

  • Lucy Acquaye, CAD operator, University of Portsmouth
  • Matthew Barnett Howland, director of research and development, CSK architects
  • Emily Braham, head of sustainable energy, Nottingham City Homes
  • Natasha Brown, associate, Momentum Transport Consultancy
  • Jemma Browne, lecturer, Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
  • Tony Dicarlo, co-founder and managing director, innerspace homes
  • Stuart Duckett, architectural designer, Stuart Duckett Design Studio
  • James Fisher, strategic relationship lead, BRE
  • Tracy Harrison, chief executive, Northern Housing Consortium
  • Emma Harvey, director, Green Finance Institute
  • Mathew Holloway, chief executive, Q-Bot
  • Kevin Howell, interim head of governance, risk and corporate projects, Linc Cymru
  • Russell Smith, managing director, Parity Projects
  • Sarah Lewis, architect, Hamson Barron Smith
  • Flavie Lowres, associate director , BRE
  • Scott Lowther, director Of facilities management, Thirteen
  • Alex Lubbock, managing director, BIMobject
  • Audrey Massy, marketing executive, Q-Bot
  • Paul Mckinley, senior building surveyor, The Hyde Group
  • Alan Moore, mechanical, electrical and energy efficiency surveyor, Crawley Borough Council
  • Emyr Poole, manager, Centre of Technical Excellence, Homes England
  • Glynnis Poole, planning and technical director, LiveWest
  • Efim Rabinovitch, managing director, PowerPrize Ltd
  • Lauren Richardson, PR and media officer, Ideal Modular Homes
  • David Hannon, director of development, Rooftop Housing Group
  • Robert Spencer, business development lead - social and environmental sustainability services, AECOM
  • Katie Swann, communications specialist, whg
  • Ian Tant , chartered town planner, RTPI
  • Martin Valentine, managing director, Positive Homes
  • Will Walker, director of transformation, Citizen
  • Craig White, chief executive, Agile Property and Homes
  • Gus Zogolovitch, managing director, Unboxed Homes

Climate Change Hackathon

At HOMES UK’s sister event (Housing 2020: the Virtual Housing Festival), we hosted a climate change hackathon, bringing together people from across the housing sector to find solutions to address the climate emergency.


While a plethora of technology and solutions already exist to tackle climate change within new and existing homes, we asked hackers how to engage, educate and motivate the entire sector (including tenants and homeowners) to adopt a climate emergency approach to their decision making.


Hackers worked together in teams to innovate solutions in quick 2-hour bursts with 3 ideas being shortlisted by the end of the day:


Idea 1: Housing Associations will only accept net zero carbon section 106 properties derived from fabric design not eco bling


Idea 2: A residents’ assembly to co-design climate change policy with their social housing provider to advocate for funding for energy efficient retrofits which may be tied to safety upgrades.


Idea 3: A ’fabric first’ approach to retrofit, with organisations teaming up with local colleges to equip local people with retrofitting training and skills


After hundreds of votes from across the sector, the winning idea was idea 3 - congratulations to the team!


If you are interested in helping to take this idea forward, please email:


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