Session 1 - Future-proofing

The Future Planning - Designing Places in a Climate Emergency Conference will take place in Glasgow on 8th October 2019.  We are pleased to have an amazing array of expertise to contribute to the programme. Here we list the contributors to the first session:

What does future-proofing mean, and what is the need for it?

Session start time: 10 am

Opening speaker: Catherine Payne

Environmental Strategy Officer at Resource Efficient Solutions, a Fife Council company

Cat has worked in climate change mitigation and adaptation since she graduated in 2001; working first for the BioRegional Development group at the pioneering BedZED zero carbon development, then spending 12 years in environmental consultancy and the last 6 years working in local government advising on the latest climate change science and how to respond to the physical impacts projected to arise from climate change over the coming years. Cat is currently writing Fife’s Sustainable Climate and Energy Action Plan (SECAP) and Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and works on carbon emission reduction, adaptation and zero waste projects for Fife Council.

Panelist: Louise Clarke


Panelist: Kit England

Project Manager for Climate Ready Clyde

Kit has worked on climate change for over 8 years, specialising in adaptation. In his current role, he set up and manages Climate Ready Clyde - a collaborative initiative of 15 public, private and voluntary organisations developing an adaptation strategy and action plan for Glasgow City Region. He has also worked on research and capacity building projects for the Scottish Government, Defra and the Association of Directors of Environment Planning and Transport (ADEPT) and the Committee on Climate Change.  Kit led the climate adaptation approach for Newcastle upon Tyne. At the same time he was chair of the Core Cities Climate Resilience and Adaptation Working Group for over five years.


Panelist: Louise Clarke

Head of Sustainable Places, Berkeley Group

Louise is responsible for setting and implementing the group’s strategy to create sustainable places. This includes leading and focusing on their commitments to climate change including net gain, overheating, net zero carbon homes and social value. Louise has specialised in sustainability throughout her career and has a keen interest in placemaking which stemmed from her masters in Urban Design.  Louise sits on the Green Construction Board and is a CIC Board member. 



Panelist: Tammy Swift-Adams

Director of Planning, Homes for Scotland

Tammy joined Homes for Scotland (HFS) as Principal Planning Advisor in September 2014 and has over 17 years' experience as a town planner specialising in development planning, regeneration and policy development.  Her role as Director of Planning sees Tammy use her cross-sector experience to lead the HFS planning team and advise the home building industry on all planning matters relating to the delivery of new homes and supporting infrastructure. Previous roles include that of Head of Planning for Northumberland National Park Authority and as a planning advisor for the Department for Communities and Local Government. In addition to her role at HFS, Tammy is a corporate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Scottish Executive Committee.


Panelist: Stacey Dingwall

Policy Lead, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations