BSRIA 2017 briefing – Tom Wright CBE, Age UK & Age International CEO to speak

BSRIA is delighted to announce that Tom Wright CBE, Group Chief Executive of Age UK and Age International, has been added to the speaker line-up at its flagship event – the annual Briefing and lunch.

The event will look at the issue of ‘Tomorrow’s Challenges in Today’s Buildings’ and will be held at the Brewery, in London, on Friday 17th November 2017. The main sponsor is Trend.

Tom also chairs the Richmond Group of Charities, which is a coalition of 14 of the leading health and social care organisations in the voluntary sector and is also a Non-Executive Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). He is also a Trustee of Doteveryone and the Leeds Castle Foundation.

Tom was appointed CBE in 2007.

This exciting news comes hot-on-the-heels of the announcement that Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE will be the after lunch speaker.

Ranulph Fiennes is the first person to reach both North and South Poles by foot. He also made it into the record books by completing seven marathons on seven continents (including Antarctica) in seven days – soon after receiving emergency heart surgery. Only then did he take up climbing, starting with the North Face of the Eiger. At the age of 65, at his third attempt, he became the oldest Briton to conquer Everest.

Julia Evans, Chief Executive, BSRIA said:

“We are delighted that Tom Wright has agreed to be a speaker at this prestigious event. Tom will be able to offer a unique and vibrant viewpoint into how society at large should be supported in housing and the workplace in their later years. A key issue and challenge for both industry and members.”

Tomorrow’s Challenges in Today’s Buildings

It is well known that 80 per cent of the buildings needed for 2050 already exist. But what will be the requirements within these buildings to accommodate the changing and varied expectations of the occupants while not forgetting our energy/carbon targets?

The latest opportunities emerging are focused on health, wellness, independence, mobility and leisure. Products and services that address these needs will have a fast growing market to capture. Building services are at the heart of realising these opportunities and delivering the built environment of the future.

This will not only provide challenges for the workplace but also for communities as a whole, including residential, leisure and retail. How will building services need to adapt to meet the needs of future generations and industries?

Because the coming demographic shifts are foreseeable over the next few decades, governments are afforded the opportunity to adopt a proactive approach to align their policies to the evolving needs.

This year’s Briefing explores the options of how technology and research can enable us to prepare and accommodate future needs both in the residential and commercial buildings of the future.

Other speakers include: Tassos Kougionis, Principal Consultant – Residential at BSRIA’s Sustainable Construction Group. The Chair is Ant Wilson MBE, Director – Sustainability & Advanced Design – Building Engineering at AECOM.

More detailed information on the event is available at:

Briefing 2017: tomorrow’s challenges in today’s buildings

For sponsorship details or to discuss booking your company table –

e-mail:    tracey.tilbry(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)bsria.co.uk or phone 01344 465 512.

Venue:    The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SD.