Sustainable Building Matters has been created to provide you, the organizations and individuals that specialize in the field, access to a high quality and where applicable, affordable, portal.
That said, it is not just about us, as you will read later.
Our aim is the creation of a single portal, that you can visit to find:
If you are a designer, manufacturer, contractor, sub-contractor, merchant, wholesaler, or any way a part of the construction built environment process you can be a part of this site by;
We know that you, like our team, understand the importance, worldwide, of the need for the conservation of resources and reduction of waste, be it energy, material or labour. We all see construction and the built environment as being a key element of this.
Let us be a part of your team in helping create a cleaner, greener industry.
Ben’s background is Construction. He is the fourth generation of the family to directly enter the industry after school. He undertook further learning at Brookes University and then went on to develop and lead several companies, covering a range of services including Rainwater Harvesting, Heritage and Conservation, Maintenance and Repair and also new build of residential property and sports facilities. He has also worked in the Joinery Manufacture, Builders Merchants and Plant Hire areas of the industry.
He has been actively engaged in training, as a vice Chair of the Oxfordshire Construction Training Group for many years and as Chair of a Centre of Vocational Excellence, or CoVE, in Construction and the Built Environment. For a two year period he was engaged as a consultant to the Learning and Skills Council reviewing barriers to training in the sector.
Seeking new challenges in 2007 he undertook the full Home Inspectors and Home Energy Assessors training at the Building research Establishment in Watford. Realising that the goal post were being moved by Government he approached the CoVE with a view to creating a publication, targeted at construction at a local level and built around passing on the messages of best practice and the need to train.
It is Ben’s blend of project management experience and networking ability that helps bring a unique feel to SBM. With a background in construction he comes to the challenges of publishing and media with a fresh and different outlook.
Ben has continuously pursued personal professional development through attending short courses, covering topics, including; Energy Performance, Construction Design and Management, Business Management, Project Management, Time Management and has achieved his Advanced Communicator Silver and Competent Leader award in Toastmasters International in order to improve his presentation and communication skills to benefit the company and its clients.
Ben has historically and presently, worn many hats within voluntary organisations, these include Chairman of Bicester and District Chamber of Commerce, Past President of Bicester Achievers, a community Governor at both a secondary school and a Special School and a past co-opted member of Children’s Scrutiny for Oxfordshire County Council. In 2004 he successfully organised and ran the first Bicester Business to Business Exhibition, repeating this in 2007.
Keith’s career embraces Art Direction, Design and Production Management in the UK, Yemen and Kuwait, working for publishing houses as well as independently.
His previous placements include:
Morgan Grampian - Art Editor, working on titles including Over 21, Pulse and Hi Fi for Pleasure.
IPC – Freelancing, working on titles including Woman’s Realm and Homes & Gardens.
AGB Publications – Production Manager working on titles including Performance Car
Adis International – Production Director for this solely medical content based publisher
Theatre Print – Art Director and Production Manager, working on West End Theatre programmes
In these positions his responsibilities have included setting up design studios, and establishing pre-press protocols. In the 1980’s, he spent four years running a print and paper conversion factory in Bahrain.
Keith has attracted a number of people with complementary skills to work with him, when required, and as a result, has handled work for such organisations as Albert Abela Group, British American Tobacco, Defence Evaluation & Research Agency – a part of the Ministry of Defence, John Laing, Ortronics and Staffordshire County Council, as well as professional clients such as Applied Communications and John Lewis PR. Keith’s years of experience with Theatre print still attracts work from his former employer as well as from David Pugh Theatre Productions.
Outputs range from magazines and brochures, through web sites to point of sale, corporate identities and product branding, advertising and theatre programmes.
Vicki is an experienced project manager and business analyst. She specialises in online development and change management, and has worked in digital agencies and consultancies as well as a number of key publishers including Oxford University Press, Elsevier, TSL Education and Economist Intelligence Unit.
Vicki has her own business, Green Coconut, through which she offers management services. These include defining market and strategy, network marketing, communications; system and business change management and productivity improvement; requirements gathering and scoping; website design, usability and development; risk analysis and management as well as training.
Between projects in the UK, Vicki researches South East Asian textiles of which she has a fair sized collection. She tries to visit the region every year, and while there undertakes both charity work and advises local companies seeking to break into European markets.
Being conscious of her green footprint, she tries to work locally as much as possible, and is able to cycle to most of her clients. She has a thriving organic garden and enjoys cooking and entertaining.