In memory of Mel

UK-GBC have today opened nominations for the 2015 Rising Star Award. Run in association with PRP, the award is now in its third year, and is a wonderful tribute to Mel. Previous winners include Andrew Kinsey from Mace Group (2013) and Phil Birch from Sweett Group (2014). The 2015 will be presented at the UK-GBC […]

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Picnic for Mel, on 9 August 2014

by Mark Fretwell on May 19, 2014

in In memory of Mel, Uncategorized

We will be remembering Mel with another picnic in Regents Park this summer. Last year the rain [just about] held off, and we had an enjoyable afternoon of cheese wine and softball before retiring to the pub when it started to get chilly. As in previous years, we will meet from midday onwards at Gloucester Green […]

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Phil wins the 2014 Rising Star Award

by Mark Fretwell on March 10, 2014

in In memory of Mel

On 6 March I was delighted to present Phil Birch with the Rising Star Award for 2014. The change of venue to The Crystal was a good one, and saw an even bigger turnout that last year when the award was presented at Ecobuild. Once again the judging was really close run thing, and from the shortlisted […]

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UK-GBC today announced the shortlist for the 2014 Rising Star Award. As part of this years submission, those nominees were asked to create a short video (without focusing on high production values) answering the following question. If you had one minute to talk to the industry, what would you challenge them to change? It gives […]

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Last call to nominate your Rising Star for 2014

by Mark Fretwell on January 15, 2014

in In memory of Mel

UKGBC have just announced the deadline for nominations has been extended until Friday. The Rising Star Award was created in memory of Mel to recognise outstanding innovators in relation to sustainability and environmental performance. If you would like to find out more, or nominate a colleague you can find out more by visiting the awards […]

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Second annual Rising Star Award announced

by Mark Fretwell on November 12, 2013

in In memory of Mel

UKGBC today announced the second annual Rising Star Award. Its the kind of initiative Mel would have been enthusiastic about supporting, and a really great tribute to her work. I was privileged and proud to be involved with last years award, and to see so many great entries. I’m looking forward to being involved again […]

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I still find it hard to believe, but it was a year ago today that Mel passed away. There have been many tributes over the past 12 months, including a social media award for this blog and the creation of a new industry award in her memory. Last year I was joined by a crowd […]

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Next Sunday I will be taking part in the BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride for the second time. Since losing Mel to SADS last year it feels even more important than ever to be supporting this event. The British Heart Foundation support research into the causes of SADS and as a woman of science I […]

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Please support Mel’s cousin Ruth Valentine, who will be running the Manchester marathon this weekend in her memory. It is just two weeks since Ruth got the all clear to start running again following a knee injury that nearly stopped her participating. She probably shouldn’t be doing it, but I don’t think backing out has […]

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Last year there was a terrific turnout for the picnic in Regents Park. We said we would try and do the same every year, so this years picnic will be at midday on 17 August in the same place; the field adjacent to the Broadwalk to the east of London Zoo. As with last year […]

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