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Speakers & Experts

The list below shows those people who regularly attend our events and Shows as expert speakers or advisors.

Expert About
Adrian Hateley
Adrian Hateley     RESIDENT EXPERT Self Build & Renovation
As one of our resident experts, Adrian can be found at the Centre's Technical Helpdesk most weekdays. He's had plenty of hands-on experience with new builds, renovations and conversions and will be happy to advise you on the various construction methods; as well as giving you advice on managing your project.
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Alex Blake Planning
Alex is a Chartered Town Planner, with local government and consultancy experience, and is currently working in the renewable energy sector. Alex provides our Centre audience with a useful guide through the often daunting process of obtaining permission - both for alterations to existing homes and the construction of new developments.
Bob Harris
Bob Harris Eco
Bob Harris is an MCIOB Chartered Builder, professional lecturer and one of the founders of a Becon award-winning series of Environmental Health and related courses under the banner of Agenda 21. Bob hails from a long family line of builders and has worked on site, both practically and in management, for many years. He also runs his own NHBC registered building company. Visit Bob's website
Charlie Laing
Charlie Laing Project Management
The experts from Charlie Laing have helped many of our visitors understand the finer details of project management, with many going on to successfully manage their own self build, renovation or home improvement projects.
Claire Rendall
Claire Rendall Interior Design & Home Styling
Claire is a leading interior designer with over 20 years' experience in the industry and has appeared on programmes such as DIY SOS and in publications ranging from Country Life through to the Sunday Telegraph. She has been a regular speaker at the Centre since 2008.
Dave Kerley
Dave Kerley Builders Merchants
Dave has advised many visitors on the best way to work with Builders Merchants when ordering materials for their projects. He represents the Wolseley Group of companies.
David Hilton
David Hilton Eco
David has completed various self builds in South Africa and renovations in the UK and has been involved in designing and installing solar and heat pump systems since the early 1980s. David frequently leads seminars, workshops and CPD lectures as well as eco and sustainability training on the Self Build & Renovation Courses at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon, and has recently achieved an MSc Architecture: Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies.
David Snell
David Snell Self Build
With over 45 years of practical and professional experience in property and self building, David is the acknowledged expert in his field. Contributing Editor to Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, weekly columnist in the Daily Telegraph and author of the best-selling book Building Your Own Home, David has advised many visitors on each and every part of the self build process, during shows and events as well as on our Self Build Courses. Buy David's books at our online store
Digby Rowsell
Digby Rowsell Loft Conversions
Digby has attended many events as a Loft Expert - helping visitors determine costs and timescales for their own projects
Ian Rock
Ian Rock MRICS Self Build, Renovation, Home Improvement
A regular and always-popular speaker, Ian is an experienced Chartered Surveyor and author of the best-selling Haynes House Manuals, Ian frequently shares his property experiences with us - the good, the bad, and the downright scary. Buy Ian's books at our online store
John Capper
John Capper Package Builder
John has spoken at the Centre many times to advise visitors on the process of self building using a package build company.
Mike Hardwick
Mike Hardwick Self Build & Project Management
One of the industry's recognised project management and self build experts, Mike is a regular speaker at the Centre, and has helped hundreds of self builders and renovators run successful projects.
Neil Davey
Neil Davey     RESIDENT EXPERT Design & Planning
Neil is one of the centre's resident experts, his area of expertise covers the design and planning process and Neil has helped many visitors get to grips with the design of their project.
Opinder Liddar
Opinder Liddar, RIBA & Trevor Avery, RIBA Architect
LAPD Architects is an established Chartered Architects Practice with a wealth of architectural experience, delivering both residential and commercial projects up to 4m. Both Opinder and Trevor are members of RIBA, with Opinder also being a member of the RIBA (South) Green Group. Our major awards have been: 2011 RICS Awards South East - Winner for Sustainability, 2010 LABC National Awards - Winner for Best Technical Innovation and the 2009 RIBA Downland Prize - Sustainability.
Paul Richards
Paul Richards Architect
Paul's architect practice, Architecture Verte is an RIBA Chartered Practice based in Devizes (Wiltshire), providing a range of specialist services to self builders, renovators and corporate clients. Paul has a sound design ethos based on green and sustainable thinking that combines traditional values with modern and contemporary ideas.
Ron Willers
Ron Willers Finding & Working With Tradesmen
Ron Willers is Regional Director for the South West for the Federation of Master Builders and is an expert speaker on sourcing tradesmen and working with them for a successful project.
Roy Speer & Mike Dade
Roy Speer & Mike Dade Planning Permission / Plot Searching
Roy Speer and Michael Dade are Chartered Planning Consultants, authors and speakers, and experts in helping people understand the planning system. Buy their books at our online store
Sue Dewhurst
Sue Dewhirst Sustainable Building & SAP Assessments
All self builders need to be aware of the Code for Sustainable Homes, which is where an expert such as Sue can help. Sue has shared her knowledge with dozens of Centre visitors during shows and events, helping their projects run smoothly.
Tim Doherty
Tim Doherty      General Self Build
An accomplished self builder himself, Tim has worked for over 20 years with self build & renovation clients up and down the country, from small and elegant to large and stately and from first time buyers to retirement activists.
Tim Fenn
Tim Fenn Eco Refurbishments
Tim was involved with the development of the UK's first manufactured PassivHaus-standard windows and doors and his company ECO2H2O also won the Sustainability Award at the Camden Building Quality Awards 2009 for the eco refurbishment of a Victorian Terrace house. Tim has been responsible for building some of the first CSH Code 6 houses in the UK.
Tim Pullen
Tim Pullen Eco Building
Tim is undoubtedly best-known for his role as Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine's Eco Editor and Eco Expert. A regular contributor to a number of other magazines, Tim has presented seminars on ecological house building and renewable energy. Buy Tim's books at our online store

The following people have also appeared at previous Centre events as special guest speakers.

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Andrew Leech
Home Improvement Expert
Charles Couzens
Ecos Trust
Eco Expert
Dick Strawbridge
Dick Strawbridge MBE

TV Presenter & Eco Expert
Edward Sykes
Edward Sykes

Renovation Specialist
Geoff Hunt
Geoff Hunt MRICS

Renovation Expert
Geoff Stow
Geoff Stow
Eco Building Expert
John Doggart
John Doggart
Sustainable Energy Acad
Low Carbon Refurbishment
Julia Hailes
Julia Hailes MBE

Author & Eco Living Expert
Kate Faulkner
Kate Faulkner

Independent property expert
Martin Roberts
Martin Roberts
TV presenter & Property Development
Max Milburn
Max Milburn

Oliver Heath
Oliver Heath
TV Presenter & Eco
Penney Poyzer
Penney Poyzer
TV Presenter & Eco Homes
Peter Ainsworth
Peter Ainsworth MP

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Peter Kent, RIBA

Robin Miller
Robin Miller
ICF Specialist
Sarah Walker
Sarah Walker
TV Presenter & Property Expert
Scott Waldron
Scott Waldron
TV Presenter &
Interior Designer
Steve Tomlin
Steve Tomlin
Reclamation Expert
Tommy Walsh
Tommy Walsh
TV Presenter & Self Build &
Renovation Expert

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