AUE Conference 2015

This year’s AUE Conference was hosted by the University of South Wales, Treforest campus between 2nd and 4th September. 

Back to Basics was this year’s theme.  86 delegates attended a varied selection of Plenary Sessions (see below) where we all gained some newfound knowledge (not forgetting the very descriptive Welsh name for microwave – poppety-ping!) 

Uni of South Wales overlooking hills

We were all made to feel very welcome and soon learned our way around the campus which clings to a hillside overlooking the beautiful Brecon Beacons.  (We soon discovered how unfit a lot of us are!)

 Cardiff Castle Tour Conference 2015

Wednesday afternoon was spent renewing old acquaintances and making new ones on one of the four excursions: Cardiff Sea Safari, Cardiff Castle, Millennium Centre ‘Techie’ Tour or Cardiff Open Top Bus Tour. During the first evening and between each plenary session there were regular networking opportunities for the 50 exhibitors and delegates alike throughout the whole conference period.  We enjoyed a relaxed evening meal (followed in the mornings by a welcome return to the “Full English”) on campus in Stilts Food Court. 

The more formal Gala Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner took place on Thursday evening. Gala Dinner 2015 - National Museum of Wales

The Gala Dinner was held in the magnificent Grand Hall of the National Museum, Wales in Cardiff.  Our Gala Dinner Speaker was Richard Parks, the former Wales international rugby union player turned adventurer, athlete and explorer – the fastest Brit in history to reach the South Pole, solo, unassisted and unsupported.  Three awards were presented during the dinner – the Harland Roberts Award for the best apprentice/trainee was presented to Michael Hetherington of Leeds Beckett University, the Tom Bradley Award for the best member presentation at the conference was awarded to Robert Lawson-Duckett of Cardiff University and the John Hallett Award was presented to Paul Richards of Keele University for outstanding contributions as Treasurer, Immediate Past Chair and for his support to the Conference 2015 team over the past year.  Many congratulations to them all.

A huge ‘thank you’ to Keith Sims and the whole Assured Events team for putting on another outstanding conference.

As always, we are indebted to our Sponsors and Exhibitors, without whom the conference could not take place. (Click here to view Case StudiesPlease click here for contact details/profiles.

This year’s charity was Ty Hafan (  The total raised was £136.07.

The Conference concluded with a presentation by John O’Keeffe, inviting us to the 2016 AUE Conference at Brunel University (which is in Uxbridge, Middlesex – not Bristol!)  (Look out on the Home page of the AUE website for more information and your chance to qualify for the limited early bird rate.)  See you there! 

Click here to see some more photos taken during the conference.


Conference Presentations

(pdfs are attached at base of report)


Plenary 1:      

The Drivers for Building Regulations on Energy Efficiency

By: Ant Wilson, Director and Fellow of Building Engineering UK, AECOM


Plenary 2:      

Estates and Environmental Sustainability, Where Next?  Achievements, Aspirations and Accolades

By: Christopher Cowburn, Senior Estates and Sustainability Manager, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and Andrew Smith, Head of Estates and Sustainable Development, Higher Education funding Council for England (HEFCE)


Plenary 3:      

Complex to Simple Ground Source

By: Robert Lawson-Duckett, Maintenance Officer (Control), Estates and Campus Facilities Division, Cardiff University


Plenary 4:      

Get Your Finance Director’s Attention!  Combining Energy and Asset Data for Significant Energy and Cost Savings

By:  Professor Ian Knight, Cardiff University, and K2nLtd


Plenary 5:      

The Low Carbon Biomedical Research Facility

By: Fintan Lyons, Managing Director CCTech


Plenary 6:      

Legionella Control and Water Treatment – Keeping You Safe, Cost Effective and Compliant

By: Stuart Nixon, Managing Director, Trident Water Solutions Limited


Plenary 7:      

Polar Bear Pirates – Together Making a Difference

By:  Adrian Webster, Motivational Business Speaker and International Best-Selling Author,