Leader of Hampshire County Council speech
Richard is currently the Deputy Executive Director for the Economy, Transport, and the Environment for Hampshire County Council.
Richard's previous experience includes: leadership and delivery of economic growth, planning, transport, property, housing (HIF) and environmental services as a Director for Lancashire County Council, including acting as the chief operating officer of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership; leading strategy, negotiation and delivery of devolution in the West Midlands; supporting council strategy and delivery for the regeneration of the cities of Manchester and Birmingham; leading regional economic, transport and planning policy and strategy for a Regional Assembly in Yorkshire and Humberside; senior national policy and delivery advisory roles in Westminster and Whitehall for national bodies; leading the creation and development of two new policy, research and innovation institutes on smart cities and city-regions with industry, for the universities of Warwick and Birmingham; and, strategy and delivery for recovery in response to one of the UK’s largest tragedies at Grenfell Tower for the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Russell Smith is founder and Managing Director of Parity Projects, a company dedicated to transforming the existing housing stock and making greener homes a reality for everyone. Parity Projects uses data science, software, and analysis to help local authorities and landlords deliver energy efficiency efficiently, and effectively. He also founded RetrofitWorks, a not-for-profit cooperative owned by SME building contractors and other local operators wishing to grow the nascent market for domestic retrofit. Russell is author of the Construction Leadership Council’s National Retrofit Strategy and continues to seek a holistic long-term strategy for industry to coalesce behind.
Hampshire Economic Strategy Update
Hampshire Potential Retrofit Scheme update
Drivers for change - progress since 2019