Hampshire 2050 Partnership

25 July 2022

The Partners and Commissioners of the Hampshire 2050 Commission of Inquiry attended the first in-person Hampshire 2050 Partnership event, since the start of the COVID pandemic, on the 25 July 2022.

In May 2022, when Councillor Humby became Leader of Hampshire County Council, he set out that his two key priorities were the Economy and the Environment. These two priorities are inextricably linked to each other and to the future success of Hampshire the place. The focus of this event was Hampshire’s economy.

The first presentation was from Richard Kenny, Deputy Director for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council.

Richard’s presentation focused on the developing economic strategy for Hampshire.

Having a clear sense of what we want to achieve for our economy and how we will deliver that is essential, alongside a better understanding of our existing and potential assets. This strategy will help guide and shape our decisions to ensure that Hampshire continues to thrive and support the wellbeing of all our residents and our unique place.

The second presentation was from Russell Smith, Founder, and Managing Director of Parity Projects.

Russell’s presentation focused on the work they are doing with Hampshire County Council to explore the potential for a Hampshire-wide retrofit programme. Retrofit is a priority area as part of our climate change response as approximately 25% of Hampshire’s emissions come from households. The cost of retrofit is huge, in the billions for Hampshire alone, and cannot be delivered through government grants alone. However, alongside this challenge lies significant opportunities that feed directly into our economy through the huge potential to create new green jobs and support the green skills agenda.

The Year of Resilience video can be viewed on the resilience webpage.

The presentations and drivers for change progress since 2019 can be found below.

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

Russell Smith

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

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