WoodBUILD 2019Becoming a high-value forest nation

26 June – Bangor

The UK is the second largest importer of sawnwood in the World (after China). With global demand for timber set to treble in the coming years the case for increasing UK production is overwhelming. The expansion of forestry is a win win, with the self-evident economic and employment benefits being supported by substantial climate change mitigation and the provision of a low-carbon resource for construction.

Front page of flyer for WoodBUILD 2019 blue back ground with wooden building lit upWoodBUILD 2019 will explore the features of a high-value forest nation and how Wales might get there. Speakers will address the new products and construction solutions that are driving an exciting new era of timber construction and forest science.

“Timber’s popularity continues to grow, but now more than ever we need to be looking further at developing the home-grown timber supply chain, planting more forests, growing for quality, building more efficiently, developing local manufacturing and critically taking positive steps to protect our future. The opportunities are substantial and compelling.” Gary Newman, Woodknowledge Wales

This stimulating one day conference and expo will bring together people and organisations involved in building our supply chain from forest to finished home.

Provisional Programe:

08.30 – 09.30 Registration and expo

09.30 – 09.40 Welcome from host – Dr Rob Elias (Director, The BioComposites Centre)

Session 1: Becoming a high-value forest nation – Chaired by: Gary Newman (Woodknowledge Wales)

  • 09:40 Introduction to the conference – Gary Newman (CEO, Woodknowledge Wales)
  • 09:50 Julie James AM– Minister for Housing & Local Government (Video Address)
  • 10:00 KEY NOTE: How Ireland is turning itself into a high-value forest nation – Des O’Toole (Commercial Business Development Manager, Coillte)
  • 10:30 Exhibitor quick-fire elevator pitches

11.00 – 11.30  Break and expo

Company logo for Lowfield Timber Frame  

Logo for company Sevenoaks modular. Logo for BM TRADA in 2 shades of blue with strapline under neath "Proud to be part of element"

Session 2: Forestry innovation and expansion – Chaired by: Tabitha Binding (TRADA)

  • 11:30 The potential for expansion of Welsh forestry – Prof John Healey (Bangor University)
  • 12:00 Adding-value to the wood supply chain  Andy Leitch (Scottish Forestry)
  • 12:30 Product innovation and the demand for wood –Dr Graham Ormondroyd (The BioComposites Centre)

13.00 – 13.45 Lunch and expo

Session 3: Zero-Carbon Housing by 2030 – Chair: Sarah Laing-Gibbens (Welsh Government, Homes & Places)

  • 13:45 Timber OSM and Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme. Sarah Laing-Gibbens
  • 14:00 Housing fit for purpose: Performance, feedback and learning Prof Fionn Stevenson, (Sustainable Design, Sheffield University)
  • 14:30 Housing fit for a climate emergency: Whole life carbon thinking, Professor Callum Hill (JCH Industrial Ecology), Eilidh Forster (Woodknowledge Wales)

15.00 – 15.30 Break and expo

Session 4: The BIG debate. How does Wales become a high-value forest nation? Chaired by: Christiane Lellig – Wood for Good

With key contributors from the forestry products supply chain.

16.30 Conference Close followed by Drinks Reception

Closing statement– Gary Newman (CEO, Woodknowledge Wales)

Further Information

Download event flyer here.

Download the provisional programme here.

Download the speaker profiles here.



Standard rate (from 1 June 2019)

  • WKW member £60 (+ VAT)
  • Non-member £120 (+ VAT)

Discounts are available for Welsh local authorities. Please contact Ceri.loxton@woodknowledgewales.co.uk


Register via Eventbrite here.


Bangor University has the following accommodation available:

Ffriddoedd Site.  £28.50 per night (bed only). Please use code WB2019 when booking. This is 4* Campus Accommodation within 5 minutes walk of the conference venue. See here for more information.

The Managment Centre. From £80 Bed and Breakfast. This is 4* Visit Wales accommodation and is approximately 15 minutes walk from the conference venue.  See here for more information.

Travel Options

Bangor is easily accessibly by train and road. Additionally there are daily flights from Cardiff to Anglesey (see here)

WoodBUILD Event Social 

If you are traveling to Bangor the day before WoodBUILD and would like to join Woodknowledge Wales staff and other delegates for an informal social evening please get in touch with Ceri.loxton@woodknowledgewales.co.uk.  We will be meeting for a meal and drinks with options for a local guided walk before hand. 

Sponsors of WoodBUILD 2019

Supporters of WoodBUILD

Llywodraeth Cymru. Welsh Government Logo in Red  


Event details

Date: 26/06/2019

Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Location: Neuadd Reichel, Bangor University,, Ffriddoedd Road, Bangor, LL57 2TR

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