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Richard Hillyard

Richard Hillyard

Head of Sustainability, The Langham Estate

Richard has circa 18 years’ experience in sustainability, environmental management and energy management. He has worked both as a consultant and on client side across the financial services, public, corporate, facilities, property management and real estate sectors. In addition, he has a Masters in Environmental Decision Making and an Advanced Professional BTEC in Building Services Design. With his multidisciplinary background he has supported the delivery of a wide range of sustainability services to clients. Richard is also a Chartered Environmentalist with the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA).

Richard’s academic background combined with his professional experience has provided a practicable understanding of sustainability and its implementation within organisations. This has equipped him with the skills required to navigate the challenges associated with implementing energy, carbon and sustainability initiatives across a wide range of stakeholders. In his current role as Head of Sustainability for the Langham Estate, he is an active member of their senior leadership team, developing and implementing a sustainability strategy for their estate. This includes a commitment to achieve Net Zero by 2040 as part of Westminster Council’s Sustainable City Charter.

The Langham Estate is a central London property company, with a portfolio of real estate spanning approximately 1.5 million square feet in prime locations within London’s West End, situated between Oxford Street to the South and Euston Road to the North. With a portfolio of circa 100 properties providing space to tenants ranging from major retail chains through to galleries, restaurants, fashion showrooms as well as media and creative businesses, medical and education organisations and businesses. The Langham Estate is at the beginning of its journey to net zero and embedding sustainability across its estate. However, a number of work programmes are under way to evolve the business, including Planet Mark certification, a biodiversity assessment, sustainable design brief and an energy capacity review, which includes the use of Mortar IO to create digital twins of buildings that will help to visualise energy performance and decarbonisation opportunities that will support the strategic approach to net zero for the estate.