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Derek Watters

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Derek Watters

Head of Environmental Sustainability – Places for People

Places for People are one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK.

We currently own or manage 182,725 homes and provide services to over 500,000 people. We have assets of £3.7 billion.
Our vision is to create aspirational homes and inspirational places.

Derek Watters has worked in the Social Housing Sector for over 27 years. Throughout this time he has gained a wealth of experience in Housing Management, Asset Management, and Housing Development and is now leading the way in Environmental Sustainability. Derek has been involved in the development and implementation of sustainability policies, multi-million pound investments in energy efficiency initiatives within the Places for People Group as well as helping them to achieve ISO14001 in 2010.

He is now taking the lead in implementing the Places for People wider carbon reduction strategy Creating and implemented Environmental policies and strategies that are integrated into all business units with shared values and a focus on the important issues.

Green fleet review, Waste Strategy and Developing a Strong emphasis on financial efficiencies through environmental interventions, creating a fresh approach and being ahead of the game – sector leaders. Strong internal and external customer focus - Sharing and building on successes. Consistent baseline data and standards and Good energy and environmental risk management.

He has secured funding and led on a number of UK and EU funded projects


FRESH project is a European co-operation project that aims to pave the way and demonstrate to Social Housing Operators that Energy Performance Contract can be used for low energy refurbishment on a large scale. It is supported by Intelligent Energy Europe.

DREEAM project aims to show that renovating at a larger scale opens the opportunity for a better integration of renewable energy and is generally more cost effective. The project demonstrates a multi-building and single owner renovation approach that can achieve a 75% reduction of total energy demand.