Speakers

Grant Ashton, CEO, Green Gas Trading

Grant Ashton, CEO, Green Gas Trading

Grant is a Partner with Omni Partners LLP a leading London based hedge fund; he has over 27 years of experience in financial markets. He has previously been the CEO of Infinity Capital Markets, Head of European Credit Trading & Managing Director of Barclays Capital, as well as having set up and run credit trading desks at Salomon, UBS and HSBC.

Margaret Bates, Professor Sustainable Wastes Management, University of Northampton  and President of CIWM

Margaret Bates, Professor Sustainable Wastes Management, University of Northampton and President of CIWM

Margaret Bates is Professor Sustainable Wastes Management at the University of Northampton.  She has been involved in wastes management for 25 years and undertook her PhD on landfill microbiology.  She is a Chartered Waste Manager, an International Wastes Manager and a Chartered Environmentalist.  Margaret is currently chair of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Scientific and Technical Committee, and in 2016 will become President of CIWM. In the UK she is currently involved in the Rebus project, investigating resource efficient business models.  Margaret is very interested in wastes management in developing countries, in particular establishing ewaste and other infrastructure.  

Matthew Bell, Chief Executive at the Committee on Climate Change

Matthew Bell, Chief Executive at the Committee on Climate Change

Matthew Bell is the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change.  The CCC is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008.  Its purpose is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change.  In November 2015 the CCC delivered its advice to Government about the appropriate scale of emissions reduction for the period 2028 to 2032.  The Governments has until June 2016 to legislate this “fifth carbon budget”. Prior to his appointment, Matthew was a Director at Frontier Economics Limited where he led its Public Policy Practice.  He has widespread experience across all areas of public policy including policy relating to environment, industry, energy, transport, healthcare, agriculture and others.   He has a graduate degree in Economics and has worked advising governments in over 25 countries on all continents.

Andrew Bird, Recycling Strategy and Commissioning Manager at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Chair of LARAC

Andrew Bird MCIWM, Recycling Strategy and Commissioning Manager at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Chair of LARAC

I was elected as chair of LARAC in 2014, having previously worked as their policy Support Officer and Vice Chair. I initially trained as an Industrial Designer, and after graduating fell into the world of waste management, that was nearly 30 years’ ago. I am a Chartered Waste Manager, with an in-depth knowledge of waste disposal, waste and recycling collection services and material reprocessing, and street cleaning. My Current role in Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council is Recycling and Waste Services Manager, where I have been instrumental in doubling the authorities recycling rate. For the last five years I have been the chair the Staffordshire Waste Officers Group, and project lead for the coordination and development of a refresh of the Joint Integrated Strategy for Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent, - Zero Waste to Landfill by 2020.

Andy Bull, Associate Project Manager, Asiantaeth Ynni Severn Wye Energy Agency

Andy Bull,Associate Project Manager, Asiantaeth Ynni Severn Wye Energy Agency

Andy trained as a town planner and spent over 30 years in local government in Wales. In the latter years he specialised in minerals and waste planning, as well as sustainable development and renewable energy. He joined Severn Wye Energy Agency in 2007 and established its office in Wales.  Over his time with the energy agency he has been involved with three EU funded, trans-national projects that all sought to encourage AD and biogas. The current project, known as Biogas Action, is seeking to find routes to the establishment of AD as sustainable farming practice on the livestock farms of the UK.

Ryland Cairns, Environment Manager, Muntons

Ryland Cairns, Environment Manager, Muntons

Ryland Cairns is the Environment Manager for Muntons where he is responsible for the operation of their new £5.4M UASB anaerobic digester. He strongly values knowledge and has gained multiple post-graduate qualifications in climate change (MSc); water/wastewater treatment (MTech) and facilities management (PgCert). He is currently undertaking a MBA at Sunderland University where he is writing his thesis on sustainable leadership. Ryland has 9 years’ experience in water and wastewaster treatment and has managed the Old Ford Water Recycling Plant (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park) for Thames Water and prior to that worked for Interserve Defence where he was responsible for all MoD water and wastewater operations in the South Atlantic. Ryland has a strong interest in research and has worked in R&D both in industry (Severn Trent Water) and academia (Cranfield University). His research in to flocculation has won awards from The Worshipful Company of Engineers, IWA and CIWEM. 

Linda Crichton, Head of Resource Management, WRAP

Linda Crichton, Head of Resource Management, WRAP

Linda is responsible for managing WRAP’s work programme on household and business waste collections and material quality. She joined WRAP in 2003 to set up and manage WRAP’s Local Authority Advisory Service, better known as ROTATE. Prior to joining WRAP Linda worked for 16 years as a waste management consultant working on all aspects of collection, treatment and strategy development, and led a range of research and policy studies on behalf of government departments and the environment agencies.

Sophie Degagny, Strategic Business Development Manager, Olleco

Sophie Degagny, Strategic Business Development Manager, Olleco

Sophie Degagny is the Strategic Business Development Manager at Olleco, responsible for delivering the future direction of the business in Food Waste and Used Cooking Oil treatment by driving the implementation of new services.Sophie previously worked for 5 years at Veolia UK – the UK largest water, energy & waste utility – as Recycling & Innovation Manager delivering scalable innovations as well as project managing a host of new ventures to success. 

Sophie is a qualified Agronomist and Environmental Engineer who is passionate about responsible business delivering profit and environmental benefits.

Stuart Easterbrook, Replace and Extend Stakeholder Delivery Manager, Gas Distribution Ltd, National Grid

Stuart Easterbrook, Replace and Extend Stakeholder Delivery Manager, Gas Distribution Ltd, National Grid

Stuart heads up the Stakeholder Delivery team in National Grid Gas Distribution which is responsible for the contractual and commercial aspects of National Grid’s connections for biomethane gas to grid projects and transportation supply hubs. National Grid is playing a central role in encouraging renewable gas, with success to date marked by 28 live projects flowing renewable gas onto the grid, and another forty projects under development. Stuart has worked in many Operational and Commercial areas of National Grid during his career, covering both Gas and Electricity, including project design and construction, procurement, pricing and generating station connections.

Professor Paul Ekins OBE, Director; Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy at UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources 

Professor Paul Ekins OBE, Director; Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy at UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources 

Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London. He is also Deputy Director of the UK Energy Research Centre. He was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2002-2008. He is currently a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel. He has extensive experience consulting for business, government and international organisations. Paul Ekins’ academic work, published in numerous books, articles and scientific papers, focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy. His most recent book (co-edited with Jim Watson and Mike Bradshaw) was Global Energy: Issues, Potentials and Policy Implications (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015). In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’ from the United Nations Environment Programme. In the UK New Year’s Honours List for 2015 he received an OBE for services to environmental policy.

Alison Fergusson, Principal Engineer, Water 2020 programme, Ofwat

Alison Fergusson, Principal Engineer, Water 2020 programme, Ofwat

Alison Fergusson has been at Ofwat for eight years and has more than 26 years’ experience in the UK water industry. She is a chartered chemical engineer. Her work has been mostly in wastewater and sludge treatment, and in the 2014 price review she led the work modelling wastewater expenditure and assessing water company business plans. She is now leading the work on designing the regulatory framework for sludge for the 2019 price review and beyond.

Rt Hon Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, former Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Labour

Rt Hon Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, former Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Labour

Caroline sits on the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee and until recently chaired Labour’s Backbench Energy and Climate Change Committee. A former employment, housing, health and foreign office minister under the last Labour government, Caroline served as Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2011 to 2015.

Ian Goddard, Group Business Development Director, Ham Baker Group

Ian Goddard, Group Business Development Director, Ham Baker Group

30 years in the pump industry working in all business areas although mainly the water and waste water sector, initially as a mechanical fitter before progressing into after sales and then into sales and business development, whilst working for several well established companies such as ABS, Sulzer, and Netzsch. Now with the Ham Baker Group, where I head up the Pumps and Renewables Divisions.  Have spent the last 5 years in hydro development, bringing new technologies to the market place including pumps as turbines and plastic generator screws and am now looking to develop new pump and mixing technologies in an attempt to revitalize the renewables potential particularly with the water companies WTW and WwTW.

Chris Goodall, Writer and Commentator on Energy  and Owner of Carbon Commentary

Chris Goodall, Writer and Commentator on Energy  and Owner of Carbon Commentary

Writer and commentator on energy. His latest book – The Switch – is on the great transition to a renewables-based energy system around the world. The Guardian called it ‘the essential guide’. He also occasionally invests in small energy technology companies.

Tony Griffiths, UK Sales Director, Gas Alliance

Tony Griffiths, UK Sales Director, Gas Alliance

A degree in Engineering led Tony into the Oil Industry where he spent nearly 30 years in the European Commercial Fuels and Lubricant Markets working for Texaco, Castrol and BP. On leaving BP he joined MAN Truck & Bus and took responsibility for the development of the MAN Gas Bus which was launched in 2011.
Tony joined Gas Vehicle Alliance in 2012 where he is responsible for bringing their unique Biomethane solution to the UK Market.

‘Five Gas Bus Alliance Biomethane Customers, 8 Million kgs of CO2 removed, approximately 87% reduction in NOx and Particulate Matter. A little less for the UK to worry about.
It’s a shame that the UK Government continue to incentivise Global polluting energies such as Electric and Hydrogen and not encourage a proven technology - Biomethane'.!

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland

Iain is Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland and previously led its predecessor programme, WRAP Scotland. Zero Waste Scotland leads on the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy and other low carbon policy priorities, and is at the forefront of efforts to create a resource efficient, circular economy. Iain has more than 20 years’ experience in sustainable resource management, including initiating recycling systems in the public and third sectors and leading the Community Recycling Network Scotland from 2004-2008. 

Iain sits on the main board of the 2020 Climate Group and the Public Sector Climate Leaders Forum and he is a member of the Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM).

Named the ‘most influential person in the UK waste and resource efficiency sector’ in 2014 by Resource Magazine, he was granted fellowship of CIWM in 2016 due to his distinguished professional attainment in wastes management.

Richard Howard, Head of Environment and Energy, Policy Exchange

Richard Howard, Head of Environment and Energy, Policy Exchange

Richard Howard joined Policy Exchange in 2014 as Head of the Environment & Energy Unit. He has since produced a number of influential reports on topics including: energy policy and regulation, renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency and fuel poverty, and air quality. Richard has more than 10 years’ experience in energy and environmental policy, economics, and government affairs. His last role was as Chief Economist at The Crown Estate, and prior to that he worked as an economic consultant. He has a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy from Cardiff University, where he has been a visiting lecturer since 2009.

Chris Huhne, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate and Strategic Adviser, ADBA

Chris Huhne, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate and Strategic Adviser, ADBA

Chris Huhne is a long‑standing advocate of green energy. Formerly Energy and Climate Change Secretary (2010 to 2012), he has been involved in crafting solutions to climate change since 1990, including the first low carbon plan, the Liberal Democrats Zero Carbon Britain. He started and ran a business before he entered politics in 1999. He has been on the council of the Royal Economic Society, and a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

Thom Koller, Policy Officer,  Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA)

Thom Koller, Policy Officer,  Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA)

Thom is ADBA’s policy officer working on RHI and FIT eligibility and promoting biomethane as a transport fuel. He is responsible for ADBA consultation responses and for formulating position papers to take the AD industry forward. Before joining ADBA he carried out international environmental policy and law research for an NGO. His PhD focuses on notions on environmental responsibility. During his doctoral research he taught British constitutional and administrative law, providing a useful foundation for navigating the Brexit ramifications to UK energy and farming sectors.

Reed Landberg, Renewable Energy Team Leader, Bloomberg News

Reed Landberg, Renewable Energy Team Leader, Bloomberg News

Reed Landberg leads the renewable energy and environment team for Bloomberg News in London, overseeing 14 reporters and editors worldwide. The team's brief is to cover the future of energy in all its forms and what investors are doing to shape the industry. Previously, he followed U.K. political coverage through the 2008 financial coverage after a tour in the Lobby. He's also done stints as a beat reporter on team covering the economy, aerospace, Big Oil and OPEC.

Alexander Maddan, Chief Executive, Agrivert 

Alexander Maddan, Chief Executive, Agrivert 

Alexander founded Agrivert in the UK during 1994, a company that has its roots in Sewage Sludge Processing and Recycling and has since also designed, built and is now operating 5 municipal waste Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants and 5 Composting sites.Over the past 22 years, Alexander has witnessed many industry changes and has been instrumental in some of the UK waste evolutions.  For the last four years he has chaired that Organics Recycling Group that helps advise the UK Government on industry-related matters and develops best practice within the organics recycling sector.  He has contributed in detail to the development of PAS100 and PAS110 to develop End of Waste status.  Alexander has also advised government on various matters relating to organic fertilizers.

Ian Marshall, Green Gas Development Manager, Wales & West Utilities

Ian Marshall, Green Gas Development Manager, Wales & West Utilities

Ian Marshall, Green Gas Development Manager, joined WWU in 2011 as a Graduate Engineer having recently completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on sustainable energy systems. After completing his 2 year Graduate Development Programme Ian joined the <7bar Asset Management where he took on responsibility for managing the WWU Shrinkage and Leakage model and the technical standards for gas carrying assets. Ian also has an array of experience as project lead on a large number of Network Innovation Allowance funded innovation projects. Recently appointed to the System Operations team as the Green Gas Development Manager Ian is now responsible for promoting and developing the potential to utilise non-conventionally sourced gases within the UK. As part of this roll Ian has taken up position on the recently formed IGEM Hydrogen and Gas Quality Working groups and will be working with industry to address the required changes to allow widespread adoption and deployment of non-conventional gas.

Dr Maxine Mayhew, Group Commercial Director, Northumbrian Water

Dr Maxine Mayhew, Group Commercial Director, Northumbrian Water

After completing a PhD in Wastewater Treatment, Maxine has held a variety of roles in her 16 years in the water industry.  She has kept a technical interest throughout her career leading projects in waste water, anaerobic digestion and sludge treatment technology development.  Recent years have focused on leadership, commercial development and strategy delivery with Director roles which have covered all aspects of the industry from operations, engineering, through to central support services.  

Maxine is a Non Executive Director with Derwentside Homes, a Cranfield University Council Independent member, and a member of ADBA Board.  She is also Group Commercial Director for Northumbrian Water Group  where has specific responsibility for the supply chain and marketing functions as well as leading the sourcing, negotiation and delivery of high value commercial contracts.  She is also responsible for the Group’s energy strategy which covers procuring power, efficient use and maximising renewable opportunities.

James Miles-Hobbs, Director, JMH Farming & Renewables

James Miles-Hobbs, Director, JMH Farming & Renewables

James Miles-Hobbs has practiced as a farm business consultant for 30 years, starting his own company, JMH Farming & Renewables Ltd, (previously Rural Development Associates Ltd) in 2004. He provides traditional farm business advice and specialises in renewable energy, strategic financial planning, rural diversification and grant funding. James commenced his career working on the family 1000 acre arable, pig and beef farm. In 1982 he completed a degree in Agricultural Economics at Reading University and the following year gained an HND in Advanced Farm Management at the Royal Agricultural College. The following two years were spent farming a 2000 acre arable farm in Cambridgeshire. In 1985 he joined Andersons (The Farm Business Consultants) where he became an equity Partner in 1990 and ran their Salisbury office until he joined Savills in 2002 as part of the acquisition of Andersons South & West.

James was named Farm Adviser of the Year by Farmers Weekly in 2011. He is an ex-Chairman and Committee member of the Wiltshire branch of the CLA and sits on the South West Regional Committee. In addition to representing the South West at the CLA Council, James is a member of the CLA Policy Committee, the CLA Business and Rural Economy Committee and assists the CLA National Renewable Energy & Climate Change Adviser. He is also a Council member for the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants. James holds a number of directorships including Wadswick Energy Limited, JMH Agri Solutions Limited and Green kW C.I.C.

Ollie More, Market Analyst, Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA)

Ollie More, Market Analyst, Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA)

Ollie More joined ADBA in 2014 after working for five years at Ofgem and DECC on government renewables initiatives, including: the Renewable Heat Inventive, the Renewables Obligation and the Bioenergy Strategy. Before that, Ollie worked in the recycling (Waste Watch) and conservation (Trees for Cities) sectors. Other experiences include teaching English in West Africa and Mexico, a First Class BA in Economics and Politics (Sheffield) and MSc in Environment and Development (Edinburgh).

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA)

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA)

A practising lawyer for 10 years, Charlotte Morton studied for her MBA at London Business School. Establishing the business side of ADBA in 2009, she saw the potential of an industry that can deliver huge value to the UK and now some of the world’s increasingly pressing issues. Charlotte is also on the board of Green Gas Trading Ltd, which runs the Biomethane Certification Scheme.

David Newman, President, World Biogas Association

David Newman, President, World Biogas Association

David has been working in the environmental sector since the 1980s when he met historic leader of Greenpeace David McTaggart in Italy, and worked with him for over a decade. During this time he was Executive Director of Greenpeace Italy for three years. In the late 1990s he became involved in a Local Government project to establish recycling centres in central Italy and ran this until 1999, winning an award from the President of Italy for it. He was asked to help run the newly established Compost and Biogas Association (CIC, www.compost.it)  there in 1999, and went on to lead it until 2014. Composting and AD in Italy in 2015 treated over 5,5 million tons of biowaste, up from 0,5 million tons in 2000. David also helped establish and ran the Bioplastics association (www.assobioplastiche.org)  to promote compostable products and helped push through the laws to ban single use plastic carriers bags in Italy and reduce them in the EU, with the EU Directive passed in 2015.

In 2015 he established and is currently managing the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association in the UK which promotes the use of compostable and renewable – sourced products and chemicals (www.bbia.org.uk). He also undertakes advisory work for companies seeking opportunities in new markets. In 2001 he joined ISWA (www.iswa.org) dedicating a lot of free time to promoting sustainable waste management practices globally, joined the Board in 2008 and became President in 2012 until 2016. ISWA doubled in size in these years and established programmes with global partners to bring attention and finance to the waste emergency. 

Iain Pickles, Local Authority Manager, Biogen

Iain Pickles, Local Authority Manager, Biogen

Iain is Biogen’s Local Authority Manager and has been with the company since November 2013. He is responsible for developing new business with local authorities, bidding for food waste contracts and account management for all public sector customers.Prior to this, he held roles in local government, plastics recycling, waste treatment and consultancy.

John Scott Kerr, Director of Business Development, Future Biogas

John Scott Kerr, Director of Business Development, Future Biogas

After serving as an Infantry Officer in his twenties and gaining an MBA at Imperial, John moved to Ukraine where he was the commercial lead for an operation, farming 30,000 hectares of wheat and rape.  After a couple of years he joined a renewables firm also in Ukraine that produced biofuels for McDonalds and developed a number of large scale AD projects with poultry and pig operations.  He returned to the UK in 2011 and joined the Bidwells agribusiness team, taking a lead in their Bioenergy offering for three years.  In early 2014  John joined Future Biogas in a role to secure future projects as well as develop opportunities for the existing portfolio.  John has taken a leading role in the UK launch of the Economizer, a new technology that processes waste straw into a fully digestible material that could dramatically change the way we build and operate biogas plants.  Future Biogas signed a UK distribution agreement for this technology in March.

Graham Southall, Owner, V2B Consulting Limited

Graham Southall, Owner, V2B Consulting Limited

Graham Southall is now an independent advisor in the water and waste water industry, having held a variety of roles across both the water and energy sectors.  He was with Thames Water since 2008, latterly Manging Director of Thames Water Commercial Services.  There his responsibilities included the development of Thames commercial projects activities: collection and processing of Fats Oils and Greases, Waste to Energy, recovery of Struvite from effluent and renewable energy, as well as setting up their Scottish retail business. Prior to Thames Water he held a number of key roles working as Head of Power at BG Group, VP Optimisation with DONG (Danish Oil and Natural Gas) in Denmark and VP of European Trading in Geneva for TXU. 

Dr. Richard Swannell, Development Director, WRAP, UK 

Dr. Richard Swannell, Development Director, WRAP, UK 

Richard is committed to working on ways of reducing man’s impact on the environment.  A biochemist by training, he has a Doctorate in Environmental Engineering and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He has a strong expertise in delivering more resource efficient and sustainable practices within businesses, and on reducing food waste and increasing recycling. He is Development Director for WRAP- a UK charity, at the forefront of the circular economy - thought leaders, champions of action and catalysts for change.Richard joined WRAP in 2004, leading the team that created and delivered the innovative the Courtauld Commitment - the first agreement of its kind between WRAP and  UK supermarket retailers committed to an ambitious and collaborative approach to packaging and food waste reduction. Between 2007 and 2012 this voluntary agreement, together with WRAP’s internationally-renowned Love Food Hate Waste campaign, helped reduce packaging and food waste by more than 3 million tonnes, reducing carbon emissions by over 8 million tonnes.

 As Development Director, Richard leads on developing and delivering WRAP’s international and new product development strategies. This includes WRAP’s new work on helping people eat more healthily and sustainably and on seeking new partnerships to achieve impact internationally. A particular focus is on delivering the relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals e.g 12.3 on halving food waste reduction. Richard also leads WRAP’s research, evaluation and economics teams.  

Dr. Alan Taylor, Associate Director, Aardvark

Dr. Alan Taylor, Associate Director, Aardvark

Enthusiastic about the opportunities novel technologies can play in the energy and waste sectors, Alan is a Chartered Engineer with particular experience in the instigation, development and management of applied research and the demonstration of projects and programmes across technology boundaries. He has worked with Aardvark since 2015 and has specific technical experience in the assessment and selection of technologies and as a project developer for bioenergy projects in the electricity generation and municipal services context.