How would you describe yourself personally and professionally?

Tell us about ADBA - give us your top-line analysis

ADBA is a young and vibrant organisation which works hard to engage with its members and other stakeholders to enable the development of AD in the UK, and to retain a clear vision at a time when political support to fund the renewable sector in general is under continual scrutiny to reduce fiscal support.

Why did you want to work with ADBA?

I was excited about the opportunities which AD could bring to the UK and the impact it could have on the environment. It also presents an exciting new development in my own career as it enabled me to apply the knowledge gained in waste management, process engineering and business development consultancy.

What has been your proudest achievement since you started working with ADBA?

From the first meeting at the House of Lords I have maintained my involvement with ADBA. I am proud to be a board member and chairing probably the largest working group. More recently I have been instrumental in the development of a new AD Guide to support the development of AD in the UK and potentially abroad.

How do you want to help ADBA ensure the industry realises its potential?

ADBA provides both visibility and leadership to a growing, albeit still seen as an embryonic UK industry sector, which has the potential to become the world-class technology leader. This requires significant investment in one’s own personal time and commitment to supporting the objectives of the association and its membership in the UK and potential to develop internationally.

George Gittus, Suffolk County Chairman, NFU 

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What are the challenges facing the AD industry and how do you want to help ADBA ensure the industry realises its potential?

The food versus fuel debate is not going to go away and I am passionate that it is an issue that can be defended. There are many strands to that mean it can make an effective contribution to the UK’s energy generating matrix and fuel supply options. You only have to look at Reading’s biomethane fuelled “Bus Hound” breaking the speed record to see what is possible. Biomethane powered tractors are also on the near horizon, so for the farming community we shall be able to return to providing our own fuel for the “horsepower” we need.

Dr David Greenfield, Managing Director, Soenecs

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How do you want to help ADBA ensure the industry realises its potential?

I firmly believe that Anaerobic Digestion and the use of Bioresources are an essential part of the energy and resource management future of this country.  My role will be to ensure ADBA acts as the independent expert to move this sector forward.

Mike Hanson, Head of Environment & Programme Management, BaxterStorey





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Why did you want to work for ADBA?

As a food service operator and as a sustainability professional I see that I am in an ideal position to help to encourage collaboration between operators, clients and the waste carriers to enable the diversion of food waste arising from our sector from landfill and sewer to AD. By joining ADBA I have the opportunity to not only look to drive change and raise awareness in the foodservice sector but also help the AD sector understand the challenges facing food service operators and their clients not only from a policy perspective but also the not inconsiderable financial, logistical hurdles.

Stuart Hayward-Higham, Development Director, SITA UK

My skills, covering the spectrum of collection, treatment and energy production, can help the AD industry develop in a sustainable and integrated manner.

Philipp Lukas, Managing Director, Future Biogas


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Why are you so passionate about AD?

AD is brilliant for farming, and for our countryside! It’s not just about energy, far from it. It helps livestock farmers with their manure management, it can provide arable farmers and vegetable growers with much needed, financially viable break-crops, and it creates opportunities to support biodiversity. The farming benefits are endless and I am passionate about advocating this in our business and beyond.

What are you most passionate about?

We need move to sustainable energy solutions for power, heat and transport. AD can deliver a fantastically flexible biogas fuel that can be used in all those sectors. What’s more it has great potential for technical improvements over the next years making it even cleaner and more efficient.

What has been your proudest achievement in AD?

I’m most pleased with our work on biomass production and sustainability. We are the first in the UK to grow specialist biogas energy grass, perennial species for biogas and wildflower mixes designed for gas yield. We are running trials on nitrification inhibitors, strip-till crop establishment, biofumigation and digestate fertiliser use optimisation.

Where would you like to see ADBA in 5 years time?

ADBA has achieved a great deal since it started in 2009, and we should be very proud of where it is today. I am confident that it will continue to be a strong ambassador for the AD industry helping to grow green energy production in the UK.

How do you want to help ADBA ensure the industry realises its potential?

Future Biogas will continue to work closely with ADBA to maximise the farming benefits of AD and encourage responsible, sustainable use of biomass.  AD must deliver, and be seen to deliver, the triple bottom line of social, environmental and financial benefits. 

Maxine Mayhew, Group Commercial Director, Northumbrian Water

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What are the challenges facing the AD industry and how do you want to help ADBA ensure the industry realises its potential?

At Northumbrian Water we are very proud of the fact that 100% of our sludge is used in AD to generate green power, and for the UK in general anaerobic digestion and the use of bio resources are a key part of delivering a sustainable energy generation strategy both today and for the future. However, ensuring the AD industry can grow and maximise its economic and environmental potential needs support, stable policy frameworks as well as collective effort to overcome technical barriers. I look forward to helping ADBA deliver its ambitious goals and support its members to embed AD and bio resources as the best economic and environmental solution and to realise its potential.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA

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Why are you so passionate about AD?

AD is a no brainer. We can help support climate smart farming, reduce how much food we waste and make the most of what we do, reduce GHG emissions from organic wastes and commercial fertilisers, help address energy security, recycle the nutrients vital to our food production into biofertilisers, generate a constant supply of renewable energy – helping to balance the intermittent supply from other valuable renewables – and in the form of a gas allowing us to address areas other renewables can’t reach, such as fuelling HGVs and air quality. 40 TWh is a significant amount of energy, and on top of that the industry could create 35,000 jobs – just what the economy needs in a recession. No wonder the Coalition government made supporting a huge increase in AD a Coalition commitment.

What is your greatest strength and how does this help with what you do?

I like to think my greatest strength is always wanting to know why we are doing something, or being clear about what the question is. If you know that, you’re half way there.