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Keynote Speakers

David Newman, President, World Biogas Association

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David Newman was the Executive Director of Greenpeace Italy for three years from 1994 and worked alongside one of the founders of Greenpeace, for 13 years until 2000. From 1999 he led the Italian composting and biogas association CIC for 15 years until 2014, which focused upon food waste collection and recovery, making Italy the world leader in food waste treatment with over 6.5 million tonnes annually composted and treated for biogas in 2017.

He founded and led the Italian Bioplastics Association from 2011 to 2015 which promoted the use in Italy of compostable plastic materials to ensure clean food waste collections. This led to Italy adopting obligatory use of compostable materials for food waste collections and for single use shopping carrier bags.

He founded and leads the Bio Based and Biodegradable Industries Association UK since 2015 which also works to promote the use of compostable and biodegradable materials in GB.

From 2012 to 2016 he was President of the International Solid Waste Association in Vienna, promoting the importance of policies and investments in waste management as a global environmental priority and travelled globally to do this. He was invited in 2016 to address the United Nations Environmental Assembly and has spoken on waste management issues across the globe, including as a lecturer.

He specialises in biowaste management and was among the team that successfully advocated for the plastic carrier bags directive in the EU and the Circular Economy package adopted in 2018; during this time (2012-13) he was also personal advisor to the then Italian Minister of Environment, Andrea Orlando.  Under his leadership the 2015 Global Waste Management Outlook report was written by ISWA and UNEP.  He is co-author of the report Global Food Waste Management, an Implementation Guide for Cities, published in May 2018 by the World Biogas Association.

When the World Biogas Association was founded in November 2016 he was asked to be the first President.

He is advisor to Ditto Sustainability Ltd., developing learning content and international partnerships.

He advises several companies and investors on strategies for growth in the waste sector and is a Board member of five companies in the UK.

He lives and works in London since 2016 and is a Corporate Member of the CIWM UK, Honorary Member of ISWA and Member of the Institute of Directors.

James Richardson, Chief Economist, National Infrastructure Commission

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James Richardson has been Chief Economist at the National Infrastructure Commission since April 2016. The NIC is an independent body, providing expert advice to the Government on pressing infrastructure issues. James heads the NIC secretariat’s economics team and led on production of the UK’s first ever National Infrastructure Assessment, an in-depth assessment of the UK’s major infrastructure needs on a 30-year time horizon.

Prior to this, James was Director, Fiscal and Deputy Chief Economic Adviser at HM Treasury from July 2012 to March 2016 and Director, Public Spending and Chief Microeconomist at HM Treasury from September 2008 to July 2012.

James has a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics (LSE).

Graham Stuart MP

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Graham Stuart is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness since 2005.

He currently serves as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade. As Minister for Investment, Graham is responsible for promoting: UK businesses overseas; foreign investment in the UK economy and overseas investment opportunities to UK companies.

Lord Teverson

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Robin chairs the House of Lords EU Select Committee on Energy and the Environment, and also speaks in the House on climate change issues.  He was formerly a member of the European Parliament, before which he worked in the freight industry.  He is a board member of the Marine Management Organisation, and lives in Cornwall.

Industry Experts

Amaya Arias Garcia, Engineering Design Manager, Suez Anaerobic Digestion Centre of Excellence

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Amaya is the Engineering Design Manager for Suez Anaerobic Digestion Centre of Excellence. The CoE is responsible for the whole portfolio of anaerobic technologies and associated infrastructure within the Suez Water Technology and Solutions business globally. Amaya is an Engineer and a Project Manager with many years of experience in the Waste to Energy Sector. She has been involved in the design, construction, operation, risk management and optimisation of many Anaerobic Digestion plants. Amaya is passionate about increasing industry knowledge to ensure process safety together with achieving quality and effective operations. Amaya is the Chair of ADBA’s AD Certification Scheme steering group.

Myles Bailey, Managing Director, and Director of Energy and Sustainability, Brevia Consulting

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Myles is the Deputy Managing Director, and Director of Energy and Sustainability at Brevia Consulting.  Prior to joining Brevia, Myles worked in the Conservative Research Department as the political adviser on Energy and the Environment. His work focused on supporting Conservative ministers and special advisers at DECC and DEFRA. Myles was also responsible for producing briefing materials on Energy and Environment issues for Conservative MPs, candidates and activists.

Before joining the Conservative Research Department, Myles worked at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) as a policy adviser in their Energy and Climate Change team. Myles’ first role at the CBI saw him lead on energy efficiency policy. He then took responsibility for CBI responses to upstream oil and gas issues. Myles worked with CBI members to develop responses to government consultations, while providing them with insight and intelligence on the policy landscape. He also helped with briefing for senior members of the CBI ahead of public appearances.


Avril Banks, Director, AB Environmental

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With over 20 years’ experience in the organic sector, Avril spends her time looking after feedstock and biological performance of a wide range of AD plants across the UK. Her company Ab-En Ltd provides practical support to help optimize the biological and operational aspects of AD including in-house lab facilities and providing compliance and commercial support to the industry. She is chair of the CIWM Biological treatment SIG and sits on the ADBA and BioVale steering groups.

Tina Benfield, Technical Manager, CIWM

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Technical Manager for CIWM, part of the technical team for over 19 years, coordinator for CIWM Biological Treatment, Resource Mgmt and Waste Strategy special interest groups.  Part of Defra’s working groups for Litter Strategy, Chair of BS 508/1 and member of CIPFA Environmental Services group.

Glenn Carney, Sales Director, Greenlane Biogas

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Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas sector, during which time he considered renewable energy a distraction from the belief the global economy could not survive without fossil fuels.  Recognising this was an outdated premise, he joined Greenlane Biogas as Sales Director in 2017 to address biomethane’s ability to replace natural gas within the existing gas network infrastructure for heat and transport fuel, providing biogas upgrade system solutions. MBA from University of Manchester, an Advisory Board Member with ADBA, and a Steering Group Member of the Renewable Energy Association Biogas Group.

Andrew Clark, Director of Policy, National Farmers Union

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Andrew Clark is the NFU’s Director of Policy, based at the NFU, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.  He manages the NFU’s policy development teams which span key commodity, food chain, animal health and cross-cutting policy and professional service teams.  Andrew was appointed to his current post in July 2014.

He joined the NFU headquarters in January 1993 from Hertfordshire County Council and has filled a variety of roles including Chief Environment Adviser and, prior to his current role, Head of Policy Services.

Andrew lives with his family in Worcestershire where he grew up on a hop and fruit farm.  He has a PhD in Environment Science from the University of East Anglia and is a Chartered Landscape Architect.

Fiona Donaldson – National Waste Unit, Scottish Environment Protection Agency

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Fiona has been involved with biowaste since 2006 and now leads on this topic for the National Waste Unit in the Scottish Environment Agency. We develop policy and guidance on biowaste management, ensuring this is considered during the development of SEPA’s sector plans. She will be taking forward work on materials to land as part of SEPA’s “One Planet Prosperity” regulatory strategy and our “Waste to Resources” framework.

Henry Grant, Renewable Energy Consultant, Savills

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Henry is an energy consultant based in Savills Perth office. He works across the UK and provides technical support for project development, transactions, valuations and due diligence across a range of renewable energy technologies. He has been focussed on anaerobic digestion for the past three years and has been involved in AD projects ranging from 70kWe on farm CHP up to 900scm/h waste fed gas to grid schemes.

Carl Gurney, Renewable Energy Director, Jelf


Carl Gurney is the Renewable Energy Director at Jelf. He has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry and leads a team of renewable energy executives. Carl sits on ADBA’s executive advisory board, is an active member on ADBA’s steering groups and was instrumental in helping deliver the AD Certification Scheme. Carl writes for renewable energy sector publications, speaks at events and provides insurance and risk management advice for a number of funders and operators.

Susan Harris, National AD Project Manager & (KSLES Area Installations Officer), Environment Agency

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I started working for the Environment Agency in 2003 as an Environment Officer, later specialising in waste and industry regulation.  I lead on biowaste treatment for Kent, South London and East Sussex and have recently been appointed as the 2018/19 AD Project Manager.  I lead a project team that focuses on deploying technically competent Regulatory Officers to deliver our AD sector objectives.

Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services Association

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Jacob Hayler is the Executive Director at the Environmental Services Association – the UK’s trade association for managers of waste and secondary resources. Jacob joined ESA from the City in 2005 as an Economist focused on helping to develop market-focused policies that combine environmental and economic sustainability. At various points during his time at ESA, Jacob retained responsibility for policy relating to finance, tax, carbon management, contracts and energy from waste.

In January 2015 Jacob was appointed ESA’s Executive Director and he now retains responsibility for the day to day running of the Association. Jacob has represented the industry on multiple government advisory bodies and committees and is the UK’s representative on various pan-European waste and recycling industry bodies.

James Higgins, Policy Manager, SGN

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James Higgins is Policy Manager at SGN who manages the gas network across Scotland and the south of England. James joined SGN in 2012 and moved into his current position in 2014. He works across a range of areas with a focus on future on heat policy. James represents SGN on the collaborative ENA Gas Futures Group and also holds a Masters degree in energy policy.

Greg Hilton, National New Business Manager, Flogas

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Greg Hilton is National New Business Manager for Flogas Britain, a leading gas supplier, part of the FTSE100 business DCC plc. Flogas Britain is the leading supplier of propane for enrichment of biomethane, having installed the propane solution for the UK’s first gas-to-grid installation, and currently supplying propane to the majority of the UK’s operating biomethane sites. Greg’s involvement in anaerobic digestion started over ten years ago, as one of the founder members of the AD and Biogas Association (ADBA), whilst providing consultancy services to some of the UK’s first AD projects. Greg is the lead for the Flogas offering to the biomethane sector, and is working on the design and installation of Flogas’ bespoke propane injection technology and propane supply infrastructure for the next phase of biomethane installations. Greg is also working on natural gas solutions for the transport sector, including the use of biomethane.

Matt Hindle, Head of Gas, Energy Networks Association

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Matt Hindle is Head of Gas for the Energy Networks Association. He works with ENA’s members on issues affecting the gas transmission and distribution networks, including the future role for gas in heat, transport and energy policy more widely. Prior to joining ENA, Matt spent six years working on green gas, energy policy and recycling issues for ADBA, ultimately as Head of Policy. He started his career with the Liberal Democrats as a researcher.

David Hurren, CEO, Air Liquide

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David is CEO of Air Liquide’s Advanced Business and Technology UK business focusing on Biomethane Gas to Grid projects, where Air Liquide invests in the technology on an AD site and on alternative energy for vehicles, especially at this point HGV’s s.  Air Liquide has a European wide footprint for both production of Biomethane in Gaseous and Liquid forms and has over 50 Natural Gas refuelling stations.

Within the UK they have been leading a major tranche of work with Innovate UK and Cenex on testing and evaluation of Euro VI Natural Gas HGV’s vs Diesel both on testing facilities but also in real world driving conditions.  They have also been at the forefront of recent developments with BEIS and DfT to enable gas from Biomethane production sites in UK to go to either Renewable Heat or to Transport in form of RTFO.

David is chair of the BCGA committee on Alternative Energy which has established UK codes for refuelling stations for Alternative Energy and engages with Government and NGO’s to facilitate development of the market and is a member of the ADBA Advisory Board.

Dr Thom Koller, Senior Policy Manager, ADBA


Thom supports members on RHI and FIT eligibility as well as promoting biomethane as a transport fuel. He leads ADBA’s work with industry, government and regulators to bring about positive legislative and regulatory change to grow the AD industry. This includes responding to government consultations and formulating position papers.

Reed Landberg, European Gas, Power & Renewables Team Leader, Bloomberg News, London

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Reed Landberg has been writing about energy and environmental issues for most of the past two decades for Bloomberg News in London. He covered the Kyoto and Paris climate talks between tours writing about the U.K. government and economic scene. He currently leads a team of reporters on natural gas, power and renewables across Europe, overseeing news about both markets and companies in the sector.

Philipp Lukas, CEO, Future Biogas Ltd

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Philipp started Future Biogas in 2008. Since then the business has grown to over 100 employees dealing with all aspects of AD operations. It has developed and built 11 plants across East Anglia. Philipps background is in law and renewables, having worked for corporate firm Travers Smith in the city and run a cellulosic ethanol developer. He has an LLB from Kings College London and an MBA from Imperial College. He is a board member of the European Biogas Association (EBA).

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

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Ian joined Wales & West Utilities in 2011. Following various roles around the company Ian took up the position of Green Gas Development Manager in 2016 driving forward the development and uptake and use of green gases within the gas network.

Olivia Midgley, News and Business Editor, Farmers' Guardian

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Olivia Midgley is a London based journalist specialising in agriculture and rural affairs. She is the news and business editor at weekly farming publication Farmers Guardian. Twitter: @FGoliviamidgley

Thomas Minter, Director, Malaby Biogas

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Thomas is a director of Malaby Biogas which owns & operates the Bore Hill Farm Biodigester in Wiltshire. He has had a diverse in hospitality, horticulture and property development and brings a unique perspective as a pioneer of the AD industry. His focus is on innovation, operation skill and knowledge transfer.  He is bringing forward plans for a combined AD Training, Research and Innovation Facility to build industry capacity and competence. Optimisation and efficiency improvements have taken Bore Hill Farm beyond its original design capacity and Thomas believes there are further performance improvements still to be made.

Thomas is a member of the ADBA Strategic Advisory Board and recently won the ADBA AD Hero of the Year award. He is an active member of REA and ADBA and, as a member of the World Biogas Association, is working to build international AD capacity. Earlier this year Bore Hill Farm Biodigester was the first plant in England to be certified under the new AD Certification Scheme.

Combining a world view with a principled and common-sense approach Thomas sees opportunities where others see problems.

William Mezzullo, Head of AD Asset Management, John Laing Capital Management

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William is Head of Asset Management at John Laing Capital Management having recently joined from Oxford Capital Partners LLP where he managed an AD Portfolio of £80m AUM. Prior to this he worked at Future from 2010 to 2017 progressing to Head of Projects in addition to having an active role in working with regulators, policy makers and trade associations.

Kathy Nicholls, Senior Advisor, Environment and Business, Site Based Regulation, Biowaste Treatment, Environment Agency

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Kathy started work with the Environment Agency in 2004 as a regulatory officer and has been working as an advisor since 2008.  She leads on biowaste treatment sector, facing multiple stakeholder and advising operational teams internally.  She also leads the biowaste sector for the Environment Agency to deliver consistent regulation and the objective of the 25 year plan towards a sustainable biowaste sector.

Hattie Parke, Senior Consultant, Eunomia

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Harriet is a senior consultant at Eunomia, the largest strategic waste and resources consultancy in the UK working across Europe and beyond. Harriet has over 10 years’ experience in the waste and resources industry, spanning both the public and private sector. At Eunomia, Harriet focusses on private sector clients seeking commercial and market diligence. She’s led numerous market assessments for AD developments and transactions, and is author of Eunomia’s AD Market Outlook report.

Dr Evangelos Petropoulos, Senior Technical Engineer, Premier Tech Aqua

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Dr Petropoulos is an expert in the field of wastewater treatment, waste management and environmental bio-engineering and biotechnology, with extensive experience in the field of (waste) water to energy. He has a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Newcastle University (UK) and a wide industrial and academic experience, gained from working in China, Greece, Spain and the UK. Dr Evangelos Petropoulos joined the Premier Tech Aqua UK team in Peterlee, County Durham in September 2017, specialises in packaged water and waste water treatment solution; Dr Petropoulos focuses on the design and development of its world leading water and wastewater solutions. In parallel he is an external research associate at Newcastle University where he is carrying out pioneering research related to the anaerobic microbiology.

Daniel Purvis, Head of Portfolio Management, Ingenious Capital

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Dan is Head of Portfolio Management at Ingenious Capital where he has responsibility for an AD portfolio of 14 assets as well as their Solar and Wind assets. As well as the construction and operational assets, Dan assists in Ingenious’ development work across Gasification, CNG filling stations and AD. Previously Head of Operations at Future Biogas for 5 years, he created and led an operations and maintenance team that looked after 11 sites achieving industry leading uptimes. Before Biogas Dan was part of the operations management team for a global petrochemical company.

Dr Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Advisor, Renewable Energy, NFU

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Dr Jonathan Scurlock is a senior NFU adviser since 2007, Jonathan Scurlock leads a small team providing analysis and advice on energy and climate change to the NFU’s management, office holders and members. His background is university and government research, covering energy and climate policy, plant physiology, all kinds of biomass fuels, bio‑based products and other renewables. Author of more than 50 publications, he was educated at Oxford and London, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Open University.

Martin Shannon, Commercial Manager, Cadent Gas

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Martin Shannon is a seasoned commercial manager working within Cadent Gas, focusing on innovative and collaborative ways we can decarbonise gas networks.

Dr Alan Taylor, Associate Director, Aardvark

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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. This experience has included the management of diverse projects and programmes, many of which have been delivered as collaborations, partnerships or community based projects, where the successful understanding of the relationships between participants and external stakeholders can be vital in securing success. He is also experienced in the scoping and procurement of specific packages of research needed to support complex and novel consent applications in both the terrestrial and marine context.

Simon Trollope, Head of Product and Market Development, IGEM (Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers)


Simon is currently the Head of Product and Market Development at IGEM where he is responsible for identifying new products and services for IGEM, the professional engineering body for the gas industry. Simon has been with IGEM since 2013 where he headed up their marketing and communications team delivering all of the events, conferences and communications activities for their 4,000 members worldwide. Simon has spent his career in marketing across a number of sectors including IT, telecoms, education as well as know of course the energy sector.

Alister Veitch, Head of Sales (UK), Orsted

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Alister is responsible for the development and ongoing sales in the UK and Ireland of the Renescience technology, an own-developed proprietary technology by Ørsted, able to convert unsorted Municipal Solid Waste into clean recyclables and dissolve biodegradables into a homogenous bio-liquid suitable for fast and high yields of biogas production. As well as Renescience, Ørsted has interests in a number of AD projects across Europe. Alister has worked in the organic waste world for over twenty years specialising in AD project development and digestate recycling.

Daniel von Scheven, CEO and Co Founder, AcrEnergy

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Daniel is a co-founder of AcrEnergy, a developer and operator of biogas plants. Daniel is responsible for the overall strategy and executive management of the business. He also brings with him a strong relationship with feedstock suppliers and manages the technology partners at the plant.

Daniel is a trained civil engineer specialising in environmental engineering. He worked as an engineer prior to spending ten years working in private equity, both in operational roles in portfolio companies and as an investment manager. Daniel’s previous employers include Hicks Muse, a US buyout fund, and the Carbon Trust, UK’s leading investor in clean technology. Before co-founding AcrEnergy he developed new projects in the UK and Italy at, at the time one of Europe’s largest independent energy provider based on biogas.

David Woolgar, Consultant, David Woolgar Consulting

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David is an independent consultant in the field of anaerobic digestion, gas engineering and renewable energy.  He is chair of the ADBA Training, Safety and Environment group. He became involved in the design and delivery of waste water AD plants in 1991 and went on to lead the design and commissioning of a number of farm based and food waste AD plants. David provides process advice for designers and operators, gas safety reviews and training.

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