Take a look at the industry leaders set to speak this year…
Alan Whitehead, MP and Shadow Minister, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
John Coates, Vice Chair, LARAC
Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA
A practising lawyer for 10 years, Charlotte Morton studied for her MBA at London Business School before setting up a car club business. Asked to establish the business side of ADBA in 2009, she saw the potential of an industry that can deliver huge potential and value to the UK. Given the even bigger global potential, which must be achieved if the Paris Climate Change targets and UN Sustainable Development Goals are to be met, Charlotte played a pivotal role in establishing the World Biogas Association in 2016 to promote and increase the rate of uptake of biogas globally. Charlotte is also on the board of Green Gas Trading Ltd, which runs the Biomethane Certification Scheme.
Dr Jem Woods, Imperial College London
Keith Warburton, Decarbonisation Development Manager, Wales & West Utilities
Keith Warburton has worked for 40 years in the gas and nuclear industries, with the National Grid, Northern Gas Networks. Scottish & Southern Energy and, more recently, Lagoni Engineering Ltd. A member of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers and former Director of The Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG), he will lead Wales & West Utilities work on green gas, and be part of their Energy Strategy team, working to meet the UK Government’s 2050 Net Zero carbon emissions target.
Sam Hare, Waste & Recycling Policy Advisor, DEFRA
Mark Richmond, Technical Director, WRM
Mark Richmond is a Technical Director at WRM and is a Chartered Waste Manager with sixteen years’ experience of wastes management. He has specific experience in developing waste and recycling strategy, assessing the feasibility of recycling collection services and organic waste processing facilities, managing service and infrastructure procurements, and undertaking investment due diligence. He has a personal interest in sustainable agriculture systems and supports the development of the waste and recycling industry as Chair of the North-East CIWM.
Dr Sandra Esteves, Director, Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion
Dr Sandra Esteves – Director of the Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion, Sustainable Environment Research Centre, University of South Wales. Sandra has over 18 years’ experience in biotechnology. Sandra directs the Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion, a centre which acts as a process development platform and delivers industrial focused R&D. R&D efforts focus on development of novel processes and products, new integrations, plant design, monitoring/optimisation as well as knowledge transfer. Sandra is also conducting research in biogas upgrading, power to gas conversions, microbial ecology, digestate processing, bioprocess integration and biorefinery systems.
Thomas Minter, Director, Malaby Biogas
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.
Angela Bywater, Southampton University
Angela Bywater is a BBSRC Anaerobic Digestion Network co-manager within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.
Angela manages the BBSRC AD Network with Louise Byfield. The Network provides funding for Proofs of Concept and Business Interaction Vouchers, as well as running relevant events for industry and research in the field of anaerobic digestion / industrial biotechnology.
Kathy Nicholls, Senior Advisor, Environment and Business, Site Based Regulation, Biowaste Treatment, Environment Agency
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.
Dr Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Advisor, Renewable Energy, NFU
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.
David Hurren, CEO, Air Liquide
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.