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Take a look at the industry leaders set to speak this year…


Lord Callanan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, BEIS

Keynote’s address: An update on GGSS and the role of biogas over the next decade, in the context of the government’s Net Zero Strategy and the Global Methane Pledge

Lord Callanan was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 14 February 2020.

Lord Callanan was a Conservative Councillor on Tyne and Wear County Council between 1983 and 1986 and Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council between 1987 and 1996.

He was a Member of the European Parliament for the North East England constituency from 1999, re-elected in 2004 and 2009.

He became the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists group from 2011-2014.

Lord Callanan was created a Life Peer on 24 September 2014 taking the title Baron Callanan, of Low Fell in the County of Tyne and Wear.

He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport between June and October 2017.

Myles Bailey, Deputy Managing Director, Brevia Consulting


Keynote’s address: COP 26 Debrief

Myles Bailey is Deputy MD of Brevia Consulting, where he runs the energy and sustainability practice, having previously been political adviser on Energy and the Environment at Conservative Party HQ.

Philipp Lukas, CEO, Future Biogas

Phillip Lukas, CEO, Future Biogas

Keynote’s address: Biomethane and Agriculture – The Negative Carbon Opportunity

Session: How bio-CO2 can boost your revenues

Future Biogas, a leading biogas project developer and operator, operates nine AD plants in Norfolk, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire, six of which are gas to grid developments.  Future Biogas is also the sole UK distributor of the Economizer SE, a pre-treatment technology that processes biomass with high lignin content for AD plants.  Philipp has a background in law and renewables, having worked in the city and run a cellulosic ethanol developer.

Richard Brindle, Head of Bioresources Strategy - Bioresources, Energy and Carbon, United Utilities


Keynote’s address: Unlocking greater value through a national bioresources strategy

Panel Session: Navigating the red tape and new tech on digestate


Andrew Bird, Head of Recycling & Fleet Services, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council


Session: Will 2023 be the Rubbish Year It Is Supposed to be?

Angie Bywater, Co-manager of EBNet, University of Southampton

Angie Bywater

Session: Navigating the red tape and new tech on digestate

Angela Bywater joined the University in 2014 as BBSRC Anaerobic Digestion Network (ADNet) co-manager, following on as co-manager of the Environmental Biotechnology Network (EBNet).

Jointly funded by the BBSRC/EPSRC, EBNet provides information, training, networking opportunities and funding to its large membership of academics, industry and government. The Network’s focus is on engineered microbial systems for pollution prevention, bioremediation and resource recovery. It is one of 6 UKRI-funded Networks in Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB).

Angela has a background in IT and project management and also has a foothold in industry, as co-director of a company which built and installed small urban and farm digesters for nearly two decades.

Her research interests include techno-economic analysis and bioenergy policy, with a particular interest small urban and farm anaerobic digestion systems as part of the UK’s energy mix.

Anna Becvar, Managing Director, Earthcare Technical


Session: Navigating the red tape and new tech on digestate

Anna Becvar (BSc (Hons), MI Soil Sci, C Sci, MBPR (FACTS)) is Managing Director of Earthcare Technical Ltd.  Anna coordinates the team’s energies in delivering a wide range of projects as well as working on her own.  She began working life on the family farm in Hampshire,  had a short spell with the then National Rivers Authority (now Environment Agency)  and then worked at SOYL Ltd in the pioneering stages of  GPS soil sampling and mapping and variable rate application of fertilisers.  She has then been very lucky to work within pioneering and innovative SMEs in the Agricultural, Renewable Energy and Waste sectors and on Government funded projects on behalf of WRAP and Natural England during her career.

Anna’s work includes Environmental Permitting for land spreading, waste storage and anaerobic digestion.  She is involved in the recovery of an  extensive array of waste materials to land, recycling, and product development activities to End of Waste.  She has recently been applying her unique soils, nutrient management  and environmental knowledge to nitrogen and phosphorus nutrient neutrality calculations and mitigation strategies across several Counties of England. Anna is a BASIS approved trainer for Advanced Modules. She really enjoys troubleshooting and working collaboratively with the Earthcare team to resolve complex challenges.

Cathy Cook, Vice-Chair, LARAC


Session: Will 2023 be the rubbish year it is supposed to be?

Cathy works with a range of London’s waste authorities and other stakeholders to support them in improving recycling rates across the capital. Cathy has over 20 years of experience in Local Government, 14 of those within the waste sector, working both strategically and operationally. Prior to working for ReLondon, Cathy held the post of Senior Recycling Officer at Rochford District Council in Essex and introduced a new recycling scheme – one of the first to include alternate weekly collections – which resulted in it becoming the top Recycling Authority in the UK.

Cathy has been a member of the LARAC Executive since June 2020, and will be taking up the position of Chair of LARAC on 1stJanuary 2022.

Charlotte Morton, CEO, ADBA

Charlotte Morton pic

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.

Chris Clarke, Senior Policy Advisor, Low Carbon Fuels, Department for Transport (DfT)

Chris Clarke

Session: Deciphering biomethane’s role in decarbonising transport

Chris is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Department for Transport’s Low Carbon Fuels Regulation team, where his recent focus has been securing amendments to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.  Prior to joining DfT he worked in the private sector as a lifecycle assessment specialist, he is a Chartered Environmentalist and full member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

David Hurren, CEO, Air Liquide


Session: How bio-CO2 can boost your revenues

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 Chris Mann, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Bennamann

Chris Mann

Session: Deciphering biomethane’s role in decarbonising transport

Dr Chris Mann is the Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Bennamann Ltd. He is an applied physicist spending the early part of his career working in the Space sector developing sensors used to help establish the presence of the ozone hole and the early onset of climate change.

In 2004 he co-founded ThruVision Ltd using this sensing technology to demonstrate the world’s first passive terahertz security camera. He remains their Chief Scientific Advisor.

Passionate about the environment, in 2011 he co-Founded Bennamann to commercialise a highly innovative non-venting liquid methane storage system. This game changing technology forms the backbone of Bennamann’s disruptive exploitation model.  He has over 20 patents and patent applications.

Dr David Tompkins, Head of Knowledge Exchange and Innovation, Aqua Enviro


Session: Navigating the Red Tape and New Tech on Digestate

David is an environmental scientist with a multi-disciplinary background encompassing horticulture, soil science, composting, anaerobic digestion, wastewater treatment, biowaste valorization, sustainability and policy implementation.

David is a technical consultant with Aqua Enviro, specializing in various aspects of bioresources: HACCP, regulatory compliance, product development and knowledge exchange – the latter including both training and communication of technical information to non-technical audiences.

David chairs the Aqua Enviro Innovation group, which acts as an incubator for new products and services that meet our clients’ ever-developing needs. This also acts as a vehicle to enable collaboration with third parties that offer services complementary to our own.

As a subject matter expert on digestates and other bioresources, David frequently contributes to consultation responses from the perspectives of both the waste and water sectors, and is never happier than when forced to solve strategic problems requiring systemic change.

David Hynes, Sales Manager, Pentair


Session: How bio-CO2 can boost your revenues

David is passionate to change peoples attitudes from traditional energy practices towards a sustainable, efficient and renewable way of producing and utilizing energy.

At Pentair, David is focusing on offering solutions to customers on biogas upgrading and CO2 recovery systems.

Ellen Daniels, CEO, BCGA


Session: How bio-CO2 can boost your revenues

Ellen joined the British Compressed Gases Association as CEO in February 2020, where she began almost immediately working on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the industry, as medical gases were a key focus during this time. After over 18 months in the role, Ellen has been working on major issues for the industry, ranging from the wave of new regulations because of Brexit to STEM and encouraging young people into the industry. Before joining BCGA, Ellen was Head of Public Affairs and Policy at the British Coatings Federation for almost five years, where a big part of her role was focused on Brexit and REACH. Prior to joining the BCF, she worked for in both the UK and European Parliaments, she then spent two years at a public affairs company working with clients in the energy, education and health sectors.

Emma James, Business Development Manager - Renewables, Limejump


Session: Net Zero from Farm to Fork

Emma spearheads Limejump’s Anaerobic Digestion and Solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) division. So far this year, she has personally onboarded 110 renewable sites to Limejump’s platform, totalling a capacity of 280MW. Since joining Limejump in 2020, Emma has achieved a number of personal goals and has been influential in Limejump’s ambitions to grow its renewables portfolio. Prior to Limejump, Emma completed a graduate programme at Engie where she developed a keen interest in renewable energy and the UK’s journey to Net Zero.

James Astor, Chairman, Regen Holdings


Session: Navigating the Red Tape and New Tech on Digestate

James is Chairman of Regen, a specialist waste management company.  Regen’s customers range from food and drink manufacturers to manufacturers of Formula 1 racing cars.  It landspreads 1.5m tonnes of organic liquid material a year.  A graduate of Oxford University (engineering) and INSEAD, James spent 4 years in the British Army before embarking on a career in the food and drinks industry.  He was MD of Agrivert from 2008 until 2014.

James Westcott, Chief Commercial Officer, Gasrec


Session: Deciphering biomethane’s role in decarbonising transport

James joined Gasrec in 2012 to support the first stages of infrastructure development, he now has responsibility for new business development and strategic growth opportunities.

Prior to joining Gasrec James was Commercial Manager for a renewable energy company specialising in anaerobic digestion and the production of biomethane. His current focus is aligning industry requirements with future infrastructure developments, such that Gasrec delivers what is necessary for industry to make the leap to clean fuels.

Jonathan Croley, Senior Associate, Ashfords LLP


Session: Will 2023 be the Rubbish Year It Is Supposed To Be?

Jonathan is an Senior Associate in the Commercial Team. Jonathan advises on a broad range of commercial contracts with a particular focus on arrangements relating to infrastructure, energy, waste, and rural sectors. Jonathan has particular experience in advising on projects in the operational phase, advising on structuring issues and providing solutions to issues within the existing contractual relationships.

In the infrastructure, energy and waste sectors, Jonathan advises clients on all aspects of outsourcing (including long- and short-term services contracts, feedstock and offtake contracts) and power purchase agreements. Jonathan also advises in respect of issues with Ofgem and eligibility for FiTs, RHI, ROCs and other subsidy regimes.

In the agriculture sector, Jonathan prepares and negotiates the commercial agreements required in order to implement estate succession planning schemes, such as partnership agreements, contract farming and share faring agreements.

Recently Jonathan has been involved in advising private and affordable housebuilders and local authorities in respect of the installation of electric vehicle charging points (“EVCPs”) and the procurement of car clubs.

Jonathan also advises the public sector on outsourcings, in particular those relating to social care and similar functions.

Dr Julie Elders, Commercial Manager, BioCarbonics


Session: How bio-CO2 can boost your revenues

Julie has worked for the last 28 years in the industrial gases industry, including 5 years as the Carbon Dioxide product manager for BOC ( 2011-2016). Since then she has worked as a consultant for the liquid carbon dioxide market and more recently as commercial director for BioCarbonics.

Liam Bale, Energy Manager UK, Air Liquide


Session: Deciphering biomethane’s role in decarbonising transport

Mark Tufnell, President, CLA


Session: Net Zero from Farm to Fork

Mark trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse, and owns and manages a traditional estate in the Cotswolds. The farm is mainly arable incorporating key conservation measures for wildlife and enhancing biodiversity. It is part of the Jordans Farm Partnership and a member of LEAF Marque. In addition, there are a number of residential properties and commercial lets.

Mark has been actively involved in the CLA for over 20 years at branch and regional level, then chairing the Business and Rural Economy committee, Agriculture & Land Use committee and latterly the Taxation committee.

Naomi Fitzgibbons, Head of Household Waste and Recycling, Defra


Session: Will 2023 be the rubbish year it is supposed to be?

Stuart Roberts, Deputy President, NFU


Session: Net Zero from Farm to Fork

Stuart was elected to the post of NFU Deputy President in February 2020 after serving two years as Vice President.  He previously chaired the NFU Hertfordshire branch and served on both the East Anglian livestock and combinable crops board. Stuart has also previously served on the boards of Red Tractor and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

Tim Charters, Corporate Finance Advisor, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)


Session: How bio-CO2 can boost your revenues

Tim provides commercial and corporate finance advice to policy teams in BEIS working on the decarbonisation of heat, having previously worked with the energy efficiency policy teams. Prior to joining BEIS, Tim spent 15 years working in a number of commercial roles in the oil, gas, and renewables sectors.

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