Edward Thomas is Head of Programme Development for Viridor, following several leadership roles with the business since 2015. Edward has 27 years’ experience in the process & power industries, including the circular economy, fine chemicals and power generation, covering all stages of the business cycle from devising and winning long-term PFI contracts, through construction of ERFs, power plants and smaller plants, and through to operations and maintenance.
Edward has a passion for adding value to the business through continuous improvement, spotting business opportunities and seeing them through to fruition. He established a technical graduate programme in Viridor to develop the next generation of experts.
Stephen is a chartered chemical engineer who has been working in the waste and renewable power industries for Fichtner for 24 years. He is responsible for Fichtner’s lender and investor advisory services and has acted on behalf of Lenders for biomass, waste and renewable energy projects, including many of the most recent energy-from waste plants. He is also responsible for Fichtner’s environmental services and has acted as expert witness in a number of public inquiries for energy-from-waste and biomass plants on technical issues, air quality and climate change.
Paul James, BSc MSc
SLR Consulting Ltd; event chair
Originally trained as a Chemist and in Chemical Engineering, Paul has spent over 30 years working internationally in the Energy and Environment fields for both the Public and Private Sector. His experience covers a wide range of themes including industrial emissions and industrial impact reduction, renewable energy technologies, projects & policy development and delivery, and he has specific expertise in waste-to-energy and biomass energy projects. As the author of the first EU “Best Available Techniques” Reference (BREF) document on thermal waste treatments (2006) he is well known internationally for his expertise in this area. Over the last 15 years he has worked on numerous projects for the development and implementation of waste and energy infrastructure, as an adviser to national and international governments & agencies, and developed leading international consulting businesses in these areas. He is the Chairman of the UK Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) Special Interest Group on Thermal Waste Treatment and the author / co-author of papers on issues including low carbon energy and resources/waste management, a supervisor of university projects, and author of technical policy documents regarding national and international emission regulation.