Ben joined the Environment Agency from an environmental consultancy, firstly working in permitting before moving to a compliance role in which he was responsible for inspecting and auditing industrial plants including power stations and waste incinerators. He then moved to the Environment Agency’s Environment & Business Department where he worked on a number of national regulatory projects before taking over as Senior Advisor for Energy from Waste five years ago. Ben was also the UK’s lead representative in the Technical Working Group for the Waste Incineration BREF review in Seville.
Director of Business Development EMEA
Colin graduated in 1996 with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Newcastle University and has 20+ years of experience in developing and specifying protective barrier solutions for mission critical assets. Working in the Energy Sector, he currently supports asset owners in Europe and the Middle East, helping them to manage and mitigate their erosion and corrosion challenges through the utilization of robust surface protection technologies, developing preventative maintenance programs.
Business Development Manager
Damir Zibrat is Business Development Manager of Austrian company TECHNIKGRUPPE , and has more than 25 years’ experience in international strategic selling and marketing. Damir joined TECHNIKGRUPPE in 2016 and has spoken frequently about combustion optimization in waste to energy and biomass plants. After completing his university education in electro-engineering he was engaged for more than 5 years in electronic development and applications of industrial measurement systems.
Combustion Engineering Association
David started with Whessoe Heavy Engineering, then with Coles Cranes, and15 years with Rothmans Tobacco in the UK and overseas.
8 years at Weetabix in Kettering as Process Engineering Manager, followed by Guinness London until closure of the brewery.
Rockwell Automation in Milton Keynes, then Spirax Sarco for 3 years relocating to the North East at Sunderland University managing a 5 year multimillion-pound project for NEPA North East Productivity Alliance. Moving to SEMTA sector skills council, looking after the Automotive and Marine industries for skills. Following this he took up the position as Director of CEA, and still there 10 years on.
Business Development Manager European Renewables
Dave Richardson has worked in the field of process automation for some 35 years. During that time Dave has specialised in the optimization and performance improvement of many processes across industries including printing, mineral processing and power generation. During the last 12 years Dave has specialised in the performance, operation, and profitability improvement of WtE and Biomass plants.
Dave is responsible for the development of the Yokogawa solution portfolio for improving the performance of WtE and Biomass plants throughout Europe.
Dave lives in Cornwall and when not travelling makes the most of the environment in which he lives. Kayaking, sailing, surfing, tennis and running all feature heavily in activities outside of work.
Head of Programme Development
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.
George Wright is a Proposal Engineer at C-Capture, working within the commercialisation team to deliver C-Capture technology solutions for industry. He originally joined C-Capture as a Process Engineer, working for two and a half years on technology development before moving into his current role.
George graduated from Imperial College London with an MEng in Chemical Engineering. Throughout his degree, George obtained a breadth of experience in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), working with Imperial's amine-based CCS pilot plant and undertaking his master's project in post combustion CCS using solid adsorbents.
Senior Business Development Manager
James has 7 years experience commercialising innovative technologies across the decarbonisation space. For four of those, he has been working with Carbon8 Systems to develop market opportunities with end customers and strategic partners in the Energy from Waste, Cement, Steel, Biomass and Paper industries.
Global Director Flue Gas Treatment Applications
Research and Development
Johan Heiszwolf PhD. has more than 25 years of research & development experience in chemical reactor engineering and materials science. He authored over fifty technical publications and patents with a H-index of 16.
As global director for flue gas treatment applications at Lhoist, he focuses on the development of innovative products, advanced technical support, and marketing.
Flue Gas Treatment – Market Manager UK
Lhoist Western Europe
John comes from a minerals background, having spent a combined 30 years in manufacturing, technical and commercial roles in industrial mineral related industries. This includes ceramics, refractories, thermal insulation, precision castings and fire protection. He has been with Lhoist UK now for more than five years and is part of the Environmental team, focusing on lime-based industrial flue gas treatment (FGT) technologies for sectors such as Energy from Waste, Biomass and Industrial applications. John manages the growing UK flue gas treatment market sectors and supports Customers with their current emissions challenges whilst understanding and planning for their requirements in the future. This also involves introducing new lime based innovative products to the UK market where appropriate.
Makesh Kaliyaperumal, BEng CEng MIMechE
Principal Technical Consultant
Ricardo Energy and Environment
Makesh Kaliyaperumal is a Chartered Engineer and works for Ricardo E&E as Principal Technical Consultant based in. Makesh has been working in the Power and Energy Industry for three decades and is currently engaged as lead Technical consultant on various EfW plants at differing scales. Initially, he worked in the industry as a Power Plant Commissioning Engineer with broad range of power and cogeneration plants firing Coal, Oil , Gas, HRSG, MSW, Agro waste and Petcoke firing on various steam raising plant technologies. Makesh moved into the Process Design Department within Thermax Babcock and Wilcox, India prior to joining Doosan Babcock Ltd, UK in 2010. Makesh worked as a Principal Engineer within Corporate Research and Development Institute (CRDI). Makesh background is in technical development and prior to joining REE he has been working on biomass conversions, combustion upgrades, low carbon technologies, carbon neutral and carbon negative technology design development such as Oxy-fuel and Carbon Capture.
Director of Development
Cobalt Energy Ltd, session chair
Mark Tipton is a versatile leader and manager with 27 years project delivery experience in the public and private sectors of UK waste management. He is currently Director of Development with the Cobalt Energy Group, progressing and stewarding the growth of the Group. For five years previously, he was a Senior Project Manager in the Group and delivered a variety of EfW project commissions and provided technical consultancy on a range of feasibility, technical and change projects. Before this, Mark led a waste PFI project as the SPV Director for six years (FCC Environment), led and managed EfW project delivery teams in public sector consultancy (Mace Group), led the EfW project strategy and procurement (Buckinghamshire County Council) and served for eight years managing both business development and operational teams in the hazardous waste sector (Veolia and Grundon).
Process Solution Manager
Mark has over 11 years experience in the Air Pollution Control industry, covering all aspects of a Flue Gas Treatment system including filtration and materials handling. Previous experience includes designing and developing air pollution control systems for various industries, including the Energy from Waste and Biomass sectors and project management of the supply of Flue Gas Treatment systems. Having been with Lodge Cottrell Ltd for over 7 years, the role has developed beyond new plant development to include consultation and optimisation of existing plants in an effort to improve the operational efficiency and reliability of existing systems.
WtE Sector Manager
Matteo Maiello graduated at the University of Salerno in Mechanical Engineering, immediately started his career as an engineer at Elica Group.
After a year spent in Mexico in the Group, Matteo Maiello joins Magaldi Group as Senior Process Development Engineer, to then become in 2019 WtE Sector Manager.
CEO, Technical Expert
Matthias Lukic is founder, CEO, technical expert and 100% owner of Austria based Technikgruppe. He has over 25 years of experience in combustion optimization on forward moving grates in waste to energy and biomass to energy plants. After finishing his education at Technical University in Graz – Austria, Matthias has worked on automations of complex production systems in the power industry, oil & gas and the chemical & petrochemical industries. Matthias speaks English, German, Croatian and Italian. Over the last few years he has presented at many waste to energy events.
Product Manager, Performance Services at Valmet Automation. Active in the field of providing optimization solutions to energy customers, through audits, control/automation based online solutions, and performance agreement.
Work experience includes 10 years with Valmet Automation, and in total 19 years in the field od biomass combustion and power plant optimization field.
Michael Anderson, Managing Director, KRR Prostream
Michael is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a broad range of experience, from Black belt training at a blue-chip manufacturer to managing one of the UK’s oldest operational power stations after its conversion from coal to biomass and Energy from Waste (EfW). Michael is experienced with operating and maintaining Gas Turbines, Heat Recovery Steam Generators, Steam turbines, conventional boiler plants, coal, gas and specifically the difficulties associated with EfW and biomass plants.
Michael has recently returned to the UK having spent 5 years in the Middle East acting as a technical advisor to financiers on new build and operational power and water projects. One of Michael’s overriding values is ensuring things are done safely with everyone being able to return home unhurt at the end of day; this dovetails crucially with KRR values and with those of our clients.
Mike joined Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer in Nov 1980 and saw active service during the Falklands War, Gulf Wars and Former Yugoslavia Conflict.
He served on Steam Propulsion ships and Gas Turbine powered ships and developed a wide skill set in the operation and maintenance of propulsion, generation and hotel services associated with military Seabourn activities.
Mike achieved regular promotion to Chief Marine Engineer and undertook management training courses which complimented the physical experience of managing people and situations often in difficult and stressful conditions.
He completed 22 years’ service in Nov 2002 and started with Veolia at their in-build Chineham EfW Plant as a Shift Team Leader (STL) in Nov 2002. Went through the final stages of build and then took part in commissioning the plant before service commencement.
He moved to the Marchwood EfW plant with Veolia as an STL in Aug 2004 again through final build and commissioning and in May 2006 he was promoted to Operations Manager.
Mike was promoted to Plant Manager in 2008 and commenced a Veolia sponsored MBA in Business Management at Kingston University and completed in 2011.
He joined MVV Environment Devonport Ltd in Nov 2012 as Plant Manager/ Project Manager and Commissioning Manager for their 1st UK Energy from Waste (CHP) Facility at Devonport.
He was responsible for project managing the civils/ CHP and Bailing contracts initially but became embroiled in all eventually. Also, putting together the operations and Maintenance team for Devonport and the Ridham Dock Biomass Plant being built in parallel by MVV.
Installed the safe system of work and all associated policies and procedures for the Devonport Plant.
The plant was successfully commissioned and brought into service in Oct 2015 in partnership with Southwest Devon Waste Partnership under a 25-year contract to process all non-recyclable household waste whilst producing electrical power and District Heating to the adjacent Royal Navy Dockyard.
Interests outside of work:
Married for 38 years to very patient Wife, Amanda. Two grown up Sons both Married and now four Grandchildren 5 yrs to 2 yrs
Skiing, every chance, I get but, of course the odd beach holiday to keep the peace.
All things wildlife and ecology focused
Trying to keep fit (getting harder every year) and entertained oh, and lots of Dog Walking!!!
Paul Carey is Managing Director of MVV Environment Limited, part of MVV Umwelt GmbH of Germany, concentrating on Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power (EfW CHP) and other resource recovery solutions for the UK PFI and commercial waste markets. He also serves as a director on MVV’s three UK operating project companies, as well as its energy trading company.
Paul’s experience spans large and small-scale fossil fuel and renewable energy generation, including energy from waste, with more than 30 years in the industry. He is responsible for business development for MVV in the UK, and led the bidding, contract negotiations and successful planning consent application for the 265,000 tpa EfW CHP project for the South West Devon Waste Partnership Residual Waste Contract and the 200,000 tpa EfW CHP project for the Dundee and Angus Residual Waste Contract. He is also involved in running the 190,000 tpa waste wood biomass project at Ridham Dock, Kent. Most recently he led the negotiations to extend the life of the original Dundee energy from waste facility, and is currently overseeing the development of MVV’s Medworth project in Wisbech.
Paul is a chartered civil engineer with an MBA.
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.
Robert van Kessel PhD
Operating agent Prewin network
Expert Application Engineer FGT
Lhoist Western Europe
Rodney Foo has over 14 years of experience in R&D, product development and project management from market leaders in catalysis, O&G and minerals. At Lhoist, he is the global project leader for bringing new innovative lime products to the flue gas treatment (FGT) industry. He collaborates strongly with engineering companies and end-users from various sectors: energy from waste, steel, biomass to power, and industrial applications. Rodney specializes in working closely on-site with clients to understand and develop the optimum FGT solutions (product & process control) for each customer’s current and future needs.
Plant leader and head of operations and maintenance in the energy from waste sector. Experienced engineering manager with proven track record in oil and gas and packaging and containers industry. Skilled in RCA, FMEA and continuous improvement. Strong operations professional with a B.Eng honours focused in manufacturing systems engineering
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.
Founder and Chairman
Astute Technical Recruitment
Founder and Chairman of Astute Technical Recruitment, successfully driving Astute to become the recruiter of choice in the Power Generation, Renewable Energy and Utilities sectors globally. We provide expert technical recruitment services into the following arenas: - Renewable Energy (Wind, Solar, Battery Storage, EV Charging, Biomass, AD, Hydro, Tidal, Wave, etc), Power Stations (CCGT, Coal, Oil, Gas, Nuclear), Power Generation Facilities, Energy from Waste / Waste to Energy plants, CHP (Combined Heat & Power) Plants. Specialties: Absolute expertise in O&M/ Installation staff, New Project Construction, Commissioning and Project staff and helping overseas Companies set up in the UK.
Head of Operaite, Process Control & Instrumentation
Tobias Mathur (Lawyer, eMBA Kellogg-WHU) leads a cross-functional team composed of AI and power plant engineers developing AI applications to operate power plants. For over eight years, Tobias has been working on innovative projects to enable energy transition, digitization and machine learning. He firmly believes that AI will play a key role in different areas of future power plant operations.
Pippa is a Senior Consultant within the Waste and Resource Management team. She is a chartered chemical engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the petrochemical industry, with 10 of those years being focused on developing alternative solutions for various industrial waste streams. Specialist expertise includes the application of various technologies (such as anaerobic and aerobic digestion, co-firing waste in cement kilns, boilers, gasification, Fischer-Tropsch and incineration) to valorise waste. She has been involved with commercialisation programs for the testing and development of various technologies as well as the application thereof. She has experience in all aspects of project delivery (often performing the role of lead process engineer) including Front End Loading; pre-FEED and feasibility studies (value proposition identification); FEED and Detailed Design; Construction; Commissioning and Start-up.