Professor Margaret Bates

Professor of Sustainable Wastes Management

The University of Northampton

Margaret Bates is Professor of Sustainable Wastes Management at the University of Northampton. She has been involved in wastes management for 30 years and undertook her PhD on landfill microbiology. She is a Chartered Waste Manager, an International Wastes Manager and a Chartered Environmentalist. Margaret is chair of the CIWM Scientific and Technical Committee of CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management). She is on the advisory board of the All Party Sustainable Resource Management Group and has been appointed to the Scottish Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures. Margaret has traveled the world looking at waste issues and has advised governments, businesses and NGO on sustainable resource and waste management.

Russell Bonnett

Technical Director

Fire Shield Systems

Having worked in the Fire Industry for over a decade, Russell’s roles have seen him work in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Specialising in fire suppression systems for industrial risks, Russell has been involved in the design and manufacture of solutions across many sectors from domestic and residential applications, renewables, data and telecommunications, to the food industry and manufacturing. For the past four years he has focused on waste & recycling and its associated power generation applications.

Mike Brown

Managing Director


Mike Brown is Managing Director of Eunomia, the largest strategic waste consultancy in the UK working across Europe and beyond. Mike has nearly 30 years’ experience as an operator in the minerals, energy and waste sectors. For the past decade Mike has worked as owner-Director of Eunomia, focussing mainly on private sector clients seeking commercial and market diligence, but also for public sector clients looking to engage on level terms with their private counter-parts. Mike oversees Eunomia’s work on residual waste infrastructure and RDF exports, including Eunomia Secretariat role of the UK RDF Industry Group.

Hubert de Chefdebien

Deputy President


Patrick Clerens

Secretary General


Robert Corijn

Chair RDF Industry Group and Marketing Manager


Robert Corijn is Marketing Manager at Attero, the largest EfW company in the Netherlands and also the largest processor of British RDF in Europe. In his role, he supports Attero’s mission to retrieve the maximum amount of resources and energy from waste. He is also Chair of the RDF Industry Group, representing the interests of 31 European companies across the RDF value chain. Robert holds Master degrees in Business Administration and Knowledge Management.

Ian Crummack

Managing Director

Cobalt Energy

Ian Crummack has worked in the energy and waste sectors since 1991 after leaving the Army,where he qualified as a mechanical engineer. He has been extensively involved in setting up EfW and IPP (Independent Power Project) businesses, concentrating on the commercial, contractual and financial aspects. He now runs an independent engineering and commercial services company which works on establishing and executing EPC and O&M contracts from concept to delivery, with particular emphasis on making projects financeable.

Paul Davison

Managing Director


Originally trained as an environmental engineer, Paul has more than 25 years’ experience in public relations, consultations and community engagement. A specialist in environment communications, especially in wastes management and energy, both conventional and renewables, he has delivered communications consultancy across Europe, Africa, North and South America, Middle East and Asia. Paul is Managing Director of Proteus in the UK – which focuses on business in Europe and North America, and is also Managing Director of Proteus Environmental Communications in Hong Kong, which focuses on the Asia markets.

Matt Edgar

Senior Vice President, Waste & Bioenergy

Green Investment Group

Matt is a Senior Vice President in the Green Investment Group, focusing on equity investments and project finance advisory across the renewables sector. Matt has been working in the infrastructure sector for 10 years, with experience covering renewable energy, power and utilities and PPP transactions, as both a principal investor and a financial advisor. Recent transaction highlights include leading the establishment of GIG’s partnership with Covanta Energy for the development of subsidy-free UK waste to energy projects, GIG’s acquisition of 50% of the Dublin Waste to Energy project, and the project financing of a number of greenfield merchant UK waste to energy projects.

Dr-Ing Ute Fleck

Head of Sales EPC


Ute has joined CNIM in 2016 as Head of Sales for its international EPC business. With her wide experience in development of EfW projects, she has become a known expert in the field, capable of helping to bring complex projects into the realisation phase. Prior to her engagement with CNIM, she was over 10 years with HZI as Senior Sales Manager, responsible for the development of the EfW activities in the UK, Ireland, and Australia. She gained her first international project experience when starting her career with Linde engineering, developing projects in Asia, Australia, Europe, Near East, and the US.

Jane Ford

Community Liaison Officer Manager

MVV Environment Devonport

Lars Fritz

Director & Senior Consulting Engineer

Lars Fritz Technology

Lars Fritz has thirty-five (35) years of experience as a consulting engineer in various energy conversion projects for process industries such as Pulp & Paper, Energy from Waste (EfW), Power Generation incl. Combined Heat and Power (CHP), Biofuels, Biorefining, Multifuel utilisation. The projects have involved development of new plants or re-development and troubleshooting at existing units. The projects have involved business development and development of new technologies or processes for energy conversion and for reduced CO2 footprint.

Jeff Gibbon

Director, Energy & Environmental Finance

Ernst & Young LLP

Jeff is a Director in Ernst & Young’s Environmental Finance group and provides advisory services to clients in both the renewable energy and waste sectors. Jeff is a qualified Chartered Accountant and joined Ernst & Young in 2004 having spent a number of years working in industry.

Angus Hamilton

Managing Director


Angus Hamilton is the Managing Director of Levenseat, a resource management company in central Scotland offering wide range of Resource management services. Angus has over 15 years’ experience in the resource management industry, and has been a key player in the Levenseat Renewable Energy (LREL) team who in March 2015, secured financing for a 12.5MWe EfW plant (fluidised bed gasification) and fuel preparation and materials recycling facility with capacity to process 215,000 tonnes pa of residual MSW and C&I waste.

Dr Neville Hargreaves

VP Waste to Fuels

Velocys Technologies Limited

Dr Hargreaves is VP of Velocys' waste-to-jet-fuel project. Neville has over 30 years' experience in the oil, renewable energy and consulting industries, including 12 years with Exxon and 4 years with Bain and Company, the strategy consulting firm. He has led teams to deliver projects including many stakeholders across global public companies and government, brought over 70 new products to market, led two small businesses and launched successful innovation programme for the UK government. He holds an MA in Chemistry from Cambridge University, a PHD from University College London and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Jacob Hayler

Executive Director

Environmental Services Association

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. 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.

Stuart Hayward-Higham

Technical Development Director

Suez Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd

Stuart is currently responsible for delivering new solutions through to market intelligence, market modelling and forecasting & technologies. In addition to his SUEZ duties Stuart is a director for Recoup (plastics recycling charity), a director of Terracycle UK and a member of the Defra Advisory Committee on Packaging. Further he has provided expert advice to the EU on relevant elements of the circular economy and acted as a H2020 expert assessor. He is chair of the Environmental Services Association (ESA) Bioresources committee and member of the ESA renewable energy committee, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) Organic recycling steering group and gasification and Pyrolysis committee.

Sarah Heald

Director of Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations

Pennon Group

Michael Hover

Head of Customer Services

Mitsubishi Power Systems

Chris Jones

Director of Risk Management and Compliance

Cory Environmental and chairman of WISH

Chris Jones has worked in the waste industry for the last 30 years advising on and managing health, safety, welfare, quality, environmental and transport issues. Chris Jones is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Waste Management, has been involved with WISH from the concept stage in 2001, and was honoured to become its first elected chairman in 2008.

Adrian Judge


Tolvik Consulting

Adrian Judge is a director at Tolvik, an independent provider of commercial due diligence and market analysis services to the European waste and bioenergy sectors, which he created in 2009. Adrian has worked in the waste sector for the last 18 years. Most recently Adrian helped in the formation of the Green Investment Bank as Managing Director leading the Waste and Bioenergy team. He started his career in the industry as General Manager for a regional business at Cory Environmental before moving on to become Group Strategic Director.

Dr Thom Koller

Senior Policy Manager

The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)

Dr Thom Koller is ADBA’s Senior Policy Manager. Thom leads the development of ADBA’s policy and regulatory positions and manages the Association’s responses to consultations to promote the interests of the AD industry. He promotes use of biomethane as a transport fuel and supports members on Renewable Heat Incentive and Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation eligibility. Before joining ADBA he carried out international environmental policy and law research for an NGO. His PhD from the University of Birmingham focuses on environmental responsibility. During his doctoral research he taught British constitutional and administrative law.

Tom J. Koltis

Executive Director, Corporate Development


Tom J. Koltis is Executive Director, Corporate Development for Covanta, a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Annually, Covanta’s modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely process more than 20 million tonnes of waste from communities and businesses to generate electricity to power over one million homes. Tom is responsible for Covanta’s corporate development activities in Europe and is currently based out of London. He joined Covanta in 2006 as Associate General Counsel and was serving as Deputy General Counsel immediately prior to taking on the role of Executive Director, Corporate Development in September 2015. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology from Williams College and a Juris Doctorate from Duke University. He is admitted to practice law in the state of New York, USA.

Peter MacLaren

Founder and Director


Peter is a Founder and Director of Levenseat and Levenseat Renewable Energy, the latter being an SPV developing a 215,000 tonnes pa energy from waste (EfW) plant in central Scotland - commissioning Q3 2017. Levenseat is a medium-sized independent resource management company founded in 1986. Peter is an FCMA and has a background in founding and developing early stage businesses in IT, electronics, waste management and renewable energy.

Iain Martin

Business Development and Incubator Director

Johnson Matthey

Joe Minns

Senior Policy Advisor

Department for Transport

Having worked on several renewable energy support schemes since 2012, Joe has an excellent understanding of how these schemes work and the impact they have on industry. At present, Joe is the policy lead for waste derived fuels within the Low Carbon Fuels team at the Department for Transport and was heavily involved in the 2018 amendments to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations Order and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulations. Prior to joining the Department for Transport in 2016, Joe worked in the Renewables Obligation team at Ofgem for four years with a specific focus on biomass fuels (including waste).

Michael Mück

Head of Process Technology

Steinmüller Babcock Environment

Michael Mück, born 1965, studied Process Engineering at the Technical University Cologne after his apprenticeship as fitter. He started working in industrial boiler business as an engineer for thermal calculation. In 30 years business experience he worked among others as head of boiler process engineering and head of technology in service business for several Energy from Waste boiler suppliers in the industry. At Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH he is in charge of the complete boiler design. Within this function he is at the same time responsible for the engineering part of revamping projects and new built plants.

Harriet Parke

Senior Consultant

Eunomia Research & Consulting

Harriet is a Senior Consultant at Eunomia, the largest strategic waste consultancy in the UK working across Europe and beyond. Harriet has 10 years’ experience working across the resource, waste and energy sectors. Harriet focuses mainly on private sector clients seeking commercial and market diligence but also providing strategic and procurement advice to public sector clients. Harriet's view of the markets is technically and commercially grounded. She is lead author of the Residual Waste Infrastructure Review, and manages Eunomia’s work on infrastructure and RDF exports, including Eunomia's Secretariat role of the UK RDF Industry Group.

Penny Pearson

Local Community Panel Member, Great Blakenham, Suffolk

Maxine Perella

Environmental Journalist

Maxine is an environmental journalist and commentator working in the field of corporate sustainability, waste and resources, and circular economy. Her work has appeared on numerous media platforms including The Guardian, Sustainable Brands, Sustainable Business, edie, 2degrees and CNN.

Chris Preston

Deputy Director, Waste & Recycling


Chris joined the Civil Service after finishing his studies at Cardiff University. The early part of career was spent in the Benefits Agency. Since then he has held a variety of posts which have included inspection work, corporate services and various policy and delivery roles in marine and fisheries, animal health, water and climate change adaptation. In 2003 he also gained an MA in Public Services Management from York University. In January 2016 he took up post as Defra’s Deputy Director for Resource and Recycling.

Mark Ramsay

Associate Director & Energy from Waste Knowledge Leader


Mark is an experienced technical advisor and Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of experience. For the last 10 years he has specialised in waste to energy infrastructure development. Specific areas of waste infrastructure expertise are energy from waste and anaerobic digestion. Mark has delivered both EfW and AD plants from the inception stage through each phase of development and procurement through to construction. Mark also has an international profile, advising the EC on the development of Waste to Energy, advising the Chinese government on the challenges around gasification and providing expert witness services on international EfW infrastructure disputes.

Dr Adam Read

External Affairs Director

Suez Recycling & Recovery UK

Dr Adam Read has been with SUEZ for 18 months where he is their External Affairs Director. He works with the CIWM, ESA and other UK trade bodies on topical issues and government engagement and represents the UK on ISWA’s Communications Working. He is actively supporting the ESA in developing a resource sector deal with BEIS and has been part of a SUEZ team assisting DEFRA as they prepared their Resources & Waste Plan. He sits on numerous working groups, is a regular speaker and author, and a frequent blogger and social media enthusiast. He has been in the sector for almost 25 years specialising in municipal strategy, services, contracts and consultation.

Deborah Sacks

Waste & Resources Specialist

Department for International Trade

John Saunders

Investment Director and Head of HNDU (heat network delivery unit)

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Charles Sheldon

Director, Infrastructure Team

Foresight Group

Mark Sommerfeld

Policy Manager

Renewable Energy Association

Mark Sommerfeld has worked in renewable energy policy and regulation for over six years. He has managed policy regulation across both generation and retail renewable energy projects. Mark joined the Renewable Energy Association in 2015 and is the Bioenergy Policy Manager, which includes administering the REA's Waste to Energy Sector group. The group advocates for a thriving energy from waste industry within a circular economy, along with realising the potential of Advanced Conversion Technologies. He also leads on the REA’s Brexit work stream and is an Alumni of Cambridge University.

Jarno Stet

Waste Services Manager

Westminster City Council

Jarno Stet has worked for Westminster City Council since 2003, currently as Waste Services Manager looking after the City Council’s Waste and Recycling Collection, Street Cleansing and Ancillary Services and Waste Treatment Contracts which provide environmental services to a resident population of 250,000, 34,000 businesses as well as 1 million daily visitors, commuters and tourists. In 2016 Jarno worked on re-procuring the City Council’s waste treatment and recycling contracts. These high performing contracts manage in excess of 195,000 tonnes of waste and recyclable materials per annum through recycling, Anaerobic Digestion and Energy from Waste treatment. Jarno holds a double degree in facilities management in both the UK and the Netherlands.

Mark Terrell

General Manager

Andusia Recovered Fuels

Mark Terrell is the Director at Andusia. With a long history of experience in the waste industry, Mark has worked at many sectors of the industry including RDF/SRF production, through to composting, AD, IVC, food waste, wood waste, and even sewage sludge. He is a materials Engineer (BEng), and began his career as a chemist in the chemical, cement and waste industry. He has a unique mix of technical expertise and commercial market knowledge of exporting RDF to both UK and European customers. He has excellent connections across the whole of Europe (Holland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway) and has had first hand experience in securing RDF & SRF supply contracts.

Beth Watkins

Director, Infrastructure Team

Foresight Group

Beth is a Director in Foresight’s Infrastructure team and leads investments in waste and biomass transactions. Foresight invests in construction stage and operational waste processing and bioenergy infrastructure assets in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America. Prior to joining Foresight Beth focused on the development of new straw fired and wood fired biomass plants and a wide range of PPP projects. Beth trained as a solicitor with Pinsent Masons.

John Whitehurst

Business Manager, Environmental Applications

Lhoist UK

John comes from a minerals background, having spent a combined 26 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 the Lhoist Group now for just over two years and is part of the Environmental team, focusing mainly on lime-based industrial flue gas treatment (FGT) technologies including Energy from Waste, Biomass and Industrial sectors. Johns role includes the development of new Sorbacal® products, designed to meet today’s and tomorrow’s FGT challenges, as well as growing Sorbacal® awareness, predominantly in the UK but also supporting the wider Lhoist interests in this global field.

Dr Stephen Wise

Bioenergy Director


Stephen is a recognised and well known expert within the waste management sector with experience at a senior level working for both private sector waste operators and consultants. Stephen joined the sector in 1999 following the completion of his Engineering Doctorate at Cranfield University. Stephen has worked in various operational, business development and commercial roles for SITA UK, Shanks Waste Management and Recydia – the waste division of Cementir Holdings. During this time Stephen has been part of the delivery of over £500m of waste treatment infrastructure and taken a leading role in supporting the development and sharing of knowledge within the sector. In 2014 Stephen jumped over the fence into consultancy working first with Ricardo Energy & Environment and then Amec Foster Wheeler which changed to Wood Plc in October 2017. Stephen has been responsible for developing relationships across the private sector and delivering a number of projects involving due diligence, technical advice and engineering across a number of technologies. Stephen is also a General Councillor and Trustee for CIWM.