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Jason Airey, Managing Director – CMS SupaTrak

Jason enjoys every minute of running his telematics business. He aims to help customers reduce costs, be compliant and increase operational efficiency. As a connected fleet specialist, Jason is proud to lead a team of world-leading engineers which is designing and manufacturing vehicle telematics systems here in the UK.

Jason specialises in making a difference, and he has been instrumental in setting up the Optimised Waste & Logistics (OWL), and Road Air Pollution Commission initiatives. These innovation partnerships are helping shape best practice and increase road safety in the waste and transport and logistics sectors.

Jason has pioneered telematics systems for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) assisting them to increase first-time fix rates and to aid their customers in managing their fleets more efficiently.

Alexander Anderson, Service Manager Waste Solutions, Fife Council

Sandy Anderson has been working in the waste industry for the last 17 years with Fife Council. After initially signing up for a six-month summer contract, he has carried out almost every role possible on the way up to service manager. Sandy manages a team of around 220 employees. The organisation provides a Domestic Waste Collection service to the 181,000 properties in Fife. This summer, Sandy will be expanding his staff to 400 people, when he takes over the management of the Street Cleansing Department for Fife.

Dr Gavin Bailey, Principal Consultant in Sustainable Future Transport and Mobility Solutions – Eunomia

Gavin joined Eunomia in September 2019 and is Eunomia’s lead for sustainable future transport.

Gavin is a specialist in the development of environmentally and economically sustainable freight, fleets and supply chains through the use of computational optimisation models, accompanied by his extensive knowledge and experience of soft- and hard- engineering solutions available. In addition to this, he also has in-depth experience of a broad range of areas within the field of transportation, including low- and zero-emissions vehicle technologies, new and emerging modes and technologies (HGV platooning, connected and autonomous vehicles, drones, freight-based hyperloop concepts), Mobility as a Service.

Recent relevant projects include directing the independent monitoring and evaluation of several low- and zero-emissions vehicle technologies nationwide. Gavin’s role on such projects was to provide technical assurance and obtain consensus from multiple stakeholders (OEMs such as DAF, Nissan and Volvo; vehicle operators, project managers, local- and government authorities) for the agreed assessment methodologies. He has held positions as a technical advisor on the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership’s Commercial Partnership Working Group. While at TRL, he led research programmes, resulting in calls for Government action on crucial issues affecting air quality and congestion, such as the future of freight.

Kevin Barcroft, Academy Training Manager – Simply Waste Solutions

Kevin has been in the logistics and waste sectors for over 30 years. His current responsibilities within Simply Waste Solutions include installing and maintaining a culture of environmental, safety and legally compliant excellence within the business. He achieves this by introducing various training initiatives. Kevin managed the in-house Driver CPC Training Centre, where he designed and implemented bespoke Driver CPC and e-learning courses. Within the last 12 months, he helped reduced reportable road traffic collisions by 66%, and in the previous four years, he helped improve within Simply Waste fuel-efficiency by over 20% – 4%. He also aided in enhancing the company legal compliance (tachograph infringements) by over 85%.

His other positions in the broader industry include:

  • Part of original (EU Skills/ESA) working group, designing ‘Street Safe Sam’
  • Chairman of FTA East of England Regional Freight Council
  • Member of UK (National) Freight Council

Evonne Cannan, Sector Manager – Recycling – Zero Waste Scotland

Evonne has over 20 years’ experience in the public sector ranging from Cemeteries and Bereavement, Transport and Logistics, Communications and Behaviour Change and, for the last eight years, Waste and Recycling. In terms of her work with CIWM, Evonne is a Chartered Waste Manager, a member of the Scottish Centre Council and a New Members Network Co-ordinator. Evonne has led on several projects, including multiple significant service changes, the implementation of in-cab devices within refuse collection vehicles and integrating whitespace software with existing council systems. Evonne’s current role is as Sector Manager for Recycling within Zero Waste Scotland. As a key contact in this specialist area, Evonne is responsible for managing stakeholder engagement by providing expert advice and support to key stakeholders in the industry.

Fraser Crichton, Corporate Fleet Manager – Dundee City Council

Fraser has worked for Dundee City Council since 2001. In 2011, he was appointed Assistant Manager of the newly formed Corporate Fleet Department. Fraser has been at the forefront of implementing electric vehicles and infrastructure in Dundee as well as surrounding local authorities. Pro-active in the council’s drive towards the EV uptake of the city’s taxi industry, he has presented at many UK/ European conferences where he has articulated his knowledge and expertise in the practicalities of electric vehicle adoption.

Glen Davies FCILT, Transport and Logistics Specialist – AtoH Solutions

Glen Davies

Glen has been employed in logistics and transport all his working life, and is currently Associate Consultant at CILT and leads on a range of projects in freight policy, city logistics, environment and safety. Before his time at CILT, Glen worked at TfL where he developed, managed and nationalised FORS, created the CLOCS initiative and worked with heavy-goods vehicle manufacturers, operators and regulators to initiate the Direct Vision Standard for HGVs. Glen’s earlier career gained him first-hand operational experience where he was responsible for fleet capability, transport compliance and road safety across a 9000-vehicle fleet.

Ryan Dignam, Director – Marketwide

Nominated for the Young Entrepreneur Award in 2019, Ryan recently became Chairman of BITAx (The British and Irish Trading Alliance). He founded his company Marketwide in 2018 to provide the waste and construction markets with green and clean transport solutions.

Ryan consults for industry-leading companies in the construction, waste and recycling and renewables sector. Before forming Marketwide, Ryan worked for Faun Zoeller; a European market-leading refuse collection vehicle manufacturer, which is currently developing electric and hybrid vehicles.

Ryan is very passionate about growing the UKs charging point network, helping to future proof companies and local authorities, while making charging accessible for everyone.

Adam Eddy, Southern Sales Manager – Dawson Group Sweepers and Municipal Vehicles

Adam has been with the Dawson Group just under six years. During that time, he has grown long-term contract hire business across the south.
Adam is backed up by Dawson’s highly-skilled engineering and support team which has the skills and ability to deliver a highly functioning and always operational fleet. Proper vehicle operation starts with a good team, which minimises downtime.

Jason Eldridge, Operations Director – Bristol Waste

Currently, in his 26th year in the waste management industry, Jason started as an LGV Driver in High Wycombe. He carried out every position on the career ladder, up to his current role as Operations Director.

Jason is a real leader and puts people at the front of decision making. He has managed many types of waste operations and is always looking to make sensible, innovative decisions showing good value for money, while not being afraid of change.

Andy Graves, Product Marketing Manager – Chassis at Dennis Eagle

Andy GravesAndy Graves joined the RCV manufacturing industry in 1972 and has been part of the engineering team at Dennis Eagle since 1991.

His vast experience in the sector has now positioned him with a unique role, having input into product design, development and production, all the way through to marketing of refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) and specialist HGV chassis.

Andy has been part of many collaborations and ground-breaking projects including:

  • Renault D-Access – a joint venture with Renault for the French market
  • Penske CV – providing RCVs for Australian and New Zealand markets
  • PVI – Electrical vehicle partnership
  • eCollect – Dennis Eagle’s first all-electric RCV
  • Transport for London and LoCITY projects including CLOCS, ULEZ and Direct Vision Standard

Outside of work, Andy is a keen cyclist and an advocate of all things Green.

Ann-Marie Knegt, Creative Director – Visie Communications

Ann-Marie has over 16 years of experience in editing several B2B magazine titles in the municipal transport, firefighting and industrial fire protection industries. Ann-Marie launched the successful Future Fleet Forum, in partnership with the City of London, City of New York, City of Montreal, the SOE and CILT.

Ann-Marie has organised several other events and regularly leads industry panel discussions all over the world.

After her stint as a journalist, Ann-Marie set up Visie Communications with her Business Partner Jason Pidgeon. With Visie meaning vision in Dutch, this new and dynamic agency specialises in highly-targeted thought-leadership events for the B2B sector as well as public relations, media liaisons, and business consultancy. Most recently, Visie took on the contract for the all-ready well-established Optimised Waste and Logistics Roadshows (OWL).

Ann-Marie has an expansive knowledge of municipal transport and firefighting practice worldwide and was also a six-time judge member for the International Firefighting Team of the Year Award, (Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award) as well as head of the judging panel for the Future Fleet Awards.

Matthew Long, Projects Manager for Waste Management – Cardiff Council

Matthew is responsible for facilitating operational change to deliver front line services. His accomplishments include the implementation of a variety of waste collection systems. He is introducing new waste streams along with the accompanying resources to collect and process waste and recycling. He aims to achieve a paperless environment by adding technologies to manage a safe and compliant operation. To date, the application of these technologies is his greatest challenge.

Russell Markstein, Group Sales Director – NRG Fleet Services & Commercial Director – Electra Commercial Vehicles

Russell has been involved in the municipal industry for thirty years. Having started as an apprentice in the plant workshop at Northamptonshire County Council, and having spent eighteen years at a competitor, he joined Riverside Truck Rental twelve years ago (part of the NRG Fleet Services Group of companies). Russell has been involved in all aspects of the NRG Group in a sales role and predominantly as the Group Commercial Director overseeing tenders for tyres, contract hire and maintenance and the contractual compliance. More recently, he became Commercial Director of Electra Commercial Vehicles, the Electra commercial vehicle chassis is a ground-breaking product, particularly with the Clean Air Zones, ULEZ and demand from Local Government.

Simon McCulloch, Technical Sales Support Manager  – Dennis Eagle

Simon has over 25 years’ experience in the waste management sector, which enables him to recommend solutions and identify the best products to meet Dennis Eagle’s customer’s needs. He can provide technical information in an accessible manner so everyone can understand it.

He joined Dennis Eagle in 2012 as an electrical design engineer and has worked on numerous projects. He also helped develop the software for the current Olympus and Olympus twin pack refuse bodies, DE Connect and hybrid chassis systems. Simon also has a breadth of knowledge including, but not limited to, design and development of bin lifts and bin weighing systems, refuse collection bodies and alternative fuel vehicles.

Dominic Phinn, Business Engagement Coordinator Clean Air – ClientEarth

ClientEarth has taken the UK government to court three times over the last nine years for failing to tackle illegal levels of air pollution. Dominic works with a range of businesses to add their voice to those calling on the government. Dominic fights for stronger policy, investment and regulatory certainty, which are essential to transition to cleaner forms of transport and understand the technology and business model solutions that will be key to tackling air pollution.

Barry Sheerman MP, Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Huddersfield

Barry served as the Chair of the Education Select Committee for ten years. Throughout his career as a parliamentarian, he has been a passionate social enterpriser and championed a variety of causes from international road safety, to greater sustainability here in the UK. Barry was responsible for the legislation against children being carried unrestrained in cars. Since then, Barry has advised on road safety internationally and played a crucial role in global efforts to lower the number of deaths on the road. Barry’s interests also include waste management, sustainable communities, autism awareness, education and skills, and transport.

Barry is the Chair of Optimised Waste & Logistics (OWL) partnership, which brings together suppliers from the waste, transport and logistics industries to develop products and services that are truly integrated. Barry has recently set up the Westminster Commission for Road Air Pollution, which aims to eliminate road transport air pollution.

Laura Tainsh, Partner and Head of Environment & Waste at Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP

Laura is a Chartered Waste Manager with CIWM. She is the only solicitor in Scotland to have obtained this accolade. Laura is also a member of the Scottish Council of CIWM and the Scientific and Technical Committee. As a Law Society of Scotland Accredited Specialist in Environmental Law, she an active member of the Scottish Committee of the UK Environmental Law Association. She recently joined the management board of Community Resources Scotland Network. Laura is on the editorial board of the Scottish Planning & Environmental Law (SPEL) Journal as well as being a regular contributor to industry and national press. She specialises in highlighting all aspects of environmental law but mainly issues to do with waste management and policy. Laura has varied and wide-ranging legal experience which covers all the ecological intricacies, with a particular specialism for dealing with the waste and resources sector.