OWL Speakers

Discover the OWL speakers

<strong>Barry Sheerman MP, Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Huddersfield</strong>
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.

<strong>Jason Airey, Managing Director at CMS SupaTrak</strong>
Jason Airey, Managing Director at 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 Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality 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.

<strong>Ann-Marie Knegt, Creative Director – Visie Communications</strong>
Ann-Marie Knegt, Creative Director – Visie Communications

Ann-Marie has over 17 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.

Ann-Marie set up Visie Communications with her Business Partner Jason Pidgeon. With Visie meaning vision in Dutch, this 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).

She launched the highly acclaimed online publication, Fleet Vision International – the official journal of OWL and the Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality.

Ann-Marie has an expansive knowledge of transport, air quality, fleet and firefighting and fire protection practice worldwide. She was 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.

<strong>Stephen Strange, <strong>Head of UK Sales at CMS SupaTrak </strong></strong>
Stephen Strange, Head of UK Sales at CMS SupaTrak 

Stephen spent over ten years defining and managing the implementation of fuel management solutions for organisations such as the Royal Mail Group, J Sainsbury, and Fife Council.

Having joined CMS SupaTrak over three years ago, Stephen helps his clients to monitor their fuel usage. He also works with driver behaviour and route optimisation technology to provide both private and public sector fleet operators with the information necessary to improve their MPG and reduce their impact on the environment.

He is currently responsible for the UK Sales, Account Management and the Managed Service Team at CMS SupaTrak. Stephen also works closely with the CMS Development Team and existing customers to design both new and innovative products, including the soon to be released, next-generation, JobTrak Domestic Waste solution.

<strong>Glen Davies</strong> FCILT, Transport and Logistics Specialist, AtoH Solutions
Glen Davies FCILT, Transport and Logistics Specialist, AtoH Solutions

Glen Davies set up AtoH in 2016, after a working life dedicated to transport and logistics. He learned his craft through 23 years in military logistics which was then ‘politically refined’ during nine years at TfL.

In 2007, his industry-leading knowledge was employed by TfL to establish FORS – the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. At TfL, he was responsible for developing and delivering the FORS Standard, the scheme’s audit regime, practitioner qualification, driver training programme, and operational support package.

Alongside FORS, he created the multi-award winning CLOCS initiative that revolutionised safety in construction logistics; initiated the LoCITY programme that stimulated the uptake of alternative fuel in commercial vehicles and developed the ground-breaking Safe Urban Driving course.
Glen is also a vocal campaigner for safer and lower emission commercial vehicles. He works with vehicle operators, manufacturers, regulators and lobby groups for healthier and safer urban streets.

Glen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen.

<strong><strong>Sukky Choongh, Environmental Manager – Air Quality and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT)</strong></strong>
Sukky Choongh, Environmental Manager – Air Quality and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT)

Sukky Choongh graduated from Kings College London in 2010 with an MSc in Environmental Health and has previously been employed by the London Borough of Islington as air quality officer. She was also the project manager for Low Emission Logistics, a multi borough Mayors Air Quality funded project led by Lambeth Council. 

She joined SMMT in July 2017 as Environmental Manager for Air Quality and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles.

<strong>Russell Markstein, Group Sales Director – NRG Fleet Services & Commercial Director – Electra Commercial Vehicles</strong>
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.

<strong>Matt Ralfe, Innovation and Change Manager, Nottingham City Council</strong>
Matt Ralfe, Innovation and Change Manager, Nottingham City Council

Matt leads the Innovation & Change team in Parking, Fleet & Transport Operations; his role varies from integrating new technologies in parking through to undertaking consultancy work on the Workplace Parking Levy.

For the past five years he has also lead on Nottingham City Council’s fleet electrification programme which has seen the council go from 2 to 196 ULEVs including procuring and embedding the first sweeper, cage tipper, minibus and OEM RCV in the country.

<strong>Andy Graves, Product Marketing Manager – Chassis at Dennis Eagle</strong>
Andy Graves, Product Marketing Manager – Chassis at Dennis Eagle

Andy 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

<strong>Alexander Anderson, Service Manager Waste Solutions, Fife Council</strong>
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.

<strong>William Tebbit, CEO, Green BioFuels</strong><br> 
William Tebbit, CEO, Green BioFuels

Following an 18-year career in the City of London where William was head of UK M&A at West LB, he then worked in the real world as CEO of businesses in the UK and UAE. He was a founding partner of a Trade Finance Business that was funded by Macquarie Bank Limited to whom he sold his interests in 2015. He then became involved in renewable energy assets building, funding and selling 25MW of assets to a major industrial group in 2017.

<strong>Richard Collins, Sales and Marketing Director – VPG Onboard Weighing</strong><br> 
Richard Collins, Sales and Marketing Director – VPG Onboard Weighing

Richard is responsible for the strategic sales and marketing worldwide of vehicle weighing solutions and leads a team of global sales professional and distributors. Since joining VPG in 2011, Richard has been instrumental in expanding into new territories within Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. 
Richard has a wealth of knowledge in the vehicle weighing solutions industry along with various governments compliance and legislations relating to overloaded vehicles.
Richard can offer advice on the most suitable types of vehicle weighing or overload protection solutions for any type of vehicle.

<strong><strong>Grahame Neagus – Head of LCV at Renault Trucks for UK & Irelan</strong></strong>d<br> 
Grahame Neagus – Head of LCV at Renault Trucks for UK & Ireland

Grahame has been in the industry since 1984, operating within LCV, HGV and Contract Hire sectors During the 80’s and 90’s he spent time at both Seddon Atkinson and Foden Trucks before nearly 10 years at Lex Autolease, setting up and running the LCV Division. 2016, Grahame joined Renault Trucks as Head of LCV for UK and Ireland, designing and implementing a new sales strategy across the network including the introduction of the ZE electromobility range.
An innovative, visionary and passionate leader, Grahame has and continues to drive sales and innovation within Renault Trucks forward into new markets with clear ambitions in ensuring all aspects of transportation are able to participate in the new world of electrification.

<strong>Chris Hudson - Chair, OWL Midlands, Technical Committee Member, CIWM</strong>
Chris Hudson – Chair, OWL Midlands, Technical Committee Member, CIWM

Chris is a waste and resources consultant with over 15 years of experience in the waste industry, specialising in waste strategy and procurement in both the UK and overseas. He is a chartered waste manager and a co-opted member of the CIWM midlands centre council.

Chris has worked on a range of infrastructure procurement projects, waste strategy developments and service optimisation reviews. Most recently, he was project manager for the comprehensive waste service review undertaken for Birmingham City Council, led the development of municipal and industrial waste management strategies for Yanbu Industrial City in Saudi Arabia and supported the development of the Cheshire Waste and Chester waste strategy.

<strong><strong>David McKee, Chief Technical Officer, Granville Eco Park</strong></strong>
David McKee, Chief Technical Officer, Granville Eco Park

David McKee is a Chartered Chemical Engineer who has worked on renewable energy projects for over 14 years. David is a leading expert in Anaerobic Digestion and biogas production and is currently in charge of the technical operation of Ireland’s largest AD facility at Granville Eco Park, Dungannon.
He has led the company through multiple innovations, including introducing the first Biomethane/CNG fuelling point and CNG fuelled HGVs in NI. The company’s ‘Smart Loop’ services make the circular practice accessible and earn awards acclaim: ‘Special Recognition for Climate Action’ (Belfast Telegraph Business Awards 2021) & ‘Best M-L Biogas Plant’ (ADBA Awards 2020).

<strong><strong><strong>Nathan Wilson, Account & Market Development Manager, UK & Republic of Ireland, Allison Transmission</strong></strong></strong>
Nathan Wilson, Account & Market Development Manager, UK & Republic of Ireland, Allison Transmission

Nathan has served in the automotive industry for over 40 years, completing a five-year apprenticeship on heavy commercials vehicles and Plant Machinery in 1983. He later completed an MSc in Automotive Strategic Management at Loughborough University.
He gained armoured tracked and wheel vehicle knowledge and experience with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers reserves for eight years, achieving the rank of a non-commissioned officer class 1.
In 1985, Nathan joined the Mercedes-Benz Truck Division in the UK as the first person of colour to hold Regional Engineer, Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Representative and Strategic Account Manager. He was transferred to the Mercedes Benz Bus & Coach division in 1998 to head up its fleet operations team.
In 2001, Nathan joined Hyundai Motor as Aftersales Development Manager, specialising in lean and business process management, where he remained until 2014. After a thirteen-year stint with the Korean giant, he spent two years as a Director in a medium-sized dealer group in the retail car sector.
Nathan is currently employed as a trusted advisor to fleets, bodybuilders and OEMs, for Allison Transmission, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial-duty automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems.

<strong><strong><strong>Neil McCauley MCIWM, Chair – Northern Ireland CIWM Centre Council</strong></strong></strong>
Neil McCauley MCIWM, Chair – Northern Ireland CIWM Centre Council

Neil has over 23 years of experience working both in the pharmaceutical and waste management / environmental sectors. Neil is currently General Manager of McQuillan Environmental – a family run local business with expertise in hazardous and non-hazardous operations, including material recycling, chemical treatment facilities and Hazardous Waste Transfer Stations. In addition, Neil has implemented and developed a UKAS 17025 Environmental Analytical Laboratory for water and solid samples.
As well as maintaining his CIWM responsibilities, Neil is also a Director for Recycle NI – Northern Ireland’s Trade Association for local waste management companies.

<strong><strong><strong>Kevin O’Sullivan, Sales Director, Thomas Group</strong></strong></strong>
Kevin O’Sullivan, Sales Director, Thomas Group

Kevin has over 38-years of experience within the diesel fuel injection industry, working for Delphi Technologies and Isuzu Engines. His responsibilities included technical Support for the European Car, CV and Construction manufacturing plants during the transition from traditional fuel injection to the latest common-rail technology.
Now Sales Director at Thomas Group (one of the UK’s leading fuel injection businesses), his experience and understanding are the foundation from which the fuel additives program finds itself today.
He is passionate about making a difference to the existing vehicle parc/fleet both environmentally and reducing costs while endorsing change.

<strong><strong><strong><strong>Kevin Barcroft, Academy Training Manager, Simply Waste Solutions</strong></strong></strong>/Biffa</strong>
Kevin Barcroft, Academy Training Manager, Simply Waste Solutions/Biffa

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. 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 reduce reportable road traffic collisions by 66%, and in the previous four years, he helped improve 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