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 set up the Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality (WCRAQ) several years ago, which aims to eliminate road transport air pollution.

<strong>Jason Eldridge, Operations Director, Bristol Waste</strong>
Jason Eldridge, Operations Director, Bristol Waste

Jason is currently in his 27th year of waste management and started as an LGV Driver in High Wycombe. Like most people, he climbed the ladder to his current role as Operations Director. He learnt most from colleagues and leaders over the years. Jason always puts people at the front of his decision-making process and has managed many types of waste, recycling, and processing operations. He always looks to make sensible, innovative decisions showing good value for money whilst not being afraid of change.

<strong>Iain Fortune, Fleet Manager, Bristol Waste</strong>
Iain Fortune, Fleet Manager, Bristol Waste

Iain Fortune heads up the feet department of Bristol Waste Company, responsible for the uptime, compliance, and costs of procuring and maintaining plant, equipment, and vehicles required in refuse operations and recycling collections. He also manages street cleaning, winter maintenance, material processing and disposal.
Iain joined the Bristol Contract in 2013 as a new adventure into waste and recycling from a long career in vehicle maintenance, primarily in public / private passenger transport as an owner-operator and with national organisations.
A good day is when nobody notices the fleet department. Planned work or inputs are completed as planned, unplanned work is expected, and critical outputs balance operational needs and are completed in budget.
Iain has a lifelong passion for delivering the best outcome for this team and organisation.

<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>Mike Colborne, Mike Colborne, Transport Compliance & Road Safety, Arch.Law Resource Member</strong><br>
Mike Colborne, Mike Colborne, Transport Compliance & Road Safety, Arch.Law Resource Member

Mike has over 25 years of experience within the fleet and logistics industry, having worked within the waste, general haulage, warehousing and multi-drop delivery sectors specialising in health, safety, fleet compliance and crisis management.

His current role involves looking after many fleets of around 250 vehicles. However, he has previously been responsible for overseeing the running of a single fleet with over 1000 vehicles. He has extensive hands-on and operational experience dealing with every type of road traffic incident. He is passionate about road safety and a great advocate of working collaboratively with third party specialists to improve fleet and road safety for everyone.

<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><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 NRG Riverside. Russell has been involved in all aspects of the NRG Riverside 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 for Clean Air Zones, and demand from Local Government.

<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>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><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

Amy Perry, Senior Project Manager, Aberdeen City Council<br>
Amy Perry, Senior Project Manager, Aberdeen City Council

Amy has worked on a range of hydrogen projects since 2015. Currently, she manages the part European funded project HECTOR which will see seven fuel cell RCVs deployed in five European countries, including the UK’s first fuel cell RCV deployment in Aberdeen.

Amy has a particular interest in renewable energy and has gained in-depth knowledge of the hydrogen sector including project development, financing and deployment of hydrogen infrastructure.

Fraser Crichton, Corporate Fleet Manager, Dundee City Council<br>
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 and surrounding local authorities.

Proactive 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.