OWL Roadshow Speakers

<strong>Barry Sheerman MP, Labour, Co-operative Member of Parliament for Huddersfield</strong>
Barry Sheerman MP, Labour, 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 set up the Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality (WCRAQ), which aims to eliminate road transport air pollution.

<strong>Jason Airey, Managing Director, CMS SupaTrak</strong>
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 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>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>Professor Martin Freer, Nuclear Physicist, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI), University of Birmingham</strong>
Professor Martin Freer, Nuclear Physicist, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI), University of Birmingham

Martin is also Director of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), which comprises eight internationally-renowned Midlands universities which are part of the Midlands Innovation partnership, together with the British Geological Survey.
Martin is former Director of the Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Education and Research, which he established in 2010. He has overseen the development of the BEI, helped establish Energy Capital and has co-led the establishment of the joint University of Birmingham–Fraunhofer Germany research platform. He led the development of the Birmingham Energy Innovation Hub and the co-development of Tyseley Energy Park in Birmingham.
In 2015 he co-led the BEI Commission “Doing Cold Smarter” chaired by Lord Teverson, and in 2012 he led the Policy Commission ‘Future of Nuclear Energy in the UK’ chaired by Lord Hunt, he co-led the Policy Commission with Sir David King which saw the creation of Energy Innovation Zone in the West Midlands and in 2020 published a report on The Road to Low-Carbon Heat with the CBI chaired by Lord Billimoria. His main research area is studying the structure of light nuclei, using nuclear reactions. He received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize, Humboldt Foundation, in 2004 and the Rutherford Medal in 2010.

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

Ann-Marie has over 18 years experience in editing several B2B magazine titles in the municipal transport, firefighting and industrial fire protection industries. Ann-Marie launched the successful Fleet Vision International – THE SHOW, in partnership with the City of London, City of New York, SMMT, CLOCS and the Westminster Commission for Road AIr Quality.

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. Visie took on the contract for the 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 Fleet Vision International Awards.

<strong>Dewi Lane, Depot Operations Manager, Monmouthshire County Council</strong>
Dewi Lane, Depot Operations Manager, Monmouthshire County Council

Dewi has worked in the waste management industry for the past ten years. He started his career working on the front line and worked up to his current position. Most of his role consists of the day-to-day operations running within Monmouthshire.

Still, he also focuses on new technology, decarbonising the service and planning for future collection methodology.

<strong><strong>Brendan Bilton, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Element 2</strong></strong>
Brendan Bilton, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Element 2

Brendan is a qualified Metallurgist and Materials Scientist who has spent over 20 years in the renewable energy, fuel cell, and hydrogen sectors.
He has held many CEO and MD roles at fuel cell and electrolyser companies (including Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd and ACAL Energy) and was a founder member of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) in Brussels. Over his career, he has raised over £50 million for several start-up companies and spin-outs from larger organisations. He is also a co-inventor on three published fuel cell patents.
Outside the fuel cell sector, Brendan was an original member of the Advisory Board for the University of Manchester National Graphene Centre and is currently a member of the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies (PGES).
In June 2020, Brendan co-founded hydrogen refuelling company, Element 2, which is now actively rolling out a UK network of hydrogen refuelling stations.

<strong><strong>Arend Mouton, Group Fleet Manager, Wates Group</strong></strong>
Arend Mouton, Group Fleet Manager, Wates Group

Arend Mouton has had a career in fleet with over 20-years of experience and is currently the Group Fleet Manager for Wates Group, one of the largest family-owned construction, property services and development companies in the United Kingdom.

Arend manages a fleet of circa 1.000 vehicles and over 2.500 drivers. Arend also worked in the Public Sector as Fleet Manager for City of London Police. He was a member of the National Association of Police Fleet Managers (NAPFM). He served on their Strategic Development Group as the NAPFM Secretary for four years, working at the forefront of emergency service vehicle engineering and procurement.

<strong><strong><strong>Trevor Nicoll, Assistant Director of Environment and Operations, St Helens Council</strong></strong></strong>
Trevor Nicoll, Assistant Director of Environment and Operations, St Helens Council

Trevor was previously Head of Service for Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils.   

Trevor has extensive experience of issues affecting waste services in local authorities, including insourcing collection services, procuring waste treatment contracts and electric collection vehicles, operating trade waste services and delivering efficiency savings. Trevor also has wide experience in managing other Council services including Fleet, Street Care, Grounds Maintenance, Environmental Health, School Traded Services and the Climate Emergency.  

Since becoming a Chartered CIWM Member in 2009, he has actively contributed to the work of CIWM, including being the President, Fellow and Trustee of CIWM and a former Director of WAMITAB.