OWL Roadshow Speakers

See the programme for OWL NI, Titanic Centre, Belfast on 13 October 2022.

See the programme for OWL North at the Majestic Hotel and Spa on 17 November 2022.

<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>David Mullan, Head of Transport Regulation Unit (TRU)/ Department for Infrastructure, NI Government</strong>
David Mullan, Head of Transport Regulation Unit (TRU)/ Department for Infrastructure, NI Government

David has responsibility for the licensing and regulation of Goods Vehicle operators. The objective of the Transport Regulation Unit is to support the freight transport industry by maximising compliance with road safety and ensuring a level playing field for all goods vehicle operators. As gate-keepers to the industry, David and his team ensure that only reputable and compliant operators are granted a licence. Should a licenced operator fail to meet their licence’s conditions and undertakings, they may find themselves appearing before David at a public inquiry to explain what went wrong. David has worked within the Northern Ireland Civil Service for 24 years, with 14 of those within the Department for Infrastructure (previously the Department for Regional Development). He works closely with local enforcement agencies, and the Traffic Commissioners in Great Britain, in their collective aim to support the wider industry.

<strong>Ian Campbell – Director of Service Operations, Translink</strong>
Ian Campbell – Director of Service Operations, Translink

Ian has worked in Bus and Rail Public Transport for 33 years. He is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate from Queens University Belfast, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Fellow of the IMechE and a Fellow of the Institute of Railway Operators.
After university, he joined British Rail undertaking several railway management roles in England, Scotland and Wales.  Following privatisation, Ian worked for Central Trains in the English Midlands before returning to Northern Ireland in 1999 to join Translink.
Within Translink, Ian has undertaken many Senior Management roles and is currently Director of Service Operations.
In this role, he is responsible for the delivery of Translink’s bus and rail services in Northern Ireland and the development of strategies and programmes that are aimed at delivering zero-emission clean air public transport to Northern Ireland.

<strong>Jeff Shaw, Transport Manager, Ards & North Down Borough Council/ Vice Chair IRTE NI</strong>
Jeff Shaw, Transport Manager, Ards & North Down Borough Council/ Vice Chair IRTE NI

Jeff has worked in a local authority for almost 18 years. He built his career from the ground up, having been a refuse collection and sweeper driver cleansing supervisor. He has been a Transport Manager for over 16 years. Transport Manager. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) Ireland North region. He also sits on the NI regional selection panel for the IRTEC accreditation scheme. Jeff was on the FTA (Logistics UK) regional freight council for 17 years and served three as chairman. He is an active discussion panel member involved in climate change and de-carbonising transport in Northern Ireland.

<strong>Michael Hutchinson, Lecturer in Motor Vehicle, South Eastern Regional College</strong>
Michael Hutchinson, Lecturer in Motor Vehicle, South Eastern Regional College

Michael specialises in heavy goods vehicles and has 25 years of industry experience with extensive electrical and mechanical maintenance and repair knowledge. Michael is a fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry, an Education officer and a Committee member for the Institute of Road Transport Engineers in Northern Ireland, and an Elected Member of the IRTE professional sector council. As a passionate educator, Michael is keen to assist with transitioning towards green technologies within the transport industry.

<strong>Rachael Hook, Head of Branch for Single Use Plastics, Waste Prevention, Recycling and Food Waste, DAERA</strong> 
Rachael Hook, Head of Branch for Single Use Plastics, Waste Prevention, Recycling and Food Waste, DAERA 

Rachael is an advocate for sustainability and waste reduction in Northern Ireland. She has recently championed the removal of unnecessary single-use plastics across the government estate and implemented the 2019 Waste Prevention Programme. Her upcoming projects include the transformation of household and business recycling, improving food waste collections and promoting reuse and repair. Rachael will also lead in delivering the Waste Sector Climate Action Plan, which will determine how the waste sector will realise reduced GHG emissions.

<strong>Judy McElroy, Sustainability & Environment Manager at NIE Networks</strong>
Judy McElroy, Sustainability & Environment Manager at NIE Networks

Judy took up the position in July 2020. NIE Networks owns and manages the electricity networks in Northern Ireland, with circa 50,000 km of network and over 900,000 connected customers. Judy’s role is to deliver an enhanced focus on developing a more operationally sustainable organisation. This brings the opportunity to make a real difference in how NIE Networks affects the environment and promotes a long-term sustainability agenda, including decarbonising our operations.

<strong>Matt Ralphe, Innovation and Change Manager<br>Parking, Fleet & Transport Operations</strong>, <strong>Nottingham City Council</strong>
Matt Ralphe, Innovation and Change Manager
Parking, Fleet & Transport Operations
, Nottingham City Council

Matt has worked in the local government transport industry for over ten years and has recently led on the creation and deployment of NCC’s multi-award-winning Fleet Electrification Strategy (started in 2016) which has seen the Council purchase 241 electric vehicles (50% of its fleet is now electric) with 145 live charge points.
Named in Motor Transport’s Top 25 Decarbonisation Power Players 2022, Matt is responsible for delivery of grants totalling £5 million designated for ULEVs and accountable for the £9 million Nottingham has invested in electric vehicles and associated infrastructure for its fleet including a bespoke ULEV-only garage.

<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><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.

<strong>Sandy Anderson, Service Manager, Domestic Waste and Street Cleansing, Fife Council</strong>
Sandy Anderson, Service Manager, Domestic Waste and Street Cleansing, Fife Council

Fife Council is Scotland’s third largest local authority with 185,000 properties, with planning in place for this to rise by another 10,00 properties over the next five years. Sandy has worked for Fife Council since 2003, starting as a seasonal street cleaner and then climbing to service manager. He currently manages a team of 440 staff who, between the two elements of the service, empty over 13 million domestic bins and clean over 6500 streets in Fife. 

<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>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.