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SPARKING CONVERSATIONS

THAT GO BEYOND BUSINESS AS USUAL

The third European FOG Summit brought fat, oil and grease into sharp focus, reigniting the conversation around achieving long-term and sustainable environmental protection.

The organisers welcomed more than 150 representatives, from 10 different countries from across the FOG chain to Brighton. More than 30 leaders took to the stage to share, discuss and debate fats, oils and grease and the role this resource plays in the circular economy.

The value of FOG as a resource, and how it can fit into the circular economy, was a major focus, with speakers highlighting innovative initiatives already in place while agreeing there were huge untapped opportunities to be explored. 

The European FOG Summit took place in Brighton on 14 October 2021, co-hosted by SwiftComplyBritish Water and Southern Water and sponsored by Unblocktober

 

  • AGENDA
  • SPEAKERS
  • NETWORKING

THURSDAY
14 OCTOBER 2021

8.30am
9.00am
9.30am
10.15am
11.00am
11.20pm
12.00pm
12.40pm
1.45pm
2.25pm
2.45pm
3.30pm
4.15pm
Welcome and registration
Grab a coffee and network with summit guests.
Opening session

Welcome from our guest speakers


Ian McAulay, CEO at Southern Water
Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, Member of Parliament for Ludlow

Hosted by Laura Su, UK Business Director at SwiftComply
Leadership forum

With tougher goals towards green operations and the circular economy, what challenges are industry leaders faced with when it comes to the environment and sustainability.

Wendy Francken, Chairwoman European Policy Committee at European Water Association (EWA)
Frederico Fernandes, CEO at Aguas do Porto
Milo Fiasconaro, Executive Director at Aqua Publica Europea
Andrea Gysin, Head of R&D and Innovation at Thames Water
Toby Willison, Director of Environment and Corporate Affairs at Southern Water

Moderated by Lila Thompson, Chief Executive at British Water
Water companies: Tackling FOG and fatbergs

Water company panelists share their approaches to FOG management, addressing sewer misuse and the role this plays in achieving their company goals.

Alice Nield, Network Protection Manager, Performance, Risk and Optimisation Team at Thames Water
Grant Mitchell, FOG Strategy Lead, Customer Network Operations at Severn Trent Water
Collette Parker, Outreach and Community Engagement Manager at Anglian Water
Raffaele Vaccaro, Founder & Managing Director at Nisida Environment

Moderated by Stephen Williams, Network Protection at Southern Water
Comfort break
Refreshments and networking
From research to reality

FOG research is ongoing around the world. What is the latest and how can we use research to encourage collaboration with stakeholders?

Nicky Cunningham, Manager, Centre for Resilience in the Environment, Water and Waste at the University of Exeter
Andrew Blake, Project Manager of the Sewer Network Protection Team at South West Water
Prof. Raffaella Villa, De Montfort University

Moderated by Dr. Tom Curran, VP Internationalisation, at University College Dublin

Hear from the authors: industry best practice

Hear directly from contributors on the latest developments in industry resources, standards and best practice. How can these help shape the future of our industry?

Erik Mul, representing: Grease Management Equipment Guide, published by the GCA
Sam Irvine & Peter George, representing: FOG Super Guide
Jackie Wells, representing: PAS 409 - Management FOG in Commercial Kitchen Waste Water

Moderated by Phillip Mills, Chair of FOGWise and Director at Policy Consulting Network Ltd
Lunch
Hot catering, refreshments and networking
Water companies continued: Tackling FOG and fatbergs

Water company panelists share their approaches to FOG management, addressing sewer misuse and the role this plays in achieving their company goals.

Tony Griffiths, Drainage Strategy and Planning Manager at United Utilities
Bas de Nijs, Senior Wastewater Engineer at Waternet
Ben Silk, Technical Advisor FOG at Northumbrian Water
Steve Edwards, Waste Water Below Ground at Southern Water

Moderated by Stephen Williams, Network Protection at Southern Water
Comfort break
Refreshments and networking
Resource recovery: From local to global

FOG waste can be a valuable resource for reuse and circular initiatives. But what initiatives are currently in place and what are the challenges and opportunities?

Nikolai Jacobi, Senior Officer | Energy, Material & Built Infrastructure Sustainable Resources, Climate & Resilience at ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Gaynor Hartnell, Chief Executive at RTFA
Dr. John Williams, Senior Partner at S'Investec
Anthony Hodkinson, Head of UK Sales at Quatra

Moderated by Dr. Thomas Collin, Technology Consultant at Isle Utilities
How does FOG fit into the circular economy?

How and where does FOG fit into the big picture. Presentations on the ‘Food Waste Hierarchy’ and Amsterdam’s ‘Circular Economy Island’.

Sarah Giorgi, Water Technology Adviser at Waternet
Keith Warren, Chief Executive at Food Equipment Association
Closing session
Laura Su, UK Director at SwiftComply
8.30am
Welcome and registration
Grab a coffee and network with summit guests.
8.30am
9.00am
Opening session

Welcome from our guest speakers

Ian McAulay, CEO at Southern Water
Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, Member of Parliament for Ludlow

Hosted by Laura Su, UK Business Director at SwiftComply
9.00am
9.30am
Leadership forum

With tougher goals towards green operations and the circular economy, what challenges are industry leaders faced with when it comes to the environment and sustainability.

Wendy Francken, Chairwoman European Policy Committee at European Water Association (EWA)
Frederico Fernandes, CEO at Aguas do Porto
Milo Fiasconaro, Executive Director at Aqua Publica Europea
Andrea Gysin, Head of R&D and Innovation at Thames Water
Toby Willison, Director of Environment and Corporate Affairs at Southern Water

Moderated by Lila Thompson, Chief Executive at British Water
9.30am
10.15am
Water companies: Tackling FOG and fatbergs

Water company panelists share their approaches to FOG management, addressing sewer misuse and the role this plays in achieving their company goals.

Alice Nield, Network Protection Manager, Performance, Risk and Optimisation Team at Thames Water
Grant Mitchell, FOG Strategy Lead, Customer Network Operations at Severn Trent Water
Collette Parker, Outreach and Community Engagement Manager at Anglian Water
Raffaele Vaccaro, Founder & Managing Director at Nisida Environment

Moderated by Stephen Williams, Network Protection at Southern Water
10.15am
11.00am
Comfort break
Refreshments and networking
11.00am
11.20am
From research to reality

FOG research is ongoing around the world. What is the latest and how can we use research to encourage collaboration with stakeholders?

Nicky Cunningham, Manager, Centre for Resilience in the Environment, Water and Waste at the University of Exeter
Andrew Blake, Project Manager of the Sewer Network Protection Team at South West Water
Prof. Raffaella Villa, De Montfort University

Moderated by Dr. Tom Curran, VP Internationalisation, at University College Dublin

11.20am
12.00pm
Hear from the authors:
Resources and industry best practice

Hear directly from contributors on the latest developments in industry resources, standards and best practice. How can these help shape the future of our industry?

Erik Mul, representing: Grease Management Equipment Guide, published by the GCA
Sam Irvine & Peter George, representing: FOG Super Guide
Jackie Wells, representing: PAS 409 - Management FOG in Commercial Kitchen Waste Water

Moderated by Phillip Mills, Chair of FOGWise and Director at Policy Consulting Network Ltd
12.00pm
12.40pm
Lunch
Hot catering, refreshments and networking
12.40pm
1.45pm
Water companies (continued): Tackling FOG and fatbergs

Water company panelists share their approaches to FOG management, addressing sewer misuse and the role this plays in achieving their company goals.

Tony Griffiths, Drainage Strategy and Planning Manager at United Utilities
Bas de Nijs, Senior Wastewater Engineer at Waternet
Ben Silk, Technical Advisor FOG at Northumbrian Water
Steve Edwards, Waste Water Below Ground at Southern Water

Moderated by Stephen Williams, Network Protection at Southern Water
1.45pm
2.25pm
Comfort break
Refreshments and networking
2.25pm
2.45pm
Resource recovery: from local to global

FOG waste can be a valuable resource for reuse and circular initiatives. But what initiatives are currently in place and what are the challenges and opportunities?

Nikolai Jacobi, Senior Officer | Energy, Material & Built Infrastructure Sustainable Resources, Climate & Resilience at ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Gaynor Hartnell, Chief Executive at RTFA
Dr. John Williams, Senior Partner at S'Investec
Anthony Hodkinson, Head of UK Sales at Quatra

Moderated by Dr. Thomas Collin, Technology Consultant at Isle Utilities
2.45pm
3.30pm
How does FOG fit into the circular economy?

How and where does FOG fit into the big picture. Presentations on the ‘Food Waste Hierarchy’ and Amsterdam’s ‘Circular Economy Island’.

Sarah Giorgi, Water Technology Adviser at Waternet
Keith Warren, Chief Executive at Food Equipment Association
3.30pm
4.15pm
Closing session
Laura Su, UK Director at SwiftComply
4.15pm

Member of Parliament 
» Ludlow «

CEO
» Southern Water «

CEO
» British Water «

Head of Innovation Partnerships
» Thames Water «

CEO
» Águas do Porto «

Senior Officer
» ICLEI Europe «

UK Business Director
» SwiftComply «

VP Internationalisation
» UCD «

FOG Strategy Lead, Customer Network Operations
» Severn Trent Water «

Network Protection & Enforcement
» Southern Water «

Waste Water Below Ground
» Southern Water «

Energy Advisor
» Waternet «

Senior Wastewater Engineer
» Waternet «

Technology Consultant
» Isle Utilities «

Chief Executive
» RTFA «

Senior Partner
» S’Investec LLC «

CEO
» Go Circular «

Executive Chairman
» FOG Technologies «

Network Protection Manager
» Thames Water «

Water sector analyst and Director
» Policy Consulting Network Ltd «

Manager, Centre for Resilience in the Environment, Water and Waste
» University of Exeter «

Professor in Bioengineering
» De Montfort University «

Drainage Strategy and Planning Manager
» United Utilities «

Outreach and Community Engagement Manager
» Anglian Water «

co-author of Grease Management Equipment Guide, published by the GCA
» ACO Building Drainage «

Chairwoman European Policy Committee
» European Water Association «

Chief Executive
» Foodservice Equipment Association «

Director of Environment and Corporate Affairs
» Southern Water «

Executive Director
» Aqua Publica Europea «

Sewer Network Protection Team
» South West Water «

Head of UK Sales
» Quatra «

Founder & Managing Director
» Nisida Environment «

Technical Advisor FOG
» Northumbrian Water «

Director
» Ventilate «

Director
» Ventilate «

wednesDAY
13 OCTOBER 2021

Hear from Steve Williams on why you should attend the guided tour through Southern Water’s Peacehaven Wastewater Treatment Works (WTW).

Join us on 13th October to meet with attendees from across the industry. We are delighted to host a series of events to maximise networking opportunities, including a tour of Southern Water’s Peacehaven WWTW and an evening conference dinner. 


This may be the first in-person event after a long time for many of us, and we want to make sure you get the most out of it. Safety is our main priority and we have been carefully planning for different scenarios in order to deploy a robust, comprehensive protocol that enables a safe and comfortable return to face-to-face gatherings.

12pm
2pm
6pm
7pm
Peacehaven Tour (sold out)
Join Southern Water for a tour of Peacehaven’s hidden sewage treatment works. A 18,000m2 expanse of green turf, specially grown to match the hills of the surrounding South Downs, covers the building and is the largest of its kind in the UK.

The site, which sits in a dry valley, has been extensively landscaped to minimise impact in this environmentally sensitive and popular tourist location.

The tour will last 60 minutes, including an induction and kitting up with hard hats, hi-vis jackets and gloves. Please come dressed in long sleeves and closed shoes.

📍 Southern Water WTW
Farrington Industrial Estate, Hoyle Rd, Peacehaven BN10 8LW, United Kingdom

Attendees are advised to drive to the location. For those unable to drive, there will be a shuttle departing from the hotel. The shuttle for the 11:30 tour will depart at 11:00, and the shuttle for the 12:30 tour will depart at 12:00.
Welcome lunch
📍 Hilton Brighton Metropole
Kings Road
Brighton
BN1 2FU
Speakers Drinks
Speakers only

📍 Hilton Brighton Metropole
Kings Road
Brighton
BN1 2FU
Conference Dinner (sold out)
Our conference dinner is conveniently held within the hotel grounds. An excellent opportunity to meet our speakers and guests ahead of the conference, while enjoying a delicious meal on the evening of the 13th October. 

This is a ticketed event and there are a limited number of places,   please book early to avoid disappointment.

📍 Hilton Brighton Metropole
Kings Road
Brighton
BN1 2FU
12pm
Peacehaven tour (sold out)
Join Southern Water for a tour of Peacehaven’s hidden sewage treatment works. A 18,000m2 expanse of green turf, specially grown to match the hills of the surrounding South Downs, covers the building and is the largest of its kind in the UK.

The site, which sits in a dry valley, has been extensively landscaped to minimise impact in this environmentally sensitive and popular tourist location.

The tour will last 60 minutes, including an induction and kitting up with hard hats, hi-vis jackets and gloves. Please come dressed in long sleeves and closed shoes.

📍 Southern Water WTW
Farrington Industrial Estate, Hoyle Rd, Peacehaven BN10 8LW, United Kingdom

Attendees are advised to drive to the location. For those unable to drive, there will be a shuttle departing from the hotel. The shuttle for the 11:30 tour will depart at 11:00, and the shuttle for the 12:30 tour will depart at 12:00.
12pm
2pm
Welcome lunch
📍 Hilton Brighton Metropole
Kings Road
Brighton
BN1 2FU
2pm
6pm
Speakers drinks
Speakers only

📍 Hilton Brighton Metropole
Kings Road
Brighton
BN1 2FU
6pm
7pm
Conference Dinner (sold out)
Our conference dinner is conveniently held within the hotel grounds. An excellent opportunity to meet our speakers and guests ahead of the conference, while enjoying a delicious meal on the evening of the 13th October. 

This is a ticketed event and there are a limited number of places,   please book early to avoid disappointment.

Dress code:
Smart casual


📍 Hilton Brighton Metropole
Kings Road
Brighton
BN1 2FU
7pm
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PEACEHAVEN WwTW

Join Southern Water for a tour of Peacehaven’s hidden sewage treatment works. A 18,000m2 expanse of green turf, specially grown to match the hills of the surrounding South Downs, covers the building and is the largest of its kind in the UK.

The site, which sits in a dry valley, has been extensively landscaped to minimise impact in this environmentally sensitive and popular tourist location.

NETWORKING DINNER

Our conference dinner is conveniently held within the hotel grounds. An excellent opportunity to meet our speakers and guests ahead of the conference, while enjoying a delicious meal on the evening of the 13th October. 

This is a ticketed event and there are a limited number of places,   please book early to avoid disappointment.

SPECIAL THANKS

SwiftComply are leaders in FOG management. Working in partnership with UK water companies, we are on a mission to fight the fatberg!

 

We go directly to the source and prevent fat, oil and grease from entering our sewers. Our solution is technology-led, with a focus on communication, collaboration and education of good FOG management practices.

Each day, over 2,000 of us at Southern Water work together to provide water for life to our 4.6 million customers.

We are one of the largest water and wastewater companies in the South East of England and thrive on the passion and hard work of more than 2,000 employees.

Together we supply 532 million litres of drinking water every day to more than two million customers and treat and recycle 717 million litres of wastewater for more than four million customers in Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

British Water is an association which has a wide and varied membership covering all sectors of the water industry.

We work to bring a coherent approach to delivering in partnership with the water companies, the best for the British water industry.

Unblocktober is the world’s first month-long campaign and awareness month to improve the health of our drains, sewers, watercourses and seas.

It explains how FOG and plastic waste disposed of in sewers is bad for our communities and for the wider environment. It also invites people to change their habits and encourage others to do the same to help others and protect our planet.

The National Poo Museum exists to safely explore the amazing world of poo. Through our unique collection and displays we use quirkiness and family-friendly humour to break through the poo taboo so we can engage, entertain and inform our visitors. We want you to explore the worlds stickiest subject with us, our aim is to change how you think about this most astonishing substance.

We have specially designed an array of exciting interactive displays that allow YOU to lift the lid on the astonishing secret world of poo!

Filta are environmental services company operating for over 20 years. We provide Grease recovery unit, for commercial kitchens all over the world. We have footprint in US, UK & Europe.

 

We also provide fryer management, fridge seals, drain and pump station solutions across the UK.

Big Dipper and Trapzilla are regarded as leading separation solutions in the highly specialised field of oil and grease extraction from wastewater.

 

Our reputation for developing quality removal systems was established when the first line of Big Dipper® products became recognised for their exceptional reliability, effectiveness and flexibility in a variety of applications.

Kessel “Leading in Drainage” provide high quality carbon neutral drainage products from their base in Bavaria, Germany.

 

Products include FOG separators, oil separators, backwater valves, pumps and lifting stations that are used in over 60 countries.

 

The UK Kessel IPS team are delighted to be supporting the FOG summit, come along to meet the team and discuss initiatives to improve compliance levels, drive best practice, FOG separator maintenance and the current Kessel product range, from small under the sink units to large commercial installations.

EPAS is the manufacturer of the award winning GreaseShield - the Grease Management Solution.

The Environmental Biotechnology Network is one of 6 BBSRC funded Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. Their remit covers any biological treatments in the water/wastewater sector and includes:

  • anaerobic digestion, aerobic treatments;
  • biological treatment of FOG
  • bioinformatics
  • bio-sensors for wastewater surveillance/epidemiology or for rapid monitoring of pollutants in water

Research and innovation in wastewater treatment and environmental quality.

ENQUIRIES

The 2021 European FOG Summit is a collaboration between

ENQUIRIES

©SwiftComply 2021

CONNECT WITH US

Philippe Dunne

» Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP «

Member of Parliament for Ludlow

Philip Dunne has been Member of Parliament for Ludlow in Shropshire since 2005. He was previously Minister for Defence Procurement (2012-2016) and as Minister of State for Health (2016-2018). He has been a member of the Environmental Audit Committee since 2018, which he has chaired since January 2020.

I. McAulay

» Ian McAulay «

CEO
Southern Water

Ian joined Southern Water as CEO in January 2017 and was appointed to the Board from 1 February.

Ian has more than 30 years of global water and  environmental experience and a significant record of achievement operating in both publicly quoted FTSE 100/250 companies and privately held enterprises.

Ian holds an honours degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a Chartered Member of the ICE, CIWEM. Throughout his career he has managed major utility, construction and consulting businesses in the UK, Belgium, India and the USA. He has enhanced this practical experience with professional executive education, most notably at Harvard Business School. He has extensive experience in the UK regulated utility, construction and environmental services sectors, holding board positions across a broad range of commercial and statutory organisations.

In his previous role he served as an executive director of the Pennon Group plc and chief executive of its subsidiary company, Viridor, one of the largest renewable energy and recycling companies in the UK.

In a non-executive capacity, he served as an independently appointed member of Greater Manchester Authorities Low Carbon Hub Board and Scottish Government’s 2020 Climate Change Board. He currently chairs the Greater Brighton Infrastructure Panel. He has also provided expert input to Government Review Groups and Industry Partnerships with particular emphasis on the UK skills agenda and development of future smarter regulation and environmental policy.

L. Thompson

» Lila Thompson «

CEO
British Water

Lila is responsible for British Water’s strategic direction. Lila was formerly responsible for the delivery of British Water’s international services leading scoping and business development visits to a wide range of markets including Saudi Arabia, Libya, Morocco, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, China and India to help companies grow their business overseas.

Lila has more than 20 years of experience driving business growth, policy development and stakeholder engagement in a variety of industry sectors. Lila sits on a number of working groups and is a member of the International Water Association UK committee.

A. Gysin

» Andrea Gysin «

Head of Innovation Partnerships
Thames Water

Andrea’s career spans over 20 years in the water industry, during which time she has worked in blue chip consultancies, start-up and growth businesses.

In 2005 she launched an innovation programme in the UK water industry that supported technology commercialisation for over 50 start-up businesses and attracted over £20m venture investment to the sector. 

Andrea joined Thames Water in 2018 and has recently taken the new role of Head of Innovation Partnerships with the objective of driving external collaboration to increase the pace and impact of innovation.

F. Fernandes

» Frederico Fernandes «

CEO
Águas do Porto

Frederico Fernandes is, since 2015, the CEO of the municipal company responsible for the management of urban water cycle in the city of Porto: Águas do Porto. His main corporate functions include strategic planning, project sponsoring, performance indicators monitoring, IT and innovation management, global budgeting and finance oversee, and institutional relationships.

Previously, between 2014 and 2015, he was a member of the Executive Board of this company. Prior to that, he worked in construction and retail companies.

Frederico Fernandes obtained a master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Porto Business School, and has a master`s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Porto.

T. Curran

» Dr. Tom Curran «

VP Internationalisation
University College Dublin

Tom Curran is an Associate Professor and Vice Principal for Internationalisation in UCD College of Engineering and Architecture at University College Dublin. He was a Fulbright Scholar at North Carolina State University to develop an advance warning system for sewer blockages.

He co-ordinated the EU Horizon 2020 AgroCycle waste project with 26 partners across Europe and China. He currently leads a team on odour reduction from dairy wastewater treatment plants in the Dairy Processing Technology Centre. He contributes to media articles about fatbergs.

N. Jacobi

» Nikolai Jacobi «

Senior Officer
(Governance and change for EU Water Companies)
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability

Nikolai is a Senior Officer in ICLEI Europe’s Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience team, working on issues related to circular economy, climate and energy planning and bio-economy. Being part of ICLEI’s European Secretariat, Nikolai works to support local governments in Europe in sustainable urban development through addressing these issues.

Prior to joining ICLEI, Nikolai worked as a Junior Researcher at the Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna working on Material Flow Analysis (MFA) and circular economy research. Nikolai began his career as an Intern at the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where he went on to work as a Consultant for several years.

L. Su

» Laura Su «

UK Director
SwiftComply

UK business director for SwiftComply in the UK, Laura is an advocate for promoting positive change across the sector when it comes to preventative FOG management and the circular economy. 

Laura has over 5 years experience in the UK water sector, with broad experience from clean, drinking water to wastewater resource recovery.

S. Williams

» Stephen Williams «

Network Protection & Enforcement
Southern Water

Steve has worked since February 2013 for Southern Water as a Network Protection and Enforcement Officer.

He works in the Industrial Waste Services area of the business as part of the FOG & Unflushables Project and as enforcement for the Trade Effluent Department, Tankering and 3rd Party Recovery.

Steve’s role is to investigate sewer misuse and abuse from both Traders and Food Service Establishments as well as assisting in the investigation of sewer blockages, internal and external flooding, pollutions and illegal connections.

Steve has made contact with some of the major National and International Food Service Establishments to deal with the issue of FOG at a higher level, ensuring a consistent approach across those companies.

S. Giorgi

» sARA GIORGI «

Energy Advisor
Waternet

Sara Giorgi has a background in Environmental engineering and Water management with a focus on wastewater treatment and works as an energy consultant for Waternet, in Amsterdam. She focuses on energy transition and in particular on thermal energy recovery from water (sustainable heat) and its technical and financial feasibility.

One of the most relevant projects she is involved with is Strandeiland, an island where circularity is applied to both energy and resources.

Grant Mitchel

» Grant Mitchell «

FOG Strategy Lead, Customer Network Operations
Severn Trent Water

Grant has worked in the industry with Severn Trent for over 30 years, currently overseeing company strategies to overcome blockages, flooding and pollution caused by sewer misuse. He has experience in enforcement action including cost recovery and prosecutions. 

Severn Trent Water’s Engage-Educate-Enforce model allows their team to work effectively with thousands of FSE’s across the region to ensure discharge does not affect the free flow of their sewers.

“We need a consistent approach and agreed best practices to ensure FOG does not continue to blight our sewers.” he says.

Thomas Collins

» Thomas Collin «

Technology Consultant
Isle Utilities

Thomas is an Environmental Engineer working at Isle Utilities as a Technology Consultant. There, Thomas has been using his knowledge on FOG to provide support to both technology companies and water utilities.

He has also been working closely with the industrial sector with the aim to improve current practices and reduce water pollution.

Prior to joining Isle, Thomas conducted his Engineering Doctorate in RD&I at Thames Water Utilities where he developed a business case for the sustainable management of FOG in wastewater systems.
Gaynor Hartnell

» Gaynor Hartnell «

Chief Executive
RTFA

Gaynor Hartnell has worked in the renewables industry, primarily for various trade associations, since 1995.  She was instrumental in forming the Renewable Energy Association, and was its CEO from 2010 – 2013.

She now runs the Renewable Transport Fuel Association, which was formed in August 2020.  

John Williams

» Dr. JOHN WILLIAMS «

Senior Partner
S'Investec LLC

John is a Senior Partner with S’Investec LLC, an impact investor in sustainable technologies and CTO at Aquapak Polymers, a specialist marine safe polymer designed for the Circular Economy. 

For over seven years, John was Head of Materials at the UK’s National Centre for Bio-renewable Technologies, before joining S’Investec in 2013. Previously he had spent over 15 years in senior technical roles in the polymer industry.

John holds a degree in chemistry and doctorate in polymer chemistry and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Directors, and European Chemical Society.

A globally recognised expert in bioplastics & the bio economy, John has also worked as: Head of Biomaterials at the National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC); a Task Force member of Green Alliance Circular Economy Panel; Member of the Industrial Biotech Leadership Forum; an advisor to BEIS and Ellen MacArthur; Member of the BPF Technical & Sustainability Committee; Founding Member and previous Technical Director at the BBIA; and served on the Green Economy Panel of Leeds City region. 

John identifies and evaluates innovative Clean Tech and Renewable technologies, identifying and valorising all proposals prior to consideration for investment.   Water, Waste Water and Marine pollutants such as FOG and plastics are a particular area of interest for S’Investec.

Jackie Wells

» Jackie Wells «

CEO
Go Circular

With over 25 years of experience in project management, consultancies, startups and growth businesses Jackie was this year appointed CEO of Go Circular, an International consultancy assisting enterprise in developing sustainable, transformational circular-economic operations by solving environmental problems.

She is also Business Development Director of FOGTEC and her background in environmental services and products has been key to the development of the FOG businesses including FOGCheck.

Jackie develops and coordinates all in-house training programs and is responsible for the customer online FOG training platform which supports large organizations challenged by FOG management. 

In keeping with the company’s ethos to disrupt, Jackie is tasked with advocating improved standards in FOG services and is Project Manager for the forthcoming PAS:409 Standard for FOG Management which is designed to promote fit for purpose solutions and improved, measurable outcomes for the customers of  FOG management service providers, their systems and their products.

Mark James

» Mark James «

Executive Chairman
FOG Technologies

FOG Technologies is a group of FOG focused businesses specialising in systems & services for total FOG control in commercial and industrial sectors.  

With a technology and environmental commercial background spanning over 30 years Mark has engineered sustainability into numerous sectors and has brought this experience to the problems caused by FOG.

Mark heads a team of highly experienced technologists with capabilities to deliver innovative engineered solutions.  Since 2015 Mark has also led the team in the development of FOGCheck,  a new, UK first and fully Warranted FOG Service integrating engineered systems, industrial microbiology and intelligent SCADA for total elimination of FOG discharge to sewers.   

FOGtec is the largest national service provider with over 50 fully trained FOG technicians across the UK for the installation, maintenance and SCADA monitoring of the FOGCheck system , which is due to launch in the UK in 2021.

Mark and the team have a determined and driven passion to disrupt and are strong advocates of raising technical and performance standards in the UK FOG industry. 

Mark is also Senior Partner and CEO of S’Investec LLC., a sustainability impact investment business with an active interest in water & waste water pollution, eco safe bio based chemicals & materials and FOG technology innovations.

Bas de Nijs

» Bas de Nijs «

Senior Wastewater Engineer
Waternet

Key work skills are: scenarios for complex pressurepipe-structures with multiple districts, pumpingstations, boosters and WWTP’s. Measurementprogram and monitoring of CSO’s pumpingstations, storagetanks and raingauges.

Calibration and validation of models. Hydrological modeling (Infoworks-CS and ICM ) of sewer and drainage systems. Prediction of urban flooding and seweroverflow-pollution. Strategic drainage- and stormwater-masterplans for development of infrastructure. Strength calculations of underground pipelines.

Specialties: Identifying and justifying cost effective infrastructure improvements for sewer and drainage systems. Solving urban flooding- and seweroverflow-pollutionproblems.

Alice Nield

» Alice Nield «

Network Protection Manager
Thames Water

Alice and her team actively engage with and educate stakeholders on sewer abuse to prevent FOG from entering the sewer network.

This work is targeted using data and insight to ensure the intervention is reaching high risk customers. This delivers the best outcome to both the customers and environment.

Over the next year the team is growing which will allow further relationships to be built and maintained with stakeholders, to ensure appropriate action is taken to manage FOG.

Thames Water’s approach to sewer abuse is education first however where customers fail to engage then enforcement may be necessary.

Nicky Cunningham

» Nicky Cunningham «

Manager, Centre for Resilience in the Environment, Water and Waste
University of Exeter

In 2019, Nicky was part of team at the University of Exeter which undertook an ‘autopsy’ of a fatberg found under the promenade in Sidmouth, Devon

Given the environmental and financial costs of fatbergs, she has been working with the water companies to explore opportunities to improve our predictive capability to prevent the problem happening in the first place

Her primary goal is to secure the necessary collaboration across organisations, companies and the general public, through research which cuts across traditional academic disciplines.

Prior to this she spent 16 years at the Environment Agency working in operational and national policy roles, most recently as Deputy Director for Waste Regulation. Nicky has extensive experience working with the water and waste sectors, government, politicians and NGOs. Prior to the Environment Agency, Nicky worked for Astra Zeneca, looking at the fate and effect of chemicals in the environment.

Nicky is a Trustee on the Board of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Raffaella Villa

» Prof. Raffaella Villa «

Professor in Environmental Bioengineering
De Montfort University

Professor Raffaella Villa graduated from University of Milan in Food Science and Technologies, where she also did her PhD in applied biological catalysis. Raffaella worked at the University of Exeter, Stirling and at Cranfield University before joining De Montfort University in 2019.

Her research work over the last 20 years has focused on microbial bioengineering and used her particular expertise in microbial and enzymatic processes to the environmental sectors. Her current work includes: improvement of anaerobic digestion systems, bioremediation of FOGs in sewers and upcycling of organic waste for the production of high value compounds.

Collette Parker

» Collette Parker «

Outreach and Community Engagement Manager
Anglian Water

Collette Parker has been working on the Anglian Water Keep It Clear Behavioural Change Programme since 2014. She worked previously for the company as a Media Manager, where her interest in community engagement and protection of the environment began. 

She worked as a journalist on regional and national publications before taking time out to do a degree in Drama, English and Education Studies at Cambridge University. Her specialisms included Theatre Directing and Community Arts and Education.

She was part of the team leading the call for a standard for flushability on wipes, and is now helping to drive change to protect the sewer from the impact of fats, oils and grease produced in commercial kitchens.

Phil Mills

» Phillip mills «

Water sector analyst and Director
Policy Consulting Network Ltd

Phill is a chartered engineer, a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Water, with over 40 years’ experience in the UK water industry.

He has extensive experience at senior level working for a water and sewerage company, a global water and energy consultant and the trade body for the water companies – Water UK. He has a track record of working on water policy and legislation with Ministers and Government officials, industry regulators, consumer champions and environmental bodies. 

Amongst a number of other current roles he also chairs the FOGwise group developing the new FOG ‘SuperGuide’.

Tony Griffiths

» Tony Griffiths «

Drainage Strategy and Planning Manager
United Utilities

Tony Griffiths currently works for United Utilities as Drainage Strategy & Planning Manager. He has been working in the wastewater network industry for over 37 years.

Tony chairs both the British and European Standards groups (B505/22 and TC165/WG22) on ‘Drains and Sewers Outside of Buildings’ as well as being an active participant in numerous national groups.

Throughout his career he has seen that significant improvements have been made in both reactive and proactive operational maintenance, reducing the risk of blockages and sewer flooding. Despite this there is still a lot to do to in terms of better controlling sewer networks, the discharges made to them and improving serviceability.

The “low hanging fruit” was harvested a long time ago. To protect customers from the misery that sewer blockages and associated flooding can cause we need a “UK plc” holistic approach to the improved management of FOG at source- Water Companies, FOG producers, equipment manufacturers, standards writers and legislators all have a part to play.  

Erik Mul

» Erik Mul «

co-author of Grease Management Equipment Guide, published by the GCA

Technical Product Manager at ACO Building Drainage

The GCA, a group administered by British Water, is a non-profit organisation of specifiers, installers and maintainers of grease management systems. It works to develop and promote best practice, influence and advise on legislation and regulation, educate consumers and stakeholders on their role in FOG reduction and provides a networking forum to bring clarity, understanding, credibility and transparency to the industry. Collectively the members of the GCA have over 200 years of experience within the FOG industry.  

The last few years have seen sustained growth in the foodservice industry with more restaurants and takeaways opening in city centres across the UK. More recently, there has also been a significant increase in dark kitchens spread across urban and rural areas. Untreated FOG when discharged to sewer networks cause blockages, bursts and service disruptions contravening  Section 111 of the Water Industry Act 1991.

To tackle this growing issue, the GCA has developed a Grease Management Equipment Guide. The document provides an overview of the specification, supply, installation, and maintenance of all types of grease management equipment and outlines the different methods that are available for commercial kitchens to reduce FOG. Erik has helped to develop the guidance by sharing his expertise in the industry and especially on the EN BS 1825 systems.

Wendy

» Wendy Francken «

Chairwoman European Policy Committee
European Water Association

Wendy is the Managing Director of VLARIO, an independent organisation which brings together Flemish water management professionals and acts as a knowledge centre and consultation platform.

She recently became the Vice President of the European Water Association (EWA), and is also Chairwoman of the European Policy Committee within the EWA. The committee works with officials of the European Commission and is responsible for activities relating to water management.

Wendy holds an Open Borders MBA degree.

Keith Warren

» Keith Warren «

Chief Executive
Foodservice Equipment Association

Keith is chief executive of the Foodservice Equipment Association representing over 190 member companies who manufacture and supply all type of equipment and systems solutions for use in foodservice and catering. This includes food waste and FOG equipment and management systems. It is active in representing and developing technical and policy initiatives and is a leading member of the European Federation of Catering Equipment Manufacturers and a founder member of the Global Foodservice Equipment and Supplies Summit. 
 
FEA has collaborated with other key organisations and companies to evolve the discussion regarding the need for a food waste and FOG hierarchy that is relevant to the hospitality industry and which is practical to implement from a policy perspective. Previously the FEA has authored national guidance documents and position papers in addition to supporting the need for effective and objective FOG guidance for its supply chain.

Toby Willison

» Dr. Toby Willison «

Director of Environment and Corporate Affairs
Southern Water

Toby joined Southern Water in November 2020. Toby has a PhD in ecology and has spent the majority of his career in environmental services. This has included international research, consultancy and policy making.

Toby most recently lead operations at the Environment Agency. While at the EA Toby has driven transformation in crisis management and response, capital delivery and asset management.

As well as being a committed environmentalist Toby has lead the drive for a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

Milo Fiasconaro

» Milo FIASCONARO «

Executive Director
Aqua Publica Europea

Milo Fiasconaro has been the Executive Director of Aqua Publica Europea – the European Association of Public Water Operators – since 2012. He has led its development by expanding its membership base and geographical reach, making it an internationally recognised actor in the water sector. Before joining Aqua Publica, Milo worked in the implementation of industrial and innovation policies in both public and private sectors.

Milo holds an MA in Human Geography from Durham University and a degree in Political Science from Florence University. In addition to Italian, his mother tongue, he speaks English, French and Spanish.

Andrew Blake

» Andrew Blake «

Project Manager – Sewer Network Protection Team
South West Water

With a background in learning and development in a variety of roles including sales, customer service, operations and content management, Andrew Blake is the project manager for the newly created South West Water ‘Sewer Network Protection Team’.  The team focusses on addressing misuse across a wide variety of areas including Domestic, Commercial FOG and Misconnections. 

Andrew has lived in a variety of countries around the world including Australia, New Zealand and India.  In addition, he has travelled extensively to many more delivering training programmes over a 15-year career in the financial media.

Having joined South West Water in 2019, Andrew has the ability to think laterally and creatively but also has the knowledge, experience and people skills to know when a direct, simple approach is more likely to get the best results.

Passionate about behavioural change and the environment, Andrew’s focus is on helping customers adopt correct behaviours.

Raffaele Vaccaro

» Raffaele Vaccaro «

Founder & Managing Director
Nisida Environment

Nisida Environment, a start-up based in Naples (southern Italy), promotes the transfer and implementation of innovative environmental technologies in Italy and in the Mediterranean area with particular attention to the waste & wastewater management sectors.

Concerning FOG, Nisida Environment has managed to implement IDRABEL’s biological and non-invasive technology in the wastewater networks of the city of Naples and Massa Lubrense (Sorrento Peninsula). The technology has enabled the reduction of odours, overflows, by-pass use and maintenance costs linked to mechanical intervention.

Steve Edwards

» Steve Edwards «

Waste Water Below Ground
Southern Water

Steve has worked for Southern Water as a Network Protection and Enforcement Officer since December 2015  .

He was employed specifically to work on the FOG & Unflushable Project dealing with Food Service Establishments as well as assisting in the investigation of sewer blockages, internal and external flooding, pollutions and illegal connections.

His role is one of evidence gathering, investigation and enforcement within this area of the business, working with our customers to prevent, reduce and stop ongoing sewer blockages and damage to our assets.

As part of this role Steve has made contact with some of the major national and international Food Service Establishments and worked with colleagues from the grease contractors industry to deal with the issue of FOG at a higher level, ensuring a consistent approach across those companies.

For the previous 34 years I have worked in the military and law enforcement.

Sam Irvine

» SAM IRVINE «

Director
Ventilate

Director for Ventilate Grease Control Ltd – an independent consultancy practice providing FOG Management compliance services across all sectors of the UK real estate market.

Ventilate Grease Control have a strong reputation and track record of providing successful consultancy and control services for FTSE 100 blue-chips, commercial property owners, and FM/property management companies through managed audit programmes, inspections, and retail delivery design services. 

Ventilate advocate a progressive and collaborative approach in preventative FOG Management and work closely alongside FSEs, Insurers, Landlords and service providers, to implement and maintain robust FOG Management strategies across their estate.

Co-initiator and contributor to the FOG Super Guide, Sam has wider experience in the development of best practice guides and accreditation schemes. Sam previously sat on the working group for development and launch of Loss Prevention Standard: LPS2084Requirements for the LPCB approval and listing of companies carrying out inspection, cleaning and maintenance of ductwork systems.

Peter George

» Peter George «

Director
Ventilate

Peter has over 20 years’ experience and is one the most well-known individuals across the FOG Management industry. Having previously worked with FOG Equipment manufacturers and service providers, Peter now leads Ventilate Grease Control’s FOG Management audit programmes and consultancy services.

Peter implements and oversees FOG Management strategy for landlords at many of the UKs best known shopping centres and high-profile properties, where protection of drainage from poorly managed disposal of FOG is paramount to maintaining business continuity, prevent losses, and costly blockages to UK sewer network.

The Ventilate approach is not a fixed template but focusses on wider stakeholder engagement to meet the challenges of drainage network protection, through expert advice on best practice for equipment, maintenance and training. 

Recently, Peter has been the driving force behind the ‘remobilisation’ of FOGWise; a panel brought together to produce a FOG Super guide, that aims to promote a collaborative and cohesive approach to FOG Management best practice as part of a wider circular economy.

Ben Silk

» Ben Silk «

Technical Advisor FOG
Northumbrian Water

Ben is responsible for investigating issues on the sewer network caused by FOG incorporating evidence gathering, customer engagement and enforcement. He was employed as part of an expansion of the FOG team to contribute directly towards Northumbrian Water’s ambitious goals to reduce sewer flooding and pollution.

The team focus on addressing misuse of the network regarding FOG and work in collaboration with commercial and domestic properties to promote the correct disposal of FOG. A key theme of the teams message is awareness that the sewer should not be treated like a bin for disposal of FOG and other food waste.

Prior to this Ben was a flooding support analyst responsible for reviewing flooding data before moving into consultancy as a hydraulic modeller working for clients such as water and sewerage companies, local authorities and developers.

Anthony Hodinson

» Anthony Hodkinson «

Sales Director
Quatra

Anthony is the head of Sales at Quatra UK, the British representative of a company that has marked its place in the European market in recycling of used cooking oils and fats.

With the annual production of over 70,000,000 litres of biodiesel, Quatra provides a unique and effective solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reduce CO2 emissions and creating a greener environment, by recycling used cooking oils and fats.

Not only that, Quatra is also responsible for the delivery of fresh edible oils for thousands of businesses. Anthony makes sure that the sales, new customers and the customer service are in good order by using his many years in the industry as experience.