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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.
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.
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.
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.
She joined Thames Water in September 2018 to lead the Research, Development and Innovation team.
Prior to joining Thames Water, Andrea was the Managing Director, Europe for Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, a leader in the field of nutrient recycling. Earlier in her career 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Sally started her career in defence manufacturing writing and pricing tenders and contracts for tracked armoured vehicles.
Almost a decade ago, Sally transferred her negotiation and collaboration skills to the water industry. During this time, she has held several leadership roles within wastewater, most recently being responsible for managing the teams investigating FOG, misconnections and sewer level monitoring. Sally and her team have a clear line of sight of how their actions directly contribute towards Northumbrian Water’s ambitious goals to reduce sewer flooding and pollution.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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)
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
Pete is the Carbon and Circular Economy Architect in Severn Trent’s Innovation Team. He has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Sheffield and a master’s degree in water and wastewater engineering from Cranfield University.
Pete has worked in R&D and innovation in the water industry for the last 20 years and has played an important role in developing and implementing Severn Trent’s wastewater treatment strategy. Over the past decade he has worked on nutrient removal and recovery processes, removal of emerging contaminants and low energy processes some of which have now been implemented at full scale. His current area of focus is on developing and evaluating technologies that will deliver low carbon, low energy, material recovery treatment flowsheets that will help Severn Trent deliver on its commitment to be net zero carbon emitters by 2030.
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: LPS2084 – Requirements for the LPCB approval and listing of companies carrying out inspection, cleaning and maintenance of ductwork systems.
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 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.