Richard Vann - Conference Chairman
Richard has worked within the decommissioning sector for over 35 years and has been involved in fossil fuel-fired power station demolition as both contractor and specialist adviser. In 1992 he formed RVA Group, currently active in the EU, Asia, and North America, managing large-scale, high-hazard and complex decommissioning projects.
As Past President of both the Institute of Demolition Engineers and the Institute of
Explosives Engineers, Richard was also part of a peer-group of contributors
who produced the current version of BS5607: Code of Practice for Safe Use of Explosives in the
Managing Director at Keltbray Decommissioning
Bob is a highly experienced structural, demolition and explosives engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the demolition sector as both consultant – and for the last 7 years – as Managing Director of Keltbray Decommissioning.
Safety is Bob’s number one consideration at project planning stage with demolition methodology carefully selected on a comparative risk basis. His background as a structural designer, and in particular his experience in the controlled collapse of structures by either mechanical or explosives means, greatly assists in reducing risk to Keltbray Decommissioning’s site based workforce.
Investment in safety and skills training is considered to be a key factor in Keltbray Decommissioning’s aim to achieve safe and successful project delivery.
Bob is a visiting lecturer to City University of London’s Temporary Works Masters’ Degree course.
Project Director at Ramboll
Originally trained as a Mechanical Engineer within Thermodynamics, Preben has spent some 28 years working in the Energy and Power generation fields in both the Public and Private Sector.
His career includes Design Management, Commissioning, Operational management positions as well as Project Management on projects across the world, from Canada over the UK and Denmark to Bangladesh.
In recent years Preben has been involved with Business and Project development in the Power and Biomass sectors for Ramboll, dealing in particular with the development, management and execution of numerous biomass projects internationally, ranging in size from dedicated biomass facilities of a few or few tens of MW, to biomass conversions on a Gigawatt scale.
He is a regular speaker at international energy conferences, and has also been an Author and Contributor to technical documents for thermal energy processes.
Project Manager at Uniper Technologies Ltd, United Kingdom
Srini is a Civil Engineer by profession and has worked internationally in both the Oil & Gas and Power sector for over 22 years. His career has been mainly in Project Management, Design Management, New Build Projects and Asset Management.
Notable new build projects include the Shell Port Dickson Long Residue Catalytic Cracker, construction of the ABB 720MW Kuala Langat Power Plant in Malaysia and E.ON 1365MW Grain B Power Plant in UK, E.ON Ratcliffe SCR Project and the E.ON Liverpool Bulk Terminal Biomass Storage Facility Project.
More recently, he has been involved in both Uniper’s and external client’s demolition projects. These include the demolition of the Stoke CHP, Maasvlakte D&D, Killingholme A+B & North Killingholme projects.
For demolition projects, Uniper is a one stop shop solution where the services provided includes project management, Principal Designer, multi-disciplinary engineering support, project execution plan, stakeholder engagement, site characterisation, tender documentation, contractor selection, permitting and compliance, legal, environmental assessments, decommissioning, SHE governance and site management.
CEO at RVA Group – UK
Richard has worked within the decommissioning sector for over 35 years and has been involved in fossil fuel fired power station demolition as both contractor and specialist adviser. In 1992 he formed RVA Group, currently active in the EU, Asia, and North America, managing large-scale, high-hazard and complex decommissioning projects.
Celebrating its 27th Anniversary this year, the company portfolio is extensive, and includes noteworthy experience in the preparation of a range of complex decommissioning and demolition projects as well as detailed plant sequential dismantling and relocation schemes. Richard’s goal has always been to support
global organisations in achieving EHS excellence, and extracting best value from asset retirement programmes. Richard’s particular area of interest is in working collaboratively with asset owners and key stakeholders across Europe to minimise the impact on the demolition supply chain, create efficient allocation of resources, and optimise cost-efficiency as power stations develop their decommissioning strategies. As Past President of both the Institute of Demolition Engineers and the Institute of Explosives Engineers, Richard was also part of a peer-group of contributors who produced the current version of BS5607: Code of Practice for Safe Use of Explosives in the Construction Industry.
Head of Asset Development at Uniper Kraftwerke GmbH
Dr. Arne Kristoffer Bayer has an MSc in mining engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany and spent some time at universities in Helsinki, London and Delft (NL). He obtained his PhD in 2004 at the department for „Mining and excavation equipment“ leading a joint industry project with RWE. Until 2007 he worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the Utilities & Chemicals competence center and supported international customers to restructure and streamline their businesses, but also was involved in market entry strategies. In parallel Arne made an MBA and did work as visiting lecturer at INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, France. In 2007 Arne joined E.ON Kraftwerke as a project developer for conventional generation in CEE countries focusing on mine-mouth lignite and hard coal projects. From 2010 onwards he headed the strategy and business development department of E.ON’s project management and engineering entity E.ON Technologies. Since October 2014 Arne coordinates the E.ON and now Uniper wide activities related to the demolition of gas, coal and oil fired power stations. As “Head of Asset Development” he is also responsible for the development of conventional generation projects in the Uniper portfolio from small scale heat solutions to CCGT new build and major Life Time Extension projects.
CEO at Mrozek a.s.
More than 28 years of experience allow us to carry out demolitions of all sorts. Mr. Mrózek is author of many know-how in the field of special demolitions. He took part in presentations both in the Czech Republic and at the conferences CICIND, EDA, etc.
Deputy Director at EDP
Bruno is an electrical and computers engineer and has been working for 16 years in EDP, mainly in projects related with thermoelectric power plants. In 2007 he concluded an MBA and he then embraced an international experience with new projects in Spain and Brazil, namely with EPC contracts, managing Construction/Commissioning supervision of new CCGT and coal fired power plants. Bruno returned to Portugal in end-2014 and is now managing an area responsible for revamping projects in thermal power plants and dismantling and demolition projects in decommissioned power plants.
Founder and President at European Asbestos Forum Foundation
Dr. Yvonne Waterman finished a Ph.D. on comparative employers’ liability for occupational accidents and diseases in 2009, while working as a lawyer specialized in personal injury. In 2008, she began her own law firm Waterman Legal Consultancy, which specializes to this day in only two fields: employers’ liability law and asbestos liability (injury, product, real estate, etc.). In 2014, she became the founder and President of the European Asbestos Forum Foundation, which strives to provide the state of the art knowledge to asbestos professionals, regardless of sectors and borders.
Managing Director at ALFA Consultancy (UK)
Neil has presented and hosted many safety leadership conferences and delivered leadership presentations and workshops at major events throughout the UK, America and Europe.
Neil served 27 years in the armed forces and the highlight of Neil’s Military career was serving 5 years at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst teaching leadership skills to future officers of the armed forces.
Neil now runs a very successful consultancy business with a focus on delivering Leadership Development, Behavioural Safety Culture, Human Behavioural Training and Safety Consultancy.
Vice President Soteria Group Inc Sarasota,FL
Lloyd Ludlow has 35 years experience in the deconstruction, demolition, environmental recycling and decontamination industries including projects overseas and in the USA for the United States Federal Government. These years of experience coupled with recognizing the need for innovation and improvements in particulate encapsulation led to the development of the CapSure range of products.
Managing Director of C&D Demolition Consultants Ltd
Michael is the Managing Director for C&D Demolition Consultants. He follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather within the demolition industry. Michael has worked within the Nuclear and petrochemical decommissioning sector since the age of 16. Michael has worked on large, technically challenging demolition projects throughout his career worldwide, specialising in safe decommissioning and demolition techniques of steel-framed structures.
Demolition never really gets the credit it deserves for clearing the way for the future, and this is none more evident than in a complex project completed by S Evans and Sons, Safedem and C&D Consultancy in Scunthorpe.
British Steel employs 16,000 people over a 4000-acre COMAH site and required a 4000-tonne steel coking tower to be removed safely, in order to allow it to invest in the next stage of the plant’s growth.
At first glance, bringing a structure 75 metres tall down is a big task, made even more complicated by the fact that a coke hopper was present inside and full of 1500 tonnes of product.
When confronted by a project of this magnitude, it’s always best to take a collaborative approach and that was exactly what the principal contractor (S Evans and Sons) did in bringing in explosive specialist Safedem and industry experts C&D to map out the process and oversee the safety exclusion zone.
After significant consultation it was decided that two blowdowns should be completed. First, safely removing the coke hopper, giving the relevant space required to complete the second blowdown of the coke tower.
Both explosions were completed safely and with minimal inconvenience and noise to nearby residents and businesses. Emergency services were in place and Network Rail were consulted to ensure no trains were using the track.
British Steel now has the space it requires to invest in safeguarding the future of the steel works in Scunthorpe.
Chief Executive | The Coleman Group, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Mark is the proud CEO of The Coleman Group, a wholly Irish family owned business, founded more than 55 years ago.
Having been responsible in overseeing the demolition of several high profile buildings such as New Street Station, Snow Hill 3, Water Loo and London Euston Stations in London. He is now the current chairman for The Midlands Hub, delivering the regional ambition of the CIOB, whilst also contributing to National and Global strategies.
Mark’s work ethic has been built with a lifetime in the demolition and construction industry, believing in nurturing talent, giving people the tools, resources and time to flourish in their work environment and while taking pride in working as a team.
He is a highly motivated leader of professional teams & demolition personnel; innovative in establishment of professional services, health & safety procedures and training while putting technology and environmental performance at a top priority.
Mark started his career as a Technician at Henry Boot Construction. Here I spent roughly a year in planning, quantity surveying, and estimating and site management. Working on a variety of projects from house rebuilds, hospitals, schools along with industrial sites. At the same time, I studied for my ONC, HNC and MCIOB on a day release basis.
I then moved in to the family business started in the company as the Managing Director and was responsible for every aspect of Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental. My role was heavily focused on delivery of our business’s strategic objectives and the efficient execution of every project that we undertook. I work closely with our clients and third party stakeholders building strong relationships based around trust and professionalism.
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Managing Director at Kraftwerk Mehrum GmbH
Armin Fieber studied mechanical engineering at the university of Hannover / Germany. His main subject was energy and process engineering that shows his preference for this market already in the early 1990th. He kept this focus during his more than 30 years of experiences in the operation and services for power plants in Germany and surrounding countries. He took his first career steps as a maintenance manager of several coal fired power plants within the E.ON group. Together with the maintenance people from all conventional E.ON power plants he established the Uniper Anlagenservice, a market leader in the service business for power plants in Germany. Before stepping into the role as managing director of the hard coal fired 690 MW net unit Mehrum, he
joined ALSTOM and later GE to took over the business of prpressure part services and nuclear decommissioning of the core internals mainly in Germany. To round up his role and responsibility he now is in charged to establish the decommissioning business for RVA in Germany.
General Manager at SPRINT! Energy Consulting GmbH
Andreas Stephan is a key executive consultant at SPRINT! Energy Consulting who has successfully led many high-profile projects on behalf of our clients in several industries such as utilities, chemistry and mining. Restructuring of business processes in the utilities market such as power, gas and water has been the focus of his activities for many years. Market model design, analysis of investment opportunities and management of implementation projects related thereto have made Andreas one of the most important contacts in the company. Andreas has hands-on project experience in developing countries, too.
Over the past seven years, Andreas has focused on the power generation sector, specialising – under the brand name “troveo” – in the detailed assessment of thermal power stations and the marketing of existing plants or their main used equipment.
Andreas Stephan is a graduate geoscientist with a Diploma (equivalent to an M.Sc.) in Geophysics from the University of Cologne, Germany. Furthermore, Andreas has obtained the degree of Master of Business Administration at NIMBAS Utrecht, The Netherlands, and at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom.
Business Development at at VPC
Hardy Hilliges has been responsible for business development at VPC for five years now. His work focuses on the expansion of international business and the changing requirements for providers of engineering services against the background of renewable energy generation and storage methods. Further, he is in charge of second-hand power plant marketing at VPC.
Mr. Hilliges started his professional career with a global telecommunications company and a management consultancy with international operations in major projects. There, he established contacts with the energy industry, initially developing them in the field of electro mobility with an automotive group. In that position, he dealt with the expansion of vehicle charging infrastructure and questions of strategic development.
Hardy Hilliges graduated as an engineer in media technology at a University of Applied Sciences.
Managing Director at Omega Asbestos Consulting Ltd
Gary has been in the asbestos industry for 25 years, from aged 18 in 1994. Starting as a £2 per hour Lab Technician to now making his own impact in the industry.
“We either accept the industry as it is, or work every day to make it what it should be” – this is his philosophy.
In 2010, he formed Omega with a burning ambition to live & work to his values and simply be uniquely better – to create the most attractive place for talented people to show up, and likewise attract those clients and suppliers who share his philosophy and remember why we do what we do – to save lives, to provide safe working environments.
Creating a culture based on habitual excellence, working with pride and attention to detail is key. As is building deep relationships within the team and with our clients and community.
Change starts with one person and we should all try it.
Gary has frequently spoken alongside UKAS and the HSE. His personal journey over the last 10yrs has also seen him on stage talking about mental health and addictions.
Omega, and making a positive impact, is his passion or 4th child as his wife says. Away from his Omega family, he lives with his wife and 3 children in Durham, and he has a passion for good coffee, music, the gym, playing guitar, his personal development and helping others.
Chief Engineer (Decommissioning) at Magnox Ltd
Dr Tilsley holds degrees in Science, Engineering and Business and has worked in the UK civil nuclear sector for 2o years. He started as a project engineer in remote operations before moving onto project management, nuclear safety case management, systems engineering and finally decommissioning. Magnox is decommissioning 12 sites in the UK which involves radiological, nuclear and conventional aspects (often overlapping).
Regional Programme Delivery Manager (Plant and Structures) at Magnox Ltd
John Alderton has worked within the nuclear industry since 1982 at various locations throughout the UK in a variety of roles. In 2003 he joined the Magnox decommissioning team and has held a number of positions including site engineer, project manager, senior project manager and regional programme delivery manager. He has delivered numerous decommissioning programmes of work including asbestos abatement, de-plant and demolition.
Head of Energy Department at Exponent GmbH
Age: 45, Married, 2 Children
Dipl.-Ing. Civil Engineering, Technical University of Dortmund
Authorised representative, Head of energy department
– Demolition Consultant (German Demolition Association)
– Guest Lecturer at HRW “Demolition in operating plants”
– International welding engineer
– Member of VDI Standard Committee 6210 – Demolition:
o Part 1: Civil structures and technical facilities
o Part 9: Structural analysis
Finance Management, member of the executive board at MB Spezialabbruch GmbH & Co. KG
Anne joined the family-owned company MB Spezialabbruch in 2016. Together with Birgit Mittelsdorf and Peter Mittelsdorf, she is part of the executive board and responsible for finance management and project controlling. Anne holds degrees in International Business and Economics as well as Linguistics and Literary Studies.