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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