28 Feb

Affiliation: The Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Presentation Title: Formal Opening of the conference and opening remarks Biography: Edward Gillespie OBE was born in Guildford, Surrey. He was educated at Tonbridge School in Kent and was awarded a degree in Politics at the University of York. His chosen career was…

27 Feb

Neil Daws

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Affiliation: Managing Director, Steam Specialities, Spirax-Sarco Engineering PLC Presentation Title: Industrial steam system efficiency: Spirax Sarco’s antidote to climate change Biography: Joined Spirax Sarco in 1978 Held positions in production and design engineering, before being appointed UK Supply Director Subsequent responsibility for the Steam business’ Asia Pacific and…

26 Feb

Duncan Child

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Dr Duncan Child CEng MEI IET Microgrid Offer Lead UK&I Duncan has been working in the decentralised energy sector for over 30 years and is an experienced senior energy consultant. He has an in-depth knowledge of renewable energy, energy efficiency and low carbon technologies that is allied to…

25 Feb

John Boughton

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Affiliation: Deputy Managing Director Biography: John Boughton is Deputy Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Wales and West. He has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, having successfully delivered projects across all sectors in Wales and the South West. He has been instrumental in Willmott Dixon’s growth…

24 Feb

Kevin Hamblin

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Group Chief Executive & Executive Principal, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College CEO, SGS Academy trust Kevin Hamblin has 30 years’ experience in education and training including eight in Industry and 23 years in FE – 18 years of which has been at Principal and CEO level. Kevin was…

23 Feb

James Verlaque

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Affiliation: Commercial Manager Kiwa UK Group Presentation Title: The role of hydrogen in our low carbon future Biography: Since starting as a Graduate Trainee with British Coal’s Coal Research Establishment, James has over 25 years experience in the energy sector and has been involved in techno-economic evaluation of…

22 Feb

Rick Sturge

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Presentation Title: Bloodhound – a supersonic manifestation of technology, connectivity and sustainability Affiliation: Grafton LSR Ltd (Bloodhound land speed record) Biography:   Rick is the CFO of Grafton LSR Limited, the holding company responsible for the Bloodhound Land Speed Record project, a project seeking to set a new land…

21 Feb

Mark Hill

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Affiliation: Utilities & Sustainability Lead at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation Biography: A chartered environmental sustainability and energy professional with some 25 years of experience gained in the public and private sectors, Mark has since 2017 led the Energy, Utilities & Sustainability Team within the Defence Infrastructure Organisation*. Prior…

20 Feb

Kamal Bechkoum

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Affiliation: Head of School of Business and Technology Presentation Title: Cyber protection of industrial control systems Biography: Kamal Bechkoum, Professor of Computing, is Head of School of Business & Technology at The University of Gloucestershire. He is an experienced senior leader and academic in Higher Education with an…

18 Feb


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EDUCATION AND DEGREES BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, 1st Class, Harbin Institute of Technology, July 1983. MSc in Manufacturing Engineering, 1st Class (Distinction), Harbin Institute of Technology, July 1988. PhD in Precision Manufacturing, Liverpool John Moores University, January 1994. WORKING EXPERIENCES 01/1994 – 09/1995, Post-doctoral Fellow, School of…