Head of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham.
Martin Freer is head of Nuclear Physics, and Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI) at the University of Birmingham. He is also Director of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), which comprises eight internationally-renowned Midlands universities which are part of the Midlands Innovation partnership, together with the British Geological Survey. Martin is former Director of the Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Education and Research, which he established in 2010. He has overseen the development of the BEI, helped establish Energy Capital and has co-led the establishment of the joint University of Birmingham–Fraunhofer Germany research platform.
In 2015 he co-led the BEI Commission “Doing Cold Smarter” chaired by Lord Teverson, and in 2012 he led the Policy Commission “Future of Nuclear Energy in the UK” chaired by Lord Hunt. His main research area is the study of the structure of light nuclei, using nuclear reactions. He received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize, Humboldt Foundation, in 2004 and the Rutherford Medal in 2010.
Environmental Services Association
Jacob Hayler is the Executive Director at the Environmental Services Association – the UK’s trade association for managers of waste and secondary resources.
Jacob joined ESA from the City in 2005 as an Economist focused on helping to develop market-focused policies that combine environmental and economic sustainability. At various points during his time at ESA, Jacob retained responsibility for policy relating to finance, tax, carbon management, contracts and energy from waste.
In January 2015 Jacob was appointed ESA’s Executive Director and he now retains responsibility for the day to day running of the Association. Jacob has represented the industry on multiple government advisory bodies and committees and is the UK’s representative on various pan-European waste and recycling industry bodies.
Markets and Due Diligence Lead
Eunomia Research & Consulting
Harriet is a Senior Consultant at Eunomia, the largest strategic waste consultancy in the UK working across Europe and beyond. Harriet has 10 years’ experience working across the resource, waste and energy sectors. Harriet focuses mainly on private sector clients seeking commercial and market diligence but also providing strategic and procurement advice to public sector clients. Harriet's view of the markets is technically and commercially grounded. She is lead author of the Residual Waste Infrastructure Review, and manages Eunomia’s work on infrastructure and RDF exports, including Eunomia's Secretariat role of the UK RDF Industry Group.
Dr Adam Read
External Affairs Director
Suez Recycling & Recovery UK; Session chair
Dr Adam Read has been with SUEZ for 18 months Dr Adam Read has been External Affairs Director at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK for just over 2 years after a successful career in academia, local government and consultancy. For the last 18 months he has been directly involved with UK Government through the development of the new Resources & Waste Strategy and associated consultations, and acting as lead author on the SUEZ evidence submissions. He has worked on energy recovery projects for more than 20 years, as a consultant, client, contractor and community engagement specialist, and developing planning guidance for Welsh Government.
Adam sits on numerous industry technical working groups, is a regular speaker and facilitator, a technical report and article author, and a frequent blogger and social media enthusiast. He has been in the sector for almost 25 years specialising in municipal waste management strategy, recycling services, residual waste treatment contracts and consultation, and continues to support UK service innovation.
He is a Fellow of the CIWM, the RSA and the Royal Geographical Society and is the CIWM ‘s incoming President, taking up the reigns in November 2020.
Dr Anne Velenturf
Research Impact Fellow in Circular Economy & Sustainable Offshore Wind Development, Schools of Earth and Environment & Civil Engineering
University of Leeds
Dr Anna Willetts
Gunner Cook; Junior Vice President of CIWM; Session chair
Anna is an environmental criminal lawyer, specialising in defence work in the waste and recycling industry. She is dual-qualified, having completed a PhD in geochemistry and worked as an environmental consultant for 5 years before qualifying as a lawyer.
Anna represents waste and recycling businesses and directors who are prosecuted by the regulators (Environment Agency and local authorities) for environmental and waste offences.
She has been a member of CIWM for over 20 years, is a Trustee of the Institution and Junior Vice President.
Anna is co-authoring a book on the practical application of waste management law with a barrister and an environmental consultant.