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Our inspiring speakers for 2018 will be giving insights on topical and technical issues designed to appeal to delegates from the bulk handling industry and associated fields. A full speaker programme can be found here (subject to change).

If you would like to find out more about last year’s presentations, click here.

Susan Scurlock

Chief Executive & Founder, Primary Engineer

Dr Susan Scurlock founded Primary Engineer in 2005 after training as a Graphic Designer and later as a Secondary School Teacher. She has developed a sophisticate programme of award winning teacher training courses ranging from short to masters level postgraduate certificates courses, designed national competitions and educational programmes involving some of the best known UK companies, universities and councils. The programmes have demonstrated significant annual growth addressing issues of diversity and STEM skills. Based at the Burnley HQ with a superb team, Susan travels extensively sharing her and Primary Engineers’ experience, impact and vision. She is the recipient of two Honorary degrees from Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde in recognition of her work.

Lukas Paul

Manager Plant Design (Sales), BEUMER Maschinenfabrik GmbH

Lukas Paul works at BEUMER Group in Germany and is responsible for the Design and Sales of Bulk Material Handling Systems. He started his career in Austria in 2001 and gained extensive experience in designing and executing complex Conveyor Projects (e.g. pipe conveyors), becoming familiar with the handling of a wide range of bulk materials in many different industries. He has since lived and worked in the United States and India with the companies KOCH, FLSmidth and Midwest Conveyor. In 2011 he joined BEUMER Group and today prepares engineering solutions for stockyards, ports, terminals and long distance conveying projects in the power, mining, cement, chemical and associated industries.

Michael Brinkley

Head of Strategy for Supply Chain Operations, Network Rail

Michael is Head of Strategy for Network Rail’s Supply Chain Operations directorate.  This 24/7/365 operation of 1,600 people manages £900m of spend annually.  Within this figure is procurement and logistics for 2.5 million tonnes of aggregates each year, 1,000 miles of new rail over 700,000 sleepers.

Before joining Network Rail, Michael has a wide range of experience in Programme and Supply Chain Management in large multinational organisations in the defence and aerospace sectors, including Lockheed Martin and Atkins Global.

Michael is a Chartered Engineer and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Colin Mawdsley

Technical Sales Manager Special Profiles, British Steel

Colin Mawdsley graduated in Minerals Engineering from Birmingham in 1984 and began his career in the mining industry in South Africa and the UK potash industry.

He joined British Steel plc in 1989 at Hartlepool as a customer support metallurgist supporting large diameter pipe sales in the oil and gas industry before moving to the British Steel (and subsequent Corus) plates division in 1996. In the Plates division both at Scunthorpe and Dalzell Scotland, he supported sales of high strength and wear plate in the earth moving, mining, offshore, shipbuilding and renewables industries. He also achieved a masters degree in metals technology and management from Sheffield University in 2002

Following the acquisition of Corus by Tata Steel, Colin specialised in the mining and earth moving sector and was Customer Technical support lead in the Lifting and Excavating sector with specific responsibilities for the mining sector and Caterpillar also achieving Caterpillar 6 sigma black belt status in 2014.

Since the rebirth of British Steel Colin has managed the accreditation of British Steel to the BES 6001 responsible sourcing standard and is currently technical sales manager for the British Steel Special Profiles mill at Skinningrove in N Yorkshire.

Richard Woosnam

Project Manager, Fairport Engineering Ltd

Richard is a professionally qualified Engineer who has worked for Fairport since 2006 in several roles, including his current role as Projects Manager.

His working life has been spent focused on equipment and techniques concerned with material transportation, size reduction, air classification, sizing, agglomeration and storage. These specialities are common to most industries, and he has previous expertise in cement, chemicals, minerals, plastics, foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals.

Following an invitation from the Emissions Trading Group via the CISF, about an inward delegation from India; he was invited by the Institute of Industrial Productivity (IIP) and the Indian Government to lead a subsequent return delegation. This delegation was invited as part of the Indian Government’s ‘Knowledge Exchange Platform’ (KEP), in order to reduce Emissions and Energy consumption in key sectors, including the cement sector. This is one sector where the UK is at the cutting edge of global performance, particularly in using Alternative Fuels (including biomass) to offset Carbon Dioxide and other pollutants/ industrial emissions.

Mike Bradley

Director, Wolfson Centre

The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, University of Greenwich

Mike Bradley is Professor in Particle and Bulk Technology, Director of the Wolfson Centre and Head of the Greenwich Manufacturing Group at the University of Greenwich.

He was awarded both his honours degree and PHD from Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich) and, as the Director, provides technical leadership in all aspects of bulk solids handling.

His particular areas of interest lie in pneumatic conveying, design of hoppers and silos, dust control, plant integration and maintenance of product quality. He is Chair of Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA), a member of Materials Handling Engineers’ Association (MHEA) and of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Bulk Materials Handling Committee (IMechE). He was awarded a professorship in 2006 and the directorship in 2008.

Declan Barry

Managing Director, Atex Explosion Hazards

Declan Barry started as a Mechanical Engineer in Ireland in 1978 he completed further education with the Institute of Industrial Management and Product Development 1984 to 87.  This got Declan into a career developing Explosion Protection services with Mercury Engineering in 1987, finishing as to General Manager 1997.  His primary task was testing and installing Pressure Hot Water Explosion Suppression Systems for the Dairy industry.  Declan bought Explosion Hazards in 1998.  He is Member of the Institute of Engineers in Ireland, European Safety Management Group, the EU’s Safetynet programme, National Standards Association of Ireland representative to CEN TC305 and BSI EXL/023 standards representative. Also member of MHEA and on the council of SHAPA.

Esther Halahan

Lead Tunnel Engineer, Crossrail 2

Esther has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. She is a chartered civil engineer, specialising in tunnelling and underground construction. Her past experience has included working on highway, railway, sewer and cable tunnel projects in the UK and abroad, including High Speed 1, Heathrow Terminal 5 and Victoria Station Upgrade.

She is currently a lead tunnel and project engineer for Transport for London and, since 2015, has been part of the client team on Crossrail 2, a new proposed railway linking the national rail network in Surrey and Hertfordshire via an underground tunnel through London. Her role on Crossrail 2 includes the development of the tunnelling, construction and excavated material strategies.

Mark Pearson

Group Projects Director, PD Ports

Mark started with PD Ports in 2003 as General Manager – Engineering. Through his time with PD Ports, he has progressed into his current role of Group Projects Director in which he plays a major role in large-scale engineering projects.

With a degree in Instrumentation and Process Control, Mark previously worked at British Steel, which later became Corus, for 24 years in a number of senior engineering roles. At PD Ports, Mark has been involved in various infrastructure projects including acquiring consent for Teesport’s proposed Northern Gateway Container Terminal, the expansion of container handling facilities, the reconstruction of Teesport’s general cargo quay and working with MGT Teesside to bring their facility to the Port.

As the business continues to grow, Mark is now focusing on continued improvement of bulk handling at Teesport.

Osy Oaikhiena

Ph.M, Greenbank Group

Osy Oaikhiena works at Greenbank Terotech UK Ltd and is in charge of all Computer-aided Engineering projects. He started his career in 2010 working as a Computational fluid Dynamics (CFD) Hydrogen combustion engineer for Alstom Power Ltd in Rugby, UK.

He joined Greenbank Terotech UK Ltd in 2014 and has been in charge of developing CFD methods and tools for multi-phase flow and Discrete element modelling. He has since implemented new and innovative methods of simulating pneumatic conveying and bulk material handling processes.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams is an Export Development Adviser working for the Department of International Trade in the East of England.

Keith has worked for the organisation for the last 5+ Years and helps companies to improve their exports.

Prior to this he had his own Sale’s and Export consultancy company for 20 years working in the UK, USA and Italy. Successfully setting up international sales and Service organisations for a USA company in Europe, Africa, Middle East and India.  Also, for an Italian company in the USA, Canada and South America.

His experience in Materials handling came from mining in Africa on the Third largest copper mine in the world (with 8,000 employees) as divisional Engineer he had responsibility for Underground plant including fixed and mobile equipment (crushers, De-watering, Rail, Conveyors and Mobile plant at the time purchasing two Cat 966’s a month).

He studied at Liverpool University and Ashridge Management college.

Mohammed Khan

Mohammed has worked in the construction industry for the last 15 years has been exposed to a diverse range of projects, from refurbishment and upgrading sewage treatment plants to the design and construction of commercial buildings and, more recently, working on the delivery of the UK’s first High Speed Rail project.

Mohammed Khan joined HS2 in 2013 before the project had Royal Assent and was heavily involved in the planning and development of the Mass Haul strategy. Currently he is responsible for economical use of 52M m3 of excavated material generated as a result of the new High speed railway. In his current role Mohammed will be collaborating with the contractors to achieve an optimised integrated Mass Haul plan which provides clear visibility on earthworks progress and corrective actions to keep delivery on track and in budget.

Mohammed has an MSc and degree in Civil Engineering he also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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