Matt Drew

Managing Director, Saxlund International

Matt Drew is a professional engineer with a decade of sales experience working with global market leaders in the biomass and fuel handling, processing and automotive ignition industries. Matt’s career at the company spans both Sales Manager and Managing Director of the UK business, giving him an in-depth insight into the bulk handling industry.

He has spearheaded supply projects to a range of sectors including waste water, biomass handling, bio-energy power plants, particle board industry and cement and is an expert in developing materials handling solutions for complex projects.

Saxlund International Limited is a key member of an international group providing innovative solutions for bulk materials handling and biomass combustion. The company has been a major player in the development of flat bottom silo and bunker discharge technology and conveyor systems for difficult bulk solid materials

With responsibility for business development for the UK and Ireland, Matt’s overarching view of both technical and business benefits allows him to harness his skills at pre- contract project development, successfully bringing together funding, design and other sub-contractors.

Chris Every

Commercial Director, Coomtech

Chris has been involved in engineering and technology development business start-ups for over 20 years. Among these was: Brimac Environmental Services, a buy in/buy out from Tate & Lyle specialising in carbons manufactured for the industrial cleaning of water; Nviro Clean Tech involved with pre-combusion coal processing technology to remove contaminants in a reductive environment.

He co-founded Coomtech in 2011, developing a unique portfolio of patented low cost, efficient low energy drying technologies, following his experience in projects related to production of speciality carbons and coal fuels preparation for the power generation market.

He is currently also Chairman of AlgaeCytes, a business in the production of high grade biological products for healthcare derived from algae

Darryn Quayle

Mining Engineer and Specialist, UK Department for International Trade (DIT)

Darryn comes from a mining engineering background with over 20 years international experience in senior commercial roles in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

He is currently the UK Government’s Mining Engineer and Specialist for the Department for International Trade’s flagship High Value Mining Campaign.  He also functions as Vice President of Natural Resources for Proudfoot, a global operational consulting company headquartered in London.

In 2007 Darryn was appointed as Amec Foster Wheeler’s Global Renewables’ Business Development Executive to manage the expansion and deployment of innovative, anaerobic digestion centred solutions to the growing problem of municipal and bio-wastes.

Prior to that, Darryn joined Orica Explosives in 2000 as the Area Business Manager for a large region in Western Australia. He then transferred to New Zealand as the Mining and Exports Manager in January 2002 where he managed mining operations in the country and in the Pacific.  Darryn’s background is as a mining engineer and he holds a First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate and postgraduate qualifications in business.

Joe Owen

Senior Researcher, Institute for Government

Joe Owen Institute for GovernmentJoe Owen is the Senior Research on the Institute for Government’s Brexit team. His main research focus is on the implications of Brexit for Government departments and the work that is required to prepare for life outside of the European Union.

He has previously worked on transformation in the civil service and on digital reforms in Government. Prior to joining the Institute, Joe spent five years as a consultant in the public sector.

Dave Wood

Manager of Application Specialists, Flexco

Dave Wood works with customers across a wide range of bulk material handling industries to solve problems with conveyor transfer points.

He has held previous positions related to bulk material handling with FMC Technologies, American Iron Reduction, Midrex Technologies and Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Dave graduated from Clarkson University, New York, with a BSc in Industrial Management.

John Pethullis

Director, Southdowne Solutions

John is a chartered engineer with over 40 years experience of Bulk Materials Handling. He is a former chairman of the IMechE Bulk Materials Handling Committee and still active on this committee.

Having worked in the industry with Portasilo, Shepherd and Clyde Bergemann, John now operates as a consultant at Southdowne Solutions, providing technical support from Bulk Material Handling projects. This included provision of FEED studies, DSEAR studies, LEV design, risk management and forensic Incident investigation.

Mike Bradley

Director, 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, which led him into a career developing Explosion Protection services with Mercury Engineering, finishing as General Manager. 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.

Andrew Hodgson

Strategic Sales Lead (Digitalisation), Siemens

Andrew Hodgson is the divisional strategic sales lead for Digitalisation which incorporates Siemens’ activities in advanced manufacturing technologies, such as additive manufacturing and robotics. Andrew also champions ‘intra-company business’ enabling other Siemens divisions to maximise the opportunities presented in their digital journey.

Andrew joined Siemens in 1988 as an engineer and has held several posts within Siemens throughout his career, beginning with project engineering and management in the automotive industry, moving to sales roles. His previous role was as General Manager of the Motion Control business, within Siemens Digital Factory.

Andrew’s current role is built upon many years in industry, from service and project management through to distribution, machine building and on to high technology automotive and aerospace industries.

Additionally, Andrew is a Director for the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) and acts as their spokesperson for Industry 4.0. digitalisation and advanced manufacturing technologies.

Steven Harrison

Chief Operating Officer, Port of Tyne

Steven Harrison Port of Tyne Chief Operating OfficerSteven Harrison joined the Port of Tyne in January 2010 as its Chief Operating Officer.  He has responsibility for all operational areas of the Port, encompassing conventional and bulk cargoes, logistics, cruise and ferry and car terminals.  He is responsible for a team of c400 staff across the Port’s sites on the north and south banks of the Tyne.

He was previously Managing Director of H J Banks (Mining) Limited, where he was responsible for leading mining business within Banks Group. Steven has a Bachelor of Engineering focused in Mining Engineering, from the University of Nottingham and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Ian Atkinson

Engineering Director, C Spencer

Ian Atkinson, CS SpencerGraduating in 1984 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Ian Atkinson became a Chartered Engineer in 1993.

Ian’s early career was spent delivering mechanical handling and coal preparation solutions to the then National Coal Board. With the demise of the UK coal industry Ian applied his skills to the quarry industry eventually becoming an Area Engineer for Tarmac based in the North East and a Member of the Institute of Quarrying (MIQ).

In 2005, Ian joined C Spencer Ltd and, by applying the skill sets Spencer already possessed, was set the task of developing a mechanical handling/process engineering customer base.

Karl Woodhouse

Channel Development Manager, SAMSON Materials Handling

Based in Ely in the UK, Karl is responsible for developing SAMSON’s sales through its agents and partners around the world.

As part of the AUMUND Group, SAMSON specialises in providing mobile materials handling solutions for many industries with a focus on Ports and Terminals. Karl has held various positions within SAMSON and is a specialist in materials handling technology with over 25 years of experience across diverse disciplines.

Rizwan Chaudhry

Engineering Technical Manager (Technology), Clyde Bergemann

Dr Rizwan Chaudhry has seventeen years’ experience in materials handling and he joined Clyde Bergemann in 2013. His carrier in materials handling started with academia at University of Greenwich where he obtained his PhD in Pneumatic Conveying Systems. Since then he has worked at Clyde Materials Handling & Portasilo.

His primary role is in material handling system design.  He also looks after in the R&D department in developing new technologies for pneumatic conveying systems and powder testing. His work covers many industries including power, mineral, metals & chemicals. He is also responsible for technical training, providing support to sales, project and commissioning teams.

Rizwan also has research interests in the field of pneumatic conveying especially in the area of system pressure drop prediction, bend wear and material build up.