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Electrical and Electronic Equipment and the Environment Conference

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The EEE Conference has been attracting leading names in the environmental compliance and legislation sector for over 18 years.

This conference covers all the key requirements pertinent to placing hardware products on the market:

  • Taking responsibility for your supply chain – conflict minerals (Dodd-Frank Act and the new EU regulation) and the Modern Slavery Act
  • Substance restrictions and obsolescence (RoHS, REACH, CLP, POPs, etc.)
  • Circular economy (ecodesign and energy labelling, sustainability, waste/WEEE)
  • Developments in the EU, US and China – including Brexit and Trump effects.

Papers include:

  • Policy, enforcement and standards updates
  • Industry case studies and best practice
  • Recent developments and studies.

Enhanced by a drinks reception and dinner*, the conference allows you to network in comfort whilst you are made aware of the very latest developments in legislation and best practice. 

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Venue and travel information

The conference takes place at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport, which is conveniently located next to Terminal 4, with a walkway straight into the main terminal. The dedicated conference complex offers a private and relaxing area in which to profit from the event’s abundant networking opportunities. Delegates can enjoy excellent service and comfort in the hotel with superb restaurants, a bar and a coffee shop nestled under large canopies and foliage reminiscent of an airy Mediterranean Riviera. The hotel offers a discounted delegate room rate for those involved with the conference. 

Travelling to, and from, this well-situated venue could not be easier; the hotel boasts a direct overhead walkway from the atrium of Terminal 4 to the hotel’s reception. The Heathrow Express operates between terminals and the hotel has its own courtesy Hotel Hoppa bus service from Terminal 5. The hotel car park offers plenty of parking spaces at a generously discounted rate for delegates. 

Detailed information on the venue and its location can be found on the hotel website: 

Hilton London Heathrow Airport (T4) 

If you would like further information on the hotel or its facilities, please contact the Events Team directly at trainingLH@rina.org

Chairpersons

Dr Chris Robertson Regulatory Compliance Sector Head, RINA Consulting

Chris joined RINA Consulting in 1983 as a graduate physicist and was awarded a PhD in plasma microelectronic fabrication techniques from the University of Surrey in 1990 - research carried out while atRINA Consulting.

Dr Chris Robertson leads RINA Consulting’s regulatory consultancy services.  He and his group have undertaken numerous projects for industry, the European Commission, and UK government concerning RoHS, REACH, circular economy,  conflict minerals, etc.

He has been heavily involved in Ecodesign Directive preparatory studies and the review of the inclusion of monitoring and control instruments and medical devices in the scope of the RoHS Directive recast. Chris and his team have undertaken numerous projects for industry, the European Commission and the UK government concerning environmental regulatory compliance.

Iain Lindsay EU Regulatory Affairs, Rockwell Automation

Iain works for Rockwell Automation, a leading supplier of automation and industrial control products and services, in its European Regulatory Affairs section. He has more than 20 years of experience of European directives, regulations and standards across a wide range of environmental, safety and EMC topics. As part of his role, Iain is an active participant in national and European industry associations and is the Chair of the GAMBICA Environmental Regulatory Group.


Dr Graeme Philp Chief Executive, GAMBICA

After gaining his PhD in fibre-optic sensors in 1985 Dr Philp worked for ABB until 1991 when he joined the intrinsic safety specialist, MTL Instruments, based in Luton UK.  He became Managing Director in 1992 and then Chief Executive in 1995, a post which he retained until MTL was acquired by the US multinational, Cooper Industries in 2008.  By that time, MTL had annual sales of over £100m and sold its products in 70 countries around the world.  In December 2010 Dr Philp was appointed Chief Executive of GAMBICA, the UK trade body representing the instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology sectors of UK industry.

Dr Jo Lloyd Partner, ERM’s Global Product Stewardship Team

Jo was one of the key players in shaping REACH, having had   led the UK Chemical Industries Association’s (CIA) technical input into the debate at the national and European levels from 2000 until 2006. Jo led the development of the technical arm of REACHReady, a subsidiary of the CIA, since its launch in early 2006 and, she later became its Director. From 2012 to 2015, Jo was responsible for setting the strategic direction of the work the CIA did on voluntary initiatives including Responsible Care, Product Stewardship and Product Sustainability as well as directing the CIA’s work on both chemicals management and HSE legislative developments.

Having joined ERM in 2015, Jo is routinely involved in the assessment of gaps in product stewardship and chemicals management programs as part of diligence investigations and in supporting companies to optimize their programs and providing the tools to fill these gaps. Much of this also includes product stewardship due diligence for buyers or sellers with the transaction team for a range of industry sectors. The forthcoming REACH registration deadline and the increasing number of substances subject to the authorisation process within REACH also feature heavily in the projects that Jo leads.

Jo is a frequent speaker at conferences and events. She has a PhD in Physical Chemistry.

Speakers

Steve Andrews Deputy Head of the Waste & Recycling team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Steve Andrews worked in a number of different posts in the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) covering both policy development and project responsibilities, before his team was transferred to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) in April 2016.

Steve is now the Deputy Head of the Waste & Recycling team at Defra. His teams have responsibility for UK Government policy on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, the Batteries and Accumulators Directive, the Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive and the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive. The teams also have sponsorship responsibility for the UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and lead his Department’s interest in all strategic broader waste, producer responsibility and product policy issues.

Steve and his team members represent the UK on the European Commission’s Committees for the RoHS, WEEE, Batteries, ELV and Packaging Directives, including discussions about any proposed changes to this set of legislation and ongoing monitoring and policy issues.  They are also working closely with colleagues negotiating the EC’s proposals for a Circular Economy package

Dr Andrew Farmer Head of Industry, Waste and Water Programme, Institute for European Environmental Policy

Dr Framer began his career as a research scientist in the USA and UK. Subsequently, he worked for a UK government agency for seven years. In this role Dr Farmer provided scientific and policy advice across a wide range of areas, in particular focusing on analysis pollution impacts and developing inputs to negotiations at international level. Dr Farmer has worked at IEEP for 20 years. In this position, Dr Farmer has undertaken extensive research on EU environmental legislation and its implementation in the Member States, including a particular focus on industrial and waste regulation, EU governance, circular economy and smart regulation. Dr Farmer has published the following books: Managing Environmental Pollution, published in 1997 by Routledge; and a Handbook of Environmental Protection and Enforcement, published in 2007 by Earthscan. He is the Editor of the Manual of European Environmental Policy published by Earthscan in 2010 and 2011 and is joint editor of a forthcoming book Environmental Crime in Europe to be published by Hart, Bloomsbury.

Susan Morley Director, Morley Consulting Training Limited

Susan began her career in international trade working as a freight forwarder. She gained the Killick Martin trophy for the highest marks that year, in what were then the Institute of Freight Professionals exams, becoming a Fellow of the Institute.  Susan has been a Chartered Fellow (FCILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) for many years and is Chairman of the CILT Customs and International Trade Compliance Forum.  Susan also represents CILT on the main HMRC JCCC, the Customs Change Group, the Self-Assessment Group and the Home Office International Freight Group (Border Force). This places her at the forefront of BREXIT discussions.
Susan gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) from Kingston University and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Management College. 
In her spare time Susan has also gained the Licentiate in Music Teaching from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for both the viola and piano and continues to teach music and to play with a variety of semi-professional orchestras.
Susan has over 35 years practical experience of all aspects of international trade including freight forwarding, operational logistics, warehousing, air, sea and road transport, export and import licensing, customs planning and tax management across a broad spectrum of industries, having worked for Unilever, RTZ Borax, BT, O2, Xansa and Asprey, the British luxury brand. Susan is now Director of Morley Consulting Training Limited, offering practical and pragmatic training and consultancy in all aspects of export, import, customs and compliance.
Susan has managed the import and export of a wide range of disparate commodities such as frozen foods, perfume, chemicals, heavy machinery, telephony, satellite and computer equipment and luxury goods including fine jewellery and sterling silver trophies.
Her roles have always included strategy, consultancy and training, as well as operational worldwide import and export, utilising the full range of customs procedures.  Inherent in these roles has been the need for commercial control, financial planning, global customs and licensing compliance, management of diverse supply chains and of course, providing the ultimate level of customer service.
In keeping with this background, Susan has been successfully designing and delivering practical and pragmatic, reality driven training courses and speaking at conferences for over 20 years.  She firmly believes that the dissemination of knowledge facilitates and encourages an expansion of international trade, turning it from a subject to be feared to an interesting and profitable business strategy for any size company.


Patricia Carrier Project manager of the UK Modern Slavery Act Registry, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Patricia has worked as a researcher on human rights issues at various organisations in London including Amnesty International, Interights and the UN-supported Principles of Responsible Investment. She is a licensed attorney in the U.S. and a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. She holds an LLM in Public International Law from the University of Oslo.

Jason Ord Regional Sustainability Manager for Europe, the Middle-East and Africa, HP

Jason and his team ensure that customers can, and want to, buy HP products and services from a social and environmental perspective.  Jason has worked for HP over 20 years, starting as a manufacturing engineer then as a designer and, most recently, as an environmental manager for the past eight years. Jason has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. He wants to create business cases that inspire and benefit customers, the environment and HP.

Siobhan Murphy Senior Regulatory Scientist, The REACH Centre

Siobhan leads The REACH Centre’s biocidal product consultancy services, including biocidal product authorisation and biocidal active substance approval applications, Member State marketing approvals, and ensuring compliance of treated articles. In addition, Siobhan is responsible for the management of data for REACH Lead Registrations and the coordination of IUCLID dossiers. Siobhan leads The REACH Centre’s biocides training, along with IUCLID training for both REACH and biocidal regulatory applications.


Dr Craig Kelly Senior Consultant, REACH, TSGE Consulting

Craig was Product Steward and REACH Manager for seven years with INEOS. He worked previously in the regulatory group for BASF Biocides, following more than ten years with UK contract laboratories, as Study Director and as a Laboratory Manager in Ecotoxicology. He joined TSGE in 2014, providing strategic advice to clients, guidance on data requirements, alternative methods and testing strategies. Craig has a degree in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, a Master’s in Applied Toxicology and has a PhD in Pesticide Formulation Efficacy.

Frida Ramström Inspector, KEMI (Swedish Chemicals Agency)

Frida Ramström has a background as a chemist and has worked with the enforcement of chemicals in articles at the Swedish Chemicals Agency since 2010. Her work has focused on hazardous and forbidden substances in electrical products, toys and articles made of plastic.

Richard Gale Aerospace Policy Adviser, ADS Group

Richard Gale is the Aerospace Policy Adviser for ADS Group – the UK’s premier trade association for the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors. Richard helps to lead ADS engagement with the UK government on a range of national, European and International civil aerospace policy issues important to ADS members. In particular, Richard has led ADS’ civil aerospace work on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, prioritising remaining a member of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and quantifying the potential impacts to customs and trade.


Lynn L Bergeson Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell PC

Ms. Bergeson counsels corporations, trade associations, and business consortia on a wide range of issues arising under TSCA, FIFRA, REACH and REACH-like programs, and OSHA matters. Ms. Bergeson’s practice focuses on evolving regulatory and policy matters pertinent to products of conventional, biotechnology, and bio-based chemicals, nanotechnologies, and other emerging technologies.

Sylvie Feindt Director, Digital Sustainability Policy, Digital Europe

Ms Feindt has an interesting and varied background, with more than 20 years’ experience in public affairs work for the European Commission, DG Internal Market and DG Information Society. Ms Feindt has also owned her own consultancy business, focused on European research programmes and structural funds. She has undertaken research into the socio-economic impact of the information society, from e-commerce to sustainability. She has written proposals for clients including German regional authorities, small-to-medium size enterprises and universities.
At Digital Europe, Ms Feindt is in charge of the Digital Sustainability Group. Her work covers the entire life cycle of ICT/CE products and, increasingly, services including responsible sourcing, substance restrictions, energy & material efficiency, waste legislation and after sales market practices. The latter range from repair, refurbishment and remanufacturing, to the use of recycled plastic as a secondary raw material.

Andrew Britton Managing Director, Kumi Consulting

Andrew is the founder of Kumi, a sustainability consultancy that specialises in helping companies to implement responsible sourcing practices for minerals and other raw materials. During the last 18 months Kumi has been supporting the OECD with the highly strategic Alignment Assessment project, for which one of the outputs is an assessment methodology that is being adopted by the European Commission for the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation. Prior to setting up Kumi, Andrew spent a decade at EY where he was a senior manager in the sustainability practice and, amongst other things, led the firm’s work on conflict minerals.


Dr Paul Goodman Principal Consultant, Asset Integrity, RINA Consulting

Paul provides consultancy on environmental and technical legislation including the EU RoHS, WEEE, and Eco-design directives and the REACH regulations. He assists clients to determine their obligations and to deal with the implications of the legislation. He regularly presents papers on regulatory compliance issues at international conferences. Paul has recently worked on several projects for the European Commission on the RoHS Directive, Eco-design and critical raw materials. He regularly advises the UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills on issues relating to electrical equipment and legislation and, he is a member of the EU RoHS Additional Substances Working Group. 
Paul is a chemist with expertise in materials used in electrical equipment and he has carried out numerous investigations into a wide variety of reliability issues and failures of electronic equipment. Paul has written reviews on electrical contacts and connectors, soldering, microelectronics and he is a regular contributor to Edif ERA’s environmental newsletter, “RE4view”.

Livia Kecerova Global Compliance Specialist, Compliance & Risks

Livia Kecerova is a global compliance specialist with Compliance & Risks, helping manufacturers, retailers and their supply chain partners monitor and manage requirements, regulations and standards for a cleaner, safer and better world.
Livia is an experienced legal researcher and specialises in the monitoring and analysis of regulatory changes in the Russian Federation, EAEU, Ukraine and also a number of EU Member States, including her native Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland & Hungary. Livia also conducts individual research projects on behalf of the world’s biggest names in electronics, consumer goods and textiles.
Livia’s research includes all aspects of product safety such as chemicals and restricted substances, electrical safety, general product safety, labelling, testing & certification, waste and packaging.

Laura Ho Operations Manager, C&K Testing

Ms. Laura Ho has many years of experience with regulatory compliance of consumer goods in China, especially China RoHS, GB6675, China FCM (food contact materials) and textile related. She is also familiar with EU RoHS, REACH, Toy Safety Directive and FCM regulations and has provided a lot of training courses for consumer goods industries, e.g. SUPOR, Sunshinetex, HOOYA, etc.
Laura works as the technical support leader of the C&K testing center of the CIRS group. With her expertise, CIRS is able to provide comprehensive regulatory compliance solutions for both overseas companies and domestic, Chinese companies for their target markets.


Chris Evans EEPLIANT (Energy Efficiency Compliant Products 2014 project) facilitator, PROSAFE (Product Safety Forum of Europe)

Chris Evans is a compliance specialist providing support to Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) and international NGOs for product policy programs. Over a 30-year period, he has built substantial expertise in the use of regional and international test standards in verification programs. Expertise used to develop and support market surveillance on energy using products in more than 20 countries worldwide. He co-developed the recent and continuing EU market surveillance programmes: ECOPLIANT (www.ecopliant.eu), EEPLIANT (www.eepliant.eu ), MSTyr (www.mstyr15.eu). His next project, EEPLIANT2, will involve the coordination of MSAs from 15 EU member states working on compliance with the Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives. This is the largest EU programme of its type and has a budget close to €3m.

Neill Wilkins Programme Manager for Migrant Workers and Work With Dignity, Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)

Neill manages all aspects of the IHRB Migrant Workers programme and helped oversee the development of the Dhaka Principles for Migration With Dignity - a set of human rights based principles that offer a clear framework for understanding the recruitment and employment of migrant workers worldwide. The current focus for the programme is ethical recruitment and in particular the payment of recruitment fees by migrant workers. IHRB are working with others to promote increased due diligence by business and establish the principle of “employer pays” (the cost of recruitment) as the norm across all industry sectors and locations.
Neill previously worked as part of the Campaigns Team at The Body Shop International where he was involved with a number of environmental and human rights campaigns.

Dr Larisa Maya‐Drysdale Senior Project Manager, Viegand Maagøe

Larisa Maya‐Drysdale is a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering & Management. She currently works as senior project manager at Viegand Maagøe and is project manager and technical expert on several European Commission eco-design & energy labelling review projects. She leads technical teams for the development of measures to reduce the life-cycle environmental impacts of energy related products through environmental policy (ecodesign, energy labelling, voluntary agreements and procurement), and provides assistance to authorities regarding product environmental policy. She works extensively with stakeholder’s consultation and development of sustainability criteria/requirements for products and has a lot of experience with the application of life-cycle assessment methodologies.


Johan Nouwen Head of Unit Support, Forum and HelpNet Secretariat, European Chemicals Agency

Johan obtained his Ph.D. in 1992 in the field of materials science, his environmental career started in 1993 at the European Chemicals Bureau (Italy). He then went on to setup a framework for selection of priority chemicals with the Flemish Environment ministry; work in the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM) and join VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research. From 2004, he was involved in preparations for REACH at the European Commission and subsequently joined the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) where he now heads the Support, Forum and HelpNet Secretariat Unit.

Terry Rees-Pedlar Materials Support Manager, BAE Systems Land (UK)

Terry Rees-Pedlar qualified with a degree in Applied Chemistry from Lanchester Polytechnic in 1979. He has worked for over 35 years in the aerospace and defence industry, in a number of business roles including engineering, manufacturing, commercial and project management.

Terry is the Materials Support Manager for BAE Systems Land (UK). He joined the business in 1985 and became involved in REACH and obsolescence management in 2007, when the impending introduction of REACH legislation was identified as being a significant risk to the availability of materials and manufacturing processes.

Terry is chairman of the UK ADS Hazmat working group, and is a member of the EU ASD REACH implementation working group. He sits on the council of the UK Chapter of the International Institute of Obsolescence Management.

Event sponsors

    

RINA Consulting offers numerous sponsorship opportunities.

For more information on its varied sponsorship packages, please contact the Events Team directly at trainingLH@rina.org 

Exhibition

Intertek          

Showcasing some of the leading companies in the technical and regulatory industry, the exhibition offers a chance to expand your business profile within a target audience. The exhibition is held in the bright and open Concorde Suite Foyer and is perfectly placed to facilitate networking with delegates during the refreshment breaks. 

For more information on the exhibition opportunities that RINA Consulting's conference has to offer, please contact the Events Team directly at trainingLH@rina.org 

Event endorsers

                                                   

RINA Consulting offers numerous endorser opportunities.

For more information on endorser packages, please contact the Events Team directly at trainingLH@rina.org

Conference dinner and drinks reception

On the evening of 1 November 2017, RINA Consulting will be holding a conference dinner and drinks reception. At the conference drinks reception, you can forge business relationships whilst unwinding with fellow delegates in a venue overlooking the private lake and lakeside terrace of the Hilton London Heathrow Airport. At the conference dinner, you can broker fresh business whilst dining on an excellent 3-course meal in relaxed surroundings. Both occasions offer a relaxed atmosphere in which to make new contacts and process the events of the day. 

If you would like further information on the drinks reception or dinner, please contact the Events Team directly at trainingLH@rina.org 

To discover how RINA Consulting can assist you, please contact us on +44 (0)1372 367 319, +44 (0)1372 367 054 or email us at traininglh@rina.org