Electrical and Electronic Equipment and the Environment Conference - 16-17 November 2016

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Electrical and Electronic Equipment and the Environment Conference - 1-2 November 2017

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Edif ERA’s EEE Conference has been attracting leading names in the environmental compliance and legislation sector for over 17 years.

This year, we have a full programme of high calibre speakers including Signe Ratso of the Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission and Steve Andrews, Head of Environmental Regulation, Materials and Resource Industries at Defra. 

Secure your place now for £840 + VAT which includes a two-day programme of presentations and discussions, access to the exhibition as well as lunches and refreshments on both days.  

Join the debate on the prevalent critical issues surrounding environmental product regulation and their effect on electrical and electronic products from materials, through to design, use and end-of-life. Potential consequences of the UK Brexit vote will also be on the agenda.

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. 

Event sponsors



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Other ways to book

If you prefer not to book online or require further information about the event or the accompanying dinner, drinks reception and exhibition, please contact the Events Team directly via email at: or via telephone to +44 (0) 1372 367 319. We look forward to hearing from you.


Dr Chris Robertson Regulatory Compliance Sector Head, RINA

Chris joined RINA 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 at RINA.

Dr Chris Robertson leads RINA’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.

James Calder Director of Compliance Programs - Assent Compliance Inc.

James’ career of over 10 years has focused on the technical aspects of regulatory compliance impacting consumer goods, electronic devices and the chemical and petroleum industries. It has been his responsibility to identify regulatory changes to these industries and to design, implement and maintain the corresponding support programs throughout their life cycle. His expertise now helps to enhance Assent Compliance’s robust compliance platforms that are offered to companies.

Linda-Jean Cockcroft Technical Director (Business, Industry & Growth) - RPA Ltd (Risk and Policy Analysts)

Linda-Jean has a solid track record in REACH Authorisation, her work on multiple authorisation dossiers includes a full-time secondment to a major French chemicals company for two-and-a-half years. As Technical Director (Business, Industry & Growth) at Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd (RPA), Linda-Jean works on REACH and other chemicals legislation. She supports RPA’s work in the fields of impact assessment and policy analysis for the European Commission and for national authorities.


Signe Ratso Director, Trade Strategy and Analysis, Market Access; Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission

Signe is currently the Director, Trade Strategy and Analysis, Market Access; Directorate-General for Trade at the European Commision

Steve Andrews Subject Matter Expert, Environmental Stewardship and Policy, Assent Compliance

Steve Andrews is a former Deputy Head of the Resources & Waste Division in the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).  He is a policy expert, with more than 17 years of experience in EU policy development focusing on sustainability, product, waste and recycling legislation (including RoHS, WEEE, Packaging and the Circular Economy Package).  Steve left Defra at the end of March this year and joined Assent Compliance as a Subject Matter Expert in Environmental Stewardship & Policy in June.

Peter Megaw Team Leader- Guidance team in the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Support, Forum and HelpNet Secretariat unit. European Chemicals Agency

Peter Megaw is the team leader of the guidance team in the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Support, Forum and HelpNet Secretariat unit.

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.

Huw Jones Enforcement Manager Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Huw is a Programme Manager for Regulatory Delivery and leads on the enforcement of the Restriction of the use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, End of Life Vehicles, Batteries and Accumulators (placing on the market), Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for use Outdoors, Waste Batteries Takeback, EU Tyre Labelling and WEEE regulations. Regulatory Delivery was created on 1 April 2016 to focus on regulation and enforcement, bringing together the Better Regulation Delivery Office and the National Measurement and Regulation Office as a directorate in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which became the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 14 July 2016.

Tad Ferris Partner and co-chair, Foley & Lardner LLP - Greater China Regulatory Practice

Tad chairs the firm’s Greater China Regulatory Practice and also serves as General Counsel for the corporate China Environmental Health & Safety Roundtable and as Chair of the US Council for International Business’s China Committee. Tad has been working on regulatory and compliance-risk management issues in China and Asia for the electrical and electronic equipment industry for approximately 20 years.

Colleen Theron Director, CLT Envirolaw

Colleen is a qualified solicitor and she has over 20 years’ experience in environmental law and sustainability issues. She founded CLT envirolaw in 2010, a niche sustainability, business and human rights consultancy. Colleen helps companies understand how to meet their legal obligations and voluntary best practice standards. She also teaches environmental, business and human rights law at Birkbeck University, London.

Dirk-Jan Koch Special Envoy Natural Resources, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

Dirk-Jan is currently a part of the Special Envoy Natural Resources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands.

Johann Russinger Director Global EHS, Siemens AG Healthcare

Johann has worked for Siemens Healthcare for over 25 years. Starting in the Customer Service Computed Tomography department, he moved into quality management and then into product reliability and product related environmental protection. Johann’s remit as Head of Environmental Protection, Health and Safety Strategy department was to manage the material compliance program. In 2006, he won the Siemens Environmental Award.

Lein Tange Products Stewardship Manager, European Flame Retardant Association

Lein joined ICL-IP Europe as a process/project engineer for flame retardants in 1993. He is a member of the executive committee of EFRA (the European Flame Retardants Association), and he has been responsible for end-of-life programmes since 1998. Lein’s main projects have been LCA modelling, recycling, energy and feedstock recovery for EEE/ELV plastics. In 2015, he was one of the initiators for the CreaSolv project which is a solution for recycling plastics containing restricted BFRs.

Aaron Green Legal Consultant Compliance & Risks

Aaron Green is a US-trained lawyer now based in Cork, Ireland.  He provides regulatory analysis and manages content for Compliance & Risks, focusing primarily on e-waste, efficiency, chemical and EHS.  Originally from Washington, D.C., he received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin, and his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.  He has been with Compliance & Risks for 8 years.

Lucy Graham Legal Adviser, Business and Human Rights Team, Amnesty International

Lucy works extensively on conflict minerals and leads Amnesty’s law and policy work on the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation. Prior to joining Amnesty International, she was a corporate lawyer at an international law firm.

Michaela Rose Senior Sustainability Advisor - Forum for the Future

Michaela looks at how digital technologies can accelerate a more sustainable future. She has managed multinational partners such as 3M and O2 and has been involved in projects including the Digital Revolution, the Additive Manufacturing Toolkit, the Circular Business Model toolkit, Open Eco Rating and Lens to Screen.

Mike Rimmer Senior Policy Advisor - Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy

Mike joined what was then the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) in 1985. During that time he has held a variety of posts in both MAFF and subsequently the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In the last 12 months he has led UK team negotiating the revision of the “energy labelling” Directive in European Council and European Parliament. 

Richard Hughes Technical Manager, Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances

Richard has approximately 40 years industrial experience associated with electrical and electronic equipment. He has been deeply involved with many aspects of regulatory compliance and chairs a number of BSI committees on the subject.

Steve George Chair, REACH and Chemicals Working Group, ASD

Steve George has worked for in the Aerospace industry for 29 years in a range of product development and management roles, in recent years specialising in functional management of issues relating to supply chain management and engineering work undertaken by suppliers.

Steve is currently chair of the Aerospace and Defence Industries of Europe (ASD) REACH working group, and also a Director of the International Aerospace Environment Group.

Susanne Baker Associate Director, Climate, Environment & Sustainability, techUK

techUK is the UK’s business association for companies working in the digital economy. Before joining techUK, Susanne worked for seven years at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and as a journalist for The ENDS Report. She is a board member of the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute and a fellow of the RSA. She graduate from Kings College London with a degree in Environmental Science.

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Topics covered

For a look back at how the regulatory landscape has changed over the seventeen years of the conference click here.

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) 

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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 Edif ERA’s conference has to offer, please contact the Events Team directly at 

Check back for more information on the organisations that will be exhibiting at the conference as it becomes available. 

Conference dinner and drinks reception

On the evening of 16 November 2016, Edif ERA 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 

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