Conference 2018

Another successful conference done!  Delegates joined RINA for our 20th annual environmental regulatory conference in November 2018, which was highly received by all who attended.

Below is just some of the positive feedback we received:

"Excellent topics, cutting edge speakers, and relevant for the electronics industry" - Jan Daem, Barco, 2018

"Another informative and well run conference" - Mark Peters, Dage Precision Industries, 2018

"A comprehensive and informative 2-day session in key aspects of environmental issues for the electronics industry" - K Grealy, Meggitt PLC, 2018

Our 2019 conference will be taking place on 13-14 November - for more information or to book your place, please contact the Events Team at  We hope to see you there!





Michael Sawyer Enforcement Manager, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Office for Product Safety & Standards

Michael is the Enforcement Manager at the Office for Product Safety and Standards within BEIS. Safety and Standards are the UK Market Surveillance Authority for enforcing Ecodesign and Energy Labelling, RoHS, batteries (placing on the market), WEEE and a number other pieces of legislation. Michael has a background in academia, but has worked previously in the private sector specialising in airfreight prior to moving into the public sector in 2013. He has worked on implementing and enforcing several technical and environmental regulations at Regulatory Delivery, most recently returning to the Ecodesign team as Manager.

Dr Alex Paul Principal: Chemical Regulatory Services, Yordas Group

Alex manages the regulatory team at Yordas, a role that involves overseeing the delivery of global notifications including Biocides and Lead/Joint Registrations, supporting the provision of Only Representative services to non-EU clients and the business development of services in North American and Asian markets.

Sam Pentony Environment Policy Adviser EEF

Sam joined EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, in 2018 as Environment Policy Adviser. He is responsible for developing EEF’s environment policy and has a particular focus on REACH, circular economy, waste and resources and the impact of Brexit on environmental regulation. Prior to working at EEF, he spent several years at the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) advising and representing members on a range of environmental and regulatory issues.

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.

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.

Louise Forrest Head of Global Regulatory Compliance Team, Compliance & Risks

Compliance & Risks works with clients globally to help them monitor and manage regulations, standards and requirements. Having had joined Compliance & Risks in 2008, Louise leads a team responsible for researching, monitoring and understanding global regulations on topics such as WEEE, RoHS, product safety, energy efficiency and more, delivering the most up-to-date information on regulatory developments to Compliance & Risks’ client base. Prior to joining Compliance & Risks, Louise worked as a barrister, law lecturer and researcher. Louise is a graduate of the Honourable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin, and University College Cork.


Marten Westrup Team Leader, Energy and Raw Materials, DG Trade, European Commission

Marten leads the team working on energy and raw materials in the Directorate-General (DG) for Trade of the European Commission. In this capacity, he oversees the implementation of the EU’s policies for responsible sourcing of minerals. He has previously worked for the DGs in charge of energy and industry on e.g. strategic energy and climate policies and policy development in the automotive sector.

Rashad Abelson Policy Analyst, Extractive Industries Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Rashad is tasked with conducting research on international legislative and industry-wide developments related to responsible business conduct in the extractives sector and mineral supply chains. He is also involved in analysing allegations of potential links between the mineral trade and bribery, money laundering, terrorist financing, conflict financing, severe human rights abuses, tax evasion and fraud. Previously, he was with the Anti-Corruption Division, working with a team of legal analysts on the monitoring and enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.

Julian Lageard Director, Government & Policy Group, EMEA Intel Corporation SA

Julian worked in the European Parliament from 1992-94 and subsequently for EPPA as a consultant in EU affairs. Since 2000, Julian has been based in the Brussels office of Intel Corporation and is Director, Corporate Government Affairs, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is Chairman of techUK’s Sustainable Supply Chain Group, Member of the Governing Board of the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals and member of the OECD Multi-Stakeholder Group for Responsible Minerals Supply Chains.

Sakhila Mirza General Counsel and Executive Board Director London Bullion Market Association (LMBA)

In her role as General Counsel of the London Bullion Market Association and also as Executive Director of the LBMA Board, Sakhila Mirza works closely with the CEO on the strategic direction of the LBMA. Her responsibilities include all the legal and regulatory work of the Association and that of London Precious Metals Clearing Limited (LPMCL).  Her role involves the LBMA’s work in relation to Responsible Sourcing, lobbying efforts on behalf of members on a wide range of regulatory issues, for example the EU Conflicts Minerals regulation.

Dr Aidan Turnbull Director BOMcheck

Aidan is Director of the BOMcheck industry-led substances declarations web database and the EC4P web database system for WEEE, Batteries and Packaging compliance.

In 2010 Aidan was appointed co-chair of the IPC 1752A Materials Declaration Standard.  In 2012 he was appointed UK National Expert on the IEC 62474 Materials Declaration Standard and the EN 50581 Standard for RoHS2 Technical Documentation.  In 2013 he was appointed as European Regional Coordinator for the IEC 62474 Materials Declaration Standard.

Weiwei Luo Counsel, International and Product Practice Team Beveridge & Diamond P.C.

Weiwei’s practice focuses on international and Chinese legal issues, including experience in business transactions (China, EU, US), regulatory, and trade matters. Weiwei advises clients on materials restriction (e.g., RoHS), recycling, chemicals management, raw materials shipment and inspection, and other issues facing manufacturers operating in or shipping to China.

Kerrill Grealy EU HSE Compliance Specialist, Meggitt PLC

Kerrill is the EU HSE Compliance Specialist for Meggitt PLC, a global engineering company specialising in extreme environment components and smart sub-systems for aerospace, defence and energy sectors.  His remit is to ensure safe working best practice within manufacturing processes and, that Meggitt products comply with international health, safety and environmental law; as well as to stringent environmental contractual parameters prescribed by Meggitt’s customer base.
Kerrill has previously been Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC now ADS) Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Kerrill is an active member of both the ADS Hazardous Material subgroup and also the ASD (European AeroSpace sector) REACH Implementation Working Group (RIWG) dealing with chemical obsolescence issues and regulatory engagement for the aerospace & defence industry.  Since 2017, Kerrill has represented Meggitt PLC on the International Aerospace Environmental Working Group (IAEG).

Dr Paul Goodman Principal Regulatory Consultant RINA

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 RINA’s environmental newsletter, “RE4view”.

Michael Sawyer Enforcement Manager, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Office for Product Safety & Standards

Michael is the Enforcement Manager at the Office for Product Safety and Standards within BEIS. Safety and Standards are the UK Market Surveillance Authority for enforcing Ecodesign and Energy Labelling, RoHS, batteries (placing on the market), WEEE and a number other pieces of legislation. Michael has a background in academia, but has worked previously in the private sector specialising in airfreight prior to moving into the public sector in 2013. He has worked on implementing and enforcing several technical and environmental regulations at Regulatory Delivery, most recently returning to the Ecodesign team as Manager.

Romain Letenneur Managing Director, WEEElogic

Romain Letenneur graduated in Business Affairs and Entrepreneurship from the EDC Business School in Paris and holds Masters degrees from EMLV and London South Bank University.
He joined Ecologic in 2007. Ecologic is a French WEEE compliance and take-back scheme to manage operations, auditing, purchasing, sales and European affairs. In 2013, Romain contributed to the setup of WEEElogic, a European compliance hub for WEEE, batteries and packaging. Romain still manages the compliance hub which offers a simple and easy solution to producers, original equipment manufacturers, manufacturers and remanufacturers to manage obligations in Europe.
WEEElogic provides legal support, compliance solutions, single vendor solutions and worldwide compliance overviews as well as takeback and recycling solutions.

Dr Alex Martin Senior Regulatory Consultant RINA

Alex provides consultancy on product regulatory, standards and policy issues. The focus of this is largely environmental legislation; spanning eco-design, packaging, REACH, RoHS and WEEE.  He also has auditing qualifications and is able to consult on quality, environmental and social compliance management standards. 

Alex has been published in the ‘Review of European Community & International Environmental Law’, ‘Business Strategy & the Environment’, ‘The Environmentalist’, and was a regular contributor to ‘IER Magazine’.  He now writes for C2P and RINA’s environmental newsletter ‘RE4view’.

Nick Aitken Failure Analysis Consultant RINA

Nick has over 15 years’ experience working in the development of scientific equipment, instrumentation and semiconductor processes.

He has now turned his troubleshooting experience gained in several branches of high tech industry to the reliability and failure analysis consultancy with RINA, where he has been working since 2010. 

Craig Melson Programme Manager, (Digital Devices, Consumer Electronics, Export Controls and Environment and Compliance) TechUK

Craig is Programme Manager across Digital Devices, Consumer Electronics and Environment and Compliance which covers issues as diverse as modern slavery, conflict minerals, new tech, compliance and Brexit. Prior to joining techUK he worked in public affairs, communications, television and consumer electronics and he has an avid interest in new and emerging technologies.

Steve Brambley Chief Executive, GAMBICA

Steve Brambley is Chief Executive at GAMBICA, the Trade Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology in the UK.

Steve brings experience from the automotive industry, having worked for the Michelin Tyre Company and the Dana Corporation in roles across manufacturing, quality, logistics and engineering. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University.

GAMBICA is the voice of the instrumentation, control and automation industry in the areas of standards, regulation and economic policy. It offers members a common platform for voicing their opinions and representing their common interests. GAMBICA seeks to spread best-practice and be thought leaders in the sector. Further information can be found at

Dr Emily Lydgate Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex

Dr Emily Lydgate is a University of Sussex Law Lecturer whose expertise lies in international trade law and agricultural and renewable energy policy and, she is widely published in these topics. Emily is also a Fellow of the UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO), a partnership between the University of Sussex and the renowned international affairs think tank, Chatham House. Created in June 2016 following the UK’s Brexit referendum, UKTPO is an independent expert group that seeks to initiate, comment on, and analyse trade policy proposals for the UK as well as give training to British policymakers and trade negotiators. In her capacity as UKTPO Fellow, Emily offers advice to businesses and government representatives on the implications for the UK of leaving the EU.

Prior to joining the University of Sussex, Emily consulted at the United Nations Environment Programme’s Economics and Trade Branch where she acted as a World Trade Organisation liaison. She also served as the programme officer of the Clean Trade Project.

Sue Bide Head of Legislation, Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS)

Sue has been with the Business department for 20 years, predominantly working on legislation across the technology space.  She has most recently led the EU Exit work for the Office for Product Safety & Standards and is now looking at the legislative needs of OPSS for the future, including looking at opportunities that arise from EU Exit. 
Prior to joining the Civil Service, Sue spent 10 years in the private sector working in retail and banking. 

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.

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.

Commodore Steve Pearson Head Defence Maritime Regulator UK Ministry of Defence

Steve Pearson has served the Royal Navy for almost 35 years, beginning in the Fleet Air Arm as an AEW Observer and moving on through the Warfare Specialisation as a Gunnery Officer and Area Air Defence Specialist rising to Command HMS Newcastle for two years including an eight-month global deployment that included visits to China, Russia and Vietnam.  Spells instructing in the sea training school included developing programmes for the Navies of South Africa, Poland and Norway.  A tour with NATO added some diversity leading the NATO Counter-IED Task Force and integrating Albania and Croatia into the Alliance.  His seagoing career culminated as Commander HMS Ark Royal and as Captain Surface Ships in Portsmouth responsible for generating the Flotilla’s ships for operations. A tour as Head of PR for the Navy included developing Branding Rules, the Navy Website and TV documentaries.

Ourania Georgoutsakou Secretary General, LightingEurope

Ourania Georgoutsakou joined LightingEurope as Secretary General in April 2017 with 15-years’ experience of advocating for membership associations. Ourania worked for 5 years as Director, Public Policy Europe for SEMI, the global trade association representing the manufacturing supply chain for the semiconductor and related industries. She liaised with SEMI member companies and EU decision-makers to create a balanced regulatory environment and to promote Europe’s global competitiveness. Previously, Ourania worked for 10 years as Senior Policy Coordinator at the Assembly of European Regions in Brussels and Strasbourg, where she worked directly with elected regional politicians to help shape and to implement EU policies. During her career Ourania has worked on several issues, from the EU Lisbon Treaty to the EU Services Directive, and from health and social policy to environmental rules and e-innovation. Ourania holds degrees in European Law and Policy-Making.

Marco Meloni Research Analyst, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Marco Meloni joined the Foundation as a Research Analyst in March 2017 after obtaining an Industrial Ecology MSc. degree from TU Delft and Leiden University in the Netherlands. Since then, he has worked on understanding how to transition to a circular economy and the benefits this would entail for different industry sectors.

Dr Freimut Schröder Vice President and Head of Environment, Health, Safety Siemens Healthcare GmbH

Dr. Freimut Schröder is Vice President and head of the corporate department of Environment, Health & Safety at Siemens Healthineers, located in Erlangen Germany.

Graduating from the University of Göttingen in Germany, with a degree in physics, Freimut is active in several professional organisations, including ISO, IEC and COCIR. He is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Bamberg.

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