Electrical and Electronic Equipment and the Environment Conference - 14 - 15 November 2018

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The leading conference on product environmental regulation for manufacturers, importers and distributors of electrical equipment. Now in its 20th year, this RINA conference concerns environmental regulation affecting the design, manufacture and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment. Such regulation includes the likes of the EU Ecodesign, RoHS and WEEE Directives and the REACH Regulation and their international equivalents. The conference also covers responsible sourcing in the supply chains of the electronics and engineered goods sectors.

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Dr Chris Robertson Regulatory Compliance Sector Head RINA

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.

Susanne Baker Head of Programme, Environment & Compliance, 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.

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.


Steve Andrews Deputy Head of Resources & Waste, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) 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 UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) in April 2016.

Steve is now the Deputy Head of the Resources & Waste Division 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 & Accumulators Directive, the Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive and the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive. The teams also lead UK policy on the final negotiations and subsequent implementation of the EC’s Circular Economy package; have sponsorship responsibility for the UK’s Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP); and lead his Department’s interest in all strategic broader waste, producer responsibility and product policy issues.

Despite the UK’s decision to leave the European Union at the end of March 2019, followed by a period of transitional arrangements, Steve and his team members continue to represent the UK on the European Commission’s Expert Committees for the RoHS, WEEE, Batteries, ELV and Packaging Directives, including discussions about any proposed changes to this set of legislation and ongoing monitoring & policy issues. 

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.

Steve Brambley Deputy Director, GAMBICA

Steve Brambley is a Deputy Director at GAMBICA, the Trade Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology in the UK.

He is responsible for representing the Industrial Automation sector to a diverse range of stakeholders including UK and European government, national and international standards bodies, the media, other industry associations & institutions and end users. 

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

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.

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.

Steve George Chair, ASD REACH working Group

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.

Dr Paul Goodman Principal Consultant, Asset Integrity 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 Edif ERA’s environmental newsletter, “RE4view”.

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).

In his spare time, Kerrill plays 5-a-side football with Meggitt colleagues on a weekly basis and was a participant during the last official (2009) annual UK Cheeserolling event which has not taken place since (at least officially) due to somewhat dubious health & safety reasons.

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 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.

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.

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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