Smart waste, smart resources speakers

Stuart Hayward-Higham, Chairperson, Technical Development Director, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

Areas of expertise: • Circular Economy • System changes and solutions, waste production or items wasted • Waste production mapping, composition, sorting, treatment and conversion/energy recovery technologies. • Environmental impacts/carbon modelling and prediction • Markets knowledge and for solutions and materials in the waste, resource and energy sector • Emerging or innovative technologies and products • R&D and innovation throughout the company activities • Market modelling and forecasting Stuart Hayward-Higham is currently responsible for non-bidding emerging development activities in SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, delivering tools, techniques and information to meet customers’ business imperatives. This includes delivering new solutions or making successful niche activities mainstream through to market intelligence, market modelling and forecasting. In addition to his SUEZ duties Stuart is a director for Recoup (plastics recycling charity), a director of Terracycle UK, a member of the Defra Advisory Committee on Packaging and a member of the advisory board to the national materials datahub project.. Further he has provided expert advice to the EU on relevant elements of the circular economy and acted as a H2020 expert assessor. He is chair of the Environmental Services Association (ESA) Bioresources committee and member of the ESA renewable energy committee, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) Organic recycling steering group and gasification and Pyrolysis committee. Stuart also regularly guest lectures at a number of UK universities. Main activity themes include harnessing waste as a resource, energy and bio-fuels manufacture, sorting, extraction and value enhancement for waste mix resources and the increasing introduction of circular economy based products and solutions. For more information on this speaker contact Kat Malinowska, Senior Marketing Manager at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK Tel: 01628 513100 Email:

Brian Mayne, Director, Ricardo

Brian is a fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and Chartered Environmentalist. Brian is responsible for project direction and management, business development and technical delivery across a range of resource efficiency areas for Ricardo Energy and Environment. He has a background in strategy policy and operational management at a senior level within local government. He has undertaken research in a number of areas and has delivered presentations, workshops, seminars, papers and case studies on resource efficiency throughout the UK. He was voted the 31st most influential person in the resources and waste industry (#LegendsofWaste).

Simone Aplin, Technical Director, Anthesis

Simone is a Chartered Waste Manager with over 20 years’ experience in waste and resource management. She has worked in the waste industry as a landfill manager; for the Environment Agency in regulation; and waste strategy and for around 10 years in consultancy. Simone is a recognised expert in the use and interpretation of waste data and is a member of Defra’s Waste Data group, established on her recommendation in the Waste Data Landscape review she conducted for RWM. Simone lead the development of Anthesis’s Smart Waste Tracking solution, Vastum in Phase 1 of Defra’s Waste Tracking Challenge.

Sophie Walker, COO & Co-Founder, Dsposal

Sophie is the enthusiastic Co-Founder of Dsposal. She’s passionate about building easy to use tech to make doing the right thing with waste the easiest thing. Prior to starting the company, she cycled 8700 miles around North America and enjoyed a winding career encompassing logistics, supply chain, the food industry and sustainability. She brings a fresh pair of eyes and breadth of experience to her new-found love for the waste and resources industry. She was voted joint 5th in the 2019 Resource Hot 100 and speaks internationally about the power of clean-tech, Open Standards and Open Data to transform our industry.

Tom Passmore, CEO & Co-Founder, Dsposal

Tom is the CEO and Co-Founder of Dsposal with over a decade of experience in waste; as a council recycling advisor, with private waste management companies and most recently developing tech for the industry. He’s been on both sides of tech procurement and understands how daunting it can be for non-tech people, so he’s on a mission to demystify tech and make it work for everyone. He’s a passionate advocate for Passive Compliance and the role digitalisation can have in tackling waste crime. He was voted joint 5th in the 2019 Resource Hot 100 and sits on numerous advisory boards.

Alistair Paul, Joint Team Leader, Waste Regulation and Crime, Defra

Alistair jointly heads the waste regulation and crime team in Defra, leading on the waste crime elements of the Resources and Waste Strategy. He is the product owner for the GovTech funded smart waste tracking project which is conducting research into tracking waste through electronic chips and sensors, the use of blockchain, common reporting platforms, and new data analytics. Previously Alistair worked in the energy sector (smart metering) and academia (calculating embedded carbon emissions in supply chains).

Stuart Stock, Chief Information Officer, Veolia

Stuart joined Veolia 16 years ago in finance after graduating from University and working in a Pharmaceutical company where he became a qualified CIMA accountant. Within three years of joining Veolia Stuart transitioned to focus on data analysis and started a national Business Intelligence team, with a vision to improve the financial performance of the business using insight and intelligence from an operational perspective. Subsequently, he became responsible for the transformation of the business systems within Veolia that provided the source to his data strategy, resulting in wider IT leadership roles and responsibilities. In January 2017 Stuart become CIO for the UK & Ireland and his team are on a new journey to express Veolia's digital strength focused on four main deliverables; To improve the customer journey and experience; To improve the working life of a Veolia employee; To streamline processes and enhance insight with data to improve operational efficiency and financial performance; and also to deliver new digital services.

Chris Jarvis, Data sharing and access manager, Environment Agency

Peter Taylor, Secretary General, Tyre Recovery Association

Peter Taylor is a tyre industry veteran with experience in new tyre and recyclates markets around the world. He is the Secretary General of the UK Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) and a prolific writer on industry matters. The TRA operates a unique market-based best practice program for used tyres in the UK which is the largest of its kind in Europe. In 2009 he was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to the tyre industry. He is a Freeman of the City of London and of the ancient Guild of Wheelwrights.

Craig Melsom, Programme Manager, TechUK

Craig is Programme Manager across Digital Devices and Environment and Compliance covering sustainability, human rights, climate and environmental compliance. He previously worked in public affairs, communications, television and consumer electronics and he has an avid interest in new and emerging technologies. Craig has a degree in Ancient History from King’s College London and spends his time watching Watford FC.

Mike Jackson, Managing Director, Prismm, a Reconomy Group Company

Mike has worked in the resource industry for over 8 years. As well as being the MD at Prismm, Mike is an active board member of The Recycling Association and strong supporter of finding and using innovation and technology to help improve trade and public image within the recycling industry. Mike is currently heading up the Recycling Association’s Traca project.

Michael Allegretti, Chief Strategy Officer, Rubicon Global

As Chief Strategy Officer for Rubicon Global, Michael leads the company’s rapidly-growing RUBICONSmartCity SaaS business, while overseeing all public policy, corporate communications, marketing, and sustainability operations company-wide. Prior to Rubicon, Michael oversaw public policy for Uber Technologies Inc. in the company’s largest global market, New York City. He has also served as a senior advisor to The Climate Group, where he advised the Rt. Honorable Tony Blair; organized the historic C40 Large Cities Climate Summit in May 2007; and led public policy for the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a national think tank focused on solving urban issues with free market solutions. Michael was also formerly Political and Public Policy Analyst for UBS (NYSE: UBS). Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. He serves as an advisor to Citizen, a start-up that alerts citizens in real-time to crimes and other emergencies in their vicinity and is a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Hudson River Park Trust. He recently served as U.S. Chair of the British American Project and was a Board Member of the New York State League of Conservation Voters.

Mikela Druckman, Founder & CEO, Greyparrot

Mikela is the Founder & CEO of Greyparrot, a British tech company using AI based computer vision to power next generation robotics and smart systems for waste management. Previously, she was CCO at Blippar, developing cutting edge computer vision and augmented reality products and partnering with global brands to deliver award-winning projects. She is a Global Future Council member at the World Economic Forum, providing thought leadership on emerging technologies including AI for the private and public sector. In 2018, Mikela was listed as “TopWomen50” in tech by WeAreTheCity. She is passionate about using new technologies to solve key challenges in our society.

John Atcheson, CEO, Stuffstr

John Atcheson is Co-Founder/CEO of Stuffstr, a mission-driven startup dedicated to reducing waste by maximising the lifetime value of goods. Stuffstr is a long-standing member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100, and conducted the first pilot of their groundbreaking instant buy-back service in cooperation with John Lewis & Partners in 2018. Prior to Stuffstr, John helped to launch Getaround, a pioneering leader in peer-to-peer car sharing, and served as Founder/CEO of several media-related startups, including MusicNet, the first interactive music service. John has also served as board chair of Sightline Institute, a leading sustainability think-tank based in Seattle

Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, ESA, Environmental Services Association

Jacob Hayler is the Executive Director at the Environmental Services Association – the UK’s trade association for managers of waste and secondary resources. Jacob joined ESA from the City in 2005 as an Economist focused on helping to develop market-focused policies that combine environmental and economic sustainability. In January 2015 Jacob was appointed ESA’s Executive Director and he now retains responsibility for the day to day running of the Association. Jacob has represented the industry on multiple government advisory bodies and committees and is the UK’s representative on various pan-European waste and recycling industry bodies.

Duncan Midwood, CEO, CryptoCycle

A graduate Mechanical Engineer, Duncan led a career from Engineering, working with a tech start-up, through technical with PepsiCo, becoming Walkers R&D Director and the same at Simba in South Africa, through to Commercial Director at McCormick. In 2010 Duncan took his first MD role with CEWE, a German listed digital print company, leading the UK & Ireland division through major growth. Since co-founding CryptoCycle in May 2018 Duncan has established the company and its technology as a potential game-changer across the circular economy on a global scale.

Henry Le Fleming, Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC

Henry is a senior manager in the Sustainability and Climate Change team with 18 years of business and environmental consulting experience. Henry has worked on projects to assess the sustainability impacts of waste, packaging and recycling projects, including both environmental and economic indicators. This has included work with clients to help them comply with legislation and exploit the sustainability related opportunities. These opportunities have included investment in new waste treatment facilities, operational cost improvement and the capturing value from increased resource recovery. This includes work on projects in India and Africa as well as those in Europe. Henry is one of the technical leaders globally at PwC on the circular economy. He has lead the development of PwC’s plastic foot printing methodology that helps companies to understand the impact of their use of plastics and to create an action plan to reduce the impacts from their use of these materials.

James Collingridge, Head of Environmental Partnerships, Peterborough City Council

Alastair Hanlon, Chief Commercial Officer, PragmatIC

Alastair is a sales and marketing executive with over 20 years’ experience working for global technology companies. He joined PragmatIC in early 2018 and is responsible for developing the commercial aspects of the business, working with an ecosystem of partners to take PragmatIC’s unique technology to market….