2017 Conference speakers

  • Terry Coleman

    Director and Owner of Coleman Consulting

    Terry Coleman, of Coleman Consulting Ltd and Pacifica Environmental Services Ltd Fiji, has decades of experience in both the demolition and asbestos industry. Known for his dedication to furthering the causes of asbestos education and eradication, he is also the Secretary of the New Zealand Demolition and Asbestos Association (NZDAA) and a respected advisor on […]

  • Geoff Fary

    Former Chairman of the Australian Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council

    Geoff Fary has an unusual combination of background and experiences. Born and raised in rural Southern Australia, he has worked as a farm hand and sheep shearer, studied in Switzerland and also at the Harvard Business School. He has been Assistant Secretary to the Australian Council of Trade Unions, independent Chairman of the federal government’s […]

  • Dr. Martin Gibson

    Principal Specialist Inspector (Occupational Hygiene) HSE

    Dr. Martin Gibson has worked for HSE since 1986 and has been involved in much of HSE’s work on asbestos over the last 15 years, including the development of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (2006 and 2012) and the associated Approved Codes of Practice; and also on the production of technical guidance on asbestos such […]

  • Jeroen Kersten

    Asbestos Consultant at Sodexo

    Nothing asbestos related ever happens (or should happen) at Schiphol Airport without being run by Jeroen Kersten first! An expert on asbestos and fire hazards, Jeroen is the ‘asbestos man’ for the entire huge complex, of which only a small part may be seen above ground. The specific nature of an airport can lead to […]

  • Jasper Kosters

    Director of Admanstars

    Jasper Kosters,  Director of Admanstars and Partner of Asbest & Recht (Asbestos & Law), has over 17 years of experience within the asbestos sector. He is truly an asbestos expert. Jasper is also content expert at the Dutch national examination board, examiner of asbestos investigators, content writer and columnist of several industry-specific related magazines. Jasper’s […]

  • Christian Lahnstein LL.M.

    Member of the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law at Vienna

    Christian Lahnstein has studied law in Tubingen, Munich, Genève and Salamanca. As lawyer he worked for Munich Re in Colombia (from 1982 to 1988) and Munich (until 2014), responsible for fundamental issues relating to tort and insurance law, for developing strategies to deal more effectively with long-tail risks

  • Ana Nogueira

    Specialist at the Portuguese Departamente de Saude Ambiental, Unidade de Ar e Saude Ocupational

    Ana Nogueira works at the Portuguese Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, the Departamento de Saude Ambiental, Unidade de Ar e Saude Ocupational. In her presentation, she will explain about the Portuguese public policy with regard to asbestos, more on this to follow!  

  • Mavis Nye BCAh

    Founder and Director of the Mavis Nye Foundation

    Mavis Nye will speak of her five year fight with an invariably fatal asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, which usually claims its victims within a year of diagnosis. Having initially only been given three months to live, she set upon a difficult journey through four chemo regimes and two Phase I trials, only to be told no […]

  • Nick Pargeter

    Partner at BLM Law

    Nick leads BLM’s occupational disease team. His expertise lies in complex policy coverage issues, the apportionment of disease claims between insurers and strategic and test litigation. He has advised the Association of British Insurers (ABI) on the Mesothelioma Claims Handling Guidelines and was also on the Ministry of Justice committee for the Disease and Illness […]

  • Charles Pickles

    Founder and owner of Charles Pickles Associates

    With a background in asbestos consultancy, Charles co-founded Lucion Environmental in 2002, which at the time of his exit from the company in 2019, was the UK’s largest asbestos consultancy. With broad experience in the field and a firm understanding of the current risks and challenges presented by asbestos, Charles now highlights and campaigns for […]

  • Tony Rich

    Industrial hygienist and Owner at Asbestology LLC

    Tony Rich, also known under his alias Asbestos Hunter, has literally served ‘in the trenches’ as an industrial hygienist and environmental technician in the consulting field for the past twenty years, specializing in asbestos-related work, including: inspection surveys, abatement monitoring/sample analyses, project management, regulatory compliance, and worker training

  • Stephen Sadley

    Keynote Speaker and CE of Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA)

    Stephen Sadley has been the Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) since 2008, following joining ARCA in 2000 as Business Development Manager before becoming the General Manager. He has spent his entire career in the asbestos management industry, in various roles. As CE of ARCA, he also is a member of The […]

  • Harry Steinberg QC

    Barrister at 12 King's Bench Walk

    Harry Steinberg QC is a barrister at 12 King’s Bench Walk. He specialises in asbestos litigation and private international group claims. Chambers & Partners described him as “the go-to man for asbestos claims; no-one else compares”. Harry will focus his presentation on the dramatic effect that the importation of vast quantities of asbestos fibre had […]

  • Ron Symonds

    Group Head of Environment Management and Property Business Partner Royal Mail

    Ron Symonds MBA MSc FRICS CMIOSH MIIRSM will be a Session Moderator at the conference. In 2016, he gave a well-received presentation for the EAF, on the challenges of managing asbestos in a large property portfolio. (The Royal Mail is the largest property owner in the UK.)

  • Hein Tersteeg

    Asbestos coordinator for Asis-t, active for ExxonMobil Rotterdam

    Hein Tersteeg is a highly experienced CINI international insulation inspector, scaffolding inspector and asbestos coordinator for the firm Asis-t. As such, he is presently active at the vast petrochemical site of ExxonMobil in Rotterdam […]

  • Dale M. Timmons, R.G.

    Technical Director of ARI Global Technologies

    Dale is the Technical Director of ARI Global Technologies – World-wide technology licensing for the destruction and recycling of asbestos. He has lead the global development for multiple new advanced waste technologies including; Thermochemical Conversion Technology (TCCT).   Dale has over 25 years of waste management experience in  stabilising hazardous and radioactive waste including asbestos, PCBs, […]

  • Matthew Timms

    Director at Silverwood Ltd.

    Matthew Timms is the Director of Silverwood and formerly a Director at Shield On Site Services and KIWA UK Compliance. He has considerable knowledge and experience, with 25 years working within the environmental, analytical and testing market including 20 years within the asbestos testing and inspection consultancy sector. Matthew gained a BSC (Hons) at Sheffield […]

  • Brendan J. Tully

    Partner and trial lawyer at Phillips & Paolicelli LLP

    Brendan is a partner at the American law firm Phillips & Paolicelli LLP in New York, where he heads the Asbestos & Talc department.  One of the leading trial lawyers in the United States in this field, Brendan has blazed new ground in pursuing American product liability lawsuits for international mesothelioma victims. He has won […]

  • Colette Willoughby

    BOHS Asbestos Qualifications Technical Advisor

    Colette Willoughy is a highly qualified health and safety professional with an MA in Health and Safety Law and Environmental Law and the Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health. Additionally, Colette is BOHS Asbestos Qualifications Technical Advisor and holds the BOHS Certificate of Operational Competence in Asbestos. She sits on the BOHS board of examiners […]

  • Hans van der Wart Msc, MBA, Bsc

    Conference Chairman, Executive V.P. Kiwa Compliance International

    Hans van der Wart will be your Conference Chairman for the third time. In daily life, he is the Executive Vice President at Kiwa Compliance International (formerly called Shield Group), a growing group of companies that do environmental, chemcial and biological testing, surveying and consultancy activities, mainly in the field of dangerous compounds/situations such as […]

  • Yvonne Waterman Ph.D. LL.M.

    Founder and Director of the EAF Foundation

    Over the past fifteen years, Yvonne Waterman has visited and spoken at many asbestos conferences worldwide, learning all the time and wondering why so many countries have the same asbestos problems and at the same time haven’t a clue about the solutions their neighbours came up with […]

  • Professor Dr. Roger Willey

    Chairman and CEO of ACS Risk Group

    Roger Willey started the first private asbestos test house in Scotland, in 1978. Since then, over 99,000 separate projects have been completed on most continents in the world. Roger has extensive experience of the development of asbestos legislation in the UK, having helped develop and implement key legislation. He has acted as ‘Expert Witness’ in […]

  • Mark Winter

    Owner of Winter Asbestos Consultancy

    Mark Winter has seen a fair bit of the world. Born in England, he has worked long stints in both South Africa and Australia. After returning to England, he began as an independent asbestos trainer in 2004, establishing CNM Training Solutions Ltd. From 2009 to 2014, he has also been a director of IATP, …

  • Dr. Penny Woods

    CE of the British Lung Foundation

    Penny qualified as a doctor in 1987 and has an MA from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD. She has many years’ experience working in the healthcare sector as a management consultant for a wide variety of clients, including governments, multi-national companies, NHS organisations and private health care providers. She spent seven years in […]

  • Professor Nico van Zandwijk

    former Director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI)

    In 2007, he joined ADRI after a long career in thoracic oncology in Europe. In 1985, he founded the department of thoracic oncology at the Netherlands Cancer Institute and made major contributions to the identification of prognostic factors in lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma, to chemoprevention studies in lung cancer and major national and international clinical trials.