Jasper Kosters

Jasper Kosters is the proud owner of Admanstars, an independent asbestos consultancy. He is a highly regarded, well-connected and very knowledgable specialist on Dutch asbestos regulation, abatement, asbestos management and asbestos disaster control. Aside from that, he is also a Member of the Board of Advisors to the EAF Foundation and works with dr. Yvonne Waterman in joined forces as ‘Asbestos & Law’ (Asbest & Recht).

Dr. Richard Lemen USPHS (ret.) Ph.D., M.S.P.H

Retired Assistant Surgeon General of the United States of America and retired Acting Director of NIOSH

Dr. Richard Lemen is a former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States. He served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) before his retirement. Since retiring from the United States Public Health Service in 1996, he has been Adjunct Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at the Emory University.

In 2009, President Obama appointed him a member of the Presidential Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health. Distinguished with many high awards, he is also a private consultant engaged in issues involving the analysis of risks associated with occupational and environmental health.

Charles Pickles

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 pragmatic solutions to asbestos issues. He now head Charles Pickles Associates.

Charles will explain why the global asbestos industry is actually still thriving; and just what this has to do with certain global leaders.

Barry Robson

Mr Barry Robson has been President of the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia since 2003 and was a delegate between 1995 and 2003. From 1995 to 2003 he was also Assistant Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia and prior to that a Councilor of Blacktown City Council, NSW. Mr Robson is currently President of the Blacktown and Mt Druitt Cardiac Support Group, Director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation and a member of the National Asbestos Taskforce.

Hans van der Wart Msc, MBA, Bsc

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 asbestos, legionella, mould adn decay fungi, Industrial air, Industrial hygiëne and fire safety.

Hans has studied analytical chemistry at the University of Leiden and holds both a Master egree Chemistry and an MBA for Master Strategic Management.

Mark Winter

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, working closely with other asbestos trainers, HSE ALG and many organisations in the asbestos sector. He works under his own name: Winter Asbestos Consultancy. His specialities lie in asbestos and H&S training and the innovation of asbestos abatement products.

Professor Nico van Zandwijk

Professor Nico van Zandwijk will speak on the developments in treating malignant mesothelioma, a subject of increasing promise.

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.

He served as secretary (1982-1988) and chair (1988-1994) of the EORTC Lung Cancer Cooperative Group. He chaired the Dutch Guidelines Committee for Diagnosis and Treatment of Lung Cancer and State Committees on Asbestos-related diseases, and Asbestos & Lung Cancer of the Dutch Health Council (2002-08). He was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Study on Lung Cancer (IASLC) (2005-09) and the advisory board of the Thoracic Oncology Section of the French National Cancer Institute (INca) (2006-2008) and co-chaired the (IASLC) World Conference on Lung Cancer 2011 in Amsterdam and is a member of the Core Program Committee for the WCLC 2013 in Sydney.

He is a member of the National Lung Cancer Advisory Group of Cancer Australia and the National Asbestos Management Review Panel. Also, he has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed international scientific papers and book chapters and has long-standing collaborations with investigators from other states in Australia, Europe, Canada, the US, Japan and Korea.

Dennis Kierkels

After a long career in the world of property reinvestment, Dennis Kierkels teamed up with Ruud Janssen, owner of asbestos removal company Asbestsanering Het Zuiden, to develop the MiniContainment. Believing that it ought to be possible to remove asbestos from cramped spaces within legal requirements and set out to do so. This resulted in the development of an innovative and fast method to remove asbestos with a minimum of disturbance and without the need for either personal protection or a large containment area. Ruud and Dennis are very committed to the theme ‘Health’. Another of their great initiatives is the successful Obesity Cycling Tour of which they are rightfully proud.