Terry Coleman

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 asbestos issues to several Pacific governemental agencies. His favorite quote: “One death is too many. Asbestos diseases are 100% preventable.”

Terry is passionate about his profession and spends hours each week on the NZDAA helpline for asbestos concerns. He was instrumental in initiating New Zealand’s first Asbestos Awareness Week and a conference in April of this year.

Geoff Fary

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 Asbestos Management Review and Chairman of the Australian Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council; and is presently Deputy Chairman of the Australian Institute of Management. So within a variety of functions and over the course of many years, Geoff has had responsibility for shaping and directing Australia’s national policy on asbestos, putting to use his combined perspectives of government, corporate and union experience.

Dr. Martin Gibson

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 as the Licensed Contractors’ Guide (HSG 247), the Analyst’s Guide (HSG 248) and the Survey Guide (HSG 264).

Dr. Gibson was a member for the Senior Labour Inspectors’ Committee (SLIC) which investigated the hazards causes by asbestos at work in 2000 and a member of the SLIC steering group which produced a guide to  best practice on asbestos in 2006 for the European Commission.

He frequently produces Expert Witness statements and reports in the enforcement of the Control of Asbestos Regulations and is also an experienced speaker at conferences, seminars and training events on asbestos issues.

Jeroen Kersten

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 surprising and unexpected asbestos situations. Still, Jeroen makes a point of careful planning and putting policy into practice, focusing especially on prevention of exposure. Sometimes that is just not as easy as it sounds and he will explain why.

Jasper Kosters

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 presentation will focus on the need to raise asbestos awareness in the workplace. He will answer a very important question: what does this need mean to everyday practice?

Christian Lahnstein LL.M.

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, risks of change and mass litigation, and for clarifying social influences on tort law and insurance. He was member of the Board of Overseers of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice in Santa Monica (2006-2012) and is member of the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law at Vienna.

Ana Nogueira

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

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 more treatment was available… to go home and make her affairs in order. That was not acceptable to her; she decided to widen her search and with success! Mesothelioma did not know what it took on, when it took on Mavis Nye. See www.onestopmesothelioma.com

Nick Pargeter

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 Pre-action Protocol. Nick is past chair and past deputy chair of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers Disease Special Interest Group. In 2013, he chaired a working group of leading insurance lawyers advising the ABI on mesothelioma claims and in 2014 he gave evidence as a witness to the House Of Commons Justice Select Committee on legal reforms for mesothelioma claims.

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.