Yvonne Waterman Ph.D. LL.M.

Over the past fifteen years, Yvonne Waterman Ph.D. LL.M. has visited and spoken at many asbestos conferences worldwide, from Washington to Yokohama and from Ottawa to Athens. All the time, she learned and wondered 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. Yet the knowledge is out there for all to share – it’s the network that is lacking. On the premise ‘if you build it, they will come’, she founded the European Labour Forum Foundation to organise this conference as an annual event where asbestos networks may be build and knowledge may be shared.

In daily life, she runs the niche law firm Waterman Legal Consultancy in the Netherlands, which specialises in all things pertaining to asbestos, asbestos law and employers’ liability law. She also teaches liability law classes to lawyers and publishes in many legal journals and legal handbooks. If there is any time left after also organising the EAF conferences, you may find her in the woods with her dog.

Yvonne always welcomes your questions and feedback at either waterman@watermanlegal.nl or yw@europeanasbestosforum.org.

Professor Dr. Roger Willey

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 over 500 cases in senior courts in the UK.

In his presentation, Roger will explain the importance of understanding the real risks of asbestos versus perceived risks; and what happens when there is a lack of such understanding.

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.

Dr. Penny Woods

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 a number of senior roles at BTG plc, and before joining the BLF she was chief executive of the Picker Institute Europe.

Penny is passionate about working on behalf of patients, from personal and family experience of COPD, asthma, obstructive sleep apnoea and motor neurone disease.

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.