Jaroslaw Nyzio

Jarosław Nyzio will present on the Polish National Asbestos Eradication Program, which makes Poland one of the first countries in the EU to have such a challenging policy.

He obtained a Master of Science degree at Agricultural University of Poznań. Since 1998 he has been employed in the National Labour Inspectorate, where he had been gradually promoted and in 2015 reached the position of a senior labour inspector – chief specialist. In his daily routine, Jarosław Nyzio mainly deals with chemical factors and personal protective equipment. In 2005, he became a Polish representative in the PPE ADCO Group and PPE Working Group. He conducts training sessions for labour inspectors specializing in PPE market surveillance and coordinates inspection activities related to this subject in the region of Wielkopolska. He also writes articles for the NLI’s magazine and gives lectures on chemical hazards during panel conferences organized in the framework of “Occupational Risk Reduction Strategy of Wielkopolska”.


Frank Peters

An asbestos fire is lighting up the midnight sky, alarms are sounding,the local inhabitants don’t know what to do… The local government wants to inform all parties concerned to regain control of the situation. In short, a calamitous state of affairs. Which is where our expert comes in: Frank Peters, renowned communication expert. He knows how to settle a fraught situation by communicating the right information to the right parties at the right moment in time. That is essentially what he does, in a nutshell.

Frank is founder and co-owner of Virtus Communications. He has worked in the communication sector for almost thirty years, the last eighteen of these leading the Dutch branch of the international PR network Porter Novelli.  Frank has considerable experience in managing high profile corporate brands and the development of corporate communication strategy. His specialities are corporate reputation management, crisis management and issue management. Many household names are amongst his clients and readers know him as the author of several educational books as well.

Tony Rich

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. He has also received microscopy training from McCrone Research Institute for identification of bulk asbestos via polarized-light microscopy (PLM).

Over the years, Tony has developed an extensive collection of asbestos-related photographs, product materials, artefacts, historical books, industry documents, film archives, and other related media. He is also a gifted photographer.

Jonathan Simnett

What does asbestos mean for private home owners? Nowhere in the world is there – sadly – as much expertise on this matter as in Australia; and Australian Jonathan Simnett specialises in the subject! But we’ve got plenty of asbestos in our homes, as well… Which is precisely why we have an Australian specialist on this subject. Expect a passionate speaker, one who will focus on sharing his extensive and very practical experience with the European Asbestos Forum.

Jonathan, originally an architect, is a Director ISGS Consulting Group Pty Ltd since 2007 and Independent Licensed Asbestos Assessor; self employed and manager ISGS Asbestos Consulting since 2015. He has worked closely on asbestos projects with Australian local governments and the New South Wales State Government.

Ingeborg Smit

Ingeborg Smit MSc MA works as a senior environmental specialist at Antea Group, where she specialises in asbestos investigation in soil. Ingeborg studied Environmental Sciences and Public Administration at Utrecht University and worked for several years in the field of Public Communication. This enables her to combine environmental issues of asbestos with Dutch policy and regulations and respond to public fear and turmoil for asbestos. Ingeborg will present on the health dangers of asbestos in building rubble and the environment contamination this can cause.

Ron Symonds

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.)

Harry Vonk

Harry Vonk will be presenting on his asbestos awareness museum in Delft, the first such in the world and recently founded by the International Asbestos Awareness Foundation in Delft. By means of the museum’s rich collection of asbestos artefacts, he will explain about the asbestos industry’s strategy to indoctrinate the use of ‘safe’ asbestos and its widespread use in the face of contradictory medical science.

Harry has extensive experience in providing a wide scope of asbestos and safety training.

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.

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.

Mark Wit B.Sc.

Mark Wit studied building technology at Delft Technical University, the Netherlands, and has considerable experience as a project manager in building engineering and fire safety. He has been project manager asbestos survey and consultancy at Oesterbaai since 2013 and feels strongly motivated for a healthy and safe environment for all.