2016 Speakers

Here are the industry experts who spoke at this year’s National Wood Fuel Conference; scroll down the page to download their presentations.


Dougal Driver FICFor FRICS CEnv APMG – Chief Executive of Grown in Britain

Dougal Is Chief Executive of Grown in Britain which is an exciting new organisation that is driving the use of homegrown timber and increasing societies connection to forests and the wood prod-ucts they produce. The National Wood Fuel Conference is a feature in the annual ‘Grown in Britain Week’.

He holds a number of other directorships in the sector and wider business and he sits on a number of national strategic bodies including the Natural Capital Committee and the Society for the Environment Council.

Dougal’s skills have been honed in both the public and private sectors with senior roles in the the MoD, Defra, Cabinet Office and Confor. He can also be seen amongst the fastest boats on the planet through his role as an environmental advisor to the world of powerboat racing.

Dougal is an experienced communicator and is a sought after facilitator and Chairman.



James Maclean, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Land & Water

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Read James Maclean’s presentation.

Managing Director and Co-Founder of Land & Water, James is deeply involved in all aspects of the business bringing passion and drive to all projects with his unique vision and understanding of problem solving.



Professor Richard James Murphy – Director, Centre for Environment and Sustainability
and Chair of Life Cycle Assessment

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Richard has a BSc in Botany w/ Zoology from King’s College London and a PhD in Plant Sciences from Imperial College London. He has worked in fungal biology, bio-based materials and bio-energy research in the UK, New Zealand and The Netherlands.

Richard’s key interests – sustainable biomass use for energy and materials:

• Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) – with special interest in bio-based materials and bioenergy from forests and agriculture
• Bio-based plastics, materials and chemicals, including biodegradability
• Lignocellulosic biomass, including its growth, deconstruction and processing

Royal Society of Chemistry feature on Richard’s work: http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2014/09/life-cycle-analysis-poplar-bioethanol



Mark Broadmeadow – Forestry Commission

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Mark Broadmeadow is the Forestry Commission’s Principal Adviser for Climate Change in England, currently leading their woodland creation programme. His role covers the development of policy and its application to delivery for both climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Prior to transferring to Forestry Commission England in 2006, Mark led Forest Research’s Environmental Change Research Group, covering forest monitoring and climate change adaptation/ mitigation research programmes. He is a plant physiologist by training.



Ben Ditchburn, Forestry Commission

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Ben works for the Forestry Commission where he designed and runs the National Forest Inventory. He is responsible for producing most of our facts and figures on the nature and composition of British woodlands, alongside forecasting some aspects of how they may change over time. This includes estimates of woodland area, woodland gain and loss, extent and condition of native woodland habitats, timber and carbon sequestration potential and other factors of biodiversity and social interest.

Ben designed and implemented the Forestry Commissions main ‘Forestry’ computer systems in the form of ‘Forester GIS’, which enables FC to record and plan most of its land ownership activities, including inventory, woodland planning and conservation systems. Prior to this Ben undertook a series of ‘hands on’ and management roles involved in managing the public forest estate. Ben has a Forestry Degree from Bangor University and an MBA.



Bill Biddell – Hampton Estate

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Bill Biddell MRICS DL is a chartered surveyor and chief executive of The Hampton Estate, a traditional agricultural and property based estate located between Farnham and Guildford in South West Surrey.

The estate grows hops for regional breweries throughout the UK, breeds pedigree Sussex cattle which are butchered and sold locally to discerning Surrey chefs, lets land for arable and vegetable production and manages in hand its 900 acres of woodland under a 20 year Woodland Management Plan. The estate has both residential and commercial properties including state of the art offices and a not so state of the art craft centre. Easy access to film studios has resulted in the house and park being used for a number of TV and feature films. Bill was educated at Cambridge University and qualified as a commercial property surveyor in central London before joining his Father in Law at Hampton in 1988. Bill is Vice Lord Lieutenant of Surrey.



Julian Morgan-Jones – Chairman of the WHA (Wood Heat Association)

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Julian is chairman of the WHA (Wood Heat Association) and founder and managing director of fuel supplier and consultancy, South East Wood Fuels Ltd. He has been involved in wood heating since 1998 when he was responsible for implementing and running a pioneering wood heated district heating system for a co-housing community in East Sussex. With the WHA Julian is currently focused on establishing it alongside the REA as the premier voice for the wood and biomass heating industry in the UK, to represent its needs and challenges to government and by growing its membership and services to members. For his day job Julian is always keen to talk to anyone who wants wood fuel.



Paul Woods, Head of Energy Partnerships – East London, ENGIE

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Paul Woods studied engineering at Cambridge University and subsequently at Cranfield University. He has worked for over 30 years in the field of district heating and cooling and Combined Heat and Power. He has authored a number of key industry documents including the CIBSE Guide AM12 – CHP for Buildings and the CIBSE/ADE Code of Practice on Heat Networks. Previously he was a Technical Director at AECOM and Parsons Brinckerhoff and now works for ENGIE as Head of Energy Partnerships for East London, managing the operation and strategic development of the district energy schemes at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and ExCel.



Nathalie Hemeleers – AEBIOM

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Nathalie Hemeleers studied International Business and European Studies. She joined the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) in March 2014 where she is working as Policy Advisor. Before joining AEBIOM, she worked at the European Commission DG Energy on international energy issues and several years in China in business development for European companies.



Jonathan Thompson, Landed Estates Lawyer, Charles Russell Speechlys

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Jonathan is a landed estates lawyer specialising in rural property and agricultural law, with experience in landed estates transactions (including legal charges of agricultural land), legal aspects of landed estate management and agricultural tenancies. He has acted for both seller and buyer of landed estates, smaller rural properties and woodlands. Jonathan has experience in acting for both landlord and tenant in agricultural tenancy work under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.

He has acted in both sales and purchases of multi-million pound value farms and estates, but also smaller rural properties and blocks of lands. Rural tenancy work has included surrender and regrants of tenancies and succession tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986, grants of tenancies under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995, and sporting rights.
Jonathan has also provided advice upon aspects of both types of agricultural tenancies. His landed estate management work has included first registrations of land at the Land Registry, grant and management of fishing and sporting rights, renewable energy; rights of way and easements, grazing licences and many other matters pertinent to landed estate, agricultural and rural property ownership and use.

Jonathan has acted for landowners and landed estates from the Scottish Borders down to the South Coast, and from Humberside over to North Wales. His own experience of land management and Single Farm Payment (albeit in a small way) has provided insight and empathy for agricultural and rural property use and ownership.

http://www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com/people/t/thompson-jonathan/

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