2016 Speakers

Here are the industry experts speaking at this year’s National Wood Fuel Conference:


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.



Mark Broadmeadow – Forestry Commission

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.



Nathalie Hemeleers – AEBIOM

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.


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