Our speakers...

Shown in the order they confirmed.

Paul Aldridge

Sustainability Director, WJ Group

In addition to his role as WJ Group Sustainability Director, Paul Aldridge is vice chair of the RSMA, chair of the NHSS 7 Advisory Committee, HTMA advocate and a member of the LoCITY Waste and Construction Working Group.

Paul has a passion for improving air quality standards, innovation, training and work related road safety. He is also the WJ Director responsible for CSR, environment, quality and compliance.


Nigel Riglar

Director of Environment and Community Services, South Gloucestershire Council

Nigel joined South Gloucestershire Council in 2018,  as their Director of Environment and Community Services, leading the delivery of the Council’s place based services. Previous roles include Commissioning Director for Communities and Infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council and Deputy Chief Executive for Stroud District Council. Nigel was also responsible for setting up the Beacon Council Scheme for the Improvement & Development Agency, is currently the Vice President of the Association of Directors of Economy, Environment, Planning and Transport (ADEPT), a Board Member of Building with Nature and the Chair of Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust

Cllr Keith Williams

Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Operational Excellence

Swindon Borough Council

Keith was first elected as a Borough Councillor in 2006 in that time he has held the highways portfolio and currently chairs Swindon's cross party climate change working group, which has a target of a Carbon Neutral Borough by 2030 and the whole of Swindon by 2050.

The financial reality of handling the challenges of tackling climate change and balancing often drastically opposing views in its priority are issues that Keith faces on a regular basis.

Lynne Wait

Asset Engineering Manager, BCP Council

Lynne has worked in local government for over 30 years and was a founding member of the South West Highway Alliance.  She is currently the Deputy Chair of the SWHA Programme Board and also plays an active role in the SW Area Bridges Conference.  Lynne is the Asset Engineering Manager for BCP Council managing and planning works programmes to maintain 1300 km of highway and it’s associated assets.


Dr Wolfgang Schuster

UK and Europe Technical Director, Atkins.

Dr Wolfgang Schuster is UK and Europe Technical Director for intelligent mobility and smart technologies with Atkins.

A senior business and technical leader, innovator and strategist with 22 years of through-the-line experience in a variety of sectors, including sustainable smart mobility, sustainable cities, the medical sector and the nuclear sector. Wolfgang has a track record of using his commercial, operational and technical acumen and experience to identify innovative and disruptive opportunities, and translate these into successful business and technical strategies, and operational deliveries.

Extensive success in business transformation, leading growth through strategic partnerships with complex organisations and partners. Wolfgang is focussed on building the best teams and has directed a wide range of major international projects for industry, academia and government.

Wolfgang obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford and is author of numerous papers and reports to industry, government and academia. Confident public speaker, Wolfgang has given keynote lectures, speeches and tutorials internationally (e.g. United Nations, Catapults, European Commission) and is a board member of various standardisation bodies. He is a member of several Editorial Boards and has chaired various major international conferences.

Mike Southern

Senior Technical Advisor, Eurobitume

After graduating in Chemistry I started my career with the bitumen industry in 1983 in the R&D lab of Colas Roads. I moved to Shell Bitumen UK in 1990 providing technical support to the sales department. In 1994 I moved to Shell International, looking after International R&D projects, Health, Safety & Environmental issues and liaison with the manufacturing department. In 2005 I was seconded to Eurobitume as the Technical Director and in 2008 left Shell to continue with Eurobitume, where I remain today. (current job title is Senior Technical Advisor).

Eurobitume’s mission is to promote the efficient and safe use of bitumen in road, industrial and building projects and create a positive environment for a sustained bitumen demand. As part of this mission, we provide information and clarity on technical issues as well as health and safety questions. We also work with government and regulatory bodies to develop and maintain testing procedures and safety standards.



Brian Kent

National Technical Director, Tarmac

With over 30 years experience in the construction industry, Brian began his career with an independent materials testing consultant in 1987 before moving into Local Authority employment specialising in Materials Technology and Quality Assurance. 

Following his formative years, Brian has spent the bulk of his career occupying various senior technical positions within the Operational and Contracting arms of Tarmac and now occupies the position of National Technical Director. As well as formulating and overseeing national technical strategy development and implementation, Brian also leads a team of specialists focusing on process and product R&D, solution innovation and industry challenges.

Simon Jones

Director, Metis Consultants

Simon is a Director and co-founder of Metis Consultants, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Consultancy specialising in Highway & Infrastructure and Water & Environment.

After graduating from Imperial College, Simon juggled his career gaining experience across a broad range of civil engineering disciplines, well competing as a member of the British Rowing team, winning medals at World Championship level along the way.

Now with nearly 20 years’ experience, Simon has an active role at Metis, steering the strategic direction of the business whilst overseeing innovative projects for clients across the public and private sectors and ensuring clients’ expectations are consistently exceeded.


Lucia de Ferrariis

Pavement Consultant, Skanska

Lucia has over 20 years of experience in R&D, specification, performance assessment and design of road materials, with specific reference to bituminous bound materials, plus over 13 years experience in design of road pavements, design of maintenance treatments (including road recycling), WLC analysis, road materials contract specifications.

Conor McCone 

UK Carbon Manager, Skanska 

As UK Carbon Manager, Conor McCone is responsible for delivering Skanska UK’s industry leading Net-zero by 2045 carbon strategy. Conor holds a Master of Science in Carbon Management and focuses on eliminating carbon emissions from the construction industry in a way that reduces risk, creates value and increases efficiency.

John Walden

Managing Director, InTouch Ltd


A quality driven person who gets pleasure from exceeding customers' expectations, and encouraging development and growth in my colleagues. As a manager I believe in the Learning Organisation style of management, and empowering people to make decisions and take responsibility. I strongly believe in a team approach and creating a positive working atmosphere.

Alastair Mumford

Corporate Energy Manager, Devon County Council

Enthusiastic worker, keen collaborator and proficient communicator who is happy to take on challenges and responsibility. Committed to driving the sustainable development agenda forward and personally exploring what it means to lead a one-planet lifestyle.


Kate Petty

Road Verge Campaign Manager, Plantlife

Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Biology at the University of Bath, Kate joined Plantlife in Autumn 2018 as Road Verge Campaign Manager. Since 2013, Plantlife’s Road Verge campaign has been working to transform the way the UK’s road verges are managed. Kate works with local authorities, contractors, statutory and highway agencies, and community groups, to improve and enhance the biodiversity value of and ecosystem services provided by verges through good management.

Anthony Cashel

UK Marketing Director, PayByPhone

Anthony is the UK Marketing Director of the global mobile parking payment provider PayByPhone. Before joining the organisation in October 2017, Anthony’s previous roles included Marketing Manager for the UK and Ireland, and EMEA Digital Transformation Manager for a global, publicly-traded company, which instilled in him a passion for the transformation of manual processes into digital ones and the journey that involves.

At PayByPhone, he is part of the company’s leadership team and is responsible for developing the company’s ambitious UK marketing strategy, with particular emphasis on the link between technology and sustainability. Anthony sits on the British Parking Association’s Technology and Innovation Board, and is a Six Sigma Green Belt. 

He is a life-long football supporter and is married with two young daughters.

Kenton Rogers

Co-Founder, Treeconomics

Kenton Rogers is Co-Founder of Treeconomics, a Social Enterprise based at Exeter Science Park.  It is the mission of Treeconomics to work with communities, businesses and research institutions to highlight the value of trees.

Treeconomics has collaborated in over 30 projects in the UK and abroad (including the UK pilot of i-Tree in Torbay, Valuing London’s Urban Forest, and ongoing work with Highways England), to develop tools for cost benefit analysis of its natural capital.

Kenton holds a Master’s in Forest Ecosystem Management and is a Chartered Forester.  He was a contributing author on the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and the Springer Handbook on ‘The Urban Forest’, and more recently was lead author for the Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual on Trees.

Kenton was a serving Trustee of the International Tree Foundation for 10 years, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


Matt Eglington

Senior Policy Advisor, Department for Transport


Matt is the Senior Policy Advisor at Department for Transport

Dr Neil Jennings

Partnership Development Manager, Grantham Institute, Imperial College London

Dr Neil Jennings is Partnership Development Manager at the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London. He has a specific interest in the co-benefits of climate action – how tackling climate change can help create a cleaner, greener, fairer future and how these co-benefits can be better considered in the decision-making process. His recent work, in partnership with the charity Ashden, has looked at how local authorities can focus on the co-benefits of climate action as they respond to their climate emergency declarations. Neil holds a PhD from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia.

Tom Callow

Head of External Affairs, BP Chargemaster 

Tom is a professional communicator and strategist who has worked in the automotive sector since 2008. Recognised as an influential voice in the electric vehicle sector, he is frequently called upon to provide expert insight into the market, both in the UK and further afield, having worked with a number of businesses in the sector over the past 10 years, and having previously chaired the SMMT EV Group.

Tom has a high-level strategic and operational experience, having been chair of the board of directors for an organisation with a turnover of circa £6 million. Previous roles have involved managing a six-figure communications and events budget, dealing with management accounts, developing organisational strategy, creating new customer propositions, comprehensively reviewing governance structures and processes, recruiting staff from frontline level up to Chief Executive, as well as organising and running events, and training teams of more than 200. 

Harry Pearl, 

CEO, Roadmender UK

Company Founder and CEO with a passion for roads, asphalt, bitumen, polymers and recycling.

Recently launched Roadmender Asphalt, a mobile volumetric process that enables Highway Maintenance and Utility Contractors to make their own Hot-Mix Asphalt directly at the job site, at the correct temperature, with no waste and without the need to visit and asphalt plant. 

Jade Jones

Head Of Business Improvement, Central Bedfordshire Council

Jade started her career on the National Graduate Development Programme for Local Government which gave her the opportunity to work across many areas of local government before settling in the Highways sector. With over a decade of experience as a problem solver for local authorities, Jade is ready to take on the challenges presented by the climate emergency and look for new and more sustainable ways to deliver services for the future. Digital innovation and smart data use have the potential to revolutionise our localities and its highways systems, improving roads, network management and user experience as well as contributing to the UK's future success in the global economy. Jade is currently leading the ADEPT Live Labs Project for Central Bedfordshire that seeks to test new and innovative technologies to deliver smart energy.


Parvis Khansari

Director of Highways and Transport, Wiltshire Council

Parvis Khansari CEng FICE FCIHT is Director of Highways and Environment for Wiltshire Council. He is a Fellow of Institute of Civil Engineers and Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport. He has previously chaired ADEPT’s Engineering Board, and been a member of UK Roads Liaison Group.

He has a wide ranging background in the public sector and the construction industry covering strategic transport, highways service, major capital infrastructure projects, waste and environment management, harbours and coastal engineering, regeneration projects and property services.


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