Graham Russell MBE, Chief Executive (UK Office for Product Safety and Standards)
Graham Russell is Chief Executive of the UK Office for Product Safety and Standards, part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. After working with government teams supporting UK regulatory reform reviews, Graham was appointed the first chief executive of the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) and established LBRO as a pioneer in the concept of regulatory delivery. Graham led a range of initiatives to test new approaches to the effective delivery of regulation at a local level. Graham continued to lead the organisation through expansion of remit as the Better Regulation Delivery Office in 2012, Regulatory Delivery in 2016 before the creation of the Office for Product Safety and Standards in 2018.
Rajkumar Roy, Executive Dean (School of Science and Technology at City, University of London)
Professor Roy is the Executive Dean of School of Science and Technology at City, University of London, and an expert in through-life engineering and with over 25 years of research leadership and collaboration with industry and catapults. He successfully created the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services (TES), supported by the several industries and the HVM Catapult as partners. He also developed a joint report on “TES for Mobility as a Service” with the HVM Catapult. Over the last 25 years, he has closely collaborated on ‘net zero’ carbon emissions and resilience with industries like Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Bombardier Transportation, Babcock International, Ford Motor Company, Nissan European Technology Centre, and the MoD on research and development and knowledge translation.
Wendy Middleton, Deputy Director for Science, Engineering & Analysis (BEIS)
Martyn Allen, Technical Director (Electrical Safety First)
Martyn is responsible for leading the Charity’s technical team as an impartial centre of excellence on all matters relating to the safety of electrical installations and electrical products, including representing consumer safety interests on British, European and international committees. Martyn’s experience in the electrical industry spans over 35 years. Having trained as an underground electrician with British Coal, he spent 16 years in engineering risk management with Royal & SunAlliance Insurance before joining the Electrical Safety Council in 2006 – the forerunner to Electrical Safety First.
Teresa Arbuckle, Managing Director (Beko Plc)
Teresa Arbuckle is Managing Director of Beko Plc UK & Ireland. She joined the company in 2011 as Marketing Director and was promoted to Managing Director in 2015. Beko is a major appliance manufacturer operating in the UK and Ireland for 32 years, serving consumers with such well-known brands as Beko, Grundig, Blomberg, Leisure & Flavel. Beko’s purpose is to deliver high quality, reliable, features-rich appliances to consumers to make their lives easier. The Plc has a strong record of charitable contribution to worthy institutions like Barnardos and the Salvation Army, as well as a strong ESG commitment, working on various sustainability projects throughout the organisation.
Eva Bermell, Supply Chain Manager Distributor UK (Fisher & Paykel Appliances Limited)
Colin Griffiths, Policy Manager (Citizens Advice)
Colin is part of the energy retail markets team, leading on smart metering and smart homes with the goal of ensuring that the rollout of smart meters delivers a net benefit to consumers and keeps their needs at its heart. His work focuses particularly on the consumer experience of smart metering, ensuring consumers retain control and transparency of how their data is used and technical issues with potential impacts on consumers. He sits on a range of government and industry working groups and boards. He is also involved in wider cross-sector issues around smart homes and new data-driven consumer services as well as consumer data issues including data privacy and the potential impacts of AI and machine learning on consumer markets.
Ruqaiyah Patel, Joint Head of Energy & Decarbonisation (EPSRC, UKRI)
Ruqaiyah is the Head of Decarbonising Industry and the Environment at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Her work focuses on the strategic leadership and oversight of EPSRC’s activities in hydrogen, negative emissions technologies, decarbonising heating and colling, industrial decarbonisation, and whole systems approaches for Net Zero, amongst other responsibilities. Before this role, she worked as a Portfolio Manager within the Engineering Theme and as a Senior Portfolio Manager in Maths and AI, where she had responsibility for a diverse portfolio of activities and initiatives.
Abdulnaser Sayma, Professor of Energy Engineering (City, University of London)
Professor Sayma obtained BSc in Mechanical Engineering with Distinction from Birzeit University in Palestine in 1987, MSc in Energy Technology from Salford University in 1990 and PhD from UMIST in 1994. In January 2013, he joined City University London as a Professor of Energy Engineering. In 2014, he was appointed as the associate Dean for Post Graduate Studies at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering until July 2019. He held the position if Interim Dean for the School between November 2018 and February 2019. He is currently the Director of the Thermo-Fluids Research Centre since February 2019 and has been appointed as the Head of Engineering from 1st of January 2020, heading the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Paolo Falcioni, Director General (APPLiA)
Paolo Falcioni has been APPLiA's Director General since January 2014. In this position, he focused on improving the association's visibility and effectiveness within Europe and internationally. To that extent, he has been one of the founders of the International Roundtable of Household Appliance Manufacturers Associations (IRHMA) which tackles world-wide issues like sustainability and innovation in a global manner. He served for three year as Chairman of the Coalition for Energy Savings, a multi-stakeholder group aiming at improving energy efficiency in Europe. He is one of the Board members of Smart Energy Europe (smartEn) fostering demand side management to help consumers reaping the benefits of the new Energy market.
Fiona Dear, Co-Director (The Restart Project)
Fiona is Co-Director at The Restart Project, which aims to keep our electronics in use for as long as possible through repair and reuse. She has spent over 15 years working to engage public audiences in bringing about a more sustainable society.
John Erkoyuncu, Professor of Digital Engineering and Head of the Centre for Digital Engineering and Manufacturing (Cranfield University)
John's research interests include: digital twin (DT), augmented reality, and digitalisation of through-life engineering. He has a track record in leading research worth over £8M through EPSRC (most recent – PI: EP/R013950/1, Co-I: EP/R032718/1), Innovate UK, and EU. He has published over 140 scientific papers. John is Co-Chair of the Through-life Engineering Services Council, Member of the TDI - DT Working Group, Community Council Member of the Digital Twin Hub, Chartered Engineer with IET, Fellow of HEA, and Associate Member of CIRP. John is the Course Director for the MSc in Digital and Technology Solutions.
James Butterworth, Senior Policy Officer (Defra)
James is a Senior Policy Officer for Defra covering resource efficiency, circular economy and waste prevention, sitting within the Resources and Waste Division. James’ policy area includes ecodesign, ecolabelling and (extended) producer responsibility and he works across various sectors. James has been with for Defra for 5 years, prior to which he gained an MSc in Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds.