Mr Ron Sinclair MBE - Conference Chair
Chair of ExSFCC - SGS Baseefa Technical Manager

SGS Baseefa Technical Manager Ron Sinclair MBE is chairman of BSI Committee EXL/31, responsible for the UK input to both European and International standards for Electrical Equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. He is also chairman of Cenelec TC31, represents electrical standardisation interests on the European Commission’s ATEX Standing Committee and chairs the IECEx Service Facility Certification Committee.



Email: Ron.Sinclair@sgs.com
Web: https://www.sgs.co.uk
Mr Martin Jones - Conference Chair
Operations Manager - CompEx

Martin manages the global operations and strategic development of the CompEx Core Competency Scheme for Electrical and Mechanical practitioners and professional Application Design Engineers who work in Explosive Atmospheres. His 20 years experience as a qualified electrical craftsman and electrical engineer in British Coal Corporation in the UK, where he was legally / statutorily responsible for the safe installation, testing and maintenance of all electrical equipment at the coal mine, both surface and underground, together with 7 years managing the production of chipboard and MDF board at Europe’s largest board panel manufacturer has provided vast experience towards working safely in Gas & Dust Atmospheres.



Email: MartinJones@Jtltraining.com
Web: https://www.compex.org.uk/
Mr Chris Agius
Executive Secretary - IECEx

Chris is the International Executive Secretary with CEO operational responsibilities for the International IEC Conformity Assessment System for Ex equipment, IECEx and also the IECQ, operated by the IEC (International Eletrotechnical Commission) Head Office in Geneva. He has held the IECEx Executive Secretary position since the IECEx System began more than 20 years ago thru to present day where IECEx has achieved formal endorsement by the United Nations via the UNECE. Chris has a longstanding involvement in the development of National and International Standards and Certification systems and has held various key positions in the Standards Australia Group including those associated with the development and management of Product and Service related certification schemes. Chris has extensive experience in the design, development and commissioning of process control instrumentation; the design installation and commissioning of industrial installations, as well as electrical testing and engineering investigation of industrial equipment and control processes. Chris’s background is in Electrical Engineering coupled with engineering compliance including experience as an ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems Auditor and an IECEx and IECQ Lead Assessor. He is member of various International ISO CASCO Expert Working Groups dealing with International Standards on Conformity Assessment and also the author of numerous papers and presentations on the subject of National, Regional and International certification, inspection, testing systems. With the IEC Head Office based in Geneva, IEC have various Regional Offices, with Chris also responsible for the IEC Sydney based Office. Chris is also a recipient of the prestigious “HazardEx Life-Time Achievement Award” for contributions to the industry.



Email: Chris.agius@iecex.com
Web: https://www.iecex.com/
Prof. Dr. – Ing Thorsten Arnhold
Chairman 2015-2019 - IECEx

Prof. Dr. Arnhold studied Electronics at the Technical University Dresden. At the same University he got his Dr. -Engineer - Title (comparable to PhD in Anglo Saxon countries). He has a Diploma for Marketing Management from the St. Galler Business School (SGBS). He started his career as a Senior Quality Engineer at Commodore Computers. For the last 27 years he has been working for the German Manufacturer R. STAHL, an international market leading company specialising in safety technologies. His current position at R. STAHL is VP Technology. In this position, he is responsible for the research activities of the group, the development of new technologies and the coordination of the standardisation activities. Before this, he was responsible for the Quality Management, the Design department and for the Product Management and Marketing of the company. From the beginning of his career at STAHL he has been involved in numerous activities for international standardisation at the International Electrical Committee (IEC) and its European partner, CENELEC. From 2014 to 2019 Arnhold was the Chairman of the IECEx Conformity Assessment System. Before this, he was the Head of the German Delegation at the IECEx Management Committee for 7 years. In 2020, after the completion of his second and last term as Chairman of IECEx, he became the German member of the IEC Conformity Assessment Board (CAB).



Email: Thorsten.Arnhold@stahl.de
Web: https://www.iecex.com/
Mr Garry Asburner
VP of Sales EMEA - Dialight

Gary Ashburner joined Dialight in 2010 as the General Manager for Hazardous and Industrial Lighting and has since become the Vice President of Sales EMEA. He spent more than nine years in the oil and gas sector, as managing director at SH Lighting and before that as managing director at Bartec, the largest hazardous area electrical equipment manufacturer in Europe. Gary also has extensive experience of the LED industry having spent 14 years with Marl International Ltd.



Email: garyashburner@dialight.com
Web: http://www.dialight.com
Mr Sean Clarke
Managing Director - ExVeritas

Sean Clarke is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and has 30 years’ experience in electronics, safety systems and Ex Certification. Sean is currently the Managing Director of ExVeritas who are an ATEX Notified Body in the UK and EU and an IECEX Certification Body. ExVeritas Inc are also currently completing NRTL accreditation for North American Listing. Sean has been involved in Notified Body intrinsic safety certification for over 20 years and has been involved with intrinsic safety as a design consultant and as an ATEX Notified Body and IECEx CB Certificate issuer (but never at the same time!) Sean also presents training for intrinsically safe circuit designers worldwide with both introductory and advanced workshop classes.



Email: s.clarke@exveritas.com
Web: http://www.exveritas.com
Mr Harvey T Dearden
Engineering Director - HTS Engineering Group

Harvey T. Dearden (BSc CEng FIET FIMechE FInstMC FIChemE) is Engineering Director of HTS Engineering Group and a director of SISSuite Ltd. and Time Domain Solutions Ltd. He is actively involved with the Institute of Measurement & Control and specialties include: Implementation of IEC61508/61511 (SIL), DSEAR/ATEX; Development/troubleshooting of control systems/strategies; Development of engineering management policy/procedures; Auditing of fiscal measurement systems and Training on control/measurement/protection systems He previously held senior engineering positions at Great Lakes Chemical, Associated Octel Company, Costain Oil and Gas & Process Ltd



Email: harvey.dearden@htsgrp.com
Web: http://www.htsgrp.com/?LMCL=PffueA
Mr Steve Elliot
CEO - Chemical Industries Association

Steve Elliott joined the Chemical Industries Association in 1997, spending four and half years as Head, International Trade with additional responsibility for Sustainable Development. In April 2002, he was promoted to the position of Director, Trade & Competitiveness and subsequently Director, Business Environment. Steve was appointed Chief Executive of the CIA in February 2006. Steve possesses a First class BA (Hons) degree from Nottingham Trent University, and is an Associate Fellow of the IChemE. Prior to his career with CIA, he spent fifteen years working with the DTI, a South African trade advisory body and Crown Agents as an international trade policy and promotion specialist, as well as in general consulting with the BPI Group.



Email: ElliottS@cia.org.uk
Web: https://www.cia.org.uk/
Dr Hassan El-Sayed
Business Manager - Functional Safety - CSA Group

Hassan started at CSA Group in early 2010 and has held the position of Functional Safety (FS) team lead for 6 years. He became Functional Safety Business Manager during the last 4 years and has executed many projects in functional safety assessment for oil/ gas sectors, where IEC 61508 & IEC 61511 heavily used, in addition to the safety of machinery. With over 30 years of industrial experience in FS applications & product design for HazLoc use, Hassan has published several functional safety papers at various conferences, such ISA, HazardEx, Robots Automation and Fieldbus Foundation. Hassan invented the first redundant fieldbus system (Trunksafe) for use in Foundation Fieldbus which is widely used by Chevron, PB, Shell, and others. He has been awarded at least 10 USA and European patents in instrumentation and fieldbus and received an award of excellence for a paper presented at ISR (49th Symposium on Robotics, held in July 2017 in Shanghai, China). Hassan is an active member in TC31 / WG42 / WG09, SC65/MT 61508-1/2, and GEL 65/01.



Email: hassan.el-sayed@csagroup.org
Web: https://www.csagroup.org/
Mr Peter Evans
Specialist Inspector - HSE

Peter Evans joined HSE in 2005 as an Electrical, Control and Instrumentation (EC&I), Specialist Inspector of HSE’s Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division. Before joining HSE he worked for over 17 years in the field of Electrical Engineering at various COMAH establishments, across South Wales. He is a focused and committed Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET). He is actively involved in the review, development, standardisation, regulation and enforcement of relevant good practice, key benchmark standards, European & International Standards, Codes of Practise and other sector specific guidance etc. associated with Electrical Equipment used in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres. He was involved with the Buncefield investigation at Hemel Hempstead in Dec 2005 and was the Lead EC&I Inspector for the Chevron Refinery explosion in June 2011. He is also responsible for providing HSE representation on EXL/031/03 – codes of practice and a myriad of other external stakeholders, trade associations, technical committees and professional bodies (e.g. EI, BSI, EEMUA, IET, CompEx, NICEIC etc.). He has a unique skillset of both technical and legal expertise and excellence that is indispensable within the professional field of Engineering.



Email: Peter.Evans@hse.gov.uk
Web: http://www.hse.gov.uk/regulating-major-hazards/energy-division.htm
Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes
Deputy to the Director - IChemE Safety Centre

After graduating with a Master of Science in Biochemical Engineering from the Technical University of Budapest, Dr. Zsuzsanna Gyenes worked in disaster management for the Hungarian Government. During this time she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Public Administration. She then moved into a role as a Seveso Site Inspector for Hungary, at this time she also obtained her PhD cum laude on the development of procedures and tools for the improvement of industrial safety against external effects from the National Defence PhD Institution in Military Technology in Hungary. Following her time as a Seveso Inspector, she was the Head of Section for nuclear Safety in the National Directorate General for Disaster Management in Budapest. Her most recent role was as a Scientific Technical Office for the European Commission Joint Research Centre, where she worked to assist member states on learning from incidents and Seveso implementation, including land use planning policy. She commenced as the Deputy to the Director if the IChemE Safety Centre in September 2017.



Email: ZGyenes@icheme.org
Web: https://www.icheme.org/knowledge/safety-centre/
Mr Scott Harding
Sales Director - Woodcock & Wilson

Scott Harding is Sales Director & joint owner of Woodcock & Wilson Ltd. Member of the Nuclear Institute, National Nuclear Ventilation forum, SHAPA & the Fan Manufactures Association With over 28 years' experience in the industrial fan industry covering fan design, manufacture & process safety. He is the driving force behind mechanical safety within the process industry. Providing knowledge sharing with lectures & presentations on the ATEX fan standard EN14986 & the introduction of the IECEx non electrical standard in 2016.



Email: ScottHarding@fanmanufacturers.com
Web: http://www.fanmanufacturers.com
Dr Alexander Horch
Vice President R&D and Product Management - HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH + Co KG

Dr. Alexander Horch is Vice President R&D and Product Management at HIMA Group. He joined HIMA in April 2016 having previously worked as Principal Scientist at ABB Corporate Research in Germany with a focus on process plant optimisation and plant asset management. Between 2007 and 2016, he held different management roles in the areas of process control systems and automation of electrical grids, smart grids, manufacturing plants and robotics as well as Industrial Internet (Industry 4.0) for ABB Germany and ABB Switzerland. Dr. Horch is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Automation Professional (CAP) of the ISA. His R&D work was complemented by publications and seminars, regular lectures at the University of Stuttgart and ETH Zürich as well as work for standardisation organisations.



Email: info@hima.com
Web: http://www.hima.com
Mr Alistair Hunter
Head of Compliance - Brenntag UK & Ireland

With a degree in applied chemistry, Alistair's experience in the chemical industry spans over 30 years. As Head of Compliance at Brenntag UK & Ireland, Alistair is responsible for health, safety, quality, security and environmental compliance, overseeing the company's network of COMAH Upper Tier and Lower Tier sites. Alistair is the Chartered Member of IOSH, Chair of the Chemical Business Association (CBA) HSE Committee, Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser, as well as member of Brenntag EMEA HSE Team.



Email: Alistair.Hunter@brenntag.co.uk
Web: https://www.brenntag.com/en-gb/index.jsp
Mr Tim Jones
Principal Consultant - RPS Group

Tim is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, specialising in process safety and hazard modelling and has worked on projects around the world under a variety of different regulatory regimes. He is highly experienced in conducting consequence modelling using both empirical and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques. This covers gas, fire and explosion modelling for flammables and toxics. Tim has applied his understanding of hazard modelling to fire and gas detector mapping and optimization and is on the British Standards Committee covering this topic. He also sits on the IMechE Upstream O&G and North-West Process Division committees as well as the Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) flare and vent working group. Tim has presented at numerous conferences, including the Global Congress on Process Safety (hosted by the Centre for Chemical Process Safety), Hazards (organized by the Institute of Chemical Engineers) and Fire and Blast Information Group (FABIG) events. Tim has covered a wide range of topics, including dispersion, explosions and gas detector optimization.



Email: Tim.Jones@rpsgroup.com
Web: https://www.rpsgroup.com/
Mr Colin King
Technical Director - Fenix Insight Ltd

Colin King served as a bomb disposal officer in the British Army, with operational tours including the Falklands, Gulf, Bosnia and Kosovo. He instructed at the British EOD School and spent many years in military intelligence, also leading the first British team to train Afghan deminers before his final tour with the Gurkhas.
He is now the technical director of Fenix Insight Ltd, with tasks including the disassembly and analysis of live munitions in conflict zones throughout the world.
Colin also writes the leading technical reference work on EOD for Jane’s Information Group.



Email: ck@fenix-insight.co.uk
Web: https://fenix-insight.com/
Mr Stephen Marcos Jones
Director General - UKPIA

As Director-General, Stephen Marcos Jones is responsible for the overall management and effectiveness of UKPIA as the UK's principal advocate for the downstream oil sector. With over 15 years’ experience across the oil and gas industry, Stephen's leadership of UKPIA encompasses all areas of the organisation's expertise, including fuels quality, environmental regulations, advocacy and industry economics, and the future vision for the UK industry.



Email: info@ukpia.com
Web: https://www.ukpia.com
Mr Mike Marrington
Director - ExNB / Ex Compliance Global

Michael Marrington, Director of Ex Compliance Global (ExCG) is an Ex & Quality Consultant with 14 years of experience worldwide between Onshore, Offshore, Oil & Gas, Mining, Power Generation, Manufacturing, & Wood Industries. Beginning in 2006, Michael was involved in North American HazLoc (Class/Div and Class/Zone), eventually transitioning internationally in 2010 to IECEx / ATEX / EEHA. Past roles have included Consulting, Subject Matter Expert, Coordinator, Senior Inspector, Trainer, Assessor, and Auditor with such customers as: End-Users, EPC, Vendors, Module Yards, Manufacturers, Training & Certification Bodies, ATEX Notifiying Bodies, and IECEx ExTL's & ExCB's to IECEx 02, 03 and 05. Through consultation, his aim is to help improve the quality of communication, competencies, and solutions with a practical, real world, and lessons learned approach. With quality, you can achieve safety, production, efficiencies and cost & schedule reductions.



Email: mikemarrington@gmail.com
Web: http://www.exnb.eu/en/main
Mr Bill McDonough
Product Marketing Manager - Dialight

Bill McDonough, Product Marketing Manager at Dialight, has 40 years of experience in the lighting and electrical industries specialising in industrial and hazardous applications. During his career he has held various Sales, Marketing and Product Development positions. In his current role at Dialight, Bill is utilising his industry knowledge and hazardous markets experience to advise on customer needs and emerging industry trends. Prior to joining Dialight in 2009, Bill was the Western U.S. Area Sales Vice President for Cooper Lighting.



Email: billmcdonough@dialight.com
Web: https://www.dialight.com/uk/
Dr Geof Mood
Technical Director - CCG Cable Terminations Ltd

Dr. Geof Mood has been the Technical Director for CCG Cable Terminations Ltd for the last 5 years. He has specialised in the design, development and certification of cable glands and accessories for over 14 years, but has been involved in product development and certification of a variety of products such as heating, lighting and compressed air cylinders for many more years than he cares to admit to. Dr. Mood is an active member of a number of National and International standards committees which he attends as a cable gland expert.



Email: g.mood@ccgcablegland.co.uk
Web: http://www.ccgcablegland.co.za/ccgintro.asp
Mr Steve Naylor
Associate Director & Technical Lead - HSE

Steven Naylor is a Senior Scientist within HSE’s Science and Research Centre, working within its Data Analytics team, and an Associate Director on the LRF Discovering Safety Programme, technically leading a number of the projects being delivered as part of the programme. His specialist area of technical expertise is in the application of data analytic techniques, including data mining for knowledge discovery, text mining and natural language processing, and predictive analytic techniques, to generate intelligence from disparate multi format data sources to inform organisational decision-making. He is passionate about the safe and ethical exploitation of emerging digital technologies to support better health and safety practice in workplaces.



Email: Steven.Naylor@hse.gov.uk
Web: http://www.hse.gov.uk/regulating-major-hazards/energy-division.htm
Mr Peter Newport
Chief Executive - Chemical Business Association (CBA)

Peter is a key industry advocate to governmental and regulatory authorities in the UK and Europe. He is also a board member and current Treasurer of the European Association for Chemical Distributors (Fecc) and a board member of the International Chemical Trade Association (ICTA). CBA is a not-for-profit business organisation representing the independent chemical supply chain in the UK. Its member companies distribute, pack, and blend over four million tonnes of chemicals each year with a market value of almost three billion euros.



Email: Peter.newport@chemical.org.uk
Web: https://www.chemical.org.uk/
Carolyn Nicholls
Director - RAS Ltd

A director of RAS Limited, Carolyn leads a team of risk and hazard management consultants and has been instrumental in creating the company’s assessment methodologies. Carolyn has experience of working with a large number of UK COMAH sites to develop safety reports and provide support in all aspects of risk management.



Email: Carolyn.Nicholls@ras.ltd.uk
Web: https://www.ras.ltd.uk/
Mr Paulo Oliveira
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, - ESC

Paulo is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with more than 10 years’ experience in asset management and safety applications. Paulo has split his experience in project, maintenance and safety roles in hazardous and non- hazardous industries, such as chemical, steel and FMCG. Paulo was the Functional Safety Leader for a COMAH top tier site where he was accountable for the development and implementation of IEC61511 compliant systems, covering the whole lifecycle including competence and with links to broader Process Safety areas like process hazard analysis, human factors, alarm management and compliance auditing under OSHA 1910. As part of ESC’s team Paulo specialises in IEC61508/61511 compliance, certification and broader reliability analysis, including experience in chairing SIL Determination studies (UK and ME), SIL verification and reliability modelling, IEC61511/IEC61508 compliance gap analysis, Functional Safety Assessments, competence reviews and product certification including FMEA studies.



Email: p.oliveira@esc.uk.net
Web: http://www.esc.uk.net/
Mr Sarabjit Purewal
Principle Inspector & Cybersecurity Lead - HSE

Sarabjit co-leads an electrical, control and cybersecurity team in the on shore major hazards sector of the Health and Safety Executive. He is a chartered engineer, an associate of City and Guilds Institute, and member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Sarabjit started his career with the CEGB in the electricity supply industry working on automation of conventional and nuclear power stations. He later worked with Kennedy and Donkin Consulting Engineers as the engineering manager, and then with Mott MacDonald as divisional director, before moving to the Health and Safety Executive working on various technical and policy issues.



Email: Sarabjit.Purewal@hse.gsi.gov.uk
Web: http://www.hse.gov.uk/regulating-major-hazards/energy-division.htm
Mr Hamilton Smith
Technical sales manager - ProGARM

Hamilton Smith is a technical sales manager at ProGARM, a market leading clothing solution in Flame Resistant and Arc Flash garments. Through his role, Hamilton is focused on helping companies protect the lives of their workforce, whilst ensuring they meet the latest health and safety standards by providing the best in class Flame Resistant and Arc Flash clothing solutions.



Email: Hamilton.smith@progarm.com
Web: https://progarm.com
Mr James Steven
Development & Innovation Manager - DNV GL

James Steven is an electrical and electronic engineer with over 20 years’ experience of dealing with hazardous environments and applications. Having worked across the consumer, maritime, Oil & Gas and nuclear industries has provided a wide range of experience being able to draw upon the best practices across these sectors. He now holds he role of Development & Innovation Manager Product Assurance at DNV GL UK Ltd where he leads the Business Development and New Service/Application Development for the Oil & Gas supply chain markets. He has been key in extending DNV GL’s Hazardous area Services to the UK.



Email: James.Steven@dnvgl.com
Web: https://www.dnvgl.com/
Mr Chris Thomas
Electrical Engineer - Intertek

Chris is an Electrical Engineer with extensive experience in hazardous areas and explosive atmospheres. He has worked in the industry for over 20 years and has particular expertise in Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Manufacturing, Power Generation & Distribution systems and also Fuel station environments. Chris has worked with a variety of Certification and Notified Bodies, as well as writing and developing training courses and assessments which comply with ISO/IEC 17024.



Email: info@intertek.com
Web: http://www.intertek.com
Mr Gido Van Tienhoven
Director - Ex-Machinery Explosion Proof Equipment B.V.

Gido van Tienhoven is an ATEX & explosion safety specialist who works with purchasers, production managers and college technicians of all industries dealing with gas and dust explosion risks to help them find the best ATEX solutions. Gido knows that today’s decision-makers are aware of explosion risks and are looking for smart solutions to ensure safety in modern industrial processes. Gido has developed a range of HVAC products and wireless solutions for hazardous areas. As being owner of Ex-Machinery, Gido has been awarded with a FD Gazelle 2017 for fastest growing companies in The Netherlands. Gido studied engineering at Delft University, The Netherlands and works 15 years in the field of explosion safety.



Email: gt@ex-machinery.nl
Web: https://www.ex-machinery.com/
Mr Arpad Veress
Managing Director - ExNB / Ex Compliance Global

Árpád Veress is a hazardous area Ex Professional and Director of ExNB (ATEX Notified Body 2684), working as ATEX, IECEx assessor in various industrial areas worldwide. Since 1997 he has been active in the world of explosion protection. Besides owner’s engineering, audit and inspection services, Árpád is involved in Ex personnel competency training, assessment and certification related to ATEX and IECEx. Since 2016 he has been part of ExNB Certification Institute - product and Ex personnel competency certification.



Email: veress@ind-ex.ae
Web: http://www.exnb.eu/en/main
Mr Glynn Warren
BDM - Europe - Extronics

A technical expert with over 20 years’ experience working with hazardous area electrical equipment, Glynn is keen to share his knowledge of wireless and RFID technologies in particular. Having previously worked at Newson Gale and Cooper MEDC as well as Extronics, Glynn is committed to helping customers identify the right solution for their application, supporting them to achieve success.



Email: Glynn.Warren@extronics.com
Web: https://www.extronics.com/
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