Supporting the gas industry since 1863
Date9th July 2014
Time08:15 - 16:30
VenueQueen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
Price Free (Members) Free (Non-Members)
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Educate, Innovate, Eradicate

Speaker Biographies

Keynote Speaker, Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

Ilora Finlay is Professor of Palliative Medicine at CardiffUniversity.  She was the first consultant in Palliative Medicine in Wales in 1987, set up the hospice there and has developed palliative and hospice services across Wales.  She has worked with Marie Curie Cancer Care since 1987 and is now a National Vice President. Professor Finlay has been President at the Royal Society of Medicine and is President of the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy.

She currently chairs the Implementation Board for the Palliative Care Strategy in Wales and has been instrumental in changing palliative care services across Wales to ensure 7 day working by specialist teams with consultant advice available 24/7. She is determined to ensure that the patient experience influences strategy and that professionals listen to patients more.

In 1989 she established the Diploma in Palliative Medicine which has now led to MSc distance learning courses in palliative care at CardiffUniversity.  These courses are internationally renowned.  About 2000 senior clinicians worldwide have graduated for Cardiff, many becoming international leaders in palliative care in their own countries.  The course has close links with India and New Zealand with residential teaching blocks run in Bangalore for some years.  

Since her elevation to a Peerage in 2001, she has been actively involved in debates on health issues, particularly relating to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, co-chairing the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group, and chairing the 2011 Preventing Carbon Monoxide Report.  She is involved in Health and Tobacco and took the Sunbed Bill through the last Parliament, ensuring sunbeds are supervised and not used by those under 18.  As a Member of the Select Committees on Science and Technology she chaired the enquiry into Allergy.  She also served on Select Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill.

She was Welsh Woman of the Year 1996-97 and has held Visiting Professorships in the Netherlands and Australia. In 2008 she won the coveted 'Woman Peer of the Year' award and in 2007 was named Parliamentary Charity Champion. She has published and lectured widely on palliative care, and researched into aspects of cancer palliative care.  She remains an active clinician, teacher and academic as well as her involvement in Parliament. She is co-Chairman of Living and Dying Well, a think-tank to examine the evidence around euthanasia and assisted suicide.

She recently chaired the Royal College of General Practitioners Commission on Medical Generalism and is the British Medical Association President Elect.


Afroza Ahmed, Founder/Secretary of Dying to Keep Warm

Afroza created a registered charity ‘Dying to Keep Warm’  providing free gas safety and emergency heating provisions to safeguard vulnerable people deemed at high risk of harm or death from the cold, fires, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning. 

The charity provides free practical interventions to reduce risks to the most vulnerable people in society. These interventions include replacement gas cookers and fires with FSD’s, electric heaters and microwaves, gas and electrical safety interventions.

The charity has been highly commended by Blackpool Council and is supported by the Department of Health Independent Lead for Dementia, Professor Martin Green.

Ian Coates, Innovation Engineer

Ian is the Innovation Engineer at the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC), and  responsible for discovering individuals and companies looking to develop innovative technologies for the energy sector, with a particular focus on the Gas Distribution sector.  Drawing on a strong incentive for innovation from the Gas Distribution Networks, Ian helps to develop innovative technologies and ideas to become solutions to a portfolio of network innovation needs.

Ian joined the EIC in February 2014 having gained specific experience in instrumentation, control systems, electronics, records and planning from working within the Gas Distribution sector since September 2007.

Derrick Crump, Reader, School of Applied Sciences

Derrick undertakes teaching and research at Cranfield. He has over 30 years of experience carrying out research, consultancy and government policy work concerning the adverse impacts of pollution on human health and the environment. His recent research includes assessing chemical emissions from products used indoors, air quality in indoor environments (e.g. buildings, aircraft), contaminated land and exposure to substances in dust.

Derrick serves on national (BSI) and international standardisation (CEN and ISO) committees concerned with air pollutants and the evaluation of ‘dangerous substances’ used in materials, and has served on a number of European expert groups.

Prior to joining Cranfield in 2009 he lead a team studying indoor air quality and human exposure to air pollutants at BRE. His research and consultancy work has been reported in over 160 peer reviewed journal, book and conference papers. 

Scott Darroch, Head of Communications, Gas safe Register

Scott is Head of Communications for Gas Safe Register and has been part of the team since the launch in April 2009, having also worked for the previous registration body. Scott has extensive industrial PR and communications across a number of sectors including defence and communications consultancy.

 Andy Finch, Domestic Asset Integrity & Policy Manager, National Grid

Andy is a keen promoter of IGEM professional recognition, as the Responsible Manager for National Grid Metering 14.5 million domestic metering portfolio.

Andy is a STEM Ambassador with Birmingham City Council, recognising his career path from Apprentice Gas Engineer in South West Gas Region, to an internationally experienced Asset Manager with proven safety leadership skills, gas knowledge, in the UK & Australasia with world leading global companies including National Grid, Siemens, British Gas, Transco & Wales & West Utilities.

Andy is currently working with IGEM on establishing The Partnership Programme, MSc Engineering and Management with Portsmouth University.

 Ashley Martin, Public Health Project Manager, RoSPA

Ashley Martin worked in public health and home safety in a local authority and the NHS for over 22 years before joining RoSPA in 2009.

Ashley managed the National Home Safety Equipment Scheme which installed equipment in over 66,000 homes. Since 2012 he has managed The Be Gas Safe Programme which has provided CO alarms to over 13,000 families across the UK.

Ashley has also represented RoSPA working with various bodies in the fight to reduce CO poisoning. He also manages RoSPA’s Safer Homes programme working with local authorities on a variety of public health programmes.

Ashley has a Masters degree in Public Health.

Tony McGuirk, Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers

Tony has over 35 years’ experience in the Fire and Civil Defence profession and has been a CEO/Chief Fire Officer of Merseyside Fire and Civil Defence Service for 10 years, during which time he has introduced a radical change in the service from a response culture, to a prevention culture.  He retired in late 2011 after 35 years’ public service, and is now an advisor to a number of major companies around innovation in Fire and Civil Defence.

Tony is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, a Graduate of the Harvard Business School (HBS) a graduate of the Civil Service Top Managers Programme, and has a Masters of Science Degree (MSc) in Human Resource Business Management. In 2006 Tony was awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal (QFSM), and was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011. 

 Mark Oliver, Director of Business Services, Wales & West Utilities

With more than 35 years experience in the gas industry, Mark began his career as an apprentice Service Engineer with British Gas Wales.   He has held various Senior Management positions in Operations, Asset Management, Customer Services and Commercial functions.

During his career with National Grid, Mark played a key role in the team responsible for the Network sale process.  He was also involved in setting up Wales & West Utilities as an independent company. Mark is passionate about customer care and quality service provision, not only to the 2.5 million consumers and business to which WWU transports gas, but more widely, to the 7.5 million people who live within our network. Mark has driven greater awareness and focus on Carbon Monoxide initiatives within WWU and aims to stamp out the risk of CO in all its guises.

Mark holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and is a member of the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and the Chartered Management Institution. He is a former chairman of the Wales Section of IGEM and is currently the chairman of Sports Aid Wales, the only charity organisation in Wales dedicated to helping talented young people at the start of their sporting careers.

Owen Wilson, Head of safety, Bord Gais Networks

Owen Wilson is the Head of Safety with Bord Gáis Networks, the natural gas network operator in the Republic of Ireland.

Owen completed his degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, before working for 8 years as a pipeline and subsea engineering consultant in the North Sea oil and gas industry. 

In 2004, Owen moved to Ireland to work for Bord Gáis Networks, where he now manages a team of safety specialists providing advice, support and assurance functions to the organisation, as well as managing Bord Gáis Networks’ public safety promotion and awareness campaigns.



















































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