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BulkEx 23 Conference Review


MHEA BulkEx 23 Presentation Papers

At this years BulkEx 23 Conference there were 12 excellent papers presented over the two days. The speakers below have kindly given their permission to make available these presentations on our website in a PDF format. Below are the papers for your perusal and download.

Mr Dilip Arulappan

Explosion Safety Consultant at FIKE Europe

Paper Title: How dust testing and data's used in conducting risk analyses, designing systems, and selecting explosion protection equipment.

Dilip Arulappan has a master degree in Process Safety and Loss Prevention. He is a Process Safety and Explosion Safety Engineer, pursuing his PhD research in Hybrid Explosion. Dilip is leading FIKE explosion safety consulting for EU and Asia pacific. He has over 11 years of technical consulting and engineering experience in the Food, Chemical, Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical and Oil and Gas sectors.

Dilip’s particular area of interest lies in Dust Explosion and Hazard management, his top skills are Dust Explosion, ATEX Assessment, Hazardous area classification as per IEC and NFPA standards, SIL Assessment, HAZOP and HAZID

He has been helping several global MNCs in the EU, Asia Pacific, and Middle East regions.


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Dr. Jane Atkinson CBE, FREng, MBA, C.Eng., B.Eng. (Hons), FIChemE.

Chief Operations Officer for Enfinium Ltd.

Paper Title: Feedstock for the Future: Transforming Energy from Waste Plants into Decarbonisation Hub.

Jane Atkinson is Chief Operations Officer for Enfinium Ltd. As a Company Director, Jane is accountable for all operational activities at enfinium and provides leadership, strategic direction, oversight and support to enfinium’s four operational assets.

She began her career in 1990 with British Steel. During this period she became the first woman in the World to manage the Casthouse of a Blast Furnace. Jane then moved into power generation as Senior Vice President of all Sembcorp UK’s assets on Wilton International site. After 19 years in Plant operations, Jane then moved to Cape PLC. Whilst at Cape, Jane was Statutory Director and responsible for global delivery of all of Cape Specialist Services. In 2017, following acquisition of Cape, Jane became Transformation Director creating the UK largest industrial service provider; Altrad Services UK with a turnover of £600m. In 2019, Jane moved to Bilfinger UK Ltd as Executive Director for Engineering and Automation. Responsible for all of the engineering design, technical, fabrication, major projects, automation and digitalisation services to the UK’s major blue chip companies.

Jane was recognised in the 2020 Queens Birthday honours with a CBE for her services to Chemical Engineering. She was also identified as the UK’s No. 1 Most Influential Woman in Engineering in 2019 by the Financial Times and Inspirational Boards. She won the CBI’s First Woman Award and has also won the prestigious Stephenson’s Award for inspiring young people in science and engineering.  Jane is an active Trustee and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as Fellow and Chair of the Commercial  panel for the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

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Dr. Helen Bailey

Fellow and Council Member of the Institute of Asphalt Technology

Paper Title: Understanding the operational impacts of circularity from an Asphalt perspective.

Helen has worked in the mineral products industry for over 16 years in various roles, the first of which was at materials supplier Aggregate Industries where she completed several research and development projects and her PhD. She later worked in the field of asphalt recycling and tar remediation before joining the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) contributing to an international team undertaking work across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since leaving TRL in 2015, Helen set up her own consultancy, The Driven Company Associates Limited, where current work focusses on supporting the supply chain and clients with strategic development, the transition to the circular economy and climate resilience.

Having gained a post graduate diploma in higher education, Helen also leads the asphalt and pavement programmes within the Centre for Mineral Products at the University of Derby. She is a Visiting Professor at both the University of Northumbria and the Sustainability Institute, University of Suffolk.  

A Chartered Engineer and an active member of a number of industry bodies, Helen is also a Fellow and Council member of the Institute of Asphalt Technology (IAT), Fellow and trustee of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ), trustee at the National Stone Centre (NSC), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Member of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT), USA.


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Prof. Mike Bradley

Director, Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, University of Greewich

Paper Title: Bulk Handling and Sustainability; The Opportunities and Challenges.

Mike is Professor in Particle and Bulk Technology, and Director of the Wolfson Centre at the University of Greenwich.  He was awarded both his honour degrees and PHD from Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich) and as the Director, provides technical leadership in all aspects of bulk solids handling.  Mike’s team provides research, consultancy and educational services in all aspects of bulk solids handling and processing, from conveying and silo storage, instrumentation and control, material quality to mixing, drying and feeding.  He is the Chair of the Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA), a Member of the Materials Handling Engineers Association (MHEA) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Bulk Materials Handling Committee (IMechE). 

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Mr. Peter Brooks

Head of Engineering & Projects, Hargreaves Industrial Services Ltd

Paper Title: The HS2 Small Dean Conveyor Project.

Peter is Head of Engineering & Projects at Hargreaves Services. He started his working life as a Management Trainee with British Coal progressing into their Major Projects Division. He then turned from gamekeeper to poacher and in the last thirty years, as a contractor, has delivered a portfolio of turnkey EPC projects in the infrastructure, renewables, minerals and water sectors. Specialising in, materials handling solutions, hydroelectric developments and carbon offset schemes he has designed and built projects across Europe and Africa for end users such as HS2, SSE, RWE, Scottish Power, DCWW Welsh Water, Scottish Water, REH (Pty), Verbund AG. and the ICL Group.


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Ms. Brodie Buckle

Design Engineer, Don Valley Materials Handling Ltd

Paper Title: A day in the life of a Material Handling Design Engineer, what we have achieved since winning the MHEA Young Engineer of the Year 2021.

Brodie has been an apprentice at Don Valley for three years and has just passed her B.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Brodie was a joint winner of the MHEA ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ award in 2021.

Brodies’ current role at DVE involves creating bespoke materials handling solutions from concept to completion of the design. This includes using Solidworks to create 3D models of designs, initiating design reviews, producing engineering drawings, and creating the necessary documentation for procurement.

Looking to the future, Brodie plans to further progress her career at DVE, hoping to reach a more managerial role. Brodie is also looking to gain the experience required to become a Chartered Engineer and further her education.

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Ms. Rachel Earnshaw

Design Engineer, Don Valley Materials Handling Ltd

Paper Title: A day in the life of a Material Handling Design Engineer, what we have achieved since winning the MHEA Young Engineer of the Year 2021.

Rachel has over 3 years’ experience as a design engineer working for Don Valley Materials Handling Ltd, part of the Don Valley Engineering Group.

Rachel joined Don Valley in September 2020, and since then has developed an understanding of materials handling through designing bespoke solutions to meet client needs.

This willingness to learn led Rachel to be a joint winner of the MHEA ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ award in 2021 and has since graduated with a first-class degree with honours in Mechanical Engineering curtesy of the University of Sheffield.

During her time at DVE, Rachel has been involved in the design of conveyors, germination vessels and other material handling plant and equipment that have delivered solutions to real life problems in the Maltings, Grain Handling and Hazardous Waste Processing Sectors.

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Mr. Philip Freeman BSc CEng MIChemE

Senior Packaging Engineer, Tate & Lyle Sugars

Paper Title: An overview from an end users point of view on Atex compliance and explosion protection considerations - 20 years on from its introduction.

A Chartered Chemical Engineer with over 45 years of experience in the sugar industry with Tate & Lyle Sugars, He studied Chemical engineering at Polytechnic of the South Bank; Other noteworthy qualifications, Nebosh Health & Safety construction certificate and DSEAR training – CompEx Ex14 Responsible Person etc.

His introduction to mechanical handling equipment came when he was given the opportunity to project manage a new sugar milling plant for icing production and packing. This was closely followed by several other new packing lines projects each requiring new interim sugar silo storage and mechanical handling routes incorporating explosion protection systems.   

He has carried out various roles within both operations and project engineering departments. His current responsibilities include site Atex responsible person co-ordinating compliance training, house-keeping inspections, hazardous area zoning updates, technical support for the projects and maintenance teams plus specification of new equipment including installation and commissioning of explosion protection systems on new plant or upgrades to existing.

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Dr. Peter Gunning BSc MSc PhD

Head of Research & Devlopment O.C.O. Technology

Paper Title: Carbon Mineralisation Development.

Peter has nearly twenty years’ experience working on carbon utilisation and mineralisation projects and has coordinated numerous pioneering pilot scale proof-of-concept projects including the design and construction of novel carbon capture and waste/soil treatment plants. He has worked with numerous companies around the world to help develop waste valorisation solutions and create sustainable construction products. He has published numerous journal papers and articles on waste management, mineral sequestration of carbon, production of secondary aggregates and recycled construction materials, as well as a book on soil remediation. In 2011 and 2012 he played an instrumental role in the design, construction and successful commissioning of the world’s first commercial scale carbon mineralisation plant. Peter joined O.C.O Technology in 2016 as Head of R&D and has been responsible for product and process development as well as playing an active role in business development and international projects.

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Mr. Simon McGhie

Performance Engineer, Lynemouth Power Station

Paper Title: Case Study - Milling Biomass Pellet in Vertical Spindle Mills.

The Performance Engineer at Lynemouth Power Station, a Chartered Engineer, and a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, with approaching 30 years of experience in the electricity generating industry. Entered the industry after completing a 4 year Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship within pharmaceuticals, and have performed a number of roles within power station operations. Including a number of temporary secondments into performance, before being appointed into his current role 10 years ago.

A member of the core team which carried out the initial feasibility assessment and R&D works with a view to converting a coal fired power station to 100% sustainable biomass pellet firing. This then led to an involved role within the conversion process and subsequent commissioning activities, allowing a safe and successful conversion to be completed.

An active member of the IMechE Materials Bulk Handling Committee. He also represents EPUKI/LPL in the Generators Safety Integrity Program, sitting on the Solid Fuels Group. Which develops and promotes best practice in solid fuel safety within the electricity generation industry.

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Mr. Marco Sonnenschein

Head of Sales, Herrenknecht and H+E Logistik GmbH

Paper Title: Introduction into Herronknecht Group (Herronknecht AG and H + E.)

Marco Sonnenschein age 44, Mechanical Engineer started his career in the tunnelling industry with an internship and diploma theses at Herrenknecht AG in Schwanau (Germany) and entered H+E Logistik GmbH in 2006.

With H+E he entered as Project Manager into the conveyor business and developed his career to the Head of Project Management before he became Head of Sales in 2016.

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Mr. Nigel Waldron

Managing Director, Power Minerals Ltd

Paper Title: Sustainability, Source into resource - Future of Ash.

Nigel has over 35 years of experience in the electricity generation industry starting as an apprentice with the CEGB, joining the Ash Marketing Board in 1989. Since then, he developed his knowledge, networks and relationships at all levels of the supply chain and coal ash industry. In 2003 Nigel co-founded Hargreaves Coal Combustion Products together with Peter Brennan and in 2010 became Managing Director of the newly-named Power Minerals Ltd (PML) following the purchase of the business by STEAG and now EP Power Minerals.

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Dr. Miles Watkins

Founder, Stuff4Life

Paper Title: The Circular Economy - What is it, why does it matter and what does it look like?

Miles worked for Aggregate Industries for 17 years, ultimately performing the role of Sustainability Director, an executive position holding responsibility for a wide range of corporate services. Subsequently Miles took a post as Business Development Director of the Building Research Establishment leading several business units in the UK, USA and China as well as directing group commercial activity. Miles is now an independent sustainability professional who alongside management consulting also runs two circularity-based start-ups in minerals and polymers respectively.

Miles has a PhD from the School of Management, University of Bath, is a Chartered Environmentalist, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying and a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

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