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Our inspiring speakers for 2021 will be giving insights on topical and technical issues designed to appeal to delegates from the bulk handling industry and associated fields.


Speakers for Bulkex21 to be announced shortly 

Please see below speakers at BULKEX19

Peter Anderson

Director and MD, Coomtech

30 years’ experience as a Director and MD of operating and manufacturing business including the roll out of major multi-million Poundprojects in the automotive sector. Peter led projects at Britax Vega Limited increasing the company value from £5m to £30m and Strix increasing the company value from £50m to £70m. Peter leads all aspects of the Coomtech business.

Justin Atkin

Port of Antwerp

Justin has over 25 years’ experience in the ports, shipping and logistics sector working in operational, commercial and general management roles. His experience includes senior appointments with Associated British Ports including Terminal Manager at the Humber International Terminal, the UK’s largest dry bulk facility, and as Head of Commercial (Humber) covering the ports of Immingham, Hull, Goole and Grimsby. Today Justin runs his own business, Ragged Edge Consulting Limited, providing consultancy and niche recruitment solutions to clients operating in the logistics and supply chain sector. Justin is also the Port of Antwerp Authority’s Representative for UK & Ireland and is responsible for developing a network of relationships with shippers, ports, shipping lines, freight forwarders, shipping agents and other relevant stakeholders, promoting the Port of Antwerp as a gateway to and from the main European centres of production and consumption, but also as a hub-port with connections to more than 1000 ports globally.

Declan Barry

Managing Director, ATEX Explosions

Declan Barry started as a Mechanical Engineer in Ireland in 1978 he completed further education with the Institute of Industrial Management and Product Development 1984 to 87.  This got Declan into a career developing Explosion Protection services with Mercury Engineering in 1987, finishing as to General Manager 1997.  His primary task was testing and installing Pressure Hot Water Explosion Suppression Systems for the Dairy industry.  Declan bought Explosion Hazards in 1998.  He is Member of the Institute of Engineers in Ireland, European Safety Management Group, the EU’s Safetynet programme, National Standards Association of Ireland representative to CEN TC305 and BSI EXL/023 standards representative and is also member of MHEA and on the council of SHAPA.

Matthew Beverley


I started my working career in 1993 as an apprentice sheet metal engineer, working in the automotive industry producing stretch Rolls Royce limousines. After completing my apprenticeship, I worked in Germany & Italy as a project manager whilst study for an engineering degree. For the past 17 years I have held senior director positions in manufacturing companies.

I joined Hoverdale in May 2019 as the Managing Director. My remit was to take over daily operations from Mike Parker who is now the company Chairman. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Hoverdale brand was strong and that the products were well respected. However, it was clear that the market had strong competition and to be able to compete globally we had to innovate and become the leader in the sector. We embarked on an aggressive product development plan to understand our customer pains and how we could best help to mitigate these issues. The results of these projects will be demonstrated in this presentation.

Mike Bradley

Director, The Wolfson Centre

Mike Bradley is Professor in Particle and Bulk Technology, Director of the Wolfson Centre and Head of the Greenwich Manufacturing Group at the University of Greenwich.

He was awarded both his honours degree and PHD from Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich) and, as the Director, provides technical leadership in all aspects of bulk solids handling.

His particular areas of interest lie in pneumatic conveying, design of hoppers and silos, dust control, plant integration and maintenance of product quality. He is Chair of Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA), a member of Materials Handling Engineers’ Association (MHEA) and of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Bulk Materials Handling Committee (IMechE). He was awarded a professorship in 2006 and the directorship in 2008.

Michael Brinkley

Head of Strategy for Supply Chain Operations, Network Rail

Michael is Head of Strategy for Network Rail’s Supply Chain Operations directorate.  This 24/7/365 operation of 1,600 people manages £900m of spend annually.  Within this figure is procurement and logistics for 2.5 million tonnes of aggregates each year, 1,000 miles of new rail over 700,000 sleepers.

Before joining Network Rail, Michael has a wide range of experience in Programme and Supply Chain Management in large multinational organisations in the defence and aerospace sectors, including Lockheed Martin and Atkins Global.

Michael is a Chartered Engineer and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Paul Breslin

Head of Safety Performance and Assurance, Tideway London

Paul has spent 12 years working in Health and Safety.

Having initially began as a placement student within a Local Authority, while studying for a degree in Safety, Health and Environment Management, Paul has developed a specialism in implementing Health and Safety Management Systems to help ensure demonstrable legal compliance.

Having spent 7 years in local government, Paul began working for the Client Team on the largest construction programme in Europe, (at the time) Crossrail.

Having assisted in the implementation of Crossrail’s CDM and assurance processes, within the NEC 3 Framework, Paul moved onto the Tideway ‘Super-Sewer’ where he currently works as the Head of Safety Performance and Assurance.

Rizwan Chaudhry

Clyde Bergemann

Dr Rizwan Chaudhry has nineteen years’ experience in Bulk Materials handling. During this time, he has worked in academia and industry. He obtained PhD Degree in the field of Pneumatic conveying in 2004 from Wolfson Centre, University of Greenwich. Since 2005 he has been working in bulk materials handling industry in various technical roles. He has wide range of experience in designing bulk-handling systems in food, pharmaceutical, chemical, power, mineral and metals industries. He has worked on bulk materials handling projects form coal fired power stations in Australia to Copper mines in Chile. He also has research interests in prediction of pressure drop in pneumatic conveying systems, bend wear, powder testing and silo design.

Dr Richard Maslen

Process Engineer, Fairport Engineering Ltd

A graduate of the University of Birmingham School of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Maslen joined Fairport Engineering as a Process Engineer in 2006 having previously worked as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science. His experience at Fairport involves work on a number of diverse mechanical handling projects including waste, quarrying and other aggregates.

Gary Sinclair

Operations Director, Compass Minerals UK

Gary is currently Operations Director for Compass Minerals UK, part of a Wall Street-listed US minerals company which he joined ten years ago as an Engineering Manager and progressed to Operations & Engineering manager, then Mine Manager, before progressing to his current position.

Prior to that, he was Head of Engineering at Building adhesives, supply the UK market with high quality cementitious powder and ready mixed tile adhesives under the BAL brand.

Over a four year period, Gary progressed from a role as a production technician to Engineering Manager at BOCM Pauls, the largest UK suppler of compound bulk animal feeds.

Gary worked for 15 years in the coal industry as a U/G mechanical engineer, the last 4 years of which he spent as a mechanical shift engineer.

Gary has an engineering HND (Coal board equivalent) and an MBA in business.

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