Conference bookings are now open!

Don’t forget the Early bird is available for a limited time!

We are pleased to announce the 2024 BCGA Conference will take place on Thursday 16th May 2024 at The Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Worsley Park, Manchester.

Please click here to download the BCGA conference flyer.

Bookings are now OPEN!

Book your earlybird place before 16 February 2024

Speaker Profiles

Ellen Daniels, BCGA

Ellen joined the British Compressed Gases Association as CEO in February 2020.

Before joining BCGA, Ellen was Head of Public Affairs and Policy at the British Coatings Federation for almost five years, where a big part of her role was focused on Brexit and REACH. Prior to joining the BCF, she worked for in both the UK and European Parliaments, she then spent two years at a public affairs company working with clients in the energy, education and health sectors.

David Hurren

David is founding chair of the BCGA (British Compressed Gas Association) TSC on Alternative Energy which is active in establishing UK codes for refuelling stations for Alternative Energy and  is passionate about engagement with Government and like-minded organisations to facilitate development of the market. He is also Vice Chair of REA Biogas Steering Committee,  Co Chair of Gas Vehicle Network in UK, and sits on the Advisory Board of ADBA .

Simon Fisher, GasCon

Simon has enjoyed 34yrs in the gases industry and is the owner of GasCon Gas Consultants. Simon has worked worldwide over the years and has a wide range of experience in all areas of the gases industry. Simon is Chairperson of the BFBi  Dispense Committee aswell as being Chair of TSC3 and member of the BSi WEE18 ISO standards committee. Simon has 4 children and lives in sleepy Somerset on the SW coast with his wife Alison.

Steve Corner, BOC Ltd

Steve is a chartered mechanical engineer with many years’ experience in the compressed gases industry. He is responsible for SHEQ legislation, emergency preparedness, security and product stewardship for BOC-Linde, along with numerous SHEQ systems and processes. Steve chairs BCGA’s TSCs 6 (H&S) and 10 (security), and is closely involved in EIGA WG-13 (also covering security) and various IMechE groups.

Ben Jenkinson, BOC Ltd

Ben Jenkinson is the Branch Manager of BOC Gases Wolverhampton, a large industrial and medical compressed gas filling facility based in the West Midlands, UK. Ben is a chemical engineer by background, graduating from Teesside University with a Masters in Chemical Engineering before joining the BOC Engineering Graduate Scheme in 2014. Moving to the Wolverhampton site in 2019 as Branch Manager, Ben’s next goal is to achieve chartered engineer status with the Institute of Chemical Engineers. Outside of work Ben has a passion for travelling, successfully achieving 30 countries by age 30 (32 really if you include the COVID era!)

Greg Willis, BOC Ltd

Greg Willis is a Regional SHEQ Advisor for the central region of the UK, employed by BOC Ltd (a Linde Company) and based in Wolverhampton.  Greg moved into SHEQ following a number of years in first line management positions, with a motivation to use his 20-year experience in the organisation to enrich the SHEQ management systems, drive improved compliance and ultimately keep people safe.  Greg’s inspiration comes from his wife, two sons and daughter. Currently studying for a NEBOSH Diploma, Greg also finds time to volunteer with a children’s football team, enjoys cycling, kayaking and is a hobbyist blacksmith.

Celia Greaves, The Hydrogen Energy Association

Celia Greaves is founder and CEO of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.  She has lead the Association and its predecessor for over 15 years, and has been instrumental in its growth to be the largest and longest running pan-UK hydrogen grouping. Other hydrogen and fuel cell work has included managing hydrogen and fuel cell activities within the UK Knowledge Transfer Network for over 5 years and contributing to a number of reports for the US Electric Power Research Institute.  Celia’s earlier career included roles with the Centre for Exploitation of Science and Technology and Mott MacDonald. 

Hamish Nichol, Ricardo

Hamish is experienced in the technical & commercial leadership of projects in the hydrogen sector, from green hydrogen production plant delivery, transport deployments, though to technology development and commercialisation. He’s focused on developing strong partnerships with public and private clients to help understand the place for hydrogen, and where appropriate implement it as part of their decarbonisation roadmaps. Prior to Ricardo Hamish was co-founder of a business developing technology to crack ammonia into hydrogen, enabling it as a fuel for gas turbines and internal combustion engines. He’s led projects in hydrogen aviation, hydrogen for heat, liquid hydrogen test facilities, and Europe’s largest hydrogen fuel cell bus deployment. Hamish has a PhD in experimental cryogenic physics and is a Fellow of the IoP.

Rob Cockerill, Gasworld

Rob Cockerill is the Global Content Director of gasworld. Having joined gasworld as news desk journalist in 2007, Rob has reported on the global industrial gases business for more than 15 years and exclusively interviewed some of the leading figures in the industry.

He heads up all editorial in his role as Content Director and is a regular speaker and moderator at conferences, virtual events and webinars.

Clare Yearsley, BOC Ltd

Clare worked for BOC Ltd 23 years, Transport functionality 12 years. Business Improvement Manager: Service & Training. Responsibility: Training Team 7 Full Time Trainers + 20 Branch Driver Trainers – deliver periodic and legislative training nationally, across three delivery platforms, to circa 600 Drivers. Business improvement initiatives, including training development and alternative formats. DIViRT initiative developed and implemented successfully 2023, initial program: Hazard Awareness/Perception. New programs in development for 2024 roll out.

Rhiannon Chalmers-Brown, Ricardo

Rhiannon is an applied scientist with expertise in alternative applications for anaerobic digestion, resource recovery and emissions reduction. Before joining Ricardo, she led a team in the development of an innovative process for the mixed culture fermentation of steel manufacturing co-production gases, evolving the technology from initial proof of concept studies to the design, construction and operation of a pilot facility. She has hands on experience in a wide range of industries including steel manufacturing, wastewater treatment and hazardous waste disposal. Rhiannon is interested in the application of emerging sustainable technologies to secure industry for future generations. In Ricardo, Rhiannon is a senior consultant specialising in the safety and emergency response for alternative fuels as part of Ricardo’s National Chemical Emergency Centre.

Tim Doggett, Chemical Business Association (CBA)

The multi award winning Chemical Business Association (CBA) is celebrating its 100th Anniversary and is the leading organisation representing the UK chemical supply chain.

The chemical industry is one of the most important and diverse industries in the world – more than 97% of all manufactured products contain inputs from the chemicals industry – and it is a vital thread that runs through society and economy alike.

A large and complex chemical supply chain has evolved over many years and is in place to effectively maintain and support such a vital industry, and although the past few years have been challenging, it is largely resilient and continues to adjust and adapt. 

Susan Scurlock, Primary Engineer

Dr Susan Scurlock MBE founded Primary Engineer in 2005 after training as a Graphic Designer and later as a Secondary School Teacher. She has developed a sophisticated programme of award-winning teacher training courses ranging from one day courses to master’s level postgraduate certificates.

She is the recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2020 Rooke Award, three Honorary Doctorates and was awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year’s Honours list in recognition of her work in engineering education. 

Chloe Tindale, Air Products

Chloe is a Chemical Engineer who started her career at Air Products just over 5 years ago on their graduate programme. As part of this, she has been able to experience a wide variety of roles; from research and development, to sales!

Chloe has enjoyed exploring the diversity in “what industrial gases touch”, travelling to many different sites, and experiencing processes hands-on. The role that BCGA plays, not only in what Air Products’ does, but also for their many customers, has been particularly interesting to learn (and then explain to customers) along the way.

Now Chloe is the UKI strategic marketing manager for Hydrogen at Air Products; she sits on TSC9 and TSC1, and is Vice Chair of the Future Leaders’ Committee at BCGA.

Kelly Vasir, Cavagna Group UK

My name is Kelly Vasir, I am head of product sales for compressed gases for Cavagna Group UK.

I have worked for the company for just over 7 years now and sit on four of the BCGA technical standard committees.

I enjoy being a part of such a diverse industry which makes a difference to hundreds of thousands of people in the UK every day. I am a wife, mother, keen traveller and love interior design.

Megan Backhouse, BOC Ltd

After beginning her career in the steel industry with an advanced apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering, Megan joined BOC’s engineering department, managing hydrogen and air gas projects from concept development through to construction and commissioning across customer sites. Megan now specialises in clean energy projects and is passionate about exploring ways in which alternative fuels, clean energy and carbon capture can be used to decarbonise traditionally carbon heavy industries to help them achieve Net Zero targets.

Katie Paxton-Fear, Traceable AI

Katie is a in house content creator at Traceable AI with a PhD in Cyber Security and AI, but she’s far more well known for her hobby, in her free time she is a bug bounty hunter, she find bugs and reports them. She got started in 2019 finding her first vulnerabilities in Uber despite having no experience with hacking prior. She’s been hacking her way through the pandemic and beyond. As she learns new skills she shares them with her YouTube channel, teaching her 70,000 subscribers how to follow in her footsteps and helping them find their first paid vulnerabilities.

Gemma Jones, Marks and Spencer

Being a food retailer, we are a number of steps away from the sourcing, procurement and contracting of carbon dioxide which is a critical  raw material for our suppliers across beverages, products packed in MAP (shelf life) and for animal welfare standards within the food group here at M&S.  Over the past number of years our supply chain have been impacted by disruption in  supply, rapid  cost increases and ongoing levels of uncertainty. Gemma is the Raw Material Technical Manager at M&S and would like to share with you her experiences of navigating CO2 resilience over the past few years, why this ingredient is so critical to M&S and provide some insight to the gas industry as an appeal for further resilience strategies within the gas sector.  

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