Introducing the Keynote Speakers of M&CCE Expo

I’m really excited to announce our first wave of keynote speakers sharing their expert insight at the Expo happening in October. The team and I have pulled together a collection of experts in their specific fields to give talks on the developments and issues currently happening within the industry. Below are just a few name on the seminar schedule: 

Benjamin King – Royal HaskoningDHV

Benjamin is a senior marine consultant and chartered marine scientist at Royal HaskoningDHV and based in Edinburgh. Ben provides strategic and technical advice on a wide range of marine environmental topics including benthic ecology, fisheries, underwater noise, marine mammals, shipping and environmental compliance. Over the past 8 years Ben has worked in various offshore industries including offshore wind, tidal, transmission, oil and gas, commercial fishing, aggregate dredging and harbours. Through this experience he has gained valuable insight into the considerations required for a wide variety of project types. 

His seminar will focus on De-risking offshore renewables projects by lifetime consideration of environmental constraints. Environmental considerations can place considerable design constraints and result in onerous financial burdens on offshore projects if not properly planned and managed. Continued consideration of environmental constraints can have significant project de-risking and cost saving benefits

Dr Uwe Dornbusch – Environmental Agency 

Prior to joining the Environment Agency in 2009, Uwe spent seven years as a Research Fellow at Sussex University followed by a two-year stint at a coastal engineering consultancy. Over the last 17 years Uwe has accumulated a wide range of field and desk based research experience involving cliffs, shore platforms, mixed beaches and their interaction with engineering structures with particular emphasis on Southeast England. He now works for the Environment Agency in Southeast England as a senior specialist supporting local and national teams in the Environment Agency, the coastal monitoring programme, Local Councils and communities with advice on a wide range of coastal issues focussing on coastal processes and management. Uwe has published over 30 papers.

Following a brief description of beach management practices, Uwe’s presentation will focus on future constraints in continuing with these.

Stephen Fort – Atkins 

Stephen Fort is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Geologist and RoGEP Adviser with extensive specialist technical and management experience gained over the last 35 years in many aspects of geotechnical, coastal and infrastructure engineering in the UK and overseas. Stephen has worked on many coastal landslide stabilisation and coast protection schemes and studies around the UK including; Lyme Regis, the Isle of Wight, the New Forest, N Yorkshire. Stephen is Atkins` Technical Authority on Coastal & Landslide Engineering and is the author of 20 technical papers, many of which are on coastal issues.

Stephen’s presentation will focus on the importance of understanding the influence of geology and geotechnics through appropriate investigation and design. This is required to inform the selection, design, construction and future resilience of a scheme. Through a number of case studies, the influence of the three E’s – engineering, environment and economics - will be described, all of which need to be satisfied to ensure the success of a project

We are constantly making additions to our speaker line up so make sure you visit the website on a regular basis to find out what new and exciting content is happening at the exhibition. 

Looking forward to seeing you at the event 

Jon Greenslade 


Event Director