World Demolition Summit announces speakers

RVA's Richard Vann will give keynote at Nov. 2 event in London.

October 17, 2017
CDR Staff
Richard Vann will give the keynote presentation at the 2017 World Demolition Summit (WDS) at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel on in London Nov. 2.

Richard Vann has been involved in the demolition and decommissioning industry for 35 years. He is managing director of RVA Group, a specialist project management and engineering consultancy that has provided decommissioning, decontamination, dismantling and demolition support on more than 700 complex projects worldwide in Borehamwood, England.

Project testimonials on its website include GlaxoSmithKline, Huntsman Petrochemicals, Barratt Homes and Tiejin Polycarbonate Singapore, while further clients listed include Eggborough Power, Rolls-Royce, Saint-Gobain, Bayer and Sellafield Ltd.

Vann is also past president of both the Institute of Demolition Engineers and the Institute of Explosives Engineers.

His own experience of the conference industry includes chairing a Power Station Decommissioning forum in Germany in June 2016.

At the WDS, he joins an international line up of speakers comprises Rupert Craven (Ritchie Bros), James Howard (Coleman & Company), Teddy Holt (Radius Crane Management), Ahmed Amir Khalil (Applied Science International), Scott Knightly (Envirovantage), Jacqueline O’Donovan (O’Donovan Waste Disposal), Ryan Priestly (Priestly Demolition), Duncan Rudall (Rye Demolition), Aiden Short (Urban Resilience Platform on behalf of Martin Bjerregard, Disaster Waste Recovery) and Eirik Wraal (AF Gruppen).

The conference will be chaired by Howard Button, CEO of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, and John Woodward, demolition consultant at C&D Consultancy.

The WDS, which combines the one-day conference with a table top exhibition and evening awards dinner, is organized by Demolition & Recycling International (D&Ri), in cooperation with the European Demolition Association and with the support of the National Demolition Association of the U.S. The headline sponsor is Volvo Construction Equipment.

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