Collaborate 2015
4/3/2015 - 5/3/2015, Leeds, UK

Collaborate 2015 will bring together EEMUA members and speakers from across industries, with the widest knowledge and personal experiences of the engineering issues of owning and managing process plant.”

Collaborate 2015 – EEMUA’s flagship two-yearly-event - presents a wonderful opportunity to benefit from, or learn more about, association membership. You will be able to:

• Listen and learn from our keynote speakers’ presentations on current and critical engineering issues.

• Participate in an EEMUA workshop or seminar;  there are a whole range to choose from over both days, all organised and run by members. The event programme has for more details.

Hear the views of industry wide cross-sector peers, improving and broadening your self-help network.

• Meet EEMUA’s directors and members of its governing council, as well as other leading experts who are active in the association.

Industrial Assets: Safer and Longer Operations is the central theme for Collaborate 2015, in recognition of the fact that many industrial assets around the world are reaching or exceeding their original design life. There is continual demand to extend the operational life of these plants but only if it remains safe and economically viable to do so. Collaborate 2015 will examine various aspects of plant ageing and demonstrate the how operators can continue to run process plant without compromising safety and integrity.

EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association is a successful international non-profit membership organisation.

EEMUA member companies own or operate industrial facilities – invariably safety-critical and/or supply-critical facilities – in the chemical process, energy, utilities, distribution and related sectors.

EEMUA participants are the professional engineers and managers who specify, procure and use engineering equipment and materials. Member companies rely on us, as professional engineers and managers, to solve problems and do what’s required to get their industrial assets operational and keep them operating safety and cost-effectively.

EEMUA provides both a self-help network for participants, and a shared independent platform that enables member companies to address relevant issues of the day. We are active in many areas: from influencing legislation to maintaining regulatory relations, the development of engineering standards and guidelines, issues of workforce competency, equipment/material quality concerns, and many more.

EEMUA has a significant heritage, with an enviable reputation in the international engineering community that stretches back more than 60 years. 

By participating in EEMUA, and especially by participating in Collaborate 2015, you can help identify the issues and potential solutions; and help set the agenda to ensure safe and more effective industrial asset management and asset integrity in 2015, and into the future.

We hope that all our EEMUA member company participants will join in the Collaborate 2015 event. I look forward to seeing you there.





Stefan Kukula
Chief Executive


Collaborate 2015 Plenaries (zip file)

Collaborate 2015 Day 1 Sessions (zip file) 

Collaborate 2015 Day 2 Sessions (zip file)

10:20 - 10:30

Introduction and Welcome
Stefan Kukula, Chief Executive, EEMUA
John Whitfield, Chairman, EEMUA / Inspection and Integrity Manager, Essar Oil

Oulton 2 & 3
10:30 - 11:00

Considerations regarding ageing for a new plant
Christian Poppe, Head of Technical Services, Bayer Material Science

Oulton 2 & 3
11:00 - 11:30

The New Legislative Framework regarding PED/SPVD
The New Legislative Framework regarding PED/SPVD (video only)
Hans d’Hooge, Desk Officer Pressure Equipment Sector, European Commission

Oulton 2 & 3
11:30 - 12:00

Keeping the Vulcan flying
Keeing the Vulcan flying (video only)
Kevin "Taff" Stone, Chief Engineer for Vulcan Operating Company

Oulton 2 & 3
12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:50

Breakout sessions - A

GB HSE's view on imminent danger: seminar
Jarrod King, HM Specialist Inspector of Health & Safety, HSE

Oulton 2 & 3

Ageing rotating machinery: workshop
Andrew Walker, Machines Engineer, SABIC

Oulton 1

IEC 62682 - Impact on EEMUA Publication 191: seminar
Andy Lichnowski, INC Chair, EEMUA

Repton Room
14:00 - 14:50

Breakout sessions - B

A summary of in-service inspection approaches in EU countries: seminar
Hans Spijkerman, Head of Inspection UIO/T, Shell

Oulton 2 & 3

Design margins for pressure systems: workshop
Stuart Brady, Mechanical Engineering Specialist, ExxonMobil

Oulton 1

Ageing electrical assets: workshop
Mark Thomas, Manager Electrical Engineering, Tata Steel

Repton Room
14:50 - 15:10


Bar Foyer
15:10 - 16:00

Breakout sessions - C

Third party inspection bodies: seminar
Robin Luxmoore, UIC Chair, EEMUA

Oulton 2 & 3

Managing excessive accumulation of pressure: workshop
Neil Roberts, Process Safety Specialist, Dow Corning

Oulton 1

How we interact with the machine: workshop
Toby Pusey, Systems Engineering Manager, National Grid

Repton Room
16:10 - 17:00

Breakout sessions - D

Integrity management: workshop
Robin Luxmoore, UIC Chair, EEMUA

Oulton 2 & 3

Ageing plastics and composites: seminar
Centre for Ageing Materials: Prof dr ir Rinze Benedictus, Chairholder Structural Integrity & Composites, Dept. Manager Aerospace Structures & Materials, University of Delft
Dr MSc ing Jeanne van Buren, Senior Consultant, Marsh Risk Consulting

Oulton 1

CompEx for Duty Holders: seminar
Martin Jones, CompEx Operations Manager, JTL

Repton Room
19:00 - 19:30

Event Reception

Bar Foyer
19:30 - 21:30


Oulton 2 & 3
21:30 - 22:00

After Dinner Entertainment - David Gunson

Oulton 2 & 3
22:00 - 24:00



Collaborate 2015 Plenaries (zip file)

Collaborate 2015 Day 1 Sessions (zip file) 

Collaborate 2015 Day 2 Sessions (zip file)

08:50 - 09:40

Breakout sessions - E

National interpretation of Seveso 3: workshop
Kevin Peacock, Group Asset Integrity Engineer, Tata Steel

Oulton 2 & 3

Calibration and validation: workshop
Peter Pergande, OLA, EEMUA

Repton Room

EEMUA Publication 159 Edition 4 - An explanation of updates: seminar
EEMUA 159 Working Group Panel

Oulton 1
09:50 - 10:40

Breakout sessions - F

Competency management: workshop
Competency management: workshop (video)
Graham Orchard, Consultant, EEMUA

Oulton 2 & 3

Integrity of flange joints: workshop
Gary Robinson, Oil and Gas Systems Engineer, SSE

Repton Room

Radiography and advanced UT: what's desired vs what's achievable: workshop
Peter Conlin, INT Chair, EEMUA

Oulton 1
10:40 - 11:00


Bar Foyer
11:00 - 11:50

Breakout sessions - G

Risk management of ageing plant infrastructure. How safe is your site? Workshop
Ian Parke, Civil Engineer, EDF

Oulton 2 & 3

Asset management of small bore connections: workshop
Toby Lant, Pressure Systems Specialist, Centrica

Repton Room

Implementing PPM for various plant assets: seminar
Jan de Jong, STC Chair, EEMUA

Oulton 1
12:00 - 12:30

HSE strategic view
HSE strategic view (video only)
Judith Hackitt, Chair, GB Health & Safety Executive

Oulton 2 & 3
12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:20

Breakout sessions - H

Approach to process safety throughout the asset life cycle in global power generation: seminar
Ian Baulch-Jones, Lead Engineer - Asset Management Systems, E-On

Oulton 2 & 3

Temporary repair – qualification and management: workshop
John Kokott, Mechanical Design/Stress Engineer, Essar Oil

Repton Room

Lessons from KP4 – offshore ageing: seminar
Andrew Duncan, Lead Consultant, Intertek

Oulton 1
14:30 - 15:20

Breakout sessions - I

Ageing assets: change in re-rating operating conditions: workshop
Stuart Turner, Lead Gas & Oil Engineer, SSE

Oulton 2 & 3

Insulation and coatings: what works and what doesn’t: workshop
Stuart Tilley, Senior Inspection Manager, SABIC

Repton Room

Inspection, maintenance and repair of plastic tanks: workshop
Jez Hill, Regional Engineering Manager, Univar

Oulton 1
15:25 - 15:45

Panel session

Oulton 2 & 3

End of event

Judith Hackitt

Chair, GB HSE

Judith was appointed as Chair of the GB Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 1 October 2007 for a term of five years and was reappointed for a further three years from October 2012. She had previously served as a commissioner between 2002 and 2005 and was awarded her CBE for services to health and safety in 2006.

Judith is a chemical engineer and graduated from Imperial College, London,  in 1975. She worked in the chemicals manufacturing industry for 23 years before joining the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) in 1998.  She became director general of CIA (from 2002-2005) and then worked in Brussels for the European Chemical Industry Association (CEFIC).

Christian Poppe

Head of Technical Services, Bayer Material Science AG

Christian is Head of technical services for the isocyanate production of Bayer Material Science AG in Dormagen, Germany. He is responsible for maintenance, engineering and reliability of recently commissioned world scale production units. His previous experience includes the operation of synthetic rubber plants in Germany and France as well as the technical support for the production of raw materials for polyurethane coatings.

Prior to joining Bayer Material Science Christian was project manager at Aventis Research and Technology, the engineering company of the former Hoechst AG.

Christian holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Chemical Engineering from RWTH Aachen (Germany) and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine in London (UK).

Kevin "Taff" Stone

Crewchief and Chief Engineer, Vulcan Operating Company

Born in Neath and educated in Port Talbot, South Wales, Kevin or 'Taff' as he is widely known, joined the RAF in 1980 spending 25 years with the service. He worked on a number of high profile aircraft, including the Vulcan Display Flight, the Red Arrows, Tornado F3’s and E3D AWAC’s.

After leaving the RAF, Taff was part of the team that restored Vulcan XH558 back to flightworthiness under the guidance of Marshall Aerospace of Cambridge. This was the most complex aircraft restoration project ever seen. Taff is now is the chief engineer for The Vulcan Operating Company, which has sole maintenance and airworthiness responsibility for Vulcan XH558. 

Collaborate 2015 is open to permanent EEMUA member and EEMUA associate company personnel as well as qualifying operating personnel from non-member process plant owner/operator companies. 

All participants require approval to register for this event. To begin the registration process, you will need to complete a registration and payment options form and return it to You can either download the forms from the 'Programme' page and email them directly, or click on the ‘Apply to register’ button above to request them from EEMUA. Provided you meet the entry criteria outlined above, EEMUA will then confirm your registration.

Programme options

You will see when you study the programme in detail that the event includes plenary presentations and a number of separate seminar and workshop sessions at one common venue. Seminars and workshops will take place concurrently in parallel sessions.
Many of the seminars and workshops have been arranged, and will be delivered, by participants from the EEMUA technical committees and are designed to address topical issues currently in discussion within the committees.

Booking onto your sessions

In due course it will be possible to select the sessions you want to attend via the EEMUA website. If you are a registered delegate, we will contact you as soon as the online session booking has opened. 
First come, first served

Please note that some sessions run in parallel and allocation of places at any session will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Past attendees

Here are the names of just some of the companies who have attended Collaborate in recent years:

Applus RTD UK
Ashland UK
AstraZeneca UK
BG Group
ConocoPhillips UK
Cristal Pigments UK
Dow Corning
ESB International
Essar Oil  
ExxonMobil Engineering (Europe)
Foster Wheeler Energy
Murco Petroleum
National Grid Grain Gas
Northern Gas Networks
NuStar Terminals
Oiltanking Europe
Phillips 66
RWE Npower
SABIC UK Petrochemicals
Scottish Power
Simon Storage
Tata Steel UK
Total UK
Sembcorp Utilities
URENCO ChemPlants Valero Energy
Veolia Environmental Services UK
Vivergo Fuels
Wales & West Utilities
World Fuel Services

  • Andrew Pearson

    Engineering and Technical Services Manager, EEMUA

  • Zoe Bonython

    Operations Manager, EEMUA

  • Gus Carroll

    Group Head of Process Safety, Centrica

  • Matthew Jones

    Principal Engineer Mechanical Integrity, Tata Steel

  • Stuart Turner

    Lead Gas & Oil Systems Engineer, SSE

  • Gordon Walker

    Engineering Manager, Scottish Power

  • Michael Wynd

    Chief Engineer, Scottish Power

For participants from EEMUA member and EEMUA associate companies, the registration fee is as follows:

  • Standard fee, purchased from 1 December 2014 - £240.00 all inclusive.

NOTE to members: this event is being subsidised by EEMUA to enable as many participants as possible to attend.

For qualifying operating personnel from non-member companies, the registration fee is as follows:

  • Standard fee, purchased from 1st December 2014 - £450.00 all inclusive.

For EEMUA members, EEMUA associates and non-members, there is a multi-buy discount of an additional 5% for five or more places. This is only available on the standard rate and all delegates must be from the same company. Please contact EEMUA directly on if you would like to take advantage of this offer.

Please note all payments must be received at least three working days before the event, otherwise EEMUA may not be able to grant you access.

If your organisation is not yet a member of EEMUA, but applies for corporate membership within six months of the Collaborate 2015 event, and is subsequently accepted, then we will offset the relevant delegate registration fees for this event against the cost of your organisation's 2015-16 EEMUA corporate membership subscription.

Contact the EEMUA membership team using for more details about EEMUA corporate membership and this special offer.

Once you have successfully registered and paid for Collaborate 2015, you will be able to take advantage of the following entitlements, all of which are included in your delegate fee:

Delegate registration
Including the right to attend and participate in the event.
Delegate pack
Including any associated session materials.
Access to the Collaborate 2015 website
Where you will be able to login at any time to select and change which sessions you attend.
Your own room, with en-suite facilities, will be provided at the event venue for the night of Wednesday 4 March 2015. Additional nights of Tuesday 3 March and/or Thursday 5 March may be booked separately and will incur a separate charge. Contact us if you require additional accommodation.
Meals and refreshments
Lunch on Wednesday 4 March; breakfast and lunch on Thursday 5 March; plus tea, coffee and other refreshments offered throughout the event.
Complimentary Ticket for the Collaborate 2015 Reception and Dinner
The EEMUA Collaborate Reception and Dinner will be held at the venue on the evening of Wednesday 4 March 2015.
Free parking on site
Throughout the duration of the event.
Business facilities on site
Use of the venue’s business services, including workstations and free internet access throughout the duration of the event.
Delegate support on site
Including 24-hour reception and assistance with your local travel arrangements.
EEMUA is exempt from Value Added Tax (VAT) and does not charge VAT on its Events.