Olympic athlete Derek Redmond will be taking centre stage at The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) 2016 annual conference.

The world-class runner will be part of a thought-provoking and engaging programme at the event, taking place on 21st April at Oulton Hall in Leeds.

The event’s programme will offer a blend of industry updates and speakers from associated sectors, in keeping with the BCGA’s position as the go-to body for relevant, accurate and interesting information.

These include the hot topic of clean energy vehicles, with Chris Parkin from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) keeping guests abreast of the latest developments in this field.

Dave Walton, the Chief Fire Officers Association lead on hazardous materials for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, will give an insight into the scope and activity of the service, plus an insight into the management of incidents involving hazardous material.

Geoff Melton a consultant for TWI will give an overview of the developments in arc welding processes and the role of shielding gases, while John Raquet, Publisher and Consultant for Spiritus Consulting, will give an insight into the current global gases business and its future.

Gas Detection Instruments and Compressed Gases will be discussed by Leigh Greenham, Director for the Council of Gas Detection & Environmental Monitoring, John Mairs – Deputy Head of the Dangerous Goods Division for the Department for Transport – will talk about the work of his department and some of the proposals that could amend the international regulations governing the transport of compressed gases, and energy and carbon reporting schemes and taxation policies will be addressed by Julie Gartside, Technical Director for SLR Consulting.

“The calibre and expertise of the speakers signed up for the 2016 conference reflects the scope and scale of our industry and its proactive, innovative and collaborative approach”

Angela Scrutton, Head of Drugs Legislation at the Home Office, will give insight into the New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Act 2016, a new law – welcomed by the BCGA – that outlaws the supply of so-called ‘legal highs’ including nitrous oxide.

Redmond will then offer the conference’s closing keynote speech. Each year the BCGA sets out to provide a first-class speaker with a message designed to engage with the broad range of delegates attending the event. Redmond will be providing insight into the mindset and determination of a world-class athlete based on his experiences, including the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when his performance became a sporting moment in history.

Discussing the conference’s strong agenda, BCGA Chief Executive Doug Thornton said, “The BCGA is proud to be representing the ‘Invisible Industry’ and is at the heart of a well-regulated, long-established and highly-skilled sector.”

“The calibre and expertise of the speakers signed up for the 2016 conference reflects the scope and scale of our industry and its proactive, innovative and collaborative approach.”

“We’ve designed the event to be of appeal to members of BCGA and also offer an informative experience for those operating in organisations with a wider interest in compressed gases,” he added. “The conference goes from strength to strength each year and the programme in place for 2016 provides the platform for continued success.”