RVA Group’s managing director Richard Vann has been chosen as this year’s keynote speaker for the internationally-acclaimed World Demolition Summit (WDS).
He will take to the stage on Thursday 2 November when over 300 demolition contractors gather at London’s Millennium Gloucester Hotel for the annual conference.
As the first presenter of the day, Richard will draw on his decades of experience to highlight what clients look for in major demolition, decommissioning, dismantling and decontamination projects; how these requirements have changed; and the general direction of travel for this fast-paced technical industry.
Eluding to some of the content that delegates can expect to hear on the day, he elaborated: “My speech is about setting attendees up for the rest of the event. I want to give them some food for thought that they may not have necessarily considered ahead of the conference, and I hope they will use the insight to further differentiate themselves and raise the bar moving forwards.”
Commenting on his selection, Demolition & Recycling International magazine said of the news: “With more than 35 years industry experience, Richard is also past president of both the Institute of Demolition Engineers and the Institute of Explosives Engineers, and a presentation drawing on this knowledge promises a fascinating half hour.”
Fellow speakers include Aiden Short (Urban Resilience Platform), 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) and Eirik Wraal (AF Gruppen).
The conference is set to be chaired by Howard Button and John Woodward. Now in its 9th year, it celebrates excellence and innovation within the industry by homing in on some of the most challenging projects from the past 12 months. It culminates in an awards dinner which recognises the finest demolition talent across 11 categories.
Pre-booking for the World Demolition Summit is essential.