A Close Up Look at Keynote Speaker Matthew Farrow

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Matthew Farrow is executive director at the Environmental Industries Commission; with overall responsibility for leading the EIC and ensuring its effectiveness.

Launched in 1995 and as the lead trade body for UK environmental businesses, the EIC provides environmental technology equipment and services suppliers with a strong and effective voice to influence the debate on the future of the industry among policy makers in Westminster, Whitehall and Brussels.

The commission aims to promote constructive co-operation between the regulated, the regulators and the UK’s environmental technology suppliers who serve them.  

A large part of Matthew’s role at the EIC involves bolstering lobbying efforts and driving the industry’s representation with government, regulators and the wider policy-making community.

After graduating from the University of Cambridge with a BA (Hons) in history, Matthew spent 20 years working at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI); holding positions as both head of energy and environment, and head of transport and planning.

In these roles, Matthew was responsible for all CBI’s work across energy and infrastructure, including: energy market reform; nuclear, CCS and renewables policy; HS2; road funding and management.

Following his stint at CBI, Matthew became director of policy at the Environmental Services Association (ESA); where he was responsible for all ESA’s policy and lobbying work in the waste sector.

Having built up almost 30 years’ experience within the environmental industry, Matthew’s seminar - ‘Brexit and the Politics of Environmental Regulation’ - will be a fascinating look at the main issues and trends that will affect future regulations across the built environment, and how these might impact on the contamination industry.