ATF Professional LLP presents

Vehicle Recycling

never ending - forever evolving

A conference for those involved in the life cycle of vehicles

9th June 2022
Advanced Propulsion Centre, Warwick, UK

The world stopped but has now started again. Much water has passed under the bridge. But the vehicle recycling industry has never stopped. Where is it now and where is it going? Find out at this vehicle recycling conference.


ATF Professional

Jim Loughran


e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management

Sarah Hirst

Green Parts Director


Andrew Marsh



Marty Hollingshead


Automotive Recyclers Association (USA)

Sonja Nehls

Principal Analyst


Howard Bluck

Technical Director


Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy

Volvo Cars

Kirsty McKno

Managing Director

Cogent Hire

Prof. Paul Christensen


Lithiumionsafety Ltd


Advanced Propulsion Centre

IIPSI Building

University Road



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Doors open 9:00
First Speaker 09:40
Event Ends 16:20
Refreshments and lunch included
COST: £99 per person
Jim Loughran

Jim Loughran

Chief Executive Officer, e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management

Jim joined e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management as Chief Executive Officer in November 2021.  He has over 30 years’ experience and a strong track record in effecting business transformation and servicing customers. His career has seen him accountable for successfully leading technology-based change programmes, directing business operations and architecting customer experience across a variety of industry sectors for blue chip brands including BT, Disney, ING Bank, QBE Insurance and Rolls Royce Aerospace.  Jim works with the e2e Board and Senior Management Team to develop and implement business strategy; overseeing business operations, member performance and client experience. He leads the business to realise its  strategic commitments, to include harnessing the latest advances in technology and digitalisation, to deliver service innovation to clients and network members.  Married with grown up children, outside of work, Jim enjoys competing in the Citroen C1 Series as a keen and enthusiastic amateur.  When not behind the wheel, Jim can be found sailing on the Solent with the Lloyd’s of London Yacht Club.

Unlocking efficiencies and cost savings in the automotive recycling industry

How can technology and data assist a more joined up approach for the salvage partner/insurer/repairer through the motor claims process: unlocking efficiencies and cost savings, and bringing reclaimed parts opportunities into the process sooner in a bid to reduce total loss volumes and CO2 emissions, minimise friction and improve customer experience/retention.

Sarah Hirst

Sarah Hirst

Green Parts Director - SYNETIQ

Sarah Hirst started her career in the Automotive sector in 1992 and has spent the last 30 years working in Fleet and Accident Management sectors across the UK.

She is now Green Parts Director at SYNETIQ, an IAA, Inc. company and the UK’s leading integrated salvage, dismantling and vehicle recycling company, having recently worked for RAC as an Account Director, responsible for both corporate accident management customers and corporate roadside management.

Sarah manages the flow of 257,000 recycled ‘green’ vehicle parts at SYNETIQ, managing the relationship between the business and its clients, including insurers, fleets, repair centres and garages. 

Sarah believes taking a partnership approach with garages, bodyshops and insurance repair partners can unlock the potential of sustainable vehicle repair and is taking SYNETIQ on a journey to drive forward their ‘Road to Tomorrow’ – its mission to be the most trusted and sustainable business in its sector. 

The ever-changing parts landscape

The post-COVID parts landscape is far different from two years ago with more and more customers turning to green parts as sustainable and cost-effective solutions. 

Sarah Hirst recaps on the impact COVID-19 has made on the green parts market and how customers have adapted.

Looking at where we are now within the industry, customers’ needs have changed. Sarah will examine what methods can be used to ensure these needs continue to be achieved and what initiatives she personally has implemented, plus the impact this is having for SYNETIQ and its customers.

Andrew Marsh

Andrew Marsh

CEO - EZI Methods

Starting with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1984, for 20 years Andrew worked inside vehicle manufacturers covering design, development and project management. The majority of the time was spent working outside the UK.

In 2004 Andrew moved to Thatcham Research, a partially UK motor insurer funded repair research centre, to bring this unique blend of engineering knowledge to future proof the company knowledge about each new vehicle arriving on the market. Later on, Andrew added to this role by looking after eScribe methods and times production for three years, which resulted in a dramatic increase in data output volume as well as quality.

In 2011 Andrew became a founder member of Auto Industry Consulting Ltd, together with Mr Ben Cardy. Auto Industry Consulting Ltd is an independent provider of technical information and consultancy to the global collision repair industry.

In 2013, AIC were also responsible for the creation of the AutoRaise Body Repair Apprenticeship Programme and system and course materials. AutoRaise combines three sets of essential skills into a 26 month programme – as an alternative to the existing 72 month programme – with learners achieving both nationally and industry recognised qualifications.

Fragmented future – profit or disaster?

The public have been bombarded with a blizzard of new products since 2020, from established and new vehicle manufacturers. The trend is accelerating, driven by politically charged policy in some parts of the world.

For established markets this leads to fewer units of single type sold in each product life cycle. Even if a vehicle appears not to have changed over a 7-year(ish) production cycle, many major parts are revised. Electrification has simply compounded this effect.

Are the ATFs the key to extending the life cycle of the existing parc? Will this give real world economic benefits to those who can’t afford the latest luxury EV dragster? I think the answer is yes….

Marty Hollingshead

Marty Hollingshead

President - Automotive Recyclers Association (USA)

Marty Hollingshead has been in the business since 1973 and the owner of Northlake Auto Recyclers, Inc., Hammond, Indiana, since 1984. Marty is the current President of ARA, and is a board member of the Indiana Automotive Recyclers Association. Both Marty and Northlake have received numerous awards and recognition for excellence in the industry and the community. Northlake has proven to be a world class facility and has set an example for others in the industry to follow.

Automotive Recycling: Past, Present, and Future.

This discussion will be about the state of our industry, where we came from, where we are now, and what does the future have in store for us. We are facing the biggest changes, challenges, and evolution of this industry to date; with electric vehicles, new engineering, and technology. The need for education training, and certification to be able to remain relevant, and viable will be crucial. How to improve our relationships with the OEMs. Embracing change to turn these challenges into opportunities. How to work together globally to better position our industry now and in the future. Now more than ever, we need to speak with one loud voice – this can only be done with participation, involvement and being engaged.

Sonja Nehls

Sonja Nehls

Principal Analyst Launch Intelligence - Autovista24

Sonja Nehls started her career and automotive journey with the tyre manufacturer Goodyear Dunlop in the year 2000 when she started her studies of International Business Administration at the University of cooperative education in Mannheim, Germany. After her graduation she worked as trade marketing executive and in event marketing at motorsports events for the brand Dunlop. In 2008 Sonja joined Volkswagen Accessories as trade marketing manager and e.g., contributed to launch activities of new Volkswagen models from an accessories perspective.

Sonja joined Autovista Group’s Car To Market team in 2013, advising car makers on optimising future residual values before the launch of a new model. Between 2019 and 2022 she lead the pan-European team as managing director.

As of 2022 she became the principal analyst launch intelligence at Autovista24, the essential automotive multimedia platform and information hub for industry news and detailed market analysis.

Navigating surging used-car prices.

New car sales have dramatically decreased during the Covid-19 pandemic and a recovery is slowed down due to the semiconductor shortage and general supply chain disruptions. The Ukraine war added to the already tense situation and rising inflation causes increases in new-car list prices. The used-car market was more resilient, and a fairly stable demand faced a shortage of young used-cars coming to the market. The result was soaring used-car prices in the UK and all over Europe. Internal combustion engines benefitted more than BEVs due to a disconnect between electric vehicle new car sales and demand on the used-car market.

What are the economic masking factors impacting current residual value performance, is there a remarketing bubble building up and what does the future hold for used ICEs and BEVs?

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Howard Bluck

Technical Director - BMRA

After a decade working in the metals recycling sector, Howard has developed a deep understanding of many of the key environmental and technical issues affecting the industry. With an LLM in Environmental Law and an MSc in Geochemistry, he is able to inform policymakers and advise members.

Waste Classification in the ELV sector.

Since 2005 operators of metal shredders have been able to rely on an EA regulatory position statement that accepts the classification of residues from their facilities as non-hazardous provided those residues have arisen exclusively from depolluted ELVs and other non-hazardous feedstock.  This has meant that operators have avoided the need to routinely sample their shredder residues for characterisation.  However, following the introduction of WM3 in 2015, along with a recognition that shredder feedstock composition had changed over time, the EA stated its intention to withdraw the RPS and require operators of metal shredders to appropriately classify these residues. BMRA’s members considered that a sampling strategy and methodology should be developed to attempt to characterise metal shredder residues at the national level.  Following the successful completion of an EA-endorsed pilot study, BMRA commissioned a year-long, nation-wide hazardous property and POPS assessment of metal shredder residues from 12 sites across the UK. Delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this study is on-going.  However, today’s presentation will consider the data available to date and what it may mean for the sector going forward. 

Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

Kirsty McKno

Kirsty McKno

Managing Director - Cogent Hire

Kirsty is a qualified solicitor who has worked in civil litigation for the past 22 years, including personal injury and credit hire.She started her career at Breens, and was there for 15 years, eventually becoming a partner and heading up civil litigation. While still at Breens, Kirsty set up Compass Law at Quindell, and then ran recoveries for Quindell Business Process Services in Blackpool, before it became Slater and Gordon Solutions Motor (SGSM) in late 2015. In 2018 she joined Kindertons as Group Recoveries Director for Sovereign, Plantec and KAM. She left Kindertons in July 2020, and after working in consultancy for Magna Accident Services and handl Group joined handl Group full time in 2020 with a brief to rethink credit hire and build a mobility services business, Cogent Hire, which launched in 2021. From 2016 – 2020 Kirsty was Chair of the Credit Hire Organisation, the trade body for the credit hire sector, as well as jointly chairing the GTA (a protocol that enables the industry to self-regulate); she has also been Chair of the Liverpool Law Society Civil Litigation Committee.  

 Cogent Hire has grown rapidly. Its ethos is collaboration; working together with insurers, suppliers and partners to keep the focus where it belongs, on the customer. Kirsty also believes that collaboration includes building a much deeper understanding of her stakeholders and the broader motor environment, so that she can flex Cogent Hire to absorb the challenges and pressures of the suppliers and partners she and her team work with. It is an approach that has been described as refreshing and progressive by a number of industry stakeholders.

The Battle isn’t over yet

What has credit hire got to do with recycling beyond ensuring a good return and avoiding green parts? Kirsty will explain how Cogent have worked to create a supply chain that has a different approach aiming to create mutually beneficial partnerships that consider how best to achieve an aligned outcome. The journey to achieving that has been a steep learning curve that has shown that silo behaviour might be stopping our industry from achieving its full potential and mean that the battle isn’t quite won yet. Kirsty will share some of the insights Cogent have gained and the initiatives that have been put in place in respect of both green parts and the very thorny issue of electric vehicles and how collaboration within the industry can effect change.

Paul Christensen

Paul Christensen

Director - Lithiumionsafety Ltd.

Senior Advisor to the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC).

Special Advisor to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (FRS).

Advisor to the Faraday Battery Challenge on lithium-ion safety.

Guest instructor, UK Fire Services College.

Director, Lithiumionsafety Ltd, safety consultancy.

37 years as professional electrochemist with over 180 papers in international, peer reviewed journals, H-index of 53. 

Freelance consultant for international companies in wide range of industries from insurance to mining.

Cross-government Technical Steering Group for EV fire safety

BEIS Energy Storage Health and Safety Governance Group.

BEIS Storage Safety – Fire Service Working Group.

Tyne & Wear FRS and Envision-AESC Gigafactory fire safety working group.

Derbyshire Police Electric Vehicle Safety Working Group.

Editorial Board member, Nature Special Reports.

First to raise the critical importance of vapour cloud production from lithium-ion batteries in thermal runaway based on extensive and ongoing experiments.

EV Batteries - What more do we need to know.

It was assumed that, like lead-acid batteries, once lithium-ion batteries reached the end-of-life in electric vehicles they would be recycled to recover the key metals. Thus the fact that EV batteries still have very significant value and are employed in a wide variety of 2nd life applications has taken legislators and standards committees completely unprepared. The hazards associated with 2nd life batteries are essentially the same as for new EV batteries: battery explosions, violent fires, toxic gases and vapour cloud explosions, but the probabilities of these hazards occurring are likely to be higher. The lack of a generally accepted test to assess the state-of-safety of 2nd life LiBs and the confusion surrounding the draft standards and regulations concerning these devices is putting lives and businesses at risk.

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e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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