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A star opening speaker

12 January 2011

Lord Rupert Redesdale, chairman of the Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association and former Liberal Democrat spokesman on energy matters, will open the 2011 Appetite for Engineering

Appetite for Engineering has had some prestigious speakers in its short history, and Rupert Redesdale will fit right into the mould.

According to the Liberal Democrats website, Rupert Redesdale is the youngest Life Peer created thus far, initially admitted as a Hereditary in 1991, and subsequently returning as a Life Peer in 2000 at the age of 33.

For 11 years he was heavily involved in International Development as the party's spokesperson and also travelled widely in his capacity as an election monitor for the United Nations.

His numerous committee positions in Parliament included Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Climate Change and Secretary of the APPG for Archaeology.

The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA), which he now chairs, was established to represent all businesses involved in the anaerobic digestion and biogas industries, to help remove the barriers they face and to support its members to grow their businesses. Its principal aim is to enable and facilitate the development of a mature anaerobic digestion industry in the UK within 10 years.

Educated at Highgate School and with a degree in archaeology from Newcastle University, Rupert says enjoys his work as a board member of the York Archaeological Trust, and also is a passionate protector of the red squirrel in England as Chair of the Red Squirrel Protection Partnership.

He is married to Helen, a lawyer, and they have four young children: Bertie, Clementine, Amelia and Teddy.

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