Technical Committee

Shared Expertise and
know how

Data Centres are the heart of the digital economy and are an essential part of the modern world’s digital infrastructure. They are technically complex with 24×7 operations and subject to extensive regulatory and commercial pressures. Carbon emissions and energy consumption are fundamental challenges for the industry as exponential growth in demand continues while the need for climate change action becomes more acute.

The EUDCA Technical Committee is formed by member representatives with a passion for sharing knowledge and driving improvement with the data centre industry and in particular our own members. The Technical Committee members do this on a volunteering basis with membership shaped to suit the current areas of focus, and all EUDCA members welcomed to put themselves forward to contribute. The Technical Committee provides an opportunity to share experiences and give something back to the industry as a whole.

Activities of the Technical Committee include:

i) Produce technical content/white papers for use in newsletters, websites and events

ii) Respond to technical queries related to policy issues where required

iii) Produce a quarterly article on relevant technical issues

iv) Assist with presentations at industry events where the EUDCA has a presence

Technical papers produced to date are published here.

The Technical Committee recognises the ongoing need for the data centre industry to address energy consumption and operational performance, and these will be areas of particular focus in 2020.

If you would like to learn more about the work of the Technical Committee, to propose future topics or are interested in joining then please email

Technical Committee Members

Andrew Harrison

Chair, Technical committee

Andrew Harrison is the Science, Industry and Technology Global Business

Leader and the Commercial Director for Buildings UK at Arup, an advisory and engineering consultancy. 

With over 30 years in the industry, Andrew is extremely experienced in the design and project management of data centre, high specification, science, industrial and transportation projects throughout the world. He is committed to integrated thinking, technical excellence, sustainable development and carbon emission reduction, encouraging innovation and challenging the norm. He is currently based in London, following periods in New York and Hong Kong. 

Andrew was presented with the BroadGroup Award for Industry Contribution at the Datacloud Awards in 2019

Christiaan Knorr

Committee Member

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Christiaan’s role and responsibilities include:

Managing engineering projects at both high and detailed level
Single point of contact for DTEG on new build projects
Capacity Planning
Mechanical lead engineer for new build projects
Approval authority for mechanical designs
Technical Support Commissioning Engineer
Engineering Support

Billy McHallum

Committee Member

Billy McHallum is Senior Managing, IBX Operations Engineering at Equinix EMEA.

Billy is a well known contributor to data centre standards and guidelines. He has sat on the steering group of the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centre Efficiency since its inceptions.

Billy has been a key member of the Equinix team for over 12 years and has been involved in all new build projects in EMEA.

Gareth Williams

Committee Member

Gareth Williams is a Director and Data Centre Business Leader at Arup, an advisory and engineering consultancy.

Gareth has extensive experience in the design, procurement and delivery of data centre projects across Europe, Africa, Middle East India and Africa and provides a trusted advisor role for data centre operators. He has a strategic role in providing a multi-disciplinary link between the engineering groups and offices which make up the Arup offering and clients and collaborators to deliver a consistent service for our clients wherever their projects are.

Bruno Fery

Committee Member

Bruno Fery, Head of Data Center Services, is currently holding the position of Head of Data Centre Services at EBRC.

Before joining EBRC in 2006, Bruno was appointed Head of Engineering, Safety & Security in charge of buildings and branches at a major bank in Luxembourg from 1995 to 2006 after ten-year career in facility management.

In 2010, Bruno was certified Accredited Tier Designer. Bruno Fery has broad experience in international certifications, design and management of DC, infrastructures strategies and actively contributes to EBRC international and national business development.

Brice Martinot-Lagarde

Committee Member

Brice is Global Solution Architect at Schneider Electric for the Cloud & Service Provider segment.
He leads development of reference architectures and offer anticipation initiatives as well as technical pre-sales activities for strategic accounts.

His career started in robotics as a software engineer followed by a ten-year stint in a global IT & Telecom infrastructure solution provider. Brice has joined Schneider Electric 15 years ago to lead and develop the european data center application center technical team and became head of solution architects segment team. He holds a Master of Computer Science & Telecom and is part of Schneider Electric Sr. Solution Group Expert.

Alex Rabbetts

Committee Member

Alex has worked in the data centre industry for over 30 years. During this time he has designed and built data centres ranging from very small to very large complex environments in locations across Europe and beyond.

Alex has operated data centres both commercially and as enterprise facilities and has a wealth of knowledge about these environments and the equipment that they are designed to support.

Alex was a contributor to the EU Code of Conduct for data centres and is both a Vice President and Managing Director of the European Data Centre Association.

He is a regular contributor to both press and other media as a subject matter expert on data centre environments and operation and a regular speaker at data centre related conferences.