The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, set up and now runs Sancroft, a Corporate Responsibility consultancy working with blue-chip companies around the world on environmental, social and ethical issues. Lord Deben is Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, Valpak Limited, and the Personal Investment Management & Financial Advisers Association. He was the longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment the UK has ever had (1993-97). His sixteen years of top-level ministerial experience also include Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, Minister for London, Employment Minister and Paymaster General in HM Treasury. He has consistently championed an identity between environmental concerns and business sense.
Dave Worthington is Verco’s Managing Director with over 18 years’ experience advising policy makers, major companies and public sector organisations on energy efficiency and low carbon infrastructure. Recent major projects include; directing a £1.5m major research project for the UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to update the evidence on non-domestic energy efficiency; developing and implementing the strategy for a zero carbon dairy; and providing EU-wide technical support for the Investor Confidence Project including Quality Assurance of a range of energy efficiency retrofit projects.
Verco is an award winning energy management and sustainability business with over 29 years of experience combining high-level policy and strategy advice with expert technical delivery and intuitive software.
Richard joined UK Power Networks in 2004 and brings 14 years of experience in the distribution industry, ten of which has focused on System Planning. He is now responsible for the Outage Planning within the London and South regions; this has led to him focusing on working with the industry to change the way DNOs work with Distribution Energy Resources, including setting up customer forums and working with parties like the Solar Trade Association to create better working practices.
Quentin provides commercial and technical leadership to all new and emerging energy storage projects at KiWi Power, alongside managing the existing portfolio of storage assets. Quentin has a power systems engineering background and experience in onshore/offshore wind, thermal power generation and oil & gas. Quentin has worked in energy storage projects since 2015 and has developed & constructed 55 MW of assets in the UK.
Rubina Singh is a Senior Consultant at Gemserv and helps shape Gemserv’s strategic direction and innovation strategy. Her experience includes consultancy on EVs, renewable energy & storage, thought leadership on market design and policy reform in a transforming energy landscape.
Prior to Gemserv, she lead Fraunhofer TechBridge, an open innovation and technology de-risking program in the USA to accelerate emerging energy technologies. She has run global innovation competitions resulting in million-dollar investments; published 10 papers in IEEE, PV-Tech and TechCrunch; presented at international conferences; and has served as a judge on numerous business innovation competitions.
Rubina’s has worked on solar technologies, e-mobility, battery storage and smart grid projects with Fraunhofer, MIT, Robert Bosch, University of Michigan, ETH Zurich and Australian National University.
A Vice President at the Green Investment Group (GIG), Harry is responsible for originating opportunities to deploy GIG's Energy Solutions for Commercial and Industrial entities.
Harry joined GIG from Camborne Capital, where he spent two years originating and developing grid-connected, BTM and collocated energy storage projects. Prior to that, Harry was one of the early members of the development team at Lightsource Renewable Energy (now LightsourceBP) where he focussed on originating and developing UK ground-mount solar projects for some of the UK’s largest landowners including the Church Commissioners.
He completed his Masters in Environmental Science and Management in California after previously working in environmental policy and political campaigning.
Richard Braakenburg is a Senior Vice President at the Green Investment Group (GIG), where he leads the Energy Solutions team. Prior, Richard spent two years advising the Department of Energy and Climate Change on commercial matters affecting policy. Richard began his career in at JP Morgan, spending ten years working primarily in leveraged finance and principal credit investing. He holds a Masters in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of International Studies, and a Masters of Science in Finance from ESCP Europe.
Stirling Habbitts leads the project finance activity of Triodos Bank in the London market, focused on renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure. Triodos Bank is one of the leading providers of finance to renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure projects in Europe by number of deals. Triodos Bank is a Dutch bank focused on Western Europe, with project finance teams in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France and Germany. Stirling’s experience covers renewable energy (solar, onshore and offshore wind, hydro, biomass, biogas), energy infrastructure (EV charging, storage, distribution networks, smart meters, OFTOs), energy from waste, conventional energy and social infrastructure. Stirling previously held positions in energy and infrastructure finance with UniCredit Bank in London and with ING Bank in Amsterdam, and commenced his career with KPMG in Sydney. He holds masters degrees in mechanical engineering and in environmental engineering and sustainable infrastructure from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
Mark has over 17 years of experience in the energy industry in roles covering electricity trading, forecasting and pricing, project valuation, debt finance and corporate M&A with British Energy, Ecotricity and BSR.
Mark leads the negotiation of PPA’s on behalf of our clients, most recently agreeing a PPA with Shell Europe and previously working with UPM and Engie on a corporate PPA and sleeved arrangement and agreeing a 15-year sleeved PPA with HSBC.
Toddington has had leadership roles in sustainable energy businesses for the last 15-years, most recently prior to GRIDSERVE, as the CEO of BELECTRIC UK, which he co-founded in 2011, and grew to a business employing over one hundred people, developing and constructing over 350MW of solar and battery projects, before overseeing the sale of the business to RWE's Innogy in 2016. Since 2016 Toddington has been building GRIDSERVE into a business with now over 20 employees and ambitions to become a global energy services market leader, with a focus on sustainable energy solutions for critical power applications.”
FlexiSolar’s delivery is led by Managing Director, Keenan, who as well as being a seasoned electrical engineer qualified to 11KVa, brings over 10 years’ experience specialising in the renewable energy sector overseeing the installation of circa 800 MW of Solar PV. Keenan has been responsible for setting up commercial operations and solar park maintenance departments using market leading renewable technologies across the UK and overseas.
Felicity is a Senior Consultant at Everoze, a technical and commercial consultancy specialising in renewables, storage and energy system flexibility. Everoze provides technical due diligence, project and strategic support across solar, storage/flex and wind energy. Felicity brings a holistic perspective to projects on the Island of Ireland – including in-depth familiarity with DS3 and acting as a member of IWEA’s Energy Systems Working Group. Prior to joining Everoze, Felicity served as chair of the World Energy Council storage knowledge network.
As an operational trader, Chris was present at two market openings – in 2001 for the UK’s move to the New Electricity Trading Arrangements, and 2002 whilst seconded to a Nuclear station in Canada when Ontario’s energy market opened up to competition.
Chris then created the asset optimisation teams, moving to heading up EDF Energy Trading and Operations capabilities between 2009 and 2017.
As Vice Chair of the FOA’s Power Trading Committee and as Chair of Energy UK’s Wholesale Markets subcommittee, Chris helped create the current energy market we have today, making changes to the energy trading products, negotiating the current Mandatory Market Making rules as well as making changes to allow customer’s assets to be re-optimised closer to real time. He is now using this experience to bring new types of flexibility management and contract types into the customers business looking at Demand Side Response, Electric Vehicles, Battery Optimisation and Energy Efficiency - and still found time to compete in the amateur stage of the 2017 Tour-de-France.
Vincent joined EDF Energy to head the Business Development Team, having also managed the Business Sales Team, responsible for EDF Energy supply activity for our business customers.
He is now Energy Solutions Director, thus responsible for the development and sales of all Energy Solutions for our business customers, including energy monitoring and energy efficiency, Demand Side Response, storage and Electric Vehicles.
Vincent joined us from EDF Fenice Rus, the Russian subsidiary of Dalkia, where he was Chief Executive Officer. Operating as an Energy Service Company (ESCO) in Russia since end of 2009, Fenice Rus helps its industrial clients to improve the energy efficiency and environmental impact of their factories through energy service and performance contracts.
Hayden Wood is Bulb’s co-founder and CEO. The UK’s largest renewable energy supplier, Bulb is making energy simpler, cheaper, greener. Started in 2015, Bulb uses technology to keep costs lowand service levels high. Bulb believes business can and should be a force for good. That’s why Bulb is both the top rated energy supplier on Trustpilot, and the only energy supplier in the UK that’s a certified B-Corp. Prior to founding Bulb, Hayden studied economics at LSE and spent 10 years as a management consultant, first at Monitor Group and then Bain & Company. During his time working with one of the major UK energy suppliers, Hayden became aware of the inherent inefficiencies in traditional energy companies and the lack of affordable renewable energy options for UK consumers. Faced with this glaring inequity he decided to leave Bain and use his industry experience to found Bulb, alongside old friend and co-founder Amit Gudka. Hayden and his co-founder Amit have built all aspects of Bulb’s technology led operation from the ground up. Hayden’s particular area of focus is in membership growth, product development and Bulb’s unique emphasis on growing an engaged member community. Hayden is a self-confessed vinyl addict. He’s also a lifelong Tottenham fan, which has its ups and downs much like the wholesale energy markets.
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and communications.
Rachel leads the development of our membership strategy – delivering value to member companies and harnessing insight, including Regen members and The Electricity Storage Network. Rachel founded a thriving national Women in Renewables network, EWiRE, to ensure the sector is at the forefront of harnessing talent. Rachel is also the driving force behind some of the leading clean energy events including Smart Energy Marketplace, the annual Green Energy Awards and our stakeholder engagement projects. In her role as a director of Community Energy England Rachel has helped develop the organisation from start up to a powerful voice for the community energy sector.
Rachel received a British Empire Medal in 2017 for her services to the energy sector, in particular, her work supporting the development of women in the sector.
Previously Rachel worked for the Tour of Britain and was part of an agency working with clients such as Nokia and Vodafone.
Alex O'Cinneide, is a former Managing Director and Head of Paladin Capital Europe, a Senior Adviser to Kleinwort Benson and Head of Investments for Masdar, a sovereign wealth fund based in Abu Dhabi which was managing US$15 billion of renewable energy investment, and General manager of Masdar Capital, its third party capital business Alex was previously a director with KPMG Consulting's Strategy and PE Advisory Groups. He presently serves on various not for profit boards and is UK advisor to UNICEF.
Barrie Davies has been working in the PV sector for the last ten years. His deep knowledge of PV industry, from domestic to utility markets to developing tariff auctions and PPA projects, makes him a valued expert in his field.
Frank Niendorf was born in 1972 in Buehl.
He studied International Business Administration in Germany, Argentina & USA and graduated from the European Business School Oestrich-Winkel in 1999.
From 1999 to 2003 he has been working as a Management Consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers Consulting. After that he has been employed as the Senior Manager Strategic Planning at Schott AG. In 2005 Frank Niendorf joined the Conergy AG, where he made his way up from the Manager International Business Development to the Head of Strategic Planning & Monitoring and finally became the Director Asia Pacific. From 2008 to 2010 Mr. Niendorf was the Director International Market& Project Development at Solar Millennium AG. After being the Managing Director of BP Solar 2010-2011 and of LDK Solar Tech Europe GmbH 2011-2012, he joined Jinko Solar Co., Ltd. as the General Manager Europe.
Dörte did her Master’s in Environmental Technology specialising in Environmental Economics and Policy at Imperial College London. She started her career at Ofgem, working among other things on the Call for Evidence on ‘a Smart Flexible Energy System’ within the Flexibility Team. While at Ofgem, Dörte was seconded to the National Infrastructure Commission working as the Power Sector Lead for the National Infrastructure Assessment, assessing long-term strategic infrastructure needs for the power sector. Earlier this year, Dörte joined the Smart Energy Team in BEIS heading up the Markets for Flexibility Team.
Philip is the Energy Systems Catapult’s head of practice, power systems and has been closely involved with the Future Power System Architecture Project.
Philip studied engineering at Cambridge University, being sponsored by the local electricity distribution company. He transferred to the CEGB and, on privatisation, joined National Grid. In 2015 he left and started working with the Catapult.
His career has covered real time control, operational planning, and leading field staff, as well as commercial roles. Within National Grid he led projects examining how Britain can meet its 2050 carbon targets and the changes required in grid operations by 2020.
Gauthier has over 20 years of international experience in the fields of power systems, renewable energy and energy efficiency, with firms from Belgium, Germany and the UAE. Throughout his career he has worked with decision makers in industry and governments on the highest level. He is a talented and engaging communicator, used to share his expertise and vision to shareholders, investors, board members, staff, public sector leaders and politicians alike. As an experienced manager of interdisciplinary and inter-cultural teams, Gauthier is recognised for his strategic vision, leadership, communication skills and coaching ability, motivating his team members to achieve their next level. Gauthier joined NGK Europe GmbH as Director of Power Business Batteries end of 2017, with the goal of developing NAS® battery system in Europe and beyond, thereby actively contributing to the transition toward a Smart Grid with 100% renewable energy.
Eoin re-joined the bank in 2014 after a spell with another domestic bank where his focus was the origination and management of renewable energy transactions. Prior to this, Eoin held positons in Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking’s Global Leverage Acquisition Finance and Global Project Finance businesses. In his current role, Eoin is responsible for the origination of the renewable energy transactions within the Business Banking and Corporate Banking divisions. Eoin currently represents the bank on a number of external industry bodies through his roles on the ‘Commercialisation Group’ for the International Energy Research Centre (“IERC”) in conjunction with UCC and his participation on the ‘40under40’ for Sustainable Nation Ireland. Eoin holds a BA in Public Administration from University of Limerick, a certificate in Fund Accounting from UCD/ Institute of Banking and is APA qualified with the Institute of Banking, Ireland
Gareth Williams has a deep rooted and evolving passion for the sustainability agenda. This has led him to develop from his family farming roots into a diversified rural business that includes a renewable energy business, property rental and farming activity based from Herefordshire. Three generations of the Williams family have operated from Caplor since 1923. A wide range of skills and expertise are rooted around his passions and experience based on sound academic input and ongoing personal development. An agricultural graduate in 1990, ongoing development centred on; leadership, management, counselling, financial, public speaking, environmental, local council, UK and overseas energy and sustainable based consultancy. Most recently input from the Herford director forum and Goldman Sachs growth programme at Aston University leading to current position of Visiting Fellow.
Marco Landi is an Innovation Lead at Innovate UK: focusing on Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) and Electric Vehicle Charging, his role is to foster innovation projects and activities that bring together the Automotive and the Energy Sectors and lead to a tighter and smarter interaction of EVs with the Power Grid.
Before joining Innovate UK, Marco worked at Jaguar Land Rover where he designed the charging systems of the upcoming EV line-up, including the new Jaguar i-Pace.
Marco holds a Ph.D. In Information Engineering: during his research at the University of Illinois he developed testing station and algorithms for battery characterization, and management of EV aggregations in a V2G framework.
Daniel advises utilities, developers, investors, funders and Governments in the power and renewable sector. Daniel’s work includes advising on market entry studies and acquisition searches, debt and equity fund raising and M&A across the industry and recent experience has ranged from Hinkley Point C, through anaerobic digestion plants and OFTOs to domestic solar and battery solutions.
Mike joined The Climate Group in January 2017 and leads the organization’s portfolio of activity with business, including its programs on renewable power (RE100), energy productivity (EP100), electric vehicles and LED lighting.
Mike has worked with companies across the world on climate and sustainability issues since 1988, spending more than a decade at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), most recently as Director of Executive Programmes, and previously as Director of Strategy and Communications. Before joining CISL, he was Chief Operating Officer of AccountAbility where he led the development of the AA1000 framework for sustainability accounting and reporting.
Mike started his career as a business consultant for the COBA Group, a strategy boutique since acquired by PricewaterhouseCoopers, following studies in politics, philosophy and economics at the University of Oxford, and international relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
Prior to the STA, Léonie was Head of External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association between 2007 and 2013. Before that she was Political Adviser at Greenpeace, initiating their Decentralised Energy campaign. She also worked for the Deputy Mayor of London on Sustainable Development and the conception of the London Climate Change Agency.
Aimee is Technology Policy Lead in BEIS’s Smart Meter Implementation Programme. She is responsible for policy development to ensure integrated smart energy and smart home solutions, looking across the nexus of telecoms, IT and the energy sector. Before joining Government Aimee was Programme Manager at techUK, championing the Internet of Things and smart infrastructure opportunities across energy, transport and urban systems. Aimee has also worked for the Association for Decentralised Energy, covering district heating policy and was responsible for coordinating the delivery of Heat Trust, the UK’s first consumer protection standards for district heating. She was shortlisted for a Young Energy Professional Award in 2016.
Chris has 25 years’ experience in advocacy, policy research, thought leadership and campaigning on a wide variety of sustainability, energy and environmental issues. He was Head of Climate Change for the Environment Agency, providing advice to Government on climate change mitigation and adaptation. He has worked for a number of leading NGOs & government agencies, including the Green Alliance and the Committee on Climate Change.
Rajni joined the Future Energy Services team in October 2016. She now leads on Welsh energy policy and smart appliances. In previous roles, she worked on smart metering policy, sitting on multiple government and industry working groups advocating for consumer protections. Before joining Citizens Advice, she worked for the Welsh Government as a Safeguarding and Deprivation officer within education.
Olivier Fricot joined Investec in 2006 and co-heads the power & infrastructure team in London with prime responsibilities over lending activities in Europe. He has structured and closed transactions across the capital structure. Over the past five years, he has established Investec as a leading franchise in a number of sector including solar, bio-energy and non-core infrastructure. The team is currently mandated on a number of transaction in renewable and conventional power and is also actively pursuing opportunities in the un-subsidised renewable space and telecom space.
Olivier previously worked with Rolls-Royce Power Ventures as an international power developer in the EMEA region and started his career with Veolia in London developing waste infrastructure. Olivier holds a master degree in engineering from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and an executive MBA from the Instituto de Empresa.
Stuart is a Partner in our Energy team with a focus on real estate aspects of infrastructure and renewables deployment.
He advises developers, funders and asset owners and is praised by clients for his "strategic yet commercial advice" and down to earth approach. Stuart has extensive experience in the energy market, having provided advice for both the renewable energy sector (solar, on and offshore wind, and AD and biomass energy from waste) and the more traditional energy sector including gas and electricity operational projects. He has also advised utilities and telecoms companies on acquisition of their operational network sites. His experience has provided him with a comprehensive appreciation of utilities infrastructure and markets.
Stuart has acted on over 100 sites of ground mounted solar ranging in size from 1mw to over 70mw both FIT and ROC sites and 5+5 community projects. He is currently advising on several 50+ MW sites as large scale solar comes back to the fore. On storage he has advised on behind the meter and front of meter projects and is leading the ground breaking deal between Pivot Power and National Grid regarding the options and leases for the for the roll out of multiple large scale battery storage projects along the backbone of the UK grid for the purpose of Electric vehicle charging points.
Lily joined Anesco in early 2011 as a project engineer and then led the technical services team in designing and developing over 100 solar farms under the RO and FiT schemes. In her current role as Commercial Operations Director, Lily is now responsible for the asset acquisition and disposal, optimisation of revenue streams and the strategy and implementation for subsidy free solar and energy storage. In 2017, Lily lead her team to overcome complex technical challenges to create a subsidy-free solar farm – a first for the UK and an achievement praised by Government and met with worldwide acclaim.
Virginia Graham set up Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Renewable Energy Association, in early 2006. REAL administers a number of consumer codes and certification schemes in the renewable energy sector. These include the Renewable Energy Consumer Code for small-scale renewables, the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme for digestate from anaerobic digestion, the Green Gas Certification Scheme for biomethane injected to the gas grid and the Compost Certification Scheme for quality organic compost. Until July REAL worked in partnership with Gemserv in providing the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body, with specific responsibility for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Green Deal Code of Practice.
Before setting up REAL, Virginia worked for the GB energy regulator, Ofgem, for six years as Director of Environmental and Social Issues. There she was responsible for developing the regulator’s sustainable energy policy, and setting up the administration of the Government’s environmental programmes including the Renewables Obligation, the Climate Change Levy Exemptions and the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target.
Virginia has degrees in politics, economics and management, and has worked on environmental, consumer and social issues throughout her career, both in the EU and the UK. She has recently served as Chair of two charities, Global Action Plan and the Eaga Charitable Trust, as Vice-Chair of a further charity, National Energy Action, and was until July a member of the Green Energy Supply Certification Scheme Panel.’
Dr. Christian Jardine is a founder member of Joju Solar and has been involved with solar PV since 2001 when he ran Oxford University's research into solar energy and microgeneration. He is recognised as one of the UK's foremost experts in the performance of solar PV and is the author of prize-winning papers on the subject, as well as leading publications such as "PV in the UK" and "Power from the People". Chris oversees the technical design of solar PV systems at Joju Solar and ensures their rigorous quality standards are met.
Joju Solar have been responsible for many installations on schools, particularly as part of community energy programmes. We have installed large portfolios of schools for Wey Valley Solar Schools, the Low Carbon Hub, Low Carbon Oxford North, and the School’s Energy Coop in recent years. This summer has been particularly busy, with 632kW installed on 29 roofs across 10 schools – and all done in 5 weeks! We see this as particularly rewarding aspect of our work due to the education consequences of what we do. However, schools are not without their challenges: Lack of plans; structural integrity; no disruption in term-time; beaurocracy of boards, governors, and dioceses; all make for a challenging project management process.