Dr Sikai Huang

Dr Sikai Huang

Technical Specialist, CENEX
Paul Chandler

Paul Chandler

Director , T4 Sustainability Ltd

Paul is a director at T4 Sustainability Ltd and an expert in photovoltaic systems and electrical energy storage. Paul provided input to the Institute of Energy Technology on the national Code of Practice for PV system and Energy Storage.  Paul has studied Renewable Energy Systems Technology, Electrical Power Engineering (specialising in connection of renewables) and electronic engineering at master’s level.  His experience includes design and installation of over 50 grid connected, off-grid and grid back-up battery systems for domestic customers and community organisations. 

Emma Bridge

Emma Bridge

CEO, Community Energy England

Emma joined Community Energy England as its Chief Executive in January 2015. Prior to joining CEE, Emma was the General Manager of Sheffield Renewables, a community renewable energy group that installs solar PV on community buildings. In parallel to this she worked on two EU projects looking at renewable energy and green urban systems. She has also worked for both local and regional government on sustainable development policy.

Georgina Penfold

Georgina Penfold

CEO, Electricity Storage Network
Federico Giannandrea

Federico Giannandrea

Head of Foresight Italy, Foresight Group

Federico Giannandrea joined Foresight Group in 2010 and currently works as a Partner in the London and Rome offices. He has over 17 years of experience. Federico is Head of Foresight Italy and leads Foresight’s infrastructure investments in continental Europe. Prior to joining Foresight he worked at Deutsche Bank as a Vice President in the Global Principle Finance team in London, where he focused on renewable energy investments across Europe. He also worked as an M&A lawyer at Allen & Overy where he focused on a wide variety of transactions, including acquisitions, securitisations and financings.

Federico holds an MA cum laude in Law from La Sapienza University of Rome.

Darren Smith

Darren Smith

Electrotechnical Training and Business Development Manager, NICEIC

After a career spent in the Electrotechnical building services industry covering all aspects of domestic, commercial and industrial installation and design projects, Darren turned his focus to the Education sector, and has since lectured in multiple Electrotechnical subjects over many years - most recently in domestic E.V. infrastructure and Energy Storage.  Since joining the NICEIC Darren has played a critical role developing its Training business objectives to achieve its technical, strategic and operational vision and has worked closely with large multinational organisations in the U.K. and Europe to design and deliver training solutions on its behalf.

His entrepreneurial experience has included Technical Sector start-ups both in the U.S. and the U.K.  He has represented NICEIC in promoting its work at conferences, develop its business aims, and he continues to author and deliver its technical training content.

Darren has keen interest in how the Technical industries are instrumental in shaping the world, and can help mitigate global environmental and social problems.

Gavin Walker

Gavin Walker

Leading expert in hydrogen storage, University of Nottingham
Ray Arrell

Ray Arrell

Senior Project Manager, Regen

Regen are an independent not for profit that uses their expertise to work with industry, communities and the public sector to revolutionise the way energy is generated, supplied and used.

Ray Arrell is a Senior Project Manager who leads Regen’s work and understanding around energy storage and its vital role in the evolution of the UK’s electricity system.

Prior to joining Regen in January 2017, Ray spent 13 years working in energy management in the water industry, through a number of roles he held at South West Water. Ray holds a first class honours degree is in electrical engineering, is a registered Incorporated Engineer and sits on the SW regional committee of the Institute of Water.

Ray has been working closely with Western Power Distribution on their consultation around energy storage growth scenarios and operating modes, as well as developing the follow up to Regen’s 2016 Energy Storage: Towards a Commercial Model publication.

Nick Robb

Nick Robb

Head of Development, Lightsource

Nick has been with Lightsource since its inception in 2010 as the company has grown into Europe’s leading solar energy company with an operational portfolio of 1.7GW.

With extensive development, engineering and project management experience, Nick has been directly responsible for the implementation of ground-mount and rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects from site feasibility studies through to financial close and construction. He currently heads up the Ireland and Northern Ireland development divisions.

Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

Managing Director, Caplor

[Text Box: Speaking at Hay Festival 2014] 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.

 

Caplor Energy - From personal passion and evolving practicality from experience within Caplor’s building and renovation enterprise, CE was established in 2007 and specialises in the design and supply of renewable energy systems for businesses, communities and home owners. Caplor Energy is proud to be one of the region’s leading installers by both reputation and market share.   Caplor has offered innovative community schemes that have allowed a significant number of community organisations to benefit from renewable opportunities and in recent years is spreading that experience into the commercial sector with its own expanding networks of systems. Caplor actively engages within the renewable industry through board membership of the UK Solar Trade association, Board membership of Sustainability West Midlands, chair of Hereford Futures forum and Hereford Green Network to name a few engagements.  Since 2015 Gareth has worked directly with Govt dept BEIS on Solar Policy development in the UK.  He also contributed to Malawi renewable policy in 2016.

 

Caplor has been recognised through a host of local and national awards for their contribution to the community, small business and the sustainability agenda, national accreditations as an NFU supplier and approved Kingspan partner. Following a ‘triple bottom line’ approach, Caplor uses its values of – Inspire, sustainable improvement to guide development to deliver on the long term vision.   

[Text Box: Speaking at Hay Festival 2014] 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.

 

Caplor Energy - From personal passion and evolving practicality from experience within Caplor’s building and renovation enterprise, CE was established in 2007 and specialises in the design and supply of renewable energy systems for businesses, communities and home owners. Caplor Energy is proud to be one of the region’s leading installers by both reputation and market share.   Caplor has offered innovative community schemes that have allowed a significant number of community organisations to benefit from renewable opportunities and in recent years is spreading that experience into the commercial sector with its own expanding networks of systems. Caplor actively engages within the renewable industry through board membership of the UK Solar Trade association, Board membership of Sustainability West Midlands, chair of Hereford Futures forum and Hereford Green Network to name a few engagements.  Since 2015 Gareth has worked directly with Govt dept BEIS on Solar Policy development in the UK.  He also contributed to Malawi renewable policy in 2016.

 

Caplor has been recognised through a host of local and national awards for their contribution to the community, small business and the sustainability agenda, national accreditations as an NFU supplier and approved Kingspan partner. Following a ‘triple bottom line’ approach, Caplor uses its values of – Inspire, sustainable improvement to guide development to deliver on the long term vision.   

Michael Clark

Michael Clark

CTO, Become Energy

Michael is CTO at Become Energy, and has worked in the electricity industry since graduating from the University of Liverpool in 2004. Initially focussed on mechanical and electrical consulting for new build and refit works across retail, commercial and datacentre sectors, he then transitioned into the power sector in 2007 working on the Olympics park pylon undergrounding (tunnelling) project and later would run one of the UK’s most high profile R&D projects, Low Carbon London, for UK Power Networks. Michael has an intuitive knowledge of building electrical systems as well as the power grid. He is also an avid sailor (commercially qualified to 200 tonnes), recreational woodworker and technology enthusiast.

Robert Goss

Robert Goss

Director, Solar Electric Ireland
Alan Wells

Alan Wells

Technical and Standards Director, Certsure

With more than  40 years in the electrical engineering industry, Alan is a highly respected figure for his level of technical knowledge and experience. In his early career, he was involved in building engineering services maintenance and electro/mechanical installation design. Alan has held several management posts within the Electrical Contractors’ Association and NICEIC and is currently responsible for ensuring that Certsure (NICEIC and ELECSA) provide high quality technical services to its registrants and represents their technical interests nationally.
He has represented NICEIC at various industry committees including the Joint IET / BSI Technical Committee for the UK Wiring Regulations (JPEL 64). He also advises central and local government in England, Scotland and Wales, has presented at conferences for The IET and FISUEL and is a current Board Member of BASEC - the British Approvals Service for Electric Cables. Last year he was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to the Electrical Industry honour at the Electrical Times awards.
 

Jodie Giles

Jodie Giles

Senior Manager, Community Energy Lead, Regen

Jodie is responsible for the delivery of Regen’s community energy support programme. Jodie engages with communities, developers and the wider renewable energy industry to support the development of sustainable energy projects. She facilitates the Regen Communities network of over 200 community energy groups, keeping them up to date with funding, technical and policy changes that affect the sector, running training, events, and working with local authorities and the government to influence policy.

Jodie has twelve years’ experience working in community engagement.  She joined Regen from the Eden Project where she worked on community resilience, bulk energy buying, neighbourhood planning and social inclusion projects.

Roger Lin

Roger Lin

Director of Marketing, NEC Energy Solutions
Naveed Ahmed

Naveed Ahmed

Principal Strategy Planner, TRANSPORT FOR LONDON

Naveed is Principal Strategy Planner at Transport for London.  His work involves developing policies and projects with the aims of decarbonising London’s road transport network, reducing congestion and improving air quality.
Naveed has helped develop and deliver projects like London’s Go Ultra Low Cities programme, to support Londoners and businesses to make the switch to EVs. He has also undertaken studies to support innovative green projects, and to better understand the charging needs of Londoners with a particular focus on understanding the barriers that disabled and elderly drivers may face.
He is currently leading on the development of the Zero Emission Road Transport programme to support the Mayor’s vision of making London a Zero Carbon City by 2050.
Prior to joining TfL Naveed worked for the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for 11 years, designing and delivering transport and public realm schemes, with lead responsibilities for developing transport policies.
 

Matthew Lumsden

Matthew Lumsden

Managing Director, CONNECTED ENERGY
Steven Campbell

Steven Campbell

Lead Technologist, ElectriCChain


Steven has worked in Supply Chain and Procurement for over two decades with multiple roles in international businesses, with specialism in strategy development and project delivery.  He is passionate about renewable energy and new technology, and has recently added skills in computer programming and block-chain. He is an avid supporter of SolarCoin and a key contributor to the ElectriCChain projects; creating the first Raspberry Pi nodes and datalogger software for the community.

Mark Atherton

Mark Atherton

Greater Manchester Director of Environment, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

Mark joined AGMA/GMCA in May 2012 as Director of Environment for Greater Manchester.  In this role, Mark provides strategic support to the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub by leading the development and delivery of strategies, policies, research and demonstration projects for environment and low carbon work areas. 

Current projects include the initiation of a `world first’ smart demonstration project on aggregation of heat using Air Source Heat Pumps, domestic energy efficiency programmes, community energy innovation, natural capital and climate change adaptation plus developing joint work programmes between GM and several government departments. 

Prior to his current appointment, Mark joined the Northwest Regional Development Agency in 2002, culminating in the role of Director of Energy and Environment.  In this role, Mark managed a project investment portfolio of circa £30m/annum, providing innovative and strategic leadership to the Agency’s work on energy & environmental technologies sector development; climate change and carbon reduction; sustainable consumption & production and environment quality.

Mark holds a science degree in Organic Chemistry and Industrial Ecology; postgraduate qualifications in Leadership and Hydrobiology and several management qualifications.

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams

Business Development Manager, SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre

Jonny is the Business Development Manager at SPECIFIC. His role is to support collaboration with partner organisations. This includes the development of joint research projects, commercialisation of building energy products and providing support to demonstration projects. He has worked in construction and energy for over 10 years and has experience in housing retrofit and solar PV development. Prior to working at SPECIFIC, he was an Director of the BRE National Solar Centre which he helped to establish in 2011.  Previously Jonny worked at the engineering contractor Laing O’Rourke on research to manage the environmental impact of construction. He has a masters degree in engineering from University of Strathclyde and a doctorate in environmental law from Swansea University. He is fascinated by the application of solar and related technologies to lead the transition to clean energy.

Jordi Francesch

Jordi Francesch

Head of Asset Management, Glennmont Partners

Jordi joined the team in April 2011 bringing to the team over 13 years of international Financial and business experience in Energy sector and specifically in renewable energy development, operation, maintenance, due diligence, advisory and asset management experience to the company. Prior to joining the company, he worked at Royal Dutch Shell Plc in the Downstream, Upstream and Clean energy businesses. Jordi has developed monitoring tools to measure both technical and financial performance versus budgets ensuring that Glennmont Partners are always fully informed about asset performance. Jordi holds BS of both Economics and Business Administration from University Pompeu Fabra in Spain. In 2014 he completed an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics at the University of London.

Lee Moscovitch

Lee Moscovitch

Partner, Greencoat Capital

Lee is based in London and joined Greencoat in 2014. He has over 16 years experience in project finance and investment.Lee joined Greencoat Capital from Zouk Capital where he spent six years focusing on solar PV. He played a key role in constructing Zouk’s successful solar portfolio, and was involved in all stages of the cycle from origination and execution to management and exit.Prior to Zouk, Lee was at Climate Change Capital in the carbon finance team. He joined Climate Change Capital from Investec where he had spent six years both investing in and advising on a range of debt and equity deals across the broader energy and social infrastructure space.Lee holds a BA in Chinese and Management Studies from Durham University.
 

David Hill

David Hill

Commercial Director, Open Energi

David Hill is an expert on electricity markets and demand flexibility. He is responsible for defining and delivering Open Energi’s strategy to radically reduce the cost of delivering and consuming power. This includes working with customers and strategic partners to grow our network of distributed energy assets, develop new products and realise new market opportunities. David joined Open Energi in 2010 after completing an MSc Energy, Trade & Finance at Cass Business School.

Julie Finkler

Julie Finkler

Law and Policy Advisor Climate and Energy, ClientEarth

Julie Finkler joined ClientEarth’s London office in December 2014. She holds a Master’s degree in Energy and Environment Economics from Grenoble University, France. Prior to that, she completed a French-German double-Degree in Political Sciences and Law at Sciences Po Lille and the University of Münster. During her studies Julie was interested in European energy and environmental law, climate change policies, energy markets, and environmental economics. Before joining ClientEarth, she also gained work experience at energy consultancy DNV GL and strategy consultancy firm CEIS.

Chris Pritchett

Chris Pritchett

Head of Energy, Foot Anstey LLP

Foot Anstey has one of the fastest growing energy practices in the UK with particular market strength in energy storage.  We are passionate about providing innovative legal advice to our clients in respect of generation technologies, demand side response, storage, transmission and clean technology. We advised on some of the very first energy storage projects in England (both in front and behind the meter), as well as negotiated the first energy storage PPAs and aggregation agreements. We advise storage developers and finance providers, and are actively working on EFR and capacity market projects, as well as large scale FFR-ready installations.  Head of Energy, Chris Pritchett, "has a very good commercial understanding, with an ability to not just look at the narrow legal issues but think more broadly as to how they play out in commercial settings," according to clients, and is recognised as a notable practitioner in his field by Chambers UK (a leading legal directory).

Mike O’Hare

Mike O’Hare

Senior Development Manager, National Grid

Mike O’Hare is helping build a distributed energy business for National Grid, providing technology solutions to customers including electric vehicle charging, battery storage and solar energy.
Mike previously helped develop new distributed energy businesses for E.ON in the UK and Sweden. His 17 years’ experience in the energy industry includes being General Manager of London Array – the World’s largest operational offshore wind farm at 630 MW with a £2.2bn asset value. And as Head of SSE Network’s Thames Valley Region he served 900,000 customers and managed 6,500km of 240V to 132kV distribution network. Mike is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. He has a MSci degree in Physics from the University of Bristol and an Executive MBA with Distinction from Warwick Business School. His MBA thesis on London Array’s supply chain won the award for Best Dissertation.
 

Goran Strbac

Goran Strbac

Professor, Imperial College London
Dominic Phinn

Dominic Phinn

Business Engagement Co-Ordinator, Client Earth

Dominic leads business engagement on Healthy Air at environmental law organisation, ClientEarth. Dominic has over ten years' experience engaging the private sector on a range of social and environmental issues in the UK, China and Latin America. As ClientEarth continues to take the government to task over its National Air Quality plan, Dominic is working closely with businesses across the UK to ensure industry is informed on the plan and has an effective voice in the debate.

Virginia Graham

Virginia Graham

Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Energy Assurance LTD

Virginia Graham is currently Chief Executive of Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd. As well as running the Renewable Energy Consumer Code and several certification schemes including the Green Gas Certification Scheme, she also advises a range of organisations in the public and private sectors on issues such as energy efficiency, renewable energy and CO2 emissions trading. She is the Chair of Global Action Plan, the practical environmental charity, and a Trustee of National Energy Action and Eaga Charitable Trust, a grant-giving body which promotes research into fuel poverty and energy efficiency. For six years to the end of 2005 Virginia was Director of Environmental and Social Affairs at Ofgem

Tim Day

Tim Day

Sales and Marketing Director, Solarplicity

Tim joined Solarplicity in March 2015 and has over 15 years’ experience working in the UK’s renewable industry, within smart metering, the smart and connected home, solar PV distribution, large scale EPC contracts and investment. Tim will be discussing the Community Energy Scheme, a win-win for both tenants and social landlords. 

Matt Black

Matt Black

Senior Investment Manager, Foresight Group

Matt joined Foresight in 2012 from Imperial College, London where he was a Research Associate focusing on the financing of UK renewable energy and electricity infrastructure. He previously spent more than four years at Credit Suisse where he was an Associate in the Custom Markets team, responsible for the product development, structuring and investment management of retail and institutional investment products. Matt is IMC qualified and holds an MSc in Environmental Technology and Energy Policy from Imperial College, London.

Anthony Price

Anthony Price

Director, Electricity Storage Network

Anthony Price is actively involved in the commercial development of electrical energy storage with experience gained from project work, marketing, and commercialisation of technologies and projects.  He is the Director of the Electricity Storage Network, the industry group committed to creating a UK market for electrical energy storage, comprising manufacturers, developers, researchers and users of large scale, network connected electricity storage. 

Anthony Price is also a Director and Principal Consultant for Swanbarton, a consultancy company specialising in electrical energy storage. Over the past ten years he has worked with clients, in manufacturing, research, project development as well as potential users of large scale storage to provide support for projects in large scale electricity storage both in the UK and abroad.  Swanbarton runs the conference series – the International Flow Battery Forum.

Roberto Castiglioni

Roberto Castiglioni

Fund Manager, Ingenious

Roberto is leading a team of professionals responsible for the clean energy investments in the Ingenious Estate Planning, the IHT fund managed by Ingenious. He started his career in project finance at RBS before moving to Moser Baer Clean Energy where he developed and funded the biggest PV greenhouse in the world. At Ingenious, Roberto has so far managed the acquisition of more than 100MW of solar projects, bridge financing of the solar and wind asset. Roberto holds a degree in BA from LIUC University and an MBA in finance from SDA Bocconi.

Jonathan Bates

Jonathan Bates

Managing Director, Photon Energy

Jonathan is the managing director of Photon Energy, one of the leading independent installers of rooftop PV systems.  He studied Chemical Engineering at University College London and went on to complete his PhD at the University of Northumbria’s Newcastle Photovoltaics Applications Centre in 1992 and has worked in the renewable energy industry ever since.  In 2006, he established Photon Energy with 3 colleagues and the company has currently installed around 20MW of rooftop PV.

Jonathan is a respected in the solar PV community, serving as a board member of the UK’s Solar Trade Association and chairman of the STA’s Rooftop PV Working Group.  He is also a member of the PV Technical Committee for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, a member of the Energy Institute and a Chartered Engineer.

Stuart Elmes

Stuart Elmes

Director, The STA (Solar Trade Association)

Stuart Elmes is founder and Chief Executive of Viridian Solar, a UK manufacturer of roof integrated solar panels.  With a specialty for aesthetically pleasing in-roof products that can be installed simply and quickly the company has grown rapidly since it was established in 2007.

Stuart also serves as a Director at the Solar Trade Association, Chair of the MCS Roofing Working Group and on other industry bodies such as the MCS and STA working groups and occasionally blogs as The Solarblogger. http://www.solarblogger.net/

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Chris Miles

Chris Miles

Business Development Director, Anesco Limited

Chris leads the development of new business areas within Anesco. He joined from Renewable Energy Systems (RES), where he helped develop energy storage, “subsidy free” renewables and led a review into future energy market options.

Chris led the sale of Econergy to British Gas (BG) and became a member of the BG Leadership Team, which directed their Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and their Energy Efficiency business. He was a board member of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) from 2006 to 2014.

Chris holds a MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD in Paris.

Jeremy Yapp

Jeremy Yapp

Deputy Director, Smart Metering, Beama

Jeremy Yapp began his professional life managing an independent retail business. He has also edited Hansard in the Australian Parliament, managed an international music festival, and worked as a freelance editor, a political researcher and an orchestral musician. He has worked in a number of policy areas in the UK Civil Service, including DECC’s Smart Metering Implementation Programme. For BEAMA he represents manufacturers throughout the supply chain of smart metering equipment. He is a Board member of Smart Meters Device Assurance Ltd and manages the Scheme Operator contract on its behalf.

Chris Jardine

Chris Jardine

Technical Director, Joju Solar

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.

Dr Jonathan Scurlock

Dr Jonathan Scurlock

Chief Adviser, Renewable Energy and Climate Change, National Farmers Union

As a senior adviser with the NFU since 2007, Jonathan Scurlock leads a small team on this topical subject area.  Dr Scurlock has 25 years’ experience from the university and government research sectors, including energy and climate change policy, plant physiology, biomass energy and a wide range of other renewables.  He worked previously on renewable energy with regional and local government in North East England, as well as the US Department of Energy in Tennessee.  Educated at Oxford and London Universities, he is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Open University. 

Andrew Padmore

Andrew Padmore

Chief Executive, Egnida

Andrew is founder and CEO of Egnida and specialises in creating and developing businesses in energy and environmental markets. Andrew is experienced in developing both customer funded and investor funded renewable power generation solutions for a wide range of organisations from FTSE businesses to owner managed SMEs, social housing providers and local authorities.

Egnida works with leading industry suppliers and delivery partners, including quality local installers, to deliver innovative integrated energy solutions for customers including a tailored blend of solar PV, energy supply contracts, battery storage, demand side management, energy efficiency measures and electric fleet management. Egnida has significant investment funding available to provide fully outsourced solutions where customers do not wish to invest in these solutions themselves. 

Stephen Cirell

Stephen Cirell

Associate, APSE Energy

Stephen has worked in the Public Sector for almost 30 years, both via in house service and from the private sector.

Formerly an in-house lawyer, and then a Partner with Eversheds, Stephen is one of the most well known experts on local government law and is nationally known for his writing on many different areas, being the author of over 15 books on Local Government Law, spanning over two decades.

Stephen created a new business in Autumn 2010 following a highly successful year in Cornwall Council as the lead director on climate change. He now specialises in the creation of a low carbon economy, through emissions reduction schemes and renewable or clean energy projects. His main aim is to raise the ambition of local authorities, to increase their confidence and to inspire them.

Stephen is currently working with over two dozen local authorities up and down the country on schemes involving solar PV, wind energy, biomass energy and electric cars.

His latest book is entitled A Guide to Solar PV Projects in Local Government and the Public Sector, and was published in Autumn 2012.

You can follow Stephen on Twitter at @stephencirell and his website publicsectorenergy.co.uk offers a free weekly email alerter to keep up with developments in the local government energy market.