The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben

The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben

Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, Member of Parliament

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. 

George Clarke

George Clarke

Architect,
Rachel Hayes

Rachel Hayes

Head of Networks and Development, Regen

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

Alex O’Cinneide

CEO, Gore Street Capital

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

Barrie Davies

Country Manager UK, JinkoSolar

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

Frank Niendorf

General Manager Europe, JinkoSolar

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.

Philip Lawton

Philip Lawton

Power Systems Specialist, Energy Systems Catapult

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 Dupont

Gauthier Dupont

Director, NGK

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. 

Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

Managing Director, Caplor Energy

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

Marco Landi

Innovation Lead – V2G & EV Charging, Innovate UK

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 Grosvenor

Daniel Grosvenor

Partner, Deloitte

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 Peirce

Mike Peirce

Director of Corporate Action, The Climate Group / RE100

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.

Leonie Green

Leonie Green

Director, STA

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 Betts-Charalambous

Aimee Betts-Charalambous

Smart Meter Technology Policy Lead, BEIS

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 Hewitt

Chris Hewitt

CEO, Solar Trade Association

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.

Stew Horne

Stew Horne

Head of Energy Regulation, Citizens Advice
Vicky Dawe

Vicky Dawe

Deputy Director - Renewable Electricity Support, BEIS
Lily Coles

Lily Coles

Commercial Operations Director, Anesco

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

Virginia Graham

CEO, Renewable Energy Consumer Code

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.’

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.