James Richardson

James Richardson

Chief Economist, National Infrastructure Commission

James Richardson has been Chief Economist at the National Infrastructure Commission since April 2016. The NIC is an independent body, providing expert advice to the Government on pressing infrastructure issues. James heads the NIC secretariat’s economics team and led on production of the UK’s first ever National Infrastructure Assessment, an in-depth assessment of the UK’s major infrastructure needs on a 30-year time horizon.

Prior to this, James was Director, Fiscal and Deputy Chief Economic Adviser at HM Treasury from July 2012 to March 2016 and Director, Public Spending and Chief Microeconomist at HM Treasury from September 2008 to July 2012.

James has a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics (LSE).

The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben

The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben

Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change,

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,
Tim Wynn-Jones

Tim Wynn-Jones

Head of Energy Solution Sales, Good Energy
Joshua Riddett

Joshua Riddett

CEO, Easy Crypto Hunter

Joshua Riddett is an award winning entrepreneur and a leading expert in the UK Cryptocurrency space. Heading up Easy Crypto Hunter, the UK’s premium Cryptocurrency service provider, Josh has keynoted at major Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conferences all over the UK. Alongside this, consulting and advising for some of the biggest names in the Cryptocurrency industry and mentoring new companies trying to enter the space.

Josh’s honest and transparent approach to Cryptocurrency has established him as the ‘go to guy’ for Cryptocurrency mining equipment and more recently, Cryptocurrency Accounting Services. Having open offices and a place for anyone to come and see the real tangibility of the Cryptocurrency industry was unheard of. People want to speak to real people and see where their investment is going, so that’s the logic behind Josh’s rapidly expanding company.

Chris Pritchett

Chris Pritchett

Partner, Foot Anstey LLP

Chris is Head of the Energy Team at Foot Anstey, with a key focus on emerging technologies in energy. He advises clients on EV infrastructure projects, complex charging and data sharing arrangements and contracts between energy storage developers and aggregators. As well as a large number of energy storage and charging infrastructure developer clients, Chris has a strong practice in large-scale solar developments and an increasing volume of work in the tech and data space in energy monitoring and analysis,  PPAs, private wire and grid. He is particularly excited about the opportunities to bring these all together in hybrid energy charging projects that put customer experience right at the heart.

Chris Pritchett is considered by sources to be "very knowledgeable and strong" in the sector. He specialises in the commercial, financing and environmental elements of clean energy projects. Renewables & Alternative Energy, UK Wide, Chambers UK 2018

Julie Gallagher

Julie Gallagher

Group UK Energy Efficiency Manager, Veolia
Kate Ashworth

Kate Ashworth

Director of Consultancy Services, Egnida Consulting

Kate is the Director of Consultancy Services at Egnida Consulting (formerly Encraft). The company joined forces with the Egnida Group last summer to offer much wider integrated services including smart energy systems and future mobility solutions. The new group structure ensures clients have a turnkey solution from strategy and project scoping through management and installation, with a stronger focus on the integration of ultra-low emission vehicles as an essential part of the energy picture. Kate is a chartered mechanical engineer and has led landmark projects in the energy industry including producing regional energy strategies for Marches LEP, Lancashire LEP, Stoke and Staffordshire LEP and Worcestershire LEP, district heating feasibility in Liverpool waterfront, an energy storage strategy for Cornwall and a series of innovation projects, the most recent being a feasibility study on using electric vehicle car parking at UK Central as an aggregated battery to mitigate grid constraints.

Liam Stoker

Liam Stoker

UK Editor , Solar Media
Stefan Barrow

Stefan Barrow

Director of Infrastructure Structured Finance, MUFG Bank
Eoin Cassidy

Eoin Cassidy

Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran
Ray Arrell

Ray Arrell

Senior Project Manager, Regen

Ray is a Senior Project Manager at Regen, who led their technical work around energy storage operating modes and growth prospects. Ray is the lead author of Regen’s 2017 market insight publication ‘Energy Storage: The Next Wave’ and a regular speaker on the energy sector event circuit.

Ray has continued to develop Regen’s understanding of storage business models, electricity and gas network futures and is currently leading on Regen’s work around local flexibility markets.
Ray is a registered Incorporated Engineer and provides technical insight to the Electricity Storage Network. Prior to joining Regen, Ray spent 13 years working in the energy management team at major water utility company South West Water, where he was responsible for the company’s renewable energy strategy and operations.

Erik Fairbairn

Erik Fairbairn

CEO, Pod Point
Jamie Bursnell

Jamie Bursnell

Group Technical Adviser , Persimmon PLC

I am the Group Technical Adviser for Persimmon Homes PLC. My main responsibilities are the management of specification for building regulations compliance including Fabric, Services & Renewables for the group of 30 regional businesses. My team write Energy Strategy Reports to support planning applications alongside producing SAP calculations & EPC’s. I am also responsible for the management of our in house air tightness testing team.

Madeleine Greenhalgh

Madeleine Greenhalgh

Policy and Advocacy Manager and ESN Policy Lead, Regen & the Electricity Storage Network

Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to improve the policy environment for renewables, storage and smart technologies. Madeleine’s previous experience includes working in the heart of government to formulate policy, with particular experience on data and privacy.

Declan O’Halloran

Declan O’Halloran

Managing Director, Quintas Energy
Steve Cains

Steve Cains

Head of Power Solutions, Public Power Solutions
George Simms

George Simms

Principle Policy & Programme Officer, Greater London Authority
Dr Ashley Hayden

Dr Ashley Hayden

Planning Officer, Milton Keynes

Ashley has worked across the planning and transport industry for around 4 years, and has gained experience in both the private and public sectors. He has a research background in promoting sustainable transport through strategies and policies to promote a greater usage in public transport, walking and cycling. In July 2018, Ashley was awarded his PhD from the University of Birmingham in Sustainable Transport Planning.

He has a passion for challenging the status quo of the planning system. He does this by introducing policies that make people and planners think different about spaces and places in order to improve the social wellbeing of communities and promote carbon reduction.         

George Frost

George Frost

Country Manager, iChoosr

George Frost has been UK Country Manager for iChoosr since 2014.  He sits across all business lines in the UK which currently include solar panel group purchasing, under the Solar Together banner, and domestic energy collective switching schemes.

iChoosr specialises in group buying schemes. It works with community leaders, often councils, to gather groups of consumers to match with suppliers eager for new customers.  Its product areas are selected where the perceived complexity of the purchase process in the mind of the consumer is a barrier to action. It then creates a safe environment to allow a consumer to make an informed decision where they might otherwise not act. For the suppliers it delivers, often much needed, volumes of new customers from which efficiencies can be made in the delivery to create an attractive offer to end consumers.

Roberto Castiglioni

Roberto Castiglioni

Managing Director , Argonaut Power

Roberto is a Senior Investment Director in the Ingenious Infrastructure team. He is responsible for managing Argonaut Power, a flexible energy platform set up to develop, fund and operate energy solutions for commercial and industrial customers. Argonaut Power was funded in 2018 and it is focused on behind the meter battery storage, private grids and green PPA to reduce energy bills and carbon footprint and to improve energy resilience, thus improving C&Is competitiveness.

 

Until recently he was fund manager of Ingenious’ Infrastructure IHT funds where he grew the asset base from 8MW to 90MW across solar, wind and AD.

 

Prior to joining Ingenious in 2013, Roberto worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland in the Project Finance Syndication team, where he syndicated over £5 billion of renewable projects across Europe. His previous experience also includes roles in origination, private equity and M&A across the European renewable energy sector. Roberto holds a MSc in Business Administration from LIUC and an MBA in Finance from SDA Bocconi (Italy).

Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown

Policy Manager, Renewable Energy Association

Daniel is a Policy Manager at the REA, the UK’s largest trade association for renewable energy and clean technologies. He works across solar, energy storage, grid, and leads the EV sector group. Since 2015 he has managed the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Energy Storage and in 2017 he co-founded the APPG on Electric and Automated Vehicles. Daniel holds a MA in Public Policy from King’s College London and a BA (Hons) from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie Universities in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Matthew Tilbrook

Matthew Tilbrook

Director of Project Finance , METKA EGN

Matthew is the project finance director for Metka EGN, a solar developer and EPC contractor which is majority-owned by Mytilineos Holdings, an Athens-listed energy/industrial conglomerate.  He joined Metka EGN in early 2018 to cover structuring and financing of projects within the development team. Metka EGN is a world-class developer, EPC and O&M contractor for the full range of solar and storage applications, ranging from stand-alone solar parks and storage applications to complex hybrid projects, with a track record of approximately 1 GW of projects built around the world.

Prior to joining Metka EGN, Matthew worked in power and infrastructure financing in London since 2007, at Mizuho Bank, BNP Paribas, CBA and several advisory firms. During this time he has advised on and structured financing transactions with major European and GCC utilities, Japanese trading houses, financial investors, governments and start-ups, in the UK, continental Europe and the Middle East. Projects have ranged across sectors including onshore and offshore wind, solar PV, conventional generation, transmission/ distribution, water desalination, hydro, biomass, waste-to-energy, transport and environmental technologies. Matthew has BSC in Physics from UWA in Perth, a PhD in Materials Engineering from UNSW in Sydney and worked for two years in the Cambridge University Engineering Department as a postdoctoral research fellow.

Anna Bright

Anna Bright

Chief Executive, Sustainability West Midlands

Anna Bright is Chief Executive at Sustainability West Midlands and has been with the organisation for over five years. Sustainability West Midlands were established in 2002 and are the sustainability adviser for leaders of the West Midlands. We’re a not-for-profit membership organisation working with the private, public and third sectors. Our role is to act as a catalyst for change. Our stakeholders like our independence, our role as a hub of cross-sector good practice networks, and our drive to deliver a clear vision to create a better West Midlands.

We support organisations on an individual basis to ensure that sustainability is embedded into their vision and operations, and that they get the recognition they deserve for this. We are supporting SMEs in the identification of funding towards energy efficiency and cost savings. Anna previously worked as a waste management consultant at the Organic Resource Agency in Worcestershire for eight years, and for Severn Trent Water for five years.

Adrian Cecconi

Adrian Cecconi

Senior Partner , Solar Flair Practice
Matthew Boulton

Matthew Boulton

COO, Pivot Power
Nick Williams

Nick Williams

Head of Origination , Erova Energy
Nick Williams

Nick Williams

Head of Origination , Erova Energy
Stephan Marty

Stephan Marty

General Manager Energy Storage & International DSR , Kiwi Power

Overall responsibility for KiWi's Energy storage business since 2015, including a track record of building and financing several MW-scale projects. Previous roles span large global companies (e.g. General Electric) as well as small start-ups (Solar Reserve). 20 years of experience in the energy space with Master's degrees in engineering and business. 

Dave Worthington

Dave Worthington

Managing Director, Verco

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 Wilson

Richard Wilson

Outage Planning Manager (London & South East), Network Operations and Control, UK Power Networks

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 Scrimshire

Quentin Scrimshire

Commercial Leader - Energy Storage, KiWi Power

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

Rubina Singh

Senior Consultant, Gemserv

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. 

Harry Vickers

Harry Vickers

Vice President, Green Investment Group (GIG)

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

Richard Braakenburg

Senior Vice President , Green Investment Group (GIG)

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.

Philippa Eddie

Philippa Eddie

Commercial Finance Specialist , Infrastructure Projects Authority
Pete James

Pete James

Senior Representative , IET
Andrew Briggs

Andrew Briggs

Strategic Energy Manager , Investment, Planning & Regeneration Stoke-on-Trent Council
Chris Curry

Chris Curry

Founder & CEO , Omino Energy
Stirling Habbitts

Stirling Habbitts

Sector Lead Project Finance London, Triodos Bank

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 Hollands

Mark Hollands

Head of Energy Strategy, BSR Group

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.     

Sotiris Georgiopoulos

Sotiris Georgiopoulos

Head of Smart Grid Development , UKPN
Dr Nina Skorupska CBE FEI

Dr Nina Skorupska CBE FEI

CEO, REA

Dr Nina Skorupska CBE has been the Chief Executive of Renewable Energy Association (REA) since 2013. She has over 30 years' experience in the energy industry working in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.  She was the first female power station manager for RWE npower and her career in the RWE Group culminated as Chief Technical Officer and executive Board Member of RWE's Dutch business, Essent, delivering electricity and heat generation as well as leading new energy and sustainability developments.

 

Nina has a BSc. in Chemistry from Newcastle upon Tyne and Ph.D in Coal Combustion. She is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

 

Nina is also currently a Board member of the European Renewable Energy Federation (EREF), Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL), Transport for London (TfL) and Deputy Chair of the Board of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Campaign.  She sits on a number of Advisory Groups including Carbon Trust, 10:10, Entrepreneurial Women in Renewable Energy (EWIRE) and University of Nottingham Industrial Advisory Board for Energy.

Stuart Elms

Stuart Elms

CEO, Viridian Solar
Toddington Harper

Toddington Harper

CEO, GRIDSERVE

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.”

Keenan Gratrick

Keenan Gratrick

Managing Director, FlexiSolar

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.

Adele Ara

Adele Ara

Director of Asset Management , Lightsource BP
Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones

Partner, Everoze

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. 

Lauren Cook

Lauren Cook

Analyst, Solar Media
Chris Regan

Chris Regan

Head of Business Development , EDF Energy

Chris has a background in Physics and complements this with an MBA.  

As an energy trader, Chris was present at two market openings before Heading up EDF Energy trading and Operations capabilities between 2009 and 2017. As Vice Chair of the FOAs 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

Ed Gill

Ed Gill

UK & European Head of Press and Public Affairs, ENA
Dr Randall Bowen

Dr Randall Bowen

Sales & Commercial Director , Good Energy
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.

Doerte Schneemann

Doerte Schneemann

Head of markets for flexibility, BEIS

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 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.

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts

Director, MCS and Managing Director, Rock Clean Energy
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. 

Tom Pakenham

Tom Pakenham

Director of Electric Vehicles, OVO Energy
Eoin Hartigan

Eoin Hartigan

Head of Origination, Energy & Cleantech, Bank of Ireland

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

Scott Burrows

Scott Burrows

Director, Eden Group, Eden Infrastructure, Eden Sustainable, Eden Biomass
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.

Enrico Carniato

Enrico Carniato

Group Deputy General Manager, Global Investment and Business Development, Upsolar Global
Leonie Greene

Leonie Greene

Director of Advocacy & New Markets, , 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.

Ulrika Wising

Ulrika Wising

Head of Battery Storage and Energy Efficiency, Macquarie
Caroline Bragg

Caroline Bragg

Senior Policy Manager, ADE
David Adams

David Adams

Technical Director, Melius Homes
Michel Hendriks

Michel Hendriks

CEO, Amsterdam Clean Energy Fund
Eliot Whittington

Eliot Whittington

Director, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group

Eliot Whittington, Director of Policy (acting); Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group Eliot leads CISL’s team that bridges between business and policy makers to bring about a more sustainable economy. He is the current Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, which brings together businesses to work towards a step change in policy and action on climate change, and of the EU Green Growth Platform, which creates a common space for governments, businesses and parliamentarians to collaborate in support of a greener EU economy.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans

Deputy Managing Director, Rolton Group
Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett

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
Mark Meyrick

Mark Meyrick

Head of Smart Grids, Ecotricity
Robert Hull

Robert Hull

Independent Consultant, Riverswan Ltd
Myles Mcarthy

Myles Mcarthy

Managing Director, The Carbon Trust
Rajni Nair

Rajni Nair

Senior Policy Researcher , Citizens Advice

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.

Matt Lipson

Matt Lipson

Head of Consumer Insight, Energy Systems Catapult
Olivier Fricot

Olivier Fricot

European Head of Power & Renewables Lending, Investec

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.

Alastair Mumford

Alastair Mumford

Corporate Energy Manager, Devon County Council
Vicky Dawe

Vicky Dawe

Deputy Director - Renewable Electricity Support, BEIS

Vicky Dawe is Deputy Director at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, responsible for the delivery of the Contracts for Difference allocation rounds, the Renewables Obligation and the Feed in Tariff schemes. She joined the civil service in 2003, after moving from Australia where she held various roles in the private and higher education sectors.   Vicky’s government career has focussed on environmental policy, working across several departments on home energy saving, the creation of Natural England, water pollution, surface water flooding, improving environmental regulation and reforming arms-length bodies, the Energy Company Obligation, and the Electricity Market Reform programme..

Alejandro Ciruelos

Alejandro Ciruelos

Energy and Infrastructure - Managing Director, Santander Global Corporate Banking
Ed Simpson

Ed Simpson

Partner, Downing LLP
Stuart Cleak

Stuart Cleak

Partner, Foot Anstey

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.

Dale Barnard

Dale Barnard

Engineering Manager, European Energy

Dale is European Energy’s Engineering Manager looking after the technical design elements of EE’s PV pipeline while also co-ordinating between the EPC, Project and M&A departments. Dale provides technical insight across all levels of the Solar PV value chain from plant design and yield analysis to data analytics and procurement. Dale has a background as a Technical Advisor for PV and holds Masters Degrees in both Electrical and Mechanical engineering.

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.

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. 

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.’

Merlin Hyman

Merlin Hyman

Chief Executive, Regen

Merlin has focused his career on proving that environmental technologies, including renewable energy, are not a cost but can be at the heart of a successful and sustainable economy. He has extensive experience of local, national and international sustainable energy policy development and implementation and sits on several government advisory groups.

Merlin has led Regen's successful transition from public funding to an independent not for profit working with industry, communities and the public sector to overcome barriers to the development of renewables and energy efficiency, create local jobs and benefit local communities.

Merlin was previously director of the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), where he championed the views of the environmental technology and services industry to the government. He helped lead the debate about to how to ensure that British companies succeed in the rapidly growing worldwide market for low-carbon products and services. Merlin holds an MSc in European Environmental Policy.

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.