Prof Charles Hendry
Former Energy Minister, BIEE PresidentRead More
Charles Hendry was Conservative Member of Parliament for Wealden from 2001-2015 and was Minister of State for Energy from May 2010 until September 2012. He was previously the Conservative Party’s spokesman on energy issues, from 2005-2010, holding the portfolio for longer than any other spokesman.
In January 2017 he concluded the Hendry Review of Tidal Lagoons on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
On leaving Ministerial office, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed him as his Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, a role he continued until leaving Parliament in 2015. He is Commissioner of the UK Pavilion at Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan on the theme of Future Energy.
Since leaving Ministerial office, he has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh Business School, as President of the British Institute of Energy Economics, and as Patron of the Nuclear Institute.
He works extensively across the energy and trade sectors.
Charles was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he received an Honours Degree in Business Studies. He is a University Regent and also an Honorary Fellow of the Energy Institute.
CEO, Energy Systems CatapultRead More
Philip joined the Energy Systems Catapult as CEO in November 2015. The Catapult was established in April 2015 with the remit to support the transition of the UK Energy System and enable economic growth from the many commercial and technological opportunities that will be created as the way we make, distribute and use energy undergoes radical change over the coming decades.
Before joining the Catapult Philip worked for BP for over 30 years in a range of commercial and general management positions, mostly in customer-facing businesses, operating in Asia, North and South America, and Europe. He started working in the cleantech sector in 2002, initially building BP’s portfolio of Biofuels businesses and technologies, latterly expanding to include BP Alternative Energy. During this time, he wrestled with, and became fascinated by, the dynamics of the interplay of markets, technology and policy created by the emergence of new energy sources and uses, and the opportunities to create new businesses.
Philip has an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and lives in Oxford with his wife. His three children are now at University.
CEO Low Carbon HubRead More
Barbara was Low Carbon Economy Director at the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA). Her current roles are Director of the Low Carbon Oxford Programme, a city-wide initiative to reduce emissions; Director of the Low Carbon Hub; and Chair of West Oxford Community Renewables (or WOCoRe). An industrial and provident society, WOCoRe develops community-owned renewable energy projects that, in turn, provide the resources for West Oxford to achieve 80% reductions in carbon emissions by 2050.
Previously, Barbara has worked with Sir David King on international science and innovation policy during his time as Government Chief Scientific Advisor, including international climate change influencing and the science and innovation aspects of the Africa Commission. She has also led the Government’s renewable energy programme and contributed to the 2003 Energy White Paper.
CEO, Origami EnergyRead More
With a background in physical sciences and a passion for business, Peter has spent his career focused on building high growth ventures and technology commercialisation, primarily in the cleantech sector. He was CEO of a combined heat and power business that he took public on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) and then became Entrepreneur in Residence at Octopus Investments working with their venture capital team and renewable energy business. He then founded Origami Energy as CEO, with the vision of creating the real-time marketplace for the distributed energy world.
Over the years, Peter has also been non-executive director of a number of innovative energy technology businesses and has also sat on public-private organisations including the Energy Research Partnership, and the Energy Technologies Institute.
Professor of Energy Policy, University of ExeterRead More
Catherine Mitchell is Professor of Energy Policy and the Director of the University of Exeter’s Energy Policy Group. Her research focuses on the governance and politics involved in achieving a low carbon, equitable and secure energy system (where governance is taken to mean the policies, institutions, market design, regulation and network rules and incentives). Catherine is very practice and internationally focused - having had Visiting Professorships at Berkeley (California), Columbia (NY) ; Freie (Berlin) and DTU (Denmark) over the last few years. Catherine has been a member of multiple national committees or Government Reviews; she has been a member of multiple large writing teams (including being an LA in IPCC AR5); she will be a CLA of the policy and institutions chapter of IPCC WG3; she has been the Chair of the Board of various institutions, both national and international in their scope, and is currently Chair of RAP, and Board members of CSE and ECIU. She currently holds an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship, IGov (2012-2019).
CEO, Good EnergyRead More
Juliet Davenport is founder and Chief Executive of Good Energy, the UK’s only dedicated 100% renewable electricity supplier.
Since Good Energy was founded in 2002 it has effected real change in the energy market. It now supplies more than 50,000 electricity customers, 24,000 gas customers and supports over 73,000 homes, business and communities generating their own energy. It own and operate two wind farms – one in Delabole, North Cornwall and one in Yorkshire, near Doncaster. Good Energy wants to change the way energy is made in this country and connect people with where it comes from – so they will value it more and use it less. Its vision is a 100% renewable future for the UK by 2050.
Juliet has won several accolades for her work, including PLUS Markets CEO of the year 2009 and 2010. Good Energy has won a Sunday Times Best Green Company Award twice, an Observer Ethical Award and was named West of England Business of the Year 2009.
In 2012 Juliet was named as PLUS CEO and in 2013 Juliet was awarded an OBE for services to renewables. In 2015 she was appointed to the board of the Natural Environment Research Council, and in 2017 she was awarded a Guiding Star award by Utility Week.
Juliet sits on many panels and boards including Grantham Institute and Aurora Energy Research.
CEO UK Power NetworksRead More
Basil Scarsella is the Chief Executive Officer of UK Power Networks, owned by the Cheung Kong Group, which is the largest Distribution Network Operator in the UK, distributing electricity to over eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and East of England. It has some 6,000 employees in its regulated and non-regulated areas. UK Power Networks has been ranked in the top 25 Best Big Companies to Work for 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the Sunday Times annual list and awarded Utility of the Year in the UK in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
Immediately prior to taking up his appointment with UK Power Networks in 2010, Basil was the CEO of Northern Gas Networks for five years. Northern Gas distributes gas to 2.5 million homes in the north east of England and also falls under the ownership of the Cheung Kong Group. Northern Gas Networks ranked as the most efficient gas network in the UK. Up until 2005, Basil was CEO of ETSA Utilities (SA Power Networks), the electricity distributor in South Australia.
Basil holds a degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and is a Certified Practicing Accountant. He is a Life Member of Football Australia and former Member of the Executive Committee of FIFA. He received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and in 2003 became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for services to sport.
Dr Jeff Hardy
Senior Research Fellow Grantham Institute, Imperial CollegeRead More
Dr Jeffrey Hardy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London, where he researches energy market transformation, innovative business models. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Public Power Solutions, a wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council specialising in renewable power and waste solutions. Jeff is co- author of the Reshaping Regulation report which he will speak about at the conference.
Previously he was Head of Sustainable Energy Futures at the GB energy regulator, Ofgem and Head of Science for Work Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He’s also worked at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the UK Energy Research Centre, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Green Chemistry Group at the University of York and at Sellafield as research chemist in a nuclear laboratory.
CEO, LO3 EnergyRead More
Lawrence Orsini is the founder of LO3 Energy, a groundbreaking energy and tech company working on innovative new hardware and software products within the emerging distributed energy and computation industry.
His wide range of experience in the energy sector ranges from the development of policy and regulatory frameworks to relationship management on energy solutions with Fortune 100 utility and corporate clients.
Prior to LO3 Energy, Lawrence was the Director of New Products for CLEAResult, working as the strategic lead on the development, piloting and deployment of new utility service offerings. This focused on energy efficiency, microgrid, and load management for commercial, industrial and residential market sectors.
New Energy Strategist Carbon TrackerRead More
Kingsmill Bond is the New Energy Strategist for Carbon Tracker, and part of the investor outreach team. His role is to communicate to investors the dramatic implications of the energy transition. He believes that this revolution is the most important driver of financial markets and geopolitics in the modern era. Kingsmill has worked as a sell-side City equity analyst and strategist for over 20 years, including for Deutsche Bank, Troika Dialog and Citibank in London, Hong Kong and Moscow. He has written strategy on emerging markets and global themes, including the wider significance of the shale revolution. He worked for many years in Russia, which is the world’s largest exporter of fossil fuels, and deeply impacted by the transition. Kingsmill has an MA in history from Cambridge University, trained as an accountant (CIMA), and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
CEO OFGEMRead More
Dermot joined Ofgem as Chief Executive Officer in March 2014. He brings with him extensive leadership experience in energy regulation, market competition and the protection of consumers’ interests having most recently been Commissioner at the Commission for Energy Regulation in Ireland from May 2008 and its Chair since May 2011. Prior to this, he was Senior Economic Adviser at the Commission for Communications Regulation and was manager of the mergers division for the Irish Competition Authority. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he undertook further study at Yale where he gained a PhD in Economics. He has lectured at the University of London, specialising in the areas of market structures and firm performance.
Former CEO, NEARead More
Jenny Saunders was Chief Executive of National Energy Action from 2007 to 2017, and prior to that was its Director of Communications. She has a number of public sector advisory roles, on the government’s Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, at Northern Powergrid where she is a customer issues advisor and advisory panel member of NPG-funded Customer-led Distribution Systems Research programme (led by the universities of Newcastle and Bath), and on the UKERC Advisory Board. She was previously a member of Ofgem’s Sustainable Development Group. Her early career was in youth and community services.