Alistair became Chief Executive of SSE on 1 July 2013. He has a degree in Natural Sciences and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has worked in the energy industry since 1997, when he joined Southern Electric.
He was appointed to the Board of SSE as Energy Supply Director in 2002 and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2012.
As Chief Executive, he leads the Executive Committee and the rest of the SSE team in the day-to-day running and operations of SSE and is responsible for implementing the strategy and policy set by the Board.
Cordi recently joined National Grid as Director of UK Market Operation. She is currently responsible for the real time operation of National Grid’s electricity and gas transmission networks in GB. This includes forward energy trading and balancing services, operational forecasting, and leading the development of future energy supply and demand scenarios that take an holistic view of UK energy.
Prior to joining National Grid, Cordi spent 16 years at Centrica in a variety of commercial and operational roles, including Director of Trading, Head of Asset Optimisation, and Director of Origination. Cordi started her career in Yorkshire Electricity.
Cordi lives in Beaconsfield with her husband, Gavin, and two children (James and Charlotte).
Lawrence Slade has been the Chief Executive of Energy UK since July 2015, having served as the Interim Chief Executive since January 2015.
Since Energy UK was formed in 2012, Lawrence was the Chief Operating Officer with specific executive responsibility for all energy supply activities including Retail Markets, Smart Metering and Grids, Energy Efficiency and consumer engagement.
Lawrence has been involved with the energy industry since the late 1990s. Prior to the creation of Energy UK, he ran the Energy Retail Association. Before that, Lawrence ran the Society of Petroleum Engineers where, as Regional Managing Director, he greatly expanded the society’s operations in the emerging energy markets of Russia, the Caspian and Africa. Lawrence has also served as Deputy Chief Executive and Technical Director of the Energy Institute in London.
Haydn founded GAIA Active Limited (An Energy Management Consultancy) after 16 years working in consulting roles. Recognising the need to help engage employees in energy efficiency and develop new Energy Managers, he set up GAIA and theEnergyClub.org network to help organisations do just that. Haydn is best known for his work within the retail sector, notably being the Group Energy Manager at Travis Perkins plc where he has had considerable success with major energy management projects across the 20 retail brands. As Head of the UK wide Energy Club network Haydn leads regular campaigns to improve energy policy.
Energy and Environment Manager, Northern Rail Ltd
Northern Rail plays a vital role in the north of England by connecting tens of thousands of people to work, leisure, education and more every day. Northern Rail are owned by a 50:50 joint venture between Serco and Abellio. Northern have 5,000 employees, and deliver 2,500 train services every weekday, which call at over 500 stations, of which Northern manage 463, making Northern Rail the largest train operator in the UK.
Gareth is the Energy and Environment Manager of Northern Rail, managing a team of 3 and employed to create and oversee the environmental strategy and performance improvement. This is achieved through the corporate wide ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 accredited Environmental Management System. Gareth and Northern attained ISO 50001 in 2011 and were one of the first companies to be awarded the accreditation in the UK.
In order to manage energy effectively Northern have smart metering and an extensive monthly reporting mechanism to ensure all staff and managers are engaged in energy management. Eco-driving initiatives have been incorporated into the core driving skills and case studies of LED lighting, voltage optimisation and heater controls have been implemented.
Gareth is a member of IEMA and the EI and graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2003 with an MSC in Environmental Engineering.
Tim joined the Association as policy manager at the beginning of 2010 from the Sustainable Energy Association (then Micropower Council) where he also held a policy role. During his time in the sustainable energy sector, Tim has also worked for the Welsh Assembly researching the renewable energy potential and barriers in Wales.
Chris Faulkner, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Breitling Energy Corporation (OTC: BECC), is the driving force behind the company’s extraordinary growth, technology innovations and strategic approach to oil and gas exploration and production.
Mr. Faulkner brings a unique perspective to energy policy conversations in Washington, DC. While he understands the granular details of energy production–from the technical to the financial aspects—he has a global view of energy policy. He’s a trusted source of information for lawmakers on Capitol Hill, journalists and Washington policy analysts from respected think tanks. Mr. Faulkner kicked off the Natural Gas Roundtable luncheon series of 2014 in Washington and the CSIS/USAEE annual energy policy conference in Washington.
Informally dubbed “Frack Master” in the media for his unapologetic and outspoken industry advocacy, Mr. Faulkner was named Industry Leader of the Year in 2013 by the Oil & Gas Awards for the Southwest Region, Oil Executive of the Year in 2013 by the American Energy Research Group, and recognized in the “Dallas Who’s Who in Energy” in 2012 and 2013.
Chris Webb is Head of EMEA Energy Management for Linde Group Purchasing.
He was educated at Imperial College London, and worked in international petrochemcials contracting before joining BOC in its engineering organisation. His subsequent career has incorporated spells in Quality, and Key Customer Management of the Chemicals and Energy sector, before taking over responsibility for Energy Purchasing and Risk for BOC in the UK and Ireland in 2007, and across Europe for Linde from 2011.
He currently sits on the Board of the International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers, and is a former member of the CBI and IBEC Energy Policy Committees, prior to that Chris was a member of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board steering team to scope and initiate NVQs.
Angela was CEO of Energy UK from 2012 till this year. Before joining Energy UK, Angela was Chief Executive at the BBA for 5 years. Previously she was Chief Executive of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers for 9 years. She was honoured with a CBE for services to the financial services industry in 2007.
She was Economic Secretary to the Treasury from 1995- 1997, after being Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and before that to Industry Minister Sir Tim Sainsbury MP.
She was MP for Erewash from 1992 – 1997. She graduated from Bristol University with a degree in chemistry and worked at Air Products before jointly setting up and running the company Cook & Knight Ltd for 6 years.
She is a non-executive director on the boards of Brewin Dolphin plc, Tullett Prebon Plc and Transport for London.
Sophie Longmate uses her passion, capability and drive to lead the delivery of energy savings through behaviour change across the Boots estate. She is responsible for creating and implementing Boots’ energy engagement strategy; ensuring the program is delivered across the UK & ROI, within an ever changing business environment. Whilst developing and delivering Boots’ business case for energy engagement, she has used new, dynamic and innovative methods to get staff excited about energy; creating a talking point between colleagues and a drive in energy consciousness within the store community. Due to the success of this program she was shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Environmental and Energy Awards 2015 under the behaviour change category.
Volker Beckers was the CEO of RWE npower for three years taking the company through growth in its generation business and expanding its offering to business customers. He left npower in early 2013. Today he holds positions at various financial companies and at ELEXON Ltd and he is also Chairman of Spenceram Ltd. He is a non-executive director with the UK government’s HM Revenue & Customs. He was recently appointed Chairman of Albion Community Power PLC, a renewable power generation and investment firm. Volker also chairs the Advisory Board for the Energy Forum at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University.
Jon Ferris, Head of Energy Markets, Utilitywise
As Head of Energy Markets at Utilitywise, Jon utilises 20 years of experience in risk management to shape the strategy and policies of the business.
Prior to Utilitywise, Jon specialised in risk systems development and has honed his expertise in flexible energy purchasing along with risk management. He has a significant amount of experience in delivering strategic advice, methodologies and models for businesses and customers alike and has worked with many large corporations during his career, most notably the Rugby Football Union, Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace Limited and the University of Reading. Jon’s market intelligence, knowledge of development and monitoring of trading compliance processes enables Utilitywise to be on the front foot of all governmental changes and provide their clients with the most up to date advice on energy policies and markets.
Jon has been awarded an IRM Diploma and the Institute of Risk Management prize for Treasury Risk.
David Hill is Business Development Director at Open Energi and an expert on electricity markets and demand response. He is responsible for defining and delivering Open Energi’s vision and strategy to deliver system-wide change in energy markets. This includes identifying and developing strategic technology partnerships, collaborating and working with businesses and stakeholders to realise new market opportunities, defining our international strategy and communicating our vision. David joined Open Energi in 2010 after completing an MSc Energy, Trade & Finance at Cass Business School.
Averil Macdonald is Professor Emerita at the University of Reading and leads on both Research Impact and on Diversity for SEPnet, the South East Physics Network.
Averil was awarded an OBE in 2015 for contributions to women in science and engaging the public with science. She received the international Bragg Medal and Prize (1999) by the Institute of Physics, London, the accolade of Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Science (2007), the Plastics Industry Award for Personal Contribution to the Industry (2007), and Honorary Doctorates by the Universities of York (2010) and Kingston (2015).
Averil is a Trustee of the Science Museum Group, sits on the STFC Advisory Panel for Public Engagement, is a Director of the Cheltenham Festivals and of WISE, the Campaign for Women in Science and Engineering, and sits on the Court of Imperial College. At European level Averil chairs Forum for Physics in Society in the European Physical Society and sits on the EU Helsinki Group for Gender in Research and Innovation advising the EU Commission on gender issues.
Stuart Pocock is Chief Operating Officer at the Renewable Energy Association and has over fifteen years’ experience in the renewable energy sector. Along with the day to day running of the Association, Stuart continues to be heavily involved in renewable energy policy and previously played a major role in the introduction of Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive policies. Stuart is also the REA’s policy lead on solar, deep geothermal and renewable energy finance. Previous to his current role at the REA he was Chief Executive of the Solar Trade Association.
Stuart also has over twenty years’ experience in the construction industry where he worked for ‘blue chip’ companies, Redland and Lafarge. He held a variety of senior management positions in purchasing, quality assurance and marketing as well as heading up their successful UK renewable energy business. During this time Stuart also represented the construction products sector on the Renewable Advisory Board’s Microgeneration Working Group.
James Summerbell was Head of Group Energy Buying, Group Corporate Purchasing at Tesco and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. James started his career in energy at London Electricity where he held a number of Finance positions across several business units before joining the newly formed Corporate Finance team following the takeover of the company by Electicité de France (EdF). James worked on a number of the high-profile acquisitions and partnership deals during the early stages of EdF’s expansion into the UK before taking up a consulting role with PricewaterhouseCoopers (later IBM Business Consulting).
After spending five years working on projects spanning Europe and the US, James joined Tesco in 2005 to lead their energy procurement & risk management team.After transforming Tesco’s Energy Buying and Risk Management approach in the UK, James has successfully rolled out the same operating model across all of Tesco’s European operations and has recently taken responsibility for the Group’s Renewable Energy capital procurement activities.
As Commercial and Marketing Director at t-mac Technologies Ltd, Lisa Gingell has been at the forefront of the energy monitoring and metering market for more than 10 years.
From managing key accounts to promoting business excellence, Lisa is responsible for developing t-mac’s customer base while also presenting to the industry and telling the t-mac energy saving story. In 2012, Lisa became the first elected female member of the Energy Services and Technology Association’s council (ESTA), actively promoting the sector and assisting with the organisation’s marketing function.
James joined SmartestEnergy in 2012 as a Business Development Manager before taking the role of Head of Direct Sales in 2013.
In this role he is responsible for new direct sales through the Retail and Generation Business Development teams and management of existing major customers within the Key Accounts team.
Before joining SmartestEnergy, James was Sales Manager at Bergen Energi, responsible for developing business with new national and global clients.