Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister
Alan graduated with a degree in Politics and Philosophy from Southampton University and went on to achieve a Ph.D. in Political Science. In 1980, he became a city councillor and then Leader of the Council when Labour took control in 1984.
Alan has held his seat as the Labour MP for Southampton Test since 1997 and was re-elected in 2015 with an increased majority. During this time, he has served on the Select Committees for Environment, Transport and the Regions; Energy and Climate Change; Environmental Audit; as well as a number of bill committees pertaining to energy and environmental matters.
Alan has been the Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister since October 2016 and served as the Shadow DECC Minister for Generation and Transmission September 2015 – June 2016. Prior to this, Alan was the Chair of PRASEG, the Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group and Co-Chair of APSRG, the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group. His special interests include further and higher education, local government, constitutional affairs, the environment, energy and transport policy.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Waste Management, and member of the Board for The Environment Centre (Southampton) and the Centre for the Third Age (Southampton). He is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society at Southampton Solent University.
Sir Edward Davey was appointed Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change in February 2012. He was Liberal Democrat MP for Kingston and Surbiton from 1997 until 2015.
Edward was educated at Nottingham High School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he studied politics, philosophy and economics. He gained an MSc in economics from Birkbeck College, London University.
Edward served in the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet in a number of posts including Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2001 to 2002, Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills from 2005 to 2006 and Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs between 2007 and 2010.
He was the Energy Secretary who oversaw the implementation of Electricity Market Reform and signed off on the original deal for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
Since leaving parliament he has been an active voice commenting on the energy sector. He is also the chairman of Mongoose Energy.
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.
Managing Director, British Gas Business
Gab is responsible for British Gas Business (BGB), the division serving around 400,000 businesses across over 700,000 locations with energy supplies and services.
BGB helps customers manage their energy, providing gas and electricity as well as a full range of energy efficiency services and distributed energy solutions from energy analytics to large-scale installations such as energy storage and combined heat and power (CHP).
Gab joined British Gas’ parent company, Centrica, in 2009 as Head of Group Strategy. In 2012 he was appointed Managing Director of Business Services. Previously, Gab spent 10 years working in the energy industry in the UK and globally, as a strategy expert for Boston Consulting Group and Accenture.
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).
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 and 2016 in the Sunday Times annual list and awarded Utility of the Year in the UK in 2012 and 2015.
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. He is the current Chairman of the Electricity Networks Association in the UK.
Basil and his wife Rita have a daughter and two sons.
Tom Greatrex became Chief Executive of the NIA on 1 February 2016. Formerly MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Tom was shadow energy minister from 2011 – 2015 and the opposition’s lead spokesman on nuclear energy, electricity market reform, smart grid and metering, carbon capture and storage, interconnection and both onshore and offshore oil and gas. Leading the scrutiny of the Energy Act and the Infrastructure Act in the last Parliament, he secured a number of amendments to the proposed legislation.
He also served as a member of the Energy Select Committee from 2010 and from 2007-2010 was a policy adviser in the Scotland Office, including on energy.
Since 2015, he has been an independent policy analyst working in the energy sector for a range of clients, a frequent media commentator on energy issues, and a regular columnist for Utility Week. In a varied prior career, he was Director of Corporate Affairs for the NHS in Scotland, a chief officer in local government and a GMB trade union official in England. Outside of work his main interests are family, football (Fulham) and film.
National Sales Manager
With nearly 40 years’ experience in the UK energy industry, Dave Broadhouse can rightfully be described as a seasoned professional. In his current role as National Sales Manager for Total Gas & Power, he negotiates flexible energy contracts with large energy users, either directly or via brokers, and helps them develop effective procurement strategies. Prior to this he worked at Eastern TXU and npower.
Ronan is a director in PwC’s Energy & Utilities team. He has over 20 years’ experience in the UK and European energy markets, gained through both industry and consultancy. He advises clients across the energy value chain from generation through to retail. His areas of specialty include business strategy, regulation, trading & risk management and transaction support.
Head of Public Sector Sales
In his current role for the last 4 years, Kevin is responsible for the successful bidding and subsequent management of Total Gas & Power’s Public Sector framework agreements.
A career energy professional, he has been involved with energy supply companies in a variety of roles for approx 20 years, much of which has been spent in Public Sector facing roles, in addition to 12 years in Energy Management and procurement within Public Sector organisations.
You may have read Haydn’s articles on the Energy Live News website as ‘Haydn the Energy Champ’.
An experienced Energy Management practitioner who’s led initiatives and supported in house energy teams for organisations such as Travis Perkins, Samworth Group, Wickes, Rail Gourmet, Bostik and Alliance Boots. Haydn’s expertise covers all things energy, such as: strategy, capital investments, solar PV financing, senior engagement and behaviour change. Haydn works for GAIA and volunteers as the Head of the Energy Club, a UK wide network of peer-to-peer mentoring clubs for energy practitioners.
Non-Commodity Charges Expert, Inenco
David is responsible for supporting businesses with the development of renewable and embedded generation projects and the delivery of low carbon strategies. David has over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry. Before he became an energy consultant, David specialised in the design of large combined cycle power stations during the 1990s. David’s mantra is: ‘the cheapest and greenest energy is the energy that you don’t use – however, if you do have to use it, try to avoid the red bands!’
Chief Commercial Officer, Inenco
Dave has over 20 years’ energy/utility industry experience across all segments of UK Energy Supply and has held director level positions with one of the Big 6 energy suppliers. He has overall responsibility for all commercial aspects of Inenco, including: UK & European Sales Team; New Service & Business Development; Marketing & PR; Partnerships & Acquisitions.
Director of Major Business
In his current role as Director of Major Business, Chris Billing is responsible for the sales and servicing of the key customers for the UK’s largest supplier of gas, and a leading provider of electricity, Total Gas & Power.
He has held a number of senior sales and sales management roles over the last 16 years, including the last 9 years in the energy industry.
From 2012 to 2015, he was the Head of Indirect Sales at RWE npower. Prior to that, he was the Head of Sales and Service at British Energy Plc and then Head of Sales at EDF Energy Plc.
He graduated in 1995 from De Montfort University with a B.Sc. (Hon) in Industrial and Business Systems.
Andrew has worked for Total Gas & Power for over 15 years and before that he worked at Seeboard in an operational role overseeing the introduction of supply and supplier agent competition into the energy market. Andrew has recently been heavily involved in major industry change programmes such as settlement reform, Project Nexus, smart metering, the CMA enquiry and Ofgem’s faster and more reliable switching project. He is currently an elected Shipper representative on the UNC Modification Panel, UNC Committee and a Director of the Industrial and Commercial only Shipper Supplier (ICoSS) trade association that lobbies on behalf of I&C supplier and customer interests.
Robert has over 20 years’ experience of consulting and advising participants in deregulated energy markets.
An expert in supply markets, Robert leads Cornwall Energy’s supply market work, including the supply market share surveys which provide quarterly updates to leading market participants on competitive positions in both business and household markets in GB.
Robert also has an understanding of network, contracting and pricing issues from a supply and offtake perspective. Recent projects on supply issues address proposition development, margin and competitor intelligence aspects.
Principal Energy Trader, Inenco
Matthew, who read Economics at University, is responsible for leading the development and formulation of risk management and trading strategies for Inenco customers. Prior to joining lnenco, he worked as a Senior Economist for Ofgem, managed industrial and commercial customers’ energy portfolios for Npower and also worked as a Fixed Income Trader in the City.
David Hill is an expert on electricity markets and demand-side flexibility, including demand side response and battery systems. He is responsible for defining and delivering Open Energi’s vision and strategy to grow our distributed storage network in the UK and overseas, which includes supporting new and existing clients and working with strategic technology partners to realise new market opportunities. David is part of the Environment & Utilities Working Group advising London’s Old Oak Park Royal Development Corp on its energy strategy. He joined Open Energi in 2010 after completing an MSc Energy, Trade & Finance at Cass Business School.
Andrew Buglass has been developing and financing energy projects since 1992 – delivering investments valued in excess of £11bn in over 30 countries.
This included senior roles with PowerGen plc and Unocal Corporation, among others. From 2009 to 2014, Andrew ran Royal Bank of Scotland’s energy finance team in London, and re-established it as the leading lender to the UK renewables sector 2011-13.
At the end of 2014, Andrew established Buglass Energy Advisory, a consulting practice which provides strategic and commercial advice to investors in the electricity sector – helping them deliver low carbon projects and emergent technologies.
Clients are typically independent developers seeking to grow existing businesses, or bring innovative technologies or services to market.
Andrew is a regular expert contributor to government and industry groups on policy and financing issues. Much of this work has been in his role as Co-Chair of the Low Carbon Finance Group. In addition, he holds a number of other advisory and non executive roles, including a recent appointment as Special Adviser to the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee to support their inquiry into investor confidence.
Chief Executive, Renewable Energy Association
Nina is the Chief Executive of the REA, the UK’s largest renewable energy trade association. With approximately 700 members this not-for-profit organisation represents British renewable energy producers across power, heat, and transport.
A chemist by training with over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry, Nina has worked in a number of senior executive and board roles at National Power, RWE npower and Essent NV.
She joined National Power in 1993 as a fuel specialist and moved through the ranks to become the first female Power Station Manager of RWE npower’s Didcot B.
Since then she has led a UK energy trading team, been Director of npower’s Technology Services, spent time in Germany as RWE Group’s Director of Performance Improvement, and then the Netherlands where she was Chief Technology Officer at Essent NV, a wholly-owned company of RWE Group and the Netherlands’ largest energy company. There she was responsible for its entire generation fleet, innovation, R&D and renewable energy developments.
In July 2013 Nina took the helm of the Renewable Energy Association as its Chief Executive. She was awarded the CBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for contribution to Renewables and Equality in Energy.
Nina also sits on the Board of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).
Hergen is the founder and Managing Director of Nuclear Futures Limited providing independent advice and support in the field of Civil Nuclear Energy in the context of wider UK, EU and international energy and industrial policy frameworks.
His client list ranges from SMR vendors, Utilities, global engineering and design consultancies to nuclear owner/operators.
Hergen has spent over 15 years in the UK Civil Service with senior roles at the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department for Business and Innovation (BIS) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of which more than 10 years where focused on the UK energy and nuclear sector.
In 2010, he was appointed Head of Nuclear New Build at the Office for Nuclear Development (OND). In 2013, he was made Chief Executive (OND) until his departure in June 2015.
At the Office for Nuclear Development, Hergen served as lead advisor to the UK Government on civil nuclear policy and was the responsible project leader for the UK Nuclear New Build Programme – one of the top 20 UK Government major infrastructure projects.
Jaz Rabadia is Senior Manager of Energy & Initiatives at Starbucks and is responsible for managing energy usage of c.2,000 stores across 35 countries within Europe, Middle East & Africa.
With over 7 years of retail energy management experience with Sainsbury’s and Debenhams, Jaz has driven year on year reduction in energy bills and emissions through active data management, intelligent procurement, energy project rollouts, engaging communications and behavioural change programmes.
Jaz was the youngest person in the UK to be awarded Chartered Energy Manager status from the Energy Institute and was recently awarded their Young Energy Professional Award.
Through her role as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador, She is keen to raise the awareness of energy and engineering management careers to help create a pipeline of future energy professionals.
Group Energy Manager
MEI Chartered Energy Manager & EMA Member
Dan is an active member of the Energy Institute and Energy Managers Association with over 14 years’ experience working for national multi-site brands in the leisure & retail industries, and more recently distribution & manufacturing. As Group Energy Manager for the UK group of multinational retailer. Dan made the switch from operations to energy management over 7 years ago and is now responsible for procurement, policy, compliance and efficiency projects along with all other aspects of energy & water use for an estate of over 350 sites.
CEO at Lightsource Renewable Energy
A dynamic leader and entrepreneur, Nick Boyle is founder and CEO of Lightsource Renewable Energy, Europe’s largest solar PV developer, owner and operator. He is well known in the industry for his success in marrying retail financial products to low-risk, predictable investment revenue, generated by utility-scale solar PV plants.
Since the inception of Lightsource, Nick’s drive and vision has seen the company enjoy tremendous success over a short period of time – growing from start-up business to Europe’s number one solar PV portfolio holder in just over five years. Lightsource has more than 1.3GW of operational assets.
Prior to his current role, Nick sat at Board and Senior Director level in a number of leading retail financial service companies.
Mike is a Director of Frontier’s Energy Practice with seventeen years of consulting experience and twenty years of experience in the energy industry. His main areas of expertise are network regulation and competition in energy wholesale and retail markets. Mike also has extensive experience leading transaction support assignments. Mike’s advice is focused on using his extensive experience of the energy industry, together with applied economics, to help clients take value maximising decisions.
Mike specialises in regulatory design, the assessment of comparative efficiency and regulatory finance. Mike has advised both regulators and regulated companies across Europe on a wide range of regulatory issues.
He has also undertaken numerous competition assignments for clients across Europe assessing, for example, potential merger effects, the steps that could be taken to mitigate market power in wholesale electricity markets and the competition issues that arise when retail markets are liberalised.
Mike Shirley joined SmartestEnergy in March 2014 to head up Marketing, Insight and Product Development. His career before then had focused on the technology sector, working for major brands including EE, Orange and Colt Telecom.
The expertise gained in the fast-moving telecoms sector is now being used to help SmartestEnergy better understand how to anticipate and meet customer needs to support its unique position in the energy market.
Last year, Mike took the lead on developing a suite of 100% renewable products for corporate customers with an energy label stating the source and carbon content. It is the first product of it’s kind in the UK and was designed to meet the strict criteria which allows businesses to use purchases of renewable power to report reduced emissions.
Darren has worked in the energy industry for the past 6 years having previously worked for a local authority in Low Carbon Economic Development. Since then Darren has been working with the wider Public Sector helping them address the challenges of the Energy Trilemma through a variety of solutions including Energy Performance Contracts. Darren’s experience and knowledge stems across energy supply, community energy and onsite renewable generation, energy efficiency projects and electric vehicle infrastructure.
Kate is Senior Policy Manager in SSE’s Corporate Affairs division, providing support on a range on Government policy areas to SSE’s Wholesale business, including to SSE Business Energy. Prior to this role Kate spent five years working as a civil servant at the then Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Here she worked on the development of a number of energy policies for Government including renewable energy financial incentives and was Private Secretary to the then Minister of State.
Bob is an industrial expert in steel, chemicals and utility provision. He held commercial and production manager roles at BASF, before becoming assistant vice president at SembCorp for the utilities commercial team. Most recently Bob was procurement director at SSI as well as previous roles managing the Power station at Redcar and as General Manager.
Louis has a breadth of experience in downstream energy markets including supply, services, renewables and smart metering. He was previously in the leadership team at Semplice Energy guiding them to a planned acquisition by British Gas. Thereafter, at British Gas, Louis held various management roles covering bid submissions, sales, proposition development, market development and marketing in both domestic and commercial segments.
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.
As Strategy Director at Utilitywise, Jon utilises 20 years of experience in risk management to shape the strategy and policies of the business.
He has honed his expertise in energy trading and risk management, and has developed innovative flexible energy purchasing contracts for consumers. He has significant experience in delivering strategic advice, methodologies and models for large and small energy consumers alike, and has worked with many corporations during his career, including Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace Limited and the University of Reading.
Integrating Jon’s knowledge of both wholesale markets and emerging policy developments enables Utilitywise to provide clients with the most appropriate advice as energy policies and markets evolve to allow greater consumer engagement.
Jon has been awarded an IRM Diploma and the Institute of Risk Management prize for Treasury Risk, and is a Chartered Management Accountant.
Lisa Gingell, Director of PR and Marketing at t-mac Technologies (part of the Utilitywise group) has been at the forefront of the energy monitoring and metering market for more than 15 years. A graduate of Nottingham Trent University (BA Hons) Lisa also holds an IPR diploma from Leeds Metropolitan University.
Establishing t-mac Technologies in 2004 with her brother Jonathan, Lisa drove the PR, marketing and commercial development of the business with a particular focus on the emerging trend for big data analytics, cloud-based software as a service and BeMS technologies.
From managing key accounts to promoting business excellence, Lisa was responsible for developing t-mac’s customer base while also speaking to the industry and telling the t-mac energy saving story. Lisa became the first elected female member of the Energy Services and Technology Association’s council (ESTA) in 2012, actively promoting the sector and assisting with the organisation’s marketing function.
Since the acquisition by one of the UK’s leading energy and water consultancies Utilitywise in 2015, Lisa has been actively involved in the integration of the traditional t-mac software and controls technologies with the consultancy and procurement services of Utilitywise. In April 2016, Utilitywise launched its new Energy Services Division of which Lisa is Director of PR and Marketing. This division brings together a heavy hitting blend of field operations, energy engineers, analysts and consultancy professionals. Coupled with the traditional utility procurement expertise, Utilitywise offers services and solutions from both sides of the meter. Supplying competitively priced energy procurement whilst at the same time, assisting customers by reducing demand.
As a Director of Utilitywise, Tim brings his expertise in Environmental Services and over a decade of experience in carbon and energy management to shape the strategy and development of the business.
Prior to Utilitywise, Tim was the Proprietor of Hipperson CEC, a search agency, specialising in Planning and Building Control consultancy for legal firms. Upon its success, the agency grew into a Commercial Energy Consultancy helping its clients navigate the complexities of the Energy Performance of Building Directive.
Tim’s career has given him experience with a wide range of clients in assessing environmental impacts and providing recommendations for improvement. Tim also provides advice to the Department of Energy and Climate Change and OFGEM based on his knowledgeable background in this area.
Tim Hipperson is Chairman of the Alliance for Energy Management and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers.
Energy and Environment Manager, Arriva Rail North (Northern)
Arriva Rail North (Northern) have over 5,200 employees, and deliver more than 2,500 train services every weekday, managing 476 stations making us the largest train operator outside London.
Gareth is the Energy and Environment Manager for Northern and heads up the environment team and employed to create and oversee the environmental strategy The improved environmental performance of the company is achieved through an extensive corporate wide Environmental Management System. Northern were one of the first companies to be awarded the ISO 50001 accreditation back in 2011 and were the first company in the UK to be awarded accreditation to the updated ISO 14001 standard back in September last year.
Rosie is Director of New Energy Services at Energy UK.
She leads its strategic work programme across demand response, storage and flexibility. Engaging at a UK, European and International level on developments in market and regulatory frameworks to support demand response.
Rosie also leads a project team with reach across all aspects of smart metering in the GB smart metering roll out. Her job here is to manage major strategic initiatives including the development of a new assurance regime for smart metering devices, SMDA and the ZigBee Alliance 868MHz specification, a crucial building block in the smart metering roll out in GB.
Anne Stokes is an experienced business leader, with over 30 years of technology and consultancy experience across the property and commercial environment. After holding several notable positions in leading companies including Blue Circle Cement, Fujitsu, CSC, and Sure-Logic Consulting, Anne’s passion as well as business industry acumen led her to acquire Streamwire in 2013, with Kevin Timms.
Over the years, Anne has developed a demonstrable record of strong commercial and strategic sales experience, with a proven track record of getting the right results, and developing a range of C-level relationships – fostering leads into partnerships for her clients. Following Anne’s work in the industry, she was appointed to the Data Centre Alliance (DCA) Board of Governors, in July 2015. This was in recognition of her expertise in environmental and resource efficiency within the IT and data centre environments. Anne is also a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD), a professional institute dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurial activity, and promoting responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole, and the Federation of Small Business.
In 2015, Anne won the Chartered Management Institute, Women in Management award. Anne holds a degree in Estate Management from Reading University; is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and holds the prestigious Diploma in Rating, which recognises expertise in Plant and Machinery taxation. A Trustee for Relate (the relationship management people), Anne was also recently appointed Associate of the Energy Managers Association, and Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals in the UK.
Tara is a highly experienced sales and business manager with over 15 years’ experience in selling M2M, mobile workforce management and asset management solutions. As a trusted advisor on the Internet of Things, Tara has spoken at many of the top IoT Events across Europe. Tara’s approach to solving business issues and driving new business models and revenue streams is a holistic one, encouraging her customers and partner ecosystem to view the whole and to move away from point in time solutions.
During her career Tara has delivered solutions from many of Europe’s best known brands including Royal Mail, DHL, Heidelberg Druckmaschinen, Whitbread & Walmart.
Tara holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology along with profession sales and technical qualifications from CISCO, IBM Microsoft and SAP. She lives in Southampton with her wife Kerry; she is a fanatical cyclist and they are fans of Southampton Football Club.