Nathan Guest is Head of Energy Purchasing for Imerys. Senior Manager with Imerys for over 15 years with experience in Energy Management, Global Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain management. The world leader in mineral-based specialties for industry, Imerys transforms a large variety of minerals into high value specialty products for the industry using sophisticated technical processes. Imerys has operations in 50 countries, with more than 16,000 employees across 250 industrial sites. Key contact with energy suppliers and leading contractual negotiations, whilst implementing energy strategies and risk management. Driving the direction of strategic decisions concerning energy and responsible for maintaining, and improving the service quality achieved, with cost reduction across the energy category. Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (MICS) & Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS).
Heike has a degree in from Goettingen University in Germany and worked as an agricultural economist and market information manager at the HGCA/AHDB (an agricultural levy board) for a number of years. Before joining United Biscuits (now pladis) she worked as a senior consultant for the metal, mining and fertilizer consultancy CRU in London.
Heike is responsible for purchasing / managing the utilities for pladis UK and pladis Northern Europe since 2014.
Having spent the last twenty years in leadership and operational roles across the energy sector, Jo has recently set up her own consulting company, EnergyBridge (UK) Limited, to help businesses navigate the energy market.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Jo spent her early energy career at TXU, living through its collapse and subsequent takeover by E.ON. Jo had many roles during this time including leading the large I&C muti-site business.
In 2008, Jo was appointed by SmartestEnergy to build its new start up retail business. Under Jo’s leadership the business grew quickly to profitability from a blank sheet of paper, and established itself as a recognised player in the I&C market, where it has continued to thrive.
Jo swapped sides in 2012 to head up what was then Utilyx Ltd, which had recently been acquired by Mitie plc. As Managing Director, Jo had enormous pleasure in receiving the 2014 TELCA awards for ‘Large Consultancy of the Year’ and ‘Most Trusted Consultancy’, followed in 2015 by ‘Energy Management Champion’. She therefore has first hand knowledge and experience of the importance and thrill of winning the awards.
Immediately prior to setting up EnergyBridge, Jo was MD of Cornwall Energy.
Brian Cairns is Energy Manager at Tesco responsible for reducing energy consumption across the UK estate of circa 3000 stores and distribution centres, in order to support the 2020 carbon reduction target of 50% against a 2006/07 Baseline .
He has over 9 years’ experience in Energy Management across both the retail and industrial sectors including 6 years at Marks and Spencer, where he drove innovation in the approach to energy management and managed the Energy Efficiency team, successfully delivering a 28% energy reduction against the 2012 Plan A target of 25%.
We are very proud to have Mervyn as the Chair of our judges for the 5th year of the industry-leading TELCA awards.
He is Managing Director of Intuitive Energy Solutions Ltd/Director of Empirical Energy Ltd, consulting companies which work across the energy sector to help organisations drive reductions in both consumption and cost within their energy and carbon footprints using techniques developed with best-in-sector partners.
With lots of experience as the former Head of Energy Management for the Marks & Spencer group the consultancies major on strategic planning, risk management and training/people solutions in the energy space.
A key player in Plan A, M & S’s world leading sustainability action plan, Mervyn has also been very active in the media space with many articles published, conferences chaired and a book written – Preparing the Company Energy & Carbon Plan in 2010 which highlighted M & S’s leading energy achievements to help others develop their own plans.
A high profile advocate of robust energy management, he won the Outstanding Industry Contribution/Energy Champion of 2016 award at the Energy Awards 2016, as well as many awards with the brilliant M & S Energy Team, so is well-versed in determining what it takes to win awards!
Louise Kingham OBE FEI is Chief Executive of the Energy Institute, the leading professional body in energy which develops knowledge, delivers skills and promotes excellence in practice. Louise has spent the past 20 years working with energy professionals around the world delivering the Energy Institute’s mission.
Prior to leading the Energy Institute for the last ten years, Louise was formerly Director General of the Institute of Petroleum and Chief Executive of the Institute of Energy. Before working in these charitable organisations Louise worked in the commercial sector for organisations including Guinness Brewing and Thompson Publishing. In 2006 Louise received a Global Leadership in Energy Award and in 2011, the OBE for services to the Energy Industry.
Tim was appointed Director of the Association for Decentralised Energy in August 2013 having previously led the team as Head of Policy and Communications. Tim is responsible for the development and implementation of the Association’s vision for a user orientated and more cost effective energy system and oversees the Assocation’s external relations with Government, regulators and wider stakeholders.
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.
Paul has extensive experience in the large scale procurement and management of energy costs. Throughout his career, Paul has been motivated to improve service and financial performance of utility and energy suppliers and has introduced a number of innovative energy purchasing solutions for Sainsbury’s over recent years. As Energy Buyer, Paul is responsible for the cost of all the energy used by Sainsbury’s and has a very challenging targets to reduce costs and carbon intensity from Sainsbury’s energy supply.
Until his recent retirement Phil Osborn was Head of Energy at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd
Phil has extensive experience in the procurement and management of energy, engineering and facilities services across a variety of sectors.
Throughout his career, Phil has been motivated to improve service and financial performance and has always maintained an active involvement in energy management.
As Head of Energy, Phil was responsible for the ongoing reduction in energy used by Sainsbury’s with a very challenging target to reduce carbon emissions by 30% on an absolute basis by 2020 from its 2005 baseline in a fast growing estate, and contributed significantly to it through major investment in energy efficiency. As well as undertaking some consultancy work since retirement, Phil dreams of success for Spurs.
Jaz is Senior Manager of Energy & Initiatives at Starbucks and is responsible for managing energy usage for Starbucks Europe, Middle East & Africa region.
With over 10 years of retail energy management experience with big high street brands including Sainsburys, Debenhams and now Starbucks, 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. She was recently awarded a Royal Honours recognising her significant contribution to the energy industry over the last decade.
Jaz was the youngest person in the UK to be awarded Chartered Energy Manager status from the Energy Institute and currently serves on their Council as a Board Member.
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.
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.