With over 13 years’ experience in leadership roles within the energy sector, Nicky has extensive experience across varied disciplines, in particular large scale energy procurement and third party cost management.
Nicky previously headed up the new Energy Brokerage division in Savills, and lead the Brokerage arm within SMS PLC for many years. She has also fulfilled the role as Energy Manager for Vodafone, being responsible for cost control and reduction across the mobile mast estate, and now runs her own consultancy focused on energy cost reduction services.
Nicky holds a master’s degree in Project Management, is NEBOSH and PRINCE2 qualified, is a ISO50001 accredited lead auditor and internal ISO14001 & ISO9001 auditor. She also sits on the board of the Energy Managers Association, and leads GAIA’s Bristol energy club centered on collective learning amongst energy managers.
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 6th year of the industry-leading TELCA awards.
He is Managing Director of Intuitive Energy Solutions Ltd, a consulting company which works right across the energy sector helping organisations drive reductions in both consumption and cost using best-in-class, tried and tested models.
Lots of experience as the former Head of Energy Management for the Marks & Spencer group means an informed focus 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’s 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!
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.
Chris Webb is Head of Energy Management for Linde Group in its EMEA zone. Led by its UK subsidiary, BOC Ltd, Linde is active in optimising plant efficiency and demand-side-management in an era of electricity price volatility and system instability. In his five years as UK Energy Manager BOC led the demand for equitable network charging, and for innovative supply contracts, many of which are now more widely available.
Chris was at that time a member of the CBI and IBEC Energy Policy Committees, and since 2012 has served on the Board of the International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers, representing the interests of Energy Intensive Industries in Europe on issues such as EED implementation, REMIT, and EUETS reform.