Over 40 prominent speakers convene across the full agenda of 18 free-to-attend live and online exclusive webinars, and interviews, being hosted for Energy Security & Green Infrastructure Week, our second year. We had over 1,800 delegates last year, join us this year.
The Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP has been the MP for Kingswood since 2010. He has served in five government departments between 2015 and 2020 including as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation twice between 2018 and 2020. In 2019, he was also appointed Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, attending Cabinet, during which time he signed the UK's commitment to Net Zero by 2050 into law, and helped secure the UK Presidency of COP26. Most recently, he served as the Chair of the Government’s Independent Net Zero Review, and published the 340 page ‘Mission Zero’ report in January 2023. He is currently Chair of the All Party Group on the Environment and is also a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Adrian is the global energy advisory lead at AECOM. He advises a portfolio of clients ranging from utilities, oil and gas companies to low carbon players, start-ups and investors. The topics he covers include low carbon investments (such as EV charging, hydrogen and carbon capture), energy security, ESG and navigating the energy transition. Adrian has undertaken senior roles in the management consulting industry, including PwC, Booz Allen Hamilton and EY. He was also the managing director of a boutique energy consulting firm where he worked with the former UK chancellor of the exchequer, Phillip Hammond.
Tom Burke is the co-founder and chair of E3G, the climate change think tank. E3G is an independent climate change think tank with a global outlook. It works on the frontier of the climate landscape tackling the barriers and advancing the solutions to a safe climate. E3G’s goal is to translate climate politics, economics and policies into action. Tom Burke has been a senior environmental advisor in government and business and ran the Green Alliance and Friends of the Earth earlier in his career. Tom writes and broadcasts regularly on the environment.
Andrew joined LCCC in November 2022 as Director of Strategy and Development. Andrew has worked in the energy industry for over a decade, specifically with National Grid Plc for over six and a half years and previously with RWE Group. Previously, Andrew has led on a range of areas from developing HVDC electricity interconnector businesses across Europe, growing offshore wind in the Northeast US, as well as hydrogen and CCUS within the UK. Andrew’s roles have covered commercial/business development, directing large clean energy projects and developing strategy and growth ambitions. At LCCC, Andrew’s role will be to be to develop our company strategy, improve existing schemes, develop new schemes, and drive LCCCs stakeholder engagement and corporate affairs activities. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from The University of Birmingham, various project management qualifications, and is currently on course to complete his Global Masters of Business Administration by the end of 2023.
After graduation in 1984, I worked for GEC ALSTOM Large Electrical Machines Ltd. in Rugby for 6 years. I joined Aston University in 1990 as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and progressed to the status of “Reader” before I left in 2000 to join University of Nottingham as a Professor in Mechanical Engineering. My original specialisation was in machine dynamics but since 2005, my focus has been on thermo-mechanical methods of energy storage and how these can be integrated into an energy system largely powered by renewables.
Lincoln Hill has been the Director of Policy and External Affairs for the Nuclear Industry Association, the trade body representing the UK civil nuclear industry, since August 2020. He leads a team responsible for advocating for nuclear investment to Government, Parliament, media and to third-party stakeholders, and for creating industry-wide messages around the importance of nuclear to sustainability, prosperity, and energy security across the country. In the last year, the formation of Great British Nuclear and rising public support for nuclear power have created the best opportunity for the revival of the industry in 40 years.
A practising lawyer for 10 years, Charlotte Morton studied for her MBA at London Business School before setting up a car club business. Asked to establish the business side of ADBA in 2009, she saw the potential of an industry that can deliver huge potential and value to the UK. Given the even bigger global potential, which must be achieved if the Paris Climate Change targets and UN Sustainable Development Goals are to be met, Charlotte played a pivotal role in establishing the World Biogas Association in 2016 to promote and increase the rate of uptake of biogas globally. Charlotte was awarded an OBE in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to the biogas industry. for the revival of the industry in 40 years.
John has over 20 years’ experience in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, primarily with the Power Division covering the UK and much of Europe for products including thermal power plants, onshore and offshore wind and battery storage systems. Now focussed solely on the fast developing UK carbon capture market and co-ordination of MHI’s activities across the UK clusters for multiple projects, based upon a range of diverse flue gas streams including gas turbine, Energy from Waste, cement, biomass and refinery applications.
Olivia Powis is UK Director at the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), where she works in partnership with the Chief Executive and CCSA Board on developing the UK strategy and work programme of the association. Before joining the CCSA, Olivia was a Senior Policy Manager at the National Infrastructure Commission where she led on a number of projects including; a review of UK economic regulation, the role of infrastructure in housing and developing the NIC’s first Diversity and Inclusion strategy. Her background is in energy regulation, having spent seven years previously working at Ofgem on price controls and developing policy, as well as a year in strategic communications.
Chris is responsible for developing business models and is lead negotiator on power CCUS and BECCS, as part of the government’s CCUS programme. He also leads international engagement on CCUS. Prior to moving to the Department of Energy Security & Net Zero, previously Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, in March 2021, Chris was Head of GB Wholesale Markets at Ofgem where he led on power market design issues and regulation of the Capacity Market. Before that, Chris did various commercial, policy and delivery roles at the National Grid Electricity System Operator where he was a graduate. Chris’ education is in management, economics and policy as well as a masters in climate change.
Ben joined Electricity North West in July 2023 from international consultancy Guidehouse (formerly Navigant) where he was the UK, Europe, Middle East and Canada energy sector lead. Ben has over 20 years’ experience advising utilities, including distribution network operators, transmission system operators and governments on the design and implementation of strategies to deliver growth and regulatory and market reform. In his role as Strategy and Growth Director, Ben has responsibility for the commercial businesses within the Electricity North West Group as well as shaping the business for the ‘ED3’ price control period.
Marc Lehmann is Head of Climate Analytics for Howden’s Climate Risk and Resilience team in London. He joined Howden from Jupiter Intelligence where he was Head of Business Development & Partnerships for UK/Europe providing physical climate data and analytical services to a wide range of international clients. Prior to this he spent over 18 years in the insurance sector in several senior level roles including Head of Client Service Development at AIG and Global Head of Natural Catastrophe Risk Management services for corporate clients whilst at insurance broker Willis Towers Watson. Marc has master’s degrees in engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ) and Imperial College, London.
Warren Pimm is also a Partner, and Senior Managing Director of Pan American Finance. He has over 25 years of investment banking experience, including M&A advisory, private and public market capital raising, working across international capital markets in North America and Europe. Warren has deep transaction experience in the international energy transition markets of onshore and offshore wind, solar PV, energy storage, and sustainable transportation, where he holds direct relationships with leading global institutional investors and project finance banks working across infrastructure sectors. He has completed over 100+ transactions collectively raising over US$10.5 billion in total capital. Previously Warren has been a co-founder of a Canadian financial services company, Berkshire Group, in leading the investment banking group, and being part of the senior team growing the group into a national firm in Canada, growing from start up to 2,200 professionals. He then will have joined as a Partner, Sustainable Development Capital LLP, an international institutional financial services group based in London, UK, with offices in New York and Hong Kong. Warren is a CFA Charterholder, and Member of the CFA Institute, and CFA UK. He earned an MBA from SFU’s Segal Graduate School of Business, and an Undergraduate Degree in Economics and Commerce from the University of Calgary.
As a Fellow in Weather and Climate Extremes at the Met Office Emily’s role is to empower government, industry and the public to deal with extreme weather and remain safe and resilient in our changing world. This builds on a career focussed on this problem within the energy sector, championing use of weather and climate modelling to support clean and reliable energy generation and distribution now and in the future. This has included use of meteorological information from weather, seasonal and climate timescales to advise on future energy networks, network resilience, renewable energy projects, and nuclear safety and design.
As chief executive of My Life My Say, Mete Coban is best known for contributing to the increase of turnout for young people at the 2017 and 2019 UK general elections. The youngest ever elected councillor in the London borough of Hackney, he is currently serving the administration as the Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport. He spearheads Hackney Council’s comprehensive response to the climate crisis, overseeing initiatives ranging from net zero energy strategies to sustainable transport solutions.
Juliet leads the GFI Transport Team’s charging infrastructure work. Specifically, she led the development of the Guide to Electric Vehicle Infrastructure with BEAMA that is a market-leading resource to bridge the knowledge gap faced by stakeholders looking to finance charging infrastructure and helps to unlock more private capital to accelerate the roll out of the UK’s charging network. She joined the institute from the Power, Utilities and Infrastructure Investment Banking team at Jefferies, where she worked on several deals within the green energy and energy transition sector, and was involved in the successful completion of several infrastructure transactions.
Worked in the automotive industry 50 years including 16 years at Nissan. Not a traditional academic but a person who has combined industrial experience with the public sector. Research area is the roll out of EV charging infrastructure, and the variables associated with it. Bid for and installed one of the first UK regional electric vehicle charging networks (Plugged in Places), a national network (300 Rapid Chargers). Advisor/facilitator to the Mayor of London and TfL ref EV infrastructure taskforce (2018/19). Project managed the Milton Keynes Go Ultra Low project infrastructure over 5 years. Advised many local authorities on infrastructure installation.
Guto Davies is responsible for the delivery of ACE’s policy and public affairs functions. For a decade, he has worked in and around government. He was appointed Assistant to the Welsh Government’s Chief Whip, and prior to joining the ACE, was a Senior Adviser at Wales’ Environmental Regulator.
Daniel has worked and consulted across a range of industries and disciplines including banking, property, renewables and operations in the UK and Asia. He has combined his engineering and financial background to execute innovative solutions for businesses and deliver a wide range of successful projects. He is a member of the Solar Energy UK Taskforce on Economics and Markets.
Mike is an entrepreneur and change agent for digital, asset management and energy start-ups and large corporations. He has spent nearly 30 years in digital and business strategy creating, re-inventing and transforming businesses. Mike is passionate about deploying innovation and technology to combat our impact on the planet. His role as European Head of Hitachi ZeroCarbon is about transforming the mobility and energy ecosystem through new business models that transform the way organisations deliver zero carbon solutions. Hitachi ZeroCarbon is Hitachi's fleet decarbonisation business, enabling the zero carbon transition and optimisation of commercial fleets and public transportation.
Ed Beard leads policy development at the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) for flood, water and waste infrastructure. He also leads wider environmental policy issues relating to infrastructure. Ed joined NIC in January 2021 from Defra. He worked in Defra for around 20 years on a range of issues including drinking water quality, sewage treatment and environmental water quality and water resource planning.
John is an accomplished Chartered Environmental and Sustainability leader, who over the last 23 years has passionately motivated, educated and convinced individuals and clients towards the ideal of 'sustainable development'. John has previously managed complex environmental remits of large-scale infrastructure projects such as Plumsted Depot, Kings Cross Station, Reading Station, Gatwick Station, Cross Rail, Thameslink, Leeds Station Roof, Middlesbrough Station and the electrification programme CVL. As part of his previous role he successfully implemented and managed the Environmental Management System to ISO14001:2015 for the design and construction for an engineering design/ construction, high precision steel fabrication company. John was chair of the Railway Industry Sustainability Forum (RISF) 2020. The purpose of the forum is to collectively share rail industry environmental knowledge and promote improvement across the industry, through the setting of improvement KPIs and influencing of stakeholders. As part of his current role he manages teams across the North and Scotland to deliver exemplar sustainability support across rail, highways and complex facilities frameworks. As part of John’s role he leads teams to work with designers to incorporate sustainability initiatives like; circular economy, sustainable procurement, green infrastructure and use carbon calculators to reduce the carbon footprint, supporting the net zero challenge.
Eleanor leads on natural capital assessment, carbon management and project development for the chartered surveyors, property consultants and land managers Galbraith and also presents the Talking Natural Capital podcast. She previously worked for Confor and ScotLINK and has been responsible for initiatives and reports including unlocking carbon opportunities in Argyll & Bute, biodiversity, forestry and wood, the Scottish Parliament Species Champions project and Eco-Congregation Scotland. A historian by training, she is also an affiliate researcher at the University of Glasgow.
Debbie is responsible for engagement on nuclear policy across the UK . Prior to Urenco, Debbie was Vice President of Marketing for Urenco Enrichment Company Ltd, where she was responsible for negotiating sales contracts in countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa. Prior to working at Urenco, Debbie worked in the music industry and financial services sector. Debbie holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Westminster and has an Executive MBA from Henley Business School.
Marc is a part time post graduate research student conducting research into the assessment of technological pathways for the international transport of hydrogen. He transitioned into academic research after a career working as a chemical engineer. Initially, Marc started working in pharmaceutical development, before moving into the oil and gas sector, where he spent about 30 years working in the UK, UAE, and Nigeria. Marc is currently focused on bulk maritime transport of hydrogen utilising a several technologies.
Andrea is the Head of Environmental Sciences at High Speed 2, Britain’s new high speed rail line being built from London to the North-West. She is responsible for drafting, enforcing and ensuring all environmental requirements are met across the project. This includes setting ambitious targets and requirements across carbon, climate change, noise & vibration, air quality and waste management. Andrea has led the diesel-free initiative across the programme, as well as played an integral part in drafting and driving the delivery of an industry-wide route-map to reducing reliance on diesel. Andrea has a keen interest in innovation and the role it plays across large scale infrastructure projects. She aims to inspire effective collaboration, driving innovate technologies to reduce impacts across the industries.
I'm Wasundara Doradeniya, the Policy Analyst for Energy and Decarbonisation at ADBA, the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association. In this capacity, my work revolves around advocating for the potential of AD sector in decarbonising some of the hardest-to-decarbonise sectors like energy, transport, agriculture and industry.
Dr. Forbes has worked at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy for five years, and is the Fusion Safety Advisor for UKAEA. In this role, she leads a small team providing technical expertise in fusion safety, security & environment, supporting the government in the development of the regulatory framework for future fusion power plant. Prior to working in fusion, Dr. Forbes had 20 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, including the development of safety cases and safety management processes.
Dr Victoria Hands is a sustainability expert who empowers individuals and organisations to discover and adopt regenerative practices so they can transform their actions for sustainability. She promotes, trains, and coaches on implementation of long-term, preventative, inclusive, collaborative and integrated approaches. She led sustainability initiatives in universities for fourteen years influencing teaching, research, and operations, having spent seven years delivering collaborative partnership projects. Victoria oversees OU policy, governance, data, reporting and implementation, and clarifies roles and objectives to ensure progress is aligned with the University’s sustainability ambitions.
Before taking up the role of chair of ADBA, Chris previously offered strategic advice to ADBA from 2014 to 2018. He is a former City economist and journalist. He also was the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2010 to 2012 and previously shadow Environment Secretary.
As Director of Building with Nature, a benchmark and accreditation system for green and blue infrastructure, Gemma advocates for decision-making that puts nature at the heart of development in a way that secures outcomes for people and wildlife. She co-chaired the panel for the British Standard for Biodiversity Net Gain and has acted in an advisory capacity on various government roundtables directing design quality and placemaking. Gemma became a Fellow of the Landscape Institute in 2021, in recognition of her services to industry, and acting as a bold and fresh ‘voice’ for nature in the planning and development sector.
Rabee Jibrin is a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham doing research on hydrogen trains. His research focuses on mathematical modelling and optimisation of vehicle assets. He is an avid educator, especially concerning topics related to control systems and decarbonisation. He led the 2023 Birmingham Decarbonisation Summer School which aimed to engage postgraduate researchers with rail decarbonisation. He also chairs the IEEE Student Branch at the University of Birmingham.
David has been promoting small-scale AD in the UK since 2008. He is the CEO and founder of Advanced Anaerobics Limited. David is passionate about using micro-AD to achieve a decisive reduction in the environmental footprint of dairy and livestock farming in the UK. Currently, he is the Chairman of the ADBA’s Small On-Farm AD Working Group. After gaining his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, David’s career included senior management roles in the water industry and civil engineering supply chain. He served as Vice President of Aqua Europa, lobbying in Brussels pre-Brexit.
Debbie Kempton has recently joined the UK Atomic Energy Authority as STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) Director of Engineering Programme, responsible for the overall engineering programme in addition to developing links with industry to support STEP’s concept design. She previously worked at BAE Systems as Group Engineering Director. Debbie is a Chartered Engineer and Certified Programme Manager with 30 years’ experience in aerospace engineering, applied research, technology demonstration and major programme delivery, having held roles in the US and UK.
Following a PhD and post-doctoral position in theoretical astrophysics, Dr Lux joined UKAEA in 2013 to model integrated fusion power plants. She has since held multiple management and leadership roles at UKAEA and is now in charge of a world-leading cost modelling team of the UK flagship fusion STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) programme. In this role, she is combining her unique experience of integration trade-offs in the design of fusion power plants with her commercial knowledge to assure the design is overall as cost efficient as it can be for a trail-blazing prototype power plant.
After graduating in 1979 from Manchester University as a physicist, Simon joined the nuclear industry where he spent his early career in BNFL’s nuclear fuel business in the UK at Springfields and at Sellafield. With BNFLs’s acquisition of Westinghouse he then took up a number of global roles covering the UK, Sweden, South Africa [with PBMR] and the USA. Latterly he worked on new nuclear build programmes for Westinghouse in the UK and in Europe. His final full time role was Managing Director, Westinghouse UK Fuel Operations, responsible for the operation of the Springfields nuclear fuel manufacturing site. He retired from Westinghouse in 2018 and now provides independent subject matter expertise to governments, utilities, investors and academia.
Swathi is a Postdoctoral researcher in renewable energy at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University. Dr Mukundan is helping the Centre for Postdoctoral Development in Infrastructure Cities and Energy (C-DICE) to understand the net-zero skills needed by businesses.
Professor Bill Nuttall is a Technology and Policy researcher and educator specialising in energy. Originally trained in physics (MIT PhD USA 1993) he is best known for his work over 20 years on multiple aspects of nuclear energy. He is also an active researcher and commentator on matters relating to the potential for hydrogen energy. He has been at the OU since 2012. He is also a Fellow of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge and a Non-Resident Fellow of the Payne Institute of Public Policy at Colorado School of Mines, USA. He is the author, or editor, of 10 books and approximately 200 other mostly academic publications.
Dr. Tarek Rashwan is currently researching a range of environmental engineering topics that support a low-carbon and circular economy, such as assessing hydrogeological conditions for safe used nuclear fuel storage, large-scale hydrogen storage systems, and scaling-up a novel thermochemical waste-to-energy technique based on smouldering combustion. These projects primarily focus on understanding heat and mass transfer dynamics in porous media systems via experimental, analytical, and numerical methods.
With a background in client and investor relations, Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in commercial leadership roles across a range of sectors including renewables, property, media and finance. As Commercial Director of Two Blues Solar, Rachel enjoys working with SME and corporate clients to find the best solar solution to support their net zero goals.
The quest for commercial fusion power is universally recognised as one of the most exacting that we face as engineers. Extremities of operation, complexity of design and an inability to prototype combine to make it a truly daunting prospect. Chris Waldon has devoted himself to this challenge through a succession of engineering leadership roles within UKAEA at JET and latterly as Chief Engineer and Deputy Director of STEP. Chris combines a track record of engineering innovation delivery and thought leadership with the creativity necessary to face up to this unique challenge which defies all traditional design conventions.
Harri is a geologist and post graduate research student at the Open University. He is currently researching the application of large scale hydrogen storage in porous geological formations such as saline aquifers and depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs. His project focuses on developing our knowledge of hydrogen storage, improving the application of the technology as we transition to a low carbon future.