Heat Conference 2016 Speakers & Biographies


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Opening Plenary

Welcome and scene setting

Louise Kingham, OBE FEI, Chief Executive, Energy Institute (confirmed) Read Biography

Keynote Address: Wilfrid Petrie, CEO, Engie UK & Ireland (confirmed)

Keynote Address: Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy (confirmed)


Leading the way: local transformations

Understanding the heat transformation is really about understanding users: their wants, concerns and problems. The conference starts by examining the successes and lessons from case studies in different sectors, showcasing three heat schemes that are providing local solutions to local problems with impressive results.

Chair: Laura Sandys, CEO, Challenging Ideas and Co-Founder, POWERful Women (confirmed)

  • Householders: Simon Roberts OBE, Chief Executive, Centre for Sustainable Energy (confirmed) Read Biography
  • Building users: Wayne Hitchings MEI, Energy and Sustainability Manager, Natural History Museum (confirmed) Read Biography
  • Industry: Simon Drury, Sustainable Resource Manager, Aggregate Industries (confirmed)

Followed by panel discussion


Coffee Break







Data and tech: what will make the change possible?

The heat transition requires people to be engaged and to act on energy, in a context where those same people are busier than ever with many competing priorities. This session explores what technology and data management can do to square the circle. Questions include: how can data help us to better understand heat use? How can consumers be engaged in energy in simple, accessible ways? How can we move the complexity of energy from consumers while still giving them real control?

Chair: Sue Daley, Head of Programme for Big Data, Cloud and Mobile, TechUK (confirmed) Read Biography

Followed by panel discussion with:

  • Casey Cole, Managing Director, Guru Systems (confirmed) Read Biography
  • Ian Hopkins, Sales and Marketing Director, ENER-G (invited)
  • Colin Calder, CEO, PassivSystems (confirmed) Read Biography





Guest speaker: Michael Pawlyn, Exploration Architecture (confirmed) Read Biography


Policy Making for Heat

The conference has seen what users need and how technology and data can help achieve the transition but policy must have a role. Ever since networks were created, energy has been regulated in some way or other. But analysis shows that the UK commitment to CO2 reduction is not met by its own policy and the EU has been a clear driver for change. So what will our changing relationship with Europe mean for heat policy and the carbon reduction agenda? Will Scotland’s drive for low carbon and renewable heat pull investment away from England and Wales? Will a resurgence of gas halt the growth of heat pumps and networks? What role should policy and regulation play in balancing demand reduction with generation? And how much can we actually achieve in times of continuing austerity?

Chair: Dr Joanne Wade FEI, Director, Association for the Conservation of Energy (confirmed) Read Biography

Followed by panel discussion with:

  • Matthew Bell, CEO, Committee on Climate Change (confirmed)
  • Dan Osgood, Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy (confirmed) Read Biography
  • Frauke Thies, Executive Director, Smart Energy Demand Coalition (confirmed) Read Biography
  • Mary Teuton, Head of Policy and Regulatory Strategy, VPI Immingham (confirmed)

In conversation with: Michael Brown (Read Biography) talks to Martin Crouch, Senior Partner: Improving Regulation, Ofgem (confirmed) Read Biography

Following from our policy debate, we close the conference in conversation with Martin Crouch to hear his thoughts on how we can continue to build on the success of the heat industry.


Summing up & closing comments

Ian Calvert, Chair, ADE (confirmed) Read Biography


Conference close




tim rotheray

Dr Tim Rotheray

Director, ADE
Tim was appointed Director of the ADE 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 the energy system and oversees the Association’s strategic relationships with members, government, regulators and wider stakeholders.
Tim joined the ADE as policy manager at the beginning of 2010 from the Micropower Council where he also held a policy role. During his time in the sustainable energy sector, Tim has also worked for the National Assembly for Wales where he researched the renewable energy potential and barriers in Wales.

Tim sits on a number of working groups including the RHI industry advisory groups for OFGEM and DECC, the National Grid embedded generation benefits focus group and also OFGEM’s smart grid forum. Tim is also part of OFGEM's future trading arrangements working group, the CBI’s energy policy committee, the business energy forum and an observing member of the Electricity Market Reform collaborative steering group.

In his spare time Tim enjoys cycling in France.

Casey Cole

Guru Systems
Having worked in low-carbon energy for 15 years, Casey has in-depth experience of making sustainability work in practice: technically, commercially and legally.
He co-founded Guru Systems in 2012 in response to the lack of smart metering and monitoring systems for decentralised energy networks. He and the rest of the Guru team are passionate champions of the sector, searching out the barriers to progress and overcoming them with practical technology that’s easy to use.
Casey is a seasoned speaker and is active across the sector, working with the government, large housing providers, ESCOs and developers to make heat networks and other onsite energy systems more sustainable and energy efficient.
In November 2015, Casey was named Chair of the Board at Heat Trust, the customer protection scheme that sets out a common standard of quality and protection for the supply of heat on onsite energy networks. The Trust gives confidence to customers living in homes supplied by the schemes and provides a benchmark for best practice.
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Dan Osgood

Heat & Business Energy, BEIS
Dan Osgood is Director for Heat & Business Energy at the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy. He took up this role in December 2014.

Prior to this, Dan led the flood risk management team at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He has worked on a range of climate change and energy issues including European and international negotiations as well as taking the 2008 Climate Change Act through Parliament. He has also worked for the Cabinet Office and the Department for International Development.


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Ian Calvert

RWE Supply and Trading
Ian has over 15 years’ experience working with energy and, in particular distributed power generation plant. Between 2005-2007 he was the Senior Policy Analyst for the UK Combined Heat and Power Association and worked with Government on implementing positive changes for the UK cogen industry on emissions trading, tax and power market rules at both European and national levels.

Between 1999-2007 he worked for British Sugar plc with responsibility for UK and EU regulatory and government affairs in energy and environment with a particular focus on CHP, power pricing, biofuels and renewables.

In 2007 he was appointed Head of Strategy at npower Cogen and then in 2010 moved to work at npower Renewables, becoming a Director at RWE Innogy UK in 2012. He is now Head of Biomass UK at RWE Supply and Trading and is currently working on a large district energy project in Scotland.

Ian is the current Chairman of the UK Association for Decentralised Energy (

Ian has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University.

Until recently, Ian was the Commander of a Specialist Territorial Army unit and since then has gone on to run a world beating renewably fuelled motorcycle road race team.
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Wayne Hitchings

Natural History Museum
Wayne Hitchings has a BEng Hons in Aerospace Engineering & Astronautics, is a Member of the Energy Institute and a Chartered Energy Manager. He spent more than 6 years as Energy Manager at Kingston University before taking up the position of Energy & Sustainability Manager at The Natural History Museum in December 2014. His responsibilities at the Museum include developing a sustainability strategy and managing the contract for the tri-generation energy centre.
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Louise Kingham


Energy Institute
Louise Kingham OBE FEI is Chief Executive of the Energy Institute (EI), the leading professional body for energy, which promotes excellence by developing knowledge, skills and good practice in the global energy sector. Louise has spent the past 23 years working with energy professionals around the world. Prior to her appointment at the head of the EI in 2003, Louise was Director General of the Institute of Petroleum and Chief Executive of The Institute of Energy. Louise is currently a Council member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies and a Board member of the Powerful Women initiative. She is a former President of the Energy Industries Club, Advisory member of the Energy Policy Board at the University of Birmingham and judge for HM Queen’s Prize for Higher and Further Education.
In 2006, she received a Global Leadership in Energy Award and in 2011, the OBE from HM Queen for services to the energy industry. In 2016 she was awarded an Honorary Science Doctorate from the University of Bath.


Frauke Thies

Frauke Thies

Since September 2015, Frauke is Executive Director of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition SEDC. The SEDC is the European business association dedicated to making the demand side a smart and interactive part of the energy value chain.
Frauke has been actively involved in European energy policy matters in Brussels since 2005, where she held different positions at Greenpeace and SolarPower Europe, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association. She also worked on secondments in Washington, D.C. and in New Delhi, India.
Frauke holds a Master degree in Environmental Sciences from Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany, and an Executive MBA from Vlerick Business School, Belgium.
Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts


Centre for Sustainable Energy
Simon has been helping people, organisations and policy-makers to develop effective responses to the threat of climate change and the misery of cold homes for more than 30 years. He has been Chief Executive of the Bristol-based charity the Centre for Sustainable Energy since 2002, after senior roles for Triodos Bank and Friends of the Earth. Simon also chairs the board of Thrive Renewables Plc (the new name for Triodos Renewables). A policy advisor to BEIS and Ofgem, in 2015 Simon set up the Bristol Smart Energy City Collaboration and is leading its work to establish the conditions and capabilities for effective use of smart energy data at city-scale.
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Martin Crouch

Martin Crouch is Senior Partner, Improving Regulation. His current responsibilities include supporting Ofgem’s regulatory policy development through central teams covering horizon scanning, sustainability, analysis and knowledge management.
Martin joined Ofgem in 2003 and has led teams responsible for electricity distribution, European markets, renewable and energy efficiency support schemes and electricity transmission, including interconnector development and offshore tenders. From 2012 until early 2015, he chaired the Electricity Working Groups of the European regulatory bodies CEER and ACER.


joanne wade

Dr Joanne Wade

Joanne is Chief Executive of the Association for the Conservation of Energy. She has over 25 years’ experience in the sustainable energy sector, working previously as a freelance consultant; a Director of Impetus Consulting; Research Director at ACE; and at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.
Joanne is a Council Member and Chair of the Energy Advisory Panel of the Energy Institute and serves on the Board of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College London. She has previously served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Eaga Charitable Trust and as a Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission.
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Michael Pawlyn

Exploration Architecture
Michael Pawlyn has been described as a pioneer of biomimicry and established Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus on designing high performance buildings and solutions for the circular economy. Exploration has collaborated with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Interface, The UK Green Building Council and other organisations demonstrating environmental leadership.

In 2008 Exploration was short-listed for the Young Architect of the Year Award and the internationally renowned Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Since then the company has developed a ground-breaking office project, an ultra-low energy data centre and a zero waste textiles factory. Michael Pawlyn jointly initiated the widely acclaimed Sahara Forest Project; the first version of which was built in 2012 and opened by the Emir of Qatar during the Doha Climate Change talks.

Prior to setting up Exploration Michael Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project. He was responsible for leading the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes and the subsequent phases that included proposals for a third Biome for plants from dry tropical regions.

He has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable innovation and, in 2011, became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on His TED talk has since had over 1.5 million viewings. The first edition of his book Biomimicry in Architecture has been RIBA Publications’ best-selling title and the second edition will be published later this year. Exploration is currently working on a range of biomimicry-based architectural projects and consultancy.
michael brown

Michael Brown

Michael, a co-founder of Delta-ee, has worked in the international CHP, heat and decentralised energy sectors since 1992, representing industry groups in these areas at UK, European and global levels. He has been providing market analysis and strategy services to private and public sector clients since 1998. Up to 2006, he served as the founding Executive Director of the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE). He was also the founding Executive Director of COGEN Europe and, before this, the Assistant Director of the UK CHP Association, now the ADE.


Colin Calder

Colin Calder

Colin Calder is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of PassivSystems, a developer of software for monitoring and optimising equipment in the home and for managing and reducing domestic heating energy costs and consumption. He founded the Company in 2008 following 12 months of extensive research into zero-carbon homes in Tuscany, Italy. Colin has 30 years of experience in the software and technology sectors, with a significant proportion of his career being involved in the bringing together of mobile and the internet. In 1996 Colin founded Paragon, a software company focused on synchronising data between mobile phones, desktop applications and web-based services, which he sold for $500 million to in 2000. Along with his work in the technology sector, Colin has also held the positions of Director of X / Open (now The Open Group), a global consortium of technology manufacturers working to promote open standards in the field of information technology, as well as advising the European Commission, European Parliament and the UK Parliamentary Affairs Committee on proposed changes to European legislation permitting the reverse engineering of interface specifications. This significant change in legislation resulted in the dramatic rise in the open systems movement and distributed computing.

Sue Daley

Sue leads techUK's work on big data and analytics and cloud and mobile and has been recognised in the UK Big Data 100 as a key influencer in driving forward the Big Data agenda. In addition to being a regular industry speaker, Sue is also a judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards.

Prior to joining techUK in January 2015 Sue was responsible for Symantec's Government Relations in the UK and Ireland. She has spoken at events including the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety. Before joining Symantec Sue was senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Sue has a BA degree on History and American Studies from Leeds University and a Masters Degree on International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Birmingham.