Conference Session




Welcome from Chair

Dominic Bowers, Chairman of CHPA Read biography

Opening Plenary

Keynote Address

Greg Barker MP, Minister of State
Department of Energy and Climate Change
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Questions to the Minister

Address from Principal Sponsor

Julia Lynch-Williams
Managing Director, RWE npower Renewables
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Plenary Discussion: Integrated energy – unlocking potential

The UK faces unprecedented energy and environmental challenges. This session looks at some of the major instruments for change that are impacting our energy policy today, and examines how they may shape tomorrow’s market for CHP and district heating & cooling. A panel discussion considers whether the conditions are right for a more integrated approach to energy supply that brings out the benefits of efficiency that these technologies can deliver.

Confirmed Panellists

  • David Kennedy, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change Read biography
  • Fiona Riddoch, Managing Director, COGEN EuropeRead biography
  • David Wagstaff, Head of Distributed Energy and Heat, DECC Read biography
  • Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Shadow Minister, Energy and Climate Change Read biography
  • Graham Meeks, Director, CHPA
  • Julia Lynch-Williams, Managing Director, RWE npower Renewables Read biography


Coffee and Exhibition

Seminar Sessions

The main morning and afternoon sessions are split into two streams:

Stream A reflects the current focus for business and the public sector on delivering efficiencies and cost savings - helping organisations to understand how CHP and district heating and cooling can deliver a cost-effective, integrated solution to their financial and environmental goals.

Stream B takes a step back to focus on the bigger picture, providing valuable insight for those making and responding to the evolving framework of energy policy. Separate sessions consider the fundamental benefits of an integrated approach to energy across the U,K and how initiatives are already underway to capture the full benefits of CHP and district heating and cooling at a local level


Seminar Session 1

Delegates can choose from one of two seminars:

1A: Energy management: cost savings across the public sector

With an onus on driving efficiency across the public sector, securing the sizeable cost and carbon savings achievable through innovative approaches to energy management is imperative. This session looks at leading examples of public sector best practice in the use of CHP, alongside an outline of the latest developments and practice in financing and procurement that are helping the public sector unlock savings: boosting productivity and protecting delivery of front line services.

  • Chair: Andy Deacon, Head of Local Delivery, Energy Saving Trust Read biography
  • Sonia Roschnik, Operational Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit Read biography
  • Scott Buckleton, Commercial Delivery Manager, Efficiency and Reform Group, HM Cabinet Office Read biography
  • Mark Stokes, Head of Infrastructure, Mitie Asset Management Read biography
  • Cllr Clyde Loakes, Environment and Housing Board, Local Government Association Read biography

1B: Delivering an integrated energy system?

On the path to realising a low carbon 2050, the UK energy system is set for complete transformation.  We are aiming to effectively decarbonise our energy system by 2050, with some predicting that the electricity system must be completely decarbonised as early as the 2030s. As Governments and commentators alike draw up their 2050 roadmaps, this session assesses the criticalities and risks in some of the prevalent approaches, and considers what value can be delivered by CHP and district heating and cooling as part of a truly integrated energy system.

  • Chair: Richard Coackley, Senior Vice President, Institute of Civil Engineers Read biography
  • Rob Gross, Director – Centre for Energy Policy and Technology, Imperial College and UK ERC
  • Mike Hogg, General Manager, Shell Gas Direct Read biography
  • John Hyde, Transmission Commercial, Future Networks, National Grid Read biography
  • Bryan Silletti, Low Carbon Energy Team Leader, Applied Research Europe, Caterpillar Read biography




Seminar Session 2

Delegates can choose from one of two seminars:

2A: Competiveness, productivity and profitability

The pressure on businesses to control energy costs and remain competitive has never been stronger. Many forecasts point to a steady increase in energy costs as fossil fuels become more expensive and the costs of decarbonising our energy system begin to bite – making the efficiencies of CHP that much more valuable. This session examines how many businesses have sought to manage the risks of a high-cost energy future and a growing raft of carbon abatement regulation through the adoption of CHP and district heating.

  • Chair: Matthew Farrow, Head of Energy, Transport and Planning, CBI Read biography
  • Tom Bainbridge, Head of Climate Change and Energy Group, Nabarro Read biography
  • Fraser Ramsay, SEP Business Devewlopment Executive, Brunner Mond (UK) Ltd Read biography
  • Paul Webb, Managing Director, B2B Energy Ltd Read biography


2B: Bringing energy home: building partnerships, transforming communities

The need to decarbonise our communities poses a host of challenges - for property developers, planners, councillors and citizens alike. But it also delivers opportunity. This session asks how we can ensure that energy is increasingly integrated into the fabric of urban life. Technology and infrastructure are certainly part of the solution, but success will also see stakeholders working in partnership and established practices changing to meet the challenges of the future.

  • Chair: Phil Jones, CIBSE Read biography
  • Bob Ledsome, Deputy Director, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Communities and Local Government Read biography
  • Steve Carr, Head of New Business and Economics, Homes and Communities Agency Read biography
  • Malcolm Ball, Director of Decentralised Energy Delivery, London Development Agency Read biography
  • Paddy Thompson, General Manager, Business Development, Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd Read biography
  • Kirk Archibald, Sustainability Manager, Fairview New Homes Read biography




Coffee and Exhibition


Policy Debate

Just seven months into a new Government the policy debate focuses on how current policy and the political agenda is influencing conditions on the ground for industry, commerce and the public sector.

Chair: Julian Rush, Science and Environment Correspondent, Channel 4 News Read biography

Confirmed Panellists:

  • Cllr Clyde Loakes, Environment and Housing Board, Local Government Association Read biography
  • Matthew Farrow, Head of Energy, Transport and Planning, CBI Read biography
  • Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Shadow Minister, Energy and Climate Change Read biography
  • Peter Ainsworth, President, Conservative Environment Netwwork
  • Peter Madden, CEO, Forum for the Future Read biography
  • Graham Meeks, Director, CHPA

Closing Remarks: Graham Meeks


Conference End


Drinks Reception at Gibson Hall


Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony


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Speaker Biographies


David Kennedy, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change

David Kennedy is the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change. Previously he worked on energy strategy at the World Bank, and design of infrastructure investment projects at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He has a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.



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Dr Fiona Riddoch, Managing Director, COGEN Europe

Fiona Riddoch has worked in a range of engineering and management roles involving sectors from consumer electronics to wind turbine components, and building system controls. A large part of her working career was spent with Honeywell Controls Ltd moving from manufacturing to marketing, and business management, in Scotland, Germany and around the world.

She pursued an interest in business development and launching new technologies, to work with a number of start up companies in Scotland in both the technology and energy sectors, before joining COGEN Europe in November 2007 as Managing Director.

Dr Fiona Riddoch gained a PhD in Physics from the University of St Andrews, writing a thesis on Photovoltaics, and holds an MBA from Edinburgh University.


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David Wagstaff, Head of Distributed Energy and Heat, DECC

David joined the civil service from the retail trade and started his career at the (then) DTI working on national minimum wage and other employment issues. He moved on to audit and accountancy regulation following the Enron crisis, before entering the energy field in 2004.
Two years later he moved into the newly established Office of Climate Change (OCC) to oversee the delivery of the climate change and energy programme across government. The OCC became the strategy function of the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in 2008 and David played a key role in delivering the Low Carbon Transition Plan six months later. He stepped up to become the Acting Director of Strategy and Head of the Office of Climate Change for a six month period from  Sept - March 2009, and then led the Department’s preparations for the new Government in May 2010, including drafting the Annual Energy Statement given by Chris Huhne to Parliament at the end of July.
He took up his new post, with responsibility for heat , Microgeneration and distributed energy on 1 August, having carried out his own strategic audit of the Department’s work and identified this as the most important and interesting policy area to work on.


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Andy Deacon, Head of Local Authority Services, Energy Savings Trust


Andy has worked in environmental protection for 15 years, and has held posts in local, regional and central government as well as working in academia and consultancy. He is currently Head of Local Delivery for the Energy Saving Trust having joined them in October 2008. He is leading work to support local authorities and community groups to cut carbon emissions across their areas. In previous roles he has helped develop climate change actions plans for major cities, worked with the main set of climate change impact predictions for the UK and been involved in international climate change negotiations as well as working on climate change projects in India, China and Bangladesh. Andy holds an MSc in applied meteorology and climatology from the University of Birmingham.


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Sonia Roschnik, Operational Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit

Sonia is the Operational Director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit. The Unit published a carbon reduction strategy for the NHS in England in January 2009. Sonia has worked in health and social services for the past twenty years in the UK and abroad. With previous experience as a clinician, Private Finance Initiative project manager and recently as Deputy Director of Operations in a large University Hospital, Sonia brings a wide range of understanding to her role.

Sonia has worked in health and social services for the past twenty years in the uk and abroad. With previous experience as a clinician, project manager and recently as deputy director of operations, Sonia brings a wide range of understanding to her role as operational director of the NHS sustainable development unit.


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Mike Hogg, General Manager, Shell Gas Direct

Mike has been with Shell for 37 years – 29 in Oil, 8 in Gas.

The Oil products experience included Strategic Planning, Marketing & Sales – covering Retail, LPG, Fuels & Lubricants – and also Distribution – managing 200 drivers and trucks at Shell’s Stanlow refinery terminal. Towards the end of the time in Oil - Mike also had responsibility for Shell’s UK network of fuels and lubricants distributors – including fourteen subsidiary companies (as Chairman or MD). All in all a very wide ranging experience – but very close to the customer for the majority of the time.

In Gas, prior to becoming Shell Gas Direct (SGD) GM on 1st March 2007, Mike was Shell’s European Gas Marketing manager. This role had two elements – firstly strategic – contributing to Shell’s gas market entry plans in liberalising markets across Europe and key adjacent countries, and also operational – ensuring that the different country teams had the tools and support to gain and retain customers following market entry. On 1st January 2010, Mike also added the responsibility for Shell’s gas sales to Industrial & Commercial customers in Denmark & Germany to his ongoing UK responsibilities.

Mike is 56 & married with two adult children. His UK home is in Chester – and main interests are family, friends, rugby and choral music. At work – his single ambition is always to make a positive impact on any business challenge or situation. Since his appointment as SGD GM – he has moved the company forward to re-focus on customers, improve even further the service levels provided – and to increase and sustain staff motivation to do a good job and enjoy what they do.


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Bryan Silletti, Low Carbon Energy Team Leader, Applied Research Europe, Caterpillar

Bryan Silletti has over 13 years of engineering and market development experience with a focus on the commercialization of new technology.  Bryan currently manages the Low Carbon Energy team within Caterpillar's Global Energy Technology Solutions division of Caterpillar research and is responsible for identifying, demonstrating and/or developing low carbon energy solutions.  Previously, Bryan was the Electric Power marketing and sales representative for Electric Power North America (EPNA) based in Hartford, Connecticut, USA for over three years (including New York and the New England states).  Additionally, Bryan was responsible for the design and development of emissions solutions for Caterpillar electric power in both an engineering and sales capacity for over 5 years, including the first design and production release of the Caterpillar Integrated SCR NOx reduction system for the stationary market.  

Bryan has a Masters in Materials Science and Minor in Business Management from North Carolina State University in North Carolina, USA as well as a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA.


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Matthew Farrow, Head of Energy, Transport & Planning at the CBI

Matthew is Head of Energy, Transport & Planning at the CBI.  In this role he is responsible for the CBI’s policy and lobbying work across all these core infrastructure topics.  Matthew was the author of the CBI’s 2009 report: Decision time: driving the UK towards a sustainable energy future.

Between 2004 and 2009, Matthew was Head of Energy and Environment at the CBI, covering energy, environmental regulation and climate change policy.  Prior to that he spent five years in Glasgow as Head of Policy at CBI Scotland, responsible for all the policy development carried out by CBI Scotland on behalf of its members, including transport, environment, skills and economic development.

Between 1990 and 1999 he worked in a range of policy roles at the CBI’s headquarters in London, including education and training, the growth of smaller firms and tourism.


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Tom Bainbridge, Partner, Nabarro


Tom is the head of Nabarro's Climate Change & Energy group and focuses on renewable energy and other climate change matters. He advises companies in the energy, property and public sectors on various aspects of climate change policy, low and zero carbon energy and energy efficiency schemes, the carbon financing of other emissions reduction projects and emissions trading arrangements.  He has a strong policy background and has convened numerous industry meetings to discuss emerging policy issues with responsible Government departments. He is actively engaged in policy development through his work with the Combined Heat & Power Association and the UK Environment Law Association (UKELA). Through Tom's chairmanship of UKELA's Climate Change Working Party, he was invited to give evidence before the Commons Select Committee on the draft Climate Change Bill.


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Phil Jones, Chairman of CIBSE CHP & Energy Performance Groups

Phil Jones has spent the last 30 years trying to make buildings more energy efficient, with British Gas then as an energy consultant for WS Atkins. For the last 20 years he has run independent energy consultancy Building Energy Solutions. He carries out building energy research and training across a wide range of buildings and technologies including CHP. He is a visiting research Fellow at London South Bank University and teaches on CHP.

Phil is the main author of CIBSE Guide F - Energy Efficiency in Buildings and also Good Practice Guide 388 – CHP for buildings. He is currently chairing a revision of CIBSE AM12 CHP in buildings and has carried out numerous training courses on CHP in buildings. Phil recently carried out a major community CHP feasibility study across the South Bank area of London.


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Malcolm Ball, Director of Decentralised Energy Delivery, LDA

Malcolm is a qualified engineer with 25 years experience in many aspects of the energy industry including renewables, particularly photovoltaic’s, combined heat and power and energy services across all market sectors having worked for companies such as British Gas, Shell, Scottish Power and Sempra energy of the USA. Malcolm joined the LDA in early 2007 to establish the DED team which has a pan London remit to execute on the Mayors Climate Change Action Plan to decarbonise 25% of London’s energy supply. One of the projects currently being commercialised by Malcolm and his team is the conversion of Barking Power station (1000MW CCGT) to a CHP unit to provide low carbon heat that would otherwise be wasted to heat up to 120,000 homes in the Thames Gateway regeneration areas.


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Kirk Archibald, Sustainability Manager, Fairview

Kirk joined Fairview as their Sustainability Manager in August 2007, following a commitment from the board to resource a dedicated post to respond to a burgeoning agenda. Kirk’s objective is to improve the sustainability credentials of not only the company’s product – i.e. its land developments, but also the sustainability credentials of the company as a whole. In this time he has developed the sustainability strategy for the company steering its response to meeting progressive sustainability legislation. He leads a small team who deliver the strategy objectives through a dedicated in-house service.

He brings with him a unique set of experience both in development, climate change policy making and market transformation. Prior to joining Fairview, Kirk worked for the Energy Saving Trust for seven years, where he was largely responsible for developing their renewables portfolio. He developed EST’s renewables and microgeneration strategy to position the EST as the leading organisation offering information, advice and support for mass-market microgeneration uptake in the UK. Kirk has successfully managed a substantial Local Authority capital grant programme; designed and launched the Innovation programme; ran the DTI Major PV demonstration programme; and developed and ran the DTI Low Carbon Buildings programme.

Kirk’s previous experience includes working in the development and reinvestment department in a large London based housing association, where he was involved in developing innovative timber frame development projects and large refurbishment programmes. Kirk has also worked as project manager for a small architectural company building one-off timber framed houses in the self-build market.

Kirk is a graduate of economics from Cardiff University.

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Dominic Bowers – Chairman, CHPA


Dominic is Director of Energy Solutions at international infrastructure engineering consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff. Dominic has built an impressive team of energy analysts, engineers and project managers to provide a comprehensive range of services to the sustainable energy market. As an Energy Consultant for more than 20 years, Dominic has worked across the full range of public sector organisations including advising national, regional and local government and their agencies. Dominic has particular experience of providing strategic advice in relation to decentralised energy to the higher education, health, aviation and property development communities. Dominic is currently using his breadth of knowledge and experience to develop low and zero carbon energy strategies in response to carbon reduction policy drivers for public and private property portfolio holders.


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Steve Carr, Head of New Business and Economics, Homes and Communities Agency

Steve Carr is Head of New Business and Economics at the Homes and Communities Agency. His role is to support the agency’s innovative new approach to investment, such as the private rental initiative which seeks to attract long term investors into the housing market.   He developed the ‘kickstart housing’ package of funding that was included in the government’s Budget 2009, making the case to government for housebuilding as a potential economic stimulus.   Steve is also in charge of major funding programmes at the HCA, including growth areas funding, the community infrastructure fund and programmes to support low carbon energy and heating schemes.  He has responsibility for a number of the agency’s corporate services such as spatial intelligence, economic appraisal and project consultancy.

Prior to the HCA, Steve was head of policy and economics at English Partnerships where he ran the Design for Manufacture £60k home competition for ten sites, which got housebuilders working with modern construction methods and with architects such as Richard Rogers.  He set up the Carbon Challenge to develop the first large-scale zero carbon housing schemes in the country, including Barratt’s Hanham Hall community near Bristol.  Steve is an economist with twenty years of experience in major public sector investment appraisal and he recently advised the ODA on its funding options for the Olympic Village.

Steve started his career in labour market research as a director of the Low Pay Unit and in economic development at Manchester City Council.  He has degrees from Hull University and Warwick University’s School of Industrial and Business Studies, now Warwick Business School.  Steve is a judge for the Housing Design Awards and Building for Life awards and is a fellow of the RSA

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Richard Coackley, Senior Vice President, Institute of Civil Engineers

Richard Coackley graduated from Glasgow University in 1975 with a First in Civil Engineering and has worked in both contracting and consulting in the UK and overseas in water, wastewater, hydropower and power disciplines.

Richard is Director of Energy Development for Scott Wilson.  This includes major decommissioning  and development of new work in the Nuclear Sector and renewable energy projects.

Before joining Scott Wilson Richard led the Energy sector business for White Young Green specialising in nuclear decommissioning at Sellafield and maintenance and refurbishment of major power plant. Before that Richard was for 5 years a Director of Mouchel Parkman and Managing Director of their Utilities business where he was responsible for development of an 800 multidisciplinary staff business stream, with turnover of £60m in multidisciplinary support services. His executive board duties were to move the business to a high performance organization culture and create a £320m turnover 5000 professional staff business following flotation and merging of the two companies.

Previous to that he was a Director of Binnie Black & Veatch leading business in UK, Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and North Africa.  He worked with Sir Alfred McAlpine to construct Dinorwic Pumped Storage Scheme in North Wales in the early 80’s and Balfour Beatty in refurbishment at Rosyth Naval Dockyards.

Richard’s overseas work has taken him through the Middle East, the Maldives and Sri Lanka working on water supply and sanitation schemes as Engineer’s Representative.  In Pakistan, he was responsible for the development of the power channel design for the Ghazi-Barotha hydropower scheme immediately downstream of Tarbela on the River Indus, a 60km diversion of the river to carry 1600m3/s and to develop 1800MW - a £2000 million project.

Richard was a member of Council of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) from 2000 to 2003 following many years of active support of the Institution. He was a non executive director of Thomas Telford Ltd for nine years, and is Vice President of ICE. In Europe, Richard is immediate Past President of the European Council of Civil Engineers.

Richard is keenly interested in the professional development of engineers of all ages.  He is keen to enthuse our young in engineering and broaden the skills now required by engineers, for example project and programme management, financial management and whole life costing, to enable our profession to succeed in our ever competitive market.

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Julian Rush, Science & Environment Correspondent, Channel 4 News

Julian Rush is the Science & Environment Correspondent of Channel 4 News. His brief is wide-ranging, from environmental issues like climate change and GM crops, through hard science subjects like space exploration and nanotechnology, engineering and obesity. He has been reporting climate issues since he went to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero for the BBC in 1992. He has covered energy issues extensively in the last few years; an investigation in 2005, for example, exposed the bogus science used by anti-wind farm campaigners.

He joined the programme twelve years ago from the BBC, where he had been a producer on the Nine o'clock News and a programme editor on Breakfast News. Julian has won several British Environment Media Awards for his work on environmental issues, and he won the prestigious RTS Home News Awards in two consecutive years for his investigative reporting of the causes of the Paddington and Hatfield rail crashes. In 2004 he was short-listed again for an RTS award, this time for his exclusive report that exposed the government's first “dodgy dossier” on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction, plagiarised from a PhD student’s thesis. He has spent his career in broadcasting, in radio and television in both the BBC and commercial sectors.

He still wants to be the first TV reporter to broadcast from space.


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Paul Webb , Managing Director of B2B Energy and Co Director of Get Solutions South Ltd


I have been in the Industry for 30 years, from a apprentice with the CEGB with Nuclear Power, Energy Officer for The Metropolitan Police, 16 years experience in the Controls Industry working for both Trend and Satchwell.

The Last 5 years I have been heading up an Energy Management company delivering Millions of pounds energy savings through managing their energy consumption with best practice and technologies, specifically CHP.


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Mr Fraser Ramsay, SEP Business Development Executive, Brunner Mond (UK) Ltd

Fraser is leading a major project that will reduce the reliance on fossil fuels as an energy source for Brunner Mond’s energy intensive chemical manufacturing operations.

Fraser has worked for Brunner Mond for 13 years in a number of key roles including: technical management, operations management and director of technology and regulatory affairs.

Fraser has a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University.  He is a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and is a Chartered Engineer.


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Scott Buckleton, Commercial Delivery Manager, Efficiency and Reform Group, HM Cabinet Office


Scott’s role as commercial delivery manager for energy is situated within the Efficiency and Reform Group, which is part of the Cabinet Office (previously Office of Government Commerce in the Treasury). This role involves effective management of the £3bn public sector spend on energy through improved buying and risk management, development of supply chain opportunities and more recently contributing to the development of an energy strategy for central government.

Prior to working in central government, Scott worked in private sector energy for 10 years and has extensive knowledge of combined heat and power from his 5 years working for Dalkia. During this time he was responsible for the purchase and sale of energy on behalf of their industrial and health clients, aiding the economic viability of the CHP facilities during volatile energy price movements. Scott then moved to Hanson shortly after its acquisition by Heidelberg Cement in 2008, establishing a centralised energy procurement function for this fuel intensive group of companies. Scott brought substantial savings to Hanson, for which he gained recognition within an industry particularly affected during the recent economic turndown. He moved to central government in May 2010.


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John Hyde, Transmission Commercial, Future Networks, National Grid


John Hyde is a Senior Analyst working in the UK transmission Commercial Directorate of National Grid. He has worked in the Electricity Supply Industry for over 28 years including roles in both power generation and transmission industries. In his current role John has particular interest in the changing energy background and its implications for UK transmission including ‘Smart Grids’, Electric Vehicles and delivering the Low Carbon economy. John is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.


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Paddy Thompson, General Manager Business Development, CFCL

Paddy is responsible for developing markets for CFCL's products in the UK, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland and Portugal. He has extensive business development experience gained over 10 years as a corporate finance adviser, particularly in working with companies specialising in low carbon and renewable energy generation. He has experience of building an environmental consultancy business in the UK, working with innovative environmental companies, the public sector, technologists, entrepreneurs and financiers. Paddy qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and is also a qualified corporate financier. He is a fluent Spanish speaker and is based in the UK.

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Huw Irranca-Davies MP

Huw was elected to represent Ogmore in a by-election in February 2002. He became an Assistant Whip in May 2006, and was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales in June 2007. He was later promoted to the role of Minister for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In this capacity, he focused on the marine and natural environment. As Minister, Huw worked on various pieces of legislation, including the Marine and Coastal Access Act and the Flood and Water Management Act. Huw was again re-elected in 2010, and is currently Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change. His portfolio includes, amongst others, renewable energy, new nuclear, smart meters, security of energy supply, oil and gas exploration, and international energy. Huw lives in Ogmore with his wife and three sons, and was formerly a lecturer at the Swansea Institute of Higher Education.

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Councillor Clyde Loakes, Cabinet Member for Environment

A councillor for the Leytonstone Ward in Waltham Forest for the past 12 years, Clyde has a deep understanding of the workings of local and National Government.  He understands how policies are developed and shaped, to deliver for local residents and communities.  Ambitious and energetic, Clyde has enviable networks and a passion for excellence and improvement in public services, as well as a strong commitment to and deep understanding of partnership working and community engagement. Widely respected in local government circles across the political spectrum, Clyde stood down as Leader of Waltham Forest in May ‘09, after 6 years at the helm. As well as acting as the Chair of the North London Waste Authority for the past 3 years, he is the Regional Peer for LG Improvement (formerley the IDeA), the Environment Portfoilo Holder in Waltham Forest, a member of the London Waste and Recycling Board and he has recently been appointed as Deputy Chair of the LG Group's Environment & Housing Programme Board.


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Mark Stokes, Head of Infrastructure, Mitie

With a solid boardroom background in infrastructure programme management around the world, Mark have been engaged in risk
management and technical engineering in blue chip critical deployment programmes for almost 20 years.

Following a BSc in Construction at Sheffield Mark joined what is now Verizon, a global telco as an Engineer in 1992 developing fibre backbone networks and data centres across EMEA wherehe founded an internal operating division focused on wireless telco infrastructure and later became Infrastructure Director for Verizon for the UK and then for the Australia/pacific region.

Mark joined MITIE in 2002 as a founding director of the Technology business, which developed rapidly towards revenues approaching £45m by 2007 with healthy cash flow and EBIT results. By 2004 Mark had become Managing Director of that business and following the sale of shareholding back to MITIE, Mark systematically integrated 3 other businesses (totally combined annual turnovers of £35m) into the Infrastructure division of MITIE Asset Management.

Consistent characteristics throughout Mark’s career have been a professional approach with blue chip organisations globally directing asset deployment and achieving financial and operational certainty. Mark lives close to Farnham, Surrey, is married to Sharon and has 4 children.

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Bob Ledsome, Deputy Director, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Communities and Local Government

Bob Ledsome is Deputy Director, head of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development team, at the Department for Communities and Local Government.  The team co-ordinate the Department’s work on climate change mitigation and adaptation and carbon budgets.  The team are responsible in particular for taking forward the zero carbon homes policy, and the Departments work with local government on climate change issues. 

During his career in Communities and Local Government and its predecessor departments, Bob has worked on planning legislation and European programmes.  Before then he worked in the Health and Safety Executive. He started his civil service career in the Department for Employment.

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Julia lynch Williams, Managing Director, RWE npower renewables

Julia has gained over 20 years of experience in the energy business, including a period in Exxon and 14 years in what was National Power and is now RWE npower. She has covered a wide spectrum of disciplines including energy and energy services retailing, M&A and trading and risk management.

She is currently Managing Director of RWE npower renewables, a wholly owned subsidiary of RWE Innogy GmbH, which is part of the RWE Group and one of the fastest growing renewable energy businesses in the world.

She has held a number of senior executive positions throughout her career across the power sector including Product Director and Director of Energy Services, Retail.  Julia was involved in many of the retail acquisitions and integrations in the UK retail business and also set up the new Energy services business in 2008, bringing together disparate parts of the business, acquiring a specialist gas engineering company and organically growing a new residential gas boiler servicing and repair business (Hometeam) to create a single division.

Julia has a degree in electrical and electronic engineering.


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Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change

Greg Barker was made Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change following the general election earlier in May this year.

Prior to this Greg served as Shadow Minister for Climate Change & Environment from December, 2005 and led the passage of the Climate Change Bill through the House of Commons. In 2008 and was a key author of the Conservative Party's 'Low Carbon Economy' green paper, launched in January 2009. In October 2008 he was promoted to Shadow Climate Change minister in the new Shadow Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Gregory Barker was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Bexhill and Battle in his native Sussex in June 2001. He has also served on the House of Commons Environmental Audit select committee between 2001 and 2005.


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Peter Madden, Chief Executive of Forum for the Future

Peter Madden is Chief Executive of Forum for the Future, the sustainable development charity. A leading expert on green issues, Peter works with leading companies and public sector bodies on the strategies and innovations needed to prosper in a low-carbon world.  

Previously, he has worked as Head of Policy at the Environment Agency, as Ministerial Adviser to the UK Government, as Director of the Green Alliance and as Head of Policy at Christian Aid. He is currently a Board member of the London Sustainability Exchange, the South West Regional Development Agency and the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability.


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