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8th – 10th February 2016

Speakers

Some information on the Acumen 2016 programme committee.
Audrey Gallacher

Audrey Gallacher

Audrey Gallacher, Director of Energy Supply, Energy UK

Audrey Gallacher is Director of Energy Supply at Energy UK, the trade association for suppliers and generators. Audrey has worked in the energy sector for 18 years, initially with the regulator Ofgem. She moved into energy consumer advocacy in 2000 when she became National Director of energywatch Scotland. More recently she has been Director of Energy for Consumer Futures and Citizens Advice.

Basil Scarsella

Basil Scarsella

Chief Executive Officer, UK Power Network

Basil Scarsella is the Chief Executive Officer of UK Power Networks, owned by the Cheung Kong Group. This is the largest Distribution Network Operator in the UK, distributing electricity to over eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and East of England. It has some 6,000 employees in its regulated and non-regulated areas and they have ranked UK Power Networks among the top 25 Best Big Companies to Work for 2015 in the Sunday Times annual list.

Prior to taking up the appointment at UK Power Networks, Basil was the CEO of Northern Gas Networks from 2005, also owned by the Cheung Kong Group, distributing gas to 2.5 million homes in the north east of England.

Basil holds a degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and is a Certified Practicing Accountant. He is a Life Member of Football Australia and former Member of the Executive Committee of FIFA. He received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and in 2003 became a Member of the Order of Australia, for services to sport. He is the current Chairman of the Electricity Networks Association.

Brendan McGrath

Brendan McGrath

Group Chief Executive Officer, Gaelectric Holdings plc

Brendan is a founding shareholder and Group Chief Executive of Gaelectric Holdings plc, one of the leading independent renewable energy groups operating in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Prior to establishing Gaelectric in 2004, Brendan held a number of senior leadership positions in manufacturing and marketing. Brendan provides strategic leadership to Gaelectric’s executive teams across the Group’s positions in wind (on- and offshore), solar, energy storage, trading and market services, and the emerging ‘prosumer’ sector.

Gaelectric is midway through the transition of its development pipeline of wind projects to operating assets with a target of 400MW of wind generation by the end of 2017. Gaelectric has recently submitted its application for planning approval for its 330MW compressed air energy storage (CAES) project, Project-CAES Larne NI, which is located towards the north of the Islandmagee peninsula. Brendan is also a tireless and vocal advocate for the renewable energy sector and has engaged extensively with the energy industry, government policy makers, regulators, communities and the media.

Colin Henry

Colin Henry

Head of Automation Systems, Siemens Digital Grid

Colin Henry is Head of Automation Systems, Digital Grid, part of Siemens Energy Management Division.

Colin has worked within the transmission and distribution field in the UK and overseas for almost 20 years. He has held a number of engineering, operational and strategic roles, including business transformation and change management.

Over the past 5 years, Colin has led Siemens smart networks positioning in the GB&I market, working with all the network operators as part of Ofgem’s Low Carbon/ Network Innovation Fund as well as wider engagement with industry and public and private sector infrastructure planners. Colin is based at Siemens Energy Management Office in Monkton, South Tyneside; he is a chartered engineer, and represents Siemens within a number of internal and external bodies, including trade, industry and academia. Colin represents GB&I within Siemens global strategy groups for Microgrid and Secondary Distribution Automation topics.

Colin Nicol

Colin Nicol

Managing Director, Scottish and Southern Energy

Colin is the Managing Director of SSE’s networks business, SSE Power Distribution (SSEPD), and is responsible for the company’s two electricity distribution networks covering northern Scotland and central southern England, and also the Transmission network in northern Scotland.

He joined SSE in 2010 to work on major projects capital investment before becoming the Lead Director for Wholesale Development, responsible for major project development and delivery in the wholesale part of SSE’s business. Colin also sits on SSE’s Executive Committee.

He started his career in the steel industry 38 years ago, before moving into chemicals and pharmaceuticals; working for ICI and Hoffman La Roche. With a mechanical engineering background, he has held numerous senior operational, project management, business management and change roles, both in the UK and abroad.

Theodor Connor

Dipl.-Ing. Theodor Connor

Strategic Relationship Manager, Siemens & Chairman of CIRED 2015

Theodor Connor started his career in 1980 as network planning engineer in the Siemens network consulting department. He worked on international projects for all voltage levels and acted from 1999 to 2006 has head of Siemens PTI. In parallel to his current role as strategic relationship manager of Siemens PTI he is active as Chairman of CIRED and has several functions in IEC and CENELC.

Frank Mitchell

Frank Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Power Energy Networks

Frank Mitchell leads a business with responsibility for getting the electricity from power generators to all 3.5 million customers in Central and South Scotland, Merseyside and North Wales. It employees around 2800 directly and another 3000 people through partners. Currently recruiting around 150 graduates and apprentices every year and training them on Smart Grid technology as well as the traditional role of working in major emergency storm events to reconnect customers.

Frank has over twenty five years’ experience in working in the energy sector, covering all aspects of the power company value chain, in both the UK and USA. He is a professional engineer with extensive experience in the operation of gas and electric infrastructures and modern asset management approach. Frank has experience in leading large, diverse, geographically spread teams to achieve step change in performance. Involvement in M&A activity as well as leading strategic business change, his current focus is working with key external stake-holders including customers, governments, regulators, trade unions and investors.

He Chairs the Energy Skills Action Group for Scotland and works with local and national governments in support of economic and environmental goals: He also Chairs the EU Committee that represents some 2400 electrical distribution companies in Europe.

Having studied at Strathclyde University and Heriot Watt University, Frank is married with three children and also enjoys football, golf, rugby and mentoring business start-ups.

Frédéric Godemel

Frédéric Godemel

Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric

He was named to his current position in October 2014, having held earlier positions as Infrastructure Automation Senior Vice President and Project and Services Vice President in Schneider China.

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries, offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in nonresidential and residential buildings, industries and machines manufacturers, utilities and infrastructure, and data centers and networks. Its Energy Business is a global leader in medium voltage, grid automation and network management software with sales in excess of €5B.

Mr. Godemels’s career at Schneider Electric, which he joined in 1990, has developed mostly around the power business in both low & medium voltage, in operational functions in France and more recently in China. He holds a degree in engineering from Centale and an MBA from Essec.

Garrett Blaney

Garrett Blaney

Commissioner, Commission for Energy Regulation, Ireland

Garrett Blaney has been a member of the Commission since February 2010, and chairperson since February 2014. Garrett’s lead responsibilities with the Commission relate to Electricity Networks (Interconnection, Wind Connections), Wholesale (SEM/I-SEM), Generation (Conventional, Renewable, Licensing), Security of Supply and Internal Operations.

He also leads international relations. Prior to working with the CER, Garrett had over twenty years of experience working in the energy industry. He was Strategic Development Director for Viridian Power and Energy where he was responsible for regulatory affairs for the group of companies. This role developed from his previous role with the company as commercial director for Huntstown Power, Ireland’s first independent power producer. Before joining Viridian he worked with ESB International in a number of positions including a sojourn of four years in Malaysia as Asian Regional Director. Garrett started his career with the Central Electricity Generating Board in the United Kingdom working on the development of a new

Geoffrey Spence

Geoffrey Spence

Chief Executive, Infrastructure UK

From March, Geoffrey will be Global Head of Infrastructure, Resources and Energy for Lloyds Bank plc.

Up to December 2015, he was Chief Executive of Infrastructure UK within HM Treasury, responsible for the National Infrastructure Plan for the UK, the Governments’s £40bn Infrastructure Guarantee Scheme, PPP Policy and on behalf of HMT, oversaw delivery by DEFRA and DECC of the Thames Tideway project and Hinkley Point C respectively and HS2 by the Department of Transport. He also held the post of Senior Corporate Finance Practitioner in HM Treasury and a member of the Construction Leadership Council.

From 2008-10 he was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to HM Treasury. As such he was special adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on financial stability during the the banking crisis. He was also during this time adviser to the Chancellor on business and EU policy.

Previously, Geoffrey worked in investment banking for 24 years, specialising in the financing globally of the Utilities, Energy and Infrastructure industries and major projects, also advising Governments’ on the commercial and financing aspects of these industries, working for Morgan Grenfell & Co Ltd, Deutsche Bank AG as Head of Project Finance for EMEA and Global Head of Infrastructure for HSBC Bank plc.

He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge and Campbell College, Belfast, Northern Ireland and holds an MA in History.

Louise Wilson

Louise Wilson

Co-founder and Joint Managing Director, Abundance Generation

Louise Wilson is a co-founder and joint MD of Abundance which provides mostly long-term debt capital to infrastructure projects and regular capital and income to investors. With a current focus on renewables both heat and energy and on efficiency, Abundance lets individuals, both local and national, invest directly in specific projects of their choice from as little as £5. Abundance has launched fund-raisings for 14 projects for a total of £14.5m.

As the first crowdfunding platform to be regulated, Abundance is at the heart of the wave of alternative finance which is reshaping our financial landscape. Before Abundance, Louise helped set up dressipi.com, an online shopping and styling recommendation engine where she remains a non-executive director.

Prior to this until July 2008, Louise was Head of Equity Capital Markets at UBS Investment Bank. Her frustrations at the unhealthy developments in banking were the impetus to take action and address her concerns around the environment and sustainability. In particular at Abundance, Louise focuses on the projects and pipeline.

Mary Gillie

Dr. Mary Gillie

Founder, Energy Local

Energy Local founder Dr Mary Gillie has 15 years’ experience of the electricity industry with an excellent understanding of the regulatory framework. She led LCNF ‘Smart Village’ and £400k+ LCCC projects in Ashton Hayes where she is director of the CIC. She was ‘My Electric Avenue’ LCNF project technical lead.

Maxine Frerk

Maxine Frerk

Acting Senior Partner for Networks, Ofgem

Maxine Frerk is Interim Senior Partner for Networks at Ofgem. Maxine was previously Partner for Retail Markets including smart metering and smarter markets. Maxine joined Ofgem in 2001 and during her time here has led teams on better regulation, enforcement, legal and governance and consumer affairs. She also had a 2 year secondment to DECC as Deputy Programme Director for the smart metering programme. Prior to joining Ofgem Maxine worked at BT in a range of strategic, pricing and regulatory roles and at London Regional Transport.

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Nicholas Tarrant

Managing Director, NIE Networks

Nicholas Tarrant was appointed as NIE Networks’ Managing Director on 1 December 2014 having previously held a number of senior management positions at ESB. These included Generation Manager with responsibility for ESB’s 4,800 MW generation and lead manager on ESB’s €200m Novus Modus Clean Tech Fund. He is a chartered engineer at the Institute of Engineers of Ireland and holds an MSc (Management) from Trinity College, Dublin.

Niall Mills

Niall Mills

Partner and Head of Infrastructure Asset Management, First State Investments

Niall Mills is a Partner and Head of Infrastructure Asset Management at First State Investments (FSI) where he is responsible for originating and managing new asset investment opportunities for the European Direct Infrastructure team. First State’s Direct Infrastructure business manages €4.4bn of capital globally, invested in 17 large infrastructure businesses, 8 of which are in Europe. Niall has extensive Infrastructure, Utilities and Regulation experience gained in senior roles in a variety of sectors, including water, airports, electricity, railways and TV Transmission dating back to 1987. Niall has been on the Board of Electricity North West since 2008, representing FSI’s 50% shareholding.

Nick Winser

Nick Winser

Chairman of Energy Systems Catapult

Nick is Chairman of both Energy Systems Catapult and Cigre UK, the International Council of Large Electric Systems. Previously, he served on the Board of the National Grid becoming its UK and European CEO in 2011. Between 2013-2015 he was President of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity. In October 2015 Nick became Deputy President of the IET.

Pat O’Doherty

Pat O’Doherty

Chief Executive, Electricity Supply Board, Ireland

Pat O’Doherty is the Chief Executive of ESB, Ireland’s leading energy company. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive, Pat held a number of senior positions in the company, including Executive Director ESB International, Managing Director ESB Networks and Executive Director ESB Power Generation. Pat joined ESB in 1981 and holds primary and masters degrees in Engineering from University College Dublin. He also completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.

Philip Wolfe

Philip Wolfe MBE

Non-Executive Director of West Mill Solar Co-operative and renewable energy pioneer

Philip Wolfe MBE is one of the pioneers of the renewable and community energy sectors. He is Chairman of Community Energy England and Westmill Solar Co-operative; a panel member of the Climate Bonds Initiative; non-executive Director of Cuckmere Community Solar, Communities for Renewables, Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd and Earthworm Energy Plc and founder of Wiki-Solar. He also provides advisory services through WolfeWare Limited.

A Cambridge first-class engineering graduate, Philip has been in sustainable energy since the 1970’s and was the first Chief Executive of BP Solar, before establishing Intersolar Group. He was instrumental in establishing Community Energy England and has served as Director General of the Renewable Energy Association, and on the Boards of other British and European bodies and advisory groups.

Routledge published his book on utility-scale solar power projects in 2012. He has installed renewable energy in his home for heating and part of its electricity.

Phil Jones

Phil Jones

Chief Executive, Northern Powergrid

Phil Jones is currently the President and Chief Executive of Northern Powergrid, which represents Berkshire Hathaway Energy's activities in Europe and Australia. The vast majority of Northern Powergrid's activity comprises the running of two regulated electricity power distribution networks in Yorkshire and the Northeast of England.

Phil has been in the electricity distribution sector since 1993 and is a chartered electrical engineer. He progressed through a number of technical and managerial roles in Yorkshire Electricity prior to the merger with Northern Electric in 2001. He joined the board of the combined companies in 2002 and became President in 2006. Phil is an active representative on the smart grids forum, Ofgem's sustainable development advisory group and the predecessor groups that provided advice to the Government and Ofgem on the development of networks for low carbon economy, and specifically distributed generation.

Phil Sheppard

Phil Sheppard

Director of System Operation, National Grid

Phil leads the real time operation of the GB gas and electricity transmission systems, providing a secure and economic service to our customers. This includes the associated commercial activities, providing non-discriminatory access to the systems, as well as the strategic design and capability of the gas and electricity networks.

He is a Board Member of the Energy Networks Association and Vice-Chairman of CORESO, an organisation of several European Transmission System Operators working together to ensure and improve the reliability of Europe’s electricity supply.

Phil Swift

Phil Swift

Operations Director, Western Power Distribution

Phil joined WPD in 1992. He had responsibility for the South West distribution operations from 2002 and the West Midlands from 2011. He was appointed to the Board of WPD as Operations Director in 2013.

His responsibilities include all network operations, safety, training, engineering & innovation and logistics – including Surf Telecomms.

Peter Bance

Peter Bance

Chief Executive Officer, Origami Energy

With a background in physical sciences and a passion for business, Peter has spent his career focused on building high growth ventures and technology commercialisation, primarily in the cleantech sector. He was CEO of a combined heat and power business that he took public on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) and then became Entrepreneur in Residence at Octopus Investments working with their venture capital team and renewable energy business. He then founded Origami Energy as CEO, with the vision of creating the real-time marketplace for the distributed energy world.

Over the years, Peter has also been non-executive director of a number of innovative energy technology businesses and has also sat on public-private organisations including the Energy Research Partnership, the Energy Technologies Institute and the Energy Systems Catapult.

Peter Capener

Peter Capener

Director, Community Energy England

Peter is co-founder and executive chair of Bath & West Community Energy, a community enterprise that has with partners raised over £14 million through local share offers and that together with debt has helped build 15.5MW of community solar PV.

Peter has worked in the sustainable energy field for 30 years, including many years as Chief Executive of the Centre for Sustainable Energy where he started in the mid eighties working with schools and communities. Since resigning from CSE in 2002 due to family illness, Peter has worked as an independent advisor on a range of energy efficiency, renewable energy and fuel poverty projects for various government, private and voluntary sector clients, with a strong focus on community action.

Peter is a director of Community Energy England, a trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy and a member of DECC’s ministerial Community Energy Contact Group. He was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year Honours List for services to sustainable energy. Peter has an MSc in Energy Resource Management.

Peter Grindrod

Peter Grindrod CBE FIMA

Professor, University of Oxford, Mathematical Institute

Peter Grindrod CBE FIMA is a Professor in the Mathematical Institute, Oxford and a Non-Executive Director of the Alan Turing Institute. He has wide experience in working with commercial interests. He is a former member of EPSRC and BBSRC Councils, President of the IMA, and MoD SAC. His research interests include data science analytics for consumer/customer facing sectors that are digital and data rich.

Simon Daniel

Simon Daniel

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Moixa Energy Holdings

Simon Daniel is CEO and founder of Moixa Energy Holdings, a leading UK Energy R&D company pioneering Energy Storage and DC power systems. Moixa has launched MASLOW energy storage for homes and offices, and MASLOW GRIDSHARE for aggregating storage as a Virtual Power Plant for grid services. MASLOW has been deployed across 300 UK homes through various Pilots and projects with DECC, Innovate UK and with Utilities and managed as cluster. MASLOW is a compact/all-in one wall mounted system, supported by patents and technology. Simon holds numerous patents on Energy, Battery and Mobile devices, and previously invented the USBCELL and a folding PDA Keyboard. Simon was previously a Senior Manager and Technology evangelist at Accenture, and holds an MA in Physics from Cambridge University.

Stefan Webb

Stefan Webb

City Project Developer, Future Cities Catapult

Stefan leads the design, development and delivery of projects across the Future Cities Catapult. Over the past year Stefan has worked with Greater Manchester to create a new way to understand infrastructure capacity and its relationship with new development, developed the case for data devolution to Bristol, as well as leading the review of the Smart Dubai strategy. Stefan has degrees in Sociology, Politics and Government, and Urban Regeneration. Before joining the Future Cities Catapult he worked for different local authorities, including the Greater London Authority where he worked on spatial and business policy for the Olympic Legacy

Stephen Burdis

Stephen Burdis

Account Director, GE Grid solutions

Stephen is an Account Director in GE Grid solutions. Stephen spent his early career initially in aerospace and latterly in telecommunications leading initiatives to develop and execute new business operations with BT Global Services. Stephen joined GE in 2010 to lead their Smart Grid activities in EMEA and is based out of GE’s Livingston plant in Scotland. He has helped GE to develop its solution capability and has worked on a number of large scale complex projects across the EMEA region. Stephen has also spent time developing GE’s approach to smart metering in the UK, developing strategic relationships with partners and energy retailers. Most recently Stephen has refocused on the transmission and distribution areas, picking up specific account responsibilities in the wider GE Grid Solutions business following the recent integration of Alstom Grid into GE’s Energy Management operations.

Wanda Reder

Wanda Reder

Chief Strategy Officer, S&C Electric

Wanda Reder, is the Chief Strategy Officer at S&C Electric. Prior to S&C, she has held leadership positions at two major investor-owned utilities. Wanda is a member of the US Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee and serves on the IEEE Board. She was first female President of IEEE Power && Energy Society, is an IEEE Fellow and a recipient of the highest level of recognition within IEEE receiving the Richard M. Emberson Medal in 2014.


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