Supporting the gas industry since 1863
Date16th September 2014
Time09:00 - 16:30
VenueThe British Library Conference Centre, London
Price £25.00 (Members) £50.00 (Non-Members)
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Celebrate history and look to the future


Jeremy Bending, Director, ARMCO SOLUTIONS Limited

Jeremy BendingJeremy recently set up his own company providing support and advice to asset intensive businesses with a focus on those sectors where safety, reliability and cost efficiency are critical success factors. This was after he stepped down as the Director at National Grid with responsibility for its Gas Distribution Business.  He is currently Non Exec Director at Skills2learn, a subsidiary company of Babcock International, and was recently Director and past Chairman of the Joint Radio Company. Jeremy has operated at Board level for over 10 years and possesses significant senior leadership experience having, over recent years, led a number of major transformational programmes in a safety critical industry. In 2012 he was appointed as Director with responsibility for Gas Distribution in the UK and successfully led the organisation through a number of strategic changes in order to prepare the business for the start of the challenging regulatory period (RIIO) that started in 2013. Jeremy has made a major contribution to the energy industry as we know it today and his work has encompassed the technical, operational and commercial areas of the industry. Having played a crucial role in in the development strategy of the Gas Industry in the early 90s, Jeremy has held prestigious appointments such as Chairman of the International Gas Union and President of IGEM in 2010/11.In May 2014 Jeremy’s contribution to the industry and outstanding career was recognised with the IGEM/EUA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chris Clarke, Director of Asset Management and HS&E, Wales and West Utilities

Chris Clarke

A Chartered Engineer and experienced operations manager, Chris has over 25 years’ experience within the UK gas industry. This has included posts in planning, design, and construction prior to becoming Head of HS&E for the newly formed Wales & West Utilities in 2005. Chris has a BSc Honours degree in Natural Gas Engineering, is a member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) and is a Fellow of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (FIGEM).

Dr Russell Thomas, Technical Director Environment, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Dr Russell homas

With a degree and PhD in Biotechnology, Russell has enjoyed a varied career working across the areas of science, innovation, engineering and industrial history.  Russell has combined his interest in the latest scientific developments and gas history to deliver a number of award winning projects in the contaminated land and environmental science sectors.  In his current role at Parsons Brinckerhoff  he works on a portfolio of projects, leading their university and innovation collaborations and managing their research portfolio. He is a chartered member of the Society of Biology (CBIOL) and the Society of the Environment (CEnv) and a member of IGEM where he sits on the Panel for the History of the Industry.  Russell has recently published an eBook on the history of the gas industry and the development of the gasholder.

Jon Butterworth MBE, Director, Non-Regulated Businesses, National Grid

Jon Butterworth

Jon joined the gas industry over 35 years ago and during that time has held various roles across many disciplines, including leading North West Gas in Transco and National Operations Director of Britain’s gas emergency, repair and replace  service across the UK. In 2011 he was appointed as the Group Director for Safety, Sustainability and Resilience. Jon is currently the Director responsible for all Non-Regulated Businesses in the UK and Europe. This is a diverse portfolio with many challenges ranging from preparing for changes within the regulatory landscape; building strong relationships with existing customers whilst seeking new growth opportunities; as well as ensuring the safe, reliable, profitable and efficient delivery of National Grid's physical and contractual obligations on over £4.5bn of assets.  Jon received an MBE in 2009 from the Queen for services to Britain’s gas industry and is a Non-Executive Director of Leven Energy, The Gas Safety Trust, The National Gas Museums Trust,  and Chairman of Woods Group and E Tapp Ltd. He has also spent 12 years leading the rehabilitation of young offenders in his sector and four years as the Ambassador for Special Olympics Great Britain, supporting and raising funds for children with learning disabilities.

Steve Catling, Head of Network Management Distribution (<7bar), Scotia Gas Networks

Steve Catling

Steve has worked in the gas industry for over 30 years starting off as a trainee draughtsman at the SEGAS headquarters. As part of his training, he attended Croydon College and completed an ONC and HNC in Mechanical and Production Engineering followed by an Honours degree in Natural Gas Engineering, Distribution and Transmission from Salford University.  Steve moved to Lambeth District, Brixton as an Engineering Assistant and then went back to RHQ Croydon as an Assistant Engineer, Planning. With subsequent roles in safety and several years as a Network Operations Manager in Epsom, he then became the General Manager for the Sussex Depot, just after the formation of Scotia Gas Networks. He was responsible for First Call gas escapes, “Find & Fix” repair, Connections and some mains replacement.  In January 2008 Steve was appointed Maintenance Operations Manager for South East LDZ and in 2010 Gas Control Manager responsible for the 24/7 Gas Control Centre for both Southern and Scotland Gas Networks. This led to his current role where he has responsibility for all of Scotia Gas Networks <7bar assets.

Grant Rogers, Asset Integrity Manager, Wales & West Utilities

Grant Rogers

Grant joined British Gas in 1994, shortly after graduating from Leicester University with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering. He moved to Transco in 1996 after the demerger from British Gas. He undertook a number of technical roles before becoming Street Works Manager for the newly created Wales & West Network in 2000, soon after being appointed a Director of the National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG Ltd.). Since 2008 Grant has been a member of Wales & West Utilities Senior Management team, holding the position of Asset Integrity Manager, reporting to the Director of Asset Management. He is responsible for all WWU’s gas transmission, storage and pressure management assets and leads a small team of engineering managers undertaking day to day management of this diverse portfolio. The role includes defining asset management strategy, maintenance and investment, he also played a key role in securing WWU’s regulatory settlement for the RIIO-GD1 Price Control period, including funding for the LP Holder demolition programme. Grant is currently  a director of the UK Onshore Pipeline Operators Association (UKOPA) and chair of the organisations Infringement Working Group.


Oliver Lancaster, Principal Environmental Engineer, Wales & West Utilities
Oliver Lancaster

Oliver's main responsibility is to manage the portfolio of former gas production sites under the ownership of WWU across the gas distribution geography from Anglesey to Penzance. Oliver’s other responsibilities include supporting WWU’s gasholder demolition programme, delivering innovation, managing WWU’s climate change adaptation operations and supporting property disposal, leases and acquisitions. Some of his current projects include an extensive site investigation and statutory remediation programme, continuing to develop the concept and delivery of climate change driven remediation and the treatment and re-use of gasholder sludge. He is also working with CL:AIRE on a study to report on existing, untested and developing remediation technologies, which can be used to support the delivery of a more effective and efficient reduction in risk profile across gas distribution network contaminated land portfolios. Oliver graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2003 with a BSc (1st) in Environmental Earth Science and from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 2004 with an MSc (Dist.) in Geoenvironmental Engineering.

John A Ripp, Vice President, GEI Consultants Inc

John A Ripp

John has worked in the environmental consulting field since 1973 and was a founding principal of Atlantic Environmental Services Inc, which specialised in the investigation and remediation of former manufactured gas plant (MGP) sites.  Boston based GEI, a geotechnical and water resource engineering firm, acquired Atlantic Environmental in 1997 to expand their engineering services to the US gas and electric utilities.  John has managed dozens of programs dealing with remedial investigation and cleanup of former MGP sites in the US.  In 1995 he produced a video documentary on the history of the American MGP experience, called ‘Never Let the Lights Go Out’.  In addition, John has authored many environmental study reports in the areas of fly ash disposal, assessment of organic contaminants, MGP treatment technologies and MGP histories.

Morwenna Wilson, Project Director for Gasholder No 8, Argent LLP

Morwena Wilson

Morwenna is the Chartered Engineer leading the design and delivery of several major projects at King’s Cross for the developer Argent.  She started her career at Arup as a mechanical building services engineer where she gained seven years’ experience working in building design teams.  During the latter half of this time, she was the lead mechanical engineer for the Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge, designed by Stanton Williams Architects, which won the most sought-after accolade in the industry in 2012 – the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Dan Sadler, Head of Investment Planning & Major Projects, Northern Gas Networks
Dan Sadler

Dan is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with 15 years gas industry experience.  Starting his career within the NGN network he then worked for a consultancy as Director of Energy for five years before re-joining NGN in January 2012.  Dan has won several awards over his career including the IGEM Young Persons Paper Competition in 2003, resulting in a trip to the world gas conference in Japan.  He also recently won the USIT award for ‘leaders of high potential’ for which he attended Harvard in October 2013.

Richard Alden, Head of Commercial Property, National Grid

Richard Alden

Richard was appointed to his current role in April 2013 taking responsibility for management of National Grid’s surplus estate. He is responsible for a varied portfolio of around 500 former industrial sites. This significant surplus brownfield land presents a huge opportunity which can now be realised to meet the housing and community needs of the 21st Century. To achieve this ambition, Richard oversees dedicated Joint Venture, Portfolio Management and Land Regeneration divisions. He also leads the organisation's engagement on property issues with local and national Government and other third party organisations. Richard joined National Grid in April 2006 as Town Planning Manager. He holds a Town & Country Planning degree and diploma from University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and began his career as a Town Planning Consultant, becoming a Director at Firstplan in 2004.

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