Supporting the gas industry since 1863
Date25th October 2018
Time16:30 - 20:30
VenueMeetpoint Midlands at IGEM House, Kegworth
Price Free (Members) Free (Non-Members)
All prices exclude VAT

Meetpoint Midlands at IGEM House 26 & 28 High Street, Kegworth, DE74 2DA

Contact Details: +44(0)1509 678150

A Midlands Section event
About The Event
Innovation Showcase

The Midlands Section Innovation Showcase provides a great opportunity to network with colleagues from across the industry and to hear the latest innovations. Innovators are invited to enter the competition, where the winner will be recognised for their project, product or process. 

As well as the selected innovation presentations attendees will have the opportunity to hear a keynote innovation presentation from a guest speaker. 

Keynote speaker

Les Dawson OBE will provide the keynote speech entitled “Trouble maker better known as a disruptive innovator”. 

Les has worked in management for 35 years for utility leaders: British Gas, Southern Water and Transco. In July 2005 Les was appointed CEO of Southern Water, the largest supplier of water and wastewater services in the South of England. In 2010 he became Chairman of J Murphy and Sons spending four years in the role until December 2014.

Les has Fellowships with The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Managers and Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. He is also a Past President of IGEM and Past President of Pipeline Industries Guild. 

His presentation will review the innovations that he has implemented in the industry from being the author of the Network Code to the IT systems he delivered that enabled competition for over 19 million UK domestic customers.

The competition

The shortlisted are tasked to present their work in just five minutes to the audience and a panel of expert judges. They will have an additional five minutes Q&A from the judging panel. The expert judges will then choose the winner on the night.

The shortlisted finalists

  • Neil Brammall from Utility Survey Exchange Limited
  • David MacDonald from Radius Plus Limited
  • Steven Law from ALH Systems Limited
  • Rob Lumb from Synthotech Limited


The judging panel

  • Ben Kuchta, IGEM Midlands Section Chair and Managing Director of Quantic Corporation Limited. Ben is an award winning inventor and entrepreneur with a global portfolio. 
  • Kate Grant, Asset Investment Manager for Safety & Network Strategy at Cadent Gas. Previously Kate was Innovation Manager for National Grid and was a judge for the IGEM YPPC in 2016. 
  • David Jones, Fellow of IGEM, member of the Midlands Section committee including two separate tenures as Section Chair, and has held numerous management roles in the gas industry.


Exhibition sponsor opportunities

Be part of the event as an exhibition sponsor. 

For £400 (+VAT) exhibitors will receive:

  • Display space at the event - a 3x2 metre area with a table and space for a pop-up banner
  • Promotion in correspondence to guests leading up to the event
  • Inclusion on event page on website 
  • Mention in follow up article in Gi journal


If you would like to find out more about exhibition opportunities please call +44(0)1509 678150 or email


Registration and refreshments

Registration begins at 16:30 with the event beginning at 17:00. A buffet will be provided during the evening. 

Bookings for this event are no longer available.