Supporting the gas industry since 1863
Date13th July 2018
Time09:30 - 16:00
VenuePrincipality Stadium, Cardiff
Price Free (Members) Free (Non-Members)
All prices exclude VAT

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Principality Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff, CF10 1NS

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Linda Mee email tel 01509 678184

Part of The Road to 2050 conference series


Graham Edwards, Chief Executive, Wales & West Utilities

Graham has been Chief Executive since start up in 2005, following the acquisition of the Wales & South West gas networks from National Grid. The company serves a population of 7.5 million people - with annual revenues of over £400 million and an asset value of more than £2 billion.

Graham spent his early career in the manufacturing sector working with a number of international companies, notably in the automotive and consumer goods sectors. During his varied career he has held senior positions across a range of business disciplines - including Engineering, Production and Human Resources - prior to his latter roles as a business leader.

Patrick Allcorn, Head of Local Energy, BEIS

The local energy team was created to help DECC support and develop energy solutions at a local level. From the community through local authority to the Local Enterprise partnerships - sharing best practice supporting strategic and project development and delivery.

Previously Patrick has been responsible for the design and implementation of the Domestic RHI.  Prior to this he was responsible for community energy in DECC. He set up the LEAF project that enabled over 200 communities to set up local energy schemes in 2012. Before joining DECC, Patrick worked for Transport for London and the London Borough of Croydon as well as time working as a journalist and a sustainability consultant.

Scott Bradley, Head of Oil and Gas Policy, Scottish Government
Scott is the Head of Oil and Gas Policy in the Scottish Government, he supports investment, innovation and diversification across the oil and gas sector, working with industry to advance key priorities such as maximising the recovery of remaining resources, subsea engineering, decommissioning and carbon capture and storage – collaboratively addressing the challenges of today and preparing the sector and its workforce for a positive role in Scotland’s future energy system.

The 2050 vision for energy in Scotland is a flourishing, competitive local and national energy sector, delivering secure, affordable, clean energy for Scotland's households, communities and businesses.

This Strategy will guide the decisions that the Scottish Government, working with partner organisations, needs to make over the coming decades.

Realising this Strategy's vision will create opportunities for suppliers and consumers of energy. It will support work already planned or underway to achieve our long term climate change targets, and to address the impact of poor energy provision.

Professor Ron Loveland, Energy Advisor to the Welsh Government

Ron is a very experienced member of the UK/ Wales senior civil service, with a strong technology background, who has worked extensively over the last 35 years at the industry/gov. interface on technology, innovation, enterprise and energy-related matters.

Currently Ron is exploring with a wide range of stakeholders as to how innovation in: energy and digital technologies, buildings, markets, government activities and planning/regulation can help create  secure, low-carbon, low-cost energy systems for Wales, UK and wider-afield

With the world in the middle of a number of powerful technological revolutions, covering low carbon and localized energy; smart digitilisation; low carbon and autonomous transport and the echo-chamber created by social media, Ron will explore what these might enable/drive in Wales, including for energy-related networks,  in our journey to an affordable and secure  low-carbon energy system.

Richard Leach, Local Area Energy Planning Consultant, Energy Systems Catapult

Richard has worked with three Local Authorities and respective energy network operators to produce local energy plans and is also focusing on the development of the local area energy planning process. He has worked in the energy sector for 20 years and prior to joining the Energy Systems Catapult, focused on developing energy strategies, evidence bases, energy master plans and progressing and delivering decentralised energy schemes.

Dr Natalie Lowery, Practice Manager - Local Area Energy Planning, Energy Systems Catapult

Natalie joined the Energy Technologies Institute in 2013 to oversee the development of EnergyPath - the UK’s most comprehensive local area planning tool. As part of the Energy Systems Catapult, she has tested the application of EnergyPath with three Local Authorities and creation of Local Energy Plans to enable low carbon energy system transformation.

Recognising that transitioning the UK to a low carbon energy sector requires transformational change, particularly when considering the decarbonisation of heat alongside the whole energy system, the Energy Systems Catapult believes that the UK needs to adopt a new approach to local area energy planning. This presentation provides an overview of a new whole system approach to energy network planning.

Dr Afsheen Rashid MBE, Chair, Community Energy England
Afsheen is a community energy specialist with over 10 years extensive experience of working with communities and Local Authorities. she is Chief Operations Officer at Repowering London and sits as Chair of the Brixton Energy Solar Co-operatives, the UK’s first inner city community-owned solar power stations.

A former Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and current Chair of Community Energy England Afsheen remains influential in both local and national community energy decision making. Afsheen is a Trustee of Friends of the Earth and an advisor to several organisations: ‘UK 100’, an ambitious network of local government leaders committed to 100% clean energy; ‘IGOV 2’, an Established Career Fellowship on Innovation and Governance: Future Energy Systems; and the Community Business Panel for Power to Change.

Prior to Repowering’s foundation, Afsheen pioneered Lambeth Council’s Community Energy Programme and managed the Brixton Low Carbon Zone. She was instrumental in setting up the Muslim Women’s Collective in Tower Hamlets that seeks to empower women to play an active role in improving the environment.

The presentation will provide information about Community Energy England, background to community energy, the achievements of the Sector and the integral role community energy plays in ensuring people are at the heart of the energy system.

Mark Atherthon, Assistant Director of Environment, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Mark joined the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) in May 2012 as Director of Environment for Greater Manchester and transferred to GMCA in May 2017.  In this role, Mark provides strategic support to the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub by leading the development and delivery of strategies, policies, research and demonstration projects for environment and low carbon work areas. 

Current projects include the a smart energy demonstration project on aggregation of heat using Air Source Heat Pumps, domestic energy efficiency programmes, community energy, natural capital and climate change adaptation plus developing joint work programmes between GM and several government departments. 

Prior to his current appointment, Mark joined the Northwest Regional Development Agency in 2002, culminating in the role of Director of Energy and Environment.  In this role, Mark managed a project investment portfolio of circa £30m/annum, providing innovative and strategic leadership to the Agency’s work on energy & environmental technologies sector development; climate change and carbon reduction; sustainable consumption & production and environment quality.

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