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Opening Plenary

Welcome and introductory remarks

Chair: Professor Jim Skea CBE FEI FRSA HonFSE, President, Energy Institute Read Biography

Keynote address from Headline Sponsor : Jon Wetmore, Refinery Manager, Esso Fawley Refinery Read Biography | View Presentation

Keynote Address: Dr Keith Maclean, Chair, Energy Research Partnership and UKERC Advisory Board  Read Biography | View Presentation


Competitive and Innovative: Industrial Heat

The limited options for meeting industrial heat requirements makes it a particularly tricky question. Delegates will hear from Government on how it plans to deliver its recently published heat roadmaps for key UK industrial sectors. Industrialists will set out what they can do, and what they need to enable a competitive and low carbon sector. In a lively debate, chaired by Energy Live News Editor Sumit Bose, the ideas and proposals of the panel will be explored and challenged.

Chair: Sumit Bose, Editor, Energy Live News Read Biography


  • Dr Martin Ashcroft, Managing Director, Tata Chemicals Europe Read Biography
  • Jeremy Nicholson, Director, Energy Intensive User’s Group Read Biography
  • Paul Noble, WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff, Project Director, Industrial Decarbonisation 2050 Roadmaps Read Biography
  • Dr Tim Rotheray, Director, Association for Decentralised Energy Read Biography


Coffee Break










From Plans to Pipes - What Next for Networks?

With growing interest from Government, devolved administrations and local authorities, the ambition for heat networks is clear. Yet delivering networks is a complex partnership and needs to secure consumer trust. We will explore the links between key players in the sector and explore how these can be fostered and encouraged. Delivering the fifth carbon budget means that Government needs to ensure we can deeply decarbonise urban heat supply. This combined with local emissions targets and an increasing desire for waste heat recovery from a wide array of sources, means that there is now a real alignment of ambition from a number of partners. How can this be turned into concrete projects?

Chair: Jillian Ambrose, News Editor, Utility Week Read Biography






The Engaged User: A Challenge to the Industry

The limited uptake of renewable heat incentive suggests that something more than subsidy is needed to change user behaviour when it comes to heat. Panellists from industrial, heat network and household sectors will respond to the challenge that we need to engage users in a new way.  The debate will explore questions such as what does the 'internet of things' mean for heat users? Can heat systems be something more than just a basic requirement? Can users be enthused? If so, how?

Chair: Casey Cole, Managing Director, Guru Systems Read Biography

Setting the challenge: Ed Gillespie, Co-Founder, Futerra  Read Biography | View Presentation


The Engaged User: The Industry Responds



Coffee Break


Closing Plenary: In Conversation with Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change 

In conversation with Jonathan Graham, Head of Policy, ADE


Launch of the Heat Trust

Bindi Patel, Scheme Administrator | View Presentation

Simon Morris, Ombudsman Services | View Presentation


Summing up & closing comments

Dr Tim Rotheray, Director, Association for Decentralised Energy


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Jim Skea

President, Energy Institute
Jim Skea has research interests in energy, climate change and technological innovation. He has been RCUK Energy Strategy Fellow since April 2012 and a Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College since 2009. He was Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre 2004-12 and Director of the Policy Studies Institute 1998-2004.
He has operated at the interface between research, policy-making and business throughout his career. He is Vice-President and President-elect of the Energy Institute. He is also a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change and a Vice-Chair of IPCC Working Group III. He was awarded a CBE for services to sustainable energy in 2013 and an OBE for services to sustainable transport in 2004.

Sara Bell

CEO, Tempus Energy
Sara Bell is the CEO of Tempus Energy, an electricity supplier and technology company. Tempus Energy launched an electricity supply business to demonstrate how to reduce customer's energy bills by moving their flexible electricity consumption to lower price periods using proprietary technology. Sara previously ran the UK Demand Response Association - an industry lobby group focused on ensuring development of appropriate policy frameworks for the UK to benefit from cost savings from increased demand flexibility.

Sara is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for Energy for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), is a Director of the Association of Decentralised Energy, a Trustee of Sustainability First, a member of multiple Ofgem working groups, sits on the National Physical Laboratory Centre for Carbon Measurement Advisory Board, and is a former member of the Singapore Government Climate Change Committee R&D workgroup. Sara holds a Masters in Environmental Management and is a regular speaker at conferences and industry events.


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Casey Cole

MD, Guru Systems
Casey Cole is Managing Director of Guru Systems, a smart payment and energy-efficiency technology company based in London.

A seasoned speaker and former mechanical engineer, Casey has more than a decade of experience in low-carbon energy and making sustainability work in practice.

He co-founded Guru Systems in 2012. The company provides smart payment and control systems for onsite energy networks, allowing operators to see the efficiency of schemes in real-time, removing one of the biggest problems facing operators of district heat networks: unseen inefficiency.

The company currently works with more than 15 developers, social housing providers and ECSOs and has had its award-winning monitoring technology installed in 4,000 properties across the UK.
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Ed Gillespie

Co-Founder, Futerra
Ed Gillespie is Co-Founder of Futerra, one of the world’s only communications consultancies to specialise solely in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. He has shaped and driven the creative direction of Futerra’s work since its foundation 13 years ago.
Aside from writing regularly for the Guardian, Ed is a highly sought after public speaker and lecturer, renowned for his memorable and entertaining presentations laced with refreshing humour and wit.
Since 2001, he has presented all over the world - from Hong Kong to Bratislava, from Korea to Auckland. And he’s been heard by every kind of audience, from the UN and national governments, to multinational corporations and campaigning organisations.
Ed is author of ‘Only Planet - a flight-free adventure around the world’, Chairman of European Rail Business Loco2, a London Sustainable Development Commissioner, and Director of Zero Carbon Food and carbon emissions campaigning organisation Sandbag. He’s also an investor in FoodTrade.

Dr Martin Ashcroft

MD, Tata Chemicals Europe
Dr Martin Ashcroft is Managing Director of Tata Chemicals Europe. He was appointed on 1 April 2010 having been Operations Director since 1 January 2007. Holding a Chemistry degree from Oxford University and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Manchester University, he held several technical and operating roles in Brunner Mond between 1994 and 2007 including Site Director of the company’s Netherlands site for two years. During this time he led 2 business re-engineering programmes for Brunner Mond.

In January 2011 Martin led the company in completing the successful £93m acquisition of British Salt and then followed up in April 2011 by heading the re-branding of the enlarged company as Tata Chemicals Europe at the same time as each of the Tata Chemicals overseas entities.

In 2013/2014 he led the fundamental restructuring of the Northwich-based operations including acquisition of the 400MW combined heat and power plant at Winnington.

He is a board member of Tata Chemicals Europe Holdings Limited and several holding and subsidiary companies. He is a member of the Tata Global Chemicals Council and Executive Committee where he leads on Tata Chemicals’ interests in Europe.
He is a member of the Cheshire & Warrington Enterprise Partnership Board.

He is qualified to Grade 8 standard on violin, piano and organ and plays regularly at choral services and when time allows, performs in recitals.


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Dr Tim Rotheray

Director, ADE
Tim was appointed Director of the ADE in August 2013 having previously led the team as Head of Policy and Communications. Tim is responsible for the development and implementation of the Association’s vision for the energy system and oversees the Association’s strategic relationships with members, government, regulators and wider stakeholders.
Tim joined the ADE as policy manager at the beginning of 2010 from the Micropower Council where he also held a policy role. During his time in the sustainable energy sector, Tim has also worked for the National Assembly for Wales where he researched the renewable energy potential and barriers in Wales.

Tim sits on a number of working groups including the RHI industry advisory groups for OFGEM and DECC, the National Grid embedded generation benefits focus group and also OFGEM’s smart grid forum. Tim is also part of OFGEM's future trading arrangements working group, the CBI’s energy policy committee, the business energy forum and an observing member of the Electricity Market Reform collaborative steering group.

In his spare time Tim enjoys cycling in France.
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Sumit Bose

Editor and co-founder, Energy Live News
Sumit Bose has been in journalism for almost three decades. Sumit worked on national newspapers such as The Times and Independent before joining the BBC as a tv news reporter in 1993. He spent 12 years at the corporation moving from reporting to presenting including hosting his own documentary series, Inside Out. He was a reporter for BBC Holiday travelling around the world and worked for both radio and TV. He left the BBC to follow a freelance career reporting for Sky, ITN and the Travel Channel. He co-founded and is the editor of Energy Live News and has overall control of both editorial policy and production.
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Keith Maclean

Chair, Energy Research Partnership and UKERC Advisory Board
Keith is a Chemistry graduate and postgraduate from Heriot-Watt and Hamburg Universities, and an Honorary Fellow of Energy Policy at the University of Exeter. Following 8 years at BDF, a chemical company in Germany, Keith returned to Scotland and led a contract research business at IRI before working 20 years at energy utility SSE. He has worked in a broad range of roles in the energy industry and was also responsible for starting-up and running SSE’s telecoms business. For the last 10 years he was SSEs Policy and Research Director. Keith has acted as an advisor on energy policy to both the UK and Scottish Governments and has been involved in many industry advisory and working groups. He is currently Chair of the Energy Research Partnership and was recently appointed Chair of UKERCs Advisory Board. He has been a director of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy and its successor, Energy UK, as well as Scottish Renewables, the Micropower Council, BWEA and EWEA. Keith is founding director of Providence Policy where he works as an independent energy advisor.


Tessa Clark

Senior Consultant, Changeworks
Tessa Clark has worked at Changeworks, a Scottish environmental charity, since 2011. As a Senior Consultant she manages and delivers research projects focused on fuel poverty, energy efficiency and domestic renewables. She has delivered projects for a range of clients including Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Consumer Futures, local authorities and housing associations. She managed a recent project, Identifying the fair share: billing for district heating, that explored the experiences of social landlords and residents with district heating. This was funded by the eaga Charitable Trust.

Tessa has over six years’ experience in the sustainability sector having previously worked at an environmental consultancy and a sustainable energy charity. She has a BSc (Hons) in Geography and MSc in Ecological Economics.

Alexandra Hammond

Associate Director, Sustainability
Alexandra has a range of public and private sector experience and, over the past five years, has led the development, implementation and continuous improvement of the award-winning sustainability programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
This strategic programme saves over £3m per annum through efficiencies such as combined heat and power, waste management and strategic procurement, and Alexandra has been instrumental in the implementation of the Trust’s energy performance contract (EPC), which will save an additional £1m per annum.
Alexandra holds a Masters degree in Environmental Policy from Edinburgh University, she graduated with honours from Boston College in the USA, and has previously worked for an international hotel group as their lead environmental advisor for the UK.

Jeremy Nicholson

Director of the Energy Intensive Users Group
Jeremy Nicholson is Director of the Energy Intensive Users Group, which campaigns for secure, competitive energy supplies for UK industry. He trained as a civil engineer with the Halcrow group, specialising in infrastructure and regulatory projects for water and energy utilities and their regulators before joining the EIUG in 2000. He is a Board member of IFIEC Europe (the International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers), a member of Ofgem's Sustainable Development Advisory Group and a Fellow of the Energy Institute.


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Jillian Ambrose

News Editor, Utility Week
Jillian Ambrose has been the News Editor of Utility Week since April 2014. In that time the award winning business media brand has increased its online news readership by almost 50 per cent through a greater focus on bringing readers breaking, real-time news - without sacrificing in-depth analysis. Jillian draws from her experience as a newswire reporter to lead a team of journalists in breaking energy and water industry exclusives ahead of the competition. She was previously UK electricity editor with energy newswire Platts where she covered UK electricity, European gas, LNG and the EU carbon market. In her current role Jillian leads Utility Week’s political coverage as well as energy investment, generation and commodity markets. She has appeared on Sky news, the BBC and BBC Radio 4 as an industry expert. She has a particular interest in disruptive change in the sector, and the rise of innovative solutions reshaping the market.
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Jon Wetmore

Fawley Refinery Manager, ExxonMobil
Jon graduated in 1994 with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University Canada and started his career working in refining and supply with Imperial Oil in Toronto. In 1996 he moved to the chemicals business, holding successive roles in technical and business analysis positions. Jon moved back to refining in 2000 as a crude optimiser at Strathcona Refinery in Edmonton, Alberta, then later as a business team leader. After three years he moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia as the Refinery Technical Manager.

In 2006, Jon moved to Calgary, Alberta for a short assignment working on strategic studies for Kearl oil sands and lubricant base oil manufacturing then, in 2007, as the Business Analysis and Reporting Manager for Imperial Oil’s downstream businesses. In 2008 Jon became Distillation and Specialties Department Head at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with responsibilities including the safe and efficient operation of one of the World’s largest delayed coker trains, plus four crude pipestill trains.

In 2010, Jon served as Refinery Manager at Billings, Montana, followed in 2012 by a role as the Refinery Manager at Port Jérôme Gravenchon, France, where he also learned French and helped oversee two of the largest turnarounds in the site’s history. Most recently in 2013, Jon became Refinery Manager at ExxonMobil Fawley - the UK’s largest integrated refining and petrochemicals plant - situated on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire.

Jon has a wife and three children aged 10, 12 and 14 who are all very pleased to have settled in such a beautiful part of the UK.
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Monika Kuusela

Senior Manager, Heat Policies & Regulation, Fortum Corporation
Monika works with energy industry for over a decade. She is specializing in regulations linked to district heating and combined heat and power production.
She had been contributing to the development of number of energy regulations on European Union level as well as to the legislations in particular countries. She is also active member of Euroheat and Power’s Energy Policy Committee. Her interests are concentrating on developing sustainable and tailored operating rules for heat markets.
Monika holds a Master of Laws degree and is a frequent speaker at conferences and industry events.
Monika is married with one daughter and keen on travelling, history and sports.


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Paul Carey

Managing Director of MVV Environment Services Limited
Paul Carey is Managing Director of MVV Environment Services Limited, part of MVV Umwelt GmbH of Germany, concentrating on Energy from Waste (EfW) and other resource recovery solutions for the UK PFI and commercial waste markets. He also serves as a director on MVV’s two operating project companies in the UK.

Paul’s experience spans large and small scale fossil fuel and renewable energy generation, including energy from waste, with more than 15 years in the industry. He is presently involved in a number of major project developments for MVV and led the bidding, contract negotiations and successful planning consent application for the 245,000 tpa CHP EfW project for the South West Devon Waste Partnership Residual Waste Contract. He has just overseen the commissioning phase of this project and also a 175,000 tpa waste wood biomass project at Ridham Dock, Kent, as well as continuing new business development activities. Previous experience includes developing a 240,000 tpa energy from waste facility at Hull and several other large EfW facilities.

Paul is a chartered engineer with an MBA.
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Dr Alan Whitehead MP

Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change
Alan graduated with a degree in Politics and Philosophy from Southampton University and went on to achieve a Ph.D. in Political Science. In 1980, he became a city councillor and then Leader of the Council when Labour took control in 1984.

Alan has held his seat as the Labour MP for Southampton Test since 1997 and was re-elected in 2015 with an increased majority. During this time, he has served on the Select Committees for Environment, Transports and the Regions; Energy and Climate Change; and the Environmental Audit Committee as well as a number of bill committees pertaining to energy and environmental matters.

He also chaired the Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group and co-chaired the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group prior to his appointment as a Shadow DECC Minister in September 2015. His special interests include further and higher education, local government, constitutional affairs, the environment, energy and transport policy.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Waste Management, and member of the Board for The Environment Centre (Southampton) and the Centre for the Third Age (Southampton). He is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society at Southampton Solent University.

Matt Firla-Cuchra

Partner, Power & Utilities, KPMG
With over 15 years of experience in investment banking and consulting, Matt is an economist and finance expert specialising in utilities and infrastructure. Matt advises companies on all aspects of strategy, regulation and finance in transaction, policy and business planning contexts, and on market regime design to enable private capital to fund investments in utilities. Building on his business and regulatory expertise, he also advises investors in infrastructure assets having worked on over 20 transactions over the past 5 years in water, electricity/gas distribution and transmission as well as heat sectors. Matt also led many projects for governments and regulators across the world including HM Government and the European Commission. He also acts as an expert witness and provided evidence to courts, regulators, competition and other public authorities including the Competition Markets Authority, Competition Appeals Tribunal, and HMRC. Matt began his career in investment banking at Rothschild and Citigroup, is an expert on securitisations and structured finance and the author of several studies on the subject. He has extensive training in finance and economics having studied and taught courses at Oxford and Harvard.

Graham Weller

Head of Policy and Compliance, British Gas Energy Efficiency
Graham is Head of Policy and Compliance at British Gas Energy Efficiency (BGEE). BGEE contains British Gas' heat networks and insulation businesses as well as its Smart metering operations.

In recent years Graham has focused on the decarbonisation of housing, particularly through energy efficiency and low carbon heating and including both able-to-pay and low income consumers. In his current role he is focused on translating government policy into operational reality, and on helping use British Gas' customer insights and operational experience to inform policy.

Graham joined British Gas in 2003 and has worked in a diverse range of roles across almost every part of the business. Before joining British Gas he worked as a mechanical engineer in the steel industry and as a strategy consultant.
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Jonathan Graham

Head of Policy, ADE
Jonathan leads the Association's policy and regulatory development, working closely with members and policymakers to promote the decentralised energy sector in the UK, with a particular expertise in combined heat and power, district heating, and demand side energy services. Jonathan previously worked as a senior researcher in Parliament, and he has also worked as a journalist for several North American newspapers and magazines. Jonathan holds a BA from Tufts University and an MSc in Public Policy from Queen Mary, University of London. He grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada, but has lived in the United Kingdom since 2008.
Paul Noble

Paul Noble

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Paul is a Principal Consultant and Project Manager in WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Energy and Industry business. Paul’s experience covers a range of disciplines including industrial masterplanning and roadmaps, energy efficiency and heat recovery, commercialisation support to cleantech startups, due diligence and stakeholder engagement.

Paul has particular experience in directing multi-disciplinary teams, recently for the Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency 2050 Roadmaps and previously in leading the North South Tees Industrial Development Framework Project. He has also led technical due diligence teams and delivered energy efficiency projects within energy intensive industries. Prior to his current role, Paul led Business Development activities for Parsons Brinckerhoff’s engineering business within the energy and industry sectors.
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Allen Jones

Energy Masterplanner, Newcastle City Council
Allen has considerable experience from the manufacturing industry in senior management, engineering & project management roles. Since 2007 he has worked in the public sector & his knowledge of renewables and low carbon energy was strengthened during the delivery of the Energy Resource Efficiency project at One North East. Before joining the city council he worked at the National Renewable Energy Centre as General Manager of the Distributed Energy Division working on ERDF funded projects and with local authorities in an energy masterplanning capacity. In October 2012 he accepted his current role with the city council as Energy Masterplanner with responsibility for low carbon energy projects and especially citywide district energy development. His current focus is the establishment of a Joint Venture Energy Partnership to drive development of District Energy projects in the city for the next 40 years.
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