Government's Energy Cost Review - Speakers

Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director of Policy & Communications, RenewableUKEmma Pinchbeck 1

Emma Pinchbeck is an Executive Director of RenewableUK. In that role she sets the overall strategy for the organisation's communications and policy teams. She is a passionate advocate for renewables in government and business, and regularly appears as an expert on the energy sector in the media.

Before joining RenewableUK, Emma headed up Climate Change & Energy at the NGO WWF-UK, where she worked on issues like the international UN Paris Agreement on climate change, and a successful campaign to secure a phase out coal-fired power generation in the UK.

Before WWF-UK, Emma worked in private consulting as an energy policy expert and in finance. She has an MA from the University of Oxford. Outside of the office, she is a mentor to young women in the energy sector, and is a keen competitive rower.

Ben Backwell, Managing Director, FTI ConsultingBen Backwell 27892 R

Ben Backwell has 20 years’ experience working in the energy industry as a journalist and consultant working in Europe, Latin America and the US. The second edition of his book Wind Power: the Struggle for Control of a New Global Industry, will be published in the Autumn, and he also wrote the Haynes Guide to Offshore Wind Energy. Ben is a Managing Director in the Clean Tech group of FTI Consulting, a global business advisory firm with over 4,400 employees in 26 countries, where he advises a number of renewable energy companies on strategy, communications and public affairs.

Paul Massara, CEO, Northstar Solar and Board Member, ElectronPaul Massara

Paul Massara is CEO of Northstar Solar a solar and battery business and is a member of the Committee on Fuel Poverty advising the Secretary of State for Energy on energy strategy. He is also on the Board of Electron, an energy blockchain company. Prior to his current role he was CEO of RWE npower and served on the Executive Committee of RWE AG as well as being the Country Chair for RWE in the UK.  Before joining RWE npower, he held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility with Centrica plc, Direct Energy North America, in Toronto.  He is Chair of Medicinema, a charity focused on enhancing patient wellbeing by building cinemas in hospitals. He was voted Top 40 Under 40 in Canada in 2004 and was Chair of the Toronto Board of Trade.

Simon Pickett, Investment Director, Octopus Investments

Richard Black, Director, Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit

Richard Hall, Chief Energy Economist, Citizens Advice BureauRichard Hall Photo

Richard Hall is the Chief Energy Economist at Citizens Advice.  He previously worked for the consumer group, Consumer Focus, the energy regulator, Ofgem, and the electricity market central services company, Elexon, on a broad range of both upstream and downstream competition issues.


Pete Clusky, Director UK Stakeholder Relations, MHI Vestas Offshore WindPete Clusky 2

Peter works on both upstream and downstream business development projects and has delivered projects including MHI Vestas’ Industrial Strategy revision, manufacturing & sourcing projects to execute MHI Vestas’ UK industrial footprint, stakeholder relations, and market development.

From 2008 Peter worked for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in their Power Systems business before transferring to the new MHI Vestas JV business in early 2014. Whilst at MHI Peter was responsible for the development of strategic partnerships with customers, securing investment into MHI’s offshore wind R&D programme, and marketing and communications. Peter’s previous roles include five years at UK Trade and Investment in South West England, Singapore, and London.