Government's Energy Cost Review - Speakers

Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director, 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.

Rachel Anderson, Head of External Affairs for UK and Ireland, RESRachael Anderson

Rachel Anderson is RES’ Head of External Affairs for the UK and Ireland.  RES has been at the forefront of the energy industry for over 30 years and has successfully delivered more than 12GW of renewable energy capacity and energy storage projects worldwide.  Rachel has worked in the renewables industry for 10 years across a range of technologies and jurisdictions.  Rachel is the Chair of the Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group (NIRIG).


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 InvestmentsSimon Pickett

Simon Pickett is an Investment Director in the Energy Team at Octopus, focused on strategy, new business and emerging technology. Since joining Octopus in 2010, Simon has been responsible for sourcing & structuring investments in the UK & abroad across multiple sectors including solar, onshore wind, and energy from waste. Before joining Octopus, Simon was a corporate finance manager at International Power, responsible for project finance and corporate fundraising. Previously Simon was at KPMG in Financial Services Advisory.


Richard Black, Director, Energy & Climate Intelligence UnitRichard Black

Richard Black began his career in the BBC World Service as a producer and presenter on a wide range of programming and as Science Correspondent. He also ran an independent radio company specialising in health and medicine. As BBC Environment Correspondent, his reporting assignments included many UN summits including five UNFCCC meetings and Rio+20. He reported from the field on issues such as carbon capture and storage and nuclear power among others. From 2012, he was Director of Communications for the Global Ocean Commission before founding ECIU. He founded and is now Director of the Energy and 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.

Sean Parsons, Head of External Affairs, GFG AllianceSean Parsons

Sean Parsons heads up the External Affairs for the GFG Alliance. His role covers all the GFG Alliance companies, which includes Liberty House and SIMEC. In the UK they have over 5000 staff and cover everything from metal production, downstream engineered products, financial services and energy. On the energy side, SIMEC owns over 500MW of power generation and is investing in future technologies. Sean has worked in a range of public affairs and communication roles over the last 14 years. Sean also holds an MBA.