09.30 - 10.30 

A1: Transforming the Future for Onshore Wind

Ted Talk Style Presentation and Chair: Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director, RenewableUKEmma Pinchbeck Crop

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.

Sandra Grauers Nilsson, Vice President - Onshore Wind, Sandra Grauers Nilsson 04 Redlig 1Vattenfall

Sandra Grauers Nilsson has 20 years of experience from the energy industry with the Nordic companies Vattenfall, Statoil and Graninge. Before moving into wind, Sandra collected much experience in the fields of power system analysis, price forecasting, production planning and hydro power optimisation. She started her wind career in O&M and asset management, to later assume responsibility of the entire onshore wind value chain within Vattenfall.

Lindsay McQuade, Chief Executive Officer, ScottishPoweLindsay McQuade 52r Renewables

Lindsay McQuade is responsible for ScottishPower Renewables fleet of over 2GW of renewable generation and future developments of wind, storage and solar plant across the UK and Ireland. Previously, Lindsay was the Policy & Innovation Director, which followed a number of strategic roles with ScottishPower since joining in 1999. She holds a BA(Hons) in Economics from the University of Strathclyde, qualified as an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and took part in the fourth edition of the Energising Leadership Programme in conjunction with ESADE Business School. Lindsay is a board director of both Renewable UK and Scottish Renewables.

Lucy Whitford, Development Director, RES Lucy Whitford Pic

Lucy Whitford is Development Director for Wind and Solar at leading renewable energy company RES. Lucy is responsible for a wind development portfolio of over 1000MW’s across the UK & Ireland. She is also responsible for the strategic development of solar projects in the UK & Ireland.  Lucy has worked in renewables for over 20 years and held a number of development roles within RES before becoming Development Director in November 2017.

Jim Dollard, Executive Director, Generation and Jim Dollard pic 1Trading, ESB

Jim Dollard was appointed ESB’s Executive Director, Generation and Trading in 2018. Prior to that he was Executive Director Business Service Centre and Electric Ireland. Jim is an accountant and began his career at ESB in 1992 and has held a number of senior management positions throughout the company. Jim holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Business Studies from the University College Dublin.


11.15 - 12.30

A2: Delivering Subsidy Free

Chair: Fiona Hepplewhite, Energy Policy Fional HepplewhiteManager, ScottishPower Renewables

Fiona is the Energy Policy Manager for ScottishPower Renewables with responsibility for leading the development and creation of sustainable, commercially viable energy policy with a focus on renewable energy markets in the UK and Ireland.  She has over 10 years’ experience in energy policy having previously worked in the Scottish Government’s Energy and Climate Change Directorate leading on a range of devolved and reserved policy areas to support Scotland’s renewable energy ambitions.

Presenter: Filippo Gado, Head of Energy Economics, Filippo Gaddo 4Arup

Filippo Gaddo leads Arup’s Energy Advisory Team and has more than sixteen years’ professional experience working for government departments and major consulting firms. Between 2001 and 2008 he worked as an Economic Adviser in Government, where he was responsible for the economic and cost benefit analysis of government policies and legislations. Filippo combines deep industry and economics knowledge with the experience of managing and leading teams in the assessment, development and delivery of high-profile policy and regulatory changes and energy market strategy both in the public and in the private sector.

Mark Knox, Director - Energy Strategy, SIMEC Mark KnoxGroup

Mark is the Director of Energy Strategy for SIMEC, part of the GFG Alliance, a large privately owned industrial group with interests centred in the UK, Europe, America and Australia. Mark’s focus is on acquisitions and project finance in the energy sector. Prior to joining SIMEC, Mark spent much of his career in energy policy at BEIS, focussed on how to decarbonise the UK at lowest possible cost and worked on programmes such as the RO, EMR and the Carbon Price Support mechanism, as well as the establishment of the Green Investment Bank.

Guy Mortimer, Head of Onshore Wind Development, Guy MortimerVattenfall

Guy Mortimer is Head of Onshore Wind Development for Vattenfall in the UK and is responsible for taking projects from origination to final investment decision. Guy first became involved in the wind energy sector when working as a corporate finance solicitor in a large national law firm. Since 2005, Guy has been directly employed in the sector working on both onshore and offshore wind projects initially in an in-house legal capacity and more recently in wider commercial and development roles.

Carol Gould, Managing Director - Head of Power and Carol GouldRenewables, MUFG Bank

Carol Gould joined MUFG Bank, part of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in 2000. She has over 25 years’ experience of project and export finance, with much of that time spent financing both renewable and thermal power projects.  Carol, her team in London, and colleagues in Asia, Australia and the US are all very active providing advisory and structuring services and lending to a wide variety of renewables projects globally.  Most recently, in the UK, MUFG have advised on the financing of the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm, developed by innogy, and co-advised on the financing of the Hornsea 1 Offshore Wind Farm, where Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) bought 50% of the project from Ørsted.

Dr. Chris Spruce, Chief Engineer, GE Chris Spruce photoRenewable Energy

Dr. Spruce has worked on wind turbine research, development and design since 1987. He is Chief Engineer responsible for the design of the Cypress wind turbine at GE Renewables and is based in London. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering Science from Durham University and a doctorate in windfarm control from Oxford University. He has worked in technical and managerial roles for Wind Energy Group, NEG Micon and Vestas, and from 2014 to 2017 was the lead engineer for the V164 wind turbine at MHI Vestas. He holds 160 patents and patents pending and is a Fellow of the IET.

B2: Smart and Flexible at all Ages

Chair: Daniel Mee, Senior Manager Energy Systems Daniel MeeArchitecture, Energy Systems Catapult

Daniel Mee joined the Energy Systems Catapult in August 2016 as a Systems Architect initially to explore whole system approaches to the challenge of decarbonising domestic heat.  Prior to that he was the technical authority on a number of Electrical Power Systems in the aviation industry responsible for both system development and integration, leading multi-disciplinary teams of engineers to deliver smart electrical distribution system solutions for some of the world’s most successful aircraft.  Daniel graduated with an MEng from the University of Birmingham in 2003.

Presenter: Jo de Montgros, Co-Founder and Director, Jo de MontgrosEveroze Partners Ltd

Jo has been active in renewable investment since 2001.  At Garrad Hassan, Jo helped develop technical advisory services across global markets, with a focus on onshore and offshore wind.  At DNV GL (until 2015), Jo was responsible for technical oversight of Project Engineering activities for the global renewable business, and a member of the global renewables management team. Everoze has established a strong presence in the energy storage sector, having supported several major stand-alone storage project investments as well as many other analytical, commercial, technical and strategic projects, including behind the meter storage and co-located storage.  Everoze also performs acquisition due diligence (technical and market related advice) of companies operating in this field, including for vehicle to grid markets.

Paul Usher, Business Development Director, Paul Usher
Quorum Development

Paul Usher is Business Development Director at Quorum Development, a technology company that has built an enviable reputation through an unrelenting drive to design, develop and deliver market leading software solutions for the energy industry. With a background in project management and business process improvement, Paul understands the need to deliver solutions that perform today and anticipate how to fulfil future requirements. He works closely with Quorum Development’s analysts and developers to formulate systems that aim to optimise the technical and commercial performance of electricity generation, storage and demand side assets to deliver the flexibility required from modern energy systems.

Rhiannon Marsh, Power Responsive Manager, Rhiannon MarshNational Grid

As Power Responsive Manager within National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO), Rhiannon is responsible for driving forward the Power Responsive programme – a stakeholder-led programme of work that seeks to increase participation in demand side flexibility services from load response, storage and distributed generation. This ranges from awareness raising across large energy users and new technologies, to supporting projects and trials with Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) that will help to meet future electricity system needs and increase routes to market for smaller parties and new entrants in the energy industry.


14.00 - 15.15

A3: Repowering: Doing More with Less? 

Chair: Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Claire MackRenewables

Claire has been Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, the representative voice of Scotland’s renewable energy industry, since October 2017. She is responsible for leading the organisation’s work to grow Scotland’s renewables sector and sustain its position at the forefront of the global clean energy industry. Claire is a member of the First Minister’s Energy Advisory Board and the Renewables Industry Advisory Group, co-chaired by Scotland’s Energy Minister. Before joining Scottish Renewables, Claire was Director of Policy and Place at the Scottish Council for Development. She has previously worked in various roles at Ofcom in Scotland, focusing on economic regulation of telecoms, radio spectrum and the mail market while also looking at developing digital participation of individuals and businesses. Prior to this, Claire worked in retail and the construction industry as well as on regulation of regional broadcasting in the Borders and North East of England.

Marina Valls, Economist, RenewableUK Marina Valls

Marina works as an economist at RenewableUK and helps build and develop the association’s forecasts and analytical work within the policy team. Coming from an economics background, Marina has over four years of experience in the energy sector and market analysis. She previously worked at ENGIE and BNP Paribas.

Laura Fleming,
Director Wind Farm Solutions - Laura FlemingNorth Europe & Middle East, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Laura has worked in the development and renewables industry for over 15 years and for the past six years with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy where she is currently leading the Wind Farm Solutions team for North Europe & Middle East.  In her role, she is responsible for the delivery of wind farm development projects from inception right through to commercial operation.  The industry has seen massive changes in recent times not only in the UK but right across the region which bring challenges but also new opportunities for developers, investors and the supply chain.

Kathryn Emmett
, Solicitor, Norton Rose Kathryn EmmettFulbright LLP

Kathryn is a senior knowledge lawyer in Norton Rose Fulbright’s energy and infrastructure group. Since 2006, she has been advising on English law finance and regulatory aspects of energy projects, with particular experience in wind energy. Kathryn’s experience includes international project financings and refinancings, energy project portfolio acquisitions and yieldco listings. Kathryn has completed a Masters at Imperial College London, specialising in energy policy and has worked in-house at a UK renewable energy generation company in a dual role as part of the legal and onshore wind energy development teams. She is a member of RenewableUK’s Markets and Regulation strategy group.

Karen Anne Hutton, Head of Innovation and Karen Anne Hutton PictureOptimisation, RES

Karen Anne Hutton is Head of Innovation and Optimisation at leading renewable energy company RES. She is responsible for transforming ideas and innovations into commercial service offerings which deliver OPEX savings and asset value improvements for RES’ clients. Karen Anne joined RES in 2001 and has worked in a number of areas across the business. She has a background in data analysis and implemented RES’ Local Electricity Discount Scheme.

B3: Local Content and Local Communities

Chair: Morven Smith, Head of Community Investment, SSE Morven Smith SSE

Morven started working for SSE’s predecessor, Scottish Hydro Electric in 1997 and for the first ten years of her career she carried out a variety of roles in SSE’s Networks business, not least of which was being involved in the upgrade of the controversial Beauly to Denny powerline.  With a background in communications, Morven spent several years in SSE’s Media Team before moving on to become responsible for the community engagement for SSE’s renewable energy and network infrastructure project portfolio. Morven became SSE’s Head of Community Investment in 2016 and is currently responsible for the in-house management of SSE’s 35 community funds which currently award over £5 million per year.

Sarah Merrick, Chief Executive Officer, Ripple Sarah Merrick 2Energy

Sarah is CEO of Ripple Energy. Ripple's vision is for a renewable energy future owned by people not companies.  Ripple will enable domestic consumers to collectively own onshore wind farms and be supplied by the low cost electricity they produce.  It is a new ownership model which gives consumers what they want - low cost, renewable electricity.  Sarah has worked in the UK renewables sector for 18 years. Prior to setting up Ripple she was vice-chair of RenewableUK alongside being Head of Public Affairs for Vestas.  She was an economist in RES’ global strategy team prior to joining Vestas.

Jennifer Pride, Head of Onshore Renewable Jennifer PrideEnergy Policy Team, Welsh Government

Jennifer Pride has led in a number of roles in Welsh Government including climate change, sustainable development, resource efficiency and distributed generation. She now leads policy development focusing on the future low carbon distributed energy system in Wales. Before joining Welsh Government, Jennifer had a varied career including retail management, running her own SME, risk management consultancy, and military service.

Lesley Black, UK Sales and Market, Function Lesley BlackLeader, CS Wind UK

Lesley Black has 15 years’ experience in the wind Industry and has worked for OEM’s, developers and suppliers in operations and maintenance management as well as in management roles. Formerly the head of production, her role now with CS Wind UK is to support the global sales team for CS Wind with market, policy and regulatory intelligence in the UK.  She is responsible for Sales and Business development- providing CRM and Project management support for both tower manufacturing customers and suppliers and post production work contracts. Lesley is active with a number of forums to promote the economic benefits of the wind industry in the UK, with particular interest in the job opportunities for rural areas and for smaller supply chain companies.

Lesley McNeil, Head of Wind Energy Policy and Development, Scottish GovernmentLesley McNeil

Lesley McNeil is Head of Wind Energy Policy and Development for the Scottish Government, recently adding offshore wind policy to her previous onshore wind policy remit, with her primary focus being barriers to the deployment of large-scale renewable projects.  Lesley has held previous roles at the Scottish Government within the Energy Consents Unit and has an academic background in archaeology and history, with an MA in History from the University of Glasgow. It is a source of grave disappointment that she is seldom asked to talk about international relations in the post-war period, or about cupcake recipes.


A4: Breaking Down the Barriers: What Next for the Onshore Industry?

Chair and Scenario Setting: Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director, RenewableUK

Sam Richards, Director, Conservative Environment Network Sam Richards

Before joining CEN, Sam worked as Head of Strategy at the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit. He has worked in a range of roles in Westminster, from policy research for backbench MPs to speechwriting for a Cabinet Minister, and has experience of working for a major UK manufacturer and in the US congress.

Euan Hutchinson, Principal Consultant – P&DS, Euan HutchisonNatural Power

Euan has been with Natural Power since 2008 and is currently employed as a Principal Consultant in the Planning and Environment team. As a qualified Planner, Euan also provides in house planning consultancy services for both onshore and offshore projects across the UK and Ireland. He has been a member of the Scottish Renewables Planning Group since 2009 and regularly contributes to policy reviews affecting the renewables industry at a national and local level.

Esbjörn Wilmar, Chief Executive Officer, Esbjorn WilmarInfinergy Ltd

Esbjorn is the CEO of Infinergy and has become one of the two shareholders of the company after the Management Buy-Out of Infinergy in 2017. He joined Infinergy 12 years ago and was instrumental in the delivery of over 25 on-shore wind projects around the UK, including approximately 350 MW in Scotland. Before Esbjorn joined Infinergy, he has worked for and with various high-profile companies in the renewable energy, oil and gas and waste sector. Esbjorn has always played an active role in the wider renewable energy industry, for example with Renewable UK and Scottish Renewables. Outside the renewable energy industry he has an interest in education through his role as Chair of Trustees of the Ringwood Waldorf School.