Annual Conference 2021 Speakers

Day 1
  • Warren Bowden

    Dr Warren Bowden

    Sustainability and Innovation Director, Scottish Leather Group

    Dr Warren Bowden is a Chartered Environmentalist & the Scottish Leather Group's Sustainability and Innovation Director. A Fellow of the Society of Leather Chemists and Inventor of the pioneering and patented Thermal Energy Plant, Dr Bowden has spent the past 17 years of his 25 year career within the sector leading the multi award winning Sustainability agenda through circularising leather manufacture, to net zero. Additionally, Warren is a circular “ambassador” and Director of Leather UK.

    Scottish Leather Group is the largest producer of leather in the UK, specialising in the sustainable manufacture of upholstery leathers, for automotive, aeronautical, mass transit and other leather-goods markets. The Group is based at the Bridge of Weir site, and markets products under the Brands “Bridge of Weir” and “Muirhead”.

  • Melanie Grimmitt

    Melanie Grimmitt

    Global Head of Energy, Pinsent Masons

    Melanie is Global Head of Energy at Pinsent Masons and a projects lawyer with over 20 years' experience of energy, infrastructure and construction projects in the UK and worldwide. Melanie’s experience includes leading teams advising on numerous offshore wind farm projects, since first working on London Array in 2007. She has also led teams working on new build CCGT projects, nuclear decommissioning projects and battery storage projects. Melanie was listed in The Lawyer's Hot 100 2015 and Who’s Who Legal Construction since 2015 for her leading work in the energy sector. Melanie is also ranked as a Leading Individual for Energy and Infrastructure projects in Legal 500 2020 and won the 2020 Legal 500 award for Projects Lawyer of the Year (Outside London).

  • Andy Kerr

    Dr Andy Kerr

    UK and Ireland Director, EIT Climate-KIC

    Andy Kerr is the UK and Ireland Director for EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest innovation agency for climate solutions which works with cities, industry and regions to deliver transformational change. This includes working with Edinburgh on their net zero by 2030 plans. Previously, Andy founded and directed ECCI, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and the Scottish Centre of Expertise on Climate Change: ClimateXChange. He is a non-executive Director of Scottish Renewables.

  • Graham McMillan

    Graham McMillan

    Principal, Government Relations - Teneo

    Graham has over 30 years of experience in consultancy in public policy, public affairs, communications, sustainability and corporate responsibility in the UK, EU and globally.

    Graham has advised a wide range of companies in the energy sector including National Grid, The Crown Estate, E.ON UK and a wide range of companies on net zero and climate change including Dow, BHP and Kingfisher. Other clients have included AstraZeneca, Unilever and HSBC.

    Prior to founding First Avenue, Graham was a Principal at Teneo and before that he was CEO of Open Road and a Director at Fishburn Hedges.

Day 2
  • Ed Birkett

    Ed Birkett

    Senior Research Fellow, Policy Exchange

    Ed is a Senior Research Fellow in the Energy and Environment Unit at Policy Exchange. He was previously a developer of solar and battery storage projects in the UK and Ireland.

  • Graham Cooley

    Dr Graham Cooley

    CEO, ITM Power

    Dr Graham Cooley joined ITM Power as CEO in 2009. ITM Power was the first hydrogen related company to be listed on the London Stock Market and has been developing electrolyser equipment for over 20 years. Graham started his career in the power sector in 1989 joining the CEGB and became Business Development Manager at National Power plc and then International Power plc developing energy storage and new generation technologies. Before joining ITM Power Graham was CEO of Sensortec Ltd, founding CEO of Metalysis Ltd, a spin out from Cambridge University and founding CEO of Antenova Ltd. Graham has a PhD in physics, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Metals, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM). Graham also sits on a number of industry bodies and is a member of the UK Government’s Hydrogen Advisory Council.

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    Claire Mack

    Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

    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 Renewable Energy Strategic Leadership 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 and Industry. 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.

  • Sarah-Jane McArthur

    Sarah-Jane McArthur

    Energy and Projects Lawyer, Brodies LLP

    Sarah-Jane is an energy and projects lawyer with diverse experience across several sectors. In the energy sector, Sarah-Jane’s primary focus is on renewables and she has contributed to the successful delivery of many projects. Her experience includes advising developers, sponsors and lenders on a range of renewables projects including; windfarms (both on and offshore), hydro schemes, energy from waste and tidal technologies.

    Sarah-Jane’s renewables expertise spans drafting and negotiating various contracts crucial for project development, including grid connection documents, construction and supply agreements and power purchase agreements. She also manages due diligence for project finance transactions and advises on the sale and purchase of development and operating assets. Sarah-Jane has supported developers and investors on renewables support mechanisms including applications for CfD.

  • Angus McCrone

    Angus McCrone

    Chief Editor, BloombergNEF

    Angus McCrone is chief editor of BloombergNEF. He has overall editing responsibility for the company’s research on the low-carbon transition in energy, transport and materials. He works closely with BNEF’s 200-strong team of analysts and researchers, and takes a particular interest in clean energy investment trends, project finance, institutional investment in renewables, and marine energy.

    Before joining New Energy Finance at the start of 2007, Angus was a financial journalist for UK national newspapers for 18 years, writing extensively for the London Evening Standard, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph and The Scotsman. He also worked as a senior economist for Centre for Economics and Business Research, a leading London based think tank, and as director of a start-up FSA-authorised financial services firm.

  • Nicola Percival 4

    Nicola Percival

    Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, RWE Renewables

    Nicola has a background in climate science and has worked in the renewable energy sector, both in the public and private sectors, since leaving University. She is RWE Renewables’ expert in grid connections and network charging, and currently sits on several government expert groups – including those for BEIS’ Offshore Transmission Network Review and Ofgem’s network charging reforms. In 2020 she was a finalist in the category “Champion of Renewables” at the Scottish Green Energy Awards.

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