Low-Carbon Heat Conference 2020 Speakers

  • Carol Aitken

    Carol Aitken

    Public & Regulatory Affairs Manager

    Carol Aitken has for the last two years been the UK public and regulatory affairs adviser at Vattenfall where she concentrates on heat and decarbonisation policy. She has had a long career across the energy sector from oil and gas to renewables. She lives in East Lothian with her children and dogs

  • Danny Bell

    Danny Ball

    Business Development Manager

    With nearly a decade of experience within the Energy sector, I am now responsible for driving decarbonisation & growth for ENGIE UK’s key strategic projects.

    I am passionate about our planet and the affects on our environment. This motivates me in driving ENGIE’s Net-zero ambition.

    My key areas of development are:

    - Local Authorities City Schemes & Funding mechanises.
    - Energy From Waste District Heat integration.
    - University Campus Decarbonisation & integration.
    - Growth of existing networks.

  • Matthew Black

    Matthew Black

    Business Development Manager, Kensa

    Matthew is a passionate and knowledgeable energy professional who has over twelve years’ experience working in the renewable energy and low carbon heat sectors. Matthew is the Business Development Manager in Scotland for The Kensa Group. Kensa deliver shared ground loop array heating systems to social housing which offer a long term sustainable solution to climate emergency and fuel poverty by providing low cost, low carbon warmth to Scotland's communities.

  • Colin Calder

    Colin Calder

    Chief Executive and Founder, PassivSystems

    Colin founded PassivSystems in 2008 following extensive research into zero-carbon homes and the roll-out of smart meters to domestic homes in Italy. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and an Advisory Board Member to UCL’s International Energy Institute. He is a founding member of Energy UK’s New Energy Services & Heat Committee and his company is a member of the Smart Power Industries Alliance.
    He is a regular speaker at local and international conferences including World Energy Congress, United Nations sustainable Energy for All and World Economic Forum (WEF).

  • James Hemphill

    James Hemphill

    Head of Heat Regulation, Scottish Government

    James is leading the Scottish Government’s Team that is developing legislation to introduce regulation for district and communal heating in Scotland.

    James has been with the Scottish Government since 2013 with previous posts in the Energy Efficient Scotland programme, European Structural Funds and Disclosure Scotland.

  • Sarah-Jane McArthur

    Sarah-Jane McArthur

    Partner, 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 banks on a range of renewables projects including; hydro schemes, windfarms (both on and offshore), anaerobic digestion 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 FIT, RO and CfD and has advised on a number of community renewables projects

  • Morag Watson

    Morag Watson

    Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

    Morag is Scottish Renewables’ Director of Policy. Her work involves overseeing Scottish Renewables’ policy function and key projects within Scotland’s leading renewables trade body, working on behalf of 250+ organisations to grow Scotland’s renewable energy sector and sustain its position at the forefront of the global clean energy industry.

    Morag has worked in policy for over 15 year and was previously a Senior Policy Officer with WWF Scotland, specialising in climate change, sustainable development and behaviour change.

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