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Speaker Biographies

Fabrice Leveque

Senior Policy Manager

Scottish Renewables

Fabrice is a senior policy manager at Scottish Renewables, covering large scale energy generation. He works to ensure a supportive policy environment to enable the industry to keep growing and enable a transition to a cleaner, low-carbon economy.

Fabrice was previously a policy lead at WWF and WWF Scotland, campaigning to improve climate change and energy policy with a particular focus on the built environment. Prior to this he worked for a Westminster think-tank looking at the future of the electricity system. He has also worked in the solar industry, designing and selling PV and thermal systems across the South of England.

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 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 and Industry and led on telecoms, spectrum and postal issues. She has previously worked in various roles at Ofcom in Scotland, focusing on economic regulation 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.

Dave Pearson


Star Renewable Energy

Dave has been involved in renewable heat since 2009 when Star deployed a combined heating and cooling solution for a UK chocolate factory, where waste heat was recycled. Later the same technique was used in Drammen and several other sites harvesting heat from local resources. Dave led the successful LCITP application for the proposed Gorbal River Heat Pump project. Whilst this project didn’t go ahead the team learned a lot about project pitfalls. Gorbals in Glasgow would have seen less than half the CO2 and no local NOx emissions but also proved that inner city “retrofit” is possible especially when a heat source 8x that needed for entire city centre is available.

The Queens Quay project led by West Dunbartonshire Council sees Star heat pumps being supplied through Vital Energi. At 5.2MW these are largest high temperature (80C) river heat pumps in Britain.

Dave is a graduate of Strathclyde with an B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering with European Studies and Business Mgt and a Masters in Business Administration. He leads Star Renewable Energy in pursuit of UK repeat “Drammens”.

He is also Chairman of CeeD-Scotland a peer to peer knowledge sharing group with 200 members across Scotland with clinic areas including lean manufacturing, marketing, energy, HR and much more.

Dave sits as Vice-Chair of the Brussels based Renewable Heating and Cooling Platform which proposed the Horizon2020 work streams and is a special adviser to DryFiciency a EU funded project to deploy 150C heat pumps into pet food drying, starch drying and brick drying. “Taking heat pumps to another level”.

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