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Speaker Biographies

Matthew Black

Business Development Manager


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.

In Scotland, global climate emergency action will require unprecedented change in how we heat our homes. The challenge and opportunity for social housing is exciting and promising. We have the resources and the solutions to deliver legacy heating projects that achieve real and tangible sustainable economic, environmental and social impacts in Scotland's communities.

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.

Clare Lavelle

Associate Director


Clare is an Associate Director who leads Arup’s energy business in Scotland. Clare has over 16 years’ experience the energy industry and has been involved with a range of mature and novel energy technologies in UK, Ireland and internationally.

Clare’s current focus is on the transition of energy systems and developing solutions that cut across industries and vectors to enable deep decarbonisation of our energy system. She believes that these integrated energy projects are critical to enabling a net zero ambition. This includes leading the Whole Energy Systems Levenmouth Integrated Demonstrator which is supported by Innovate UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. This project seeks to identify opportunity to develop regulation and markets to enable integration of heat, electricity and transport energy vectors.

Clare is currently leading Arup’s support to SGN on the design and development of the H100 project. This world first demonstration of hydrogen production and distribution will supply 100% green hydrogen to circa 300 homes for domestic use.

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.

Dr Jonathan Marshall

Head of Analysis

Energy & Climate Change Intelligence Unit

Jonny joined the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit in 2016. Before this he was employed at S&P Global Platts and as a Postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London. Jonny holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Imperial and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of York.

Andy Yuill

Senior Renewable Heat Manager

Natural Power

Andy leads the renewable heat sector team at Natural Power where he manages projects involving a range of low carbon technologies generating and distributing heat and power. He has been directly responsible for consulting on and delivering the design, installation and commissioning of a range of renewable heating systems and is a CIBSE registered Heat Networks Consultant with a background in process engineering, project design and delivery.

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