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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. 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. .

David Pratt

Head of Planning & Strategy

Marine Scotland

David Pratt is the Head of Planning & Strategy at Marine Scotland, the Directorate of Scottish Government with responsibility for the management of Scotland’s Seas. His role involves oversight of a number of Scottish Government marine planning initiatives including the National Marine Plan, Regional Marine Plans, and a number of related marine strategies such as those to address litter and non-native species in the Scottish marine environment. Prior to this, David project managed the development of Sectoral Marine Plans for Offshore Renewable Energy, a process for which he still retains strategic oversight. A geographer by background, David has further qualifications in Energy & Environmental Management as well as Environmental Law. He is a Full Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment in addition to being a Chartered Environmentalist.

Nick Sharpe

Director of Communications & Strategy

Scottish Renewables

Nick Sharpe is Scottish Renewables’ Director of Communications & Strategy. His work involves overseeing Scottish Renewables’ media and public affairs work and liaising between the organisation’s member companies, the media and other stakeholders to promote positive news about the sector to diverse audiences.

A former journalist, Nick trained on the South Wales Echo then spent seven years at the Sun, latterly as Chief Reporter.

He then spent a year at Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s largest public relations consultancies.
At Scottish Renewables he’s also responsible for aspects of marketing and all the organisation’s social media.

Jim Smith

Managing Director

SSE Renewables

After graduating as Mechanical Engineer in 1983, Jim spent five years in power plant and automotive turbomachinery design. Jim joined SSE and its predecessors 27 years ago. During this time Jim has been involved in large scale power generation project development and construction including hydro, wind, gas, coal, gas storage and power transmission projects. He also spent time as Engineering Manager for the Company’s hydro generation fleet and was Station Manager at Peterhead Power Station.

In recent years Jim was Managing Director, Renewable Development, responsible for the development and construction of wind power projects on and offshore. In April 2014, Jim moved to Energy Portfolio Management, covering Energy Trading and Contracts, Risk Management and Planning and the upstream E&P business and latterly the role included responsibility for Business Energy in the retail supply market. From April 2016 Jim took up his current role with operational responsibility for SSE generation, gas storage and E&P assets. In November 2018 Jim was appointed Managing Director of SSE Renewables, a new division which will be responsible for the Development Constitution and Operation of all of SSE’s renewable activity

Benj Sykes

UK Country Manager - Offshore

Ørsted

Benj is UK Country Manager for Ørsted’s Offshore Wind business. After setting up the Asset Management business with P&L responsibility for Ørsted’s portfolio of operational windfarms across NW Europe, he is now focussed on strengthening the company’s business platform in the UK, currently the world’s largest offshore wind market. He co-chairs the Offshore Wind Industry Council alongside the Energy Minister, and led the work to agree a programme of activities and commitments between industry and government through the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, to support the continued growth of the sector. He is also on the Board of G+, providing Health and Safety leadership for the offshore wind sector. He currently serves on the government-appointed Advisory Panel on Highly Protected Marine Areas.

Benj joined Ørsted from the Carbon Trust where as Director of Innovation he led the company's multi-million pound technology innovation programme across a wide range of novel low carbon technologies for both power generation and energy efficiency.

Before moving into the low carbon sector, Benj worked in the upstream oil and gas industry, most recently at Hess Corporation, a Fortune 100 Oil and Gas company. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society and the Energy Institute.

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