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Speaker Biogs

Barry Carruthers

Head of Innovation & Sustainability

ScottishPower

Barry leads the Corporate Innovation and Sustainability function at ScottishPower. This ranges from strategic activities in the decarbonisation of transport and heat and other emerging technologies, to initiatives focused upon the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Following several years in ScottishPower Renewables where Barry led activities in marine energy and wind innovations, he now works across all ScottishPower divisions in order to foster innovations and sustainability across the sector.

Chris Dunn

Chief Naval Architect

Ferguson Marine

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the Shipbuilding and Offshore Wind sectors in the West of Scotland. Starting his professional career in a graduate position in 1995, Chris gained experience in many of the technical departments within the Upper Clyde shipyards in his 17 years with BAE Systems. In 2011 he moved from his position as a Technical Project Manager, where he was responsible for managing and executing the build strategy and transportation aspects of the two Clyde-built QEC Aircraft Carrier blocks, and spent 3 years helping develop the offshore wind turbine manufacture, transportation, assembly and logistics strategies for Gamesa Offshore Wind. He returned to shipbuilding to take up his existing role as the head of the technical department with Ferguson Marine in 2015. Chris has a B.Eng(Hons) in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (1995) from the University of Glasgow. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architecture.

Lynne Short

Convenor City Development

Dundee City Council

Lynne Short was first elected as a Councillor in 2016 and following re-election in May 2017 became the convener of the city development committee.
A proud Dundonian, 49 year-old Lynne has worn many hats in a wide and varied career notably as a surveyor, tour guide and mum.
In her role as convener of the city development committee she is one of the key people responsible for the promotion of jobs in the local economy, the maintenance of Dundee's road network, transportation facilities and a wide range of services designed to seek opportunity and respond to the needs of the city as a whole.
Passionate about social justice, equality of opportunity and low carbon transport. Lynne is a tireless and fearless supporter of Dundee and its people.

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. 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.

Paul Minto

Partner

Addleshaw Goddard

Paul Minto is a Partner at Addleshaw Goddard in the Infrastructure Projects Energy team. Paul specialises in energy and climate change law, electricity contracts and Scottish procurement. His clients include renewable energy developers, utilities, landowners, electric vehicle charging infrastructure companies and investors.

Moira Nicolson

Senior Behavioural Insights Practitioner

Ofgem

Moira Nicolson is a Senior Behavioural Insights researcher within the Behavioural Insights Unit at Ofgem, the British energy regulator and an Honorary Research Fellow at the UCL Energy Institute at University College London. At Ofgem Moira is responsible for providing policymakers with the evidence they need to design effective policy, including through the use of randomised control trials and rapid evidence assessments. Prior to joining Ofgem, Moira completed her PhD in domestic consumer engagement in electricity demand-side response programmes at University College London.

Emil Rangelov

CEO

HV Systems

Emil Rangelov is a successful business man and the CEO of HV Systems. It is his vision and passion that drives our company forward and has led to the development of our zero emissions vehicles.
Since childhood Emil has had a drive to make the world a better place.

For over ten years Emil has been researching and developing his ideas for advanced propulsion and when the opportunity to create hydrogen-electric HGVs and LCVs arose he grabbed it with both hands. These vehicles will significantly reduce transport emissions and the air pollution that has led to so many premature deaths.

Emil's vision of hydrogen-electric commercial vehicles will bring our society one step closer to his goal of a green and sustainable economy. He believes that creativity and constant innovation is the key to creating a brighter and better future for all.

Niall Riddell

Electric Vehicles Lead

EDF Energy

Niall leads EDF Energy’s Electric Vehicle activity in the UK based out of EDF Energy’s innovation division; Blue Lab. Niall has been working in the energy and utilities sector since 2004 and has worked across a number of roles across generation and customer supply. Niall’s expertise sits in innovation, strategy, policy as well as the commercial and financial aspects of energy generation. He has worked with radioactive waste, on development of policy and regulation (including preparation of material in support of the Committee on Climate Change developing the UK carbon budgets), led EDF Energy’s sustainability agenda, developed corporate strategy and completed mergers and acquisitions activity for EDF Energy. He is a volunteer board member with award winning community energy groups Repowering London and Energy Garden. He has been interested in the role of distributed energy systems and sees the increasing role of community and distributed energy as an important step in the evolution of the UK energy industry. He has an MBA from CASS Business school and a Masters in Engineering from Newcastle University.

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