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Speaker Biographies

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.

Nicola Percival

Policy & Regulations Manager

innogy Renewables UK Ltd

Nicola has worked in the renewable energy sector for 5 years. She is in the Policy & Regulations team at innogy, having previously worked at Ofgem for 2.5 years working on the RHI and RO schemes. Nicola’s main focus areas are on the policies for grid connections and use of system charges. She believes that the next 12-18 months are a crucial time for renewable energy technologies and disruptors as the Ofgem-led charging reviews present an opportunity for Ofgem, government and National Grid to work with industry stakeholders to re-shape governance and set policies which enable the transition to a smart, flexible system for the benefit of energy consumers and to meet UK carbon targets. Nicola is also a member of the Scottish Renewables Board of Directors having been co-opted in April 2018. She identifies as a feminist and is keen to see the energy industry embrace strategies for greater diversity in the energy industry at all levels and work to achieve intersectional equality.

Andrew Renton

Senior Solicitor

Castletown Law

Andrew is the senior member of staff at Castletown Law and a leading solicitor in the energy and infrastructure industry. He was until 2018, the Senior Partner in the energy and infrastructure team at Bird & Bird and previously the Head of Energy and Infrastructure at Dundas & Wilson.

Andrews involvement in the energy and infrastructure sector, has been a career long path. His knowledge of solar projects in many jurisdictions includes advising on tariff mechanisms in emerging markets. Andrew works across many low carbon power generation technologies and is a committed mixed generation advocate for low carbon solutions. In early papers on energy storage, Andrew envisaged the introduction of storage to the network management arena and the application of solar as a key component in the mix supporting the position.

Nick Sharpe

Director of Communications

Scottish Renewables

Nick Sharpe is Scottish Renewables’ Director of Communications. 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.

Andrew Smith


Greenbackers Investment Capital

Andrew is the Former Head of the £103m Renewable Energy Investment Fund run for the Scottish Investment Bank - investing debt and equity in a range of marine, low carbon and community owned renewable energy projects - and former Head of Investment for DP Energy - a renewable energy and sustainable development specialist operating in sites across the world - and is now running his own consultancy – Deja Blue Consulting – helping shape projects & businesses and raising finance for them and their projects and an Associate of Greenbackers Investment Capital specialising in raising ­finance for low-carbon, cleantech and climate change businesses. He is also part of the expert group advising on the new EU Innovation Fund and a regular speaker and the DG Mare Blue Invest events.

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. During this time, she worked on the Scottish Government’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development Action Plans, worked as an advisor to UNESCO and helped found the Scotland’s Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development within the University of Edinburgh.

Morag holds a degree in Environmental Geoscience from the University of Edinburgh, is a qualified Hill and Moorland Leader and lives in a self-built eco-home in Central Scotland.

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