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Speaker Biographies

Nick Boyle


Lightsource Renewable Energy

A dynamic leader and entrepreneur, Nick Boyle is founder and CEO of Lightsource Renewable Energy, Europe’s largest solar PV developer, owner and operator. He is well known in the industry for his success in marrying retail financial products to low-risk, predictable investment revenue, generated by utility-scale solar PV plants.

Since the inception of Lightsource, Nick’s drive and vision has seen the company enjoy tremendous success over a short period of time - growing from start-up business to Europe’s number one solar PV portfolio holder in just over five years.

Lightsource has more than 1.7GW of operational assets with a very significant pipeline currently under construction, these achievements are a testament to Nick’s innate ability to identify opportunities and build on them. Prior to his current role, Nick sat at Board and Senior Director level in a number of leading retail financial service companies.

Dee Caffari

Dee Caffari has sailed around the world five times. She is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world a total of three times.

In 2006 Dee became the first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around the world against the prevailing winds and currents and was awarded an MBE in recognition of her achievement.

Dee is involved with a number of competitive sailing campaigns and continues to showcase her talents in other arenas such as the media, where Dee is a presenter and producer for the online Global Women’s Sports Network, WiSP Sports and also takes on some commentary roles. Dee is an inspiring motivational speaker and spends time supporting her chosen charities.

Ivor Catto

Chief Executive Officer

Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Group

Ivor is an experienced CEO and business leader of complex multi-national companies. He has over 25 years of experience in the engineering, design and construction of major energy, infrastructure and property projects; managing operations in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East and America.

Ivor joined RES in May 2016 and commenced as CEO on 1st November 2016. His prior role was CEO of Hyder Consulting plc, a multi-national design and engineering company. During his seven years as CEO the company designed some of the world’s most complex and innovative projects including the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (828m high), the Hunter Valley expressway in Australia, high voltage networks in Scotland, a new submerged tube tunnel across Hong Kong Bay and significant sections of Crossrail in London.

Earlier in his career Ivor was with Scottish Power where he was responsible for the development, consents and design of new build power projects. Following this he joined WS Atkins plc to run their power business. His remit was then expanded when he was appointed to the company’s main executive board in early 2003. With this appointment he took on the additional leadership of the company’s energy, infrastructure, environment and property business divisions.

He is a Chartered engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Richard Gueterbock



Richard is a Director and founder shareholder of Clearfleau, one of the leading and most innovative British Anaerobic Digestion (AD) companies, supplying the emerging market for on-site industrial plants – converting production residues into valuable renewable energy. Clearfleau has AD plants in the food, beverage and biofuel sectors and is the market leader in the UK for the on-site industrial market.

Richard has championed the potential for smaller scale on-site anaerobic digestion solutions for industry, farm and community sites, and initiated Clearfleau’s focus on digestion of food and beverage processing residues. As a Trustee of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE), he commissioned two influential reports on farm-scale AD and development of low carbon transport for rural areas. He is also involved in lobbying with ADBA and the REA for more support for on-site AD.

Matthieu Hue

Chief Executive Officer

EDF Energy Renewables Ltd

Matthieu Hue has more than 15 years experience within the EDF Group, in the energy sector and particularly in renewable energy.

Matthieu joined EDF in the year 2000. He worked on the formation of EDF Energy Renewables and joined the company when established in 2008. Actively involved in the successful expansion of EDF ER, Matthieu is now leading a team of more than 150 people who are involved in every stage of delivering wind farms from development and construction to asset management.

Matthieu is responsible for 33 operational wind farms (including 1 offshore wind farm at Teesside) across the UK totalling more than 650 MW, and a further 300 MW in construction including the Blyth offshore demonstrator project in the North East of England. The company has a development of pipeline of projects comprising 400 MW consented and another 700 MW in planning or in the early stages of development.

In particular, Matthieu is responsible for further developing EDF ER’s strong presence in Scotland. There are already 7 operational wind farms totalling 319 MW. The company has recently opened a new office in Edinburgh.

Matthieu has a master in economics from the University of Paris and an MBA from Columbia and London Business School.

Neil Kermode

Managing Director

European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd

Neil has been the Managing Director of EMEC - the world’s leading test facility for wave and tidal energy converters – since 2005, overseeing the company’s operational, environmental, and commercial performance.

Prior to working at EMEC, Neil worked as a project developer of a potential tidal scheme, following six years at the Environment Agency dealing with regulation and development issues.

Neil is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers Chartered Environmentalist. He has spoken on marine energy extensively in the UK and internationally, and is passionate advocate for a sustainable energy future.

Gordon MacDougall

Vice Chair

Scottish Renewables

Gordon has been deeply involved in the renewables sector since 2000. Firstly with PPM Energy in Portland, Oregon and then as Investment Director for ScottishPower Renewables.

Latterly, Gordon was Managing Director, Western Europe for the RES Group.

Gordon has served as Vice Chair of Scottish Renewables since 2015.

Crispin Matson

UK Head of Energy


Crispin Matson leads the development of renewable energy projects including generation, distribution and use throughout the UK and Ireland. He is responsible for large-scale energy masterplanning, district heating, CHP, biomass and biogas generation, solar energy, geothermal, onshore wind and energy efficiency projects. Crispin leads the continued development of these services, providing strategic direction and actively driving expansion. His emphasis is on technical excellence combined with energy-efficient design.

In addition to his strategic role, Crispin facilitates knowledge sharing across disciplines. He also promotes strong links with our overseas operations and related services in the wider Ramboll group.

With over 25 years in the industry, most recently at the leading edge of the design of renewable systems in buildings, his experience covers a wide range of project types and scales. Always client-focused, his solutions respond to the particular opportunities of each project. He explores every possibility in the service of delivering long-term value in a sustainable way.

Crispin is passionate about the role engineers will play in facing the challenges of climate change. Keenly aware of both the scientific and policy developments in this area, Crispin is a member of the ICE London Energy Panel as well as being a regular speaker at conferences on renewable energy and a director of a wind-farm co-op. Crispin takes an integrated approach exploring how energy is generated, transmitted, stored and used not only in buildings but also in the wider transport infrastructure. Crispin sees a role for Ramboll UK engineers in moving the country towards a zero-carbon economy, drawing on the Ramboll Group's expertise in Denmark and across Scandinavia.

Lindsay McQuade

Policy & Innovation Director

ScottishPower Renewables

Lindsay McQuade is the Policy & Innovation Director for ScottishPower Renewables with a remit including energy policy, grid policy and regulation, aviation and business compliance as well as overseeing SPR's interests in developing technologies and innovation. This role covers all renewable technologies, affording a balanced view of the entire sector. She is also a member of the wider international Policy and Regulation team of Iberdrola SA, the global leader in wind generation, giving useful insight into policy developments elsewhere and how they may be relevant to the UK. Outside the office, she serves as a director of the board for RenewableUK, as well as being a member of WindEurope’s Offshore advisory group. She also chairs the Low Carbon Technology Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde, working with industry and academics to shape the next generation of wind power. Lindsay holds an honours degree in economics from the University of Strathclyde and also qualified as an associate to the Association of Corporate Treasurers in the UK.

Arnout de Pee


McKinsey & Company

Arnout is a partner in McKinsey’s Amsterdam office. With extensive experience in the global energy industry, he leads renewable, power, and oil & gas projects in the Oil & Gas and Electrical Power sector for energy companies, as well as private equity firms, start-ups and (non) governmental organizations globally. Within McKinsey, he serves as one of the leaders of McKinsey’s Global Cleantech practice and McKinsey's Global Gas practice, with a focus on wind, energy storage and hydrogen, as well as energy transitions at large. He advises senior executives across these sectors on a wide range of functional topics, ranging from (portfolio) strategy and capital cost excellence to cultural transformation and organizational design.

Arnout’s recent projects include
■ Defining the portfolio strategy for a leading energy company in light of the changing energy landscape across Oil and Gas and Renewables'
■ Advising a group of international executives of public institutions and NGOs on the implications of energy transition, and their joint roadmap for accelerating the transition
■ Strengthening the top team culture and shaping the performance transformation journey for an electric utility
■ Turning around the operational performance and cost leadership (opex and capex) of a European utility across their full generation portfolio

Before joining to McKinsey, Arnout amassed experiences with Shell and Van Oord. Arnout holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Hydraulic and Offshore Engineering from Delft University of Technology.

A recent publication by Arnout is the report Accelerating the energy transition: cost or opportunity - McKinsey, September 2016.

Iain Robertson

Generation Sales Manager


A graduate engineer of the University of Strathclyde, Iain has been with SmartestEnergy since January 2008, having previously worked for ScottishPower and Contact Energy of New Zealand, and for 8 years in higher education international development roles. He has been a Scottish Renewables board member since March 2014.

SmartestEnergy is the UK’s leading purchaser of independently generated electricity and a renewable electricity supplier, with a power purchase portfolio of some 2.6GW. Iain has negotiated PPAs for all commercial renewable technologies, under the RO, FiT and CfD regimes.

Gavin Slater

Group Manager - City Energy & H2020 RUGGEDISED

Glasgow City Council

Gavin Slater BSc (Hons) graduated with an Honours Degree in Environmental Science & Environmental Management and is the Group Manager - City Energy and RUGGEDISED for Glasgow City Council. As Group Manager - City Energy & RUGGEDISED, Gavin is tasked with delivering the EU H2020 SCC-1-2016 funded RUGGEDISED project, as well as developing the district heating, renewable energy and smart energy strategies for Glasgow whilst ensuring Glasgow City Council meets its Sustainable Glasgow carbon reduction targets of 30% by 2020, and its commitments set out in its Energy & Carbon Masterplan for Glasgow.

Gavin was responsible for the design and implementation of the energy demonstrator projects as part of the £24M Future City – Glasgow project. These demonstrators involved demand-side management, deployment of sensors, 3D modelling of the cities energy consumption, and mapping the renewable energy opportunities in the city.

Chris Stark

Director of Energy and Climate Change

Scottish Government

Chris Stark is Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of Scotland’s approach to emissions-reduction and the accompanying energy system transition. His team provides advice to Scottish Ministers on all aspects of energy and climate policy – and on licensing and consent decisions for new onshore energy infrastructure. Chris previously headed the Strategy Unit, the Scottish Government’s central strategy team, and has worked in a number of Whitehall departments. He has wide experience of economic policymaking, in the Scottish Government, HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Colin Taylor

Director, Engineering Services Director

SP Energy Networks

Colin Taylor started his professional career in SP Energy Networks in 1990 as an operational engineer and has gained significant experience in Networks over the last 26 years in analytical, regulatory/commercial and strategic roles.

In 2007, he moved to the position of Head of Design where he was responsible for all major extensions, upgrades and new connections to the networks in Scotland, Merseyside and North Wales from 33kV to 400kV. Subsequently he was seconded to the role of Asset Strategy Director in 2009 prior to taking up the senior role as Head of Transmission Programmes in 2012. In this position he was responsible for leading the delivery of SP EnergyNetworks £2.5bn RIIO T1 Investment Programme on the 132kV, 275kV and 400kV system in Scotland. In 2014 took up his present role as the Engineering Services Director for the whole of SP EnergyNetworks. In this position Colin has full accountability and control of engineering design, standards and specifications, operational telecoms and real-time systems, future network technologies and network sustainability.

Mark Vyvyan-Robinson

Director of Investments and Development

EDF Energy Renewables

Mark Vyvyan-Robinson is Director of Investments and Development for EDF Energy Renewables. Mark is responsible for the company’s renewable energy development activities in the UK. His scope covers onshore wind, offshore wind and new technologies. Mark has been working for EDF Energy Renewables for just under 3 years. Previously Mark has worked on a number of commercial and strategy roles for EDF Energy and his early career was with Shell. Mark has a full-time MBA from London Business School and studied engineering at Cambridge.

Rob Williams

General Manager, Procurement - Utilities, Power & Cooling


Over 20yrs experience in the Energy industry; making a personal transition to low carbon in moving from coal mining to wind farm developer and now one of largest buyers of renewable energy in the UK.

Paul Winkle

Scottish Business Director

EDF Energy

Paul Winkle is EDF Energy’s Scottish Business Director and the station director at Torness power station.

He joined Scottish Nuclear (now EDF Energy) in 1996 and initially worked in the Engineering Office at East Kilbride. In April 2002 Paul became maintenance manager at Torness and in 2006 moved to acting plant manager at Hunterston B. He then returned to Torness as plant manager later on in 2006.

Paul was promoted to station director at Heysham 2 in Lancashire in 2008 and in 2009 moved back to Torness as station director.

Completing his studies at Glasgow University, Paul joined GEC Alstom as a graduate trainee before joining EDF Energy in 1996 as a senior engineer covering both of the company’s Scottish stations – Hunterston B and Torness.

Paul has two daughters - Kirsty (23) and Hannah (21) and lives in Gullane, East Lothian with his wife Alisoun.

Paul is also a published author as he edited an ‘Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ journal.

In his spare time he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, golf, swimming and travel.


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