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Speaker Biographies

James Alexander

City Finance Programme Director

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

James Alexander is Director of the City Finance Programme at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. In this role, James is responsible for C40’s work supporting global megacities to overcome the barriers to financing climate action. Specifically this is focused on providing technical assistance and support, helping cities address their challenges through peer-peer exchanges, sharing best practices and lessons learnt, and working at the international level to address the systemic financing barriers impacting on cities.

James is the C40 lead for the C40 Cities Finance Facility, a project implemented in partnership with GIZ, and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The C40 Cities Finance Facility supports C40 cities in developing countries to prepare and deliver finance-ready sustainable infrastructure projects, whilst building financial capacity, and sharing lessons learned.

Prior to joining C40, James served the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, advising the Scottish Government and other key stakeholders on economic growth in Scotland. As a major part of this role, James worked with the Leaders of Scotland’s cities helping to develop the Cities Strategy for Scotland and Scottish Cities Alliance focused on delivering additional investment, jobs and growth in Scotland’s cities.

As well as experience in economic development and sustainability, James also has a background in the education sector, including two years as President of the National Union of Students in Scotland.

Amy Braddick

Low Carbon Officer

Scottish Cities Alliance

Amy leads on the Low Carbon workstream for the Scottish Cities Alliance. Before joining the Alliance, Amy worked in sustainability and low carbon roles in both the public and private sector. She has an MSc in Applied Carbon Management.

Amy leads on collaborative projects with the themes of energy efficiency, low carbon heat, energy systems and the circular economy. Amy recognises the important role that Scotland's Cities have, particularly through the Scottish Cities Alliance, in supporting, developing and enabling the low carbon economy.

Alastair Brown

Director of Localities & Infrastructure

Stirling Council

Alastair is the Director of Localities & Infrastructure at Stirling Council having taken up the post in October 2016. His department covers all aspects of place at city and rural level across the Stirling area as well as a number of corporate areas including finance, legal and IT. Previous to this he was Head of Sustainability & Environment and Chief Resilience Officer at Glasgow. The UK & Scottish Governments have recently announced a new City Deal for Stirling and, whilst the detail has still to be finalised, there are a number of exciting projects due in Stirling. The Council will want to incorporate a variety of themes including low carbon and Alastair will provide his thoughts on what a low carbon Stirling could look like in future as well as his insight on how low carbon programmes have operated elsewhere.

Sam Greer

Engineering Director

Stagecoach UK Bus

Sam Greer has more than 30 years' experience in the bus industry. He began his career in 1984 as an apprentice mechanic with the then Scottish Bus Group. He later worked for London Metroline and Strathclyde Buses before joining Western Scottish in 1992 as depot engineer. He was appointed as Engineering Director of Stagecoach West Scotland in 1997, a position he held until 2006 when he took on the role of Managing Director of the company.

In May 2010, Sam Greer was appointed to the role of Regional Director Scotland for Stagecoach UK Bus, with overall responsibility for all of Stagecoach's Scottish bus. In 2016 Sam was appointed to the role of Engineering Director for the Stagecoach UK Bus division. He is part of the Stagecoach UK Bus Management Team with responsibility for health and safety, environment, engineering and purchasing.

James Higgins

Policy Manager


James Higgins is Policy Manager at SGN.

SGN manage the network that distributes natural and green gas to 5.9 million homes and businesses across Scotland and the south of England. James joined SGN’s Policy and Public Affairs team in 2012 and stepped up to lead the company’s work in this area in 2014. He engages with internal and external colleagues to manage the risks that changes in government policy could have on the company. He works across a range of issues from smart metering to the future of the gas network and is also responsible for managing relationships with MPs, MSPs, and other key stakeholders. James holds a Masters degree in energy policy.

Richard Long

Head of Business Development - Urban Energy


Richard is a chartered engineer, with over 25 years of technical and commercial experience within the energy sector, predominantly focused on district heating, CHP and other decentralised energy solutions. Incorporating a range of traditional and innovative technologies, his roles have covered the breadth of the project lifecycle, from business and project development through to project management and operations.

Richard has recently joined ENGIE UK as Head of Business Development in their Urban Energy business, which includes their market leading district heating activities. Previously, he has worked at other leading energy and construction companies.

Councillor Adam McVey


Energy for Edinburgh

Adam is the SNP Councillor for the Leith Ward.

He has a background in Economics and International Law and has worked for an accountancy firm, social investment charity, the Fringe Festival and for a leading human rights charity.

Committees and Boards

As well as being the Vice Convener of the Transport and Environment committee, Adam is also a Member of the following Council committees:

Finance and Resources, Economy, Planning & Development Management Sub Committee and the Lothian Joint Valuation board.
He also sits on various boards across the city, Transport For Edinburgh, Changeworks, Citadel Youth Centre and is the Chair of Edinburgh’s First Council owned energy company, Energy for Edinburgh.

Rob Pedersen

City Architect

Dundee City Council

Rob has over 30 years construction industry experience in both private and public sectors. Latterly this has been in local government with responsibility for the design, procurement and delivery of the Council’s Capital and Housing programmes with emphasis on energy and low carbon management and addressing fuel poverty.

Rob sits on the Council’s Climate Change Board, Fuel Poverty Working Group and chairs the Sustainability and Energy Working Group. He is also involved in the delivery of the Council’s Strategic Energy Action Plan.

Rob leads the Council’s District Energy Strategy Group in delivering a series of small 2-3Mw energy centres with multi-integrated technologies, the first of which will commence in 2017.

He also chairs the Dundee Partnership City-wide District Heating Strategy working with peer organisations to deliver an integrated district heating network across the City.

He also leads in the Tay Cities Deal Regional Energy Generation Project.

Rory Shanahan

Energy Consultant

The Carbon Trust

Rory is a qualified Energy Systems Engineer in the Carbon Trust’s carbon management and energy efficiency team in Scotland. He has worked extensively with a range of public and private sector organisations across the UK, Ireland, and more recently in Mexico, providing technical and strategic advice on reducing carbon emissions through energy management, energy efficient technologies, and renewable energy generation. He is part of the team for the Support Unit, provided by Mott MacDonald, the Carbon Trust and partners, offering energy performance contracting advice to public sector bodies for the Scottish Government’s Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency Framework.

For over ten years the Carbon Trust has been developing its Low Carbon Cities programme, supporting cities and regions to design and deliver area-wide carbon reduction strategies and achieve transformational carbon, resource and financial savings. Our vision is of collaborative area-wide strategies led by local governments, championed and coordinated by the public sector, actively supported by the private sector and owned by the entire community.

Simon Tricker

Chief Digital Officer & Smart Cities Consultant


Simon is a digital transformer with a passion for leading and directing delivery teams across smart cities, business and digital transformation. Simon has a deep understanding of developing engaging products, UX and content to drive business performance while engaging diverse communities. He has extensive experience of delivery across a range of projects within the context of smart cities. These include developing and leading new technology solutions, creating engaging and simplifying complex user experiences.

Working in partnership with a multidisciplinary team led by Austin-Smith:Lord and MVRDV to design a District Regeneration Framework for Glasgow's City Centre Districts, Simon’s role is to support and highlight the emerging smart cities standards, capture existing & planned smart cities projects, and to develop digital tools that enable citizens to shape the future of Glasgow.

Previously, Simon was the Design, Innovation & Engagement Manager for Future City Glasgow and OPEN Glasgow, combining a strategic business role with extensive stakeholder management.