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Speaker Biographies

Councillor John Alexander

Leader of Dundee City Council

and Chair of Scottish Cities Alliance

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Richard Bellingham


Institute of Future Cities, University of Strathclyde

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Eddie Boyd

Energy & Sustainability Manager

The Highland Council

Eddie is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Chartered Manager with almost 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, working in private and public sectors. He has been with the Highland Council since 1999 and has been the main driver for the installation of renewable energy systems in buildings to the point that this is now the default choice for any installation carried out to Council property.

From off-grid wind turbines and building PV systems in 2000, the Council now has the full spectrum of renewable heat and energy systems in domestic, education, social work and leisure properties. The Energy, Engineering and Sustainability team led by Eddie has achieved recognition in a number of national and international awards and strives to innovate and improve.

Viv Cockburn

Director of Corporate Services and Low Carbon

Scottish Futures Trust

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Mike Collins

Senior Geologist

Arup & Geon Energy Ltd

Mike Collins is the Applied Geology Skills Leader in the United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa Region (UKMEA) for Arup and is Scottish Projects Manager for the Arup and Geothermal Engineering Ltd Joint Venture company 'Geon Energy Ltd'. Mike is the Project Manager of the Kilmarnock Halo Deep Geothermal Single Well project which will be the first deep geothermal low carbon district heat network project to be delivered in Scotland.

Mike is a Chartered Geologist, Scientist and Environmentalist and UK Registered Ground Engineering Professional (RoGEP) who works within Arup’s Deep Geology business and has responsibility for Arup Deep Geology and Geothermal projects being undertaken in Scotland.

Ian Dunsmore

Project Manager

Scottish Water Horizons

Ian Dunsmore has worked in the water industry, both in Scotland and New Zealand, for over 18 years. In this time he has developed a diverse skill set including experience in the operational, business development and strategic planning sectors of the water industry. This varied and extensive range of experience provides him with the knowledge to offer insights from multiple viewpoints.

In his current role as a Project Manager within Scottish Water Horizons, Ian delivered the UK’s first heat from waste water system at Borders College in Galashiels and continues to develop opportunities to deploy more of these innovative schemes across Scotland.

Jenny Hogan

Deputy Chief Executive

Scottish Renewables

As one of two senior managers reporting directly to the CEO, Jenny has strategic oversight of the policy function and key commercial projects within Scottish Renewables, working on behalf of 250+ member organisations to secure a brighter, cleaner energy future for Scotland.

Since 2010 and before taking on her current role, Jenny was Director of Policy and then Director of Policy & Membership. During this time she has been instrumental in implementing a major transformation of the organisation and its impact on the media debate and political decision-making in Scotland in recent years.

Jenny has been with Scottish Renewables, the voice of Scotland’s renewable energy industry, continuously since 2008 and has worked in renewable energy and sustainable development for more than a decade.

Jenny first joined Scottish Renewables in 2004, working initially in business development before leading on policy development for renewable heat, bioenergy and marine energy, and later the wind energy sector. She also led the policy, research and communications work of sustainable development charity, Forward Scotland, between 2007-8.

Bill Ireland

Chief Executive

Logan Energy

Bill Ireland has over 30 years’ experience in engineering with specialist knowledge in energy within the built environment, alternative technologies, sustainable design and innovation in technology.

As Operations Director in 2008 then MD and CEO since 2012, Bill has made Logan Energy the provider of over 98% of the UKs installed capacity of fuel cell distributed generation and developed the business into a world leading provider of hydrogen based solutions for energy storage and energy sector shifting which is demonstrated at the Levenmouth Community Energy Project.

Bill believes that proven hydrogen and fuel cell technologies integrated with existing energy and transport systems will play an increasing role in our future energy solutions, providing lower cost, security of supply, and alternative transport fuels delivering reduction in carbon dioxide and other pollutant emissions.

Claire Mack

Chief Executive

Scottish Renewables

Claire works across a wide range of sectors and technologies and is focused on creating opportunities for the renewables industry in Scotland to deliver strong future growth and enable it to deliver on future ambitions of securing a low-carbon economy. Scottish Renewables is the representative body of the renewables energy industry in Scotland.

Claire was previously Director of Policy and Place at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and led on telecoms, spectrum and postal issues. She has also worked in various roles at Ofcom in Scotland, focusing on economic regulation 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.

Andy Maybury


Community Energy Scotland

Andy read engineering at Cambridge University, specialising in electrical, electronic and control engineering. He has been responsible for islanded LV mini-grids and battery-based ELV sustained power systems for mission-critical equipment in remote places, powered by several intermittent and dispatchable sources. He has worked on various renewable energy generators and their control systems as well as developing practical solutions for unreliable power sources.

Andy’s work with Community Energy Scotland over the last seven years has included support for local community groups in the Scottish Borders and providing the community liaison for SPEN’s ARC project. He is currently involved in many of CES’s local energy projects that are investigating ways in which demand-side flexibility and active network management can bring benefits to the grid, consumers and generators.

He lives with his wife and younger son in Scotland’s first SuperHome, having reduced the carbon impact of the house by 87%.

Ben Miller

Policy and Communications Manager Scotland

SmartEnergy GB

Smart Energy GB is the voice of the smart meter rollout. It’s our task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to get gas and electricity under control.

Ben has worked on Scottish stakeholder activity for Smart Energy GB for three years. In previous roles, Ben has worked at the Scottish Parliament and the University of Edinburgh in the areas of energy and sustainability.

Dave Pearson


Star Renewable Energy

Dave has been involved in renewable heat since 2009 when Star deployed a combined heating and cooling solution for a UK chocolate factory, where waste heat was recycled. Later the same technique was used in Drammen and several other sites harvesting heat from local resources. As at Feb 2018, Dave is hoping to commence construction of the UK’s largest inner city river source heatpump at the Gorbals in Glasgow but emitting less than half the CO2 an no local NOx emissions. Whether it ultimately happens or not Dave will share the story of the journey so far; hopefully not the final chapter! With a further round of LCITP funding available from the Scottish Government this session promises an insight into funding Transformational Projects.

Dave is a graduate of Strathclyde with an B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering with European Studies and Business Mgt and a Masters in Business Administration. He leads Star Renewable Energy in pursuit of UK repeat “Drammens”.

He is also Chairman of CeeD-Scotland a peer to peer knowledge sharing group with 200 members across Scotland with clinic areas including lean manufacturing, marketing, energy, HR and much more.

Rick Symington

Commercial Director

Argent Energy

Rick Symington is Commercial Director at Argent Energy. Rick joined the parent company of Argent Energy, John Swire & Sons, in 2004 and has worked in Hong Kong, London, Bangladesh, Nepal and Singapore, working in various management positions with Cathay Pacific and Swire Pacific Offshore in the aviation and offshore shipping sectors respectively. Rick joined Argent in 2016 to look after the commercial arm of the company, focusing in particular on the growth of the business into the UK domestic fuel market.

Rick holds degrees in Classics and Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Cambridge and lives in Edinburgh with his wife and 3 children.

Ken Ross OBE


Ross Developments & Renewables Ltd

Ken is the CEO of Ross Developments & Renewables Ltd operating throughout Scotland and the UK. He is Chair of 3H York Ltd which works with PGIM the investment managers for the Coop Pension Fund on ethical affordable housing investments throughout the UK and Ireland. He is also a Director of The HALO Kilmarnock Ltd which is working with the UK and Scottish Governments to redevelop the former Johnnie Walker site in Kilmarnock.

He graduated in 1970 and qualified as a Surveyor in 1972. Ken was President of the Scottish Housebuilders Association in 1987/1988 and was a founding Director when Homes for Scotland was formed. He went on to become Chairman of the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) during 2007.
In 2007, Ken was a member of the Sullivan Committee advising the Scottish Ministers on a low carbon strategy for Scotland and is now actively involved in sustainability and renewable projects throughout Scotland, including the first Geothermal Deep Well District Heating scheme in Scotland at Kilmarnock.
In December 2007, he was awarded an OBE for his services to the Construction Industry.

In 2010, he was appointed to the Housing Policy Advisory Board, advising Scottish Ministers on housing matters in Scotland and continues to serve on the Housing Policy and Delivery Group. He is a Member of the Executive Committee of SCDI and sits on the Policy Board of the SPF.

In 2011 KR was invited to become a Governor of the Glasgow School of Art and in 2016 he became Chair of the GSA Trustees. He also serves on the Development Board for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow.

Mark Wheeldon

Innovation Project Manager - Hydrogen 100


An engineer with 35 years’ experience. Born in Manchester where he studied mechanical engineering at Bolton University Mark brings unique insight and experience into his current position as the Innovation project manager responsible for SGN’s Hydrogen 100 project.

In his varied and successful career with numerous gas distribution and utilities company’s Mark has been responsible for defining and delivering Engineering policy, Account management, Network operations and Maintenance with major utilities companies.

In his current role, he is the project manager for SGN’s100% hydrogen project which is assessing the viability of constructing and operating the first hydrogen distribution network in Scotland.

Project Description H100

At present Natural gas is the principle fossil fuel used for domestic heating in the UK. To progress towards the 2050 UK Government carbon target all methods of decarbonisation need to be explored. The introduction of hydrogen into the energy mix is a potential solution and could form an important part of the UK’s low carbon future. This feasibility study is the first phase of a 5-phase project that has the overall objective of assessing the viability of constructing and operating a hydrogen distribution network and then developing a Safety case, Compliance framework and work program that will enable the design, construction, field trial and enduring operation of the first 100% hydrogen distribution network.

Kate Turner

Legal Director

Pinsent Masons LLP

Kate is a legal director at Pinsent Masons with over 15 years’ experience specialising in advising clients (both UK and internationally) in the downstream, renewables and low carbon sectors of the energy market (for both private and public sector clients). Kate regularly advises on onshore and offshore wind, biomass/CHP and solar projects and on energy efficiency, district heating schemes and energy storage projects as well as regulatory matters affecting the energy market. Kate is recognised as a leading individual in Legal 500 and holds several key external appointments including to the board of the Scottish Government's Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, the District Heating Loan Funds Panel, Scotland's Low Carbon Infrastructure Taskforce and the Scottish Government's Short Life Working Group on District Heating and Energy Efficiency Regulation.


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