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Speaker Biographies

Dr Anna Ferguson

Head of Power Networks

Atkins

Anna is Head of Power Networks with Atkins and a Chartered Engineer. She has a broad range of experience in project management, technical strategy, electricity regulation and markets, power systems studies and grid code compliance in the energy sector. She has also consulted extensively for clients including Ofgem, DECC, Scottish Government and investors. Anna holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Electrical and Information Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Electrical Power Systems. She has also completed CPD modules from London School of Economics in Corporate Finance and International Business. She is currently one of the teaching staff of Bath University, tutoring on the Electrical Power Systems course.

Rhian Kelly

Director, Business Environment

CBI

The Director for Business Environment spearheads our campaigns to boost investment in infrastructure, the low-carbon economy and the construction industry.
After joining the CBI in 2006, Rhian delivered the CBI's ground breaking report on climate change in 2007, which helped shift the perception of the role business can play in moving to a low-carbon economy. Rhian became head of Climate Change in 2008. Prior to joining the CBI, Rhian studied politics, social and economic history at Edinburgh University. She spent a year in Taipei, Taiwan before moving to Beijing for five years where she worked at the European Union Chamber of Commerce, providing a bridge between Europe and the Chinese government.

Clare Lacey

Partner

QMPF LLP

Clare leads the Renewables advisory business at QMPF. Clare is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, restructuring, and infrastructure and renewable energy advice. Clare is one of the four founding partners of QMPF.

Dr Graham Pannell

Energy Networks Lead

RES

Graham is a chartered electrical engineer with 13 years experience of the grid integration of renewable energy and wind energy technology; leading on distribution connection and charging policy, technical compliance and electrical control performance in RES. Graham is Vice-Chair of the ENA DG-DNO Steering Group, representing generation in establishing best practice for grid connections across GB. His five years at RES were preceded by renewables integration consultancy at ‘AC Renewables’ and Econnect, after a hands-on Engineering Doctorate at Newcastle University on Grid Fault Ride Through for Wind Turbine Doubly-Fed Induction Generators and a first-class degree in Astrophysics from Cambridge University.

Joe Phillips

Partner

Everoze

Joe has delivered technical, commercial and strategic advice to a wide range of players in the renewables space for more than 12 years. He led the offshore wind engineering team at Garrad Hassan before building the Strategy & Policy unit at DNV GL renewables. Founded by Joe and 5 others in 2015, Everoze is a technical and commercial energy consultancy, specialising in renewables.

Niall Stuart

Chief Executive

Scottish Renewables

Niall has been Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, the representative voice of the renewable energy industry in Scotland, since September 2009.

He is responsible for leading the organisation’s work to achieve the optimal legislative, regulatory and financial framework to deliver the growth of the renewable energy industry in Scotland.

A member of the First Minister’s Energy Advisory Board, Niall also co-chairs the Renewable Industry Advisory Group with Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism.

He was previously Press and Government Affairs Manager at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), before which he ran the Federation of Small Businesses’ Press and Parliamentary Office in Scotland.

Paul Wakeley

Electricity Charging Development Manager

National Grid

Paul is responsible for the development of the Transmission charging methodologies for National Grid System Operator. His key responsibilities are to facilitate the development of appropriate changes to the charging methodologies to facilitate better competition, cost reflectivity and development in transmission licencees’ businesses. Having joined National Grid in 2012, Paul previously worked on the development and implementation of the European Network Codes within GB, focussing on stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining the industry, Paul worked in consultancy. He is based in Warwick, UK.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy

Scottish Government

Born in Belfast, Paul was raised in Edinburgh, attending Stewart's Melville College. He has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from University of Edinburgh. He has lived in Berwickshire since 2000.

Between May 2011 and September 2012 Paul served on the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee, and the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. And was the Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy of the Scottish Government. Previously, between May 2011 and Feb 2012, Paul served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment and the Minister for Climate Change.

He was appointed as Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy in May 2016.

Daniel Wills

Project Manager

Vattenfall

Daniel has been working for Vattenfall in Cardiff for 4 years. He has worked primarily on the 228MW Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm in south Wales but also more recently on the Parc Cynog solar/wind co-location project scheme. Daniel is confident that there is a long term future for onshore wind as the cheapest form of generation in the UK and is at the forefront of Vattenfall’s cost reduction program.

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