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Speaker Biographies

Ahmed Aboushady


School of Engineering, Robert Gordon University

Ahmed Aboushady has received his B.Eng. (Hons) and MSc degrees in Electrical and Control Engineering from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST), Egypt in 2005 and 2008 respectively. His PhD degree in Electrical Engineering was awarded from University of Strathclyde, UK, in 2012. After this he joined University of Aberdeen, UK, as a post-doctoral research assistant from 2013 to 2015. Currently, he is a Lecturer at School of Engineering, Robert Gordon University. His research interest is power electronics applications in power systems and more recently, involved with DC transmission and distribution networks with DC/DC converters for integration of large scale renewables. Ahmed has published 17 peer reviewed papers, a textbook as well as a UK patent-pending application. Ahmed is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE) and is a peer review for a number of renowned international journals and conferences.

Andrew Bissell

Chief Executive Officer

Sunamp Ltd

Andrew is CEO of Sunamp Ltd a company that designs, produces and sells compact, highly efficient modular Heat Batteries that use non-toxic Phase Change Material (PCM) to store heat energy. As well as exceptionally high energy density, they provide hot water at high flow rates, delivering world-leading high power density. This makes them optimal for a wide range of applications, including energy efficiency, grid balancing and renewable energy.

Sunamp Heat Batteries are a packaged store of heat energy using Phase Change Materials (PCMs). They are scalable and can be tailored to specific applications from large-scale industrial use to household and to compact automotive solutions. Sunamp Ltd is based near Edinburgh and employs 20 staff, aiming to significantly grow staff numbers by the end of 2016. Sunamp’s first product, SunampPV will be fitted in 600 homes by March 2016.

Andrew is a successful technology entrepreneur, previously the founder and CEO of Voxar Limited, which achieved leading global market share in 3D medical visualisation, with a turnover in excess of €10M and 80+ employees. It is now part of Toshiba, and employs over 120 people in Edinburgh.

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 1.3GW of operational assets.

Prior to his current role, Nick sat at Board and Senior Director level in a number of leading retail financial service companies.

Gen Cannibal

Director of Operations

Mabbett Environmental Planning

Dr Gen Cannibal is the Director of Operations for Mabbett Environmental Planning (Mabbett EP). Gen has 25 years of academic and consultancy experience specialising in EIA methodologies and techniques. He is a full member of the Institute for Environmental Sciences and a registered Chartered Environmentalist.

Gen is a visiting lecturer at the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow. Furthermore, he has delivered professional development courses on EIA and SEA for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and for the World Bank at the Headquarters in Washington DC.
Gen heads up the Mabbett EP team which specialises in Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Landscape and Visual Impacts Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessment, Land Services, Hydrology, Ecology and Habitats Appraisals. Mabbett EP’s in-depth experience of specialist environmental planning can be widely demonstrated through a large number of commissioned works and projects. Mabbett EP also specialise in the design of interlinked systems such as blue-green infrastructure and hybrid renewable developments. Come say hello to Gen and Mabbett EP!

Jon Cape

Managing Director

iPower Energy Ltd

Jon is Managing Director of iPower, a social enterprise-based developer of low carbon projects working closely with Companies, Councils, Housing Associations and communities. It develops and funds both solar farms and solar rooftop projects and has developed low and zero FIT models. His career has spanned the fields of housing, economic development and utilities. Jon has fifteen years’ experience with renewables, mostly solar PV. He served on the Board of the trade association Scottish Renewables from 2009 to 2011 and established iPower in 2011.

Jon is Managing Director of iPower, a developer of low carbon projects in the UK. iPower has experience in solar PV, renewable heat and CHP .iPower is a social enterprise with a majority of profit promoting sustainable development. It can provide funding where appropriate under its social esco model.

Chris Clark


Emtec Energy

After attending university and gaining a BEng Hons in Building Services Engineering, Chris has worked within the construction industry in Scotland for the last 15 years, primarily as a consulting design engineer before transferring to commercial contracting and establishing the renewables division of Emtec in 2011.

During that time as director, Chris has overseen some of the largest local authority frameworks in the UK ranging from 250kW through to 3MW and has helped establish Emtec Energy as one of the largest Solar PV Contractors in Scotland.

Finlay Colville

Head of Market Research

Solar Media Ltd

Finlay Colville is head of market research at Solar Media Ltd. He is widely regarded as the leading authority on solar deployment in the UK market and regularly speak and writes on market trends including forecasts. Prior to joining Solar Media, he has head of solar at NPD Solarbuzz, managing a team of global solar analysts. He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Glasgow and a PhD in Physics from the University of St. Andrews.

Prof Graeme Cooke

School of Chemistry

University of Glasgow

School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow and Director of the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research

Professor Graeme Cooke has expertise in the design, synthesis and self-assembly of novel functional electro-active molecules and macromolecules with applications in materials and biomimetic chemistry. He has published over 130 refereed research papers and has secured > £7M in external funding as PI and Co-I. His current research is focused upon the synthesis and characterisation of donor and acceptor molecules/polymers for organic solar cells, organic dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells and hole transporting materials for perovskite cells. He is Head of the School of Chemistry at Glasgow and is Director of the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (SISER).

Ffinlo Costain


Costain Consulting

Ffinlo is director of Costain Consulting and for fifteen years he has helped deliver change at community level. He has run local and international campaigns, lobbied successfully in Brussels and Westminster, and worked as a journalist and radio broadcaster. Ffinlo has supported wind and solar projects across the UK, from Centrica/DONG's Celtic Array off-shore wind proposal, to Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy's recent solar share offer. He was also a founder member of the Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance, a network of around 40 organisations representing over a thousand local people. He now lives in Argyll.

Ffinlo believes community consent and participation is increasingly critical for renewable energy deployment. He is currently writing a book about community campaigning, which will be published in spring 2017.

John Forster


Solar Trade Association

John’s career in the construction industry spans over 25 years, in which he has built three successful businesses which form Forster Group. His vision to drive innovation, skills development, customer service and best practice in the solar, roofing and construction industry has seen him actively involved in the development of policy, advisory boards, skills development programmes and innovation through people, products and practice.

John sits on the Governance Board for the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. He is a board member of the (UK) Solar Trade Association, and the founding Chair of the Solar Trade Association Scotland which acts as a strong voice for solar in Scotland, and in addition he is a member of the Scottish Government’s Renewable Industry Advisory Group.

Anne-Marie Fuller


Scottish Solar Energy Group

Anne-Marie is chairperson of the Scottish Solar Energy Group (SSEG) an organisation that has promoted the benefits of solar in Scotland for over 35 years. She is also a non-exec director of AES Solar, Scotland's original solar thermal manufacturer.

While working for the Energy Technology Partnership and the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research, Anne-Marie worked to promote and facilitate engagement and collaborations between academics in Scottish universities and Scottish SMEs developing and/or promoting solar technologies. Latterly she was involved as the main ETP representative of the European North Sea Energy Alliance.

Anne-Marie is now living in the south west of Ireland in Tralee (one of the few places in Ireland with a district heating scheme). She is a member of the Kerry Sustainable Energy Co-Operative and is working with them to develop local community energy projects.

She has a BSc in chemistry from University College Dublin and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Edinburgh.

Jenny Hogan

Director of Policy

Scottish Renewables

Jenny is Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, the representative voice of Scotland’s renewable energy industry with around 280 member organisations. She leads the five-strong policy and membership team in helping to create the best possible conditions for the growth of the sector. Jenny has worked in renewables and sustainable development since 2004, with roles spanning business development, research, communications, and policy development across the full range of renewable technologies and wider sustainability landscape.

Thomas Houlding

Renewable Energy Consultant


Thomas is a renewable energy consultant in SgurrEnergy’s solar team and is based in Glasgow. Thomas is mainly involved in project management, site inspections, design reviews, contract reviews, solar resource and energy yield assessments for technical due diligence on PV solar plants. Recently, Thomas led technical due diligence and other assignments for battery energy storage systems installed at operational UK PV plants. Thomas’ renewable energy consultancy experience before joining SgurrEnergy has included working on solar PV, biomass and energy-from-waste power projects. Prior to starting work in the renewables sector, Thomas completed a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast (UK) and an M.Sc. in the same subject at Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands).

David Linsley-Hood

Technical Director

Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative

David is a chartered engineer with over ten years of experience in the design and development of commercial and co-operative renewable energy projects. Previously, David worked for the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), where he worked on some of the early UK biomass and bCHP installations, as well as lecturing on MSc programmes on Photovoltaics, biomass and CHP system design. As well as his role for the Solar Co-op. David is currently the Technical Manager for Renewables at Taylor and Fraser Ltd, where he delivers commercial scale renewable energy projects.

Andrew McGown

Solar PV Director


Andrew started in the solar industry in Australia for the largest commercial and domestic supplier and installer in 2009. Within one year he was an integral part of a team that saw sales rise from $3million to $100million.

Upon returning to Scotland, he brought knowledge of a more advanced market place home and held senior management roles at a domestic installer before joining Absolute in October 2013 as Solar PV Director. During Andrew’s tenure, Absolute has installed Scotland’s first solar farm and installs more solar technology than any other Scottish company.

Ian McLean

Consenting & Technical Services Team Manager

Locogen Ltd

Ian has over 10 years’ experience in the UK renewable energy sector and currently manages the Consenting & Technical Services Team within Locogen.

Locogen specialises in the development and operation of onshore wind, solar, hydro and anaerobic digestion technologies. Locogen has an experienced team of 25 professional project managers, engineers and environmental consultants with extensive knowledge in the feasibility, due diligence, design, consenting, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of renewable energy projects.

Ian is responsible for the delivery of pre-construction works (feasibility, planning, grid and due diligence) for all of Locogen’s consultancy and development projects. By the end of 2016 Locogen will have developed 28MW of wind, 10MW of solar, 2MW of hydro and 2MW of anaerobic digestion technologies, this installed capacity being a mix of stand-alone and embedded developments. The majority of this operational capacity was managed by Locogen from inception to commissioning and is still being operated by Locogen’s Asset Management team.

Prof Tariq Muneer

Professor of Energy Engineering

Edinburgh Napier University

Professor of Energy Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University, Professor Muneer is an international authority on solar radiation modelling. He is the author of over 230 technical articles and eight books.

Since 1987 he has served as the Chairman of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers’ Solar Data Task Group and in this capacity he was involved in the production of the CIBSE Guides A, C & J.

He has also been employed both by the government and industry as a consultant on a large number of engineering projects and has been awarded several prestigious awards.

Professor Muneer has successfully supervised over 30 doctoral completions and is currently overseeing the progression of a further five PhD candidates whose work profile ranges from large-scale solar and wind farms to electric vehicle energy management and modelling.

Laura Nicolson

Shared Ownership Development Manager

Local Energy Scotland

Laura Nicolson is the Shared Ownership Development Manager at Local Energy Scotland. She is supporting communities and developers across the Highlands and Islands region to realise the potential for Shared Ownership and Community Investment in Renewables. Her support can be one to one, through workshops and learning and will also include creating guidance and tools to smooth the path for Sharing Ownership of Renewables. With a background as an Electrical Engineer and work I Community Development overseas, she has worked in Community Energy in Scotland since 2009. In 2012 she set up Social Enterprise, Velocity Café and Bicycle Workshop in Inverness city centre. Laura returned to the Community Energy sector in 2015 with experience of the day to day, finance and practicalities of Community and Social Enterprise.

Dr Tadhg O'Donovan

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Heriot-Watt University

Dr Tadhg O’Donovan graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in 2001 and a Ph.D. (Thesis title: "Fluid flow and heat transfer of an impinging air jet") in early 2005; he won a Eurotherm Award for this work in 2008. He was appointed as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in Trinity College in 2005 and joined Heriot-Watt University in 2007 as an Assistant Professor; he was made an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 2015.

His research includes the design and control of solar thermal systems storage for domestic applications; this research supports Soltropy Ltd, Sunamp Ltd, Dukosi Ltd and AES Solar Ltd. His research also concerns the thermal management of High Concentrating Solar Photovoltaic Cells (HCPV) and Electronics and Biothermal Diagnostics.

Prof Sue Roaf

Professor of Architectural Engineering

Heriot Watt University

Susan built the Oxford Ecohouse in 1995 with the UK’s first integrated solar roof with 5m2 AES SHW system and 4kWp PV roof. She is an award winning teacher, designer and author of 20 books. In 2006 she Chaired the 2nd ISCI Congress on Solar Cities in Oxford. She has sat on the boards of Solar City Scotland (, Solar City Dundee and the Advisory Board of the Resilient Design Institute in New York ( She is a member of SISER, ASES the American Solar Energy Society, is an Architects Registration Board member, a non-executive Director of AES Solar Ltd ( and CEO of the Ecohouse Initiative Ltd. She is Chair of Initiative for Carbon Accounting in Scotland ( and Chair of the 2017 Passive Low Energy Architecture Conference in Edinburgh ( She was an Oxford City Councillor for seven years. She has had SMA batteries fitted in the Ecohouse.

Prof Neil Robertson

School of Chemistry

University of Edinburgh

Neil crossed the East-West divide leaving Lanarkshire to study his BSc and PhD degrees at the University of Edinburgh. He then worked in Freie Universitaet Berlin, University of Wales and Imperial College London before returning to Edinburgh in 2001, where he is now Chair of Molecular Materials. His research interests include new materials for emerging technologies in photovoltaics and photocatalysis. He is Energy Technology Partnership theme leader for Solar, and was previously Director of the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research, during which time he initiated and led a project to develop the first Solar Vision for Scotland in 2014. He is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has strong international research collaborations, most significantly in India, China and Japan where he has ongoing joint projects.

Richard Turnbull



Richard is a property lawyer, specialising in corporate real estate, property finance and energy transactions. Richard has recently joined TLT as a partner in their Scottish offices, building on a successful TLT energy practice in England and Wales. Richard has over ten years' experience in the Energy sector, acting for developers, landowners, funders and investors across a range of technologies, including solar, onshore and offshore wind, wave and tidal, district heating, biomass, hydro, energy from waste and nuclear. He regularly advises on land assembly issues, title and property due diligence, options, leases and land acquisition, access agreements, infrastructure agreements, securitisation, project acquisitions and project disposals.

Sarah Weatherhead

Technical Consultant

TNEI Services Ltd

Sarah co-ordinates TNEI Services’ energy storage projects and is a lead member of the grid connection team. She provides expert advice to storage developers on grid connections, site selection, revenue streams, and technical aspects of storage sites. Sarah has provided consultancy to Ofgem on network charging for storage sites, and delivered a report for Scottish Enterprise comparing technologies enabling renewable integration, including storage. Sarah also works with DNOs, including a project calculating the value that storage could bring to DNO networks by deferring reinforcement. She holds a first-class degree in physics from Oxford University.

TNEI’s breadth of experience in the energy sector means that the company can support at all stages of a storage project, including planning, environmental, grid connections, business case, electrical and civil design and grid compliance. TNEI’s storage team has recently developed a business case modelling tool for storage sites, which can assess value from a stack of revenue streams based on half-hourly data on generation, grid constraints and electricity prices.

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.

Felix Wight

Head of Development

Community Energy Scotland

Felix is currently Head of Development at Community Energy Scotland, a Scottish charity dedicated to supporting community development and regeneration through the ownership of renewable energy assets.

Felix leads on Community Energy Scotland’s ‘Local Energy Economies’ work, helping communities to overcome grid constraints and manage local energy use, using smart grid and energy storage technologies, including hydrogen production and electric transport.

Felix sits on a number of industry working groups to represent the interests of community energy organisations, including the Smart Grid Forum and Distributed Generation Forum.

He was previously employed as the Development Officer for Community Energy Scotland in Argyll, West Scotland, providing financial and technical support to local communities on a wide range of projects, from green plating village halls to multi-MW community wind farms.

Felix studied at Cambridge University and Imperial College London, and holds a BA in Social and Political Science and a MSc in Environmental Technology.