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Speaker Biographies

Andrew Bright

Director

ITPEnergised

Andrew has 20 years’ experience as an environmental professional working in consultancy and as an in-house advisor for a global corporate business. Working as a Senior Director, Andrew’s background includes the establishment of consulting services specialising in providing advisory services on renewable energy feasibility, carbon management, energy efficiency, product and supply chain sustainability and corporate responsibility.

Andrew provides advice on renewable energy strategies for major corporates, feasibility assessments for a range of energy technologies and provides technical due diligence support for wind, solar and biomass projects, as well as asset management services. He is a Chartered Environmentalist, Member of the Institute of Directors and an ESOS Lead Assessor.

Andrew is also co-founder and Director of OnGen Limited, an online software business established to provide online energy technology technical and commercial feasibility and is a Director of Energised Ventures Limited, an investment business for renewable developments.

Stuart Donnelly

Director, Solutions Consultancy & Cleantech EMEA

Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services

Stuart is the operational lead at Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability services in the EMEA region for strategic renewables consulting and regulatory affairs. Schneider Electric ESS provides energy management consulting services to over 300,000 Commercial & Industrial sites globally with a combined energy spend of $30Bn.

Stuart helps large buyers access renewable energy across markets and actively supports companies in reaching renewable energy and sustainability goals. Stuart has 11 years of renewable energy experience.

Matthew Grimwood

Partner

TLT LLP

Matthew specialises in the property aspects of renewable energy transactions and has acted for developers and funders in connection with several hundred wind, solar, biomass, hydro and other renewable energy projects. Matthew provides strategic advice on the structuring of transactions, due diligence, funding issues and the drafting and negotiation of a wide range of bespoke documentation.

Matthew has particular expertise in advising on the real estate elements of energy storage projects. Matthew also has experience in dealing with the acquisition and disposal of some of the first energy storage projects in the UK, along with taking these projects through to financial close and build-out.

Nicholas Gubbins

Chief Executive

Community Energy Scotland

Nicholas Gubbins is founding chief executive of Community Energy Scotland, a Registered Scottish Charity established in 2008, dedicated to supporting communities on sustainable energy development. He was Chief Executive of the Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company, CES’ predecessor. Before that he was Head of Community Regeneration at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, focused on supporting community-based development, the voluntary sector and social enterprise. Between 1982-2000 he worked for the Nature Conservancy Council and Scottish Natural Heritage. He is a Trustee of The Highland Hospice in Inverness and the Pebble Trust, a small charitable trust working for a more sustainable and equal society.

Jenny Hogan

Deputy Chief Executive

Scottish Renewables

Jenny is Deputy Chief Executive at Scottish Renewables, the representative voice of Scotland’s renewable energy industry with around 280 member organisations. She leads the 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.

Laura Kane

Senior Consultant

Smarter Grid Solutions

Laura studied at the Wind Energy Systems Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Strathclyde and is currently a Senior Consultant with Glasgow based software company, Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS).

Laura works with utilities across the world to assess and deliver Active Network Management projects and has worked with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks on the Northern Isles New Energy (NINES) project, SP Energy Networks’ Accelerating Renewables Connections (ARC) and Consolidated Edison’s Integration of Microgrids and DER. Alongside her project work, Laura also aids SGS in the creation of consultation responses to regulators and utilities and helped create successful paper submissions to various transmission and distribution conferences across the UK and Europe.

Josh King

Operations Manager

AES Solar

Josh King is Operations Manager at AES Solar. With 38 years of uninterrupted trading, AES Solar is now the oldest manufacturer of solar thermal in Western Europe, although now also specialises in all things solar from PV to off-grid and storage. After adding a PGDip in Renewables to his Master’s degree in Physics, Josh started at AES Solar working as a solar design engineer. After 2 years of working with such a dynamic company, he has been heavily involved in many areas of the business, from solar collector design, to cross organisation R&D projects, large commercial solar projects and even designing the companies first off-grid PV system in Nigeria. Although Josh’s main focus is ensuring that the company’s operations run smoothly, he is still heavily involved in the technical side of solar.

Alan Mason

Principal Consultant

TNEI

Alan has been Principal Consultant with TNEI since early 2014. He heads up the Power Systems and Technology team in Glasgow and is responsible for delivering power system and regulatory services to TNEI’s Scottish clients. In his previous role at Senvion he installed over 200 MW of onshore wind generation onto the distribution and transmission networks. Alan has participated in a number of NGET working groups looking at power quality issues such as harmonics.

Laura Nicolson

Shared Ownership Manager

Local Energy Scotland

Laura Nicolson is the Shared Ownership Manager at Local Energy Scotland, supporting communities, developers and local authorities to realise the potential for shared ownership of onshore renewables. Laura works on projects, guidance, tools and policy with the Local Energy Scotland team across the country.
With a background as an Electrical Engineer and work in community development overseas, Laura has worked in community energy in Scotland since 2009. In 2012 she founded and set up a Social Enterprise in Inverness city centre; Velocity Café and Bicycle Workshop.

Stuart Speake

CEO

Soltropy Ltd

Stuart is a qualified Engineer and has over 30 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment. During his early career Stuart progressed to Project Manager within a Scottish robotics manufacturer, selling worldwide. He then joined Gore-tex, a multi-national manufacturing organisation culminating in a project management role overseeing global projects and leading a multi-national team. However, he has always had a passion for renewables and whilst installing a solar thermal system on his own roof came up with the idea of an “ice immune” solar thermal panel. Since then the idea was developed with help from Heriot-Watt University and Innovate UK amongst others and recently Soltropy won the coveted Scottish Edge Higgs award. Soltropy now have UK patent granted on the original innovation with patent pending internationally with a further innovation patent pending. He left his job with Gore-tex in early 2017 to concentrate fully on bringing this innovation to market.

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.

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