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Speaker Biographies

David Bell

Director

David Bell Planning Ltd

David Bell Planning Ltd (DBP) is a specialist renewable energy planning consultancy established by David Bell in June 2019. David is a Chartered Town Planner and planning consultant with 30 years’ experience of planning and development practice. He was previously Head of Planning for JLL in Scotland and held that role for almost 20 years. He has particular expertise in relation to energy planning and onshore wind development. He has advised on some of the UK’s largest renewable energy projects including the Viking, Dorenell, Fallago Rig, South Kyle and Millennium Extension Wind Farms in Scotland, and Scout Moor in England. David has advised on feasibility studies and planning applications covering onshore wind energy, biomass, solar and transmission infrastructure. David is a recognised leading planning consultant on renewable energy development and frequently acts in the capacity of expert planning witness at Public Local Inquiries and in Appeals throughout the UK.

Barry Carruthers

Head of Innovation & Sustainability

ScottishPower

Barry leads the Corporate Innovation and Sustainability function at ScottishPower. This ranges from strategic activities in the decarbonisation of transport and heat and other emerging technologies, to initiatives focused upon the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Following several years in ScottishPower Renewables where Barry led activities in marine energy and wind innovations, he now works across all ScottishPower divisions in order to foster innovations and sustainability across the sector.

Claire Mack

Chief Executive

Scottish Renewables

Claire has been Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, the representative voice of Scotland’s renewable energy industry, since October 2017. She is responsible for leading the organisation’s work to grow Scotland’s renewables sector and sustain its position at the forefront of the global clean energy industry.

Claire is a member of the First Minister’s Energy Advisory Board and the Renewables Industry Advisory Group, co-chaired by Scotland’s Energy Minister.

Before joining Scottish Renewables, Claire was Director of Policy and Place at the Scottish Council for Development. She has previously worked in various roles at Ofcom in Scotland, focusing on economic regulation of telecoms, radio spectrum and the mail market 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.

Tim Marshall

Journalist, Author and Broadcaster

The former Diplomatic Editor and foreign correspondent for Sky News, Tim Marshall brings thirty years’ experience in reporting, presenting and writing about current affairs and international news to the corporate circuit as a keynote speaker and conference facilitator. Through his speech, blogs and books, including New York Times bestseller ‘Prisoners of Geography’, Tim translates his political analyses of world affairs into terms that appeal to all audiences.

Nick Sharpe

Director of Communications & Strategy

Scottish Renewables

Nick Sharpe is Scottish Renewables’ Director of Communications & Strategy. His work involves overseeing Scottish Renewables’ media and public affairs work and liaising between the organisation’s member companies, the media and other stakeholders to promote positive news about the sector to diverse audiences.
A former journalist, Nick trained on the South Wales Echo then spent seven years at the Sun, latterly as Chief Reporter.
He then spent a year at Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s largest public relations consultancies.
At Scottish Renewables he’s also responsible for aspects of marketing and all the organisation’s social media.

Chris Stark

Chief Executive

Committee on Climate Change

Chris has been Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change since April 2018. His previous role was Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of Scotland’s approach to emissions-reduction and the accompanying energy system transition. His team provided advice to Scottish Ministers on all aspects of energy and climate policy – and on licensing and consent decisions for new onshore energy infrastructure. Prior to that Chris headed the Strategy Unit, the Scottish Government’s central strategy team, and he has worked in a number of Whitehall departments. He has wide experience of economic policymaking, in the Scottish Government, HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Morag Watson

Director of Policy

Scottish Renewables

Morag is Scottish Renewables’ Director of Policy. Her work involves overseeing Scottish Renewables’ policy function and key projects within Scotland’s leading renewables trade body, working on behalf of 250+ organisations to grow Scotland’s renewable energy sector and sustain its position at the forefront of the global clean energy industry.

Morag has worked in policy for over 15 year and was previously a Senior Policy Officer with WWF Scotland, specialising in climate change, sustainable development and behaviour change. During this time, she worked on the Scottish Government’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development Action Plans, worked as an advisor to UNESCO and helped found the Scotland’s Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development within the University of Edinburgh.

Morag holds a degree in Environmental Geoscience from the University of Edinburgh, is a qualified Hill and Moorland Leader and lives in a self-built eco-home in Central Scotland.

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