Speaker Biographies

Professor Jim Skea,

Pofessor Jim SkeaJim Skea has particular research interests in energy, climate change and technological innovation. He has been Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, based at Imperial College, since 2004 He previously directed the Policy Studies Institute and the Economic and Social Research Council’s’ Global Environmental Change Programme.

He has operated at the interface between research, policy-making and business throughout his career. He is a founding member of the Committee on Climate Change and a Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III (climate change mitigation). He is also on the Boards of the Stockholm Environment Institute and Renewables East. He was Launch Director for the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and for several years chaired the Scottish Power Green Energy Trust.

He recently chaired the Technical Advisory Group that developed the British Standards Institution specification for assessing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services.


Dr Damian Carrington,
Guardian and Observer

Dr Damian CarringtonDamian Carrington is the Head of Environment at the Guardian and the Observer. Previously he has worked at New Scientist, BBC News Online and the Financial Times. He has a PhD in geology from the University of Edinburgh, where he also did post-doctoral research, and a degree in Earth science from the University of Cambridge.


Gordon Mackerron,
SPRU; University of Sussex

Gordon MackerronGordon MacKerron is Director, SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) University of Sussex, having previously directed the Sussex Energy Group within SPRU from 2005 to 2008. This followed four years as Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting, London and an earlier career for over 20 years at SPRU. He is an economist specialising in energy and environmental economics, with degrees in economics from the Universities of Cambridge and Sussex. His academic career has specialized in the economics and policy issues of electricity and especially nuclear power, in which he has published and broadcast widely. He has frequently been Specialist Adviser or invited witness before House of Commons Select Committee inquiries on energy subjects. From June to December 2001 he was on secondment to the PIU, Cabinet Office, as Deputy leader of the UK Government's Energy Review team. He chaired the Government's independent Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM)from 2003 to 2007 and is currently a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.


Steve Cirell,
Programme Director for Green Cornwall/Cornwall Country Council

Stephen has worked in the public and private sector for over 25 years. Since entering the private sector in 1993, he has been responsible for building up Eversheds local government business. It is now independently acknowledged as the leader in this field, with a turnover of over £25m per annum. Stephen has practised in a number of different areas of local government law and has written widely on a variety of areas.

Since 2007, he has focused strongly on the area of climate change. He has written a number of articles and Briefing Notes on different aspects of climate change, ranging from waste management, legal powers to generate electricity, the Carbon Reduction Commitment, eco towns, other local authority powers, and related subjects. He recently contributed to the LGA's publication Cutting the green tape, which focused on local authority powers.

Stephen has also been involved in the Local Government Information Unit's Carbon Trading Councils project, which is a dry run for carbon trading as required by the Climate Change Act 2008. This has included providing advice to the LGIU and contribution to the project's final report. In August 2009, Stephen joined Cornwall Council on secondment as its Programme Director for Green Cornwall, to lead on all climate change issues. His role includes developing a holistic plan for climate change across all the authority's activities and actively considering opportunities under the Carbon Reduction Commitment and for renewable energy generation. functions.


Dr Keith MacLean,
Policy and Public Affairs Director, Scottish and Southern Energy

Dr Keith MacLeanKeith joined SSE in 1994 following a career in Germany and Scotland working in Research & Development and Business Management. At SSE he has worked in a number of areas of the core energy business and was also responsible for starting-up and running its telecoms business from 1997 to 2004. Since 2004 he has been responsible for policy and public affairs. He also has the company lead in sustainability policy - ensuring that SSE carries out its internal and external activities in a sustainable manner, taking a balanced view on the economic, environmental and social elements of its work. Outside SSE, he is a member of the Executive of the Micropower Council as well as Director on the Board of the Scottish Renewables Forum (SRF). Keith is also Chairman of the Board at the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy (UKBCSE). In addition to this trade association activity he is a government advisor on reneawable energy policy and was appointed to the Renewables Advisory Board in December 2007. Keith is also an honorary fellow of the University of Exeter and part of the Energy Policy Group.


Mark Yeoman
Deputy Director, Convergence Partnership Office for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Mark YeomanMark Yeoman is the Deputy Director of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Convergence Partnership Office. The Partnership Office undertakes the communications and public relations for the 2007 to 2013 European Convergence Programmes for Cornwall and the isles of Scilly, telling the story Ė the what, the why and the impact of the Programmesí investment. This includes highlighting the complementary nature of the investment of the two Programmes.

Mark was involved in the development, drafting and negotiation of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly ERDF Convergence Operational Programme. As both Environment Manager and Deputy Director in the Objective One Partnership Office Mark championed the environment as an economic driver and the use of the environment as a cross cutting theme in EU structural funds. Markís experience and knowledge on this subject has been acknowledged by the European Commission and UK Government.

He is a graduate ecologist and chartered Town Planner whose professional career has included substantial local authority experience in strategic land use planning, environmental appraisal, and rural economic regeneration as well as working for an environmental non governmental organisation and the Inland Revenue, London.


Prof. Catherine Mitchell,
University of Exeter

Professor Catherine MitchellCatherine Mitchell is Professor of Energy Policy at Exeter University, having worked on energy issues since the early 1980s. She has worked previously as an academic in the Centre for Management Under Regulation at the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (2000-2007); the Energy Group of the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex (1990-2000); and the Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley (1999). Prior to that she was a journalist writing about oil and gas issues (1982-6).

Catherine’s research interest is how to undertake the transition from the current ‘dirty’ energy system to a sustainable energy system, at a rate which is quick enough to make a difference to the planetary imperative of climate change and which maintains energy security. She views this question as a system issue. This requires addressing all the issues which make up a system such as policy (and politics), institutions (including economic regulation), infrastructure, economics, innovation, law and planning.  She is interested in what enables, constrains or channels energy system innovation at a local, regional, national and international level. She is also interested in the overlapping spheres of energy (including transport), waste resources and food policy and how energy policy fits within the broader climate change policy.


Dr Bridget Woodman,
University of Exter

Dr Bridget WoodmanBridget Woodman is course director for the MSc Energy Policy course and a member of the Energy Policy Group in the School of Geography, University of Exeter. Previously she worked at Warwick Business School as a UKERC Research Fellow in its Infrastructure and Supply theme. Prior to that she undertook her DPhil on Renewables and Distributed Generation at SPRU, University of Sussex. The majority of Dr Woodmanís work is focused on the policy and regulatory aspects of a transition to sustainable energy systems and her publications reflect this area she has developed. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change. Bridget has been involved in engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, including companies, communities and individuals on both climate and energy related issues. Bridget has provided advice, reporting and consultation on energy issues for Green Alliance, European Commission, DTI, BERR and Greenpeace. Bridget has a strong focus on policy and regulatory aspects of delivering sustainable energy systems from a multidisciplinary perspective


Juliet Davenport,
Chief Executive Good Enery Group

Juliet DavenportJuliet Davenport is Chief Executive and founder of Good Energy Group, a company that enables people to make a difference to climate change through its products and services, including Good Energy 100% renewable electricity, Good Energy Shop, and Good Energy Generation. Juliet graduated from Merton College, Oxford. In 1994 she completed a Masters degree in economics and environmental economics at Birkbeck College, London. Before entering the private sector, Juliet worked at the European Commission on European energy policy and later at the European parliament on carbon taxation. In 1999, Juliet began working with environmental consultancy ESD on a project to set up the company that would eventually become Good Energy.


Sarah Darby,
Environmental Change Institute, Oxford

Sarah DarbySarah Darby researches social and behavioural aspects of energy use with the Lower Carbon Futures team at the ECI, with a particular interest in how people learn about energy management. She is part of the evaluation team for the UK Demand Reduction trials, and was a co-author of 40% House, a widely-debated study of the prospects for reducing carbon emissions from the UK housing stock. Sarah holds a BSc in Ecological Science from Edinburgh University and a doctorate from Oxford. She writes and speaks on energy in relation to user behaviour, information and advice programmes, technological developments and equity issues.


Judith Ward,
Sustianbility First/University of Exeter

Judith WardJudith is an energy policy professional with long-standing practical experience of both the utility and consumer worlds. She is an adviser to the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy (UKBCSE) and a board member of the Institute for European Environment Policy. Judith spent fourteen years with National Grid (1990-2004), where her last role was a six-year period as Group Head of Public Affairs. Her early career was spent, inter al, in policy roles with the House of Commons Environment Select Committee and with the national Electricity Consumersí Council. She has a masterís degree in Energy Resources Management.

Over the past five years, Judith has written several major policy papers on low carbon energy for the UKBCSE, and has published extensively on policies for GB household smart meters with the environment think-tank, Sustainability First. Judith is also an honorary fellow of the University of Exeter and part of the Energy Policy Group.


Robin Van Der Bij,

Robin Van Der BijFounder of Ecohouse Robin is a civil engineer who developed an obsession with sustainable building while designing his own home with wife Nicky.

He now spends most of his time fine tuning domestic house designs and making sure that all construction works are carried out with the same obsessive attention to detail.

With a management team consisting of 5 members and a site team of 10-15, the business has taken on the task to radically improve the Cornish housing stock and build the most energy efficient new houses in the county.

The quintessential Dutchman at heart, he loves cheese, windmills and wooden shoes! He has been surfing since he was a teenager (“yes, you can surf in Holland!”), is a keen snowboarder and is looking to spend more time sailing out on the Carrick Roads now he has moved to Flushing. But as a new Dad is finding spare time a thing of the past!


Kirsty Hamilton,
Chatham House

Kirsty HamiltonKirsty Hamilton currently leads the Renewable Energy Finance Project, as an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, working with mainstream financiers on the policy conditions for investment. She has 20 years experience at the UN climate change negotiations as an Observer (NGO and business), and various advisory board positions including UNEPís Finance Initiative (climate change work); and the World Economic Forumís Global Action Council on Sustainable Energy. In 2005-2007 she was an IPCC Expert Reviewer.


Daniel Argyropoulos,
Garrad Hassan

Daniel ArgyropoulosDaniel Argyropoulos heads the Strategic and Policy Studies Group at GL Garrad Hassan since April 2009. Before joining GL GH, he worked at the German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety for more than 5 years, where he was tasked with developing renewable energy and climate change policy at national and international level. He holds a degree equivalent to a Masters degree in political science from the Free University of Berlin.


Chris Harris,
RWE npower

Chris Harris is the Head of Retail Regulation at RWE npower, following a period as Head of Industry, Networks and Agreements. His background is in trading, consulting and asset management. He is a visiting professor in the Centre for Sustainable Power Distribution at the University of Bath


Tim Tutton,

Tim TuttonTim is one of the leading UK experts on the regulation of energy networks. He joined Oxera in 2007 from National Grid, where he was Director of Regulation, and Director of the transmission price control review, which was completed at the end of 2006. He continues to be a senior adviser to National Grid on regulatory issues.  Prior to working for National Grid, he was Director of UK Utility Regulation at PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Anthony Froggat,
Chatham House

Anthony FroggatSince 1997 Antony has worked as a freelance consultant on energy and climate issues in the EU and internationally.   He has also been an Associate Fellow at the Warwick Business School and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, where he is working on low carbon development in China.  He has also worked extensively with environmental groups, academics and public bodies in Europe and Asia specialising in the development of policies, initiatives and capacity building. Furthermore, he is a regular speaker at conferences, universities and training programmes across Europe.


Robin Oakley,

Robin Oakley became head of the Greenpeace UK climate and energy team in 2006 and has since led Greenpeace in the successful multi-NGO campaign to stop new unabated coal plants, (which focused on the proposed and now shelved new plant at Kingsnorth) and to stop the proposed (and now cancelled) third runway at Heathrow. He has been a specialist in energy policy and a campaigner for clean energy for almost a decade, leading Greenpeace’s campaigns promoting offshore wind, the onshore wind campaign yes2wind, and numerous projects championing decentralized energy. He produced the webby nominated short film on clean energy “The Convenient Solution” and has overseen the delivery of most of Greenpeace UK’s reports on energy policy in the last decade. In 2004 and 2005 he moved to Beijing to lead the Greenpeace China climate and energy team, working with the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association producing a national study of wind potential in China as well as organizing Greenpeace’s input into the development of China’s renewable energy law. His team undertook expeditions to document climate change impacts in the Qinghai Tibetan plateau which made international headlines and recorded the devastation being caused by drought in southern China. In Hong Kong he led the team managing the visit of the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior to the city, campaigns against the coal plant in Hong Kong and promoting offshore wind in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. Before Greenpeace Robin worked for Campaign Against Arms Trade and the free speech journal Index on Censorship.


Matthew Lockwood,

Matthew LockwoodMatthew is head of climate change at ippr. Before joining ippr in 2006, he was an advisor on climate change to the then Deputy Mayor of London, Nicky Gavron, and worked for the London Climate Change Agency. At ippr he has worked extensively on UK and European climate and energy policies, leading major projects on how the UK can decarbonise by 80% by 2050, and on policy for coal-fired power generation. He also has an interest in the politics of climate policy, with research in this area for the Sustainable Development Commission and the European Climate Foundation. Together with Andrew Pendleton, he has recently written on the importance of politics for climate policy in PPR. Most recently he has been on secondment at the Department for Energy and Climate Change working on smart grids and longer term perspective on electricity networks. Matthew has also worked extensively on international development policy, having worked in senior policy positions in a number of international NGOs and as an academic at Cambridge and Sussex Universities.


Philip Baker,
University of Exeter

Phil BakerPhilip is currently a research follow with the UKERC, investigating the impact of economic regulation and market arrangements on the development of a sustainable electricity network. Philip retired from the position of Technical Director, Electrical Technology, with the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in March 2008, where he was concerned with all aspects of the integration of renewable generation into the electricity networks.  Before moving to BERR/DTI, Philip had a long career in the electricity supply industry, holding numerous managerial and technical positions with National Grid and its predecessor the CEGB.  Philip is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

While with DTI/BERR, Philip was instrumental in establishing a number of industry-wide working groups, such as the Embedded Generation working Group and the Electricity Networks Strategy Group, tasked with addressing technical and regulatory barriers to the connection of small and renewable generation to the electricity networks.


Neil Farrington,
Community Energy Plus

Neil FarringtonNeil Farrington is the Sustainable Energy Projects Manager at Community Energy Plus, Cornwall’s leading charity delivering local solutions to fuel poverty, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Since joining Community Energy Plus in 2002, Neil has worked with numerous communities to build awareness about the options for, and assist with the delivery of, renewable energy projects in community settings in Cornwall.  Neil recently secured Low Carbon Community Challenge status for a project that is seeing the rural mid-Cornwall villages of Ladock and Grampound Road become a test bed for achieving sustainable living on a community-wide scale.

Neil is well known within Cornwall for the training he provides on renewables and climate change and his contribution to new planning guidance on the use of renewables in Cornwall.  He is committed to empowering community groups across Cornwall to deliver renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that are appropriate to their circumstances, taking an approach which is oriented towards hand-holding rather than leading projects to ensure maximum benefit and long-term sustainability of community projects.


Dr Chris Jardine,
Environmental Change Institute, Oxford/Joju Ltd

Dr Chris JardineDr Chris Jardine is a research analyst in the Lower Carbon Futures team in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. Primarily, his focus is on renewables, especially the use of solar photovoltaics within the household and on commercial buildings. Chris is currently examining how massive numbers of small-scale renewables and microgeneration can be incorporated into the electricity grid as part of the SUPERGEN consortium on Highly Distributed Power Systems. The ECI's work on this consortium project involves scenario creation, electricity network modelling and policy requirements to support the development of a highly distributed power system. Chris is also the Technical director of Joju Ltd., a solar PV installation company installing residential, commercial and community scale projects, and brings practical experience of the issues associated with renewable energy installations and the wider installation industry”


Michael Peters,

Michael PetersMichael joined RESOLVE in May 2006 as a Senior Research Fellow and is currently coordinating a programme of research on environmental education and community engagement in low carbon social change initiatives. Prior to joining RESOLVE Michael worked as a Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) at the University of East Anglia. Michael has presented his work on community engagement in climate change widely at national and international conferences. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Michael is lead editor of a new book to be published early 2010 by Edward Elgar Ltd. entitled 'Low Carbon Communities: Imaginative Approaches to Combating Climate Change Locally' (Co-editors: Dr Shane Fudge and Prof. Tim Jackson).


Graham Meeks,

Graham MeeksGraham Meeks has been the Director of the Combined Heat and Power Association since August 2007. He previously worked in the advisory team of specialist investment bank Climate Change Capital and as Head of Fuels and Heat at the Renewable Energy Association. He was Head of Policy for the CHPA between 2000 and 2003, as a consultant with AEA and in energy management with AHS Emstar (now Dalkia). Graham is an engineer by background and in his early career served in the Royal Engineers. He has a BEng from Leeds University and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College.


Lewis Dale,
National Grid

Lewis DaleLewis Dale is the Regulatory Strategy Manager for National Grid's UK and European activities and has a particular interest in efficiently integrating renewables and distributed generation into the electricity system.  He is a lead contributor to the development of GB transmission access arrangements and network investment incentives and he is also a work stream leader on a European Wind Integration Study.  Lewis holds a PhD in electrical engineering, has 30 years experience in engineering and economic roles within the industry, and is a visiting professor at Imperial College London.


Ruth Mayne,
Low Carbon, West Oxford

Ruth Mayne is co-founder and Chair of Low Carbon West Oxford, and was one of the founding members of West Oxford Community Renewables. She has over 24 years of experience working in the voluntary sector ranging from community development to researcher and policy adviser She has also worked as a University lecturer and has published widely. Her latest publication, 'Power and Change'  (NCVO, forthcoming) is aimed at helping voluntary organisations think more strategically about how change happens. She is currently working as an independent free lance consultant providing advice and support to a range of organisations.


Prof Simon Caney,

Prof Simon CaneyProfessor Simon Caney is a University Lecturer in Political Theory at Magdalen College, Oxford. His research interests are primarily in contemporary political philosophy, particularly in the application of political philosophy to global politics. He is currently writing a book on Global Justice and Climate Change with Dr Derek Bell . As part of this, he explores, amongst other questions, whether global climate change jeopardizes persons' rights, how the opportunity to engage in activities which emit greenhouse gases should be distributed, and the ethical issues surrounding carbon trading. Existing publications on global justice and climate change include (2006) ‘Global Justice, Rights and Climate Change’, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence vol.XIX no.2 and (2005) ‘Cosmopolitan Justice, Responsibility and Global Climate Change’, Leiden Journal of International Law vol.18 no.4.


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