Speakers List - BusinessGreen Leaders Briefing - Towards Net Zero Energy

Keynote Speaker

Lawrence Slade

Chief Executive

Energy UK

Lawrence Slade is the Chief Executive of Energy UK, the trade association for the GB energy industry with a membership of over 100 suppliers, generators, and stakeholders with a business interest in the production (using all forms of generation), retailing and transmission of electricity and gas for domestic and business consumers.

Lawrence has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990's working in countries all over the world.

Lawrence is a member of the UK Government's Committee on Fuel Poverty, a Board Trustee and Audit Committee member of the Money Advice Trust (who run the National Debt Helpline and Small Business Debt Helpline), and a board director of Eurelectric, a pan European trade association for the electricity industry, he also chairs their Brexit Committee and is a member of their Finance Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute, a member of the Institute of Directors, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers.


Fernanda Amemiya

Sustainability Reporting Manager


Fernanda is Sustainability Reporting Manager at Landsec.


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Madeleine Cuff

Deputy Editor


Madeleine Cuff is the Deputy Editor at BusinessGreen, responsible for contributing daily news and features and analysis pieces to the site. She has a particular interest in sustainability in the food and fashion industries, alongside an enduring curiosity for new clean tech innovations.

Prior to joining BusinessGreen in June 2015, Madeleine spent three years as an assistant editor at innovation consultancy Stylus, where she covered future-facing shifts in the science, technology and health sectors. She has a Masters in journalism from City University London and a first class honours degree in English Literature from Durham University.

Beverley Cornaby

Programme Manager

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Beverley is a Programme Manager in the Policy Team at CISL. She supports the Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group and leads CISL's programme of work with clients who are looking at the issue of packaging sustainability and resource efficiency.

Beverley is currently leading a collaborative initiative that will create a roadmap and vision towards eliminating plastic packaging waste from the soft drinks supply chain. Until recently, Beverley was in CISL's Executive Education Team where she led in the development and delivery of customised programmes. Clients included Network Rail, Kingfisher, Jaguar Land Rover, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, and Beijing Municipal Government.

Before joining CISL, Beverley spent ten years working in the public sector, in local, regional and then national government, most recently working for the Sustainable Development Commission with a particular focus on education and health policy. Beverley holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge and a BSc (hons) in Ecology and Conservation from University of Sussex. Beverley is the author of a number of government publications on sustainable schools and young people policy.

Belinda Gordon

Strategy Director

Green Alliance

Belinda joined Green Alliance in 2018 and is responsible for developing and executing Green Alliance's strategy and overseeing Greener UK and its influence on the Brexit process. Prior to joining Green Alliance, Belinda worked as head of government and rural affairs at the Campaign to Protect Rural England for two and a half years. Before that, she worked in the Science Policy Centre of The Royal Society and at Defra, where she focused on issues ranging from waste to noise and agriculture. She started her career at Shell before joining the Countryside Agency. She has a degree in geography from Cambridge University and an MSc in environmental management from Birkbeck College.

Richard Halsey

Capabilities Director

Energy Systems Catapult

Richard is a Director at the Energy Systems Catapult established and overseen by Innovate UK to stimulate innovation and transformational change across the energy system. Richard joined the Catapult in 2015, having previously worked for over a decade at White Young Green, Turley and Babcock Engineering specialising in energy system transformation, innovation, planning and sustainable development. He has led a diverse range of projects and programmes in partnership with government, industry and academia Including the Catapult's delivery of the first phase of the Smart Systems and Heat programme.

Matt Hindle

Head of Gas

Energy Networks Association

Matt Hindle is Head of Gas for the Energy Networks Association. He works with ENA's members on issues affecting the gas transmission and distribution networks, including the future role for gas in heat, transport and energy policy more widely. Prior to joining ENA, Matt spent six years working on green gas, energy policy and recycling issues for ADBA, ultimately as Head of Policy. He started his career with the Liberal Democrats as a researcher and adviser.

Richard Howard

Research Director

Aurora ER

Richard is Aurora's Research Director and is responsible for managing and developing Aurora's suit of market intelligence services across European power markets, renewables, flexible and distributed energy, and global commodities.

Before joining Aurora he was a Director and Head of Energy and Environment at Policy Exchange, where he authored a number of influential reports on energy and environmental policy and regulation. Prior to that he was the Chief Economist at The Crown Estate.

Richard has a first class degree in Economics and an MSc in Environmental Policy.

Nick Park

Group Director of Policy and Insight


Nick Park is Group Director of Policy and Insight for Centrica plc. Having joined Centrica in 2013, Nick leads on Centrica's public policy positioning and thought leadership. His work seeks to identify key trends in energy and adjoining sectors and design public policy responses with the interests of the customer at their heart. Nick also leads Centrica's work on responsible business and global reputation insight.

Prior to joining Centrica, Nick was Director of Policy and Research for the Conservative Party and led the Conservative Research Department. He worked on the Conservative Party's 2010 General Election Manifesto and led policy development for the Party on sectors including business and energy. In 2008 Nick was the senior political adviser to Boris Johnson's successful London Mayoral campaign.

Nick has a Master's degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Durham.

Jim Rushen

Group Head of Environment


Jim Rushen is Group Head of Environment at Centrica plc. Jim has 25 years' experience in developing and implementing environmental strategy and policy within the international corporate sector.

For over a decade, Jim has overseen all environmental matters across the Centrica group, setting and driving forward the sustainability agenda across a diverse range of activities within the energy sector.

Currently Jim is helping Centrica transform from a traditional energy utility to a 21st century energy and service company well positioned to play a positive role in the transition to a lower carbon future. Most recently he has led the development of Centrica's climate change ambitions out to 2030 and beyond.

Prior to joining Centrica, Jim worked in a similar capacity at a number of businesses including Engie and across the energy, waste and water sectors.

Barnaby Wharton

Head of Policy and Regulation


Barnaby Wharton is Head of Policy & Regulation at RenewableUK, where he leads a team working on building the future smart, low-carbon energy system. His work includes tackling market reform barriers to deployment, grid management and flexibility and industry strategy. Prior to joining the team at RenewableUK he was part of the energy and climate change team at the CBI, where he led work on energy costs, supply side policy and international climate change, representing British business at the Paris COP. He has extensive experience working on energy, regulatory and Parliamentary issues.

Robert Williams

General Manager, Procurement


Rob's 25 years of experience in the energy sector have varied from mining to wind farm development and now global purchasing of renewable energy for BT, who are ranked as the worlds greenest telco by Newsweek and #1 in FTSE100 for climate action. Leading three core procurement categories - utilities, power & cooling infrastructure and property & FM services - allows Rob to develop integrated sourcing strategies, driving energy efficiency and carbon reduction in BT's own operations and increasingly in BTs supply chain. BTs climate action journey is now focussed on further reducing the carbon emissions intensity of its operations by 87% by 2030 and becoming a net zero emissions business by 2045.


James Murray



James Murray is Editor-in-Chief of BusinessGreen, having launched the site in October 2007. He is responsible for BusinessGreen's leading news, opinion and analysis, and also contributes to the brand's expanding events' programme.

James is one of the UK's leading commentators on the low carbon economy. He writes occasionally for The Guardian newspaper and has also reported for BBC Radio on a number of green technology stories. James reports daily on a wide range of green business issues, with a particular focus on low carbon policy, economics and technology.

In March 2011, James was voted number eight in the Press Gazette's list of the top 50 environmental journalists in the UK. Prior to launching BusinessGreen, James spent five years as a technology journalist working on a variety of IT titles.