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HEADLINER: Paul Massara

Board advisor

Habitat Energy

Mr. Paul Massara has extensive experience in the energy and service sectors in Europe and North America, with commercial and financial expertise, and a track record of developing, communicating and executing changes that deliver long-term, sustainable shareholder value at large-scale companies. His extensive experience spans deregulating energy markets across the entire value chain, government relations, stakeholder management, and private equity.
Having stepped down as CEO of Electron he is now an Advisor to the Board, as well as being an Adviser to Habitat Energy, a member of the Committee on Fuel Poverty advising the Secretary of State for Energy on energy strategy and Chair of Medicinema, a charity that builds cinemas in hospitals.
He has served on the Executive Committee of two of the largest utilities in Europe, namely Centrica Plc and RWE/INNOGY. While he was CEO of RWE npower,and served on the Executive Committee of RWE AG as well as being the Country Chair for RWE in the UK responsible for all Government and policy issues. As member of the RWE Retail Board, he was responsible for coordinating 23 million B2C customers. Mr. Massara led the RWE response to the CMA investigation in 2014 - 2015, improved overall performance, customer and employee satisfaction, reduced costs and compliance issues, and led the digitalization of RWE in the UK and Europe.
Before joining RWE npower in 2011, and following a distinguished career in Canada, where he was Chair of the Toronto Board of Trade and was voted Top 40 under 40 in 2014. Mr. Massara transitioned back to the UK, providing consulting services for a number of businesses and charities. He co-founded Oxford House Research in 2010 that worked with the Oxford University's Politics Department to study issues related to politics and faith.
Previously, Mr. Massara was President and Founding Partner of Genesis Capital Corporation (2006 - 2009). Based in Toronto, Genesis was a Canadian private equity company investing funds in small and medium sized industrial businesses. He acquired and financed 3 business at an average of 3.5x EBITDA, over a 3 year period (all around $20MM in revenue). Exiting two of the businesses, Mr. Massara retained one, became its CEO and returned the business to profitability.
Mr. Massara earned his BSC in Geography (Honors) from Kingston University, and his Master in Corporate Finance from the London Business School. He is a British and Canadian citizen, has two children, and enjoys cycling and tennis.

HEADLINER: Hannah Bronwin

Commercial Director

Energy Systems Catapult

Hannah Bronwin recently joined the Energy Systems Catapult as Commercial Director, where she is leading the Catapult's commercial work with energy sector innovators. Before joining the Catapult she led an interdisciplinary commercial/policy team at BEIS. Hannah trained as a lawyer and spend many years as a project finance lawyer in the energy and infrastructure team at Linklaters, where she advised on market-leading projects in renewable generation and regulated utilities.

Mike Barry

Sustainable Change Maker and former Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A)

Marks and Spencer

Mike was until recently Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer, spearheading its ground-breaking Plan A (because there is no Plan B for the one planet we have) sustainability programme. He co-chaired the Consumer Goods Forum's sustainability work bringing the world's largest retailers and fast moving consumer goods brands together to work on issues such as deforestation, plastics and forced labour. He is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Clementine Cowton

Director of External Affairs

Octopus Energy

Clementine Cowton is Director of External Affairs at Octopus Energy, heading up the company's advocacy on policy, regulation and the future of energy. She previously campaigned on renewable energy, and joined Octopus to lead its campaign for an energy price cap.

Octopus Energy is an energy tech company supplying 1.3m British households with green energy on its internationally licensed proprietary platform, Kraken. Its technology has allowed it to be the first supplier in the UK to offer smart tariffs, including the dynamic time of use 'Agile Octopus' and the smart export tariff 'Outgoing Octopus'.

Madeleine Cuff

Deputy Editor

BusinessGreen

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.

Simon Daniel

CEO & Founder

Moixa

Simon has 25 years' experience in technology and business innovation. He leads Moixa's overall strategy and growth plans and market relations across government, industry and investors. He is a serial inventor, with numerous patents in energy and mobile devices. Prior to founding Moixa, he spent eight years in Accenture's Technology practice, and worked in research at IBM. He holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is a member of the BEIS/Ofgem Smart Systems Forum

James Diggle

Head of Energy and Climate Change

CBI

James leads the CBI's Energy & Climate Change team, supporting policy development and campaigns, while speaking on behalf of the CBI and its members. He joined the CBI in early 2019 from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders where he led the political engagement on Brexit, the switch to low-emission vehicles and the future of diesel.

Prior to this he worked in a variety of roles at EDF Energy covering public affairs, media relations and corporate communications. Central to this was political and media engagement surrounding the Final Investment Decision and Government approval for the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power plant in 2017. James also supported efforts to secure life extensions for existing UK nuclear power stations, access to Contracts for Difference auctions for remote island wind projects, and the future of carbon pricing. James has also worked with a range of businesses in consultancy, including successful efforts to secure a package of mitigation measures for energy-intensive industries at risk from increased electricity costs following the introduction of the Carbon Price Floor in 2013.

 

 

Andy Gomarsall MBE

N2S

Director and Shareholder

Andy is a Rugby World Cup winner in 2003 & 2007 RWC finalist, playing for 7 premiership clubs spanning 17 years. He was awarded an MBE for services to Rugby in 2004 for his part in winning the world cup in 2003 & now in 2019, he is a world record holder with his charity, the School of Hard Knocks, for the longest ever rugby match, 30 hours!
He was educated at Bedford School where he captained England U18 to a Grand Slam & Oxford Brookes University achieving a degree in Marketing Management & Tourism.
He has won League titles, Premiership titles & Cup titles in his time with London Wasps & Gloucester. His dream of wearing the England No 9 jersey in a World Cup Final was reached in RWC 2007, the team showing enormous resilience to make back to back World Cup finals.
Andy Gomarsall is Director & Shareholder of his family business N2S (Network 2 Supplies Ltd). N2S are a Telecoms & IT Services supplier, started in 2002 by his father Jack. Andy's role sees him lead the overall sales strategy & channel partnerships. Investment in the circular economy places N2S in a fantastic time for the industry, complimented by a government grant award in 2019 for a revolutionary environmentally friendly refining of precious metals from PCB's (Printed Circuit Boards), helping to slow down the mining of our earth's resources. His business has also supported social projects including providing work for a G4S prison to support rehabilitation with NVQ's for those that take part.

Beverley Gower-Jones

Founder and CEO

Carbon Limiting Technologies

Beverley is a business leader with a proven track record in early stage cleantech investments and commercialisation. She has over 30 years' experience in the international energy sector and is a thought leader in the commercialisation of sustainable technologies. She specialises in accelerating innovation to market and scaling companies by providing strategic insights, developing industry partnerships and identifying novel ways to overcome barriers to entry. In 2006 she established CLT whose mission is "scaling transformative technologies for clean growth, sustaining our planet". Her ambition is to create a better, sustainable world and she firmly believes that this will be achieved through innovation playing a transformative role in our economy.
She founded CLT in 2006, and has supported low carbon ventures in a wide range of sectors including power, transport, built environment, industry and waste. During her tenure at Shell she gained wide international business exposure and delivered the £500 million subsurface technology transfer programme to worldwide operations. Beverley was founder and Vice President at Shell Technology Ventures in this role she was instrumental in defining Shell's technology venturing strategic approach. At QinetiQ she was Performance Director for the corporate venture division managing a portfolio of ventures (total value of £60 million), which went on to yield an IRR of 18%. She Chairs BEIS Energy Entrepreneurs Fund commercial panel which has invested £72 million into early stage, cleantech ventures. Beverley holds a degree in Mining Geology from University College Cardiff.

Anna Guyer

Founder

Greenhouse PR

Anna Guyer is Founder of Greenhouse PR, an award winning agency with a mission to drive positive social and environmental change to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable green economy. She has worked with some of the UK's leading pioneers in energy, transport, finance, food, resource management and clean tech.

Toddington Harper

CEO

GRIDSERVE

Toddington is an experienced sustainable energy entrepreneur, with more than 17 years of CEO experience building five sustainable energy companies. He was previously co-founder and CEO of BELECTRIC UK before founding GRIDSERVE - an international tech-enabled sustainable energy business which develops, builds, owns and operates solar energy and battery storage solutions for critical power infrastructure. GRIDSERVE's team has been responsible for the development, construction and operation of more than a gigawatt of solar energy and energy storage solutions, including connecting over 100 utility-scale sustainable energy projects to the UK grid. GRIDSERVE is currently constructing the UK's largest and most technically advanced subsidy-free solar hybrid projects, and is commencing the rollout of a new UK-wide network of Electric Forecourts® for charging all types of private and fleet electric vehicles.

 

 

Chris Harris

Business Development Lead

Advanced Propulsion Centre UK

Chris has over 15 years' experience in the automotive industry working for Johnson Controls Batteries, most recently as Senior Customer Manager responsible for several OEMs in EMEA region.
He has seen his job role evolve throughout his career, giving him the chance to gain experience of working with a vast array of customers, trade sectors and tasks.
At the APC in his role as Business Development Lead, Chris supports companies as they develop their applications for late stage collaborative R&D funding.

Michael Holder

Senior Reporter

BusinessGreen

Michael Holder is an environmental journalist covering climate politics, the low carbon transition, clean technology and renewables at BusinessGreen. Since joining in 2016, he has reported on a variety of domestic UK green issues, as well as internationally from UN climate conferences, Ghanaian cocoa farms, and carbon capture sites in Norway. Prior to that he was a senior reporter and editor at Environment Media Group, writing extensively about air pollution and the circular economy.

Tom Kennard

Director

Granted Consultancy

Tom is one of the Granted Consultancy Directors. Specialising in disruptive technology solutions, Tom brings clarity to the alignment between strategic goals and funding requirements to ensure successful outcomes and achieved goals. In the past 5 years he has helped companies raise over £50m in non-dilutive grant funding and crowdfunding.

Henry Majed

Partnership Director

Innovation Gateway

Henry leads the Innovation Gateway Partnership, an award-winning alliance of major organisations working together to reduce the operational costs, risks and environmental impacts of their buildings. Partners including Tesco, Birmingham University, Nottingham City Council, Heathrow, RBS, Unite Students, BT and others share experience, performance data and source the innovations they need to address their challenges - ‘The Power of Many'.
Prior to this, Henry held senior roles with Mars, Johnson & Johnson, 20th Century Fox and the World Health Organisation (WHO). He is a regular speaker on ‘Leading Innovation for Resilience' across industry and academia, recently serving as a lead judge for the RICS Global Cities of the Future.
Henry completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge and MBA at Said Business School, University of Oxford where he was nominated Distinguished Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Strategy & Innovation and Resident Expert for Sustainability

Susannah McClintock

Investment Director

Sustainable Ventures

At Sustainable Ventures Susannah leads investment and accelerator activities for early-early stage start-ups. Susannah holds more than 20 years' experience in start-up development and finance. Prior to Sustainable Ventures, Susannah held cleantech finance and operations roles at Tamar Energy, where she worked on anaerobic digestion projects, and Carbon Trust Enterprises, where she successfully created a low carbon property fund. Susannah has also worked as a venture capitalist for Impax Asset Management, a private equity fund dedicated to changing resource economics, and as an International Manager at HSBC Bank Plc.
Susannah is passionate about business models which aim to maximise the use of funds and resources to create sustainable enterprises that achieve specific environmental or social outcome; she holds Board and Trustee positions for both start-ups and charities focussed on environmental and social outcomes.

Ian Meikle

Innovate UK

Director Clean Growth and Infrastructure

Ian is Director of Clean Growth and Infrastructure at Innovate UK. This includes leading Innovate UK's energy, future cities and infrastructure programmes of work. He sits on the board of the Energy Technologies Institute, Energy SystemsCatapult and theOffshore Renewable EnergyCatapult.
Ian has been at Innovate UK since 2009 -initially he ran the Low Impact Buildings programme and more recently he was Head of Agriculture and Food -this included setting up the four AgriTechinnovation centres funded by the AgriTechIndustrial Strategy.
His working background includes a broad range of sectors; financial services, insurance, manufacturing, consultancy, third-sector, construction, IT and retail.

Previous roles include:
Principal Consultant at Inbuilt -a sustainability consultancy;
Commercial Manager at Building Research Establishment (BRE);
Operations Director at Freeform Arts Trust -a third sector urban regeneration organisation;
Vice President at Morgan Stanley -a US financial services firm.
Ian has an MSc (distinction) in Renewable Energy and the Environment from the University of Reading, and his first degree was in the structured methods used to deliver effective IT systems.
Further details at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-meikle-b0627712

 

Sarah Merrick

Founder and CEO

Ripple Energy

Sarah is Founder and CEO of Ripple Energy, a clean energy ownership platform. Ripple will enable people to part own new wind farms and solar parks and have the clean electricity they produce supplied to their homes. It's a completely new take on community ownership.

Sarah founded Ripple in 2017. In summer 2019 she helped secure £850,000 of crowdfunding investment to enable Ripple to develop its platform and prepare for the launch of the first wind farm on it. Prior to Ripple, Sarah was vice chair of RenewableUK alongside her role as Head of Public Affairs (UK and Ireland) at Vestas.

 

 

Jonny Page

Green Investments & Partnerships

Cyan Finance

Jonny is responsible for securing new lending, investment and partnership opportunities for Cyan Finance, the go to finance house for green businesses. With a background of successfully co-founding and securing investment for his own start-ups and running a charity, Jonny now works with prospective companies to bring them into the Cyan portfolio. Jonny is excited about financing opportunities with green, sustainable and environmental missions. His background in sustainability includes partnerships with UNEP and standing as councillor for the Green Party so the opportunity to help build the future of green banking is a real privilege.

Victoria Page

Founder

VP Comms

Victoria is the founder of VP Comms, a brand strategy and responsible business consultancy she founded in 2017. She is a multi-award winning brand communications and corporate reputation expert, who passionately believes in business as a force for good. She helps organisations to do the right thing, whilst driving profitable growth, including Unilever, Leerdammer, UN, Sky, John West, and O2.

One of her proudest moments was delivering Sky Ocean Rescue, working with the Board to drive tangible change. The campaign included eliminating all single use plastic across the supply chain and launching a £25m Venture Fund to support plastic alternatives. The programme was commended several times by Prince Charles, and Sky now advises UN on ocean plastics.

Victoria is co-chair of UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), and is working to put the Sustainable Developments Goals into action in the UK. For the past decade, she has chaired the PRCA Responsible Business group deepen understanding of the issues wrapped up in sustainability and responsible business amongst communication and marketing professionals.

Victoria is also a Fellow of the RSA to drive innovative solutions to societies challenges. As part of this, she has recently launched an initiative to rid her local town of Haslemere from excessive plastic. Love Haslemere Hate Waste aims to galvanise individuals and organisations to reconsider plastic use and collaborate to find sustainable solutions.

 

 

Guy Pattison

CEO and Cofounder

Stronger Stories, Clean + Cool

Guy is committed to helping good ideas get the attention they deserve. As CEO of Stronger Stories, he has developed strategies, brands and campaigns for pioneers in sustainability, education, health, diversity and inclusion.

As cofounder of Clean + Cool, he uses story to help the UK's most exciting early stage cleantech entrepreneurs grow faster.

Prior to this, Guy was head of comms for a NGO promoting entrepreneurship and a director of a top 5 London consumer PR agency, with Barclays, EDF Energy, RAC, Guinness and Coca-Cola amongst his clients.

 

 

Matt Prescott

Director, Heathrow Centre of Excellence for Sustainability

Heathrow Airport

Matt leads a new sustainable innovation programme at Heathrow - the Centre of Excellence for Sustainability. It was announced as part of Heathrow's sustainability plan - Heathrow 2.0 - of which Matt was one of the principal authors.
Previously, Matt led the development of sustainability strategies in sectors as diverse as health, education, transport, food and infrastructure, following an early career focussed on built environment sustainability. He also directed a climate change policy programme at a leading UK think tank.
Matt is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of IEMA and a Trustee of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Cam Ross

Director

Green Angel Syndicate

Cam Ross co-founded, jointly ran and raised 2 rounds of Business Angel funding for a contact centre payments business, with an exit by sale to AIM-listed Eckoh plc. Following the sale, Cam served as Director of Payments Strategy for Eckoh for 6 years where he focused on new and inventive security and payments products for the contact centre industry. Cam is an Aeronautical Engineer by training, and has experience in creating, commercialising and patenting new technology. He has ten granted patents in the fields of telecommunications, payments and customer authentication. He has a practical ability to analyse and improve complex processes, from manufacturing to software systems. Cam is managing Technical Due Diligence for Green Angel Syndicate.

Laura Sandys

Independent Director

SGN Network

She is an Independent Director at SGN Network, has recently been appointed Chair of the BEIS/Ofgem Energy System Data Taskforce, and is a Co-Chair of the IPPR Environment and Justice Commission. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Energy System Catapult. She was appointed as a member of the Advisory Panel for the Government's Cost of Energy Review, and is on the Council for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage.

She has run a programme with Grantham Institute at Imperial College on ReShaping Regulation with two key reports that have had impact on regulatory reform.

She is founder of the Food Foundation and co-founder of POWERful Women, a Visiting Senior Fellow at Kings College, and a member of the Carbon Tracker Advisory Board.

She was previously a Member of Parliament for South Thanet, a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Energy and Climate Change. Described by The Times as ‘one of the sanest of all MPs' and as ‘lateral-minded, original and free-thinking'.

 

Toby Smith

Climate Visuals Program Lead and Media Liaison

Climate Outreach

Toby Smith is the Climate Visuals Programme Lead and Media Liaison at Climate Outreach. He has with 12 years experience as an award-winning Environmental Photographer who focuses on building innovative, global stories through collaboration and publication in leading editorial outlets. He graduated with a Masters in Photography from London College of Communication in 2008 after spending 2 years working across Africa utilising his bachelors degree in Zoology and Environmental Science. He is an Associate Scholar of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute and lives in the woods near Stroud with his wife and son.

Hermione Thompson

Associate, Patent Attorney

J A Kemp

Hermione is a patent attorney and associate at J A Kemp. She has a technical background in engineering and has handled a wide range of electrical, electronic and mechanical patent cases. She has experience working in a variety of fields including those related to medical devices, software, power tools, packaging and manufacturing methods, and lithographic apparatus. Hermione enjoys working on clean/green technologies, is a member of J A Kemp's cleantech team, and has experience drafting, filing and prosecuting related applications. Hermione's clients include individual inventors, start-ups and large multinationals.

Jim Totty

Managing Partner

Earth Capital

Jim has 25 years' experience in sustainable investment and technology, gained through 18 years in private equity, and earlier advisory and academic work. He was previously at Citi Alternative Investments, and before moving into private equity he was a management consultant in the Energy and Utilities group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jim has a PhD and an MSc in Physics from Imperial College London, holds an MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

 

Andrew Wordsworth

Founder and Managing Director

Sustainable Ventures

Andrew Wordsworth is a Founder and Managing Director of Sustainable Ventures which works with investors, entrepreneurial managers and corporate partners to originate, build and grow businesses in the low carbon and sustainability sectors. The company also established Sustainable Workspaces, Europe's largest cluster of start-up companies in the sector hosting over 35 ventures based in two locations near London Bridge.

Sustainable Ventures portfolio includes E-Car Club which created the UK's first crowdfunding exit in 2015 when Europcar acquired a majority stake; and Powervault which is seeking to disrupt the domestic electricity storage industry. In 2017, the Company launched the Sustainable Accelerator fund, which is now the UK's leading specialist seed stage investor in the sector.

Prior to establishing Sustainable Ventures, Andrew had over 15 years' experience in the energy and climate change sector - including roles within Esso, Bain & Co, Arthur D Little and Managing Director of Carbon Trust Enterprises. Andrew holds an M.Eng from the University of Cambridge.

 

CHAIR: James Murray

Editor-in-Chief

BusinessGreen

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.