Speakers List - BusinessGreen Technology Festival 2019


HEADLINER: Sir John Armitt


National Express Group, City & Guilds Group and National Infrastructure Commission

Sir John Armitt is Chairman of the National Express Group, City & Guilds Group, and the National Infrastructure Commission. Sir John is also on the Board of the Berkeley Group and Expo 2020.
In September 2013 Sir John published an independent review on long term infrastructure planning in the UK. The recommendations in the Armitt Review received widespread support and in large part have now been adopted by the current government, resulting in the National Infrastructure Commission.
After leaving John Laing plc in 1993, where Sir John had been Chairman of Laing's International and Civil Engineering divisions, he became Chief Executive of Union Railways. In 1997 he became Chief Executive of Costain, a position he held until 2001. Sir John was Chief Executive of Railtrack plc from 2001-2002, Chief Executive of Network Rail from 2002-2007, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority from 2007-2014, Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2007-2012, a member of the Airports Commission from 2012-2015, a member of the Board of Transport for London from 2012-2016 and a Board member and later Chairman of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission from 2016-2018.
Sir John was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 2015-2016, he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Institution of Civil Engineers and City and Guilds of London Institute and has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Birmingham, Imperial College London, Portsmouth, Reading and Warwick.
Sir John was awarded the CBE in 1996 for his contribution to the rail industry and received a knighthood in 2012 for services to engineering and construction.

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.

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.

Dan Cooney

Partner and Patent Attorney

J A Kemp

Dan is a patent attorney and partner at J A Kemp. He handles a range of electrical, electronic and mechanical patent work as well as interdisciplinary cases that fall at the interface of engineering with biotechnology or chemistry, such as in the medical device sector. Dan is particularly interested in process and manufacturing technology. In this field, and as a member of J A Kemp's Cleantech team, he has experience of using the UK Green Channel to help secure fast patent protection for his clients. Dan has litigation experience with both patents and designs, assisting clients with multi-national litigation strategies in fields such as medical devices and safety helmets.

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.

Simon Daniel

CEO & Founder


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


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.



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


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



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.



Tom Kennard


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.

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.

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


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.



Cam Ross


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'.


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



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.