3-4 November 2020 ACC Liverpool

LCNI 2019 Biographies and Profiles

Keynote speakers for the plenary session Empowering New Energy Innovators.

For more information about LCNI 2019 speakers please see the online version of the 2019 LCNI app.

Ivan McKee MSP

Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation

His career has involved a number of senior roles in manufacturing and business, managing companies in the UK as well as Poland, Finland, Croatia and Bosnia.

Early in his career, Ivan spent two years with VSO in Bangladesh. He is currently a trustee of the charity CEI, which supports education and health projects in Bangladesh.

Ivan has been MSP for Glasgow Provan since May 2016. Brought up in Glasgow, he studied at the University of Strathclyde and the University of Newcastle.

Frank Mitchell

CEO, SP ENERGY NETWORKS

Frank Mitchell leads a business with responsibility for getting the electricity from power generators to all 3.5 million customers in Central and South Scotland, Merseyside and North Wales. A key focus for SP Energy Networks is supporting the communities it serves beyond that of a traditional utility, which has been recognised in a number of customer and community national awards for the business.

SP Energy Networks employs around 3000 people directly and another 3000 through partners and is currently recruiting around 150 graduates and apprentices every year.

Frank is also Chairman of Skills Development Scotland and Co-Chair of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board.

Frank has over twenty five years’ experience working in the energy sector, covering all aspects of the value chain, in both the UK and USA. Involvement in M&A activity as well as leading strategic business change.

SP Energy Networks has been a leading business in both technical and commercial innovation that has allowed many communities to now be net-exporters of energy via distributed generation.

Juliet Davenport

CEO and Founder, Good Energy 


Juliet is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Good Energy - a renewable energy company with a mission to power a greener, cleaner future with its customers.

Juliet has continuously led innovation in the energy sector and in 2013 she was awarded an OBE for services to renewables. In June 2015 Juliet was appointed to the board of the Natural Environment Research Council and most recently to the board of Innovate UK. Juliet has various scholastic credentials with academic organisations, including University of Wales, Imperial College, Bristol University, Birkbeck and LSE, where she has various roles and accolades, with the ambition of influencing the next generation to think about energy transition and our low carbon future.

Juliet sits on the advisory boards for Aurora, Oxford Energy and is a member of Powerful Women's Energy Leaders Coalition.

Juliet is passionate about creating a business that does good; one that can deliver the needs of society in a purposeful way. As part of this vision, she is working with the British Academy's Future of the Corporation project, thinking about better future.

Steve McMahon

Deputy Director – ED and Cross Sector, Ofgem

Steve McMahon became Deputy Director for Electricity Distribution Network Price Controls and Cross Sector Policy in April 2018. He is responsible for the implementation of the current price control for the electricity distribution sector and the development of the next (RIIO-2) price control that will run from April 2023. Over the past year he has also led the development of the overall Framework for all the RIIO-2 price controls, and the approach to key cross sector policy areas including incentives, innovation, competition, and key financial issues.

Steven joined Ofgem in January 2017 from Transport Scotland where he led the team responsible for the specification of Scotland’s rail infrastructure programme. Prior to this he held a number of economist roles in both the Scottish and UK Government.

Colin Nicol

Managing Director, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN)

Colin is Managing Director of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and is responsible for the company’s two electricity distribution networks in central southern England and the north of Scotland and its transmission network in the north of Scotland. He sits on the SSE Group Executive Committee. Colin started his career in the steel industry 38 years ago, before moving into chemicals and pharmaceuticals, working for ICI and Hoffman La Roche. With a mechanical engineering background, he has held numerous operational, project, business management and change roles, both in the UK and abroad. He joined SSE in 2010, firstly to oversee major project capital investment and subsequently as Lead Director for Wholesale Development, responsible for major project development and delivery. He was appointed to his current role in 2015.

Felicity Jones

Partner, Everoze Partners Limited

Felicity is a Partner at Everoze, where she set up its energy storage and flexibility unit. Everoze is an employee-owned technical and commercial consultancy specialising in renewables, storage and wider energy flexibility. Felicity takes particular interest in new energy business models and revenue-stacking for distributed asset portfolios, including demand response. She is a Trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), and a former chair of the World Energy Council storage knowledge network.