8-9 December 2020 Virtual conference

2017 Speakers

The following speakers appeared in the LCNI 2017 Plenary sessions. 

To view the full list of Speakers, their organisations and scheduled sessions download the LCNI 2017 app, available here.

Jim Cardwell

Head of Trading and Innovation, Northern Powergrid (NPG)

Jim joined the industry in 1991, working for E.ON in a number of technical and managerial roles in the generation business before moving into electricity distribution.

Since joining Northern Powergrid in 2004, regulatory work has encompassed leading development of the business plan at the most recent price control review.

Having delivered the UK’s largest smart grid project (the Customer-Led Network Revolution) Jim is leading on the wide portfolio of innovation activity and the delivery of customer propositions that support the transition to a smarter more flexible energy system.

Chris Clarke

Director of Asset Management and Health Safety & Environment, Wales & West Utilities (WWU)

A Chartered Engineer and experienced operations manager, Chris has over 30 years’ experience within the UK gas industry. This has included posts in design, construction and safety prior to becoming Director of Asset Management, Safety and Environment at Wales & West Utilities.

Chris has a BSc Honours degree in Natural Gas Engineering, is a Chartered safety professional (CMIOSH), a Fellow of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (FIGEM) and a past President of IGEM. Chris is responsible for Wales & West Utilities HS&E team, the asset investment team, system operation team and leads the company’s Future of Energy work.

Chris Goodhand

Innovation Manager, Northern Powergrid (NPG)

Chris Goodhand is the Innovation Manager for Northern Powergrid and having joined the industry in 2008 looks after various parts of the company’s NIA portfolios.

He has twenty five years of management experience working in innovation, quality and business improvement roles in a variety organisations, from global, household names to five-man SMEs and in a variety of different industries. He holds a PhD and an MBA.

Roger Hey

Future Networks Manager, Western Power Distribution (WPD)

Roger has worked in the energy industry for over 20 years. Originally joining East Midlands Electricity, industry changes have led to positions in Powergen, E.ON and now Western Power Distribution, part of the NYSE listed PPL group.

He initially trained as an operational engineer delivering networks construction and maintenance activities. Roger subsequently gained experience in Control Room and Telecommunications parts of a DNO business. More recently he spent several years managing the IT functions.

In 2008 Roger was asked to bring together his varied experience and establish a Future Networks strategy and small team of specialist engineers. The department are responsible for the business’s innovation strategy, delivery of demonstration projects and implementation of new solutions into core business activities.

Key elements of the WPD Future Networks Programme are developing smarter local grids, leveraging value from smart meters and helping customers adopt lower carbon technologies such as electric cars, heat pumps and distributed generation.

Tamsin Kashap

Gas Transmission Innovation Manager, National Grid System Operator (NGSO)

Having graduated from the University of Warwick in 2005, Tamsin has worked at National Grid for ten years. Having initially starting out in the Gas Transmission System Operator function she developed a number of new initiatives to targeting improvements to the NTS system energy balance.

Heading up Gas Transmission innovation since 2011, as Gas Transmission Innovation Manager Tamsin is responsible for a portfolio comprising of 100+ projects, and has led the successful development of two Network Innovation Competition bids worth over £11m.

Philip New

Chief Executive Officer, Energy Systems Catapult

Philip is the Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Systems Catapult, part of a network of world-leading centres set up by the UK Government to transform the UK’s capability for innovation and help drive future economic growth. The Energy Systems Catapult was established in April 2015 with the remit to support the transition of the UK Energy System and enable economic growth from the many commercial and technological opportunities that will be created as the way we make, distribute and use energy undergoes radical change over the coming decades. The scope includes the interaction of energy with adjacent sectors, including water and transport.

He is a Commissioner on the global Energy Transition Commission and a member of the Global Futures Council of the World Economic Forum. Philip is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute and sits on various Advisory Panels.

Before joining the Catapult Philip worked for BP for over 30 years in a range of commercial and general management positions, mostly in customer-facing businesses, operating in Asia, North and South America, and Europe. He started working in the cleantech sector in 2002, initially building BP’s portfolio of Biofuels businesses and technologies, latterly expanding to include BP Alternative Energy. During this time, he wrestled with, and became fascinated by, the dynamics of the interplay of markets, technology and policy created by the emergence of new energy sources and uses, and the opportunities to create new businesses.

Philip has an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and lives in Oxford, UK with his wife. His three children are now at University.

Keith Owen

Head of Systems Development and Energy Strategy, Northern Gas Networks (NGN)

Keith begin his career with British Gas as Communication Systems Engineer, working on a variety of projects supporting the business communications infrastructure and control centre operations. In the following years he undertook a variety of roles within the industry which in 2013 led to the role of Head of Asset Assurance, overseeing the Distribution System Operator function on behalf of Northern Gas Networks.

In 2016, Keith was appointed Head of Systems Development and Energy Strategy. This new position specifically looks at the role of gas, within the context of the UK energy system, the underpinning infrastructure and the potential benefits a whole systems approach to systems planning and operation can bring, to both the customer and wider UK energy industry.

Stephen Parker

Regulation Director, Northern Gas Networks (NGN)

Stephen Parker joined Northern Gas Networks when it was set up in 2005 to lead on the GD1 price control. With over 30 years’ experience in the industry he has overall responsibility for regulatory strategy and compliance for the business.

Stephen previously worked in senior regulatory and procurement roles at United Utilities, Npower and Yorkshire Electricity.

Stewart Reid

Head of DSO and Innovation, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN)

Stewart has worked in the electricity industry since 1983 and has been involved in managing electricity networks across the UK, in a range of roles including: Operations Manager, Planner, Policy Engineer and Project Manager (IT and Power Engineering). He is a Fellow of the IET and a Chartered Engineer.

He is the Head of DSO and Innovation within Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, with the remit of introducing new and better ways of managing the electricity networks, translating these new ideas into business as usual and managing the transition of the business from a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to a Distribution System Operator (DSO).

Key elements of Stewart’s current role include ongoing development and deployment of Constraint Managed Zones, a business as usual funded process for procuring flexibility as a service to manage network constraints while permitting value stacking.

Other significant active projects include monitoring, active network management, analytics and modelling, frequency responsive demand, embedded energy storage facilities and the preparation for the large scale uptake of electric vehicles.

Jon Saltmarsh

Head of Technical Energy Analysis - ‎Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

David Smith

Chief Executive, Energy Networks Association (ENA)

David Smith joined ENA in July 2003 as Director of Policy, and was appointed Chief Executive in October 2007. Previously he was Director of Corporate Affairs at the British Retail Consortium where he was responsible for the retail industry implementation of ‘Chip & Pin’ in the UK, as well as all internal and external communications for the organisation.

David is Vice President of GEODE, the European association for the electricity and gas distribution networks. In the UK he chairs the Energy Emergency Executive Communications Group and sits on the Government Industry Contact Group on Distributed Energy. David is a Fellow of the Institute of Association Management, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers and a Member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

In 2016 David was appointed to the Shadow Board of the South Tees Mayoral Development Corporation, the first MDC to be established outside London to oversee the redevelopment of the former Redcar Steelworks.

Sara Walker

Director of Infrastructure, School of Engineering, Newcastle University

Dr Walker is Director of Infrastructure for the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. Her research focus is on energy performance of buildings, small scale renewables, and the contribution which the built environment can make to a low carbon transition, with an interest in policy and regulation as well as technology performance.

She spent 5 years in industry working on energy and renewables policy, and has over 15 years in Higher Education. She is currently Associate Director and Co-Investigator for the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, Co-Investigator for the EPSRC Supergen Energy Network Hub, and Principal Investigator for the EPSRC Building as a Power Plant project. This current research has focussed on multiple energy vectors and co-evolution of supply, demand and networks.