30-31 October 2019 Scottish Event Campus Glasgow

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.

Jonathan Brearley

Executive Director System & Networks, Ofgem


Jonathan was appointed Executive Director of Systems and Networks from 1st April 2018.

He is responsible for energy systems strategy, leads on regulation of price controls for the distribution and transmission networks for gas and electricity (RIIO) and leads on the interconnector and offshore transmission regimes. 

He has wide-ranging energy sector experience, having led Electricity Market Reform as the Director for Energy Markets and Networks at DECC. Prior to this, he was Director of the Office of Climate Change, a cross-government strategy unit focussed on climate change and energy issues. Earlier in his career, Jonathan was senior adviser in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Physics from Glasgow University and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge. 

Paul Wheelhouse

MSP for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands


Born in Belfast, Paul was raised in Edinburgh, attending Stewart's Melville College. He has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from University of Edinburgh. He has lived in Berwickshire since 2000.

‪Paul is a professional economist and, since 1992, had specialised in higher and further education markets, policy evaluation and economic appraisal and impact assessment of capital projects.

Between May 2011 and September 2012 Paul served on the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee, and the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. And was the Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy of the Scottish Government. Previously, between May 2011 and Feb 2012, Paul served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment and the Minister for Climate Change.

Prior to taking his Ministerial position, Paul was a member of cross-party groups on Epilepsy, Rural Policy, Armed forces Veterans, Funerals and Bereavement, Boating and Marine Tourism and deputy convener of Sport. Paul Wheelhouse was appointed Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy in May 2016 and in June 2018 he became the Minister responsible for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands