Heat & Decentralised Energy


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Opening plenary | The industry vision

Chair: Louise Kingham OBE FEI, CEO of the Energy Institute |  Read Biog

Shadow Ministerial address: Clive Lewis MP, Shadow Treasury Minister for Sustainable Economics (invited)

Keynote address: Phil Gilbert, Director of Solutions, E.ON UK |  Read Biog


Session 1A: Policy Push

With rapid change, policymakers and regulators need to provide clear investment signals but also create space for innovation. This session will look at the policy landscape in heat, power and buildings and help you understand the challenges faced and how it may affect your operations

Chair: Judith Ward, Associate, Sustainability First Read Biog

The view from the regulator: Maxine Frerk, Director, Grid Edge Policy

The view from BEIS: Emma Floyd, Project Director, Heat Networks Investment Project, BEIS Read Biog

The view from the regions: Leah Davis, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Mayor, Greater London Authority (invited)

The view from the grassroots: Agamemnon Otaro, CEO, Repowering London (invited)


Session 2A: Infrastructure Change

New networks and upgrades are central to our future energy system, but these are long term and risk being overtaken by other sector innovations during their lifetime. In this session we explore how infrastructure development can capture and enable the opportunities of innovation, and avoid the risks of white elephant projects.

Chair: Jo Butlin, CEO, EnergyBridge Read Biog

National infrastructure transformation: Katie Black, Director of Policy, National Infrastructure Commission Read Biog

Power infrastructure: Lynne McDonald, Programme Manager - DSO Readiness, UK Power Networks Read Biog

Electric vehicle infrastructure: Hannah Collishaw, Director, E.ON Drive UK Read Biog

Heat network infrastructure: Tarja Teppo, Heat of Heat M&A, Vattenfall

Buildings infrastructure: Pedro Guertler, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G (invited)


Session 3A: Customer Pull

One of the biggest changes in energy is that the customers themselves are now driving change. From onsite generation to electric vehicles and demand response. So what do our customers want? How do we balance the customer opportunity to participate with the growing complexity of the system? 

Chair: Joanne Wade, CEO, ACE Read Biog

What’s the customer demand? Matthew Lipson, Head of Consumer Insight, Energy Systems Catapult Read Biog

Our customer's view: Eamonn Bell, Head of Market Strategy, GridBeyond



Exhibition, networking and coffee


Session 1B: Rate of Change - an Interactive Glossary

A fast and furious whistle-stop tour through some of the technologies, innovations and ideas which are shaping our sector. What’s coming and what does it all mean?

Chair: Lucy Padfield, Director, Ramboll


Casey Cole, Managing Director, Guru Systems  Read Biog

Mat Colmer, Independent specialist in future infrastructure.

Caroline Bragg, Senior Policy Manager, The ADE Read Biog


Session 2B: Warming up: perspectives on heat infrastructure

By 2050, up to 24% of our homes will be on a heat network.  But what changes need to happen to get us there – and is gas the answer?

Chair: Lily Frencham, Senior Policy Manager, The ADE Read Biog

The role of heat: Astrid Madsen, City of Rotterdam

The role of gas: Bethan Winters, System Operations Manager, Wales and West Utilities Read Biog

The role of electrification: Barny Evans, Head of Sustainable Places, Energy and Waste, WSP


Session 3B: Responding to the customer pull

The energy sector is already transforming from selling kilowatt hours to bring services and solutions that are built around customer insight and need. Hear from businesses that are changing the relationship between the energy industry and its customers.

Chair: Liz Warren, Director, SE2 Read Biog


Yi Jean, Product Manager, Verv Read Biog

Kurt Marlein, R&D Program Manager, Comsof Read Biog

Christian Engelke, Director, Viessman

Jesper Akesson, Managing Director, The Behaviouralist (invited)


Exhibtion, networking and lunch


Responding to the rate of change: what it means for you, your business and your customers

Guest speaker: TBC


Exhibtion, networking and coffee


The Interview

John Moylan interviews Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change Read Biog


Closing remarks: Dr Tim Rotheray, Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy |  Read Biog


Conference close and drinks reception

Following the Conference, we are delighted to invite you to enjoy drinks and canapes - a great chance to catch up with old friends, build new relationships


Phil Gilbert

Phil Gilbert

Director of Solutions Sales, E.ON UK

Phil Gilbert is Director of Solutions Sales at E.ON UK and is responsible for the introduction of energy solutions activities for business customers. With 15 years of experience in the energy industry, Phil leads his team in offering businesses expert advice and a wide range of solutions and technologies. These are designed to help businesses, both large and small, improve their competitive performance and capitalise on greater energy efficiency

Phil is passionate about driving new growth and business development. He is able to draw on a wealth of experience in the energy industry from his past roles, including working in trading, renewables, new technology, Combined Heat and Power and biomass, to show businesses that E.ON are more than just an energy supplier.

Dr Tim Rotheray

Dr Tim Rotheray

Director, ADE

Tim was appointed Director of the ADE in August 2013 having previously led the team as Head of Policy and Communications. Tim is responsible for the development and implementation of the Association’s vision for the energy system and oversees the Association’s strategic relationships with members, government, regulators and wider stakeholders. 

Tim joined the ADE as policy manager at the beginning of 2010 from the Micropower Council where he also held a policy role. During his time in the sustainable energy sector, Tim has also worked for the National Assembly for Wales where he researched the renewable energy potential and barriers in Wales. 

In his role as board member Tim provides strategic direction to the sector's European trade representatives Euroheat and Power and Cogen Europe while also contributing to Government's district heating and Renewable Heat Incentive industry groups, and the CBI's energy policy committee.

Casey Cole

Casey Cole

Managing Director, Guru Systems

Having worked for more than 15 years in low-carbon energy, Casey Cole has in-depth experience of making sustainability work in practice: technically, commercially and legally. He co-founded Guru Systems in 2012 in response to the lack of smart metering and monitoring systems for decentralised energy networks. In November 2015, Casey was named Chair of the Board at Heat Trust, the customer protection scheme that sets out a common standard of quality and protection for the supply of heat on onsite energy networks.

Judith Ward

Judith Ward

Sustainability First

Judith has been an associate of the environment think-tank Sustainability First since 2005, and was director for five years from 2012-2017.
She is an energy policy professional with long-standing practical experience of both the utility and consumer worlds, and has  published extensively. With Sustainability First, Judith is currently working on the Public Interest Advisory Group on access to smart meter data for public purpose benefit; on the Fair for the Future project developing a ‘Sustainable Licence to Operate’ for the water and energy sectors, and on Power Responsive. Earlier major projects include : New-Pin (New Energy and Water Public Interest Network) ; Inspire – which looked at innovation for energy customers in vulnerable circumstances ; and, the major GB Electricity Demand project.

Judith was with National Grid (1990-2004) where her last role was a six-year period as Group Head of Public Affairs. In her early career, she worked in policy roles with the House of Commons Environment Select Committee and the national Electricity Consumers’ Council. She has a master’s degree in Energy Resources Management. She was a part-time adviser to the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy and a long-standing trustee of the Institute for European Environment Policy. Judith is an Honorary Fellow of the Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter. She is a member of the BEIS / Ofgem Smart Systems Forum and the Ofgem Design Advisory Board for Settlement Reform.

Jo Butlin

Jo Butlin


Jo has over 20 years experience leading and operating energy businesses in the UK. Her experience is broad and deep having built a new entrant retail business, lead large scale transformation programmes, headed up a large energy consultancy and latterly lead a business focused on market research and insight. Jo is currently CEO of EnergyBridge (UK). The business was set up in response to unprecedented industry change in order to help investors and businesses navigate through market complexity. The business brings a combination of market expertise, practical experience, commercial focus and personality to solve energy market problems.

Katie Black

Katie Black

National Infrastructure Commission

Katie is Director of Policy at the National Infrastructure Commission, the body responsible for providing independent analysis and advice to the Government to ensure the UK meets its long-term infrastructure needs. Katie joined the Commission upon its creation in 2015 and led the policy work on transport, energy and digital for the recently published National Infrastructure Assessment. Prior to this she worked in various roles across the Department of Energy and Climate Change and undertook a secondment to an electricity retailer.

Hannah Collishaw

Hannah Collishaw

E.ON Drive UK

Hannah has 20 years’ experience in the energy and solution industry working for Centrica and E.ON UK and holding a variety of roles spanning sales, commercial and operations in the Energy Supply and Services business. Currently Hannah is heading up a new start up in the UK - E.ON Drive providing business and consumers with smart charging solutions for electric vehicles as well as developing wider mobility services supporting the transition to a low carbon future’

Matthew Lipson

Matthew Lipson

Energy Systems Catapult

Matthew Lipson is Head of Consumer Insight at the UK’s Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) bringing industry, academia and Government together to help the energy sector apply consumer-centred innovation. Matthew has spent the last 20 years working with Universities and businesses for DECC, the Committee on Climate Change, the Energy Technologies Institute and Orange (amongst others) to design energy policies and commercial propositions that people love. He is now applying his experience to help others design delightful, intuitive low carbon energy products and services.

Bethan Winter

Bethan Winter

Wales and West Utilities

Bethan Winter joined Transco in 1997 after completing a degree in Maths with Operational Research and moved to Wales and West Utilities in 2009 when control centre activities moved across from National Grid. She now heads up the System Operation team. Her role includes ensuring WWU has robust processes, systems and competent people to operate the gas networks, as well as having responsibility for Long Term Planning, Future of Energy, Gas Quality and DN Entry.

Kurt Marlein

Kurt Marlein


Kurt Marlein is R&D Program Manager at Comsof and holds a degree in Electronics Engineering (MSc) from Ghent University, Belgium. After a career of 15 years in the mobile and satellite communications industry he joined Comsof in 2017. Comsof is providing GIS based planning software for utility networks and he is responsible for the R&D projects and products in the energy sector (district energy networks, power distribution networks and smart grid communication networks).

Chris Stark

Chris Stark

Committee on Climate Change

Chris has been Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change since April 2018.

His previous role was Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of Scotland’s approach to emissions-reduction and the accompanying energy system transition. His team provided advice to Scottish Ministers on all aspects of energy and climate policy – and on licensing and consent decisions for new onshore energy infrastructure. Prior to that Chris headed the Strategy Unit, the Scottish Government’s central strategy team, and he has worked in a number of Whitehall departments. He has wide experience of economic policymaking, in the Scottish Government, HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Emma Floyd

Emma Floyd


Biography to follow

Lily Frencham

Lily Frencham


Lily leads the development of the Association’s policy and regulatory work focused on heat networks – working closely with members and policymakers to promote the sustainable development of the decentralised energy sector in the UK.

Lily joined the ADE from Ofgem, where she led the policy and communications team of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. Before that, she worked at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, working with stakeholders in Pacific Islands to help develop their understanding of climate science and adaptation.

Lily holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies, both from the University of Wollongong.

Caroline Bragg

Caroline Bragg


Caroline leads the development of the Association’s power sector policy and regulatory work focusing on combined heat and power and demand-side energy services – working closely with members and policymakers to promote the sustainable development of the decentralised energy sector in the UK.

Caroline joined the ADE from RenewableUK where her work in the policy team included the Levy Control Framework and its support schemes, network charging and reform to balancing and capacity markets across low carbon technologies. She was also heavily involved in supporting technology-specific policy development with a particular focus upon emerging technologies including tidal and wave energy.

Caroline holds a MSc from Oxford University and a BA from Manchester University.

Yi Jean

Yi Jean


Yi Jean is Head of Product at Verv, an energy start-up using blockchain and AI to develop a consumer-focused energy and data marketplace. Based in London, Verv use machine learning and AI to gain a deeper understanding of consumer energy use, and are building a peer-to-peer energy trading marketplace. Prior to Verv, Yi Jean worked in strategy consulting, responsible for market research and analysis to inform long-term corporate strategy and M&A. She has also worked in a number of energy start-ups in Boston and New York, focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. She holds a BA in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University, and a MSc in Energy Economics from University College London.

Lynne McDonald

Lynne McDonald

UK Power Networks

Lynne joined UK Power Networks in 2010 and has over eight years utilities experience in smart grids. Delivering new technical, commercial and customer experience innovations.

Lynne holds a MEng degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. She was named Engineer of the Year in the Women in Construction Awards 2016.

Lynne is responsible for overseeing the strategic change programme, Future Smart, to transition the business to a Distribution System Operator (DSO).

Other responsibilities include Technical Lead positions in industry forums including the Energy Networks Association ‘Open Networks’ project, Power Networks Demonstration Centre and the International Utility Working Group.

Previously Lynne set up and directed the £5.5m project, energywise, that won the 2016 Community Energy award at the European Industry Awards. Moreover, lead a team that registered a programme of innovative projects to advance the condition and failure management of electricity distribution assets.

Liz Warren

Liz Warren


Liz is a Director of SE2, which helps individuals, communities and organisations build their capacity to tackle climate change. She is currently supporting the GLA in its work with the smart energy sector and has been working with the Energy Systems Catapult for the last year on stakeholder engagement and communications for the Smart Systems and Heat programme. She has supported BEIS’ work with local authorities around the development of heat networks and helps coordinate the UK Vanguards District Energy Network. Liz lives in Frome, Somerset and is a Director of Frome Renewable Energy Cooperative.

Louise Kingham OBE FEI

Louise Kingham OBE FEI

Energy Institute

Louise Kingham OBE FEI is Chief Executive of the Energy Institute (EI), the leading professional body for energy, which promotes excellence by developing knowledge, skills and good practice in the global energy sector. Louise has spent the past 25 years working with energy professionals around the world. Prior to her appointment at the head of the EI in 2003, Louise was Director General of the Institute of Petroleum and Chief Executive of The Institute of Energy. Louise is currently a Council member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies and a Board member of the Powerful Women initiative. She is a former President of the Energy Industries Club, Advisory member of the Energy Policy Board at the University of Birmingham and judge for HM Queen’s Prize for Higher and Further Education.
In 2006, she received a Global Leadership in Energy Award and in 2011, the OBE from HM Queen for services to the energy industry. In 2017 she was awarded an Honorary Science Doctorate from the University of Bath.

Dr Joanne Wade OBE FEI

Dr Joanne Wade OBE FEI


Dr Joanne Wade is Chief Executive of the Association for the Conservation of Energy and incoming Deputy Director of the Association for Decentralised Energy. She is Vice President of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Chair of the Energy Institute’s Energy Advisory Panel and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions. Joanne has worked on local energy systems and energy efficiency in buildings for over 30 years, and was awarded an OBE for services to energy efficiency in the 2017 New Year’s Honours.