Renewables After Brexit will bring professionals in the renewables industry together with legal experts, investors, academics and politicians. Details of confirmed speakers can be found below.
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Prof. Peter Cameron
Director, CEPMLP, University of Dundee
Peter Cameron joined CEPMLP in 1997 as Professor of International Energy Law and Policy, after 11 years at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands, where he was Director of the Internationaal Institut voor Energierecht
Peter was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013. He is co-Director of the International Centre for Energy Arbitration and has been an honorary Professorial Fellow at Edinburgh University's Europa Institute for several years.
The Rt. Hon. Alex Salmond
Former First Minister of Scotland
Serving as Scotland’s First Minister from 2007-2014, renewable energy was a key focus of Mr Salmond's government and delegates will hear Mr Salmond's views on how the industry may fare post-Brexit.
SPEAKERS & THE PANEL
John Campbell QC
Hastie Stable, Faculty of Advocates
John was called to the Scottish Bar in 1981 and admitted to Lincoln’s Inn in 1990. His primary practice areas are in Town and Country Planning, Energy and Land and Rural Law. He works all over the UK in Planning matters and also in ADR, particularly Arbitrations.
He is a Member of Trinity Chambers, Newcastle, where he holds a Direct Access ticket. He is a Member of the Construction Panel of Experts for the Mersey Gateway Project, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, and Chairman of the SHBT, Scotland’s largest Building Preservation Trust.
Partner, Head of Clean Energy, CMS Cameron McKenna
Munir Hassan is a partner in the Energy & Utilities Team, and is the Head of Clean Energy at CMS in the UK. The Clean Energy practice at CMS is the market leader in the renewables sector in Europe, with a vast portfolio of projects and transactions across all technologies, particularly offshore wind, onshore wind and solar, and across legal disciplines from M&A and financings through to commercial and regulatory issues and disputes. The practice is also world renowned for its depth in electricity market reform, restructurings, privatisations and reforms of regulatory frameworks.
Senior Policy Officer (Climate & Energy), RSPB Scotland
Alexa leads on energy and climate policy for RSPB Scotland, including supporting the delivery of RSPB’s 2050 Energy Vision which seeks to decarbonise our energy supply in harmony with nature. RSPB Scotland is supported by nearly 90,000 members from both urban and rural areas. We have practical experience of managing land and coast for conservation, farming, forestry and other enterprises. As well as engaging in national policy issues, our professional planning and conservation staff comment on several hundred proposals in Scotland each year. We are actively engaged in the debate on renewable energy, spreading the word about why renewables are vital to protect wildlife and how they can be planned to avoid unnecessary impacts.
Director, Star Renewable Energy
Dave is Director of Star Renewable Energy, a prominent Scottish manufacture of large and medium sized heat pumps specifically focussed on bringing clean heat to older buildings and densely populated city areas.
Dave is also a non-exec director of CeeD Scotland (a business to business knowledge sharing platform) and sits as Chair of the European Heat Pump Association representation to the EC’s Renewable Heating and Cooling Platform in Brussels.
Managing Director, Absolute
An experienced sales and marketing director in the renewables industry, Graham became Managing Director of Absolute in July 2016 - only weeks after the Brexit vote.
His talk at Renewables After Brexit will focus on how the business pivoted its focus, brand and strategy to cope with declining sales in the wake of the vote.
Chief Executive, Energy UK
Lawrence Slade is the Chief Executive of Energy UK, taking up post in July 2015. Lawrence was Energy UK's first Chief Operating Officer when it was formed in 2012 and had specific executive responsibility for all energy supply activities including retail markets, smart metering & grids, energy efficiency and consumer engagement.
Lawrence has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990s working in countries all over the world to build an understanding of the geopolitics of energy and both how the sector is central to everyday life and supports thriving economies.
Lawrence ran the Energy Retail Association before Energy UK was formed and previously ran the Society of Petroleum Engineers, expanding the society's operations in Russia, the Caspian and Africa. He was also Deputy Chief Executive and Technical Director of the Energy Institute in London.
Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy Association
Mark Sommerfeld has worked in renewable energy policy and regulation for over five years. Alumni of Cambridge University, he has managed policy regulation across both generation and retail renewable energy projects. Mark joined the Renewable Energy Association in 2015 in order to coordinate the Finance Forum; establishing a platform for senior financiers to create a more favourable investment environment. Mark also leads on the REA’s Brexit and Industrial Strategy work stream, where they have been active in lobbying the government to protect key priorities and realise the benefits of renewables during Brexit negotiations.
Prof. Jorge Vasconcelos
Founder of the Council of European Energy Regulators and Member of the Energy Roadmap 2050 Advisory Group
Jorge Vasconcelos was the first chairman of the Portuguese Energy Regulatory Authority, ERSE. He was founder and first chairman of the Council of European Energy Regulators and he was founder and member of the Executive Committee of the Florence School of Regulation. Prior to the regulatory experience, he worked in industry and at several European universities.
Jorge is currently the Chairman of NEWES, New Energy Solutions and consultant to several international organizations and national authorities. He is Invited Professor at the Technical University of Lisbon and author and editor of several books and articles. He graduated in power systems from Porto University and got the Dr.-Ing. degree from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Project Manager, Scottish Water Horizons
Ian Dunsmore has over 20 years experience in the water industry, both in Scotland and New Zealand. Over this time, he has developed a diverse set of skills and experience in the operational, business development and strategic planning areas of the water industry, allowing him to provide knowledge and insight from multiple viewpoints.
Currently a Project Manager within Scottish Water Horizons, a commercial subsidiary of Scottish Water, Ian has been instrumental in the delivery of the UK’s first heat from waste water system at Borders College in Galashiels. Further schemes are planned for delivery in 2018, with Ian continuing to develop opportunities to deliver this unique, low-carbon technology across Scotland.
Dr Alister Hamilton
Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh and Chair of the Electric Vehicle Association Scotland
Dr Alister Hamilton is chair of the Electric Vehicle Association Scotland, a Community Interest Company with over 600 members. EVAS C.I.C. promotes electric vehicle use in Scotland and represents its' members interests to all levels of government. Dr Hamilton is also an academic member of staff in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh
Partner, Head of Energy, Infrastructure & Land, Gillespie MacAndrew
Derek has over 20 years of experience advising and counselling global and domestic businesses on their major corporate, land and energy projects on a UK and international level. Recently, he has led and advised on several significant merger & acquisition deals and strategic energy investments including the sale of Rio Tinto’s UK Smelter and power operations. He has a track record in advising on natural resource regulation, low carbonisation projects, university commercialisation, and complex joint venture and consortium deals. Derek is a non-executive board member and trustee for a number of organisations and holds the position of Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Scotland. He co-ordinates international cross border projects and trade and is Chairman of the global legal network, Lexwork International in Europe and Asia.
Dr Thomas Muinzer
Lecturer, University of Stirling
Thomas is from Northern Ireland, and undertook his qualifying law degree and other legal qualifications at Queen's University Belfast. After receiving his Doctorate he went on to work as a Teaching Assistant in the Law School at Queen's, and also in the Planning department. He subsequently took up his Lectureship in the Law School at Stirling University in late 2016. He has particular expertise in Environmental Law and Public Law.
Thomas has been involved in an advisory capacity with a broad range of environmental and other actors, including NGOs, political representatives in the UK's devolved governments, and others. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Member of the Society of Legal Scholars, and an Associate Member of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, amongst other organisations. He is also a co-founder and co-editor of Freckle, an environmentally-focused magazine that celebrates people and place in Northern Ireland and beyond.
At the beginning of September 2017, Thomas was appointed to the Law Society of Scotland's Education and Training (Standard Setting) Sub-Committee.
Thomas has considerable experience as an educator in a range of legal areas, and has particular experience in the sphere of environmental law and constitutional law.
Dr Geoff Wood
Teaching Fellow, University of Stirling
Dr Geoffrey Wood joined the Law School at the University of Stirling in September 2014. He is a Teaching Fellow and Guest Lecturer in the LL.M International Energy Law and Policy, LL.M Corporate Social Responsibility and the LL.M/MSc Environmental Policy and Governance programs.
Geoffrey graduated from the Centre for Energy Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee with a PhD in Energy Law Policy and Regulation (2014), a Masters with distinction in Renewable Energy and Environmental Modelling (from the School of Engineering Physics and Mathematics at the same institution), and a BSc (Hons) in Ecological Geography and Animal Behaviour from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
Dr Geoffrey Wood has won a number of awards, including a Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience Scholarship Award and the Scottish Green Energy Award in 2009. He has also published in peer-reviewed journals, published a book on renewable energy policy in Scotland, contributed to various journals, blogs, media, parliamentary committee inquiries and consultations.