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Utility Week Congress speaker - Adam Scorer

Adam Scorer

Chief executive - National Energy Action

Adam was appointed chief executive of National Energy Action (NEA) in December 2017. He has an extensive history within the consumer movement working, among others, for Which? energywatch, Consumer Focus and Citizens Advice. For much of that time he has read more
Utility Week Congress speaker - Alan Sutherland

Alan Sutherland

Chief executive - Water Industry Commission for Scotland

Alan has been Chief Executive of the Water Industry Commission since its establishment in 2005. Before then he was the Water Industry Commissioner, a role he took up in 1999. Over the past decade the water industry in Scotland has read more
Utility Week Congress Speaker - Catherine Waddams

Catherine Waddams

Professor and expert advisor - UK Regulators Network (UKRN)

Catherine Waddams is a professor at Norwich Business School and a member of the ESRC Centre for Competition at the University of East Anglia. She has been a non-executive director of Ofwat since May 2013. Catherine was formerly founding director read more
Utility Week Congress 2018 - Chris Loughlin

Chris Loughlin

group chief executive - Pennon Group

Chris became group chief executive on 1 January 2016, having previously served for ten years on the board as chief executive of South West Water. He is chair of the Pennon Executive Management Board and a member of the Sustainability read more
Utility Week Congress speaker - Colin Nicol

Colin Nicol

Managing director, networks - SSE

Colin became managing director, networks in 2015. Colin joined SSE in 2010 to work on major projects capital investment, through which he led project development and delivery in SSE’s growing Renewables business becoming the lead director for wholesale development. In read more
Utility Week Congress speaker - Colm Moriaty

Colm Moriarty

Head of business incubation - ESB

Colm is Head of Business Incubation at ESB, Ireland’s largest energy company. He leads X_Site, ESB’s incubator located in a co-working space in Dublin’s Digital Docklands. This role involves developing and mentoring internal and external energy start-ups. These early stage read more
Utility Week Congress speaker - David Smith

David Smith

Chief executive - 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 read more

Dermot Nolan

Chief executive - Ofgem

Dermot joined Ofgem as chief executive officer in March 2014. He has extensive leadership experience in energy regulation, market competition and the protection of consumers' interests having most recently been commissioner at the Commission for Energy Regulation in Ireland from read more

Ellen Bennett

Content director - Utility Week

Utility Week Congress speaker - Gerard Harkin

Gerard Harkin

Interim head of R&D - Southern Water

Gerard has worked with organisations of all sizes to manage innovation programs, build new propositions, enhance business models, and deliver real revenue growth. He has broad experience across a dozen industries. He has twenty-five years' experience in innovation in both read more

Graham Edwards

Chief executive - Wales & West Utilities

Graham has significant senior management experience in the utility sector running electricity distribution and water businesses with South Wales Electricity, Hyder and Thames Water. He has held senior posts in human resources, operations, and MD roles with full P&L responsibility. read more
Utility Week Congress speaker - Jenny Pyper

Jenny Pyper

Chief executive - Utility Regulator

Jenny Pyper became chief executive of the Utility Regulator in November 2013. A BSc (Hons) graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, she joined the Northern Ireland civil service in 1985 and was appointed as director of energy policy in the Department read more

Johanna Dow

Chief executive - Business Stream

Jo Dow was appointed chief executive of Business Stream in October 2014. A qualified accountant, Jo joined Scottish and Southern Energy in 1998 before moving to Scottish Water in 2002. During this time, Jo was heavily involved in the separation read more

Laura Sandys

Chief executive - Challenging Ideas

Laura Sandys is an innovator who seeks to challenge incumbent thinking in public policy and business in order to increase competition, productivity and creativity. In both politics and the corporate world, as the founder of two communications and marketing companies, read more
Utility Week Congress speaker - Lawrence Slade

Lawrence Slade

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 read more

Liz Barber

Director of finance and regulation - Yorkshire Water

Liz was appointed as director of finance and regulation to Yorkshire Water and group finance and regulation director to the board of Kelda Holdings in November 2010. Now director of finance, regulation and markets, Liz joined the company from Ernst read more

Lois Vallely

Features editor - Utility Week

Mel Karam

Chief executive - Bristol Water

Mel Karam is the chief executive of Bristol Water plc, having joined the organisation in April 2017. Mel joined Bristol Water from KPMG International where he was a partner and global head of asset management. With more than 30 years read more

Michael Lewis

Chief executive - E.ON UK

Michael Lewis is chief executive officer of E.ON UK plc. He has worked in the energy industry for almost twenty-five years in businesses operating across Europe and North America. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering, and an MSc in read more
Utility Week Congress speaker - Mike Quinn

Mike Quinn

Chief executive - ERVIA

Mike Quinn joined Ervia in late October 2017 from Bord na Mona where he held the role of chief executive officer. He joined Bord na Mona in 2015 having worked as a group vice president for Precision Castparts (PCC), a read more

Nicola Shaw

Executive director, UK - National Grid

As National Grid’s UK executive director, Nicola is positioned firmly at the heart of meeting the energy challenges of the future. She joined National Grid in July 2016 after holding the chief executive role at HS1 for five years. Nicola read more

Pat O’Doherty

Chief executive - ESB

Pat O'Doherty was appointed to the Board at ESB in January 2013 as board member and December 2011 as chief executive. He headed up ESB’s largest businesses as executive director of ESB International, managing director of ESB Networks and executive read more
Utility Week Congress speaker - Peter Haigh

Peter Haigh

Managing Director - Bristol Energy

Peter Haigh is managing director of Bristol Energy, one of the first municipal energy companies in the UK. Peter has been at the centre of major developments in the UK energy industry, most recently as CEO of Elexon Limited and read more

Rachel Fletcher

Chief executive - Ofwat

Rachel joined Ofwat from Ofgem in December last year where she was senior partner for consumers and competition and sat on the Ofgem Board. She joined Ofgem in 2005 and during her time there was also partner for distribution, leading read more

Sarah Bentley

Chief customer officer - Severn Trent Water

Sarah is a member of the Severn Trent Executive Committee responsible for the Customer business unit, Group Technology and Group Transformation.  Prior to joining Severn Trent Water Sarah led Accenture Digital in the UK and Ireland, a £300m division of read more
Utility Week Congress Speaker - Sharon Darcy

Sharon Darcy

Director / consumer progress panel member - Sustainability First / Ofgem

Sharon is director of think tank, Sustainability First, where she set up the New Energy and Water Public Interest Network (‘New-Pin’). She is a board member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), a member of the UK Regulators Network expert read more

Sir John Armitt

Chairman - National Infrastructure Commission

Sir John Armitt was appointed as the permanent Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in January 2018. He will provide strategic advice to ensure the UK has the long-term infrastructure it needs to thrive. He has served as a read more
Utility Week Congress speaker - Stephen Parker

Stephen Parker

Regulation director - Northern Gas Networks

Stephen Parker joined Northern Gas Networks when the company was created in 2005. In his current role as regulation director he has led NGN through 3 price control reviews and is responsible for regulatory strategy and compliance. Stephen has more read more
Utility week speaker - Steve George

Steve George

Customer services director - South East Water

Steve joined South East Water in October 2008 and is currently the customer services director. He is responsible for all aspects of customer service and account management. He has also been a board member at UK Water Industry Research since read more

Steve Mogford

Chief executive - United Utilities

Steve Mogford was appointed chief executive of United Utilities plc in March 2011.  FTSE100 listed, United Utilities provides water and wastewater services to approximately seven million customers in the north west of England. Steve started his career at British Aerospace read more

Steve Robertson

Chief executive - Thames Water

Steve became chief executive of Thames Water in September 2016, having previously held the position of chief executive officer at Truphone, where he developed ground breaking technology allowing it to become a disruptive player in the global market. Prior to read more

Suleman Ali

Director of strategy and regulation - UKPN

Suleman joined UK Power Networks in May 2015 as director of safety, strategy & support services from Accenture where he was a managing director, leading the utility network operations practice in the UK. Suleman has 15 years’ utilities experience, delivering read more

Tony Smith

Chief executive - CCWater

Tony joined the Consumer Council for Water in December 2005 as Chief Executive. Since it was set up, CCWater has tried to encourage water companies, their regulators and government to make sure that the industry and the way it is read more

Tooraj Jamasb

Co-director and professor of energy economics - Durham Energy Institute and Durham University Business School

Utility Week Speaker - Wilfrid Petrie

Wilfrid Petrie

Chief executive - Engie UK

Wilfrid Petrie is the chief executive officer of Engie UK and Ireland and supervises all international facility management businesses within Engie. Born in 1965, Wilfrid is a graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique of France and has had various management positions read more