Sarah Williams

Director of regulation and asset strategy - Wales & West Utilities

Sarah’s career began in the energy industry in the late 90s before joining Wales & West Utilities in 2005. With over 20 years’ experience in a range of strategic, operational and managerial roles, she most recently headed up the development read more

Eliane Algaard

Operations director - SSE (Virtual participation)

Since August 2020, Eliane has been the Operations Director for Distribution South at SSE plc, a multi-national energy company. Eliane has a strong portfolio working in water companies, having worked at VEOLIA Water UK Limited for 7 years in various read more

Alex Mahon

Head of analytics - UK Power Networks

Alex is the Head of Analytics for UK Power Networks covering all aspects of operational, asset, customer and financial performance. His previous experiences include international management consulting in the field of performance analytics, the water sector with Thames Water and read more

Dr Avi Aithal

Technical lead, open networks project - Energy Networks Association

Dr Avi Aithal is the Technical Lead for the Open Networks project at Energy Networks Association. Utilising his expertise in laying the foundations of a smart grid in Great Britain, Avi works closely with the network operators, Government, stakeholders, and read more

Laura Sandys CBE

Chair - Energy Systems Data Taskforce (Virtual participation)

She is a Senior Independent Director at SGN Network and the Energy Systems Catapult. She is Chair of the Northern Ireland Expert Panel on Energy Transition and was Chair of the BEIS/Ofgem Energy System Data Taskforce. She was a member read more

Eric Brown

Chief technology officer - Energy Systems Catapult

Eric joined the Energy Systems Catapult when it was established in April 2015. He became Chief Technology Officer in April 2019 having previously been Innovation Director. In his time at the Catapult he has focussed on programmes and initiatives that read more

Dr Emma Ferranti

Senior Lecturer in Engineering - University of Birmingham

Dr Emma Ferranti holds an EPSRC Fellowship at the University of Birmingham. She works on a range of projects with national and international stakeholders to examine the impact of weather and climate on infrastructure and the built environment. She is read more

Chris Train

UK’s Green Gas Champion

Former CEO of Cadent, Britain’s largest gas distribution network, Chris is spearheading ENA’s Gas Goes Green programme as the UK’s Green Gas Champion, to create the world’s first zero carbon gas grid here in the UK, to hit our 2050 read more

Gavin Starks

Founder - Icebreaker One (Virtual participation)

On behalf of HM Treasury, Gavin co-chaired the development of Open Banking Standard, leading banks, trade associations, startups, regulators and consumer rights organisations to lay the foundations for new regulation. He works internationally with public and private sector organisations, with read more

Andrew Musgrave

Head of engineering & network strategy - SGN

Andrew is responsible for the strategic direction of SGNs asset investments with particular responsibility for the Mains Replacement Programme. He is a member of the RIIO-GD2 management team with overall responsibility for the GD2 Repex and Capex components of SGN's read more

Scott Mathieson

Director of network planning and regulation - SP Energy Networks (Virtual participation)

Scott joined ScottishPower after graduating from the University of Glasgow with a degree in economics.  In a career spanning 25 years with the company he has gained experience across a number of roles including Strategic Planning, Regulation, Financial & Regulatory read more

Matt Webb

Head of enterprise data - UK Power Networks

Matt Webb is the Head of Enterprise Data at UK Power Networks, the electricity distribution system operator for London and the south-east of England. In this role, Matt leads the company’s data and information management strategy, and is responsible for enterprise data governance and the development of open data services.   Most recently, Matt was Head of read more

Oliver Lancaster


Oliver Lancaster is the Chief Executive Officer at the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers, which is the professional engineering institution for individuals and businesses working to deliver advancement in knowledge and sciences for the benefit of the global gas read more

Vlada Kolosyuk

Senior manager, network price controls - Ofgem (Virtual participation)

Vlada Kolosyuk is a Senior Policy Manager at Ofgem, leading on the Low Carbon Infrastructure Strategic Change Programme. Prior to joining Ofgem in 2019, Vlada has worked as an economic advisor at Ofcom and ORR, specialising in network regulation. She read more

Stewart Whyte

Director network strategy and operations - National Grid

Bobby Gleeson

Head of asset management - Gas Networks Ireland (Virtual participation)

Daniel Donaldson

Postgraduate researcher - University of Birmingham

Daniel is currently a PhD student at the University of Birmingham where he is conducting research related to advanced analytics for risk and resiliency assessment of power systems. His background is in the utility industry, having previously spent seven years read more

John Harvey

Senior Consultant - Copperleaf

John is an experienced consultant and leader in sustainability who has been at the forefront of public and private sustainability policy development, and advisory of commercial organisations, government, utilities, and regulators. In 2020 he joined Copperleaf –a global leader in Asset Investment Management and Planning software read more

Matthew Barnett

Electrical plant subject matter expert - SSEN

Dave Moon

Director of treasury - Cadent Gas

James Wallin

Editor - Utility Week