Rushlight Events

Waste Manager to Resource Broker

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

5.30pm to 9pm

 Hosted by

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25 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AY


The waste industry is in the middle of a major transformation.  Where once society looked for the industry simply to remove what was deemed rubbish from the sight of communities, now it is becoming a handler of a range of resources that feed the wood, paper, metal, glass, plastic and construction industries, the reuse sector, and green gas and waste to energy plants.

Society is now asking for as much as possible to be diverted away from the municipal and commercial waste streams through circular business models and reuse.  There is increasing pressure on waste companies to segregate resource streams and for alternative uses to be found which are pursued ahead of waste to energy.  The waste hierarchy pervades upstream so that there is a resource handling hierarchy too.

This transition from waste handler to resource broker has not been straight forward.  Regulations designed to protect health and the environment, principally set and managed by the Environment Agency, have challenged the progress by those in the vanguard of innovations appertaining to certain resource streams.

The need for One Planet Living and the ensuing requirement to manage our resources more effectively, together with the unknown impacts of Brexit both with regard to the EU Circular Economy Programme and future trading activities, are accelerating this transformation of the industry.

Biffa was one of the first large waste companies to make fundamental changes to its strategy and, most recently, the launch of the newly merged Renewi highlights the changes that are happening.

This event will set out the changes that are taking place, identify the drivers and hurdles to the transition, look at the process from the perspective of a waste company, a local authority and an investor/ financier and seek to set out what the future resource system will be like.



5.30pm Registration

6.00pm Welcome – Andrew Bond, Smith & Williamson

6.10pm Introduction – Clive Hall, Rushlight Events

6.15pm UK Waste Industry Update – Mark Terrell, Principal Consultant, Ricardo-AEA.  His presentation is HERE.

6.40pm The Local Authority Perspective – Annie Baker,  Strategic Partnership Manager, South London Waste Partnership.  Her presentation is not available.

7.00pm Panel, augmented by

Mike Tregent, Environment Agency

James Capel, Simply Waste Solutions

Natalia Agathou, Advance London Team Leader, LWaRB

8.15pm Networking

9.30pm Close



Mark Terrell – Ricardo-AEA

With a long history of experience in the waste sector, Mark has worked in many sectors of the waste industry from most recently RDF/SRF production and end market development, through to composting, AD, IVC, food waste, wood waste and even sewage sludge. He is a Materials Engineer (BEng), and began his career as a chemist in the chemical, cement and waste industry. He has mix of technical expertise and commercial market knowledge from working for Thames Water, Veolia, Lafarge, Environment Agency, Suez and most recently Ricardo.  Working for the Worldwide Energy and Environmental consultancy Ricardo Mark provides support to the financial, energy and waste sectors on; Technical Due Diligence/Owners Representative, Expert Witness/Legal and Regulatory Compliance, and Market Assessment UK and Europe (RDF/SRF/Wood).

Annie Baker – South London Waste Partnership

Annie is the Strategic Partnership Manager at South London Waste Partnership.  She has worked in waste management in London local authorities for nearly 15 years. In her role heading up the South London Waste Partnership, she manages waste on behalf of four partner boroughs: Croydon , Kingston, Merton and Sutton. Before managing the SLWP, she spent over 10 years working in the London Borough of Southwark.

James Capel – Simply Waste

James is the CEO and owner of the fastest growing waste collection company in the UK. Simply Waste Solutions was founded in 2006, initially with only two lorries and a strong work ethic. Its meteoric rise was achieved by breaking the mould of how traditional large waste management companies operate and by delivering the highest standards of customer service that many of its larger competitors struggle to match. Now Simply Waste has over 45 vehicles and employs more than 120 staff, collecting from more than 7000 sites a week and handling over 100,000 tonnes of waste per year.  James has had over 20 years’ experience in the waste industry and has been at the forefront of change in the sector. He led the first joint venture to offer a complete solution for coffee cup recycling and Simply Cups remains the only company in the UK to offer a fully auditable solution for this waste.

Natalia Agathou – LWARB

Natalia joined the London Waste and Recycling Board in 2017 and she is the Business Advice Manager of the Advance London team a 3 year programme supporting SMEs in London transition to circular business models. She has previously worked for 8 years as an environmental advisor specialised in sustainable businesses and responsible sourcing in emerging economies. She has assisted businesses in developing sustainability strategies and resource efficient business plans. She has designed waste collection and delivery plans for municipalities and has analysed and restructured internal processes for organizations and businesses in the retail, packaging, banking, textiles, recycling and sanitary sector. She has managed and implemented waste and resource efficiency management programmes for international clients like Philips, IFCO Systems S.A., Textile Enterprises, IBM, the World Bank, the EU, the UNDP, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mike Tregent – Environment Agency

Mike is responsible for Waste Stream Assessment Waste Planning and Strategy Environmental Regulation and Compliance at the Environment Agency.  He has been at the Environment Agency for 10 years, before which he had waste regulation roles at Berkshire and Hampshire County Councils.

Natural Capital Investment

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

5.30pm to 9pm

 Hosted by

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25 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AY


Natural Capital has been defined as the elements of nature that directly and indirectly produce value or benefits to people, including ecosystems, species, freshwater, land, minerals, the air and oceans, as well as natural processes and functions.

Increasingly, companies are seeing there are real commercial benefits to be gained from investing in the very ecosystems that their supply chains rely on and looking to nature to address some of their issues.  Examples include a US chemical company that invested USD 1 million in a wetland which naturally filters water, rather than USD 40 million in a wastewater treatment plant.  In the UK, a snack company is providing free bee kits to help to develop a more local honey supply chain.

Biodiversity offsetting has been introduced as a way of managing the overall environmental effect of projects where some degradation cannot be avoided, for instance in some transport infrastructure projects.  However, with the time it takes for habitats to become established, can biodiversity offsetting really work or is it simply an opt out for the less-environmentally conscious?

Even the most carbon-conscious energy projects have an impact on the environment when the new energy farm is built.  Increasingly, energy projects are taking the habitats in which they are located into account, transport projects have natural capital programmes and landfill sites have biodiversity plans as part of their closure programmes.

This event will look at the key non-mineral natural capital components and assess how attractive they are for investors and for companies to become engaged.  Beyond PR and the desire  actually to be doing some good,  is there a commercial reason for companies to invest in natural capital?  In particular, we will look at:

  • biodiversity offsetting
  • business risk of natural capital degradation
  • investing in natural capital to make supply chains more resilient
  • using natural capital solutions for commercial issues
  • taking corporate sustainability into the woodland, oceans and freshwater
  • investor returns from natural capital


5.30pm Registration

6.00pm Welcome – Andrew Bond, Smith & Williamson

6.10pm Introduction – Clive Hall, Rushlight Events

6.20pm Overview of Natural Capital – Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director, Natural Capital Partners.  His presentation is HERE.

6.40pm The Government perspective of Natural Capital – Nick Barter, Deputy Director, Natural Environment Strategy, Defra.  His presentation is HERE.

7.00pm  The Risks and Rewards of Natural Capital Management – Olivia Darby, Chief Operating Officer of the Capital, Science & Policy Practice at Willis Towers Watson.  Her presentation is HERE.

7.20pm Panel discussion and Q&A, augmented by

               James Spurgeon, Director, Sustain Value

Duncan Bott, Managing Director, Belectric Solar Ltd

8.00pm Networking, drinks and eats

9.00pm Close




Jonathan Shopley – Natural Capital Partners

Jonathan Shopley is Managing Director at Natural Capital Partners.  He joined the company, trading then as FutureForests, as CEO in 2001 to initiate its evolution to a leading international provider of services delivering positive impact for the environment and business in the areas of climate, energy, water, and biodiversity.  Previously as Managing Director in Arthur D. Little’s Global Environment & Risk Consulting business, Jonathan advised corporates & government agencies on the mitigation of environmental impacts from industry.  He chairs a UK Community Renewable Energy Cooperative, and is a board member of the International Emissions Trading Association.  He was a founder of the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance, and helped establish the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change.

James Spurgeon – Sustain Value

James Spurgeon is a Director at Sustain Value, a consultancy that specializes in advising businesses on valuing and managing natural and social capital issues. He has 25 years experience quantifying and valuing environmental and social impacts for businesses, governments and financial institutions globally.  This has involved undertaking over 250 projects for many sectors and companies.  James is a lead author of the Natural Capital Protocol, he leads the EU’s Business and Biodiversity Platform workstream on Natural Capital Accounting for Business, and has authored numerous guides for WBCSD, A4S and IPIECA.  Key areas of interest are: ecosystem service assessments; natural and social capital valuation assessments; developing associated excel tools; evaluating and offsetting impacts in relation to Net Zero/Net Positive; Integrated Reporting and Environmental Profit & Loss accounts; and water valuation.  He has a BSc in Zoology and an MSc and MBA specializing in environmental valuation and environmental markets, and began his career at KPMG training to be a Chartered Accountant.

Duncan Bott – BELECTRIC

Duncan has been working in the renewable energy sector for over ten years, and has extensive knowledge and experience across a wide spectrum of low-carbon technologies, from hydrogen and fuel cells to solar PV and smart grid technologies. Duncan has managed the construction of over 120MWp solar farm capacity throughout the UK and more than 2MWp of solar rooftops, with several more projects in construction and development.

Olivia Darby – Willis Towers Watson

Olivia Darby is Chief Operating Officer of the Capital, Science & Policy Practice at Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. The Practice confronts large scale challenges of risk and seeks innovative uses of insurance-related mechanisms to build resilient economies and societies around the world to support sustainable growth.  She also sits on the Advisory Board of two climate finance organisations, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance and the Finance for Resilience (FiRe) initiative and is a member of the Valuing Nature Programme’s Business Interest Group.  She has previously worked in reinsurance and banking and has an MA in Classics from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Imperial College London.

Nick Barter – DEFRA

Nick Barter is the deputy director in Defra responsible for leading the development of the 25 Year Environment Plan and for managing the secretariat to the independent committee that advises the UK Government on natural capital, the Natural Capital Committee. Prior to joining Defra in 2012, he worked for 15 years in the Department for Transport and Her Majesty’s Treasury on a variety of economist and policy roles, mainly in the area of environmental modelling and European financial legislation.

UK Power Generation Market

Monday, 17 March 2014

5.30pm to 9pm

 Hosted by


15 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1JP

With risks of blackouts looming from 2015, shale gas potential being touted as the UK energy market saviour, Electricity Market Reform, renewable energy technologies achieving 11% of the total market and seemingly litle progress being made on carbon capture and storage and nuclear, it is timely to take a look at the current state of the UK Energy Market.

Ambitious targets have been set to achieve a decarbonised power generation system with major contributions from renewable energy, nuclear and carbon capture and storage. Where are we on that decarbonising journey, how close to cost parity are the various renewable energy technologies when compared with the legacy fossil-fueled infrastructure and how much more regulation and subsidy will be needed?

This event will take a close look at the current energy market, the constituent technologies and fuel sources, the regulatory position and the energy trader’s perspective. We will then take a look forward to where the market is heading in the short to medium term and then surmise how the targets can be achieved and what it will take from our current position.

Agenda for the evening

5.30pm   Registration

6.00pm   Introduction – Andrew Renton, Bird & Bird

6.05pm   Welcome – Clive Hall, Rushlight Events

6.10pm   UK Energy Market Commentary – Craig Edgar, Head of Growth and Strategy, Atkins Power.  His presentation is HERE

6.30pm   The regulatory position and outlook – Charles Hargreaves, Associate Director, Ofgem.  His presentation is HERE

6.45pm   The energy trader’s perspective – Jonathan Lydiard-Wilson, CEO International Division, EnergyQuote JHA.  His presentation is HERE

7.00pm   Panel and Q&A, augmented by

Jonas Persson, Director, Lloyds Bank

Edgar Goddard, Director Energy Services, Network Rail

John Rhys, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

8.00pm Networking

9.00pm Close



Jonathan Lydiard-Wilson

Jonathan is a leading energy strategist and is currently CEO of the International Division of EnergyQuote JHA which is one of Europe’s largest energy and carbon specialists delivering solutions to the B2B market. Recent projects have included working with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), the Canadian Government’s cleantech fund, providing consultancy to global Aerospace, Defence and Security (ADS) companies in their transition into energy markets, negotiated the brokerage of a 20 year fixed price deal with the UK Government (£350m) and worked with Bristol City as one of the UK’s nominated Smart Cities. He is also a Director (Trustee) of The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).

Craig Edgar

Craig is Head of Growth and Strategy for Atkins Power. His role is to provide a focal point within the Power business to drive the strategic direction of the business to achieve profitable growth – both into new geographies and enhanced service provision. Prior to taking up this role last year, Craig has spent most of his working life delivering new build power generation projects and retains a keen interest and technical involvement in the new build power sector.

Charles Hargreaves

As Ofgem’s the Associate Director of Renewable Electricity, Charles is responsible for the oversight of the government’s existing environmental obligations aimed at promoting electricity generation from renewable sources. Charles has been in his current position since the autumn of 2013. Prior to his current role, he was the Associate Director for Environmental Programmes with the responsibility for managing the energy suppliers’ compliance with the range of environmental schemes including Energy Efficiency commitments. Throughout his time in with Ofgem Charles has worked extensively with Government on the development and monitoring of the environmental programmes. Before joining Ofgem, Charles worked in economic consulting and in academia, predominantly on the forecasting of UK energy demand and the consequent carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide emissions. These forecasts were produced for a range of clients including government, utilities and NGOs.

Edgar Goddard

Edgar is Director, Energy Services at Network Rail and has recently joined to bring together and lead the energy and electric power community in Network Rail as part of a major programme of work to electrify and deliver power to Britain’s rail network. Previously he held senior roles within National Grid as Head of Information Services for National Grid’s Transmission business and leading National Grid’s UK electricity asset management; developing and delivering all National Grid’s UK transmission system investments totalling some €1.3bn a year and the ongoing maintenance and health of National Grid’s €7bn of existing assets. He has also led National Grid’s Electricity National Control Centre where the Great Britain transmission system is managed and real time energy balancing is undertaken and was Commercial Manager for National Grid’s UK Transmission business during a period of significant electricity market reform.

John Rhys 

John Rhys joined the Institute as a Senior Research Fellow in March 2010, after a period as one of its senior research advisors. He obtained his first degree in Mathematics at Oxford University, and went on to obtain an M.Sc. and PhD in economics at the London School of Economics. He is a former Chief Economist of the Electricity Council, and a former Managing Director of NERA UK Economic Consulting. There he was intimately involved in UK energy sector reforms, and also worked extensively on energy sector projects worldwide with the World Bank, other development agencies and national governments.

Jonas Persson

Jonas has more than 12 years experience in the Power industry. He joined Lloyds in Aug 2008, with the mandate to develop the bank’s Utilities and Power business, focusing on the larger vertically integrated companies as well as the independent power producers. The bank has since established trusted relationships with close to 30 leading utility clients in Europe and the US, spanning core product areas such as acquisition and project financing, debt capital markets and financial markets.  Since the beginning of 2009, Jonas has lead about 20 different Bond issuances for Utilities and Infrastructure clients, including multi deals for key relationships such as EDF, Iberdrola, Centrica, and SSE. He has also lead the funding of clients’ Project Financing, including off shore wind farms, networks, stand alone power plants, airports, and street lighting projects. Prior to joining Lloyds, Jonas spent 11 years at BNP Paribas where he was heading up the bank’s UK utility business, building out its commodities trading and leading its investment into the now well established WBS structures for the UK regulated networks.

 Sustainable Resources Briefing

Shale Gas Fracking Environmental Impact – Should we really be concerned?

Thursday, 17th October 2013

5.30pm to 9pm

 Hosted by

1 America Square, Crosswall, London, EC3N 2SG

Shale Gas has gained a lot of news column space recently with government announcements of support, demonstrations focused on environmental concerns and a raft of reports which have been invariably dismissed as biased in some way.

The reality is that there has been shale gas fracking taking place in the US for decades. This has not been without incident in the past, but major lessons have been learnt.

This event is designed to look at the whole question of shale gas reserves in the UK, what can realistically be extracted in accordance with good practice and what the environmental issues really are. We will then look at how these environmental risks can and are effectively being managed in the US and to what extent there are specific issues in the UK.

Of course shale gas is a fossil fuel, but if shale gas can be extracted safely, reliably and in an environmentally sound way, then it can be combined with carbon capture when it is combusted efficiently to produce heat and power, and in that way it can be part of a clean energy strategy for the UK.

Agenda for the evening

5.30pm   Registration

6.00pm   Introduction – Mark Bartholomew, SGH Martineau.  His presentation is here.

6.10pm   What is Shale Gas and how has Fracking worked in the US – Prof David Elmes, Warwick Business School.  His presentation is here.

6.30pm   Environmental Impact Analysis of Fracking – Mark Broomfield, Ricardo – AEA,  His presentation is here.

6.45pm   How the risks associated with fracking are managed by operating companies and the extra regulations that are needed – Benjamin Koppelman, Senior Policy Advisor, The Royal Society,  His presentation is here.

7.00pm   Panel and Q&A, augmented by

David Brammer, Head of Planning & Environment, SGH Martineau

Andre Abadie, Managing Director Global Environmental & Social Risk Management, JP Morgan

Matt Georges, Senior Advisor, Environment Agency

7.45pm Networking

9.00pm Close



Prof David Elmes

David is Academic Director for the Warwick Global Energy MBA at the Warwick Business School. After graduating in Natural Sciences from Christ’s College, Cambridge, David joined BP, working in the UK then the US. He then joined Gemini Consulting in 1995 and, after various mergers, was Vice President with the UK Energy, Utilities & Chemicals team of CapGemini. In 2004 he joined Schlumberger as Vice President & Director in the team who created the firm’s management consulting arm, Schlumberger Business Consulting. David initially focused on the London-based team then spent a year in Houston as Director for SBC’s North & South America activities before returning to London and focusing on clients in Northern Europe.

Mark Broomfield

Mark is an air quality, odour and health risk specialist with over 20 years’ experience as an environmental consultant and as an industry specialist at ICI. He has contributed to over 250 industrial permitting applications and follow-on support projects and works closely with clients to deliver obligations under the land-use planning and local air quality management frameworks. He is an experienced expert witness on issues including air quality impact assessment; odours; road traffic emissions; environmental and health effects of waste management; and perception of risks to health. He has delivered a programme of research to the European Commission and regulatory authorities in the UK in relation to the use of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas development. This work set the baseline for the European Commission and UK regulators’ understanding of the key issues linked to environmental and health risks, control of methane emissions, and legislative/regulatory issues.

Matt Georges

Matt has over 10 years’ experience in the energy and climate change arena in both the public and private sector. He managed the Environment Agency’s energy and climate change mitigation team before stepping down to focus on a part-time degree and has worked on a wide range of projects including developing the Environment Agency’s approach to the emerging shale gas sector and drafting technical guidance for onshore oil and gas operators.

Andre Abadie, JP Morgan

André is Managing Director and head of Global Environmental and Social Risk Management at J.P.Morgan in London, where he is responsible for the bank’s environmental and social risk policy and guides the environmental and social risk assessment of clients and transactions. Andre’s team has recently undertaken an analysis of the environmental and social performance of more than 100 shale gas clients in the US.  He was previously Director at Sustainable Finance Ltd., a subsidiary of PricewaterhouseCoopers UK, which focused on the delivery of environmental and social risk management services to the financial sector. Prior to joining Sustainable Finance, André was head of Sustainable Business Advisory within ABN AMRO Bank’s risk management division in Amsterdam, where he was responsible for developing ABN AMRO’s environmental and social risk policy framework and the application and implementation of the Equator Principles.

 Sustainable Resources Briefing 

Latest financing methods and issues for renewable energy and clean infrastructure projects

Monday, 1 July 2013

5.30pm to 9pm

 Hosted by


25 Moorgate, London, EC2R 6AY

This event is designed to focus on the current challenges for project finance, including the need to attract increasing amounts of private funding, the number of truly investment grade projects, the future for infrastructure bonds and how developers can best structure their projects so as to make the financing process as smooth as possible.

Agenda for the evening

5.30pm     Registration

6.00pm     Welcome – Andrew Bond, Smith & Williamson

6.05pm     Introduction – Clive Hall, Rushlight Events

6.10pm     The UK Project Finance Market: State of Play – Peter Knott, Chief Risk Officer, Green Investment Bank

Presentation is HERE

6.30pm     Key Issues and Shortcomings of Project Finance for UK Clean Infrastructure – Matthew Tilbrook, Mizuho Corporate Bank

Presentation is HERE

6.50pm     Future financing structures – Fabrizio Baicchi, Citibank

7.10pm     Discussion Panel and Q&A, augmented by Wayne Hubbard, COO London Waste & Recycling Board; Paul McCartie, Head of Structured Finance Lightsource Renewable Energy

8.00pm     Networking, drinks and food

9.00pm     Close



Peter Knott

Peter has a strong background in financial institutions. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche in 1988 before joining Jardine Fleming where he worked in Hong Kong and Tokyo in the securities and fund management businesses. He later moved to New York as the Chief Financial Officer for JPMorgan Chase’s global investment banking coverage and mergers and acquisitions groups. More recently, he worked for Standard Chartered, where he held roles including Group Treasurer, Consumer Banking Group Chief Risk Officer and Group Head of Operational Risk.  Peter is responsible for ensuring that the bank establishes and maintains an effective risk management framework, supporting the Board’s strategy and risk appetite.

David Dubin

David is a Managing Director and Head of Citi’s Project & Infrastructure Finance Division.  David joined Citi in September of 2006 after having spent 20 years at MBIA, where he managed a variety of business groups in New York, Paris, Madrid, and Sydney. In 2000, David moved to London to run MBIA’s Public and then Structured Finance operations for EMEA. Previously, David worked at Merrill Lynch/White Weld Capital Markets in Debt Capital Markets.

Wayne Hubbard

Wayne is the Chief Operating Officer of the London Waste and Recycling Board, where he oversees the day to day running of the organisation. He has been heavily involved in LWARB since its establishment and has substantial local government and waste industry experience. Prior to LWARB, Wayne worked as Head of Waste Policy at the Greater London Authority and has also held roles at Haringey Borough Council and East Sussex County Council. Wayne has over 15 years experience in the waste industry.

Matthew Tilbrook

Matthew works in power project financing and advisory for Mizuho Corporate Bank.  Since joining in 2011, he has worked on financings for offshore and onshore wind, solar PV, carbon capture & storage, conventional power and desalination projects.  Previously he worked for Turquoise Associates, a corporate advisory firm focussed on clean technology and energy, where he worked on equity raising and project financing for companies in bioenergy, waste recycling and efficiency technologies, and analysed investments for the Low Carbon Innovation Fund.  He has previously worked in other finance roles and as a postdoctoral research fellow in the engineering department at Cambridge University. Matthew has a PhD in Materials Engineering, an honours degree in Physics and is a CFA charterholder.

Paul McCartie

Paul is the Head of Structured Finance at Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited.  Prior to Lightsource, he spent 6 years in the power finance team at Investec Bank. He was involved in transactions in the energy, renewable and industrial sectors and had recently worked on a number of project financings in Europe and the United States – including a wind turbine financing for Invenergy Wind, a construction financing for a 50MW geothermal project in California and term financing for a portfolio of hydro projects in Spain. Prior to Investec, he was Assistant Director of project finance at Rolls-Royce Power Ventures, an independent power developer in London.


 Sustainable Resources Briefing 

The Future Prospects for Onshore Wind 

Monday, 12 November 2012

5.30pm to 9pm

 Hosted by

1 America Square, Crosswall, London, EC3N 2SG

This launch event of the series will set out where we stand with onshore wind and why it is still a sub-sector with considerable potential, despite the regulatory uncertainty and the ongoing planning challenges.  While offshore wind and solar seem to continue to catch the headlines, onshore wind still has a major part to play in a diverse future energy mix.

Rushlight Sustainable Resources Briefings will cover water, waste, oil & gas, minerals & mining and renewable energy.

Agenda for the evening

5.30pm     Registration

6.00pm     Welcome – Mark Bartholomew, SGH Martineau

6.10pm     Regulatory, planning and contractual update – Neil Budd, SGH Martineau

Presentation is HERE

6.30pm     PPA market – Simon Proctor, Good Energy

Presentation is HERE

6.50pm     Risk management – James Green, JLT Group

Presentation is HERE

7.10pm     Discussion Panel and Q&A, augmented by Peter Dickson, BNP Paribas and John Pugh-Smith, 39 Essex Street

7.30pm     Networking, drinks and food

9.00pm     Close


Neil Budd – Senior Associate, SGH Martineau

Neil’s vast experience covers advising on the development, acquisition and financing of conventional and renewable energy projects across Europe. His experience includes advising on a broad range of projects which, in the renewable energy sphere, cover onshore and offshore wind, biomass, waste-to-energy and solar. Having spent the past 12 years practising exclusively in this area, Neil is regarded as an expert in his field with a long list of successful deals to his name.

Peter Dickson – Technical Director, BNP Paribas Clean Energy Partners

Peter Dickson is one of the founders of the BNP Paribas Clean Energy Fund.  The Clean Energy Fund is one of the leading renewable energy infrastructure funds in Europe with a mandate to make direct investments into biomass fuelled power generation projects.  In December 2011, the Fund purchased the 40MW Sleaford biomass plant in the UK, in a milestone deal that paves the way for further UK biomass development.  The Fund is already looking at new projects and continues to actively seek new opportunities in European Biomass.

John Pugh-Smith – Barrister, 39 Essex Street

John was called to the Bar in 1977. Although he has a background in general civil litigation he has, for the last twenty years, practised mainly in the field of town and country planning, with related environmental, local government, parliamentary and property work, for the private and public sectors, and for interest groups. He has been the originating author and editor of several books for practitioners including Sweet & Maxwell’s “Shackleton’s Law of Meetings” (11th edn. 2008) and “Neighbours and the Law” (5th edn. 2009).

James Green- Renewable Energy Practice Leader, JLT Group

James leads JLT’s approach to Renewable Energy insurance and risk management delivery. In this area James’ principal role is to coordinate the approach of the dedicated renewable energy team, across all Renewable Energy sectors JLT focus on. This encompasses all key project phases, on an international basis. James is also heavily involved in product development, aimed at better addressing the ever evolving needs of this rapidly growing industry.

Simon Proctor – Commercial Generation Team Leader, Good Energy

Simon’s career began in wildlife conservation, co-ordinating field work programmes for marine habitat conservation projects in the Mediterranean. He moved into the renewables industry in 2008 and today works for Good Energy, managing their commercial generation propositions for large scale generators.  A key area of Simon’s expertise is the Feed-in Tariff and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), having worked on the design and implementation of FIT services for large and small generators alike.  Good Energy supplies over 30,000 electricity customers and supports over 38,500 independent renewable generators, providing a trusted and ethical route to get paid for the energy they produce.