The Slate at Warwick University Campus
28-29 November 2017

Confirmed Speakers and Advisory Board

KEYNOTE – The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy


The Rt Hon Greg Clark was appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 11 May 2015. Previously Greg was appointed Minister of State on 7 October 2013 and Minister for Universities and Science on 15 July 2014. He was elected Conservative MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2005.

Greg was Director of Policy for the Conservative Party from March 2001 for 3 successive leaders – William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard – before being elected as an MP in 2005.

He was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in October 2008, having previously been Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprises and Volunteering. He then took up the position of Minister of State at Communities and Local Government, with responsibilities for decentralisation and planning policy.

Greg was appointed Minister for Cities in July 2011 and Financial Secretary to the Treasury in September 2012.

Robin McCormick

Director of Operations, Planning & Innovation, EirGrid


Robin McCormick was appointed Director of Operations, Planning & Innovation in July 2015 and is also the General Manager of SONI Ltd. Robin previously held the role of General Manager of the Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO) and SONI.

He has significant experience in the power industry in a regulated utility environment. In his role as Director, he is responsible for the operation and planning of the power system in Ireland and Northern Ireland, Robin is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Vice Chairman of the IET Engineering Policy Group – Northern Ireland. He holds an MBA from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, and an MSc from Napier University, Edinburgh.

Nicolas Schottey

Program Director EV Battery end Infrastructure, Renault


Nicolas SCHOTTEY started in Renault in 2004 as cost analyst for the powertrains and then for the compact cars. In 2011, he joined the Corporate Strategy dpt to build and monitor Renault midterm plan before moving in 2014 to Nissan in Japan in a similar position. Nicolas, finally joined the Electric Vehicle business unit in 2016 as Program Director for EV Battery and Charging infrastructure.

Jaideep Sandhu

Director Solar, Energy Storage and Transmission, ENGIE


Jaideep is a Power Industry professional with around twenty eight years’ experience in O&M, Rehabilitation, Renovation and Modernization, Commissioning, Acquisition and Greenfield Development of power stations and seawater desalination plants in multi-cultural environments and different technologies. Jaideep has worked in India, United Kingdom, Kazakhstan and the Middle East.

Cathy McClay

Head of Commercial Operations, National Grid


Cathy joined National Grid in September 2015 as Head of Commercial, Electricity in the System Operator. Her teams are responsible for ensuring that the Electricity Control Room has the operational strategy and commercial tools in place to manage the network in real time. Activities covered include: running the capacity market and CfD auctions; purchasing and settlement of all balancing services; development of future system operability strategy and appropriate incentives; within year operability strategy development and delivery. She is current leading the work on Flexibility for National Grid.

Prior to joining National Grid, Cathy spent the previous 16 years working for a number of energy companies where her focus was on trading and risk management. She has experience of developing commercial strategies for a wide range of technologies including pumped storage, gas, coal and nuclear. She also has experience of a wide range of energy markets and countries. She spent 1 year working for a pan-European energy company in Amsterdam where her team was responsible for analysis of all the European energy markets. More recently she spent 3 years working for EDF in Paris developing and implementing a new risk management framework for all of the European energy assets.

Nigel Turvey

Network Strategy and Innovation Manager, Western Power Distribution


Nigel Turvey has a BSc and Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Southampton University and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He joined SWEB (distribution part of which became WPD) on graduation in 1985.

Following various Engineering and Commercial roles, Nigel now leads a department that develops engineering and commercial policy, the long term strategic development of the network and the research into and development of new techniques and equipment to support the network. He is a member of a number of national groups developing technical, commercial and regulatory aspects of smart grids.

Tim Holton

Principal Engineer Advanced Propulsion Group, Jaguar Land Rover


Tim Holton is currently working within the Powertrain department at Jaguar Land Rover, studying the use cases of vehicles in real world scenarios. Recent work has focussed on the application of use case models to battery lifetime estimations.
Since graduating in engineering, Tim has held a variety of positions in the automotive industry – within noise and vibration, vehicle dynamics and energy management. He also led the system design of JLR’s first full hybrid vehicle.
He is a chartered engineer, recently qualified as a horticulturalist, and with an MSc in automotive technology from the University of Warwick in the area of electrified vehicles and systems engineering.

Dr Billy Wu

Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London


Dr. Billy Wu is a lecturer at Imperial College London in the Dyson School of Design Engineering. He is part of the Electrochemical Science and Engineering group, with a focus on the interface between fundamental science and engineering application for energy technologies including: lithium-ion batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and super-capacitors.

Professor David Greenwood

Advanced Propulsion Systems, University of Warwick


Professor David Greenwood leads the Advanced Propulsion Systems team at WMG which covers a wide remit of related areas within Energy Storage (Battery Systems); Energy Conversion (Electric Machines; Power Electronics); and Energy Management. He leads WMG’s activities as the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s Electrical Energy Storage Spoke, and also provides academic leadership for the development of R&D activities within the National Automotive Innovation Centre.

Professor Greenwood is a Board Member at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and a member of the Automotive Council Technology Group. He is also a member of the EPSRC’s Energy Scientific Advisory Committee and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) Advisory Board.

Professor Greenwood joined WMG in 2014 from Ricardo UK Ltd where he was Head of Hybrid and Electric Systems, leading advanced technology projects in passenger cars, defence, motorsport and the clean energy markets. Strategic projects at Ricardo included the preparation of automotive industry technology roadmaps and research priorities for the NAIGT (New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team), TSB and Automotive Council.

Frank Amend

Head of Batteries & Hybrid Systems, Innogy


Frank Amend is responsible for innogy’s global battery and hybrid business across all three commercial segments. innogy deploys large scale batteries in its grid and renewables segments, smaller scale systems for retail and B2B customers. All battery sizes are managed and optimised along the entire value chain and across use cases on a single IT platform. Frank has been with innogy for the more than 10 years, starting out his career in commodity trading & optimisation 20 years ago.

Dr. -Ing Mareike Wolter

Head of Department‚ Mobile Energy Storage Systems and Electrochemistry, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems

Jake Dunn

Business Development Manager, Vattenfall Wind Power


“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” – Thomas A. Edison

Having worked in energy trading for 20 years most recently at Vattenfall Energy Trading GmbH, Jake Dunn moved to Vattenfall Innovation GmbH in 2015 where he originated the ideas for the UK’s first hybrid solar PV /wind site in Wales, the UK’s first co located battery at a wind farm and more recently the acquisition of iSupply.
Working out of Vattenfall offices in Germany, Netherlands and the UK, Jake resides in the Cotswolds with his wife, three children and a Border Terrier.

Stewart Reid

Head of DSO and Innovation, Scottish and Southern Electricity Network


Stewart has worked in the electricity industry since 1983 and has been involved in managing electricity networks across the UK, in a range of roles including: operations manager, planner, policy engineer and project manager (IT and Power Engineering). He is a Fellow of the IET and a Chartered Engineer.

He is now the Head of DSO and innovation, within Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks with the remit of introducing new and better ways of managing the electricity networks, translating these new ideas into business as usual and managing the transition of the business from a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to a Distribution System Operator (DSO).

Key elements of Stewart’s current role include ongoing development and deployment of Constraint Managed Zones, a business as usual funded process for procuring flexibility as a service to manage network constraints while permitting value stacking.

Other significant active projects include monitoring, active network management, analytics and modelling, frequency responsive demand, embedded energy storage facilities and the preparation for the large scale uptake of Electric Vehicles.

Dr Fanny Bardé

Project Manager – Battery Team- Advanced Technology Division 1, Toyota Motor Europe


Dr. Fanny Bardé is Technical Manager in Toyota Motor Europe R&D Advanced Technologies since 2005. She received her Ph.D. Materials Science degree from Picardie Jules Verne University in Amiens, France. Her doctorate was dedicated to the study of Ni-MH battery via in situ neutron diffraction. She performed research for Duracell (Boston, USA) for the development of Ni-Zn batteries. In Toyota Motor Europe (Belgium) she was first responsible for international research projects related to advanced materials for H2 storage. Since 2007 she is responsible for future battery technology research. Her focus is on designing new catalysts and electrolytes for rechargeable Li-Air batteries and research on novel multivalent and all solid state batteries systems. Fanny Bardé has authored and coauthored patent applications, peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters.

Christophe Banos

New Technologies Development Manager, EDF Energy Renewables


Christophe has been working for EDF in the UK for over 10 years, starting his career as project and business developer on major infrastructure projects such as Terminal 5 and large capital investment for EDF Energy’s thermal units. He joined EDF Energy Renewables in 2012 working on Offshore Wind, Marine and New Technologies origination opportunities leading the technical due diligence for the Navitus Bay and Blyth Offshore Wind farms acquisitions in particular. More recently he has been the originator and project development lead for the 49MW West Burton Battery Storage project which secured a prestigious EFR contract with National Grid. He holds an MEng in Electrical Engineering (2:1) from Imperial College London and has completed several professional courses in Project Management and Finance.

Bert Witkamp

Secretary General, AVERE


Bert Witkamp is Secretary General of AVERE, The European Association for Electromobility. AVERE is the European Association for Electromobility with members in 12 countries and indirectly representing around 600 companies, research institutes and local administrations. He is also Board Member of the Belgium Electromobility Association ASBE.

He is representing AVERE as partner in the IEA Implementation Agreement for Electric & Hybrid Vehicles. He is also independent observer in the Clean Energy Ministerial “Electric Vehicles Initiative”.

Bert is working closely together with industry, academia and other non-profit organisations promoting electromobility. He has worked for 25 years in multinational companies supplying the automotive sector where he has held senior executive positions in supply chain, manufacturing and general management. As CEO he has run businesses in wind energy, biomass, solar energy, sustainable housing and sustainable waste management.

Mark Thompson

Senior Innovation Lead – Energy Systems, Innovate UK


Mark is an energy systems specialist at Innovate UK joining in February 2015, supporting the development of business led innovations in areas such as demand side response, smart grids, electrification of transport, energy storage, low carbon heating solutions and end user engagement in the energy system. He has a background in engineering, manufacturing, marketing, SME and University technology commercialisation, specialising in energy since 2011.

Julian Jansen

Senior Market Analyst, IHS Markit Technology


Julian Jansen is a Senior Market Analyst at IHS Markit Technology. He focuses on European and North American energy storage market activity and industry trends. Julian is responsible for coordinating global research into energy storage, as well as analyzing key value drivers and emerging business models driving storage deployment. Additionally, Julian provides high level consultancy and strategic advice for bespoke projects on various new energy technologies.

Prior to joining IHS Markit, Julian developed and established the coverage of energy storage at specialist consultancy firm Delta Energy & Environment, where he was responsible for shaping, managing and delivering the research.
Julian holds an MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a BBA in European Management from Lancaster University and a BSc in International Management from ESB Business School in Germany.

Dr Gregory Offer

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London


Dr Gregory Offer works at the interface between the science and engineering of electrochemical devices. Having trained as an electrochemist before moving to engineering, his research portfolio focuses on understanding the limits of operation, degradation mechanisms and failure modes of batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells in real world applications, and the impacts and consequences on system design, integration and control. In addition to standard lithium ion he has active research projects on solid state batteries, lithium sulfur batteries, and lithium hybrid capacitors.

Andrew Lever

Director, Policy and Innovation, The Carbon Trust


Andrew is a Director at the Carbon Trust, providing Smart Energy System solutions for public and private sector clients. Andrew authored the recent Carbon Trust report: ‘Can storage help reduce the cost of a future UK electricity system?’ Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Andrew worked internationally with E.ON SE, responsible for developing E.ON’s European retail innovation strategy and delivering E.ON’s R&D budget for new product development. Prior to that, Andrew held a number of Corporate Strategy roles with E.ON UK covering Generation, Retail and Energy Services businesses. Andrew holds an MBA from Warwick, a Masters in Energy and Environmental Systems and a Bachelor of Engineering from Strathclyde University.

Dr Jo Patterson

Research Fellow, Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University


Dr Jo Patterson is a Research Fellow at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University with over 20 years of experience in the development and delivery of fundamental and applied research projects in the area of sustainability in the built environment with a particular focus on energy. Recent research has focussed on combining renewable energy supply, storage and demand technologies (systems based approach) in housing and communities and investigating the drivers and barriers that encourage the uptake of low carbon system technologies both in the UK and Europe.

Mike Garland

Technical Manager – Energy Storage, E.ON

Faithful Chanda

Future Networks Engineer, Western Power Distribution

David Hill

Strategy Director, Open Energi

Ricardo Jorge Santos

Electrical Engineer, EDP Distribuição


Ricardo Jorge Santos is an electrical engineer who specialized in power systems has a degree in project management and is an MBA graduate.

From 2006 to 2010, he worked at ABB as a substation protection and control specialist. He joined EDP Distribuição in 2010 working in the physical asset management area. In 2014, he joined the innovation and technology department as project manager mainly in projects related with energy storage, smart grids, and renewable energy.

In the energy storage area, he was responsible for the implementation of the first large scale MV grid connected storage system in Portugal. He’s also currently responsible for the technical coordination of the H2020 SENSIBLE project related to grid integration and coordination of MV/LV storage systems and development of new and innovative use cases. Furthermore, he is linked with several other initiatives to address the subject of storage in their strategic, technical, regulatory and economic dimensions.

Francisco Carranza Sierra

Director Battery & Energy Services, Renault-Nissan Alliance

Nicholas Brooks

Head of Energy, Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)


Nick is Head of Energy at the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, ensuring the electricity network is able to adapt to fulfilling OLEV’s ambition of supporting the widespread uptake of electric vehicles. The interaction between smart charging, vehicle to grid (V2G) and battery storage will all have major ramifications on achieving this objective. Prior to joining OLEV in 2016, Nick worked on renewable heat policy at the former Department of Energy and Climate Change

Phil Whiffin

Chief Engineer, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Group and Advanced Research, JCB

Miguel Gama

Principal Engineer – Battery Systems, Williams Advanced Engineering

Advisory Board include

Tim Hughes

Head of Research Projects / Principal Scientist Energy Storage, Siemens


Tim is a Principal Scientist within Siemens Corporate Technology. After spending the previous 10 years in Germany, responsible for a number of projects within the Energy, Industrial and Medical sectors, he returned to Oxford to setup a new CT facility within the UK. The aim of this new facility is to develop Future Energy Systems with a particular focus on Energy Storage technologies.

Niall Riddell

Head of Special Projects, EDF

Katsuhiko Hirose

Project General Manager, Toyota

David McCallum

Sales Director, Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Company Europe

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