The Slate at Warwick University Campus
28-29 November 2017

Early Confirmed Speakers and Advisory Board

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Niall Riddell

Head of Special Projects, EDF

Mike Garland

Technical Manager – Energy Storage, E.ON

Faithful Chanda

Future Networks Engineer, Western Power Distribution

David Hill

Strategy Director, Open Energi

Francisco Carranza Sierra

Director Battery & Energy Services, Renault-Nissan Alliance

Phil Whiffin

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

Katsuhiko Hirose

Project General Manager, Toyota

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.

David McCallum

Sales Director, Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Company Europe