On 24th October in London, The Crowd brought together 160+ senior energy, sustainability, property, and facilities professionals for X Energy 2017.
This impactful half day event explored the intersection of energy and tech, inspiring and connecting the leading minds from a mix of energy intensive sectors.
We explored how disruptive technologies, new energy management strategies and financing models are exponentially changing energy programmes in large organisations, and shared knowledge and latest thinking amongst the community. The programme on the day was a mix of inspiring keynotes, high level panels, peer roundtable discussions and structured networking.
Last year’s event began with a brilliant short keynote from Mustafa Suleyman, Co- founder of Google’s DeepMind, on “how Artificial Intelligence can have a positive impact on energy and beyond” (you can watch it here).
Albert manages the global research team at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the leading provider of independent research on transformation in the energy sector. Albert’s group is responsible for BNEF’s research in renewable energy, energy storage, energy smart technologies and advanced transport, as well as cross-sector modelling. Albert joined BNEF in 2009 and has previously led the company’s product management group, as well as its energy smart technologies analyst team. Albert holds a MEng in Electrical and Information Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
Alan Young is Managing Director, Corporate Affairs, for SSE plc, the UK-listed energy provider. He is responsible for government and parliamentary relations, sustainability, strategy integration, corporate reporting, employee communications and media relations. He joined SSE in 2001, having previously worked in the financial services sector.
Louise Ellison is the Group Head of Sustainability at Hammerson plc. She leads a team of 7 people, responsible for establishing and delivering Hammerson’s sustainability programme, Positive Places across the asset management and development portfolios in the UK, France and Ireland. Hammerson is an industry leader in sustainability, consistently delivering new initiatives alongside year on year operational efficiencies. The company has recently launched a target of becoming Net Positive in carbon emissions, resource use, water demand and socio-economic impacts by 2030.Louise’s external roles include Chairmanship of the Better Buildings Partnership, an organisation of 28 commercial property landlords committed to improving the environmental performance of their portfolios. Her other external roles include membership of the Green Construction Board, a joint industry-Government initiative to support better environmental performance across the sector. She was previously Head of Sustainability at Quintain Estates and Development plc and Research Director at Investment Property Forum.
Paul leads the business unit that is accountable for the “Sustainability, Energy, Environmental and Engineering” strategic and operational agenda for Sainsbury’s. This includes the built environment (existing and new properties) incorporating both embodied and operational carbon through design and selection of construction and engineering solutions through to waste/energy management, recycling and setting energy and carbon reduction targets to 2030. He is a member of Sainsbury’s Climate Change Committee and a member of numerous external bodies relating to sustainability, carbon and climate change including: CBI, BRC, BITC Environmental Leadership and Imperial College/Grantham Institute Carbon reduction partnership. In addition, he works in partnership with Sainsbury’s Corporate Affairs Division in support of driving improvements in Environmental, Sustainability and Carbon legislation, working collaboratively with key Government departments and NGOs.
Paulina Godfrey has been with Hilton since July 2008 and her role is to help the company become more environmentally responsible and efficient, and provide value to all the share- and stake-holders. She is responsible for the management, planning and directing of the Energy and Environmental activities for hotels across EMEA, inclusive of procurement process for all centrally managed utilities; compliance with the company and local environmental legislation; implementation of efficiency and conservation projects; monitoring and reporting; as well as organizational support to other departments and individual hotels with environmental and engineering initiatives, motivation and training. Before joining Hilton Paulina worked as an university lecturer in Sweden and Poland and continues to be an active author, reviewer and an Editorial Board member for a number of international tourism and hospitality focused journals. She co-authored a book “Responsible Hospitality: Theory and practice” with Rebecca Hawkins.
Tim is the Senior Director for Environmental Sustainability at LEGO. Based in Billund, Denmark he leads a global team responsible for the company's global sustainability strategy, performance, and the impact of its products. Recent projects undertaken by the LEGO Group include the investment of $400m USD in an offshore windfarm to reach 100% renewable energy by 2020. In addition, the announcement to create a Sustainable Materials Centre with $150m USD to find and implement more sustainable materials by 2030.Prior to joining LEGO Tim worked for Tesco, and led environmental R&D within its property division developing new environmental technologies, processes and systems.He has more than 15 years experience in sustainability, focusing on corporate sustainability strategy with particular knowledge of renewable energy technologies, sustainable buildings, and product manufacturing. He started his career with the Building Research Establishment and has worked for international engineering consultancies, FTSE 100 companies, the Carbon Trust, and as an environmental policy advisor to the Mayor of London.
Helen joined The Climate Group in March 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to The Climate Group, Helen worked at Forum for the Future where she founded the organisation’s US office. At Forum, Helen led work with large US corporations such as Target, Walmart, Nike, The Gap, and Levi Strauss & Co to solve complex sustainability challenges at both the organizational and broader systemic level. Helen also served as Interim Chief Operating Officer for several months. Helen joined Forum from Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) where she worked on humanitarian missions in countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Burundi, Pakistan and Nigeria. Helen has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a masters degree in Business Strategy, Politics & the Environment, from Birkbeck College, University of London. She is also a Chartered Accountant.
Mark Kenber is Chief Executive of Mongoose Energy, a company’s whose mission is to support the growth of the UK community energy sector – and in so doing the creation of a lower carbon, democratic and efficient energy system – by providing tailored asset management, project finance and crowdfunding support to community energy groups. Prior to joining Mongoose, he was CEO of the The Climate Group, an award-winning international NGO, focussing on promoting, supporting and making the business case for leadership in the fight against anthropogenic climate change. With a background on international climate policy he co-founded the successful Verified Carbon Standard, CDM Gold Standard and the We Mean Business Coalition, launched a number of corporate climate leadership platforms, including the ground-breaking RE100 campaign and co-led the Breaking the Climate Deadlock Initiative. He is an avid theatre and concert goer, keen sportsman and walker and lives in Brighton.
Jo-Jo Hubbard is the COO of Electron, a London based start-up company harnessing blockchain technologies to design more efficient, resilient and flexible systems for the energy sector. Her energy background comes from four years of renewable & cleantech merchant banking, over which period she watched renewable assets climb out of the speculative market and land on the balance sheets of pension funds. She also ran the first multi-asset project financing deal in the anaerobic digestion space. She then moved to the investment side, with a focus on cleantech and software as a service and, most recently, worked as a management consultant at McKinsey. She studied English Literature at Christ Church, Oxford. Jo-Jo describes her approach as “collaboratively disruptive”, with a long-term focus on energy efficiency and innovation.
Archie has won the Innovation Award at a Google Start-Up Weekend in 2012 and presented the Pavegen technology at Event Tech Summit in Las Vegas, Cannes Lions Festival, Commonwealth Secretariat, won the Pepsi Max Challenge at Millennial 2020 and is part of the Unilever Foundry 50. Recently he has participated in Global Futures Forum and is studying at Cambridge University doing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship. Archie leads the experiential arm of the company, Pavegen LIVE, to deliver powerful brand experiences for a number of global clients such as Coca-Cola, Shell, Adidas, Nissan and Formula E. His experience planning and delivering high-profile events across the globe stemmed from his time at M&C Saatchi - where he worked with Paddy Power, Peroni & EE. He orchestrated Pavegen’s crowd funding campaign, which achieved national press coverage, crashed the Pavegen website and raised over £1.96m to become the 10th largest equity crowd raise of 2015.
Maverick tech thinker Chris Wright founded Moixa with Simon Daniel in 2006 leading technology development as CTO, with the aim of rethinking conventional business practices around energy supply, interface and storage. That year, they launched the USBCell, an ingenious game-changing USB-rechargeable AA battery to power portable devices on the go. For the past 7 years, Chris, Simon and their dedicated UK team have applied themselves to solving the conundrums of renewable-energy storage and managing grid supply and demand, with their UK market-leading Moixa Smart Battery. Moixa, which is based in London’s cutting-edge Clerkenwell design district, now holds a roster of patents in the arena of computer interface technology, batteries and renewable energy, and prides itself on its unorthodox approach to the business of power.
|Head of Sustainability||Aberdeen Asset Management|
|Analyst – Responsible Investing||Aberdeen Asset Management|
|Global Technology Transformation Manager||ABInbev|
|Environmental Sustainability Manager||Adnams|
|Energy Manager||Affinity Water|
|Energy Manager||Aggregate Industries Ltd,|
|Head of Environment||Associated British Ports|
|Group Carbon & Utilities Manager||Aviva|
|Senior Sustainable Business Manager||B&Q|
|Environmental Sustainability Lead||BAE Systems|
|Energy and Environmental Manager||Bank of England|
|Head of CSR Measurement and Environmental Efficiency||Belron International Ltd|
|Group Sustainability Manager||Berkeley Group|
|sustainability manager||Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust|
|Head of Analysis||Bloomberg New Energy Finance|
|Head of Engineering and Energy Management||Boots UK|
|Head of Sustainability and Energy||Bourne Leisure Group Ltd|
|Head of Strategy, IST||BP|
|Energy Project Manager||Brighton & Hove City Council|
|Corporate Citizenship Manager||British Gas|
|Project Manager – City Verve||Bruntwood Ltd|
|Senior Energy Manager||BT|
|Senior CRS manager||Bupa|
|Project Manager | Energy Investment Unit||Cambridgeshire County Council|
|Environmental Manager||Canary Wharf Management|
|Head of Fire, Safety & Environment||Canary Wharf Management|
|Environmental Performance Manager||Capgemini|
|Environmental Manager, CSR||Citigroup|
|Global Energy and Waste Manager||Clarks|
|Senior Manager, Sustainability||Coca-Cola Enterprises|
|Associate Director – Sustainability||Colliers International|
|Head of Waste, Energy & Minerals||Colliers International|
|Life Cycle Assessment, Circular Economy, Carbon Management||Costain|
|Chief Sustainability Officer||Covestro|
|Energy Manager||Dixons Carphone|
|Fleet Advice Manager||Energy Saving Trust|
|Director Place Commissioning||Essex County Council|
|CSR & Sustainability Manager||Goodwood|
|Global Infrastructure & Energy|
|Group Head of Sustainability||Hammerson|
|Corporate Responsibility Manager||Harrods|
|Energy and Compliance Manager||Hilton|
|Director Energy & Environment||Hilton Worldwide|
|Energy Manager||House Of Fraser|
|Energy Strategy Manager||Interserve|
|Energy Manager||Intu Properties|
|Head of Energy & Sustainability||ISS Global|
|Head of Energy||ISS Global|
|Environmental Manager||ISS UK|
|Senior Manager, Energy Strategy & Provision Estate Management||Jaguar Land Rover|
|Strategy Manager, Global Sustainability||JLL|
|Group Energy Manager||John Lewis Partnership|
|Sustainability Manager, Property Services||John Lewis Partnership|
|Head of Sustainability||King’s College London|
|Energy Management Coordinator||King’s College London|
|Energy Manager||Land Securities|
|Head of Sustainability & Engineering||Land Securities|
|Associate||LaSalle Investment Management|
|Senior Director, Sustainability||Lego|
|Sustainable Development Team||London Borough Of Tower Hamlets|
|Director, Responsible Property Investment||M&G|
|Energy Hub Manager||Mace Group|
|Head of Utilities Management Services – Operations Director||Mace Ltd|
|Sustainability Director||Mace Ltd|
|Energy Efficiency Programme Manager||Marks & Spencer|
|Head of Energy & Risk||Marks & Spencer|
|Group Energy Manager||Marks & Spencer|
|Energy Manager||Marks & Spencer|
|Engineering Manager||Marriott Hotel International|
|Global Market Development Director||McLaren|
|Portfolio Specialist/ED||Morgan Stanley|
|Senior Sustainability Manager||Multiplex Construction Europe|
|Assistant Sustainability Manager||Multiplex Construction Europe|
|Head of Domestic Policy & Social Energy||nPower|
|Associate||Ove Arup & Partners|
|Energy Manager||Pets at Home|
|Investment Manager||Pictet Asset Management|
|Environment Advisor||Prudential plc|
|Senior Energy Manager||Rolls-Royce|
|Chief Operating Officer, Principal Investments||RWE|
|Head of Sustainability||Sainsbury’s|
|Energy Portfolio Manager||Severn Trent|
|Head of Sustainability||Skanska UK|
|Manager of Sustainability||T K Maxx|
|Director Sustainability||Taylor Wimpey|
|Policy Officer||The Association for Decentralised Energy|
|Energy Services Manager||The Co-op|
|Sustainability Manager||The Co-op|
|Engineering Performance Manager||The Co-op|
|QSE Advisor||Toyota Material Handling Europe|
|QSE Manager||Toyota Material Handling UK|
|Senior Carbon and Energy Strategy Manager||Transport for London|
|Group Energy Manager||Travis Perkins|
|Group Energy & Environment Manager||Unite Group Plc|
|Head of Sustainability||University Of Greenwich|
|Head of Sustainability||University of London|
|Strategic Projects Manager – Technical & Innovation||Veolia|
|Chief Technology and Innovation Officer||Veolia|
|Business Innovation Director||Virgin Group|
|Sustainability Manager||Wates Group|
|Principal Sustainable Development Manager||Willmott Dixon|