Work Session Speakers
Andrew Briggs, Client Manager, Energy, Stoke-on-Trent City Council
With a background in computer science Andrew developed his career by establishing a start-up design and manufacturing business in the North East of England. He later moved into local government creating and growing a design technology transfer business for the ceramic and design sectors. More latterly he has focused his work in the area of economic development and energy helping local businesses to secure investment and growth.
Andrew and his team are now overseeing the design, development and delivery of the UK’s largest low carbon deep geothermal district heating scheme as an outcome of a successful Wave 2 City Deal submission.
Following the successful development of an innovative commercially focused business case to central government and subsequent securing of both public and private investment, the project will see the delivery of an initial 17km of heat network around the city. The base load heat will be provided through the delivery of the UK’s first private sector led large scale deep geothermal energy centre and backed up with a range of low carbon and renewable energy resources including the recovery of industrial waste heat.
Cecily Davis, Partner, Head of Engineering and Projects, Fieldfisher
Cecily Davis heads our engineering projects & construction team. She has more than 2 decades of experience across a range of sectors including energy and natural resources transport and infrastructure and the development of high end real estate assets in the hotel and leisure sector, student accommodation, health care, office and residential accommodation markets.
Her projects include those which are both privately financed and those which are funded through some means of PPP.
Cecily has a great deal of experience in the renewal and sustainable energy sectors. She advised Shanks on the Cumbria Waste to Energy project, Kier Construction on their bid for the Peterborough Waste to Energy project. She is currently working with Stoke on Trent City Council on its renewable and sustainable energy strategy and projects that arise from that.
Cecily speaks and writes frequently on matters of interest to the construction and projects industries and is rated as a leading practitioner in her field by the main legal directories in the UK. Clients commend her ability to understand how major projects get delivered and her tough but balanced negotiating style. She is described as “experienced, perceptive and intelligent” and having an ability to bring clarity and understanding to the table on complex negotiations”
Cecily acts for project sponsors, contractors, lenders, central and local government bodies and investors.
Alex Gilbert, Director, Amber Infrastructure
Alex joined Amber in 2011 as an Investment Manager, specifically responsible for sourcing new investment opportunities. His specialisms include low carbon investment, regeneration and green energy projects.
Alex has primarily focused on Amber’s successfully deployed EIB-backed ‘JESSICA Funds’, which includes the London Energy Efficiency Fund (LEEF) and the Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres (SPRUCE). Amber is the Fund Manager for £200m of capital across three of these sustainable investment vehicles, which match government money with private sector capital to deliver public infrastructure, regeneration and green energy projects across the UK.
Alex focuses on investment opportunity origination, transaction execution and compliance reporting. He is also responsible for project management, pipeline development and asset management. He is in regular communication with London’s developers and sponsors of district heating, energy efficiency and renewables schemes.
Alex has a background in cleantech venture capital and low carbon development. He has work in the energy and low carbon arenas for 16 years; across investment, sales and consultancy. He has a degree in Economics (First Class) and a Masters in Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies (Distinction).
David Haverbeke, Partner, Energy and Utilities – Brussels, Fieldfisher
David has been a partner in the Brussels’ Energy and Utilities department at Fieldfisher since September 2012.
Since 1999, he has been particularly active in the energy sector and have advised Belgian and international clients in the energy and utilities sectors (including water and waste).
He has significant experience in providing strategic advice and assistance in the liberalisation of the energy market, including drafting legal and regulatory frameworks in the electricity and gas markets and drafting regulated and negotiated contracts in LNG, natural gas and electricity markets (project development, transit, supply, and trading).
David has developed an extensive practice in advising and assisting clients in the Belgian and European electricity and gas sectors and acted in various EU member states on a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters including, energy contracts, construction and permitting issues, greenhouse gas emissions related mechanisms, financing and public procurement.
David has led proceedings before commercial courts, the Belgian Council of State, the Constitutional Court, the European Court of Justice and various arbitration courts. His recent work includes acting as arbitrator (ICAC, CEPINA) in commercial disputes.
Dr Tom Knowland
MIEMA CEnv FRSA, Head of Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, Leeds City Council
Tom joined Leeds in 2002 to establish the Council’s Environment Unit after previous posts with Oxford City Council, Cherwell District Council and sustainable development specialists, CAG consultants. Tom is a full member and also served two years on the Council of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of the RSA and is currently seconded to Leeds Beckett University as a visiting researcher.
Tom’s role is concerned with achieving sustainable development, which in Leeds effectively means achieving the Council’s corporate priorities for economic, social and environmental improvement, but all at the same time rather than at the expense of each other. A significant priority in the city is attracting investment for low carbon energy infrastructure to address fuel poverty, increase competitiveness and increase resource efficiency.
Andrew Padmore, CEO, Egnida
Andrew is founder and CEO of Egnida and specialises in creating and developing successful customer funded and third party funded renewable power generation solutions for a wide range of organisations from FTSE businesses to owner managed SME’s, social housing providers and local authorities.
Andrew’s previous experience includes Chairman of Sustain Wales, Director on the Business In The Community Wales board, IOD Director of the year and winner of the Environmental Leadersip award in Wales. Andrew has also been highly commended/runner up for the IOD UK Environmental Leadership and Leadership in Corporate Responsibility awards. Through both business and volunteering activities Andrew has been using his knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to help regenerate more deprived areas by promoting employment in green industries.
, Public Sector Sales Manager, ENGIE
Gareth is responsible for developing new products and services that will enable cost and carbon savings for the public sector. By combining conventional supply from the National Grid with a tailored range of energy services and de-centralised generation solutions, ENGIE is able to offer a comprehensive partnership approach to local authorities and businesses.