Suleman Alli

Job Title: Director of strategy and regulation

Company: UK Power Networks

Suleman joined UK Power Networks in May 2015 as director of safety, strategy & support services from Accenture where he was a managing director, leading the utility network operations practice in the UK. Suleman has 15 years’ utilities experience, delivering business transformation, company restructures and operational performance improvement across gas, electricity and water sectors. A… Read more.

Stewart Reid

Job Title: Head of asset management and innovation

Company: SSE

Stewart leads SSE’s team dedicated to developing the company’s electricity networks and their operation to support a low-carbon future. Stewart has worked in the electricity industry since 1983 and has been involved in managing electricity networks in many parts of Scotland, in a range of roles including operations manager, planner, policy engineer and project manager… Read more.

Jonathan Brearley

Job Title: Senior partner, networks

Company: Ofgem

Jonathan took up the role of the senior partner at Ofgem in May 2016. He leads Ofgem’s important work regulating the monopoly energy networks. As well as regulation of price controls for the distribution and transmission networks for gas and electricity (RIIO), his division is responsible for Ofgem’s interconnector and offshore transmission regimes. He has… Read more.

James Yu

Job Title: Future Networks Manager

Company: SP Energy Networks

James is Future Networks Manager at SP Energy Networks. He is an elected IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) Fellow and a Royal Engineering Academy Visiting Professor. James joined the UK electricity transmission/distribution industry after he finished his study from Newcastle upon Tyne. He has taken various technical, commercial and management roles in the industry… Read more.

Ellen Bennett

Job Title: Content director

Company: Network

Ellen Bennett is content director for Network and Faversham House’s wider utilities portfolio. Ellen helped launch Network in 2015, and has been editor of its sister title Utility Week since 2012. She has been in business journalism for 15 years, writing for and editing titles on topics including insurance and the built environment prior to… Read more.

Dan Wilson

Job Title: Asset data manager

Company: Electricity North West

Dan Wilson is part of the asset management team at Electricity North West and leads on the company’s asset information strategy and governance of corporate data. This remit covers both short-term tactical management of data requirements and the long-term strategy across data collection, storage, analysis and presentation to support the operation of the business. Alongside… Read more.

Bethan Winter

Job Title: Systems operation manager

Company: Wales & West Utilities

Bethan has nearly 20 years’ experience in the gas industry having joined Transco in 1997. She joined Wales and West Utilities in 2009 when control centre activities moved across from National Grid after network sales and now heads up the system operation team. Her role includes ensuring WWU has robust processes, systems and competent people… Read more.

Jeff Casey

Job Title: Senior electrical engineer and project development

Company: Burns & McDonnell

Throughout his nearly 10 years in the electric and gas industry, Jeff has worked extensively with utility clients throughout North America and the United Kingdom specialising in substation automation, grid modernisation, cyber security, data analytics and programme management. Jeff also served as project manager and lead engineer on one of North America’s largest grid improvement… Read more.

Phil Lawton

Job Title: Practice manager – power systems

Company: Energy Systems Catapult

Philip is the Energy Systems Catapult’s head of practice, power systems and has been closely involved with the Future Power System Architecture Project. Philip studied engineering at Cambridge University, being sponsored by the local electricity distribution company. He transferred to the CEGB and, on privatisation, joined National Grid. In 2015 he left and started working… Read more.

Philip Dingle

Job Title: Director

Company: Lucy Electric

With over 30 years’ experience in the electrical sector and thirteen years in the utilities arena, Phil Dingle has a deep knowledge of Low Voltage and Medium Voltage solutions. As Marketing Director of Lucy Electric, Phil is now focused on secondary distribution solutions, applying his engineering and marketing experience to support the company in the… Read more.

Keith Owen

Job Title: Head of systems development and energy strategy

Company: Northern Gas Networks

Keith begin his career with British Gas as communication systems engineer, working on a variety of projects supporting the business communications infrastructure and control centre operations. In the following years, he undertook a variety of roles within the industry which in 2013 led to the role of head of asset assurance, overseeing the Distribution System… Read more.

Quentin Mabbutt

Job Title: Innovation delivery manager

Company: National Grid Gas Transmission

Quentin has worked in the gas industry for the last 28 years, firstly in the British Gas research & technology arm where he worked on numerous projects involving high temperature metallurgy and combined heat and power, setting up the MiniGen microturbine product in the late 1990s. In 2003 he joined the gas system operator function… Read more.

Stewart Whyte

Job Title: Asset policy manager

Company: National Grid

Stewart leads NGET’s team dedicated to developing the company’s technical and asset management standards. The team sits at the heart of National Grid’s engineering and asset management functions engaging in the asset development process from first innovation to the maintenance procedures of the assets. Stewart has worked in the electricity industry since 2004 and has… Read more.

Qinlin Chen

Job Title: Vice president, wireless marketing; Head of industry wireless marketing

Company: Huawei Technologies

As VP of wireless marketing at Huawei Technologies, Qinlin lead a team with worldwide responsibility for developing strategy, E2E product portfolio planning and product management. With more than 15 years’ experience in the wireless and vertical domain, he undertook a number of roles in Europe and China, including solution architecture, strategic developing director, and head… Read more.

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