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Energy Transition

OGV Energy welcomes you to our OGV Community event for May, where we will be looking at where the Energy sector is placed in the much talked about "Energy transition", and how long we have to go in our journey towards a more sustainable, safer and technologically enabled industry.

The Energy Transition means a gradual move away from a reliance on fossil-fuels, towards a more diversified energy mix, in which renewable and alternative energy plays a far bigger role. This change signifies opportunities that can be both environmentally sound and commercially advantageous, if the energy supply chain can harness the correct resources to deliver real value to their clients.

Hydrogen and CCUS, offshore wind, geothermal, solar and hydro-power will all play a part in the energy mix of tomorrow. Join us to hear from our panel of experts on how the supply chain of the energy sector can help facilitate the journey.

This event provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Gain insight into where we are in our Energy Transition journey.
  • Discover what investment decisions are being made to meet the government objectives.
  • Improve your understanding of renewable energy.
  • Interact with expert speakers on the Energy Transition.
  • Network with your peers in the Energy Transition sector.
Chair
David Linden

Head Of Energy Transition at Westwood Global Energy Group

David is the Head of Energy Transition at Westwood Global Energy Group and is responsible for defining and implementing the group’s Energy Transition strategy. He has 15 years’ commercial experience across the global energy value chain.
 
Starting his career as a Commercial Analyst for Corus, David swiftly moved to BP where he was a Regulatory Advisor for their European Gas Trading and LNG Team. David then moved to Mott MacDonald as a Senior Consultant before, in 2011, joining the EMEA Gas & Power consulting team at Wood Mackenzie.
 
During David’s time at Wood Mackenzie and Verisk he went on to hold a range of diverse and impactful roles such as Executive Manager to the CEO / Group President, Director of the UK & Europe Commercial Underwriting business, and latterly he was a Director in Wood Mackenzie’s Energy Transition consulting division, growing the Power, Renewables, EV and Emerging Technology sectors.
 
He has a degree in International Management and German from the University of Bath.

Panellists
Hugh Riddell

Regional Partnership Manager with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult

After a 25 year career in various roles within the Oil and Gas industry, Hugh transitioned to offshore renewables two years ago, becoming a Regional Partnership Manager with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. 

Based out of Aberdeen, Hugh’s role is primarily to engage with the oil and gas supply chain community and support those companies, and their technologies, diversify into offshore renewables. Hugh coordinates ORE Catapult’s collaboration with Vattenfall for the demonstration of new technologies at the EOWDC (European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre) Wind Farm in Aberdeen Bay. He is also Supply Chain Lead for the Catapult’s Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence, an internationally recognised initiative to reduce the cost of energy and increase UK supply chain competitiveness in floating offshore wind.



Barnaby Wharton

Director - Future Electricity Systems, RenewableUK

Barnaby is Director, Future Electricity Systems at RenewableUK, where he leads work on creating a smart and flexible electricity system, based on renewable generation. He is passionate about the low carbon energy transition, and previously headed up RenewableUK’s policy and regulatory team, covering energy markets, environmental and network regulation. Prior to joining the team at RenewableUK he was part of the energy and climate change team at the CBI, where he led work on energy costs, supply side policy and international climate change, representing British business at the Paris COP.



Graeme Wilson

Business Development Director, Worley, Aberdeen Energy

Graeme has over 10 years’ experience in the oil and gas and defence industries and has held a variety of engineering, project management and business development positions both on and offshore.

He has a Masters Degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and is a member of the Association of Project Management. Graeme has amassed experience in delivering engineering, procurement and construction modifications, with varying degrees of complexity, across a multitude of customers in global locations.  

Graeme was appointed Managing Director for Scopus, a wholly own subsidiary of Worley in 2018 where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations; driving delivery excellence across multi-discipline engineering and leading survey capability; and for growing the business across all sectors in the UK and internationally.

His current role is part of Worley’s leadership team in the UK Energy business as Business Development Director. Graeme plays an instrumental part in the growth of the business, guiding it through the energy transition to secure a bright future for the energy industries. He is passionate about the new possibilities of tomorrow and is proud to lead Worley’s local efforts in promoting STEM learning and encouraging diversity and inclusion through all aspects of the business.



Rebecca Williams

Director of COP26 at Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)

Rebecca is currently seconded to GWEC, where she is leading the wind industry’s work on COP26. She is a renewable energy, climate change and energy transition expert, and was most recently Head of Policy and Regulation at RenewableUK, the UK’s leading renewables industry association. While is this role, Rebecca led RenewableUK’s work to develop policy and engage stakeholders on the next steps in the energy transition. Notable achievements include securing the UK Government’s target for 40GW of offshore wind, and 1GW of floating wind by 2030.

Rebecca specialises in market design, working closely with governments and regulators to effect change that will deliver renewable energy at the scale needed for net zero. Before joining RenewableUK, she worked on climate change and energy at the NGO WWF-UK, where she focussed on issues such as the international UN Paris Agreement on climate change, and ran a successful campaign to secure the phase-out of coal-fired power generation in the UK. She has also worked for Shadow Energy Minister Alan Whitehead MP.



WIll Webster

Lead Energy Policy Manager for OGUK

Will is the lead Energy Policy Manager for OGUK and has extensive regulatory and energy market experience. He was previously the Head of Competition and Markets for the Civil Aviation Authority leading their regulatory team with responsibilities for airports and air traffic services. Prior to the CAA, Will was Head of EU Power Market Regulation for RWE Supply and Trading.



Andy Rodden

Energy Transition Programme Director (Offshore Renewables)

Andrew Rodden is Energy Transition Programme Director – Offshore Renewables, at Opportunity North East (ONE), a private sector catalyst for economic diversification and renewal across north east Scotland.  This includes the Energy Transition Zone – a transformational project to deliver the region’s ambition to be a globally recognised centre for energy transition.

Andrew has over 15 years’ experience in senior leadership and project roles across the energy sector.  In his role at ONE, Andrew is focused on supporting the development of the Energy Transition Zone and on the delivery of projects that build on the region's competitive advantage in fixed and floating offshore wind and help the supply chain to capitalise on transferable skills and technology.



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