2017 Speakers

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Keynotes 2017

 

Nick Molho

Executive Director Aldersgate Group

Nick is the executive director at the Aldersgate Group, an alliance of businesses, civil society organisations and cross-party politicians that drives action for a sustainable economy. Prior to this, Nick was the head of climate and energy policy at WWF-UK and also spent 6 years with city law firm CMS Cameron McKenna, working as an energy solicitor on a wide range of energy projects and climate change related issues.

 

Larry Lohman

Director at The Corner House

Larry Lohman works with the Corner House, a UK-based advocacy, campaigning and research organization, and is a founding member of the Durban Group for Climate Justice. Lohman has written extensively on contemporary environmental issues, including carbon trading, and provides a critical insight into issues of environmental justice.

 

Panel I: “The Future of Renewable Energy in the UK”

 

Chair: Dr Maria Carvalho

Policy Analyst at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and The Environment (LSE)

 

Nina Skorupska

CEO of the Renewable Energy Association

Nina Skorupska is the Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA). With over 30 years of working in the Energy Industry, her career started as a fuel specialist but moved quickly to managing power stations for RWE npower. After several senior roles within the RWE Group, her career with them culminated with joining the Board of the RWE’s Dutch business, Essent, as Chief Technical Officer, responsible for their electricity generation portfolio including new energy and sustainability developments.

She is also currently Vice President of the European Renewable Energy Federation (EREF) and proud member of the Board of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Campaign. Nina was recently awarded a CBE in 2016’s New Year Honour’s list for her contribution to renewables and equality in Energy. In September this year, Nina was appointed on the Board for Transport for London.

Sam Friggens

Energy Economist at Mott MacDonald

Sam is a senior consultant in the Energy Advisory unit at engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald. His work covers energy economics, policy and innovation, with a focus on the deployment of low carbon technologies. He is currently advising the Malawi Government on the procurement of solar and hydro power and is working with lenders on large new-build generation projects in the UK. He also supports clean tech start-ups to demonstrate and commercialise their technologies. In former roles he blogged for Abundance Investment, a renewable energy crowdfunding platform, and managed urban regeneration projects in East London. Outside of work his interests include gardening, astronomy and camping in the Sussex countryside.

Sam is a senior consultant in the Energy Advisory unit at engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald. His work covers energy economics, policy and innovation, with a focus on the deployment of low carbon technologies. He is currently advising the Malawi Government on the procurement of solar and hydro power and is working with lenders on large new-build generation projects in the UK. He also supports clean tech start-ups to demonstrate and commercialise their technologies. In former roles he blogged for Abundance Investment, a renewable energy crowdfunding platform, and managed urban regeneration projects in East London. Outside of work his interests include gardening, astronomy and camping in the Sussex countryside.

Raphael Heffron

Jean Monnet Professor in Energy & Natural Resources Law & Policy at Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Raphael Heffron is Jean Monnet Chair in Energy & Natural Resources Law (awarded by the European Commission) at the Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Raphael’s research interests are in energy, environmental and planning law and policy. His research perspective is through law and economics and he focuses in particular on: energy infrastructure development, electricity markets, energy subsidies, energy liability, the EIA process, energy justice and Arctic energy law. He has over 80 articles, books and publications of different types.

 

Panel II: “Air Quality”

 

Chair: Richard Macrory CBE

Environmental Law Professor at University College London and Barrister at Brick Court Chambers

Professor Macrory is a barrister and a member of Brick Court Chambers, London. He is currently the director of the Centre for Law and the Environment at the Faculty of Laws, University College London as well as the UCL Carbon Capture Legal Programme. He and has been President of the National Society for Clean Air, chairman of Merchant Ivory Film Productions, as well as chairman of the Steering Group of the European Environmental Advisory Councils.  In 2000, he was awarded a CBE for services to the environment and law, and in March 2008 he was made honorary Queens Counsel.  He has also been a specialist advisor to Select Committees in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and is a Bencher of Grays Inn.

Sam Lowe

Friends of the Earth

Sam is the leader of the Friends of the Earth’s policy and campaigning work on trade and Brexit. He has previously led its campaign advocating for the UK to remain a member of the European Union. Sam also sits on the board of the Trade Justice Movement.

Samantha Heath

CEO London Sustainability Exchange

Samantha Heath is the Director of the London Sustainability Exchange, a charity organization working in partnership with businesses, governments, and the voluntary sector to work towards a sustainable London. Prior to this, Samantha held a post at the Sustainability Manager for Future London, the capital’s regeneration centre of excellence. She is a member of the London Sustainable Development Commission, and held the position of co-chair from September 2004 – October 2005.

Daniel Keeler

Activist at Rising Up

 

Panel III: “The UK Environment after Brexit: The Future of Agricultural Law & Policy”

 

Chair: Thomas Lancaster 

Senior Agriculture Policy Officer at RSPB

Tom has worked as a Senior Land Use Policy Officer at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Since 2011 he has led their work on the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy in England, with a focus on agri-environment schemes. Since the referendum on EU membership, his attention has turned to what policies are needed in the future to secure more sustainable land management, and better outcomes for nature. Before working at the RSPB he worked for Natural England, and has a degree in Geography.

Dr Viviane Gravey

Lecturer in European Politics at Queen’s University Belfast

Viviane Gravey is a lecturer in European Politics at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on the interactions between the direction of policy change and shocks to policy making systems. In her PhD, she investigated how attempts to dismantle EU environmental policy (1992-2014) were linked to efforts to further integrate or disintegrate the EU. Over the last year, she has worked on how the EU has shaped UK environmental & agricultural policy and governance and researched potential policy and governance changes linked to the repatriation of EU law in the UK and the devolved regions after Brexit.

Professor Michael Cardwell

Professor of Agricultural Law at the University of Leeds

Michael Cardwell is Professor of Agricultural Law at the University of Leeds, having previously been a solicitor in practice with Burges Salmon, Bristol.  His research interests focus on the Common Agricultural Policy and agriculture in world trade, with publications including: The European Model of Agriculture (OUP, 2004); The Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms: Comparative Approaches (OUP, 2010) (co-edited with Luc Bodiguel); and Research Handbook on EU Agriculture Law (Edward Elgar, 2015) (co-edited with Joe McMahon).  He also acted as Consultant Editor of the Agricultural Production and Marketing title (2008) in Halsbury’s Laws of England and contributed to the Agriculture Report during the Balance of Competences Review.  In 2013 he was elected Assistant Delegate General of the European Council for Rural Law.

Professor Wyn Grant

Visiting Professor at Warwick University (Politics and International Studies)

Wyn Grant is Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Warwick, and is chair of the Brexit working party of the Farmer-Scientist Network of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.   He has worked on the Common Agricultural Policy for over 40 years and also on environmental policy.