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Speakers

Tuesday 11 June 2024

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  • Mavis Anagboso Headshot

    Mavis Anagboso
    Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Harbour Energy

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    Mavis is the Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Harbour Energy. 

    Her career began over two decades ago with the UK Civil Service, where she worked in various Economics leadership roles to support UK Macroeconomic policy at its highest level, working with decision-makers in the Bank of England, Ministry of Defence and Her Majesty’s Treasury.

    She subsequently progressed to the energy sector, working across the value chain for an operator, supplier and the Oil & Gas industry regulator. Mavis was an inaugural member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Group set up in 2019 by Oil and Gas UK to drive inclusion in the UK oil & gas industry. 

    She is co-founder of a Scottish charity, Africulture, set up to drive cultural integration in Scotland. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Government’s initiative, Developing Young Workforce.

  • Jonathan Brearley

    Jonathan Brearley
    Chief Executive Officer, Ofgem

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    Jonathan became Ofgem’s Chief Executive Officer on 3 February 2020. This follows his previous appointment as our Executive Director for Systems and Networks in April 2018. 

    He has wide-ranging energy sector experience, having led Electricity Market Reform as the Director for Energy Markets and Networks at DECC. Prior to this, he was Director of the Office of Climate Change, a cross-government strategy unit focussed on climate change and energy issues, where he led the development of the Climate Change Act. Earlier in his career, Jonathan was a senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. 

    He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics from Glasgow University and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge 

  • Sandie Dhlamini The Pensions Regulator Headshot

    Sandie Dhlamini
    The Pensions Regulator

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    Sandisiwe (Sandie) has previously worked in HR for government and is the EDI lead at The Pensions Regulator, where she led on a piece of work not dissimilar to TIDE. She also previously sat on Ofcom’s communications consumer panel as part of the UK Regulators Network’s next-generation non-executive director programme.

  • Damian Dowling, Enel X

    Damian Dowling
    Enel X

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    After graduating from Trinity College with a Masters in Science, Damian moved from his home city of Dublin to the UK. Initially working as an Environmental Scientist, his background allowed for a diverse energy and sustainability career – from Geophysicist to Sustainability Manager – over the next 16 years. Even though that experience was grounded on the technical, Damian naturally progressed to a consultative approach on new and existing developments. Later completing a Masters in Psychology, Damian’s approach to projects is lived through a sustainable lens, where Operational, Human Centric and Commercial pillars are addressed equally. Damian now works for Enel X, delivering Energy Flexibility solutions across all sectors.  

    Outside of the above, Damian has held the voluntary positions of Chair of Sustainability for the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM 17,000 members) and Head of Business & Resident Liaisons for Pride in London (6,750 businesses and residents). During the pandemic he focused his volunteering on wellbeing – as a Crisis Counsellor for Shout and a Covid-19 Vaccinator for St. John Ambulance.  

    Damian now holds a Board Director position with VCP (a charity dedicated to elderly and homeless care in central London). Having recently completed his Level 7 in Strategic Equity, Diversity & Inclusion with the Chartered Management Institute, this sustainable engagement is also seen in his volunteering, where Damian sits on the Pride in Energy Committee and holds the role of Industry Liaison Lead for TIDE (Tackling Inclusion & Diversity in Energy).   

  • Gary Ford, Men for Inclusion

    Gary Ford
    Men for Inclusion

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    Gary Ford worked as a technologist within Financial Services for over 35 years. He was a Managing Director at JPMorgan where he co-founded their male allies programme for Women in Technology. The programme was rolled out to thousands of men globally and was ultimately launched across the whole firm. 

    For the last 10 years Gary has actively promoted gender equality. He’s been the male ally advisor to Women On The Wharf, and was a winner of the WeAreTheCity Rising Star award in the Men for Gender Balance category. 

    In 2020, he co-authored his first book, ‘The Accidental Sexist: A Handbook for Men on Workplace Diversity and Inclusion’ (Rethink Press), showcasing his commitment to fostering inclusivity in workplaces. 

    Gary’s not just a co-founder; he’s a driving force behind Men for Inclusion, bringing a wealth of experience and a passion for creating transformational culture change. 

    A compelling and knowledgeable industry commentator, Gary provides insights and data that will interest those fostering inclusive workplaces through DEI employee engagement and inclusive leadership. 

  • Jane Francis, EDF Energy - Headshot

    Jane Francis
    Head of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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    Jane is the passion and driving force behind the Everyone’s Welcome vision at EDF that creates the environment where people feel able to be their whole selves at work.

    A senior leader and professional engineer, with extensive experience across a broad spectrum of business activities in the electricity industry. Jane has worked in a wide variety of roles from Investment Governance, Corporate Finance and Audit, Major Projects and Operational Engineering.

    Jane believes in the power of people’s stories and in being the visible LGBTQ+ role model that she needed in the workplace when she was younger. Jane takes a data driven approach to decision making and is taking the actions needed to make our workplaces more inclusive, particularly when it’s tough.

    “Focus on the employee experience and you empower them to thrive. Having the authentic conversations that help us see the value and power that our stories and differences bring to the table that drive inspirational business performance.”

  • Mark Freed Men for Inclusion headshot

    Mark Freed
    Men for Inclusion

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    Mark Freed, a trailblazer in diversity and inclusion, co-founded E2W over two decades ago when he left a successful fintech career to become the type of husband and father that he always wanted to be.  

    Mark grew E2W to become a community with a reach of more than 15,000 women in Financial Services, aiding institutions with best-practice recruitment and retention of diverse talent. 

    Wishing to accelerate change, Men for Inclusion was born, and Mark shares his own lived experience as to why inclusion benefits all men, providing more opportunities and breaking free from outdated stereotypes. 

    Mark’s distinctive voice is not just heard within this community. He’s a vocal advocate for workplace inclusivity, and recently provided evidence to the UK Government Treasury Select Committee during their ‘Sexism in the City’ inquiry, and collaborates on initiatives like the Women in Finance Charter and the Diversity Project. 

    Mark brings a refreshing perspective to the industry, making him an engaging and insightful commentator for journalists seeking a fresh take on diversity, allyship, recruitment, and workplace culture. 

  • Raj Ghai, SGN - Headshot

    Raj Ghai
    SGN

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    With over 15 years of HR experience, Raj currently oversees Resourcing, EDI and Employee Retention and Engagement at SGN. He has helped raise the profile of EDI at SGN over the last two years and has supported both executive and board level discussions to sustain progress. SGN have gone from no staff networks in 2022 to launching to now having 6 up and running, and in terms of recruitment Raj has overseen the utilisation of CV Less Hiring for entry level roles into the business.

  • Amelia Heatley

    Amelia Heatley
    Director of Diversity and Engagement, ElectraLink

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    Having worked in a number of varied roles in the energy industry since 2014 and with a background in communications, engagement and marketing, Amelia joined ElectraLink in 2018 and is now Diversity and Engagement Director. Her current remit includes responsibility for the strategic direction of the marketing and engagement function as well as their people strategy, including HR.

    Amelia’s understanding of the link between an organisation’s external reputation, its internal ethos, and its people led to the development of this new role within ElectraLink. It reflects Amelia’s personal passion for improving organisational culture and ensuring companies recognise and celebrate the value of diversity alongside meaningful engagement to create an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.

    Amelia is passionate about exploring ways in which organisations such as ElectraLink can open up to a broader spectrum of stakeholders, such as new ecosystem entries like disrupters, and can play its part in the democratisation of energy data whilst supporting the evolution of energy market regulation.

    Prior to ElectraLink, Amelia held various roles within Ofgem and within one of GB’s Distribution Network Operators, UK Power Networks. Before working in energy, Amelia held various communication and engagement roles within the healthcare and charity sectors.

  • Sharna Matson Knight Cadent headshot

    Sharna Matson Knight
    Cadent

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    Sharna is an experienced culture, inclusion and development professional, passionate about making a difference to people’s lives through the work that she does. She has eight years of experience driving transformation through setting direction, empowerment and partnering to drive performance and deliver actionable change. She places value on others, their ideas and their potential to contribute that allows them to be their best, perform at their best as well as feeling safe to say how they feel and to challenge. The end goal for her is always about people, how to help forge success and how this influences a high performing culture.  

  • Lauren Maddocks

    Lauren Maddocks
    Associate Director – Policy, Public Affairs & Communications, Murray McIntosh

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    Lauren leads Murray’s specialist Policy, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications function and for over 10 years has recruited across trade and membership organisations, regulators, corporates, government bodies and charities.  For several years, the strategic priorities of the energy industry have been an increasingly high-profile topic to policymakers and this space has been a key area of focus for Lauren, in which her experience and network have provided rounded insight into the existing initiatives as well as historic and current challenges. 

      

    Believing that recruiters play an important role in realising diverse and inclusive workforces, Lauren is also Murray’s EDI lead, striving to learn and share best practice with clients and candidates alike. Committed to levelling the playing field, Lauren works with leadership to understand challenges and break down barriers to access, entry and progression through the recruitment process.  

  • Louise Parry Energy Utility Skills Headshot

    Louise Parry
    Director of People & Organisational Development and Board member, Energy & Utility Skills

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    Louise is Director of People & Organisational Development and Board member at Energy & Utility Skills, responsible for people, organisational resilience, health & safety and business continuity.  

    As part of her role, Louise leads on diversity & inclusion. Working across the sector, she has played a key role in establishing the award winning Energy & Utilities Inclusion Commitment and sector wide Inclusion Measurement Framework. 

    A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Louise is a senior HR leader and executive coach with over 20 years of experience working within HR, diversity and related roles. Louise is on the Board of Women’s Utilities Network (WUN) and a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Industry Leadership Group. She is also a taskforce member of Tackling Inclusion and Diversity in Energy (TIDE) and Co-Chair of the Insight Strategy Group. 

  • Emma Pinchbeck

    Emma Pinchbeck
    Chief Executive Officer, Energy UK

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    Emma Pinchbeck is the Chief Executive of Energy UK, a position that she has held since July 2020.  She is an expert in whole-economy decarbonisation and the energy transition. She also holds several board advisory positions. Emma has two children and shares childcare with her husband. She is passionate about efforts to improve diversity in the energy industry. 

    From 2016-2020, she served as Deputy CEO of the trade body Renewable UK, in which role she also sat on the Board of Scottish Renewables. Prior to this, Emma was Head of Climate Change at WWFU-K. She has an MA from the University of Oxford.

  • Yumann Siddiq Smart DCC headshot

    Yumann Siddiq
    Smart DCC

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    Yumann Siddiq is a Policy Manager in the Policy & Innovation Team at the Smart DCC and is also the Chair of the Young Energy Professionals (YEP) Forum. At the DCC, she leads on energy flexibility, focussing on policy and advocacy surrounding the future flexible digital energy system and facilitating better market access, visibility and appropriate data sharing. As YEP Chair, Yumann steers the network’s strategic direction, event and project planning, and the growth of the Forum. The YEP Forum is a community to promote the next generation of energy industry leaders, providing opportunities to meet, collaborate, develop and recognise success.  

  • Amanda Solloway MP

    Amanda Solloway MP

  • Lawrence Slade

    Lawrence Slade
    Chief Executive, Energy Networks Association

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    Lawrence is Chief Executive of ENA. He joined the organisation in February 2023.

    He was previously Chief Executive Officer of GIIA, the membership body for the world’s leading institutional investors. Prior to his role with GIIA, Lawrence began working with Energy UK in 2011, becoming its Chief Executive in January 2015. Additionally, he served on the boards of Eurogas and Eurelectric in Brussels.

    He has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990s, working in countries all over the world.

    Lawrence is a Board member of Connected Kerb, and a Board Trustee of the Money Advice Trust and the St Clare Hospice. He is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

  • Louis Taylor Lexxic Headshot

    Louis Taylor
    Lexxic

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    As a Consulting Business Psychologist, Louis Taylor’s role involves supporting organisations on their journey towards neuro-inclusivity. This includes education and awareness webinars and interactive workshops, consulting on internal policies, processes and procedures, and supporting organisations through change programmes to achieve neuro-inclusion. 

  • Baroness Verma

    Baroness Verma

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    Baroness Verma is a highly influential, both as an outward facing global business leader and within the numerous political positions she has held. 

    Since entering the House of Lords in 2006, she has held several key Ministerial appointments, in Government and opposition. Baroness Verma is adept at leading teams from the front, strong in strategy development and transformational change. She has significant experience in chairing committees both in the private and public sectors.  

    Baroness Verma is self-assured, confident in decision making and wise enough to build strong teams around her. 

    A strong and committed advocate of diversity and inclusion, she is involved in a wealth of influential initiatives to create a more inclusive working environment and society. She has led from the front specifically on gender and race discriminations, both in her political position as well as in her many roles on committees. Baroness Verma was the Prime Minister’s Ministerial global champion for tackling violence against women and girls when was a government minister. 

    Baroness Verma has received numerous accolades over the years, as a business leader, politician and champion on rights and access to opportunities. She doesn’t shy away from being forthright and honest but has always embraced the art of cooperative support as the most successful way to achieve results.  

    She co- founded Powerful Women, when as an energy minister she saw the lack of senior women in the energy sector, which has helped changed the way women are supported in the sector.  

    She is Chair of UN Women UK, the national committee of UN Women the only UN organisation that focuses specifically on women and girls. 

    She is Chancellor of Roehampton University and sits on the governing council of Southampton University.

    Baroness Verma is an independent director on the Afrinex Stock Exchange of Mauritius and an advisor on a number of business bodies.

  • Nick Wayth

    Nick Wayth
    Chief Executive Officer, Energy Institute

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    Nick Wayth has held a broad career at the forefront of change in the energy industry as it adapts ever faster to tackling climate change. Since May 2021, Nick has been chief executive of the Energy Institute.

    Prior to this he spent nearly 22 years at BP plc in a broad variety of executive and management roles. Latterly Nick held the post of Chief Development Officer of Alternative Energy, where he led BP’s strategy and business development in a broad range of renewable technologies, including solar, offshore wind and digital energy. Through this role Nick was also a member of the BP Ventures Investment Committee, sponsoring several of BP’s venture investments.

    Nick also held senior roles as VP Competitor Intelligence and as Head of North America Investor Relations, based in Houston. Nick’s early career was spent in a variety of operational, technical, and commercial roles in the upstream business, based offshore in the North Sea, Aberdeen, Algeria and London.

    Nick holds a PhD in Mechanical / Electrical Engineering and a degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Southampton.  Nick is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a Fellow of both the Energy Institute and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

    Nick is passionate about creating an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone and is a Board Member of POWERful Women. Nick also advises and mentors entrepreneurs in energy start-up companies.

    Outside of work, Nick enjoys running, cycling, yoga and spending time with his wife, Debbie, and their two sons