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– Journey to Zero Carbon Energy Systems –

Thursday 7th November 2019 from 9.00am to 5.00pm

Location: The IET, Savoy Place, London


CIGRE Women’s Network UK is delighted to organise its next event on the “Journey to Zero Carbon Energy Systems”.

The aim of the event is to highlight the available and future technologies for carbon reduction and explore the skillsets required for us to take on this challenge.  The delegates will have the opportunity to hear from our key note speakers, to network with other delegates and exchange ideas on how their roles can contribute to the zero carbon targets.

We have three engaging sessions prepared for you – all including interactive workshops:

  • Our first session aims at setting a scene and exploring what changes are needed to achieve zero carbon in the power industry.
  • The second session will explore at current and new technologies needed to create a zero carbon energy system and how different disciplines/expertise can incorporate these technologies.
  • Our third session will be a practical workshop to challenge delegates to explore the skillsets required to take on the zero carbon energy challenge.

Please note that due to limited spaces, this event is open on a first come, first served basis.  All presentation materials will be made available, exclusively to those attending, post event.  This must attend, informative (CPD) accredited event is not only exceptional value but it’s also an outstanding networking opportunity!

To register for this event click HERE

Key Note Speakers & Moderators

What does “a zero carbon energy system” mean and do we need a cultural change? 

Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DL

Dame Fiona Woolf was for many years an energy lawyer with CMS Cameron McKenna.  Dame Fiona was the Lord Mayor of London for the year 2013/14 as the 686th Lord Mayor, and only the second woman to hold the role since 1189.  Her programmes set out in her 686 Plan, covered The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, The Power of Diversity, The Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme and Tomorrow’s City.  All of them had “The Energy to Transform Lives” – her Mayoral strapline.

Having initiated the Power of Diversity Programme, she remains committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms (see  Dame Fiona is also very interested in furthering a more sustainable economy following her Tomorrow’s City programme.  She worked on major reforms and market implementations in the electricity industry in over 40 countries.  She was awarded a DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the Legal Profession, Diversity and the City of London.  Dame Fiona became a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London in April 2016. She retired as an Alderman in June 2018 and from CMS in April 2019.

What are the major technologies for creating a zero carbon energy system? 

Lily Coles (Commercial Operations Director at Anesco Ltd)

Lily is Commercial Director for Anesco, one of the top 100 cleantech companies in the world and named the fastest growing private company two years running by the Sunday Times Fast Track. After joining as a project engineer in 2011, Lily quickly progressed to Technical Director before moving to her current role.  In her time at Anesco, Lily has designed and developed over 100 solar farms and now focuses on asset acquisition and disposal alongside revenue optimisation. Her career highlights include launching the UK’s first commercial grid scale battery in 2014 and developing the UK’s first subsidy free solar farm in 2017, which won worldwide acclaim.

How will we achieve a zero carbon energy system and what skills will we need for the journey?

Anne Wilson (Head of Careers at University of Warwick)

PG Dip CIGHE, Senior Fellow (HEA)

Anne has worked within the field of careers for many years. She has a particular interest in helping individuals identify and harness their strengths and develop their leadership skills. She has pioneered strengths at Warwick, running staff and student workshops at Warwick and externally.  Anne has presented at national conferences, online and contributed to publications.  She is a national trainer for AGCAS (The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services).  Anne is an advocate for women’s personal and professional development. Anne is a licensed trainer for ‘Sprint’ a women-only programme for female students. Anne initiated ‘Inspiring Women’ – a series of talks for staff from high profile senior women within and outside the University. Anne is a qualified careers consultant and coach, Strengths and MBTI practitioner. She is a regular contributor to Warwick’s popular Careers Blog

Adam Middleton (Senior Vice President at The Netherlands: Siemens Gas & Power, Chair of CIGRE UK)

Adam Middleton has spent more than 35 years in the electrical transmission and distribution, energy and oil & gas industries.
Originally from the UK, he spent 21 years with GEC / GEC ALSTOM / ALSTOM Group companies in the UK and France as an engineer, Project Manager, General Manager, Operations Director and finally Managing Director of their UK Substation Projects business.

He subsequently spent six years with GE Energy in Europe and North America, working in Strategy, Marketing and General Management of their Substation Automation business, together with a one year assignment leading the Wireline Technology business unit within GE Oil & Gas.  He spent a further two years with CG Power based in Belgium, as Vice President of their substation projects division and Vice President of their Automation activities.
As Vice President of Power Infrastructure within Laing O’Rourke UK during 2013 to 2016, he was responsible for both electrical substations and new nuclear power plant construction activities.  From 2016 until 2019, Adam Middleton led Siemens Energy Management as Divisional Vice President of their Energy Management activities in Belgium, France and Africa, covering projects, products, systems and services delivery. Starting in April 2019, Adam took over as Senior Vice President of the new Gas and Power Operating Company of Siemens Group in the Netherlands, integrating eight business units in anticipation of the flotation of the Gas and Power company in September 2020.  Adam Middleton holds a First Class Honours Degree from the University of Bradford (UK) and an MBA from Warwick Business School (UK). He is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng).  Chair of CIGRE UK since 2016, he was elected to the CIGRE Global Executive Steering Committee (SteerCo) in 2019.  Adam Middleton has a strong interest in the development of new and diverse talent within the engineering industry, application of digitalization to improve project delivery and has a passion for improving safety at work. He has a growing interest in the Energy Transition, specifically in the context of cross-sector management of the change process. He is based in The Hague, Netherlands.

Diana Van Den Heuvel (Chair of CIGRE Netherlands)

“Motivation is everything”
After her French language & literature, then Electrical Engineering studies, Diana held a number of managerial positions within the Dutch distribution system operator Eneco. The company was facing up to energy liberalization and energy transition, transforming from a monopolistic energy company to a commercial entity with a leading position in sustainable energy.

In her current role at Siemens, as Corporate Account Director for their largest customer group, she approaches energy transition from a strategic technical perspective driven by her focus on the impact of climate agreement goals.
As chair of the Women’s Network of Eneco, board member of the Dutch National Network of Women in Energy and Vice Chair of CIGRE Netherlands, Diana continues to commit herself to promoting diversity and inclusion at senior management and board level of organizations.

Ayssar Hanza (Executive Director at Ace Energy Group)

Ayssar Hanza is a Risk Engineering Director with Ace Energy Group based in London. Adynamic leader with 25 years of diverse and global experience in all aspects of Risk Management, Process Safety, Asset Integrity, leading strategies and business improvements both in operations and major projects.

Her work with BP and other major operators sets an exemplary model in the energy industry. Her simplification and pragmatism approach consistently delivering exceptional value in complex, high-pressure multicultural environments. Advised, supported and worked closely with senior leaders in the application of company standards, visions and commercial acumen with the ability to lead and think strategically.  Track record of winning hearts and minds to promote teamwork, developing capability and acting as an inspirational role model for business values.  She empowers companies with limited resources to have world class management systems to prevent accidents and helps develop their capability.  Ayssar has been ranked as one of the top speakers on the topics of Process Safety, Risk management, Leadership and Governance. She sets the tone, energizes the audience, and contributes to the success of individuals through inspiring young innovative leaders within organisations.  A motivational change leader thorough understanding of cultural diversity, a passionate coach, skilled trainer and a global award winner (IChemE) and finalist for the Oil & Gas UK Safety Awards. Ayssar tailors her work to the needs of her audience and focuses on influencing and developing generations to come. She is known for her distinct style in engaging, thought-provoking and positive approach, drawing on people’s existing knowledge and experience as well the latest thinking. She was nominated for the 100 Women to Watch list by Cranfield School of Management and is admired for her practical, energetic, relevant and highly actionable style

Dawn Hurst (EA Inclusion)

Multi award winning expert within leadership performance, enhancing organisation design to maximise return on investment and financial performance. Executive and growth mindset coach. Trainer across a range of performance enhancing disciplines. Global practitioner, public speaker, author, media contributor and thought leader within inclusive best practice.

Creator of the global award winning Return on Inclusion tool measuring the impact of inclusive best practice on organisations.  Client portfolio in excess of 3,000 global organisations within which she has had a positive and tangible impact across a range of sectors including: passenger transport, manufacturing, sport, engineering, construction, energy & utilities, education, government, financial services, legal, retail and more.  Practical and pragmatic approach, delivered with a passion for her subject drawing on 25 years of anecdotes and case studies to bring to life and evidence her areas of expertise.  Dawn is an advocate of personal continuous development both personally and professionally and is embarking on a range of self-development challenges including competing in her first triathlon for many years in Autumn 2019.