The 2022 judges

Eric Brown
director - scientific grid

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Eric became involved in the energy sector after having gained many years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. He recently stepped back from his role as Chief Technology Officer at the Energy Systems Catapult but remains engaged with the Catapult as Executive Adviser. His role at Scientific Grid forms part of a portfolio that includes academic interests as well as other project and advisory work focussed on energy system transformation, Net Zero and the climate emergency.

Melanie Bryce
Oxfordshire Programme Director - Scottish and Southern Energy Networks

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Melanie Bryce is the Oxfordshire Programme Director at Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN), and has worked across SSE since joining the company as a Graduate Engineer in 1996. She has wide ranging energy sector experience gained from roles that have spanned Wholesale Risk Management, Networks Regulation and Asset Management. This has most recently included leading Engineering and Investment teams, focussing on the Asset Management of the Distribution Network. Melanie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birmingham University.

 

Jim Cardwell
Head of policy development - Northern Powergrid

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In his policy development role, Jim is leading on the delivery of customer propositions that support the transition to a smarter more flexible energy system that enable decarbonisation in Yorkshire and the North East of England. Since joining Northern Powergrid in 2004, his networks experience also encompasses smart grid innovation projects and the regulatory issues and programme management involved in price control reviews that set revenues for the monopoly business. Jim joined the industry in 1991 and previously worked for E.ON in a number of technical and managerial roles in power stations before moving into electricity distribution.

Graham Campbell
Director of Processes and Technology - SP Energy Networks

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Graham Campbell is the Director, Processes and Technology, at SP Energy Networks (SPEN). SP EnergyNetworks own and operate the electricity networks at Distribution in South of Scotland, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. They also own and operate the Transmission network in South of Scotland.

 

Graham is the leading technical authority within SP EnergyNetworks on equipment standards and specifications, operational telecommunications, SCADA, sustainability, innovation and digitalisation.

 

SP EnergyNetworks focus on harnessing technology and innovation to create the networks of the future. Their team is building a dynamic network to meet the changing demands for electricity and increasingly, renewable energy – safely, securely and sustainably in the communities they serve.

 

A respected leader with nearly 20 years’ experience in the electricity sector, Graham has held number of senior leadership roles within SPEN, mainly in operational engineering areas.

 

Graham joined SPEN in 2002, having studied a Masters Degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. In 2019, Graham graduated with an MBA in Global Energy, through both the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid.

Barry Hatton
Director of Asset Management - UK Power Networks

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Barry is responsible for the development and deployment of network and asset strategies for optimising investment and performance. He has over 40 years’ experience in the operations and management of electricity distribution networks. Barry is a chartered Electrical Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and has a Master’s degree in Technology Management.

Mark Horsley
CEO - Northern Gas Networks

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Mark Horsley has been Chief Executive Officer of Northern Gas Networks (NGN) since 2011.

 

He has over 40 years of experience in the energy sector. Since joining NGN the company has transformed its approach to customer service, securing 12 national accolades for customer and employee experience, including a National Business Award for ‘Customer Focus’.

 

Mark was awarded ‘Inspirational Leader’ at the UK Employee Experience Awards in March 2015 in recognition of his innovative approach to employee engagement which has been instrumental to NGN’s cultural transformation.

 

Mark has held a number of senior appointments in the industry including Equity Partner and Head of Power Distribution at EC Harris, an international built asset consultancy, Strategy and Central Programmes Director at Scottish Power and President and Chief Operating Officer at CE Electric UK. Mark held the post of Chairman of the UK Energy Networks Association from 2004 to 2006, and was Chairman of the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) from 2014 to 2017.  He was appointed Non-Executive Director of the EIC in September 2017.

Denise Massey
Managing Director - Energy Innovation Centre (eic)

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Denise Massey is committed to driving social progress, improving the quality of people’s lives and securing a safe, affordable and sustainable future for generations to come. Since its foundation in 2008 she has built the Energy Innovation Centre into a respected organisation that is now integral to  innovation in the energy sector.

 

Through her ability to foster collaboration and partnership, Denise works with innovators, energy companies, regulators and governments, both nationally and internationally, to help meet the social, political, environmental and economic energy challenges we face.

Trisha McAuley OBE
Independent Chair

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Trisha is an experienced Chair and Non-Executive Director, with experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors, and particularly in regulated industries. Her background is in consumer affairs.  For over twenty years she was a senior executive in UK and Scottish consumer organisations.  She is widely recognised as a national consumer expert and was awarded an OBE for services to consumer affairs in 2015. 

 

Trisha’s current roles include: Independent Chair of the Strategic Panel for the non-household water market in England; Independent Chair of the Connections and Use of Systems Panel and Grid Code Review Panel, both of which are electricity network market governance codes; Independent Chair of the RIIO2 User Groups for National Grid Electricity Transmission and National Gas Transmission; Scotland Board Member for Transport Focus: Member of the ORR Consumer Expert Panel; and Independent Chair of Scottish and Southern Energy Network’s Inclusive Services Panel. Trisha is also a Board Director of Energy Action Scotland and a Member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Networks Strategic Leadership Group. 

Jenny Moton
Director of Network - North West at Cadent Gas Limited

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Jenny joined Cadent in June 2019 and heads the North West network responsible for safely distributing gas to millions of homes, industry and HGV fuel stations in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire.

 

Previously she has held senior roles across a range of industries, from food to highways and currently sits on the CBI North West board.

Lydia Ogilvie
Director of Network Strategy & Operations - National Grid

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Lydia joined National Grid in 2017, having spent several years in strategy consulting at the Boston Consulting Group. Her career also includes working for the Shadow Climate Change Minister, and many years ago as a chemistry teacher. Since returning from maternity leave in the summer, Lydia has joined the Electricity Transmission Executive team as Director of Network Strategy & Operations, responsible for taking a cross-network view, end to end from strategy and innovation, through to real-time operation of the network in the Transmission Network Control Centre.

 

Steve McMahon
Deputy Director for Electricity Distribution Network Price Controls and Cross Sector Policy - Ofgem

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Steve McMahon is the Deputy Director for Electricity Distribution Network Price Controls and Cross Sector Policy in Ofgem. He is responsible for the RIIO network price controls for electricity distribution as well as cross-sector programmes including innovation and network company performance. Alongside this Steve is also responsible for Distribution System Operation (DSO) and whole system reform programmes.

 

Steve joined Ofgem in January 2017 from Transport Scotland where he led the team responsible for the specification of Scotland’s rail infrastructure programme. Prior to this he held various economist roles within both the Scottish and UK Government.

 

Laura Sandys CBE
chair - Energy Digitalisation Taskforce

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She is chair of the Government’s Energy Digitalisation Taskforce driving change in energy.  She is also a Senior Independent Director at SGN Network, the Energy Systems Catapult and Aquila Energy Efficiency Trust plc.  She is Chair of the Northern Ireland Expert Panel on Energy Transition and was a member of the Advisory Panel for the Government’s Cost of Energy Review, and is on the Council for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage.

 

She is founder of the Food Foundation, co-founder of POWERful Women and former Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency.

 

She was previously a Member of Parliament for South Thanet, and described by The Times as ‘one of the sanest of all MPs’ and as ‘lateral-minded, original and free-thinking’.

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