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West Midlands Regional Energy Efficiency Conference 2019

Event Properties

Event Date 12-Apr-2019 9:00 am
Capacity 75
Registered 0
Available place 75
Individual Price £75 (excl. VAT)
Location DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Coventry

Venue Information - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Coventry

Located in the heart of England, just off the M6, you’ll find our DoubleTree by Hilton Coventry hotel. Newly refurbished and welcoming, this modern hotel is a top choice for business travellers, convention attendees and families. Savor our signature, warm chocolate chip cookie and enjoy the various amenities designed for a comfortable stay.


Simon Ayers


Simon’s career runs into the best part of 30 years’ in energy, construction and related sectors. He is currently the Chief Executive of TrustMark, which connects consumers with competent, vetted tradespeople to work in or around their homes. Following the implementation of findings from the Each Home Counts (EHC) Review, TrustMark has expanded this remit to include Repair, Maintenance & Improvement (RMI); Retrofit and Energy Efficiency Measures to enhance the protection and choice available to consumers wanting to improve the energy performance of their homes. Simon is currently navigating TrustMark through these changes as an organisation, helping to develop a level playing field of Government Endorsed Quality for any home improvement, as well as driving continual advances in cross-sector standards.

Bryan Glendinning


Bryan Glendinning – Chief Executive Officer MBA: Engenera Renewables Limited: Bryan, a civil engineer by profession has operated within the heating and insulation industry for the last 20 years and worked as National Installations Manager at EAGA Plc. There he successfully managed the annual delivery of the £350 million Government funded Warm Front scheme, where with his team they drove production to the highest possible delivery level of around 8000 heating and insulation measures per month; as well as improving the Customer Experience, Quality and Safety across all sectors of the industry. Bryan was a member of both the Group commercial board as well as being part of the scheme management board. Bryan’s role on the scheme board was to control the full life cycle of the delivery, from procurement, supply chain, installation, aftercare and maintenance. Bryan is an active figure in the energy efficiency and fuel poverty arena and has historically worked closely with DECC on a number of projects. He was also the Chairman of GAIN the National Network of Installers, guiding and assisting around 3000 installers nationally in the delivery of measures across many technologies. Bryan has also been influencial in the development of both a gas and PV installer network for Engenera’s existing and future delivery platform. As well as being the key player within Engenera for developing the funding platforms that now see Engenera with huge growth opportunities. In recent years Bryan has succesfully completed two major EPC operational contracts for solar PV, the first for Riverside Housing in Liverpool on a contract of 1000 houses and the second for Carillion Energy Services where they carried out a very challenging remedial contract over a National platform on 2500 houses. Bryan is a strong advocate of NEA and the great work they do in the fuel poverty arena and has himself been recognised for the work he does in the fuel poverty sector at the last two years National awards.

Steve Gapik

Soltherm External Insulation Ltd

The UK has 7 million uninsulated solid wall properties, with occupiers not only more prone to living in fuel poverty but also experiencing cold, damp and draughty properties, many with children with respiratory illnesses as a direct result of their home environment. With over 10 years’ experience in senior leadership positions in energy efficiency and managing obligations in British Gas, I want to build on that experience in the energy efficiency industry outside of utilities. I’m delighted to be able to undertake a new role as Managing Director of Soltherm and follow my passion in tackling fuel poverty, and continue the critical role improving life, health and community outcomes and reducing carbon emissions. Soltherm is part of a large European insulation business, a great community focused organsiation, with fantastic new, quality and accessible products and backed by Berger paints one of the largest paints and render businesses in the world. The end of our first year has seen exciting levels of growth, tripling turnover, developing innovative routes to market, developing SMS procurement and launching fantastic technologies within the energy efficiency space, as well as new products to new markets. In 2019 we are going to build on this exciting first year, we will double our revenue, continue to improve market share, and continue to lead the industry in innovative, market leading etic technologies, backed by world class R&D and ensuring we provide the safest products in our industry.’

Lorraine Bassett

E.ON Energy Solutions

Loraine has over 28 years’ experience in the energy efficiency industry. As a business development and account manager for E.ON’s Obligation Partnership team, she works closely with social housing providers and contractors delivering ECO funded Energy Efficiency projects in the West Midlands and the South West of England.

John Marchbank

Area Eco

John has 27 years experience within the Energy Supply Industry. He trained Frontline Customer Service staff on billing and account issues and has worked as a Customer Services Representative visiting customers in their homes to resolve complicated account issues. Specifically, he has 20 years experience in the Energy Efficiency Sector delivering the various obligations, SoP through to ECO. A qualified Energy Assessment Plan and Site Assessor. Subsequently carried out individual home assessments as well as compiling energy stock databases for several local authorities. As a member of the Fuel Poverty Forum Scotland shaping policies adopted by the Scottish Government in relation to tackling fuel poverty and their participation in carbon reduction initiatives. John developed and implemented several community energy efficiency initiatives with local authorities. One such example lead to the first mass insulation programme on the Island of Isla which resulted in 2/3rds of the homes on the Island receiving insulation. Founding director of the Argyll Lomond & Highlands Energy Agency (ALiEnergy). John has participated in many community events over the years which promoted the efficient use of energy and how the attendees can go about reducing the amount of energy they consume. John has been involved in championing the use of new initiatives and technology. He was involved in two European Union funding projects which consisted of several partners from countries within Europe. The first project was the introduction of white labels for domestic white goods, the second was the introduction of an award winning Scandinavian Heat Pump into Local Authority Housing. John is now Operations Director at Area Eco and has been instrumental in growing the business. As an example of this work he has successful developed & delivered energy efficiency initiatives into the harder to reach BME communities. We have secured funding and have worked alongside a network of trusted individuals in these communities to deliver energy efficiency measures to those who have not always benefited from the mass main stream approaches. John has also built relationships with Registered Social Landlords and provided funding from the obligated suppliers for a range of measures.

Richard Walsh

NQA Certification Ltd

Principal Assessor with NQA since 2007, specialising in environment and energy management systems auditing. He has recently been heavily involved in preparing NQA assessors and clients for the ISO14001:2015 transition. Prior to joining NQA, Richard spent 12 years at environmental charity Groundwork, where has was responsible for environmental management training and consultancy. Whilst at Groundwork he completed his studies to become a Chartered Environmentalist. A mechanical engineer by trade, Richard became a metallurgist in the automotive engineering sector prior to taking on a training and advisory role in the implementation of ISO 9001. In 1994, when the first environmental management system (BS7750) was published, Richard became one of Groundwork’s first EMS advisors and was responsible for the training and mentoring of environmental management graduates.

Jess Ralston

Sustainable Energy Association

In a world of finite resources, the Sustainable Energy Association exists to help create living and working spaces fit for future generations. Our work seeks to align the interests of business, politicians and consumers to make this a reality. We are industry leaders in energy in buildings. We are technology agnostic and provide objective, evidence-based policy positions which help shape how we think about, generate and use energy. We are constructive, collaborative and committed to achieving our vision, by ensuring that buildings are energy efficient, low carbon and warm.

Linda Forbes

West Midlands Combined Authority

Linda champions the transition to a low carbon world, working with public and private sector actors including seven local authorities, three Local Enterprise Partnerships, and six universities to deliver the Regional Energy Strategy and develop Energy Innovation Zones across the West Midlands. She has a particular interest in energy efficiency in the built environment, where addressing fuel poverty is fundamental to human well-being. Linda holds degrees in engineering, architecture, and renewable energy development.


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