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Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Energy Efficiency Conference 2019

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Event Date 05-Jul-2019 9:00 am
Capacity 75
Registered 0
Available place 75
Individual Price £75 (excl. VAT)
Location Hilton Sheffield Hotel

Venue Information - Hilton Sheffield Hotel

Your ideal holiday awaits at Hilton Sheffield Hotel, a convenient location for visiting the Peak District with family or for a fantastic couples’ weekend. Our modern accommodations overlook the scenic Victoria Quays and are only a short walk from Sheffield city center. Enjoy contemporary British cuisine and a view at our on-site Quays Restaurant or treat yourself to room service. Our hotel features a spa with Serenity treatment rooms, a fitness center and a heated indoor pool.


Marcus Fookes


Marcus Fookes Has worked within the energy efficiency industry for over 30 years. I was an operations manager for British Gas New Energy across the south of uk between 2010 to 2016, then started a business and was a director for Aspire Home Solutions uk ltd which provided solutions for for properties suffering problems from poor retrofits. After a successful meeting with the BBA the business was then taken over by them and became the Head of Business Development for BBA-CIT a subsidiary of the BBA. Currently working with Logicor CH Ltd as Head of Business Development who have developed any extremely smart and efficient infrared heating system.

Leanne Wilson

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

I have worked on climate change, renewable energy and wider sustainability issues for the past 15 years, including a number of international programmes such as the Netherlands Climate Assistance Programme and the Africa Biogas Initiative. I have previously coordinated the Tees Valley Climate Change Partnership that included Darlington Borough Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Middlesbrough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council in addition to a range of other public sector stakeholders. I recently completed my PhD in Human Geography at Northumbria University. My research was based in Newcastle upon Tyne and focused on adapting to climate change within the context of social vulnerability. I am currently an Innovation and Technology Officer at Tees Valley Combined Authority and have coordinated the North East Yorkshire and Humber Local Energy hub since July 2018. This includes Humber LEP, Leeds City Region/West Yorkshire Combined Authority, North East LEP, Sheffield City Region, Tees Valley Combined Authority and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP. It is one of five Local Energy Hubs across England that are funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to accelerate the delivery of low carbon energy projects by collaboration and sharing best practise. Each Local Enterprise Partnership in England has either developed an Energy Strategy, or is in the process of developing one and we are currently identifying common objectives within our energy strategies so that we can effectively work together. Energy efficiency and fuel poverty are vital components of our energy strategies and we actively welcome discussions about projects or project ideas that we could potentially support.

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.

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.

Steve Davies


Steve Davies has worked in the renewable sector for the past 15 years and with NICEIC for the last 10; starting as a Centre Manager at NICEIC Certification’s Training Centre in Chesterfield; amongst his responsibilities were the writing and delivery of renewable technology training courses e.g. Solar Thermal, Heat Pumps and Solar PV. With the advent of the Microgeneration scheme, Steve was tasked with training the NICEIC Technical assessors to delivery audits and Certify companies as compliant with MCS and the associated Building Regulations. Steve went on to became Scheme Manager of the Energy Efficiency Technology Schemes offered by NICEIC maintaining a field force of over 80 assessors working for me all over the UK. Steve has been provided presentations at various events including Eco Build and sat on Government Steering Groups tasked with the improvement and development of energy efficiency schemes targeted to assist in the achievement of UK Carbon Targets. Steve has been involved in initiatives such as Feed In Tariff, Renewable Heat Incentive, Green Deal and ECO. Acting as Certsure’s scheme manager for both the NICEIC and ELECSA Installer Schemes which met these schemes requirements, undertaking assessments against MCS, Building Regulations, PAS 2030 and 2031.

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.

Sofia Riaz

E.ON Energy Solutions

Sofia has over 17 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 Yorkshire, the Scottish Borders and the East of Scotland Regions.

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.


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