DIGITAL CONTENT AND EVENTS TO EQUIP YOU FOR THE FUTURE OF UTILITIES

Future of Utilities unites leading industry professionals to help shape the future of the utilities industry.

Through our series of digital content and events, including webinars, reports, roundtables and conferences, we deliver the necessary thought leadership, shared experiences and networking opportunities to prepare for, and determine, the future of utilities.

Live Panel Discussions

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Optimising operations to deliver more for less

 

The utilities sector is responsible for much of the strategic national infrastructure that underpins our way of life, yet the challenge of maintaining, upgrading and expanding the infrastructure to deliver these essential services cannot be overstated.

Join SSE, Cadent Gas, Welsh Water and Salesforce as they explore the role technology has to play in transforming this operational challenge into an opportunity so that you can be more competitive, without compromising on safety or service.

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Keeping the lights on through periods of high demand and volatility

 

Against the backdrop of social and political uncertainty, the energy industry is under pressure to provide reliable services to their customers, while also safeguarding their internal resources. Operational agility is paramount to ensuring that fluctuating demands on resources and staff are met, and technology is proving instrumental in delivering the necessary changes to alleviate those pressures.

Join this webinar to understand the different approaches companies are taking, and how AI and Cloud technologies are enabling the agility necessary to adapt to disruption of any scale.

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Transforming strategies in the new energy landscape

 

As the role of energy suppliers evolves, with suppliers offering non-commodity products such as Insurance, EV and Connected Home, retailers are landing customers with faster quote-to-contract turnarounds and then keeping them with packages that optimise commercial customers’ resource portfolios.

This webinar explores how to more quickly and easily put new offerings in front of energy customers at all stages of customer experience, using a well-integrated digital platform designed to sharpen retail suppliers’ competitive advantage.

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Reports

The Future of Utilities Report 2020

 

Now in its second year, the survey-based Future of Utilities Report provides a strategic overview of the most pressing issues facing the utilities industry at this time. With fundamental challenges and great opportunities ahead, this report provides a snapshot of an industry on the cusp of huge transformational change.

The report is out now and available for download, so get your free copy now!

Upcoming Events

Future of Utilities Summit 2020

 

Join us on 30 November – 1 December at etc.venues 155 Bishopsgate in London at Future of Utilities Summit.

Future of Utilities Summit brings top-level energy and water executives together to transform business models and adapt to the disruption in the market. Learn from board-level executives from EDF Energy, Thames Water and SP Energy Networks, and join senior representatives from every important industry player to exchange ideas, raise your profile, unlock solutions and accelerate industry change.

UK Advisory Board

Heidi Mottram CBE

Chief Executive OfficerNorthumbrian Water

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Heidi Mottram
Heidi Mottram CBE

Chief Executive Officer

Northumbrian Water

Chief Executive Officer of the Northumbrian Water Group Limited and Northumbrian Water Limited  since 2010, before the organisation’s acquisition by a consortium led by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited in October 2011.

Heidi Mottram’s success at Northumbrian Water Group follows on from an excellent track record in the rail industry where her career began with British Rail in the mid-1980s.  She progressed through a variety of senior leadership roles in British Rail and, following privatisation, in Great North Eastern Railway, Midland Mainline, Arriva Trains Northern and Managing Director of Northern Rail, the largest train operator in the UK.

She was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2010 for services to the rail industry.

Ms. Mottram is currently a Board Member of Eurostar International Limited, the CBI, WaterAid, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and is also Vice-Chair of Newcastle University Council.

In 2016, her commitment to the community was recognised when she was selected to be the Prince of Wales’ Business Ambassador to the North East, in conjunction with Business in the Community.  In the same year Ms Mottram was also named North East Business Executive of the Year recognising her significant contribution to business in the North East of England.

Under her leadership NWG achieved the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Sustainable Development in 2014 and has been the only water company on the World’s Most Ethical companies list seven years in a row (2010-2017).  Northumbrian Water is currently the UK’s Utility Company of the year, an accolade achieved twice under Heidi’s leadership.

Basil Scarsella

Chief Executive OfficerUK Power Networks

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Basil Scarsella, CEO, UK Power Networks
Basil Scarsella

Chief Executive Officer

UK Power Networks

Basil Scarsella is the Chief Executive Officer of UK Power Networks, owned by the Cheung Kong Group, which is the largest Distribution Network Operator in the UK, distributing electricity to over eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and East of England. It has some 6,000 employees in its regulated and non-regulated areas. UK Power Networks has been ranked in the top 25 Best Big Companies to Work for 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the Sunday Times annual list and awarded Utility of the Year in the UK in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Immediately prior to taking up his appointment with UK Power Networks in 2010, Basil was the CEO of Northern Gas Networks for five years.  Northern Gas distributes gas to 2.5 million homes in the north east of England and also falls under the ownership of the Cheung Kong Group. Northern Gas Networks ranked as the most efficient gas network in the UK. Up until 2005, Basil was CEO of ETSA Utilities (SA Power Networks), the electricity distributor in South Australia.

Basil holds a degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.  He is a Life Member of Football Australia and former Member of the Executive Committee of FIFA.  He received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and in 2003 became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for services to sport. He is the current Chairman of the Electricity Networks Association in the UK.

Ben Newby

Chief Customer OfficerBristol Water

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Ben Newby, Bristol Water | Future of Utilities
Ben Newby

Chief Customer Officer

Bristol Water

Ben is a member of the Executive team in Bristol Water where he leads Customer facing functions (operational, billing, developer services and communications) as well as IT and Transformation. Having worked on all strategic changes in the company over the past 7 years he understands how IT enabled change is essential to developing the business. Ben joined the company seven years ago from Serco where he was supplying services into the Utilities industry.

Nicola Smith

Chief Commercial OfficerClear Business Water

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Nicola Smith

Chief Commercial Officer

Clear Business Water

Nicola joined Clear Business Water in 2012 and has been integral in transforming it into a multi-service provider through identifying and creating opportunities for new market entrants. She played a key part in the deregulation of England’s water market as part of the Defra Assurance group and the Water Code Panel. Starting her career in 1995 in the then newly deregulated energy market she’s developed business strategies and customer propositions to challenge incumbent providers in new markets.

David Elliott

Group Chief Innovation OfficerWessex Water

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David Elliott Wessex Water
David Elliott

Group Chief Innovation Officer

Wessex Water

David has over 30 years’ experience in the water industry and joined Wessex Water in 1985. David has held a number of posts over his career, including 20 years in operations.  He was appointed a Director of Wessex Water Services Ltd in 2007.

In April 2015 David took up his current group role to provide a strategic lead on Wessex Water’s approach to evolution of the UK water sector and is responsible for developing opportunities to utilise markets to deliver better outcomes for customers, communities, the environment and investors.  Initiatives include EnTrade, an exciting on-line trading platform for environmental services that enables businesses to collaborate on investments to improve environmental and societal outcomes.

David is Chairman of Albion Water – a joint venture with Albion Water and Wessex Water an independent water and sewerage services provider for new housing developments, offering alternative solutions to incumbent water companies.

David is also Chairman of Water2Business – a joint venture with Bristol Water to retail water services to business customers. He is also a non-executive director of UKWIR.

He is also the founder of Business4Life, a leadership development programme involving setting up model businesses whose profits go to WaterAid.

 

Chris Thewlis

Chief Operating Officernpower

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Chris Thewlis

Chief Operating Officer

npower

After joining npower in 2007, and with a background in both retail and regulated markets, Chris’s expertise has been used to deliver the turnaround of the Customer Services along with the strategic development of the Energy Services business to enable the delivery of the Smart Metering business. Utilising data analytics, insight and technology to drive the right customer outcomes, Chris has consistently driven the operational business forward.

Kristinn Mason

Chief EconomistSevern Trent Water

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Kristinn Mason

Chief Economist

Severn Trent Water

Kristinn Mason has over 20 years’ professional experience as a micro-economist, with wide-ranging and deep exposure to utility regulation across energy, rail, water and wastewater sectors. He has direct experience of working for utility regulators both in the UK and Abu Dhabi, where he has covered many strategic regulatory policy issues

Dr. Angela Needle

Director of StrategyCadent Gas

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Dr. Angela Needle

Director of Strategy

Cadent Gas

Angela recently joined Cadent as Strategy Director having spent the last 10 years at Centrica where she developed the British Gas Business energy services strategy, developed and launched a range of new customer propositions and set out the contracting and labour strategy for British Gas’s 10,000 engineers. At Cadent, Angie is focusing on the approach to delivery of Net Zero, the energy transition and the role that gases such as hydrogen have in the future energy mix.

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