Dr Angie Needle is Cadent’s Director of Strategy, the Vice President of Hydrogen UK and a key figure in the nascent hydrogen industry. In her current role for Cadent Angie is responsible for driving the UK’s largest gas distribution network towards a net zero future, spearheading all things hydrogen and positioning Cadent as a leading voice in the sector.
Prior to joining Cadent in 2019, Angie held a number of senior roles at Centrica and Anglian Water, developing energy and customer services propositions and supporting both organisations on their moves towards cleaner energy, reduced carbon emissions and more sustainable business models.
Alongside her work for Cadent and Hydrogen UK, Angie is a leading proponent for diversity in the utilities sector, being a co-founder of the Women’s Utilities Network.
Rob Gray, Executive Director, Stakeholder Relations and Communications - SGN
Rob is Director of Stakeholder Relations and Communications at SGN, one of the UK’s leading energy companies.
Rob is responsible for corporate affairs including communications, government affairs, policy, stakeholder engagement, customer service and ESG. He is Chair of SGN’s Net Zero Committee overseeing the company’s strategic approach to decarbonisation which features world-first and pioneering hydrogen projects to help shape the UK’s energy future.
Before joining SGN, Rob was a director at Heathrow Airport and has previously worked on campaigns for sector-leading businesses, nationally significant infrastructure programmes, start-ups and not for profit organisations.
Sarah Williams, Director of Regulation, Asset Strategy and HS&E - Wales & West Utilities
Sarah’s career began in the energy industry in the late 90s before joining Wales & West Utilities in 2005. With over 20 years’ experience in a range of strategic, operational and managerial roles, she most recently headed up the development of our Business Plan for 2021-2026, which will see us invest £400m to start delivering a Net Zero ready gas network while looking after the most vulnerable in communities across Wales and south west England. As Director of Regulation, Asset Strategy & HSE, she works closely with the regulator, Ofgem, while leading our health & safety, asset management and investment work as well as being responsible for the delivery of the net zero and sustainability strategy.
Jeff House, External Affairs and Policy Director, Baxi
With over 25 years experience in the Building Services sector, including consultancy, design and contracting, Jeff plays a key role in the development of company strategy within Baxi Heating UK. Jeff has a wealth of technical and legislative knowledge relating the residential and commercial building services sector.
Dr Carolos Antonios Vidalis - Hydrogen for Homes Lead, British Gas
Carolos heads up the Hydrogen for Homes Development team in British Gas. He is strategically positioned in the Net Zero Ventures unit, working across a wide spectre of initiatives including Smart Heating with Hive, Heat Pumps, Electric Vehicles, Demand-Response Optimisation and Insulation, allowing him to contribute with a unique and balanced perspective on decarbonisation.
British Gas is the UK’s leading energy supply and in-home servicing provider. We serve over 9 million homes across the country and have a distinctive field force of around 7,500 engineers.
Stewart Clements is the Director of the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council. The HHIC are the Trade Association that represents the whole of the domestic heating market in the UK. The rolls of the HHIC inform members on relevant policy issues and developments and respond to consultations on their behalf. Inform and influence Government and the European Union on policies and legislation. Participate in relevant political events and All Party Groups and provide a unified representation for the UK domestic heating industry. Stewart was the previous Technical Director at HHIC. Stewart also sits on the Executive Council of the EHI (European Heating Industry) Stewart has been involved with the heating and plumbing industry for over 30 years and prior to joining the HHIC Stewart had senior rolls within Rettig UK and Ariston.
Amy Craven, External Communications Manager, Northern Gas Networks
A former regional newspaper journalist, Amy joined the NGN communications team in 2016. As External Communications Manager, she’s worked on customer communications and PR for some of the gas distribution network’s most exciting hydrogen innovation projects.
These include HyDeploy, the UK’s first demonstration of blended hydrogen on a public gas network, and H21, a programme focused on transporting 100% hydrogen through the existing gas grid. Amy currently heads up NGN’s Communications team.
Clare is one of the leading voices in hydrogen in the UK. She launched the Hydrogen UK, the UK trade association for hydrogen, which is leading the national debate on the role of hydrogen in meeting net zero and working with industry leaders, Ministers and civil servants on the next steps required to scale hydrogen in the UK. Clare has an extensive network across the hydrogen space, working with many organisations and companies to advise on how to capitalise on the opportunities presented by hydrogen.
Oliver Lancaster, CEO - The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers
Oliver Lancaster is the Chief Executive Officer at the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers, which is the professional engineering institution for individuals and businesses working to deliver advancement in knowledge and sciences for the benefit of the global gas industry. Oliver is experienced in whole energy systems, having developed net zero pathways and opportunities to optimise across gas production, electricity generation, energy storage, energy networks and the industrial, buildings, power and transport demand sectors.
Previously the Future of Energy Manager at Wales & West Utilities, Oliver has also led for the energy sector on climate change adaptation and developed the first national flood map to understand the impact climate change could have on infrastructure and to justify proactive investment.
Mike Foster, CEO - The Energy and Utilities Alliance
Mike Foster is CEO of Energy and Utilities Alliance, a not-for-profit trade association based in the West Midlands. He holds a degree in economics, a post-graduate certificate in education and is a Chartered Management Accountant. Having started work in the car industry, he taught accountancy, economics and statistics for six years before becoming MP for Worcester (1997-2010). He served as a Minister for four years, under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, latterly as Minister for International Development. Before heading up EUA, he was Head of Communications at the international charity WaterAid. Mike is non-exec Chair of Affordable Warmth Solutions, a community interest company that delivers Cadent’s fuel poor network extension programme and allocates the Warm Homes Fund on behalf of National Grid.
Hello Hydrogen’s Executive Committee
Angela Needle, Campaign Director, Hello Hydrogen – Cadent Gas