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ONLINE CONFERENCE Scotland's Journey to Net Zero: Delivering on the Scottish Government's response to climate emergency


Teneille Humphris

Policy Manager, Smart Energy GB

Teneille works across all teams at Smart Energy GB to ensure everyone understands the technical and policy developments within the government’s broader programme.

She advises Smart Energy GB on the accuracy of claims they make in local and national communications activity, including TV and radio advertising, partnership marketing, and PR.

She joined the Public Affairs team at Smart Energy GB in 2015 to build and manage the company’s new correspondence unit before advancing to her current role in policy in 2018.

Teneille champions a collegial working environment, and has a background in history and philosophy of science. She has worked in New Zealand and the UK in academic, museum, and government positions. 

Stefano Smith FRTPI

Director, Stefano Smith Planning

Stefano is a commercial and pragmatic development planner with a strong customer focus. Stefano has nearly 30 years of UK professional experience of managing multi-disciplinary teams within a planning, environmental, design and engineering consultancy.

He has extensive experience in providing development planning and project management services in the environment, infrastructure, energy, commercial, industrial, housing and mixed-use sectors. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (FRTPI) with experience in statutory planning (including approvals & consents and expert witness), sustainability, regeneration, master planning & urban design, consultation & engagement strategies and tools & development economics. He is a seasoned practitioner in stakeholder engagement and the development of communication strategies, as well as the use of appraisal and assessment tools.

Stefano has successfully advised, negotiated, and delivered complex land development and infrastructure projects of ranging sizes. He has worked in both the private and public sectors, particularly pertaining to the principles and practice of the economics of urban regeneration, land development, sustainability, urban design, complex environmental assessment, and project management.


Dr Stephen Hall

University Academic Fellow, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

Stephen currently holds an EPSRC fellowship investigating deep decarbonisation of cities. He is interested in the links between low-carbon innovation, economics, energy, climate change and society. In particular he is interested in the role of cities and regions in delivering infrastructures compatible with low-carbon futures.

Stehpen is the Programme Leader for MSc Sustainable Cities and holds several research grants exploring smart energy systems. He is interested in the links between low carbon innovation, economics, energy, climate change and society. In particular he is interested in the role of cities in low carbon futures.

Steve has undertaken international work on urban emissions modelling, infrastructure finance and energy decarbonisation. Steve has recently published research on innovative business models for energy transitions, how finance and ownership models have both technical and social effects on energy systems, and how cities can play a key role in decentralised energy expansion. Steve’s work has been incorporated into national energy policy, used by the Infrastructure Commission, and adopted by the International Energy Agency.

Steve’s work on the ‘Innovation Interface’ between smart cities, smart grids and electric vehicles is now live!


  • PhD Sustainable Infrastructure – University of Hull
  • MSc Sustainable Resource Management – Univeristy of Hull
  • BSc Countryside Management – University of Hull (Bishop Burton College)

Research Interests

  • Infrastructure finance
  • Ecological Economics
  • Energy Transitions
  • Urban energy systems and resource planning
  • Urban political economy
  • Low – carbon infrastructure
  • Sustainable economic development


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The conference had a wide range of speakers covering different aspects of likely new planning legislative procedures. I took something from all the speakers. It was a very interesting conference - both beneficial and informative. All speakers spoke well and contributed to a whole range of matters from different perspectives with their specific fields of expertise. My main interests were presented and debated well.

Charles Johnston, Scottish Borders Council,
Delegate at Planning in Scotland Conference 2017

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