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Green Investment and the Role of the Green Investment Bank: Delivering a growing green economy


Rt Hon Vince Cable MP

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, HM Government

Vincent Cable read Natural Science and Economics at Cambridge University, where he was President of the Union, followed by a PhD at Glasgow University.

Vince worked as Treasury Finance Officer for the Kenya Government between 1966 and 1968. After lecturing at Glasgow University in economics he worked as a first Secretary in the Diplomatic Service in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1974-1976). He was then Deputy Director of the Overseas Development Institute, which included a period working for the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, John Smith MP, as a Special Advisor. From 1983 to 1990 Vince worked as Special Advisor on Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth Secretary General, Sir Sonny Ramphal.

From 1990 Vince worked for Shell International and in 1995 became Shell's Chief Economist. He was made head of the economics programme at Chatham House and since becoming an MP, has been appointed a fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and a visiting research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the LSE, for a 3 year period until 2004.

Vince Cable served as a Labour Councillor in Glasgow between 1971 and 1974, before joining the Social Democrat Party. In 1997 Vince Cable was first elected to Parliament to represent Twickenham.

He joined the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet in October 1999 as Spokesman on Trade and Industry after a spell as a junior Treasury spokesman. He was the Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor from November 2003 until May 2010 and was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats until May 2010. He is now Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Michael Moore

Secretary of State for Scotland, HM Government

Michael Moore was Secretary of State for Scotland from 2010 to 2013, piloting the Scotland Act 2012 through Westminster and negotiating the Edinburgh Agreement, which created the framework for the 2014 Independence Referendum.

From 2013 to 2015 he was European Business Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister. Prior to his 18 years as an MP, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the firm, then specialised in corporate finance and other advisory work. As well as his involvement in Scotland, Michael is a key member of PwC's Devo Delivery Network which is supporting and advising public and private sector organisations on the implementation of devolution across the UK.

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The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Kelvin KT

Chairman, UK Green Investment Bank

Lord Smith has a strong financial services background and a wealth of experience gleaned from a wide range of positions. Currently Chairman of SSE, which is the second largest producer of energy in the UK and has the largest renewables portfolio in Britain, he has a comprehensive knowledge of energy trends. He is also Chairman of The Weir Group plc, Glasgow 2014 (the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, and Non-executive Director of Standard Bank Group Ltd. He has held positions on various private and public boards including the Financial Services Authority and Financial Reporting Council (FRC), and a number of key positions within the banking industry. He chaired the group set up by the FRC in 2003 to clarify the role of audit committees.

Richard Lochhead MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Scottish Government


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Ken Barclay

Head of Corporate Banking Division Scotland and Chair of Scotland Board, RBS

Siobonne Brewster

Director of ECO and Green Deal, Carillion

Working for Carillion Service for over 3 years Siobonne leads the strategic development of energy services to the private, social and commercial sector. In the early part of her time at Carillion she lead in the development and delivery of solar pv programmes in the domestic and commercial sectors as well as being involved in some early electric vehicle charging post projects. Recent focus has been has been heavily weighted towards the emerging Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation policies as she has worked with DECC, other industry leads and internally to bring a sustainable business model under these new energy efficiency policies. Her continued aim is to find increasingly appealing and easily accessible ways to make energy efficiency the obvious choice by combining different policy drivers, financial mechanisms and buying behaviours of people in their homes and in their businesses as we all have a responsibility and a great opportunity to drive changes and improvements to eradicate fuel poverty, improve the energy efficiency and in turn support the fight against climate change.

Nathan Goode

Partner Energy, Environment & Sustainability, Grant Thornton

Nathan formed his own business, Aventia, in July 2015. Previously, as a Partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP, Nathan worked with public and private sector organisations, across a wide range of projects and programmes in social, environmental and economic infrastructure. Latterly, Nathan was the global lead for Grant Thornton's international Energy & Cleantech sector group, having created the UK firm's Energy, Cleantech & Sustainability team in the UK.

Nathan also has 20 years' experience advising fundraising and project delivery for a broad range of public / private infrastructure projects in education, health, digital and IT.

Nathan has focused in recent years on the commercialisation and development of growth strategies for "green", low carbon and smart business strategies for cities and regions in the UK.

Highlights include:

• Working with the Scottish Government on financial mechanisms to accelerate housing infrastructure
• Working with the Social Value Portal on a social value business case for NHS Newham CCG on the Olympic Park in Stratford, London
• Developing a strategic economic case for a major leisure and retail development in Ayrshire
• Advisory member to the Liverpool LEP Low Carbon Committee, focusing on economic growth from low carbon projects
• Writing and presenting the business case for the successful campaign to locate the UK Green Investment Bank in Edinburgh
• Member of the Advisory Board for the Scottish Green Investment Partnership (Green Investment Bank and Scottish Government Collaboration)
• Publication of an influential Sustainable Cities report focusing on integrated sustainability strategies pursued by UK cities and potential financing mechanisms to support them.

Nathan is currently working on a number of initiatives for community and social investment platforms and developing social value metrics and frameworks to support business cases and procurement.

Jonathan Guthrie

Project Investment Advisor, Scottish Government

In his role as Director for Strategic Public Partnerships, Jonathan focuses on the creation, development and maintenance of productive partnerships with the public sector. He manages the contact point for Robertson Group with key public partners and helps develop strategies that deliver their objectives. Over the last 11 years he has assisted numerous public bodies to develop and deliver major projects across the UK.

Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience in the Technology, Design, Property and Construction sector, as well as in Finance and Investment in Strategic Development working with both the private and public sectors.

Jonathan has overseen the development of projects, particularly for two funding mechanisms: REIF (Renewable Energy Investment Fund) and UK GIB (Green Investment Bank). This has involved the development and coordination of the Scottish Green Investment Portfolio (SGIP) assisting the accessibility for finance for Low Carbon and Green Sector projects, development and planning of new funds and delivery structures for Energy, Waste and Community Renewable projects.

A large part of Jonathan’s Scottish Government role was in liaising between the public and private sectors for project inception and development. He advised on the development of teams to progress projects and investment structures and sourcing Public and Private finance and delivery interest for major projects.

Jonathan also carried out a similar role for the City of Edinburgh Council, for strategic property and investment development. He created Project Edinburgh and the String of Pearls projects for the City of Edinburgh whilst on secondment from Standard Life from 2004 to 2008.

Having created a number of development frameworks, projects and investment opportunities with the Project Edinburgh Design Team, Jonathan and the team then secured major investment interest in the city from global investors and developers. These include the St James Quarter (Henderson Global), SOCO.


Alex Hill

Chief Advisor to Government - Scotland and Northern Ireland, Met Office

Alex is a native Glaswegian who, after Strathclyde University, joined the Met Office in the early 1970s.

He has held a variety of posts working amongst others as a forecaster at RAF Leuchars, Glasgow Weather Centre, Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, and Senior Forecaster for the ITV National Weather. Alex then became Head of London weather Centre where he lead a team of forecasters responsible for severe weather and road forecasts in the southeast of England, rail forecasts for the UK as well as overall monitoring of UK National TV and radio output.

After London Weather Centre he moved on to manage the Met Office defence network in the south of England and the Mediterranean.

Alex moved back to Scotland in 2008 and is currently the Met Office Chief Advisor to Government for Scotland & Northern Ireland.

Owen Kelly

Chief Executive, Scottish Financial Enterprise, and Conference Morning Chair

Owen Kelly was appointed as Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) in January 2008.

Owen’s role focuses strongly on representing the industry to governments and regulators in Scotland, London and Brussels. He has also worked extensively in China and other Asian markets, promoting in particular Scotland’s internationally recognized strengths in asset management and servicing, life assurance and pensions.

Owen regularly contributes to public debate on financial services matters in articles, speeches and media appearances.

Before joining SFE in January 2008, Owen worked for 20 years as a government official, in both the UK and Scottish Governments. His key policy specialisms in government were EU and international relations, and communications. He spent two years in Tokyo in the 1990s, promoting Scotland as an investment location.

Owen joined the government service in 1988, shortly after graduating from Edinburgh University with an honours degree in Chinese. He also studied for one year at Shandong University.

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Rachel Kyte

Vice President - Sustainable Development, World Bank

Rachel Kyte is the vice president for sustainable development at the World Bank, where she has overall responsibilities for the organization’s global work in agriculture, environment, energy, infrastructure, urban, and social development, along with global public goods issues in those areas. Prior to her appointment in 2011, she was the International Finance Corporation's vice president for business advisory services and a member of IFC's management team.

Nicolas Mazzoli

Vice President - Utilities & Renewables, Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets

Nicolas joined RBC in 2011 as part of the Utilities and Renewables advisory team. Previously, he spent 7 years at the Power & Utilities team of RBS / ABN AMRO in Amsterdam and Milan. In the last few years Nicolas has advised on a number of transactions including the IPO of Greencoat UK Wind (2013), the acquisition of SSE’s Swedish wind portfolio by HgCapital (2013), the acquisition of the Dudgeon offshore wind project by Statoil and Statkraft (2012), the fund raising for Gaelectric Irish wind asset (2012), the acquisition of Elkem by ChemChina (2011), the acquisition of Clipper Windpower by UTC (2010), the acquisition of a stake in Camco by Khazanah (2010), the acquisition of Danstoker by Thermax (2010) and the sale of Dewind to Korean Daewoo (2009). He has also advised a number of State owned utilities on their nuclear strategies including South African Eskom, Hungarian MVM and Romanian EnergoNuclear.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald

Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Strathclyde

Professor Sir Jim McDonald was appointed Principal in November 2008 and took up his post in March 2009.  He leads specifically on Strategy and Planning, Research and Knowledge and Exchange and External Affairs and Development.

He started his Strathclyde career as an undergraduate, before studying for an MSc and PhD in Power Engineering and Power System Economic.  He returned to the University in 1984 after eight years in industry and held several academic positions in the department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering including Head of Department, ultimately taking up the post of Rolls Royce Professor of Electrical Power Systems in 1994.

Under his leadership it has grown into the largest group of its kind in Europe; he has also been involved in the creation of six University spin-out companies, one of which was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise.

He was promoted to Deputy Principal in August 2006 with a focus on research enhancement and business development. In October 2006 he was appointed Director of the Glasgow Research Partnership in Engineering (GRPE), part of an £80m collaborative pooling funded by the Scottish Funding Council. As part of the Scottish Engineering research pool, he acts as Chairman of the Energy Technology Partnership.

Sir Jim is actively involved in advising government, industry and commerce and holds a number of public posts.  He has also been responsible for overseeing the organisation of Strathclyde 100, a network of successful entrepreneurs, and the development of the new centre for sports & health, as well as being one of the driving forces behind the Excellence Agenda.  He is an Adviser to the Robertson Trust, which allocates scholarships, and has played a leading role in the Careers Scotland/NASA Space School and the IET Power Academy, which have similar aims.

He was awarded a knighthood in The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours for his services to education, engineering and the economy.  In his spare time, he enjoys all sports and spending time with his family.

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Sue Milton

Senior Director, Energy, Structured Finance, RBS Corporate & Institutional Banking

John Morrison

Morrison Media Strategies, and Conference Afternoon Chair

John Morrison is a popular and accomplished conference facilitator and chairman. As a former senior BBC correspondent he understands the importance of balance and neutrality.

John Morrison is the owner of Morrison Media the leading PR, Public Affairs, Digital Communications and Media Training company. Previously, John was BBC Scotland’s Chief Political Correspondent and Europe correspondent based in Brussels reporting on all the institutions of the EU. He was also Scotland Correspondent for the BBC network news. John's current and previous roles mean that he has a unique understanding of both legislatures and lobbying.


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Ian Nolan

Chief Investment Officer, UK Green Investment Bank

Ian is an economist by academic training and qualified as an accountant with Arthur Andersen in London before making his career in private equity at 3i, from 1987 to 2011. Beginning in Manchester, Ian successively had responsibility for 3i's regional and then London activities before being appointed as 3i's first Chief Investment Officer in 2009.

Ian is part of the UK Green investment Bank Leadership Team

Keith Patterson

Partner and Head of Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Group, Brodies

Keith is Head of the Projects Group at Brodies and has been practising in projects for more than 15 years. He has built up a broad range of expertise, and has experience advising lenders, developers, utilities, contractors and the public sector in project finance, JV and public sector-private sector transactions. His experience spans a number of sectors, including renewable energy, urban regeneration, health, education, waste and transport.

His primary focus is the development of the firm's infrastructure practice in particular renewables, urban regeneration and public sector-private sector transactions. The renewables sector is a growing area of practice and he has advised clients on windfarm, hydro scheme and bio energy projects. For example, he recently advised the funder on the refinancing and repowering of the first ever UK commercial windfarm in Delabole, Cornwall. He has now advised on more than 20 project financings in the renewables sector. He continues to advise public sector clients such as Glasgow City Council on the athletes village development for the Commonwealth Games 2014, and Aberdeen City Council on the rescue and refinancing of first UK PPP project to suffer a lender default.

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Fiona Riddoch

Managing Director, COGEN Europe

Fiona Riddoch has worked in a range of management roles in sectors spanning consumer electronics to wind turbine components, and building system controls. A large part of her working career was spent with Honeywell Controls Ltd moving from manufacturing to marketing, and business management, in Scotland, Germany and around the world.

She pursued an interest in business development and launching new technologies, to work independently with a number of startup companies in Scotland in both the technology and energy sectors, and started to work with COGEN Europe, Brussels, in November 2007 as CEO.

Dr Fiona Riddoch holds a Phd in Physics from Heriot Watt University and an  MBA from Edinburgh University.

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As a regular attender, this event did not disappoint. It was well organised and informative with exceptional speakers, especially John (Curtis) and Gilly (MacMorran). An enjoyable day all round. Delegate feedback form, ACES 2015

Jackie McLaren, Inverclyde Council,
Delegate at ACES 2015

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