Lloyds Banking Group Scotland
Lady Susan Rice is Managing Director of Lloyds Banking Group Scotland. Susan is Senior Independent Director of SSE and a member of the Climate Change Business Delivery Group. She is a director of Scottish Business in the Community, Scotland’s Futures Forum and sits on the Business Advisory Forum of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Susan is a strong advocate of corporate responsibility and throughout her career, both in the United States and UK, has driven the financial and social inclusion agendas.
Royal Scottish Geographical Society
Mike Robinson is Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) based in Perth. For the past six years Mike has been heavily involved in many aspects of climate change policy in Scotland and further afield. Since 2006 he has established, chaired and remains a board member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, sat (informally) on the board of Stop Climate Chaos in London, and represented SCVO at the Climate Agora in Brussels in 2008. He is a grant panel member of the Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and chaired the Scottish Parliament Short Life Working Group on annual targets. He is a board member of a number of other charities and co-ordinates a carbon reduction scheme in his local community.
Member of the Management Group
Energy & Low Carbon Technologies Director
In April 2013, Adrian Gillespie was appointed Managing Director of Operations – Company Growth, Innovation & Infrastructure, and is a member of Scottish Enterprise’s Executive Leadership Team.
From August 2009, Adrian was Senior Director of Energy and Low Carbon Technologies for Scottish Enterprise with responsibility for working with industry to establish and deliver clear priorities for investment and growth in these sectors, with a particular focus on offshore energy. Prior to this Adrian was Senior Director of the Digital Media, ICT and Enabling Technologies sectors for Scottish Enterprise. Adrian spent 10 years in commercial and financial management positions within Marks and Spencer plc before joining Scottish Enterprise,
Adrian has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Glasgow University and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde. He is currently a Board Member of the Scottish European Green Energy Centre (SEGEC).
Director for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
Dave is Edinburgh University’s first Director for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, managing a department that provides leadership and advice to the University on delivering its ambitious climate change, sustainability and social responsibility objectives.
Dave was Head of Environmental Strategy at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency before coming to take the new role in July 2013.
At SEPA, Dave was responsible for futures and cross-cutting issues, including climate change, energy, sustainability, national planning and strategic environmental assessment, research and development and horizon scanning.
Prior to his move to SEPA in 2000, Dave worked for Falkirk and Dundee City Councils on sustainability, environmental strategy and waste and recycling issues.
Dave has a degree in Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Management, is a Chartered Environmentalist, a Chartered Manager, a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Samantha has worked at CEO and Board Level in both domestic and international companies and has extensive strategic business experience. With particular focus on multi-stakeholder, complex organisations she has worked across sectors for nearly 20 years, delivering tangible growth & results to effect change.
Samantha qualified with a BAHons in Applied Foreign Languages & European Politics. She also studied at three French Universities resulting in a Post Graduate degree in EC Law from the University of Nancy. Samantha started her career as a Policy Advisor in the European Parliament where she worked for four years, focusing on the Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee. She then became the Director of Business for Scotland, followed by nine years as CEO of Scottish Business in the Community led by HRH the Prince of Wales as President.
She was appointed to the Advisory Board of Scottish Power in 2007, post acquisition by Iberdrola, and was subsequently appointed to the Board of Iberdrola in July 2008 where she is also Chairman of the Board CSR Committee. Samantha is also an Advisory Board member for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, sits on the 2020 Group on Climate Change & undertakes consultancy & business coaching.
Head of Unit for Energy Technology and Investment
Linda graduated from Imperial College London in Biochemistry. Following an academic career, she joined the Scottish Government in 2003 initially working as a scientific adviser before moving into policy work.
Linda has worked on climate change policy and also in the water industry team where she had responsibility for the government’s interactions with Scottish Water’s large capital investment programme.
Linda moved to the Energy Division last year where she heads up two teams: the offshore renewable team and the International, low carbon and constitution team. She is also the Scottish government’s policy lead for the Green Investment Bank, is actively involved in the design of Scotland’s Renewable Energy Investment fund (REIF) and leads for Scottish Government interests in the annual Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference.
Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change
Andy was appointed Director of the Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change (ECCC), a low carbon innovation and skills centre, in 2010. He is also the Policy Director of the Scottish Centre of Expertise in Climate Change. Previously Andy was a Director at E3 International, working with companies to develop strategic and practical management responses to emerging market opportunities in international carbon and biofuel markets. His public policy work has focused on supporting the development of effective national policy frameworks that reduce dependence on fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Recent projects include the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Inquiry Report: “Facing up to Climate Change: Breaking the barriers to a low carbon Scotland” and the Scottish Government’s “Climate Change Delivery Plan”. Andy also co-authors the book: “Climate Change & Emissions Trading: What Every Business Needs to Know”. Andy has a doctorate in glaciology from the University of Edinburgh.
Scottish Renewable Energy Expert
James Hamilton leads PA Consulting Group’s work with the Supply Chain Group as part of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group’s objectives to help Scotland’s business, voluntary and public sectors work together to achieve Scotland’s targets and the transformational changes required in the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Delivery Plan. He facilitates this cross-industry group that was established by PA to take forward practical steps in how businesses and Government in Scotland can work collaboratively to support the development of a sustainable renewable energy supply chain. James has a background in strategic programme delivery, business transformation and M&A having been formerly Director of Programmes at Cable & Wireless plc. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has an MA in Management from the University of St Andrews.
Kate is a Director of Pinsent Masons and specialises in projects in the energy and natural resources sector.
Kate advises on energy projects (development, construction and financing), trading and regulation. Recent work includes advising on power station (CCGT and CHP) developments, acquisitions/disposals and joint ventures, tolling arrangements, gas transportation and gas storage. Kate has significant experience of advising clients on renewable energy projects; in particular onshore and offshore wind projects, OFTO, anaerobic digestion and biomass projects, new technologies and regulatory matters affecting renewables projects. Kate also regularly advises on UK and European energy trading and credit support arrangements, fuel supply arrangements, grid connection and regulatory issues. Kate is regularly involved in discussion on energy policy and regulation and participates in a number of Scottish Renewables working groups.
Kate is a Governor of Strathallan School and also sits on the 2020 Main Group.
Director of Asset Backed Solutions
Lloyds Banking Group
Senior Relationship Manager
Lloyds Banking Group
Business Engagement and Climate Change Manager
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Martin leads on Strategic Partnerships and Business Engagement for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency where he has worked for 10 years in a variety of roles. Martin has extensive experience in all aspects of environmental and regulatory policy and has significant experience in project directing major projects and initiatives. He successfully delivered several major projects for the Scottish Government and more recently was the Project Director for Scotland’s high profile 2020 Climate Group and was instrumental in setting the group up. He has extensive experience working with the highest levels of government and developing high level political and industry focused network contacts, allowing the capturing of key decision makers to help bring about strategic beneficial outcomes.
Martin is a trusted and experienced adviser who builds credibility quickly, excels in creating consensus among divergent groups, and communicates at all levels to manage sensitive issues and negotiate successful outcomes. Martin is a trustee in Helping Hands Associates and spends what free time he has raising funds for a variety of charities or digging his allotment in Comrie in Perthshire.
Professional specialties includes: Business development, change management, sustainable development, climate change, environmental management systems, low carbon economic development, various environmental regulatory experience including: noise policy, air quality and pollution prevention and control.