An engaging full day conference designed to encourage networking, spirited debate and information sharing.

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9:30 am


A welcome from our host Rt Hon Brian Wilson CBE, former Labour MP, who served as UK Energy Minister and also UK Trade Minister. A journalist by profession, he was founding editor of the West Highland Free Press and is still a regular contributor to both the Scotsman and the Stornoway Press.

Rt Hon Brian Wilson CBE

, The Stornoway Gazette
9:35 am

Your unique opportunity to deliver net zero

A welcome from our Headline sponsor E.On by Simon Duncan, Director, E.ON B2B Solutions who will be discussing the journey to decarbonisation and E.ON's work connecting with communities and businesses to help them deliver net zero

Simon Duncan

Director of B2B Solutions, E.ON
9:45 am
Panel Discussion

The Green Economy Transition

With Scotland setting itself the tough target of hitting net-zero emission targets by 2045, five years ahead of the rest of the UK, this session will discuss the key opportunities and challenges around the H&I green energy contribution to achieving a net-zero economy in Scotland.

Ailsa Raeburn

Chair, Community Land Scotland

Kateryna McKinnon

Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland

Mark Wilson

CEO, ILI Group

Malcolm MacLeod

Depute Chief Executive, The Highland Council
10:35 am

Ministerial Address

Opportunity and growth for the region.

Gillian Martin MSP

Energy Minister, Scottish Government
10:55 am

Break and Networking

Take the opportunity to grab some refreshments and chat with fellow delegates. This is also the perfect time to visit the exhibition area.

11:25 am
Panel Discussion

Energy Systems

This session will look at the future of Scotland's energy systems and how this will impact the Highlands and Islands.
Chair Brian Wilson

Claire Ross

Energy Strategy Team Leader, Scottish Government

Paul Healy

Head of Digital and Transformation , E.ON B2B Solutions

Dr Neil Wight

Subject Network Leader, Engineering and the Built Environment, University of the Highlands and Islands
11:50 am
Panel Discussion

Skills and Talent

Panellists will look at the skills and talent gaps in the region, and how it is important to grow talent in the region through some key training programmes as well as the importance of reskilling and retraining jobs for a green energy future.

The session will be chaired by Morven Fancey, Chair, Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Emma Plato

STEM Engagement Manager, Science Skills Academy - HIE

Mina Hanna

Project Manager, The PowerHouse

Rob Orr

Strategic Relations Manager for Energy, Skills Development Scotland

Kevin Blyth

Business Analyst, Diverse and Green Energies, Serimax

Morven Fancey

Head of Universities, Skills & Population, Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Dr Su Bryan

Dean of the Faculty of Science, Health and Engineering, University of the Highlands and Islands
12:35 pm

Lunch and Networking

Take the opportunity to network with fellow delegates and visit the industry exhibition stands. Lunch is provided.

1:30 pm

Keynote address

Cllr Bremner will address the delegates on some of the key Green Energy issues in the region.

Cllr Raymond Bremner

Leader of the Council, Highland Council
1:55 pm
Panel Discussion

Offshore wind

Offshore wind is one of the most exciting and fastest growing renewable energy technologies in the world today. This session, brought to you by the West of Orkney Windfarm, brings together an expert panel to provide insight into both the opportunities and challenges this growth presents to companies and communities across the Highlands and Islands.

Trudy Morris

Chief Executive, Caithness Chamber of Commerce

Iain Sinclair

Executive Director, Global Energy Group

Mike Hay

Deputy Project Director, West of Orkney Windfarm

James Buck

Head of Marine Service and Transportation and Harbour Master, Orkney Islands Council Harbour Authority

Elain MacRae

Head of Energy Strategy, Highlands and Island Enterprise

Alison Wilson

Director of Advancement and Alumni Engagement, University of the Highlands and Islands
2:45 pm
Panel Discussion


This session will take a closer look at the region's infrastructure and how it is coping with a growing green energy landscape.

George Baxter

Director of Development, GreenPower International

Jimmy Williamson

Executive Director, Scottish National Investment Bank

Ken Gowans

Chair of Economy and Infrastructure, The Highland Council

Stuart Beasley

Head of Energy Solutions Sales, E.ON B2B Solutions

Christianna Logan

Director of Customers and Stakeholders, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission
3:25 pm
Conference Close

Closing Remarks

Closing remarks from E.ON and the host.

3:30 pm
Conference Close

Conference Close and Networking

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