Talk Power Conference Speakers

Natasha Kaplinsky

Natasha Kaplinsky

Natasha originally worked as a researcher for the Labour party leaders John Smith and Neil Kinnock, before moving into television.

Her first role was to co-present a youth chat show alongside Sacha Baron Cohen before moving to host the news in the Meridian region. She then co-presented London Today and London Tonight with Alastair Stewart.

She has since presented all of BBC One’s main news bulletins as well as broadcasts for Channel 5. Natasha has co-hosted Children in Need, The Proms and New Year Live for the BBC and appeared on Have I Got News For You. She also hosted the LWT current affairs show Seven Days, putting health, transport and housing ministers on the spot.


Vincent de Rivaz CBE

Vincent de Rivaz CBE

Vincent de Rivaz is the Chief Executive of EDF Energy and a member of the Executive Committee of EDF Group.

He led the incorporation of the UK nuclear operator, the former “British Energy”, into EDF Energy in 2009 after leading the creation of EDF Energy through the merger of the former London Electricity Group, Eastern Networks and Seeboard in 2003. He became Chief Executive of London Electricity Group in 2002 and held many internationally-focused roles in EDF Group in the 80’s and 90’s. 

He was made Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 2009, and made an honorary CBE in 2012 for services to the electricity and gas industries.


Mary Sotos

Mary Sotos

As a project manager at the World Resources Institute (WRI), Mary specialises in creating greenhouse gas accounting standards for companies, cities and governments.

She will be discussing changes in carbon reporting- namely the strategic and value purposes for businesses in reporting their carbon emissions and how electricity purchases should be treated to encourage a sustainable energy future. 

Prior to WRI, Mary spent a year in Brussels through a Fulbright Fellowship to analyse regional energy demand projects and the impacts of EU directives on energy efficiency.

Graham Lindsay

Graham Lindsay

 Graham is a senior leader with almost 39 years wide-ranging experience in banking entirely with Lloyds.

With hands-on experience right from the ‘shopfloor’, Graham has lead significant branch networks, acted as head of HR & Marketing functions and following the HBoS merger, sat on the retail board heading-up the Customer Experience & Communications functions.

More recently Graham has been Group Director, Responsible Business for the Group.

Graham sits on the Professional Standards Board, is Vice Chairman and trustee of The Brain Tumour Charity.

Mark Gregory

Mark Gregory

Mark is the Chief Economist of EY and sponsoring partner for the EY ITEM Club.

He leads on identifying the business implications of economic forecasts and is the UK’s leading independent economic forecaster.

Mark is currently coordinating the efforts of EY to support clients develop contingency plans for alternative economic scenarios for the Eurozone. For over 25 years Mark has worked in more than 40 countries as an advisor to governments and industry on economics, policy and regulation.


James Johnston

James Johnston

James joined Fujitsu UK&I as Sales and Business Development Director for cloud services in August 2011.

He was appointed to his current role as Director of Manufacturing, Utilities and Services in April 2012.

 James’ role focuses on market strategy development and execution to support growth within the Energy, Utilities and construction sectors for Fujitsu UK&I. Prior to this James has held a number of regional and worldwide general management roles for Hewlett Packard within consulting, managed services and software business units.

 James has a BA (Hons) Business Studies degree from the University of the West of England.  James is married with two children and has interests in golf and cricket in addition to being a long suffering England rugby supporter.  

On the agenda - Talk Power Connecting our energy future

Morning session

09:15 - Registration and Coffee

Session 1The UK context of change: As an international energy company, we recognise the risks of a constantly evolving market. An interview with our CEO will share how EDF Energy plays an important part in this evolution.  

10:00 - Chairman’s welcome and introduction of host for the day

10:10 - An interview with Vincent de Rivaz

Session 2: Microscopes and Telescopes: What are the current economic drivers and how do organisations plan for success in a climate of uncertainty?

11:15 Key note speaker - The economic context and its impact on the UK and world economies. What’s next for British businesses?

11:40 - Taking an agile approach to successful business. How to react in an ever-changing context.

12:00 - A sustainable energy future, right for business and right for the planet, needs collaboration and ambition.

12:25 - Panel Session. Q&A Discussion 

Afternoon session

Session 3: The UK Electricity Market: Factors effecting the costs of electricity 

14:00 - Market Watch (wholesale and NEC)  - The fundamentals behind the direction of electricity costs

14:40 - Session 4a: Energy generator breakout session 

14:40Session 4b: TPI breakout session

Session 4c: Main plenary – Boardrooms and boiler rooms: Energy in practice, practical examples of Energy Management as part of business strategy

14:40 - Carbon Management – the changes in carbon reporting that are a boardroom challenge and how businesses can prepare 

15:05 - The value of a purpose-driven business - engaging your board to make sustainability part of the long term business strategy. 

15:25 - Improving energy performance at full throttle with the support of partners

15:45 - How linking knowledge and practice help businesses focus on the greatest sources of value and deliver their sustainable energy future

16:15 - Drinks reception in the foyer

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Agility in a changing world

By James Johnston

Sector Director, Fujitsu UK & Ireland

What strategic approaches can help firms remain relevant and competitive given the scale and pace of change around us?

This is a question that technology firms like Fujitsu have to answer for themselves and their clients, and I’m looking forward to sharing Fujitsu’s thinking on this issue at EDF Energy’s Talk Power Conference on 17 June.

Here are some of the points I will touch on.

The big trends
The world’s population just passed the 7 billion mark and continues to grow. We are an ageing population on the move, and this puts intense pressure onto our social infrastructure, in turn bringing new challenges around resource management, healthcare and conserving our environment.

On top of this, data is growing at an unprecedented rate. Indeed, an estimated 90% of the world’s data has been generated in the last two years. This is coupled with a shift towards the emergence of the digital consumer, with a greater appetite than ever before for digital services.

In fact, we’re entering the era of the Internet of Things – a topic which Fujitsu have previously blogged about.

This data pool, generated by a wide range of connected assets, will only swell further and more rapidly, as millions and millions of devices beyond smartphones and computers become connected to the internet.

The energy sector like technology is under huge pressure to change, those companies that remain agile and ahead of the game are those that respond to the change by adjusting their business models accordingly.

How to respond
Those companies that keep ahead of the game, are those that turn this data into actionable intelligence. With such fast-paced change, using this insight can help create new more agile business models. As you might expect from a technology company, we believe companies must embrace the new digital world to succeed in future.

But how?

First companies must understand their strategic challenge: how those big trends could affect their business and their sector, and where the new opportunities lie. How to apply technology to your business to deliver the change in strategy will follow.

We believe a change in thinking is needed to embrace the new digital world. Think big, start small. Constant evaluation.  Be agile.

Technology is an enabler to deliver a change in strategy and embracing it is key to creating successful and sustainable business models. But working out the answer to your strategic challenge comes first.

I look forward to exploring more of this with you at Talk Power 2015.

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