Head of Portfolio Quality and Analytics at British Gas
Max is the Head of Portfolio Quality and Analytics leading a mixed team of credit risk and mathematical modelling experts, operational underwriters and governance professionals. The team is responsible for developing and implementing credit strategies across British Gas, building predictive and forecasting models, reporting against credit and collection regulatory and financial outcomes and overseeing compliance and regulatory governance for the Credit & Collections directorate.
Max has worked in credit risk across a variety of sectors for 18 years after starting his career as a researcher into public sector effectiveness at Birmingham University. He has worked for British Gas since 2009, joining as a credit scoring expert to introduce end to end credit risk practice. In 2010 he took on responsibility for building the credit risk team for British Gas Residential, extending the team’s remit to also lead credit and collections strategies for British Gas Business in 2012.
Before joining British Gas, Max worked at Merrill Lynch Bank of America, Alliance & Leicester and HSBC.
Director of Commercial and Customer Strategy, Thames Water
Victoria joined Thames back in December 2015 into a new role created by Thames to focus on its customer strategy for household customers. Prior to Thames, Victoria worked for 6 years in the telecommunications industry (Three and Vodafone) where she moved from a hands on customer data insight manager role into managing customer base and retention strategy for postpay contract customers. Victoria started out her career post her Operational Research degree from Sheffield Hallam University at Quintiles where she worked as a SAS statistical programmer analysing clinical trial data for 5 years. A true passion for data and customers, Victoria is looking forward to her first SAS Energy Forum!
Head of Data Strategy & SMART Analytics, British Gas Business
Shaun joined British Gas Business as Head of Data Strategy having spent more than a decade immersed in consultancy and advertising agencies. More recently, Shaun led a data transformation programme across British Gas Business and he has since gained wider responsibilities for SMART Data and Energy Analytics. Outside of British Gas Business, Shaun is a member of the DMA Data Council, a judge for Marketing Weeks Data Story Telling Awards and a regular conference speaker.
Head of Forecasting at RWE nPower
David has worked applying analytics to business problems for over 15 years across energy, telecoms and transportation sectors in the UK and Australia.
He joined RWE in 2005 and fell in love with energy risk management. Since then he has worked in the area of commodity hedging, portfolio optimisation and demand forecasting. In his current role he is accountable for forecasting power and gas demand of all nPower’s retail customers to support pricing, hedging and financial forecasting.
Forecasting Lead at RWE nPower
Sally has over 15 years’ experience in the energy sector, specialising in demand forecasting.
Since joining RWE in 2001, Sally has worked across long term forecasting and position management teams. In her current role as short term forecasting manager, Sally is responsible for forecasting for gas and power forecasting for npower’s retail customers, and has direct experience of the practical challenges of energy forecasting in this evolving market.
Data Analytics Lead, Enerjisa
After graduating from Bosphorus University Industrial Engineering Department in 2009 , Sipar started his career as a Technical BI Consultant participating in different Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Projects in leading Telecom and Insurance Companies in Turkey.
An expereinced Data Scientist lead in the Energy Sector, Sipar has been working in Enerjisa as Business Intelligence Lead serving Internal Departments where he is mainly responsible for meeting Data Analysis and Data Analytics needs of retail, distribution and production companies.
Enterprise Architect & Manager BICC, Eandis
Olivier has been working Eandis since 2009 as Enterprise Architect, closing the gap between business and ICT. In this role he has been promoting the use of analytics in the company and is a keen promotor of self-service BI and explorative analytics.
Since 2013 he is also responsible for the management of the Business intelligence Competence Center as well as Identity and Access Management.
Prior to Eandis he has extensive experience or more than 15 years as Enterprise Architect in various companies such as Belgacom/Promimus and Tom Tom and as EA consultant in Capgemini.
Chief Executive, ElectraLink
Stuart is Chief Executive of ElectraLink, a central body in the competitive UK energy market. ElectraLink is owned by the distribution network operators (DNOs) and provides services to over 200 market participants in both the gas and electricity markets.
Since 2010 Stuart has been responsible for ensuring that ElectraLink steps up to play a major role in providing the data management, interoperability and code governance that underpins the rollout of smart infrastructure and associated processes across the UK energy industry.
Robin Hagemans MSc
IT Manager Analytics, Innovations & Living Labs
Robin, IT Manager Analytics, Innovations & Living Labs at Alliander (holding company of Liander), is a member of the management team for Digital Grids. He studied Process Engineering and Business Science in the Netherlands and is the executive of the Advance Analytics Innovation program for translating complex grid – related analytics into robust and scalable IT solutions.
Robin has a background in Technical Automation & Statistical Engineering and participated as senior member of the Taskforce Energy transition in the development of Alliander’s Smart Grid Strategy & Roadmap.
Director, Smart Utilities, CGI UK
Rich has over 25 years’ experience in the utilities sector, covering areas including competitive energy markets and smart meter/grid strategy.
Rich is a regular speaker at utility events and has authored numerous papers and articles on smart meters and grids, security and privacy and the effect that market structure has realising a smart vision. He is active in the leadership of a number of industry associations.
Rich is a professional engineer by background and has spent his career working with organisations to implement transformation.
Director Global Business, IoT, SAS Worldwide
With more than 13 years of experience in the sales and marketing of IT solutions, Probst carries a distinguished industry track record from working with international companies with complex business environments such as Sun Microsystems, Ramco Systems and Landis+Gyr. Probst has held specific experience in direct and indirect sales, distribution channel and alliance collaboration, program management, strategic planning, business development and utilities market intelligence specialised to Smart Metering and Smart Grid.
Before joining SAS in December 2011, Probst spent nearly five years working for Landis+Gyr as project lead for introducing and marketing specific smart metering solutions. He effectively interacted with various utility customers in Sweden, Finland and Norway regarding their smart metering installations and developing further scenarios for usage of metering data. This included contract negotiations, the coordination of communication technology integrated to the Landis+Gyr portfolio and program management of smart metering projects. Probst also served as VP Marketing and established effective messaging for smart metering solutions. He was also proactive in engaging with various interest groups in smart metering including ESMIG and other industry organisations.
More recently the experiences reach from gaining operational efficiencies across all parts of the utilities value chain by leveraging the relevant data and analysis as well as how Internet of Things technologies can create new business opportunities for the utilities industry.
Global Manager, Energy & Sustainability Solutions SAS Worldwide
Alyssa Farrell is the global lead for industry product marketing for SAS’ business within the energy sector, including Utilities and Oil and Gas. In this role, she enthusiastically communicates, both to internal and external stakeholders, the SAS solutions that help optimise our energy infrastructure by applying predictive analytics to complex data.
Alyssa has been a guest speaker at numerous events and webcasts emphasising analytics for the energy industry, and speaks regularly with trade associations, analysts and the press. She currently serves on the Analytics Roadmap Working Group of the Utility Analytics Institute, the Advisory Committee of the Research Triangle Cleantech Council, and the Energy Cluster Council of UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center. She is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
Head of Streaming Analytics & IoT, SAS
Starting out his career working with token-ring networks and DEC VAX/VMS systems, moving on to Windows, Unix and Linux based architectures, Peter has also contributed to many well-known and successfully established open source projects, leading to him becoming a strong proponent of open source and propriety software working in symbiosis to achieve the very best in class, high performance platforms for his customers..
Practice Director, Global Energy Practice, SAS
Tim is the Director of the SAS Global Energy Practice, a team of domain experts in the Oil & Gas and Utilities industries. In this role he is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Practice and defining the industry portfolio and messaging for SAS in the Energy industry. His team works closely with global customers, alliance partners, and SAS Research & Development to ensure that SAS Energy solutions meet the needs of the market.
Tim represents SAS on the Board of Directors of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster which works to expand the Research Triangle region's potential in smart grid, advanced transportation, water technologies, renewable energy and energy efficiency by bringing together the collective power of industry, government and academia. Prior to joining SAS, Tim spent over 20 years in the technology industry at IBM, Compaq, Hughes Simulation Systems, and Texas Instruments.