What policy and regulatory support do we need as a sector? What should our campaigning priorities be? And what are the different futures where community energy thrives despite or because of policy and regulatory support? Community Energy England, 10:10, REScoop.eu and Tyndall Centre will provide their views before giving you the opportunity to shape the keys and vision for the sector.

Carly is the Director of Tyndall Manchester - an interdisciplinary team working on policy-relevant research on energy and climate change at The University of Manchester. Her work focuses on how stakeholders, including publics, engage with energy and sustainability issues. Her previous research has covered a range of topics including: renewable energy siting controversies, stakeholder engagement with integrated climate change models, stakeholder assessments of carbon capture and storage, an assessment UK tidal energy policy and adaptation and mitigation in the UK food system. Carly is currently working on a UK Energy Research Centre project looking at how different financial and business models could allow the community energy sector to flourish.

Emma has over fifteen years’ of experience in sustainable development, working for the public, private and community sectors. She has on the ground experience of community energy, as previous to her role at CEE, Emma was General Manager of Sheffield Renewables from 2012 to 2014. Her role included project management of community renewable energy schemes, developing and managing community share offers and supporting the development of community energy across the South Yorkshire region. Emma’s expertise in sustainable development has meant she is widely sought to share her knowledge on local, national and European levels. Emma has supported a number of European best practice projects on green infrastructure, governance and renewable energy. She is currently on the expert panels of three EU projects focussed on community energy and sits on a number of national energy advisory groups.

Since January 2017, Josh has served as Advocacy Officer of REScoop.eu, a federation that represents citizen cooperative and energy initiatives around Europe that work on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other clean energy technologies. Josh is in charge of coordinating REScoop.eu's input into the negotiations on the EU's clean energy package legislation. A qualified lawyer in California since 2010, Josh has been actively involved in the European energy policy since 2012. As climate and energy lawyer for ClientEarth, an environmental law NGO, he has focused on internal energy market, renewables, infrastructure, and community/citizen participation issues. Josh earned his Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of law, and he has an LL.M. in Environmental Law & Policy at University College London. He is also a member of the World Commission on Environmental Law.

  • Max Wakefield - Lead Campaigner, 10:10 Climate Action
    @wakmax @1010

Max has been lead campaigner for two years at 10:10 Climate Action, helping to bring forward new campaigns and supporting the campaigns team to deliver 10:10's live projects and campaigns. 10:10's projects span campaigning to end the ban on onshore wind, to partnering on pioneering local energy pilots, to lobbying local councils to go LED - and new projects this year will include developing heat pump projects in parks in the London borough of Hackney. Max occasionally pretends to be an energy systems and policy expert in public (he co-authored Greenpeace’s 2030 energy scenarios), and in his spare time is a director of Demand Energy Equality: a grassroots group that uses hands-on DIY renewables workshops to spread energy literacy and empowerment. Max was involved in building the UK's first solar PV ‘energy tree’ sculpture in Bristol with DEE in 2015.

Paul Monaghan has been a part-time Sustainability Adviser to Midcounties Co-operative and Co-operative Energy since 2013, and an elected director at Community Energy England since 2016. Previously, Paul was architect of much of the Co-op’s ethical and environmental excellence for nearly two decades. Contributions included the creation of world-class programmes of environmental management, ethical finance, sustainability reporting and a unique commitment to campaigning and progressive public policy intervention. In 2014, was voted first in Global CEO’s “Top 100 CSR Leaders” poll. He has previously served as a member of WWF-UK’s Programme Committee, BRE’s Sustainability Board and Accountability’s Council, where he co-chaired their Technical Committee for a number of years. He spends most of his time now leading the Fair Tax Mark, which he co-founded in 2014. He regularly lectures at various Business Schools and recently co-authored the well-received Lobbying for Good. The rise and fall of Wigan Athletic keeps him awake at night.