Sustainable cities and the Great Debate: 'Aspiration versus implementation... translating policy into projects?'

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Sustainable cities and the Great Debate: 'Aspiration versus implementation... translating policy into projects?'

10 May 2017, 11:00 - 12:30

Alsh 2


Organised by Shepherd and Wedderburn

Chair: Clare Foster, Partner, Banking and Finance and Head of Clean Energy, Shepherd and Wedderburn


  • Iain Watson, Director, UK Green Investment Bank
  • Vivienne Cockburn, Director of Corporate Services and Low Carbon, Scottish Futures Trust
  • Leo Bedford, Director & Head of Structural Funds, Amber Infrastructure
  • Jonathan Guthrie, Director for Strategic Public Partnerships, Robertson Group
  • Gregor Paterson-Jones, Expert Advisor
  • Mark Apsley, Technical Services Director, Ameresco

Q&A and panel discussion

The Great Debate
Following 5 minute background presentations from our panellists, this session will open up to invite questions from the audience for debate by the panellists, on topics such as:

  1. What are the key obstacles in achieving a pipeline of projects? Policy alone won’t get us there.
  2. Brexit and IndyRef2 – two steps back?
  3. What can government do to facilitate/accelerate the identification of projects and bringing them to market?
  4. What is the role of the private sector in helping Cities decarbonise?
  5. What does success look like and in what timeframe?
  6. Aggregation and what is needed for a project to be fundable?

What burning questions do you have for our panellists?
Please email your question(s) for what is planned to be a highly interactive session to


Programme subject to change



  • Clare Foster


    Partner, Banking and Finance and Head of Clean Energy

    Shepherd and Wedderburn

    Clare is a partner in the banking team and is head of Clean Energy at Shepherd and Wedderburn. She is widely recognised and a highly regarded...

  • Mark Apsey


    Technical Services Director


    Mark Apsey is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with over 15 years of experience in industry covering operations, capital projects, design and...

  • Leo Bedford


    Director & Head of Structural Funds

    Amber Infrastucture

    Leo is a leading exponent and one of UK’s foremost private sector specialists in the establishment and management of Financial Instruments for...

  • Vivienne Cockburn


    Director of Corporate Services and Low Carbon

    Scottish Features Trust

    Vivienne is Director of Corporate Services and Low Carbon with Scottish Futures Trust. Within the Low Carbon remit she supports the development of...

  • Jonathan Guthrie


    Director for Strategic Public Partnerships

    Robertson Group

    Jonathan Guthrie is an innovative thinker and pragmatic problem solver. He has a reputation for delivery and working strategically across complex...

  • Gregor Paterson-Jones


    Investment Committee for the European Fund for Strategic Investment

    European Investment Bank

    Gregor Paterson-Jones is an international expert in Clean Energy Finance.  He is an Investment Committee member for the European Union’s European...

  • Iain Watson



    UK Green Investment Bank

    Iain is a director and co-head of the Green Investment Bank’s Energy Efficiency and Onshore Renewables team, with particular investment...


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