Meet the Minister and Day 2 Plenary Session

Meet the Minister and Day 2 Plenary Session

16 May 2019, 09:00 - 10:30

Lomond Auditorium

‘Meet the Minister’
Chair: Frank Mitchell, CEO ScottishPower Energy Networks 
Keynote address by Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Scottish Government - please click here for a copy of the speech

Why might the hydrogen economy finally have its day?
Chair and Speaker: Matthew Knight, Head of Business Development, Power and Gas, Siemens
Speaker: Dr Keith MacLean OBE, Managing Director, Providence Policy
Joanna Coleman OBE, UK Energy Transition Manager, Shell UK
Angus McIntosh, Director of Energy Futures, SGN

Carbon Connect has produced a series of reports on the Future of Gas, thanks to a cross-party parliamentary enquiry co-chaired by MPs Alan Whitehead, Alan Brown and James Heappy, also with some prior involvement of Calum McCaig and Alistair Carmichael.  All-Energy (and Dcarbonise) feature hydrogen in many ways, for heat, transport, storage, and even offshore hydrogen production. Thanks to the Carbon Connect reports, the question is now being, asked: "Could hydrogen do much of the heavy lifting alongside other low-carbon gases playing complementary and transitionary roles?”  

In this plenary session Keith MacLean, who worked with Carbon Connect on the reports, will explore this idea, then under the expert eye of session Chair, Matthew Knight, who will also join in the discussion, the panellists will give their thoughts and then the discussion will begin, including views from the floor. 

Please click here for more information on the reports


  • Frank Mitchell



    SP Energy Networks

    Frank Mitchell leads a business with responsibility for getting the electricity from power generators to all 3.5 million customers in Central and...

  • Joanna Coleman OBE


    UK Energy Transition Manager

    Shell UK

    Joanna worked in Shell for 20 years in oil and gas development, national energy planning and business development. In 2011 Joanna joined the Energy...

  • Matthew Knight


    Head of Business Development

    Siemens UK Gas and Power

    Matthew is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the IET Energy Policy Panel. He was a Director of Renewable UK and is on the Government’s Carbon...

  • Keith MacLean


    Managing Director

    Providence Policy

    Keith has worked across the energy industry, including 20 years at energy utility SSE where he was Policy and Research Director, and as advisor to UK...

  • Angus McIntosh


    Director of Energy Futures


    Following graduation from Aberdeen university, Gus started working for BG group some 20 years ago. He has since performed a variety of roles in gas...