NEA: Annual Conference 2014 – Turning the Tide: A Sea Change in Action on Fuel Poverty?


NEA Annual Conference 2014, 15-17 September 2014, Scarborough Spa, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Turning the Tide: A Sea Change in Action on Fuel Poverty?


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Fuel poverty is now one of the most prominent public policy issues affecting the UK. Policy makers are preparing to respond to the challenge with a new fuel poverty strategy in England to take effect from 2015, and changes to policies and programmes affecting all parts of the UK.

‘Turning the Tide’ will explore the many issues that impact on fuel poverty alleviation with the wide range of players involved in the design and delivery of policy and practical programmes.
The conference will enable around 300 key decision makers, practitioners and stakeholders to debate whether there will be a sea change in action on fuel poverty, focusing on:

·         The wider policy context – UK and Internationally

·         Delivering simpler, clearer, fairer energy markets for vulnerable consumers

·         Implementing the fuel poverty strategy

·         Delivering the community energy strategy

·         Capitalising the links between health, housing and care

·         Closing the poverty gap and improving welfare support

In addition to the main conference sessions there will also be an exhibition of products and services and a number of facilitated discussion groups and other informal networking opportunities.

Who should attend?

The NEA Conference is the main UK conference solely focussed on tackling fuel poverty. It provides a unique opportunity to hear from experts, challenge their views, share best practice and help inform the new fuel poverty strategy the consultation for which is expected in the Autumn. All sectors involved in developing and policies and programmes to deliver on fuel poverty targets should attend including representatives from local government and registered social landlords; central government; the energy industry; Green Deal installer organisations; health agencies; voluntary and not-for-profit agencies at a national and local level.

Don’t forget – NEA members get a discounted rate.

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Timings subject to change


4.00-7.00pm   Conference registration open

5.00-6.00pm   Discussion Hubs in the Exhibition Area

6.00pm            Exhibition Opening and introduction to exhibitors


·         Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs, NEA

·         Representative from SSE


6.45pm            Evening buffet and drinks

7.15pm            Just A Minute!


·         Presented by Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy, uSwitch



8.00am            Conference registration open

8.30am            Exhibition viewing & refreshments

9.00am            Opening Address


·         Jenny Saunders, Chief Executive, NEA                        

                         The wider policy context – UK and internationally

·         Chair: Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive, NEA                  


·         Nina Campbell, Energy Efficiency and Environment Division, DECC

·         Gareth Baynham-Hughes, Deputy Director of Fuel Poverty, DECC


11.00am        Exhibition viewing and refreshments

11.30am        Implementing the Fuel Poverty Strategy – debate


·         Chair: David Adams, Technical Director, Willmott Dixon Energy Services Limited                   


·         Peter Sumby, Director of Development and Delivery, NEA

·         Andrew Herbert, CEO, Yorkshire Energy Services

·         William Gillis, Managing Director, Warm Zones CIC

·         Alistair Brown, Policy Adviser, SSE

·         Gareth Baynham-Hughes will remain on the panel for the debate


1.00pm           Lunch and exhibition viewing and Discussion Hubs

2.00pm           Keynote Address

·         Will Morris, Managing Director Retail, SSE


2.20pm          Delivering simpler, clearer, fairer energy markets for vulnerable consumers

·         Chair and speaker: Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy, uSwitch


·         Dermot Nolan, Chief Executive, Ofgem

·         Angela Knight, Chief Executive, Energy UK

·         Adam Scorer, Director of Consumer Futures, Citizens Advice

3.30pm        Exhibition viewing and refreshments

4.00pm        Accessing the technologies and solutions to meet the challenge

·         Chair: Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director, National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions


·         Holly Sims, Corporate Affairs Manager, Calor

·         Steve Roberts, Head of Market Intelligence, RHI Team, DECC

·         Neil Marshall, Chief Executive, National Insulation Association

5.15-6.00pm Annual General Meeting and meet the NEA members event
                        Members and non-Members welcome, wine and soft drinks will be served

7.30pm          Drinks reception and Gala Dinner
                        Ocean Room, Scarborough Spa



8.30am          Exhibition viewing and refreshments

9.30am          Health & Housing – making the case for local action to reduce the health impacts of fuel poverty

·         Chair: Domini Gunn, Director of Health and Well Being, Chartered Institute of Housing


·         Paul Burns, Gentoo Green

·         Andy Chaplin, Director, Foundations

·         Additional speakers to be announced

11.00am       Exhibition viewing and refreshments

11.30am       Delivering the Community Energy Strategy – behaviour change, turning awareness into action

·         Chair: Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive, Energy Saving Trust


·         Pam Wynne or Dave Newton, Fuel Poverty Team, DECC

·         Juliette Burroughs, Policy, Research and Parliamentary Officer, NEA

·         Sean Leape, Electricity North West Power Saving Challenge

·         Paul Elliott, Low Carbon City Officer, Plymouth City Council

12.45pm       Lunch, Discussion Hubs, Exhibition viewing

1.45pm         Closing the poverty gap and improving welfare support

·         Chair: Lorraine Donaldson, Project Development Manager, NEA                     


·         Niall Cooper, National Co-ordinator, Church Action on Poverty

·         Mike O’Connor, CEO, StepChange Debt Charity

·         Sam Hainsworth, Senior Policy Lead on DWP Fuel Policy, DWP

3.00pm          Looking forward – is the tide turning in favour of the fuel poor?

·         Chair: Teresa Perchard, Deputy Chair, Fuel Poverty Advisory Group


·         Jenny Saunders, Chief Executive, NEA

·         Other speakers to be announced

                          Closing Address

·         The Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (To be confirmed)

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