Utility Connections

Warwick Conferences, The University of Warwick, CV4 7AL

27th Jun 2019


  • A new seminar for 2019, Utility Connections will take place at Warwick Conferences, Warwick University on 27 June, providing an overview and update on issues facing the utility connections sector. With recognition of the need to secure the UK's future energy supplies, this event will consider the impact of disruptive market changes to this sector along with other influencing factors.

    The sector is closely aligned with construction output and housebuilding and in common with other construction sectors, has become characterised by increasing competition as contractors compete for workloads. The event will consider the challenges for electricity connections, gas connections, water connections, as well as telecoms with the move towards ultrafast broadband and the launch of 5G connections. 

    For further event details, sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities please contact Natalie Burrows natalie@eua.org.uk

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    • 9.30

      Registration and Refreshements

    • 10.00am

      Session 1: Current and future perspectives

      Chair: Mike Foster, Chief Executive, EUA

    • Current position and future trends

      Stephen Wielebski, Senior Consultant,

    • Net Zero Ambitions – what does that mean?

      Professor David Elmes

    • Government view: Policy objectives around house building and decarbonising the home

      Emyr Poole, Manager, Homes England

    • Utility Connections: A GDNs view

      John Madden, Head of Connections, Cadent

    • Challenges of the current labour market

      Stephen Barrett, Director of Strategic Accounts, Energy & Utility Skills

    • Q&A panel

      Session 1 panel

    • Midday

      Refreshment break

    • 12.20

      Session 2:Stakeholder views

      Chair: Vicki Spiers, Chair, Association of Independent Gas Transporters

    • Water and sewerage sector market reforms: Panel session

      John Brewington - Severn Trent Water, Paul Glass - Anglian Water and John Marsh - GTC

    • IGT and IDNO perspectives: Panel session

      Jayson Whitaker - Energy Assets Group, Greg Addison-Smyth - Murphy Utility Connections and John Marsh - GTC

    • 1.00pm

      Networking Lunch

    • 2.00pm

      Session 3: In the Pipeline

      Chair: Andy Vine ,Chair, Network Engineering and Equipment Group

    • The rise of the smart home - Fibre optics, 5G, superfast, hyperfast, ultrafast - what does it all mean?

      Richard Robinson, Managing Director, Grain Connect

    • Electric vehicles, smart charging, vehicle to grid - What's in store?

      Foad Albakri, Head of EV Charging, Fulcrum

    • Underground assets

      Karl Miller, Lloyds Register

    • Street Manager: A new digital planning service for streetworks

      Paul Gerrard, Strategic Streetworks Manager, Regulation and External Affairs, Cadent

    • Q&A panel

    • 3.45pm

      Chair's closing remarks

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Event manager

Name Natalie Burrows

Tel 01926 513741

Email natalie@eua.org.uk

Event Speakers

  • John Madden


  • Paul Gerrard


  • Emyr Poole

    Homes England Manager

  • Karl Miller

    Lloyd's Register

  • Richard Robinson

    Grain Connect

  • John Marsh


  • Professor David Elmes

    Warwick Business School

  • Jayson Whitaker

    Energy Assets Group

  • Foad Albakri

    Fulcrum Head of EV Charging

  • Stephen Wielebski

    HBF Consultant

  • Stephen Barrett

    Energy & Utility Skills Director of Strategic Accounts

  • John Brewington

    Severn Trent Water

  • Paul Glass

    Anglian Water

  • Greg Addison-Smyth

    Murphy Utility Connections

  • Paul Gerrard

    Cadent Gas

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