Expert Panel

The Low Carbon Networks Fund was part of our previous electricity distribution price control arrangements (1 April 2010 to 31 March 2015). It has been replaced by the Electricity Network Innovation Competition.

As part of the annual competition for funding under the Second Tier of the Low Carbon Networks Fund, the Expert Panel recommended which projects should be awarded funding.

We recruited the Expert Panel following a national advertising campaign. The Expert Panel’s knowledge and expertise covers:

  • energy network issues
  • environmental policy
  • technical and engineering issues
  • economics and finance
  • consumer interests.

The panel members were:

Dr. Robin Bidwell CBE (Chair) is a Founder of the global consultancy ERM and Chairman of the ERM Foundation Low Carbon Fund. He is also Chairman of the Green Alliance, a Non Executive Director for ICE (an environmental rewards company). From 2002 to 2009 he was a member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA).

Sharon Darcy is a non-executive Director of three organisations: Consumer Focus; Nest Corporation and the Hyde Group. She is a member of Ofgem's Consumer Challenge Group, which advises the regulator on ED1.

Prof. Nick Jenkins is the Director of the Institute of Energy within the School of Engineering at Cardiff University. Before moving to academia, his career included 14 years’ industrial experience including five in developing countries. He is a fellow of the IET, IEEE and Royal Academy of Engineering and from 2009-2011 was the Shimizu Visiting Professor to the Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University.

Prof. David Newbery is a Research Fellow in the Control and Power Research Group at Imperial College London, a Director of the Cambridge Electricity Policy Research Group and Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Cambridge. He has managed research projects on utility privatisation and regulation, electricity restructuring and market design, transmission access pricing and has active research on climate change policies, merger analysis in energy markets and the design of energy policy and energy taxation.

Sean Sutcliffe is Chief Executive of Green Biologics, a non-executive Director of Indian ISP, You Broadband, and a trustee of international development charity, Practical Action. He has 14 years’ experience at BG Group plc in a variety of roles spanning operations, business development and strategy.