Postponed until the 1st July 2021. Any previous registrations will automatically be transferred. All cancellation policies will apply, however, in the event that Hydro Network 2020 is cancelled due to COVID-19, full refunds will be given.


The Hydro Network programme always includes a wide range of diverse and high quality speakers and 2020 is no different. There will be speakers talking on a wide range of subjects, including the latest tidal range developments, EV’s and storage, innovation in hydro technology, the Accelerated Loss of Mains Change programme, Abstraction reform, getting the most from a PPA and COP26.

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Thursday 1st July 2021

Catherine Anderson

Technical Director  |  AECOM

Catherine is a Technical Director for AECOM in their Environmental & Planning team, where she is also the UK&I lead for Low Carbon technology. Catherine has over 18 years in environmental consultancy and regulatory roles, is an experienced trainer in EIA matters and was the EIA lead for the Glyn Rhonwy pumped storage project. She is currently Project Director for a range of large scale energy projects across the UK, including a pumped storage portfolio in Scotland.

Josh Riddett

CEO  |  Easy Crypto Hunter

Josh is Easy Crypto Hunter’s award winning CEO and the UK’s Crypto mining expert. Josh keynotes across the country at Renewable Energy and Rural Business events, explaining how his clients yield such impressive returns. Josh works closely with bodies such as the CLA and BHA to educate on the opportunities within the Blockchain sector, plus how people can securely take advantage of these opportunities. In March Josh represented the UK at the EU Parliament Blockchain Round-table, advising the EU on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency policy for the future.

Ross Lowrie

Environment Agency

Ross has worked as an environmental regulator for the Environment Agency for 16 years, spending a decade in renewables regulation including tidal power and hydro-electric power. He  has worked with the sector to implement updated flows guidance, regulatory streamlining and legislation changes. He leads the Environment Agency’s Decarbonisation & Net Zero team, focusing on balancing the climate emergency and environmental protection.

Caius Hawkins

Caius Hawkins received a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in Holography, and has had a lifelong fascination with sustainable energy innovation and technology. Over the years he worked as a consultant and solution provider for a range of organisations including Apple, DTI, Australian Commonwealth and SSE plc. Caius is currently focused on finding innovative ways to address the global challenge of a sustainable future.

Ruth Shepherd

Director  |  Results Communications Ltd

Ruth Shepherd launched Results Communications Ltd to develop and deliver stakeholder engagement and corporate communications in 2008. Specialising in the built environment, our work spans pre-engagement activity, pre-application consultation and long-term stakeholder relationships for public and private sector clients. We align the Engagement and Consultation workstreams with programme, and our Communications Plans with the Engagement and Consultation Strategy.

Ian Cook

Consultant  |  LCCL

A professional electrical power engineer involved in hydro for over thirty years. Until fifteen years ago was Electrical Engineering Manager for First Hydro for Dinorwig and Ffestiniog PSs.  Currently working as a Consultant.  Ian’s specialisms include electricity/energy storage, HV electricity and all electrical power aspects of connecting PSs to the Grid. 

Gareth Cemlyn Jones

Chairman   |   Ynni Ogwen

Gareth is a semi-retired Chartered Engineer with over 35 years of experience delivering large scale international Hydro projects with Kvaerner Boving and later GE Hydro.

Henry Dixon

Northern Wales Tidal Energy

An Engineering & Management graduate from Durham University, Henry served in Army for 9 years. Henry and his wife established BDB, one of the UK’s leading marketing agencies, specialising in industrial and B2B campaigns. In 2012, Henry became High Sherriff of Clwyd, representing Her Majesty and supporting the Judiciary, 3rd Sector and industry. In 2015 he became Chairman of North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection (NWTE) and, following the sale of BDB to an MBO in 2017, was asked to become a Non-Executive Director of MDF Recovery Ltd. He recently became Chairman of the Tidal Range Alliance (TRA)

Chris Smith

CCO  |  Renewable Exchange

I have worked in the Energy Industry since 1996. Starting with new gas venture Eastern Natural Gas. I have been lucky enough to work during the deregulation of the Power market in the UK. Working for large suppliers and successful starts including Neas Energy. Now CCO for Renewable Exchange. The companies mission to modernise the way in which PPA’s are executed in the UK. Utilising digital technology used in other markets to enable a more transparent and efficient transaction of PPA’s driving greater value for asset owners.

Dean Needle

Operations Manager  |  Derwent Hydroelectric Power Limited

DHPL is an established, family run, hydropower business. The company operates fourteen hydro generating stations across the UK and offers design, maintenance, administration, installation and other services to the hydro sector. As Operation Manager, Dean Needle is responsible for delivering the company’s maintenance responsibilities alongside wider organisational considerations. Dean joined DHPL in 2010 taking an interest in all elements of the business, from hands-on site maintenance to design and project management.

Julie Dracup

Senior Advisor  |  Environment Agency

Julie Dracup has worked at the Environment Agency since 2002, predominantly in water resources. As a water resource specialist, Julie has worked across all aspects of water resource management including abstraction and impounding licensing, drought management, water company planning and the development of abstraction licensing strategies. Now working as a senior advisor in the national water resources regulation team, her current work is focussed on improving the way we manage water. Julie is leading the work to move the regulation of water abstraction and impounding licensing to the Environmental Permitting Regulations regime.   


Gareth McMann

Hydro Sales Engineer   |  Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon

As a Hydro Sales Engineer for Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd (Gilkes), Gareth McMann has 8 years’ experience working on both UK’s domestic and International new hydropower market, before recently moving to focus on the modernization opportunities available across the vast fleet of Gilkes turbines in operation across the globe.

With a masters in Sustainable Engineering from Lancaster University, Gareth has a strong technical knowledge of hydropower and other renewable technologies.  Gareth has experience working with a range of customers from independent landowners through to large utility companies and is actively involved in the preparation of in-depth tender submissions as well as visiting overseas markets. 


Henry Reily-Colins

Hallidays Hydropower


Ian Jones

Senior Account Executive  |  Marsh Insurance

Ian has worked within the insurance industry for over 20 years. Having worked for major composites as an Engineering Underwriter and Business Development Manager for an Engineering and Inspection Services provider, Ian transferred his skills to aid the growth and development of a renewable energy team at Northern Alliance Brokers. The team proved to be a success – insuring some of the largest solar and wind portfolios within the UK.

Northern Alliance was integrated into Marsh Commercial with other renewable energy experts who together provide expert knowledge, services and insights to the renewables industry.

Ted Stowell

Allied Hydropower

Ted’s presentation will focus on the concept of energy classification for generators and consumers.

Classification may provide a variation of revenue return for generators and consumers by the application of premiums and penalties to the trade of export and import to usable or grid energy, dependent upon the overall value of the process to the UK energy mix.


Nigel Smith

Sustainable Control Systems


Steve Jermy

Tide Mills


Gideon Carpenter

Lead Specialist Advisor: Energy  |  Natural Resources Wales

Gideon has a background in irrigation engineering working in the private sector in the UK and overseas. He joined Environment Agency Wales in 2001, working in the Hydrology and Water Resources Management Team  on a range of water management projects and regulatory activities before taking on his current role in 2015 with responsibilities for policy matters on licensing abstractions and impoundments for hydropower.

Lawrence Kaplin

Chief Market Strategist  |  Equals Plc

Lawrence began his City career in 1986 with UBS

Within five short years he gained promotion to cohead the dealing desk.

He was then approached by Goldman Sachs and offered the highly prestigious position of FX/Proprietary trader.

Lawrence spent three years at Goldman gaining invaluable World-class expertise and understanding across many aspects of the business

He then left to trail a blaze of his own by forming an FX company, skilfully servicing SME’s, offering them far superior rates of Foreign Exchange by harnessing significant relationships within the Investment Banking community

Lawrence’s reputation as a respected and trusted orator of financial business gained further recognition with countless appearances across business television, most notably CNBC and CNN

Following a merger with Casco Financial, in 2019 the company was bought by EQUALS PLC, a London Stock Exchange quoted company servicing over a million customers worldwide

Lawrence’s occupation has always been and remains a passionate preoccupation

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