Decarbonisation of heat

This session will map out the potential options for the region’s pathway to decarbonisation of heat. The North East LEP, through the Energy Catalyst, has commissioned kMatrix Ltd to deliver a piece of research on the supply chain opportunities for regional businesses. kMatrix will present the opportunity to delegates and ask the questions; what processes and principles does my SME need in place to access these opportunities? Who can advise? What information and reference points exist to help?

This is an early engagement opportunity for regional businesses looking to explore the potential opportunities linked to decarbonization of heat, with the Energy Catalyst planning an Innovation Challenge programme on the subject later in the year.


David Lynch

Energy Innovation Partnership Manager

David has 15 years’ experience working in the energy sector and attained a MA by Research at Durham University in 2014.  Having worked at National Energy Action (NEA) and the Energy Systems Catapult David is skilled in business planning, environmental awareness and project management. David look up the position of Energy Innovation Partnership Manager at the North East LEP in October 2019 and is leading on the North East Energy Catalyst programme, a ground-breaking partnership to unite the North East’s leading energy innovation demonstration and delivery capabilities.

Kate Lloyd

Programme Manager at Constructing Excellence North East

A Civil Engineer by profession, Kate has worked within the industry for over 20 years, starting as a Site Engineer in the North East of England. Following a couple of years as a teaching associate at Newcastle University, she then started working for CITB in the Careers and Education team. Between 2007 – 2011 Kate managed the Women and Work: Sector Pathways Initiative across England which supported over 4,000 women through training and networking opportunities in construction. This work informed the development of the Fairness, Inclusion and Respect programme, a national initiative to drive inclusion across the construction industry. Kate joined Constructing Excellence North East in 2017 and manages large events and business development opportunities. During 2019 and early 2020 she consulted with the region’s construction industry and wrote the One Voice, North East England Construction Strategy, 2020-2025.

Ian Lloyd

Head of Microgrid Solutions at Siemens plc

Ian’s career started in the electricity supply industry in the apprentice scheme of the Central Electricity Generating Board at Aberthaw Power station in South Wales, and proudly serving as an electrical fitter until industry privatisation. Recently leading the Siemens Technical programme of works and strategic growth plans, Ian now Heads up Microgrid Solutions, delivering ideas and systems that will enable a smart infrastructure more suitable for our future, driven by decreasing our carbon impact and improving cost-reduction techniques.