AREG Energy Futures Conference and Exhibition

November 15, 2022
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Date(s) - November 15, 2022
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AREG’s Energy Futures Conference and Exhibition is set to bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss the latest technology developments and the fast pace of change required to reach net zero.

The Energy Futures Conference and Exhibition will showcase North of Scotland capabilities and ambitions on a broad range of topics including primary energy production, community and household initiatives, heating, and transport systems. Representing 250 plus organisations, AREG members and partners are at the forefront of the transition – working on a range of interests from offshore wind to hydrogen, wave and tidal to transport and aviation. This event will bring the broad net-zero community together enabling open dialogue on how we will reach UK and Scottish targets.

To book your place at AREG’s Energy Futures Conference and Exhibition, click here. 

To purchase a seat or table at AREG’s Energy Futures Dinner, please click here. 

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Business Breakfast

In partnership with AREG and the Energy Futures Conference and Exhibition, a business breakfast will be hosted by the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce at 7am on the 15th of November.  This special event is being held to mark the launch of the Energy Transition 36 report, exclusive research which will shine a spotlight on the opportunities which lie ahead for companies in the North-east of Scotland.

The report – co-sponsored by the University of Aberdeen, KPMG, and ETZ – has been tracking trends in the UK energy sector for 18 years and is now in its 36th edition. This publication will be focusing on the challenges we can expect to face in 2023 and beyond as the UK tries to deliver energy security while accelerating down the road towards net zero.

AREG representatives will be playing an active role in the breakfast, with CEO David Rodger serving as an introductory speaker. For more information, and to book your place, please click here.


AREG’S Energy Futures Conference offers attendees the opportunity to participate in five different sessions throughout the day; each one addressing a different renewable development topic or challenge for the future. The conference programme will also delve into new projects, skills and supply chain priorities and highlight the latest innovations and barriers to overcome with contributions from industry, communities, and policymakers. The day’s agenda is below:

Session 1: Energy Futures – 10:00am – 10:50am

Session 2 : North-East Scotland’s Hydrogen Ambition – 11:00am – 12:30pm

Session 3: Scaling Up Future Offshore Renewables – 1:30pm – 2:20pm

Session 4: The Future of Supply Chain – Engineering, Innovation and Digitalisation – 2:30pm – 3:20pm

Session 5: Education, Skills and Training – 3:30pm – 4:20pm


Michael Matheson

Michael Matheson was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport in May 2021. He was born in Glasgow in 1970 and educated at St John Bosco Secondary School. He went on to study at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, where he obtained a BSc in Occupational Therapy. He also holds a BA and a Diploma in Applied Social Sciences from the Open University. Prior to becoming an MSP, Mr Matheson practised as a Community Occupational Therapist with Stirling Council, Central Regional Council, and Highland Regional Council. He was elected as the MSP for Falkirk West following the May 2007 elections. Prior to this, he was a Regional MSP for Central Scotland from 1999 to 2007.


Jean Morrison

Jean Morrison is the Chair of AREG. Previously, she was an elected Aberdeen City Council member from 2012 to 2017 and held various positions relating to housing, environment, energy, and renewables.  For the last 32 years, Jean has managed and developed SCARF, a registered charity, tackling fuel poverty and promoting energy efficiency and carbon reduction in the north-east of Scotland. She was awarded an MBE for her services to energy efficiency in Scotland in 2002. 


David Rodger

With over 16 years’ experience in the energy industry and over 20 years as a civil servant, David re-joined AREG in October 2021 in the role of CEO. He returns to AREG where he spent four years as communications manager from 2005-2009. He joined Vattenfall in 2009 and supported the development of the Clashindarroch onshore wind farm near Huntly, as well as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, of which AREG was a driving partner, before joining Shell UK in 2012 – working in their external relations team based in Aberdeen. 


Maggie McGinlay

Maggie is Chief Executive of ETZ Ltd. She leads the implementation of the flagship Energy Transition Zone project located next to Aberdeen South Harbour which will be at the heart of a sustainable, integrated energy transition cluster. The project is supported by Scottish Government, UK Government and Opportunity North East (ONE). Maggie is an expert in the energy sector and economic development and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Advisory Council for Economic Transformation. Prior to joining ETZ, Maggie was Deputy Chief Executive at Opportunity North East (ONE) with responsibility for digital and energy. She joined ONE from Scottish Enterprise, where she latterly led the economic development agency’s work on energy.


Bob Sanguinetti

Bob Sanguinetti joined Port of Aberdeen as Chief Executive in 2021, bringing an extensive background in the maritime industry. Prior to joining the port, Bob led the UK Chamber of Shipping, where he influenced Government, Parliament and global organisations to champion and protect the UK’s shipping industry. Bob was Chief Executive of the Port of Gibraltar between 2014 – 2018 and has more than 20 years’ experience in the Royal Navy, in sea and land-based roles.


Mike Tholen

As Acting Chief Executive Officer within OEUK, Mike’s role is to support the UK’s offshore energy industry in its aim to accelerate the Energy Transition and achieve a “net-zero” future by 2050. He is responsible for delivery of the transformative North Sea Transition Deal which will accelerate the pace of decarbonisation across the UK economy, attracting billions of investment in CCS and hydrogen and create the energy supply chain of the future, building on its oil and gas heritage. He has been responsible for managing industry policy relationship with the UK, and Scottish Government and the EU on energy, carbon policy, economics and fiscal matters.  He formerly worked for Shell for 20 years, in a variety of engineering and commercial roles. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Davide Coppola

Davide Coppola is the Head of Space Applications Initiatives at the European Space Agency. He has been working at ESA  since 2007, attaining long-standing experience as project manager and in building strategic international cooperation. Davide has been in charge of more than 30 initiatives in various domains, including Energy, Health, Maritime & Offshore, Safety & Security, etc., lately with focus on renewable energy, green transition,  smart grids and breakthrough technologies.  

A dedicated hydrogen programme is being curated by North East Scotland Hydrogen Ambition Steering Committee (NESH2A), a group of experienced executives from both public and private sector organisations who are actively working on developing a hydrogen economy in the region, including Aberdeen City Council, bp, Storegga, Net Zero Technology Centre, ERM, SGN, ETZ Ltd, Hydrasun, Scottish Enterprise and North East Scotland College.

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Gordon McIntosh

Gordon was Aberdeen City Council’s director of economic development for more than 20 years. He held many other senior positions at the City Council including overseeing the enterprise, planning and infrastructure department. Shortly after retirement in 2016, he accepted an approach to be appointed the deputy minister of natural resources for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He has now returned to the UK where he is chairman of Aberdeen International Associates and has recently been reappointed to the position of visiting Professor by Robert Gordon University.


Allister Thomas

Allister leads the editorial team at Energy Voice, reporting on the critical energy transition for the North Sea and further afield. Recent coverage has included the COP26 climate conference, the ScotWind leasing auction and key regulatory and societal issues for the future of the sector, including exclusive stories on ground-breaking new hydrogen technology, evidence of sexism offshore, and firms defaulting on decommissioning payments. Allister was nominated for Scottish specialist reporter of the year in 2021 for an investigation into an air diving incident which left a young man without many of his basic motor functions.

Dr Nigel Robinson

As Apollo’s Sustainable Energy Director, Dr Nigel Robinson heads up a portfolio of engineering services across the wind, wave, tidal, hydrogen and CCUS sectors. Nigel’s career experience encompasses technical and commercial leadership roles in the UK and overseas. As a practicing engineer, he has supported a broad range of offshore structures and floating assets, acquiring specialist knowledge of marine operations, structural dynamics, moorings, flexibles and integrity management. He is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, regularly presenting at industry conferences and at high level in client organisations. In line with Apollo’s motto, he is very much “passionate about engineering” and even more so about a sustainable energy future. 

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton is the head of offshore renewables at Xodus – offering technically, economically, ethically and environmentally sustainable products and solutions to clients and the wider industry. In providing techno-economic advisory to the renewable energy market, Scott helps lenders, developers and the wider supply chain identify and capitalise on opportunities and mitigate against risks. Scott has a substantial background in providing technical consultancy, due diligence and market analysis to clients of all sizes and across both the onshore and offshore wind markets. His in-depth industry knowledge helps clients identify and make the most of opportunities in renewable energy.


Chris Ayres

Chris is Chief Customer Officer for OPEX Group, a leading provider of artificial intelligence solutions for the oil, gas and energy industries. A chartered engineer with two decades experience in the oil and gas sector, Chris has a diverse background of leadership experience in management consulting and digital project delivery.  Chris has worked with large multi-national organisations across many sectors, leading and advising them through digital transformation projects. As CCO of OPEX Group, Chris is focused on helping customers to manage the duel challenge of maximising production whilst minimising emissions.  


Dr Douglas Leith

Dr Douglas Leith is Chief Creative Officer at STC INSISO responsible for the development of Designed for Business projects which improve the processes and performance of an international client base. Douglas is a Chartered Engineer, holds an engineering PhD in Artificial Intelligence, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).  He has worked across a wide range of industries including oil & gas, power generation, construction, and manufacturing, as well as cross-pollinating his skills to maritime, property management, medical and the public sector. Prior to joining STC INSISO Douglas was involved in technology project management, and was awarded the Queen’s Award for Technology. 


Beena Sharma

A multi award-winning, results-driven, and self-motivated Director with experience in various industries including oil & gas, renewables, manufacturing, construction, cleantech, and healthcare. Focused primarily on driving innovative approaches towards net zero including technology focused start-ups in Biotechnology and Carbon Capture and Utilisation. Proven experience in managing high growth and innovative businesses, developing behavioural change, change management, climate change programmes and driving net zero strategy for businesses. Professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), a Postgraduate in Psychology and a qualified Carbon management specialist. 


Bill Cattanach OBE

Bill has been involved in the promotion of Oil and Gas expertise and the UK supply chain for over 20 years and has extensive knowledge across the sector. During this time, he administered and actively participated on the Government/ Industry forum PILOT where many of the enabling initiatives for the sector were developed. Currently Bill is Head of Supply Chain at the Oil & Gas Authority where he is tasked with promoting and growing a competitive and competent service sector. This covers the entire spectrum from exploration through to decommissioning as well as energy transition and in doing so promote a supply chain which can compete on a global basis and win significant value for the UK economy.


Katy Heidenreich

Katy Heidenreich is the Supply Chain & People Director at Offshore Energies UK. She has responsibility for championing the world-class capabilities of the UK supply chain and the industry’s highly skilled workforce. Katy focuses on helping the sector maximise its opportunity to deliver as much of the UK’s energy needs as possible and drive the technology and innovation required to deliver net zero targets. Katy Heidenreich brings more than 27 years of industry experience to the role, mainly from Schlumberger Oilfield Services where she worked across a variety of technical, commercial and senior management roles in the UK, Norway and Azerbaijan.


Nassima Brown

Nassima is a co-founder and a director of strategy at Fennex, a multi-award winning technology company specialising in AI and cloud computing focused on revolutionising the digital transformation in the energy sector. Nassima is also a guest lecturer at Robert Gordon College in Wells Engineering. With over 20 years global experience in the energy sector,  she started her career with Schlumberger as a field engineer, where she had several leadership engineering and commercial roles, supporting a global portfolio of complex offshore well construction projects and drilling services.  She has also been recently appointed as a board member within the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG).

Neil Gordon

Neil Gordon is chief executive of Global Underwater Hub– an organisation playing a key role in the most far-reaching transformation of the UK energy industry. A seasoned and well-respected industry leader, Neil has more than thirty years’ management experience in director and business development roles including more two decades working in the subsea industry.   In 2021, Neil successfully launched Global Underwater Hub, the leading trade and industry development body for the UK’s underwater sectors.  


Paul de Leeuw

Paul is a senior industry leader and executive with over 34 years’ experience in the global energy sector. He has worked for a wide range of companies, including Shell, Marathon Oil, Amoco, BP, Venture Production and Centrica. He is currently the Director of Robert Gordon University’s Energy Transition Institute, Chair of PlanSea Solutions, a government and industry advisor, a Board member of the International School in Aberdeen and a Professor at Robert Gordon University (UK). Paul is an experienced non-executive director, with over 25 years of involvement in public, private and voluntary sector organisations. 


Rebecca Groundwater

Rebecca Groundwater has spent many years working for politicians, both back and front benchers in Brussels, Westminster and the Scottish Parliament. She has campaign experience working on a US presidential campaign, numerous referendums and elections for all parliaments. She then moved to a trade association representing the offshore industry and now heads up the External Affairs team at the EIC. She is responsible for external communications and stakeholder engagement with all governments and key agencies throughout all areas where EIC members are active and brings a wealth of experience in influencing politicians; campaigning; advising on policy and delivering stakeholder engagement strategies. 


Allan Taylor

Allan has been in the Civil Service for 37 years and with BEIS since 1999 where he started work as an Oil and Gas Accountant before moving into the renewable energy policy area in 2003 where he has worked on increasing UK economic benefit from renewable energy.  He has been Head of Offshore Wind Investment since 2009.




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The dinner seeks to bring together the membership community and other stakeholders on Tuesday, 15 November 2022 at P&J Live to enjoy an evening of connecting and networking.

18:30 – Drinks Reception

19:00 – Welcome

19:30 – Three Course Dinner & Guest Speakers

21:00 – Networking

22:00 – Event Ends

Further information coming soon.

Lolita Jackson 

Lolita Jackson MBE is the Executive Director of Communications & Sustainable Cities and is the link to governments around the world, also working on media relations, COP, UN and climate and business network engagement.  Lolita previously worked for the NYC Mayor’s Office for 15 years in a variety of roles, last serving as the Special Advisor for Climate Policy & Programs, where she was the climate diplomat for NYC and lead for the administration regarding global work on divestment and climate finance.  Lolita was named to the City & State Power 100 list for 2022.  She is an alumna of the Penn School of Engineering. 

Ian Houston

Ian Houston has spent his career in Washington, DC as an advocate for diplomacy, trade, global poverty alleviation, intercultural dialogue. He is a GlobalScot, writes monthly columns for the Herald Scotland and Cornwall newspapers, and serves as President and an Ambassador of the Scottish Business Network in the US. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen.  He was formerly Executive Director of the American Foreign Service Association and worked in the U.S. Congress.   


To purchase a seat or table at AREG’s Energy Futures Dinner, please click here. 

Please note, booking to attend AREG’s Energy Futures dinner does not include a ticket to the earlier Conference and Exhibition. While these are free to attend, you must register separately through the “Conference & Exhibition Booking” tab found below.

Sponsors and Supporters

Silver Sponsor – STC Insiso



Lanyard Sponsor – North Star Shipping



Media Partner – Energy Voice








Please click here for further information regarding sponsorship opportunities.

Conference & Exhibition Booking

To secure your place at AREG’s Energy Futures Conference and Exhibition, please click here.

Please note that this link allows you to register for the Conference and Exhibition only. In order to secure your spot at the Business Breakfast hosted by AGCC or the Dinner following the event, please select the respective tab above in order to continue to a separate registration page.   

Other Events

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Practical Information



Event Address:

P&J Live
East Burn Road,
AB21 9FX

Please click on the map opposite to plan your travel in advance via Google Maps.



The P&J Live Arena is easily accessible through a number of travel methods.


2 bus services run between Aberdeen Railway Station (City Centre) – P&J Live – Aberdeen International Airport:

  1. Stagecoach 727 bus: Starts at Aberdeen Railway Station (city centre) – Broad Street (city centre) – P&J Live – Aberdeen Airport. Services start at 3:00am and finish at 11:30pm. Busses run every 15 minutes (Monday to Friday) and every 20-30 minutes Saturday/Sunday. Timetable available here:
  1. First X27 Service: Aberdeen Railway Station – P&J Live – Aberdeen Airport – Dyce Railway Station. This service operates from 5:35am to 5:30pm Monday – Saturday. Please note this service is not as frequent as the Stagecoach 727 bus. Timetable available here: 


Alternatively, there are a number of Taxi companies operating within Aberdeen you can book with directly:

Rainbow City Taxis
T: 01224 878787

Aberdeen Taxis
T : 01224 200200

T: 01224 353534

For more detail, please visit the venue website:

If alternative travel arrangements are not suitable, the P&J Live Arena does offer onsite parking. This is charged and payable through cash, card or the APCOA Connect App.

Please visit the P&J website for further information:

If you are intending on staying in Aberdeen following the Energy Futures event; there are two hotels onsite at TECA, or alternatively there are also a number available more broadly within Dyce or the city centre. Please see below the two onsite hotels and the exclusive rates the event has procured for attendees:

Hilton Aberdeen TECA – £88.00 per room / per night (single occupancy)

  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Wi-fi (once signed up to Hilton Honors)
  • Use of the Devona Spa leisure facilities
  • Parking

Aloft Aberdeen TECA – £75.00BB per room / per night (single occupancy)

  • Continental breakfast with a selection of hot items
  • Wi-fi
  • Use of the onsite fitness suite
  • Parking

In order to book with these exclusive rates, please click here.

Get in touch

AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise