Note that this section will not be as up to date as my LinkedIn or CV (which is dated by the last month I edited it).
I’m a civil servant in the policy profession with a keen interest and background in energy. I was awarded the BP scholarship for energy/STEM students, and have an MA Energy (1:1) and BA Politics (2:1). I was an editor in two academic journals; Editor-in-Chief at an energy-specific journal. I hold experience in government energy policy, legislation and regulation for Ofgem and BEIS (formerly DECC). My MA thesis at the Russian university below was on the development of liquidity in the British/Dutch wholesale gas markets.
- Policy Advisor (October 2016 – Present)
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
- My policy areas include wholesale electricity markets and EU energy network codes – two areas that I had little specific knowledge of before joining, but quickly learnt given my energy background.
- I have represented BEIS by delivering presentations, delivering our position at discussions and workshops, and at industry events/conferences. Examples of this include presenting the story of GB’s energy liberalisation to Japanese government counterparts, representing BEIS’ position at the Flame Conference in Amsterdam, and organising a cross-government conference on applications of Blockchain in energy. I have a wide network in government, ‘Grid’, Ofgem, and industry.
- I have experience and am comfortable with writing submissions, research reports, ministerial briefings, consultations, PQ responses, SI products, post-implementation reviews, and other core civil service products.I am familiar with the overall policy process.
- I am also comfortable taking on a more hands-on approach. I was drafted into the price cap bill, where I took responsibility for making sure all products were delivered on time; this included choosing who to assign tasks to and where/when to shift resources.
- Codes: I managed implementation of the Electricity Balancing Guideline. I am currently working on a project involving CAM. I also previously worked with CACM and broadly on code governance.
- Assistant Policy Manager (June 2015 – October 2016, 1 year 5 months)
Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem)
I developed new policy on often technical areas, scrutinised new regulations, and used my project management skills to help deliver the administration of a renewable support scheme (the Non-Domestic RHI). I also wrote technical guidance, communicated with scheme participants and industry where special advice was needed, and helped plan/deliver communications.
- Editor-in-Chief (November 2014 – July 2015, 9 months)
Energy Politics in Eurasia Journal (ENERPO)
We built a website, rebranded, changed the publishing structure, and continued to release high quality research and analysis on the energy landscape. I was voted into this position due to my background in editing and various soft skills.
- Researcher (Summer 2014)
Evans Woolfe Media Limited (EWM)
Wrote reports, worked on locations for filming, found hard-to-find interviewees and convinced them to take part in the media project I was working on. Outside of this job, I was exposed to media production through a number of different work placements, including the BBC newsroom.
- Section Editor (December 2012 – July 2014, 1 year 4 months)
Queen’s Political Review (QPR)
An academic political journal, I curated the ‘Europe & International’ section and acted in the journal executive. Was part of the ‘founding’ group.
- Course Representative (November 2011 – September 2013, 1 year 11 months)
Queen’s University Belfast (QUB)
Elected to represent students from my faculty at the Staff Student Consultative Committee. I joined the Careers, Employability, and Skills project committee.
- Intern (Summer 2010)
Westminster City Council
Organised events, provided member services such as research documents/data, and made phone calls on behalf of the council. Won employee of the month for the 18th floor, and personally ran the council’s daily news bulletin for around 3,400 staff.
- Queen’s University Belfast – BA Politics – High 2:1/3.7 GPA equivalent
- European University at St. Petersburg – MA Energy – 1:1/4.0 GPA equivalent
- European Computer Driving License – Advanced
- Energy industry and public policy/regulation specific training from Ofgem/DECC/BEIS.
- BP scholarship
- Best society
- Organised a guest lecture from a moderate candidate for the Iranian presidential election
- Organised a panel discussion at Stormont Parliament buildings for Northern Irish politicians
- Helped organise an EU-Russia dialogue in St. Petersburg
- Managed the logistics of a Sotheby’s educational institute masters programme for postgraduate students of art.
- Organised a cross-department government conference on potential applications of Blockchain in energy.