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Energy and Environment sector panel

The sector panel was established in March 2011.

It is made up of 8 business people with expertise and established reputation in the sector. 

Panel members

  • David Williams (Chair)

    David Williams is Chief Executive of Eco2 Ltd. David has been involved in renewable energy for over 20 years, having started his career with UK utility company SWALEC. He set up Energy Power Resources (EPR) in 1996 and later co-founded Eco2 in 2002, where he led the sale of Eco2’s 40MW straw-powered biomass plant in Sleaford, Lincolnshire in a landmark £170m deal. David was previously an Independent Grant Assessor for the Department of Trade and Industry, a member of the UK Government's Renewables Advisory Board and has also been a member of the DEFRA Biomass Implementation Advisory Group. David currently chairs the UK’s Renewable Energy Association Biomass Power Group.

  • Nigel Annett

    Nigel Annett was Managing Director of Dwr Cymru until he stepped down in September 2013. During his time with the company he set up the not-for-profit Glas Cymru, which acquired Dwr Cymru in 2001, establishing a new model for the ownership and management of public assets. Nigel has extensive investment banking experience which is currently being applied in his non-executive director role at Principality Building Society. In 2013 he was awarded a CBE for his services to the water industry and WaterAid.

  • Carol Bell

    Carol Bell has been involved in the oil and gas industry for over 30 years: working for exploration and production companies, as an investment banker and as an equity analyst. She is currently a non-executive director of PGS, Salamander Energy, and Caracal Energy. In investment banking, Carol became a Managing Director of Chase Manhattan’s Investment Bank with responsibility for oil and gas and prior to that was Global Head of J.P. Morgan’s Energy team in Equity Research and Head of European Equity Research. Since leaving investment banking in 1999, Carol has pursued a diverse portfolio of activities including academic research, charitable work and serving on the Steering Committee of the Economic Competitiveness Policy Group.

  • Kevin Bygate

    Kevin Bygate has held various senior positions in Tata, but is currently Business Development Director for Tata Steel Colors and Chief Executive Officer of SPECIFIC innovations and knowledge centre led by Swansea University. Kevin’s work is mainly centred on how technology can contribute towards delivering sustainable development, especially in the built environment. The centre is developing functional coated steel and glass products to give buildings’ surfaces the ability to generate, store and release energy. Kevin is a chartered engineer and is a board member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Wales where he advises on the role of innovation towards economic growth.

  • Steve Edwards

    Steve Edwards has 20 years experience in the sector, and built up detailed knowledge of UK energy regulatory frameworks and energy policy as Head of Regulation for Wales & West Utilities. He believes that Wales’ infrastructure currently supports a balance of fossil, nuclear, gas and renewable energy technologies. However, he feels that we must now take a detailed look at our energy within the context of investment, jobs, sustainability and cost to develop our energy strategy to meet our future needs.

  • John Idris Jones

    John Idris Jones is the Energy Island Programme Director which has the aim of de-risking energy development projects, and maximising benefits to Wales through supply chain and skills development. This complements his role as Chair of the Wales Steering Group for the National Skills Academy for Nuclear. He also chairs the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone Board, is a member of the First Minister’s Energy Wales Strategic Delivery Group and is a volunteer director for Menter Mon. John Idris is Head of Socio-economic Development for Magnox in Wales with 34 years experience in technical and managerial roles in the nuclear industry.

  • Geraint Keith Jewson

    Gerry has been involved in the energy industry for over 25 years, initially in hydro carbons and the electrical utility sector. He established West Coast Energy Limited, an independent renewable development business, in 1996. Although West Coast Energy was recently sold, Gerry remains active in the sector through interests in RDC Developments Limited (renewable energy development), Tesni Properties Limited (sustainable development),Atmos Consultancy Ltd (environmental consultancy), and WC Network Services Limited which provides services to the distribution network operators and transmission operators. Gerry is firmly committed to promoting sustainable businesses and maximising the potential benefits that the sector can bring to Wales through the supply chain, in order to create and safeguard future employment opportunities.

  • Alan Proctor

    Alan Proctor is Chair of Rhead International, a firm of professional services consultants in energy environment and infrastructure sectors. He has considerable international experience in business acquisitions, mergers and disposals and management buyout. Alan is currently Chairman of the audit, risk and assurance committee of the National Measurement Office and Non Executive Director of its Steering Board. He is also a panel member of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. His executive career in the infrastructure and property markets included posts with Hyder Consulting, Wallace Evans, and the Environment Agency. Alan is a microbiologist, biochemist and Chartered Civil Engineer.