Wales conference 2016 presentations

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Opening address
Carole Morgan-Jones, Director, NEA Cymru
Sponsor’s address
Graham Edwards, Chief Executive or Mark Oliver, Director of Business Services, Wales and West Utilities
Setting the scene
Looking ahead to the National Assembly for Wales elections in May 2016, who will make up the next Welsh Government – and what will this mean for new policies and programmes to be implemented to tackle fuel poverty in Wales.   Delegates will hear about the forecasts and predictions outlined in a report by the Bevan Foundation “The Shape of Wales to come” looking ahead over the next 5 years to see what Wales might be like in 2020. With the Wales Fuel Poverty Coalition calling for increased investment to improve the energy efficiency of homes in Wales – what opportunities are there for funding energy efficiency programmes in the future?    How can we best use limited resources to best effect?
Victoria Winckler, Director, Bevan Foundation
Daran Hill, Managing Director, Positif Politics & Andy Hughes, Political Consultant, Positif Politics
Questions from the audience
Session 1: How successful have the different nations been in tackling fuel poverty?
This session will look at the progress in tackling fuel poverty across the different nations of Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. What fuel poverty policies and interventions have been successful, what have been the challenges and lessons learnt
Chair: Craig Anderson, Chief Executive, Warm Wales
Panel: Elizabeth Gore, Deputy Director, Energy Action Scotland
Pat Austin, Director, NEA Northern Ireland
Jenny Holland, Head of the Parliamentary Team, Association for the Conservative of Energy  

Kathryn Evans, Acting Head of Energy Efficiency & Fuel Poverty, Welsh Government
Open floor discussion with the panel
Refreshments and exhibition viewing
Keynote address
Gretel Leeb, Head of People and Environment Division, Welsh Government
Session 2: How do we align the housing and health agendas to create healthy homes? Preventing illness by tackling cold homes
The detrimental impact that cold homes can have on people’s health, particularly those with existing medical conditions, is well recognised and with the cost to the NHS in Wales for treating cold-related hospital admissions amounting to over £100 million a year, this session will explore how we can better align the housing and health agendas to create healthy homes.
Chair: Dr Sharon Hopkins, Director of Public Health, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Panel: Chris Jones, Chief Executive of Care & Repair Cymru 
John Kolm Murray, Seasonal Health and Affordable Warmth Co-ordinator, Islington Council
Rita Singh, Policy Director, Cynnal Cymru
Dr Sumina Azam, Consultant in Public Health, Public Health Wales
Delegates will have a choice of attending two of the following workshops
Workshop 1: Households off the main gas grid
The workshop will examine the early findings of a forthcoming report by Citizens Advice Cymru to address households off the mains gas grid across the UK and present the personal experiences of off gas households.  What more can be done to help off gas households struggling with their energy bills?
Chair: Nicole Abbot, Project Development Co-ordinator, NEA Cymru
Speakers: Delyth Jewell, Citizens Advice Cymru
David Lynch, Project Development Manager, NEA
Workshop 2: Network operators – making the connections
Chairs: Shea Jones, Energy and Sustainability Officer, Community Housing Cymru (1.45pm workshoop)
Andy Regan, Policy Officer Wales, Citizens Advice Cymru (3.15pm workshop)
Speakers: Nigel Winnan, Connections Manager, Wales & West Utilities Alex Wilkes, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Regulatory & Government Affairs, Western Power Distribution
Workshop 3: Non-traditional business models in a changing energy market
This workshop will provide examples of the range of non-traditional business models now entering the energy market.  Will they result in lower energy bills for consumers and what are the protections for vulnerable consumers?
Chairs: Andy Regan, Policy Officer Wales, Citizens Advice Cymru (1.45pm workshop)
Shea Jones, Energy and Sustainability Officer, Community Housing Cymru (3.15pm workshoop)
Speakers: Jo Barrett, Head of Robin Hood Energy
Caron Garmory, Group Finance Director, Our Power
Workshop 4: Developing an emergency heating fund
This workshop will explore an integrated approach in establishing an emergency heating fund showcasing the example of the Flintshire Affordable Warmth Scheme.
Chair: Ben Saltmarsh, Training and Project Officer, NEA Cymru (1.45pm workshop)
Tomos Davies, Development Officer, NEA Cymru (3.15pm workshop)
Steve Woosey, Operations Manager, Operations Manager, North Wales Energy Advice Centre
Joanna Seymour, Environmental Health Officer, Flintshire County Council
Angie Moray, Affordable Warmth Caseworker, Care & Repair North East Wales
Leanna Jones, Home Energy Conservation Officer, Flintshire County Council
Published on 22-02-2016
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