Cyber resilience for the future energy system, 13 October

David will be giving an expert presentation, in our Special Session on Cyber Security, looking at how to improve cyber resilience as we move toward a more digital, decentralised energy system in the UK.  

Speaker profile

David joined the civil service from the retail trade twenty years ago and has held a range of positions in the (then) DTI, the Office of Climate Change, DECC, and now BEIS. His experience spans international trade, employment rights and energy and climate change policy, as well as three months on secondment to the Dept of Health and Social Care this year helping on the Covid 19 effort. While at DECC, he was Director of Strategy, and then Head of Low Carbon Heat Policy, in which capacity he and his team produced a landmark heat strategy document. He spent the following three years implementing the policies in this strategy, including establishing a major infrastructure project worth over £300m to support new heat network development.

In 2017, David moved across to the nuclear team within BEIS to lead on the Brexit-related task of taking the UK out of Euratom, the EU civil nuclear community which has its own treaty. This vital work involved negotiating the terms of the separation and then establishing a new set of legal relationships with the EU and our international partners. David was Lead Negotiator for the Government on Euratom issues and took part in more than 30 rounds of negotiations in Brussels on separation and the future relationship; at the same time, he and his team were securing new nuclear co-operation agreements with countries such as the US. David takes particular pride in the fact that all the necessary nuclear agreements were in place well ahead of the original March 2019 deadline for leaving the EU.

Following Brexit, David worked on secondment for three months on Covid issues at the Dept of Health and Social Care before beginning his new role, leading for BEIS on cyber policy, in July this year. He is responsible for cyber issues as they effect energy in particular, but also has a wider role covering other areas of critical infrastructure and business sectors for which BEIS is responsible. His goal is to build a centre of excellence on cyber resilience in the department which significantly diminishes the cyber risk to national and commercial interests.

David lives in rural Surrey with his wife, three sons and two flat-coated retrievers. In 2019, David was awarded an OBE for services to energy and climate change.

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