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29th September 2022


6:00-8:00 PM



CMS London, Cannon Place, 78 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 6AF


A session focusing on fuel poverty with expert speakers.

Keynote Speaker: Thomas Forman, Senior Associate, CMS.


Dhara Vyas Director of Advocacy & Programmes (Interim) Energy UK

Monica Collings- CEO SO Energy.

Dr Catharine Skinner, Head of Customer Insight Cadent Gas

Helen Tipton Trustee.  Fuel Bank Foundation.

As always there will be plenty of opportunity to network with other WUN members and catch up with friends and  colleagues over a glass of wine.

Tom Forman, Senior Associate at the international law firm CMS, focussing on Energy & Climate Change.

Tom is an expert in energy regulatory and commercial matters. He has advised many industry participants on the regulatory and legislative framework that governs the industry from offshore wind to transmission networks. In relation to the supply market he has advised on large scale M&A, customer book transactions, SoLR processes and Ofgem enforcement actions as well as day to day issues such as licence compliance and smart metering projects.

Dhara Vyas, Director of Advocacy & Programmes (Interim) Energy UK 

 Dhara is an expert on energy consumer issues and joined Energy UK in November 2021 from Citizens Advice, where she was responsible for the consumer watchdog’s work on net zero, decarbonisation and future energy. Prior to this, Dhara led on several energy retail market issues, including customer service, vulnerability and smart energy.

Dhara began her career in local government and has worked across a broad range of policy areas from civil society and community building to scrutiny, local democracy and deliberative decision making. She has also been an active member of a number of Government and academic advisory boards and stakeholder groups

Monica Collings is Chief Executive Officer of So Energy, challenger retail energy supplier and part of the ESB Group.

Having worked within the energy industry since 2018, Monica formerly led Vattenfall’s supplier in GB. With a career foundation in marketing and communications, her path to leadership has seen her work in a variety of sectors including property, automotive and retail; markets clearly relevant as part of the energy transition to net zero. Monica sits as a non-executive on a number of boards in addition to her executive role, chairing a Diversity and Inclusivity Committee – a subject she is incredibly passionate about.
Monica’s career highlights include an impressive track record of business transformation, innovation and NPD, scaling and growth, managing M&A processes, as well as her passion for creating strong visions and aligning organisational purpose to achieve results delivery. Monica’s leadership style can be described as progressive, empowering, people-centred and inclusive.

Dr Catharine Skinner, Head of Customer Insight Cadent Gas

Catharine  has 17 yrs experience working in the energy industry. She currently leads the customer insight team at Cadent, as part of the strategy and regulation directorate. Prior to joining Cadent, she has held positions at British Gas, in heating, smart metering and connected homes & EON Germany, working on residential heating, solar PV and battery solutions across eight European countries. All roles have required a deep understanding of customers to develop products, digital platforms, business strategy and cultural transformation that create market impact.  Most recently she has led a deep dive into the cost of living crisis, by following customers over a 3 month period as bills started to increase and as government announced its additional funding support.

Helen Tipton, Trustee of Fuel Bank Foundation.

Helen has been a trustee of the Fuel Bank Foundation for the past 5 years. The Fuel Bank Foundation helps homes in fuel crisis providing emergency funds as well as practical advice that people need to help get them back on their feet.

Helen’s career has been within the Energy sector most recently at National Grid Gas Transmission & Metering holding executive roles in risk, assurance, safety and environment and sustainability.

Prior to National Grid, Helen worked for the energy supplier npower where she was Head of Retail Compliance for 6 years.

Helen is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion and was an active member of WiNG (Women in National Grid) and chaired Moxie the women’s group at npower.



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Full Event video including Keynote speech by Thomas Forman, Senior Associate, CMS – Summary of Energy Crisis and panel discussion with Dhara Vyas Director of Advocacy & Programmes (Interim) Energy UK, Monica Collings- CEO SO Energy and Helen Tipton Trustee.  Fuel Bank Foundation.

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