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Surrey Chambers of Commerce: Business Sustainability - Make Your Business Smarter

14 November 2018, 4:00 PM — 7:00 PM
Organised by:
Surrey Chambers of Commerce
WWF-UK The Living Planet Centre Brewery Road Woking
Members : £20.00 +VAT | Non Members: £30.00 +VAT


Make Your Business Smarter - Opportunities and Benefits for Businesses from Low Carbon Economy

Join us on Wednesday 14th November and hear from a range of expert speakers who will be discussing how you can make your business smarter through a shift in focus towards sustainability.

Book your place today.

Joy Louis Aloor, Head of PTI / Digital Grid, Siemens UK
Joy is the Head of Siemens PTI / Digital Grid in the UK. In this role, Joy lead a team of energy consultants to provide thought leadership to the energy industry on energy strategies, sustainable development, regulatory advisory, power system consultancy, digitalisation and energy transformation. Joy is a champion of sustainable development and has worked relentlessly to develop projects based on “Equator Principles” with European Commission, EBRD, World Bank, IFC, EIB and other institutions. Joy has over 25 years of comprehensive experience in all facet of strategy, implementation of smart energy schemes, design and execution of large infrastructure projects gained from working within large multi national organisations across Africa, Europe, India, Middle East and South East Asia. Prior to his role at Siemens, Joy worked for Mott MacDonald, Rolls Royce, Tata, Enzen and CG Automation.
His educational qualifications include: Bachelor of Technology (Electrical), Master of Engineering (Power Systems), Master of Business Administration and LLM Commercial Law.
Fiona Howarth, CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles, Biography
Fiona leads the Octopus Electric Vehicle business - a start up from Octopus Energy. With a passion for renewable energy, fantastic cars and using tech to create great customer experiences, this is absolutely Fiona's dream job!
Having studied Engineering at Oxford University, she spent her early career at Dyson and BMW - developing efficient motors and hydrogen powered cars. She then went on to work with major energy companies and government while at Bain & Company, before joining British Connected Homes start up AlertMe. A move to British Gas, saw her take Hive, by British Gas, from a tech pilot to a household name that today has more than one million customers.
Steve Whiteway FCILT
Steve Whiteway is a highly experienced business leader, with involvement at senior level with local and national government and a charismatic champion of community involvement and education/business partnership.  Well known in the passenger  transport sector and twice President of the passenger transport industry trade body, the Confederation of Passenger Transport.  Steve developed Epsom Coaches Group to be the leader in its sector with six fold expansion, whilst retaining family values and loyalty.  After the sale of the business to multinational transport group RATP, Steve joined the board of RATP and  led an ambitious acquisition programme as Northern Region Director, whilst retaining his role as Managing Director of Epsom Coaches. Recently retired from a full time role, Steve now provides his expertise in a consultancy role for a wide range of SME’s. Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and lives in Epsom with his wife Lynn and son Harry.

Jonathan Essex is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His work has focused on sustainability and resilience of infrastructure, enterprise creation, sustainable construction and green transition strategies. This has included developing green city guidelines, business cases for building material reuse (’ReIY’) centres and social enterprise eco-parks. Jonathan is a core team member of Green House think tank and serves as a councillor in Redhill, Surrey. Jonathan recently co-authored reports on the industrial strategy to shift to a Post Growth economy and for a jobs-led decarbonisation of the economy of the Sheffield City Region and Isle of Wight.

Peter Sims is an Electronic Engineer who specialises in systems engineering. He particularly focuses on the overlap and interfaces between human and non-human systems. For example, the relationship between energy or transport systems and human behaviour in the context of climate change. This work has included a multi disciplinary design project to propose a 2 degree compatible energy system for Europe, as well as work on employment consequences of the transition to become sustainable. Peter attended the University of Surrey where he campaigned for it to sell its stocks and shares in the fossil fuel industry. He is currently working as a research associate at Green House Think Tank where he has co-authored reports title ‘Job creation from a Sustainable Transition for Sheffield City Region’ as well as ‘A Green Transition for the Isle of Wight’.



  • Joy Aloor –  Head of Siemens Energy Business Advisory team                                             
    The Smart Future Benefits and Opportunities of electrification and digitalisation in the low carbon economy.
  • Fiona Howarth - CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles
    Growth and benefits of EV development including energy saving/V2G / financial incentives and tax breaks.


  • Peter Sims – Research Associate for Greenhouse Thinktank
    Jonathan Essex – Core team member of Green House think tank/ Councillor in Redhill
    Job creation from a Sustainable Transition
    How a low carbon and circular economy can boost jobs and the development of a community


  • Steve Whiteway - Passenger Transport Specialist     -
    Don’t miss the Bus
    Opportunities arising out of innovation in public transport.         


  • Panel Session – Answering questions from the floor
  • Refreshments and Networking