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UTILITY Week 2nd May 2014

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30 | 2nd - 8th May 2014 | UtILIty WEEK Community COMPANY LINK DON'T MISS To advertise here call Nicky Shaw on 01342 332070 or email nicky.shaw@fav-house.com Lowri Beck Services Ltd Mayors Quay, Swan Meadow Road, Wigan, WN3 5BB Tel: 01942 771700 Lowri Beck is a leading independent service provider of Metering Systems, data Capture, data Management and Field Management services, offering innovative solutions to utilities and busi- ness throughout Great Britain. We support the electricity, gas and water markets with Manual and automated Meter Reading, data Collection and aggregation, Meter asset Provision, Installation and Maintenance services as well as providing a full suite of dual fuel Smart Metering ser- vices. Our dual-site Contact Centre provides a wide range of professional outsourcing contact centre services, including overflow call handling and appointment management. Our mobile field management system, Com- panion, supports a range of operations with mobile handheld solutions ensuring improved data communications between office and field activi- ties. Lowri Beck was established in 1996 and is experienced in offering tailored services and committed to delivering excellent service at realistic prices. For further information contact lbenquiries@lowribeck.co.uk Tata Consultancy Services 4th Floor, 33 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7HY Tel: 020 7245 1800 www.tcs.com a part of the tata Group, one of India's largest industrial conglomerates, tata Consultancy Services is an It services, business solutions and out- sourcing organisation with operations in 42 countries and over 160,000 of the world's best-trained It consultants. tCS offers a consulting-led inte- grated portfolio of It and It-enabled services delivered through its unique Global network delivery Model. With more than 2,200 consultants serv- ing over 80 clients globally our energy, resources and utilities industry solution unit partners with organisations to define and deploy business effectiveness improvement programs that help them stay ahead. From optimising asset utilisation and improving customer service to building intelligent infrastructure and complying with regulations, we help utilities organisations become agile, resilient, and proactive. Wheatley Associates Ltd Broad Road, Bacton, Suffolk, IP14 4HN Tel: 01449 781001 www.wheatley-associates.co.uk Wheatley associates is the expert in the provi- sion of It software solutions for UK utility providers and metering com- panies focused on asset management, data management and mobile workforce scheduling. We offer MOP, MaP, hosted and SaaS solutions. • Amethyst: An asset tracking and management solution that covers the full economic life of both traditional and smart metering assets • Smart roll-out optimiser, focusing on the critical areas of smart meter installation planning, customer engagement and workforce utilisation • Assign, for browser-based, real-time mobile workforce scheduling • JUMBO: MAM operations for electricity and gas while holding informa- tion for all the metering systems managed by the host company. • RAID: A software platform and revenue assurance methodology to en- able you to identify and fix revenue leakage in meter-to-cash processes. Wales Water 2014 Wednesday 21 May Venue: hilton Cardiff Organiser: Faversham house With a new Water Strategy for Wales currently in development and aMP6 business plans soon to be approved by Ofwat, the inaugural Wales Water 2014 conference offers a timely opportunity for stakeholders to come together and examine the current and future pressures facing the sector. More than 100 representatives from central and local government, the environmental and economic regulators, water utilities, nGOs and consumer bodies will have the opportunity to engage expert speakers. UW Stars Friday 13th June Venue: Lancashire County Cricket Club Organiser: Faversham house the inaugural Utility Week Stars awards 2014 seeks to recognise the excellence of those teams and individuals who work at the front line of utility service provision. HR Forum Wednesday 25h June Venue: holiday Inn, Birmingham Organiser: Faversham house the second annual hR Forum conference will again bring together training and recruitment experts to share strategies and best practice. "The best of Andy Williams is in my car CD player, so I can sing along. Tom Jones is there too" What was your first job? Delivering off-licence leaflets. What are the best and worst parts of your job? Best part is influencing UK energy policy. Worst is trying to stay on top of so many policy initiatives. What's your dream job? Doing something in shark conservation – I am fascinated by sharks. (No jokes about the people I meet in my job.) What's your most treasured possession? I am not a possessions person. I once sold my house with most of the contents included. I treasure family and friends, or a smile and a thank you for doing someone a good turn. Where did you last go on holiday? Cornwall, to unwind and relax. In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? Daniel Craig. As 007, saving the world from climate change. Reveal something about yourself not many people know. Horses bring me out in a rash. My wife and son are horse mad. What album is currently in your car CD player? The best of Andy Williams, so I can sing along. Tom Jones is in there too. My son hates them both (something to do with my inability to sing, he says). What's your favourite film and TV programme? Film: the French version of Betty Blue. TV: BBC 4's Inspector Mon- talbano series. I can never work out if it's meant to be funny, or it is just typically Sicilian. What quote or saying do you most overuse? "Clutching defeat from the jaws of victory," or, "many a great idea killed by committee". If you ruled the world, what would you do first? Appoint a proxy ruler. I prefer to influence from the shadows. What's your favourite joke? Conservative policy on renewa- bles. Am I allowed to say that? Subscriber of the week Chris Welby, policy and regulatory affairs director, Good Energy

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