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Utility Week 9th May 2014

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30 | 9th - 15th 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. "I lost my strong Geordie accent in about 1980 after spending too long in London" What was your first job? I had a Saturday job in a record shop, back in the days of vinyl in the 1970s. It was fun, except when the boss developed an obsession with Boney M and played their album incessantly. What are the best and worst parts of your job? Seeing FMB members get a lot out of a training course that we have run – in terms of personal development and growing their businesses. The worst thing is my commute when the trains are cancelled or the tube drivers go on strike. What's your dream job and why? I don't have a dream job; I take the rough with the smooth and make the most of whatever opportunities come my way. What's your most treasured possession? It's a toss-up between photos of my children when they were lit- tle and my iPad (but the photos are on there anyway). Where did you last go on holiday? Italy – the area of Tuscany where they produce Chianti. Idyllic. Actually, my dream job might be a wine-taster in Italy. In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? Emma Thompson, maybe – someone with a British sense of humour! Reveal something about yourself not many people know. I used to have a strong Geordie accent, but lost it in about 1980, aer spending time in London. What album is currently in your car CD player? Back to the 1970s – Gladys Knight and the Pips! What's your favourite film and TV programme? Favourite TV show – anything Scandinavian where someone gets brutally murdered – The Bridge was terrific. Film: The Jun- gle Book – the songs are great. If you ruled the world, what would you do first? Have a nervous breakdown. That's too much responsibility for anyone. Subscriber of the week Hayley Ellis, head of training, Federation of Master Builders Energy Ireland 2014 18-19 June, Croke Park Dublin Energy Ireland is Ireland's largest energy fo- rum. Energy Ireland also publishes a yearbook which has become the main desktop resource for the Irish energy sector. the main Energy Ireland conference takes place each June in Dublin. Topics discussed include: energy policy; European market reform; 2020 renewables targets; oil and gas prospects; bioenergy; ocean energy; energy infrastructure planning; energy in transport. Important conference for everyone inter- ested in Irish energy. Leading energy players from RoI, NI and GB participate. Plenary and workshop sessions – local and international speakers. Limited exhibition opportunities available. Tel: +353 (0)1 661 3755 Email: registration@energyireland.ie Web: www.energyireland.ie 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.

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