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UTILITY Week 20th June 2014

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30 | 20th - 26th June 2014 | utILItY WeeK Community COMPANY LINK DON'T MISS To advertise here call Hayley Cronin on 01342 332077 or email hayley.cronin@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. Energy Ireland 2014 18-19 June, Croke Park Dublin energy Ireland is Ireland's largest energy forum. 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. Tel: +353 (0)1 661 3755 Email: registration@energyireland.ie Web: www.energyireland.ie LCNI Conference 2014 20-22 October, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre hosted by Scottish and Southern energy Power Distribution and sponsored by KeLVAteK, the Low Carbon networks & Innovation Confer- ence will showcase the innovative projects taking place across the uK's gas and electricity networks. this is a must attend event that brings together gas and electricity network experts and learning of low carbon technologies which together will shape the future of utilities. Registration is open until 3 October 2014. Book your place at www.lcniconference.org "I share Orson Welles' appetite for food, drink and life" What was your first job? Working in a meat factory 'washing' sides of bacon in a special solution. Don't ask! What are the best and worst parts of your job? The best part is dealing with diverse and interesting issues. The worst side is managing some very challenging priori- ties and not always being in control of events. What's your dream job and why? Any job that allows me to do the things I enjoy and hope- fully do best. What's your most treasured possession? I think it is my sense of child- like wonder at the world. I'm 47 and still haven't lost it. Where did you last go on holiday? China. It is still a surprisingly very different culture. In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? Orson Welles – I share his appe- tite for food, drink and life. Reveal something about yourself not many people know I have two birthdays. What album is currently in your car CD player? I ride a bike and so I have to be careful. I listen to Spotify, so anything from Liszt to Lily Allen. What's your favourite film and TV programme? Film is Citizen Kane and TV pro- gramme is 1980s nuclear indus- try thriller Edge of Darkness. What quote or saying do you most overuse? I talk so much it's easier to say what I am never likely to say: "I don't have an opinion on that." If you ruled the world, what would you do first? I would limit the number and size of laws any government could pass in one parliament. What's your favourite joke? I like this story recounted by Valerius Maximus, the first century AD Roman writer: A Roman governor of Sicily met an ordinary resident who was his spitting image. He was amazed, because his father had never been to the province. "But my father went to Rome," the lookalike pointed out. Subscriber of the week Tony Glover, director of policy, Energy Networks Association

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