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Senior European Experts: Energy Union - A Realistic Possibility will be led by distinguished experts in the field and chaired by the Chancellor of Regent’s University London, Professor John Drew.

  Nick Butler

Nick Butler, visiting Professor & Chair of the King’s Policy Institute, King’s College London. He was Group Vice President for Strategy and Policy Development at BP from 2002 to 2006 and previously BP's Group Policy Adviser.  From 2009 to 2010 he worked for the Prime Minister as Senior Policy Adviser at 10 Downing Street. He was Chairman of the Centre for European Reform, which he co-founded with David Miliband from 1994 to 2009, a member of the President's International Advisory Board at Yale University, and a founder member of British American successor generation project.


Nick Butler is also energy policy adviser at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, and a Senior Adviser to Coller Capital, Linton Capital and Corporate Value Associates.  From 2007 to 2009 he was Chairman of the Cambridge Centre for Energy Studies.  He is a non-executive Director of Cambridge Econometrics, a Trustee of Asia House, and a Vice-President of the Hay-on-Wye literary festival. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times.

 Stephen Tindale

Stephen Tindale, Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform and former Executive Director of Greenpeace. He works mainly on energy and climate policy and on the EU budget. Stephen also runs the website Climate Answers (, which tries to present information on climate issues in an accessible way, and to identify what should be supported rather than simply what should be opposed. He is co-author, with Prashant Vaze, of the book "Repowering commmunties: Small scale solutions to large scale problems" (Earthscan, June 2011), about the role that local government, co-operatives and community organisations play on energy supply and energy efficiency in Europe and North America. Stephen has recently become a Visiting Research Fellow at the King’s College London Policy Institute.

Previous roles have included: Head of Communications and Public Affairs for RWE npower renewables; Executive Director of Greenpeace UK and Chairman of the Greenpeace European Unit; adviser to Environment Minister Michael Meacher; founder of IPPR Environment Group; adviser to Shadow Environment Secretary Chris Smith, diplomat at UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

 Andy Lebrecht 

Andy Lebrecht,Former UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU.  A member of the Senior European Experts Group and a former civil servant and diplomat who served as UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union between 2008 and 2012.  Relevant to the present debate, he represented the UK in EU negotiations on the Climate and Energy package, the Third Energy package and the Energy Efficiency Directive.

He worked for Defra (and its predecessor, MAFF) from 1977 until 2007 where his last post, from 2001, was Director-General for Food and Farming, and before that Director (Europe).  He led the UK teams negotiating Common Agricultural Policy reform in 1998 and 2003, and in the Foot and Mouth emergency of 2001 was Director of Operations in Devon. Andy was awarded the CB (Companion of the Order of the Bath) in 2005 for his contribution to reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

 J Drew

Professor John Drew, Chancellor and Director of iCES.  A former diplomat in Paris, Kuwait and Bucharest. John has held the positions of Director of International Corporate Affairs at Rank Xerox and Director of European Affairs at Touche Ross International.

He has been the Representative of the European Commission in the UK and is the Chancellor and Director of the Institute of Contemporary European Studies at Regent’s University London.

Last updated: 03 May 2018

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