Fuel Poverty Coalition Conference – “A Manifesto for Warmth”

Tuesday 1st December 2015 | The Dunadry Hotel, Co. Antrim

The Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Coalition held a major fuel poverty conference at the Dunadry Hotel and Country Club on Tuesday 1st December 2015.

The conference seen speakers from across the United Kingdom discussing themes on Regulation, Effective Competition and Choice, Resourcing and Policy and the Health.  The overall aim of the conference was to consider the key asks for the Fuel Poverty Coalition’s Manifesto for Warmth.  A copy of the conference programme can be downloaded here.

Presentations delivered by speakers on the day can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant links below. 

Keynote Address


Jenny Pyper
Chief Executive  |  Utility Regulator


Session One: Regulation, Effective Competition and Choice


Regulation, Effective Competition and Choice….
Aodhan O’Donnell | Power to Switch
The Power of Competition
Jamie Delargy
Job Losses Impacting on Fuel Poverty
Stephen Kelly | Chief Executive | Manufacturing NI


Session Two: Resourcing and Policy


Energy Efficiency and the Affordale Wamrth Scheme
Martin McDermott | Department for Social Development
Scottish Government Fuel Poverty Policy
Norrie Kerr | Chief Executive | Energy Action Scotland
Energy Efficiency and EnergyWise
Stuart Wightman | Head of Energy Efficiency Branch | Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment
Insulation Industry Perspective
Georgina Grieve | General Manager | Homeseal


Session Three: Health (Consequences)


Fuel Poverty and Health
Dr. Narash Chada | Senior Medical Officer | Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety
NICE Guidance on Cold Homes and PITCH
Phillip Morris | Senior Development Manager | Centre for Sustainable Energy
Working in partnership to tackle the health implications of living in Fuel Poverty
Colette Rogers | Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager | Public Health Agency
Excess winter deaths among people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias
Barbara Gray | Research Portfolio Manager | Bryson Energy/Ulster University


Session Four: A Political Panel


The conference closed with a Question Time panel which included the political representatives from each of the parties below:

  Councillor David Armitage, Alliance Party   Councillor Billy Hutchinson, Progressive Unionist Party
  Mickey Brady MP, Sinn Féin   Alderman Christopher Stalford, Democratic Unionist Party
  Councillor Ross Brown, Green Party NI   Councillor Brian Heading, Social, Democratic and Labour Party
  Basil McCrea MLA, NI21   Councillor Stephen Nicholl, Ulster Unionist Party
  Councillor Gerry Carroll, People Before Profit  


Why don’t you see if you can spot yourself in the photo gallery below?  Images can be downloaded by right clicking your mouse.


Conference Image Gallery