Westminster Business Forum

The future for regulation and competition for UK utilities - infrastructure investment, innovation and consumer value in the telecoms, water and energy markets

Morning, Tuesday, 26th February 2019

Central London


This timely conference will focus on the future shape of regulation in the telecoms, water and energy sectors.

It is scheduled to take place at the time when the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is considering submissions to its review of the regulatory regime for utilities.

The review is being conducted in order to develop models that can better deliver increased levels of investment in innovation and infrastructure whilst protecting value for consumers.

Planned sessions will provide an opportunity to gain insight on the progress of the review and initial thinking on the consultation responses, as well as to feed into discussion on the future shape of UK utilities regulation landscape.

Delegates will consider how best to reform regulatory systems so as to achieve the aim of incentivising the long-term investment in innovation and infrastructure needed to meet the challenges of evolving technology and climate change.

We also expect discussion on possible tensions between any such changes to regulatory focus and the established drive for highly competitive supply markets that are responsive to consumer concerns and focused on low prices.

Those attending will also examine the options for the future shape of the regulatory models - including a potential new single ‘super-regulator’ for utilities in order to deliver greater collaboration in areas such as data sharing, addressing cross-cutting policy issues and major infrastructure projects - and implications for the roles of Ofcom, Ofwat and Ofgem.

Keynote Speaker

Rich Sullivan-Jones

Audit Manager, Regulation, Consumers & Competition, National Audit Office

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Hayes

Senior Regulatory Advisor, National Infrastructure Commission

Sharon Horwitz

Director, Sector Regulation Unit, Competition and Markets Authority

James Lambert

Director, Sector Regulation, Competition and Markets Authority

Rich Sullivan-Jones

Audit Manager, Regulation, Consumers & Competition, National Audit Office


Baroness McIntosh of Pickering

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group


Piers Thompson

Director, Policy and Research, Global Infrastructure Investor Association

Natasha Hobday

Group Policy and Regulation Director, First Utility

Clive Carter

Director of Strategy, Ofcom

Darren Rice

Head of Policy and Regulatory Strategy, Anglian Water

Joe Perkins

Chief Economist, Ofgem

Sharon Darcy

Director, Sustainability First

Ilsa Godlovitch

Director, WIK