Rushlight Events now provide the key events to bring London cleantech participants together.

The last London Cleantech Cluster networking event was held on Thursday 21st November 2013.

Time: 5.30 pm to 9pm

Venue: GLA, City Hall

The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA


5.30pm   Registration

6.00pm   Welcome – Matthew Pencharz – Senior Advisor Environment & Energy, GLA.  His presentation notes are HERE.

6.10pm   Update on LCC developments – Clive Hall, Rushlight Events.  His presentation is HERE.

6.30pm GLA programmes – Simon Wyke and Kevin Hoctor, GLA.  Their presentations are HERE and HERE.

6.50pm Cleantech incubators:

EcoMachines Incubator – Ilian Iliev.  His presentation is HERE.

The Canopy – James Briggs, Managing Director Brytangle Ltd.  His presentation is HERE.

7.10pm Route to Manufacture: the OEDM solution – Peter Sayer, Sales Director Tharsus Group.  His presentation is HERE.

7.25pm Q&A

7.45pm Networking

9.00pm Close


Simon Wyke – Principal Policy and Programme Officer (Energy and Waste), Greater London Authority

Simon has been working in the environmental field since 1997 and has considerable experience of working across a range of environmental issues and sectors. He started out with the Environment Agency and in 2003 he was seconded to Government Office for London where he led on the integration of sustainable development into their 2000-2006 European Programmes: Objective 2 for economic development and regeneration and Objective 3 for training and skills; and then the 2007-2013 European Regional Development Fund Operational Programme. All aimed at supporting London’s transition to a low carbon, resource efficient economy. In 2007 he joined the London Development Agency working on a range of environment programmes, including establishing the London Green Fund, sustainable design and construction, energy efficiency, energy supply and the low carbon, resource efficient economy. He moved to the Greater London Authority in 2010 where he now works on Energy and Climate Change Mitigation from both a policy and programme development perspective. His main areas of work for the GLA are currently in energy efficiency and Green Deal, decentralised energy, spatial planning and the low carbon, resource efficient economy.

Kevin Hoctor – Principal Policy Officer at the Greater London Authority

Kevin helps develop and deliver The Mayor of London’s economic and business policies, including around small businesses, finance and skills and employment at the GLA. From July 2007 until November 2010, he was Senior Policy Advisor to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), leading the business organisation’s policy work on local government and regional affairs and business rates. Prior to the BCC, Kevin spent four years as a Senior Public Affairs Officer at the Local Government Association, co-ordinating the LGA’s lobbying activity with government, parliament and other organisations.

Peter Sayer – Sales Director, Tharsus Group

Peter is a chartered engineer with an operational background. After working in a large corporate environment with GEC, Electrolux and Thorn Lighting, he joined a small prototyping company, building a large manufacturing team before the operation was sold to a Japanese business. His move into sales was rather unexpected but it gives him the opportunity to work with customers to identify significant benefits that can be achieved through effective component design and streamlined development and manufacturing processes.

Ilian Iliev – CEO and founder of EcoMachines

EcoMachines Incubator provides up to £600k in funding and an acceleration programme to hardware startups in the energy and cleantech space. EcoMachines seeks to apply lean principles in the helping accelerate the growth of hardware startups. Prior to EcoMachines Incubator, Ilian founded and was CEO of CambridgeIP Ltd, a leading technology and IP strategy company. In that role, he led multiple technology and IP strategy engagements with corporate, SME and investor clients around the world in a range of sectors including energy, healthcare and telecoms. Before CambridgeIP, Ilian co-founded and ran a family business in the electrical industry in Southern Africa, focused on medium and high-voltage infrastructure. He has worked with the likes of WIPO, IRENA, UNFCC and national governments on innovation finance and innovation policy, and is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs).

James Briggs – Managing Director Brytangle Ltd

James has been at the forefront of innovation throughout his 15 years in the construction industry. He began his career as a structural and civil engineer with Arup Group in Russia and Central Asia, where he worked on a variety of commercial, industrial, environmental and socio-economic regeneration schemes. In 2001 he relocated to London to work on the structural design of St Pancras International Station, before pursuing an MBA at the University of Cambridge. Since 2004, he has worked on a range of innovative and sustainable projects with BioRegional Development Group and Buro Four, and in 2010 founded Brytangle Ltd – a specialist project management and consultancy company.  Brytangle are engaged in a number of pioneering developments, one of which is The Canopy – a network of highly sustainable and adaptable buildings to house organisations working in the fields of green technology; social and environmental policy; international development; and climate change. The initiative not only aims to bring congruent organisations together in a new and innovative working environment, but also to bridge the gap between policy and delivery; to forge links with academia and with the private sector; and to improve the efficiency and efficacy of the sector as a whole. The first building will be completed in Canada Water in 2016, with a second campus-based development proposed for 2018.

The first London Cleantech Cluster networking event will be held on Tuesday 23rd April 2013.

Time: 5.30 pm to 9pm

Venue: Taylor Wessing LLP

5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3TW


5.30pm   Registration

6.00pm   Welcome – Simon Walker, Taylor Wessing LLP

6.10pm   Update on LCC developments – Clive Hall, Rushlight Events.  LCC Clive Hall 23-4-13.

6.30pm   Launch of the first Special Interest Group: Green IP – Steve Unwin and Dan Cooney, JA Kemp.  LCC J A Kemp 23-4-13.

6.45pm   Low Carbon London – Yoav Zingher, KiWi Power.  LCC Kiwi Power 23-4-13.

7.00pm   Change London – Jonathan Steel, Change London

Re:FIT and Re:NEW – Jake Ronay, GLA.  LCC Jake Ronay 23-4-13.

London Community Resource Network – Mike Webster, LCRN.  LCC Mike  Webster 23-4-13

7.20pm   Short Q&A

7.45pm   Networking

9.00pm   Close

The London Cleantech Cluster was successfully launched on Wednesday 18 July at Taylor Wessing LLP in London.

The agenda was as follows:

5.30pm     Registration

6.00pm     Welcome – Simon Walker, Taylor Wessing LLP

6.10pm     London Cleantech Cluster – Clive Hall, Rushlight Events.

Presentation is here

6.30pm     London Hydrogen Partnership – Dennis Hayter, Intelligent Energy.

Presentation is here

6.40pm     International Outreach – Anne McIvor, Cleantech Investor.

Presentation is here

6.50pm     Q&A

7.15pm     Networking

9.00pm     Close

Attendees were able to find out about the cluster, who is already involved, what it will be doing and how you can participate.  It was also an excellent networking opportunity as there were a large number of active sector participants present from across the region.

The press release for the event and the launch of the LCC is HERE.