Fairness in utilities: What are the implications of public purpose for companies, policy makers and regulators?

Fair for the Future Final Conference

Tuesday 30 March 2021

There is a growing recognition that a focus on corporate purpose can align government, company, investor and other stakeholder interests around long-term goals such as net zero and help ensure that these are delivered in a fair way.  Our ‘Fairness in utilities’ conference explored this issue and what the purpose agenda means for both companies and government in sectors such as energy, water and communications.


Part of our Fair for the Future project, the conference followed the publication of our major report, 'Regulation for the future: The implications of public purpose for policy and regulation in utilities', which examines how policy and regulatory frameworks need to change to enable a greater focus on public purpose.


 Keynotes speakers:

  • Anne-Marie Trevelyan - Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth
  • Professor Colin Mayer - Saïd Business School

 Other speakers:

  • Giles Stevens - Director of Policy, National Infrastructure Commission
  • Lawrence Slade – CEO, Global Infrastructure Investor Association
  • Dame Polly Courtice – Founder and Director of the University of Cambridge
    Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Non-Executive Director of Anglian Water
  • Rachel Fletcher – CEO, Ofwat
  • Rachel McEwen – Chief Sustainability Officer, SSE
  • Suleman Alli – Director of Customer Services, Strategy and Regulation, UK Power Networks