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Now in their 24th year, The Beesley Lectures have consistently featured outstanding addresses from high-profile thought leaders drawn from academia, government and industry. Continuing in this tradition, this year’s speakers will deliver expert insight into the most pressing issues in regulatory economics today.

Energy Policy post-2015 2nd Oct 2014 More info »
Exploiting shale gas in the UK
9th Oct 2014 More info »
Competition powers by sector regulators
16th Oct 2014 More info »
Economic regulation of new runway capacity 23rd Oct 2014 More info »
Competitive water market
30th Oct 2014 More info »
Is regulatory independence under threat? 6th Nov 2014 More info »
21st century consumer finance regulation
13th Nov 2014 More info »
Electricity markets 20th Nov 2014 More info »

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Held in partnership with the Institute of Economic Affairs and City University, and sponsored by PwC, these lectures provide an exclusive and stimulating environment where those with an interest in regulatory economics engage in lively debate about the major trends driving industry forward.

This unique lecture series was the brainchild of Professor Michael Beesley, one of the most influential regulatory economists of his time, who organised the lectures until his death in 1999.

Dieter Helm
Dieter Helm

Professor of Energy Policy

University of Oxford

Sara Vaughan
Sara Vaughan

Director of Regulation and Energy Policy

E.ON UK

Iain Murray
Iain Murray

Vice President for Strategy

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Francis Egan
Francis Egan

Chief Executive Officer

Cuadrilla Resources

Professor Jon Stern
Professor Jon Stern

Honorary Visiting Professor

Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy, City University London

Suyong Kim
Suyong Kim

Partner

Hogan Lovells

Iain Osborne
Iain Osborne

Group Director of Regulation

Civil Aviation Authority

Andrew Williams-Fry
Andrew Williams-Fry

Head of Regulatory Strategy & Chief Economist

Gatwick Airport

Tony Ballance
Tony Ballance

Director, Strategy & Regulation

Severn Trent Water

Gordon Hughes
Gordon Hughes

Chairman

WICS

Tim Tutton
Tim Tutton

Former Director of Regulation

National Grid

Richard Price
Richard Price

Chief Executive Officer

Office of Rail Regulation

Martin Wheatley
Martin Wheatley

Chief Executive Officer

Financial Conduct Authority

Julian Franks
Julian Franks

Professor of Finance

London Business School

Lynne Kiesling
Lynne Kiesling

Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Economics

Northwestern University

Stephen Littlechild
Stephen Littlechild

Fellow

Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Dr Keith MacLean
Dr Keith MacLean

Chair

Energy Research Partnership

Corin Taylor
Corin Taylor

Senior Adviser

UK Onshore Oil and Gas

Geoffrey Myers
Geoffrey Myers

Director of Competition Economics

Ofcom

Andrew Sentance
Andrew Sentance

Senior Economic Adviser; Former Member

PwC; Monetary Policy Committee

Dr Xeni Dassiou
Dr Xeni Dassiou

Director

Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy, City University London

Professor Philip Booth
Professor Philip Booth

Editorial and Programme Director

IEA

Evenings will begin at 6.30pm and delegates are encouraged to network over refreshments until 7pm, when the lecture will commence. Lectures will last for one hour, followed by a 20-minute response before handing over to the audience for extended discussion. The proceedings will end at 8.45pm with refreshments.

 

Energy Policy post 2015 – where do we go from here?

Thursday 2nd October 2014

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

 


 

2015 will be a pivotal year for energy policy with a General Election in which Labour is set to promise a 20 month freeze of domestic energy prices and the replacement of Ofgem by a more powerful regulator, while the Competition and Markets Authority should complete its investigation of the energy supply market. Electricity Market Reform is now enacted, but substantial uncertainties remain about almost all aspects of its implementation. This lecture will analyse the options open to the new Government and propose a new direction for energy policy.

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Dieter Helm

Professor of Energy Policy

University of Oxford

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Sara Vaughan

Director of Regulation and Energy Policy

E.ON UK


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Dr Keith MacLean

Chair

Energy Research Partnership


Lessons from the US: what is the best framework for exploiting shale gas in the UK?

Thursday 9th October 2014

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

18:30

 

The controversial nature of shale gas extraction has divided public opinion, but many view it as a serious contender to fulfill the UK’s future energy supply needs. This lecture will examine the rapid development of shale gas in the United States and the impact on its energy markets and make recommendations for the best framework to exploit shale gas in the UK.

 

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Iain Murray

Vice President for Strategy

Competitive Enterprise Institute

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Francis Egan

Chief Executive Officer

Cuadrilla Resources


Corin Taylor

Senior Adviser

UK Onshore Oil and Gas



The use of competition powers by sector regulators – does concurrency work?

Thursday 16th October 2014

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

18:30

 

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 places a strengthened obligation on sector regulators to give primacy to the use of their competition powers ahead of regulatory ones, where appropriate. The UK Competition Network has been established to improve co-ordination between the Competition and Markets Authority and sector regulators. This lecture will examine the concurrency regime within sectoral regulation and competition policy, including potential future developments with the new arrangements.

 

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Jon Stern

Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy

City University

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Suyong Kim

Partner

Hogan Lovells

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Geoffrey Myers

Director of Competition Economics

Ofcom


Economic regulation of new runway capacity

Thursday 23rd October 2014

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

18:30

 

With the Airports Commission due to publish its final report in 2015, debate continues over whether and how to meet the demand for new capacity in the South East. This lecture will review the background to airport regulation with the recent completion of the Q6 quinquennial review and the impact of the break-up of BAA and assess how the CAA’s new powers will be used to assess market power in the light of new capacity, and how capacity development could be regulated and financed.

 

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Iain Osborne

Group Director of Regulation

Civil Aviation Authority

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Andrew Williams-Fry

Head of Regulatory Strategy & Chief Economist

Gatwick Airport

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Andrew Sentance

Senior Economic Adviser

PWC


What are the prospects for a competitive water market?

Thursday 30th October 2014

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

18:30

 

With competition for water supply to non-household customers set to be introduced in 2017, the water industry and Ofwat are making plans for a new market structure to ensure an orderly transition to a competitive market. This lecture will examine where the industry stands today and analyse the factors which will determine the success of the new market.

 

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Tony Ballance

Director, Strategy & Regulation

Severn Trent Water

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Gordon Hughes

Chairman

Water Industry Commision for Scotland

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Richard Laikin

UK Water Sector Leader

PWC


Regulatory independence – is it under threat and how can it be protected?

Thursday 6th November 2014

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

18:30

In recent years, many of the UK’s economic regulators have faced the challenge of balancing an increasing number of statutory and ancillary duties, sometimes self-contradictory and often imposed to reflect increasingly specific, and often quantitative, policy objectives. Partly as a result of this, as well as broader developments in the affected industries, decisions of regulators have become increasingly subject to political scrutiny and pressure. This lecture will analyse the threats to regulatory independence, the potential consequences of its erosion and how it could be protected.


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Tim Tutton

Former Director of Regulation

National Grid

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Richard Price

Chief Executive Officer

Office of Rail Regulation


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Dr Xeni Dassiou

Director, Centre for Competition and Regulation Policy

City University London


The application of economics to 21st century consumer finance regulation

Thursday 13th November 2014

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

18:30

 

Under the Financial Services Act 2012 the Financial Conduct Authority is now responsible for supervising the conduct of financial services firms and for ensuring that relevant markets function well. In doing so it aims to protect consumers, protect and enhance the integrity of the UK financial system and promote effective competition in the interests of both retail and wholesale consumers. This lecture will set out how economic principles, including where appropriate those of behavioural economics, can be applied to consumer finance regulation.

 

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Martin Wheatley

Chief Executive Officer

Financial Conduct Authority

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Julian Franks

Professor of Finance

London Business School

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Prof Philip Booth

Editorial and Programme Director

Institute of Economic Affairs


Can vertical disintegration, deregulation and innovation be a win, win, win for electricity markets?

Thursday 20th November 2014

The Bloomsbury Hotel, London

18:30

The lecture will draw on experience in electricity markets across the United States to examine the extent to which vertical integration and regulation stifles the experimentation of producers and consumers. It will propose lessons which could be applied in the current enquiry into the energy supply market in the UK being conducted by the Competition and Markets Authority.

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Lynne Kiesling

Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Economics

Northwestern University

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Stephen Littlechild

Fellow in Privatisation, Regulation & Competition

Cambridge Judge Business School



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