UPEC2018 Full Programme Conference Booklet

 UPEC2018 Programme Outlines


  Keynote Speaker:

   Dr Martin Judd

Dr Martin Judd, Technical Director

High Frequency Diagnostics    ‌


“Measurement challenges in partial discharge diagnostics of high voltage insulation systems”

Martin began his engineering career working on radar systems and components with Marconi and EEV in Lincoln. Moving to Glasgow in 1993 to join the University of Strathclyde, he pioneered ultra-high frequency (UHF) methods for partial discharge (PD) detection in gas insulated substations and transformers over a period of 20 years, becoming Professor in High Voltage Technologies and manager of Strathclyde’s HV Laboratory. In 2014, he founded High Frequency Diagnostics, a company that supports the development of new electromagnetic wave sensor technologies and applications, particularly for high frequency sensing and diagnosis of PD activity in HV equipment. Martin is currently a UK representative on CIGRE JWG A2/D1.51 “Improvements to PD Measurements for FAT & SAT of Power Transformers.

Plenary 1 Speaker:

     Mr Ken Scott

Mr Ken Scott, Head of Innovation

Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks 


“what do we mean by innovation and how do we make sense of the options?”

Ken’s career started in the pharmaceutical sector where he came to lead a number of research programmes that reflected ground breaking approaches to how R&D converts into new product development and can be scaled up at speed to deliver measurable breakthroughs.  Subsequent to completing his MBA at Edinburgh University Ken then enjoyed a second career as a management consultant with increasing responsibility for the design and delivery of innovative ways of working in the utilities sector.  This in turn resulted in Ken joining SSE where for the past 3 years he has held the Corporate role of Head of Innovation.


Plenary 2 Speaker:

     Randolph Brazier MPhil

Randolph Brazier MPhil, BEng(Hons), BSc

Head of Innovation & Development, Energy Networks Association


“Open Networks Project: Introduction & Update”

 Randolph is the Head of Innovation & Development at the Energy Networks Association, and has over eight years of experience in the electricity and energy sector in the UK, Europe and Australia. Randolph is responsible for co-ordinating and delivering a broad range of strategic innovation initiatives, including the development of Smart Grids, DSO Transition, Electricity Networks Innovation Strategy, roll-out of Renewables, Battery Storage and other Low Carbon Technologies and the decarbonisation of heat and transport via Heat Pumps and Electric Vehicles. He has previous experience in the design and management of multi-disciplinary power projects in the Transmission & Distribution and renewable generation sectors. Randolph has an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and has presented a number of conference papers on electrical systems and protection and automation design.


‌The technical programme of the conference comprises:

  • Presentation of accepted conference papers
  • Keynote address and invited presentations on selected topics

A full social programme will also be offered to delegates and their companions to provide maximum opportunity for networking as well as relaxation.

An up-to date programme will be made available at:

The Conference registration and reception will take place on the evening of Monday 3rd September 2018, with late registration available on the following days.

There will be a formal reception on the evening of Tuesday 4th September 2018.

There will be a Civic Reception on the evening of the Wednesday 5th September 2018, and the Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of the Thursday 6th September 2018.

The technical and cultural visits will occur on the afternoon of Wednesday 5th September 2018.