Charles Bradshaw-Smith, CEO & Solutions
Following a physics degree from London University, Charles started his career in IT focusing on customer facing solutions, first running his own business serving blue chip companies, then floating a dot com business. Charles joined E.ON UK in 2001, establishing its front office systems after market liberalisation. In 2006 Charles has started preparing E.ON for the Distributed Energy market by establishing E.ON UK’s Innovation department and the group-wide Technology & Innovation division in topics such as Electric Vehicles, Microgeneration, Marine, LEDs, Smart Homes, Demand Side Management, Corporate Venture Capital and Smart Cities. Charles’s creativity is in system thinking (business model, social and technical dimensions). Charles is also active in public policy areas: elected as President of Micro Power Europe; executive member of the UK Micropower Council and advisor to Green Building Council’s task force steering UK Government policy on low carbon homes. He’s also worked with NGOs on environmental campaigns. In 2014 Charles started SmartKlub to accelerate the adoption of smart energy within cities. SmartKlub was successfully spun out of E.ON in July 2015 and is now part funded by InnovateUK.