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Diane Dowdell

Title: Industry Panel Member

Following obtaining her law degree Diane moved into the energy industry joining the National Coal Board in 1985 as part of their graduate management training scheme. After training, Diane spent the remaining 7 years of her career at British Coal in the Industrial Sales Department at their London HQ selling coal to large industrial customers and developing commercial relationships with the Coal Trade. Between 1994 and 2002 Diane worked at Eastern Natural Gas (later TXU) where she helped develop Eastern into one of the country’s leading gas trading businesses. She innovated some of the first UK NBP gas supply agreements to power station developments and later moved into negotiating structured electricity and gas deals that culminated in the world’s first ever Virtual Tolling Agreement with Enron in 1997. In 1998 Diane joined Entergy Wholesale Operations where as Head of Commercial Operations she was involved with negotiating fuel and electricity contracts for Entergy’s Power developments both in the UK and Europe where she gained widespread experience of the European Gas and Electricity markets.

Diane joined Tradelink Solutions in 2003 as Commercial Director. Originally employing 4 staff Diane has helped develop the TLS Energy Group of companies into an independent vertically integrated energy company employing over 50 staff and comprising TLS Hydro, TradeLink Solutions Ltd and LoCo2 Energy Supply Ltd. TradeLink Solutions provides consulting, training  and commercial services to energy companies, predominantly in the renewable energy sector.