Utilities for web

Join Yiu-Shing Pang, Open Data Manager at UK Power Networks, Melissa Tallack from STREAM, Tara Lee and Ed Evans from the ODI, as they discuss the critical need for sector-wide solutions to address sector-wide challenges.

Regulators are driving change in the electricity and water sectors by requiring companies to demonstrate a commitment to open data. Open data is recognised as essential for innovation, delivering better services to customers, improving the environment, and achieving net zero.

Our panel explores how efforts enhance the efficiency, reliability, and sustainability of water and electricity services. We will discuss how consortia are addressing regulatory requirements, sharing best practices, and leveraging collective expertise to overcome common challenges. The debate will also highlight the complementary roles of individual companies within these sectors, examining how their contributions integrate into the broader framework established by consortia.

Who is this webinar for?

Anyone interested in opportunities from open data, specifically those engaged in the utility sector.


Melissa Tallack

Melissa is a data and digital leader with over 3 decades of experience in the UK water industry. Prior to setting up her own company a few years ago, Melissa spent nearly 28 years at Anglian Water Services. There she experienced a variety of roles from operational front line to asset management, strategic change management and in the later years leading their Data and Digital Services function where she modernised the practices and technologies. Melissa has a passion for facilitating change with people, processes, data and technology in order to drive positive outcomes and is currently engaged in enabling open data within the water sector.

Yiu-Shing Pang

Yiu-Shing Pang manages the Open Data programme at UK Power Networks – the electricity distribution system operator for London, the South East and East of England. He chairs the Energy Networks Association’s Open Data working group, driving best practice and standardisation across the energy sector.

Previously, Yiu-Shing worked in UK Power Networks’ strategy and regulatory affairs team, and prior to that, he trained as a patent attorney in London. Yiu-Shing holds a MSci in Physics from University College London, and a PGCert in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London.

Tara Lee

Tara is a Senior Consultant at the ODI, leading projects in a myriad of sectors, helping organisations in their open data journeys. She has worked extensively on sector transformation projects, designing and leading projects aiming to improve the volume and value of open data and data innovation.

She works with individual companies to support their development of open data strategies; supports sector collaboration schemes to leverage data innovation and runs innovation challenges using open, shared and synthetic data to tackle larger societal issues such as reaching net zero in local governments across the world.

Ed Evans

Ed is a Senior Consultant who has come to the ODI from running his own data consultancy business for the last 15 years. He brings a wealth of experience working with international organisations on data and digital, and has specific experience in the energy and utilities sectors.

Before establishing his own successful consulting business, Ed held director level positions in consultancy, IT and services delivery organisations. With a background in systems design, he is focused on leading change and delivering measurable social and economic value through data and digital. Ed volunteers with the BCS Data Management committee, is a member of DAMA and is an active mentor to aspiring data professionals.