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Forthcoming events
Hertford Seminar in Regulation
3 July 2019
Frontier Economics Ltd, 71 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6DA
18:00 for 18:30 start
Will big data disrupt infrastructure?

Chaired by Steve Smith (Lloyds Banking Group), this seminar will feature contributions from

  • Laura Sandys, Challenging Ideas
  • Sian Jones, Xoserve
  • Phil Jones, Northern Powergrid

To book this event, please go to www.rpi-events.org or email Events Co-ordinator Kerry Whitelegg

Annual Competition and Regulation Conference
Tuesday 17 September and Wednesday 18 September
Merton College, Oxford

A two day, residential conference in Oxford, including the Distinguished Fellows Dinner in Hall. Full programme and details and timings to follow.

The conference will feature keynote contributions from:

  • Lord David Currie, Zeeman Lecturer 2019
  • James Richardson, Chief Economist at the National Infrastructure Commission
  • Jonathan Brearley, Executive Director Systems and Networks, Ofgem

The full programme is available here

To book this event, please go to www.rpi-events.org or email Events Co-ordinator Kerry Whitelegg

Hertford Seminar in Regulation
20 November 2019
FTI offices, 200 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HD
18:00 for 18:30 start
With 30 years of evidence, has the privatisation been a success?

Chaired by Dr Tony Ballance, Director of Strategy and Regulation, Severn Trent Water Ltd, this seminar will feature contributions from

  • Morgan Wild, Senior Policy Researcher at Citizens Advice

To book this event, please go to www.rpi-events.org or email Events Co-ordinator Kerry Whitelegg

Recent events
Annual Westminster Conference
2 May 2019
The new social licence to operate – is this needed and what could it be?

Our Westminster Conference brought these themes together to examine the central question of the new social licence to operate. The conference included contributions from international experience as well as policy makers, regulated companies and advisors across the utility sector

18 March 2019
Hertford Seminar in Regulation (Edinburgh)

Kersti Berge, Director for Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government, with remarks from Professor George Yarrow, Chairman Emeritus and founder, RPI

22 January 2019
Hertford Seminar in Regulation

‘Investing in utility networks with less reliance on markets and more uncertainty: how do we deliver security and efficiency?’
Chair: Dr Tony Ballance, Director, Strategy & Regulation, Severn Trent Water
Contributions from:

  • Jason Mann, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting;
  • Emily Clark, Chief Economist, BT Group (speech)
  • Lewis Dale, National Grid
28 November 2018
Hertford Seminar in Regulation

'Aligning public ownership with customer interests. Is this as easy as it sounds?'
Chair: Ed Humpherson (UK Statistics Authority)
Contributions from:

  • Siobhan Carty (ORR);
  • David Black (Ofwat); and
  • Jason Dorsett Chief Finance Officer Oxford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
24 & 25 September 2018
Merton College, Oxford
Competition and Regulation Conference
The discovery, assessment and use of evidence in regulatory and competition law decision making

This year’s conference had a single theme: the use of evidence in decisions taken by regulatory agencies and competition law enforcement bodies. It is motivated by an apparent paradox. We likely have greater detailed knowledge that ever before about the cognitive processes at work in decision making, at each of individual, group and organisation levels. Yet there is a general sense that actual policy decisions are less and less influenced by solid evidence.

The conference sessions did not address this paradox in general, but rather focussed on the state of play for those entrusted with regulatory or competition law enforcement powers, engaged in and affected by the relevant processes, or specialised in analysing regulatory/competition decisions and their contexts.

Please see full programme

Presentations from the conference are available here

29 June 2018
Hertford Seminar in Regulation

'Regulation and public interest outcomes in energy and water: moving beyond compliance and towards a sustainable ‘licence to operate’ for a disrupted world'
Sharon Darcy, Director, Sustainability First

The slides and the speech for this seminar are available to download.

2 May 2018
One Great George Street, London
Annual Westminster Conference
Regulatory pathologies: diagnosis and remediation

Based on accumulated knowledge and experience, the conference examined the features of a number of the major pathologies that can have adverse effects on the functioning of regulatory processes, including the signs, causes, and potential means of remediation of recurring malfunctions.

6 November 2017
Hertford Seminar in Regulation

Customer engagement and regulation: where next?
A roundtable discussion with contributions from:

  • Professor Robert Hahn, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
  • Cathryn Ross, Ofwat
  • Tony Ballance, Severn Trent Water
  • Maxine Frerk, Grid Edge Policy

We were very grateful to Hogan Lovells for hosting this seminar.

Competition and Regulation Conference, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
26 & 27 September 2017

This year's conference occurred in a period of great disturbance and volatility that poses multiple challenges, not only to the ways in which competition and regulatory policies are conducted, but also, more fundamentally, to the aims, principles, and institutional structures that have characterised these policies over recent decades.

Presentations from the conference are available here.

Annual Westminster Conference
3 May 2017
One Great George Street, London
Too busy to think? Entropic processes in legislation, regulatory rule-making, organisations and policy strategies

The general theme of the day was an examination of the ways in which the conduct of public policy can become disordered over time. A programme note explaining the motivation for the chosen theme, raising questions and elaborating on one or two of the issues to be covered is available here

Please also see the full programme for the day.

1 February 2017
Hertford Seminar in Regulation
Lord David Owen
“Alternative wider European structures of cooperation”
Jonathan Faull, discussant

We were very grateful to Hogan Lovells for hosting this seminar.

Other past events
Hertford Seminars in Regulation
Competition Policy Conferences
Beesley Lectures
Occasional conferences & seminars
News and publications

We are very pleased to announce that David Gray will re-join the RPI Council of Management with immediate effect (25 February 2019). Many of you will already know David from his many roles with regulatory bodies, and his frequent contributions to RPI conferences and seminars.

David is Chairman of Mutual Energy, an energy infrastructure company in Northern Ireland, and a non-executive director of the CAA. David spent 30 years working in financial markets as an investment analyst and subsequently in corporate finance, when he led HSBC’s team in the energy sector. From 2003 – 2007 he was an executive director of Ofgem where he led the Networks division. He subsequently advised government on the economic regulation of airports and led a review of the water sector regulator, Ofwat. He returned to Ofgem as Chair from 2013 to 2018.

The Council of Management is delighted to add David’s considerable experience to the Institute's governing body.

In December 2017 the RPI published "Brexit and the single market revisted" by George Yarrow as an Essay in Regulation, New Series.


George Yarrow's Zeeman Lecture given at the September 2017 conference has been published as Brexit and the political economy of regulation" and is available for download.


The EEA agreement explained, a new paper by Yarrow and Yarrow was published 14 March 2017: The European Economic Area Agreement: A short introduction, Studies in Regulation New Series 7.1, by Yarrow and Yarrow.


A new paper has just been published in the Letters and Notes series: Reforms to water regulation in Victoria by Euan Morton and Martin van Bueren, March 2017.


An RPI paper on Energy and Environmental Regulation by George Yarrow, assisted by Philip Davies was published on 7 March 2017 by the Australian Energy Market Commission and is available here


A new paper in the Studies in Regulation series, "The market for residency in Fabellia: a quick introduction", by George Yarrow, was published in September 2016.

The RPI has published a working paper, "Brexit and the Single Market" by George Yarrow. You can download a pdf version of the paper, **Final** here

See the full list of Letters and Notes in Regulation.