Wednesday 1 December 17:30 - 21:00

at Geological Society
Burlington House

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Tara Schmidt, Lloyds Bank

Business & Professional

Mobilising finance for the Energy Transition


Tara Schmidt has recently joined Lloyds Bank as Sustainability & ESG Finance Director, where she will be helping to finance the UK’s net zero ambitions. With more than 20 years of energy industry experience, Tara brings a wealth of expertise in global energy and infrastructure markets, climate-related financial risk, and sustainable development. Tara’s role is to advise senior executives on the key risks and opportunities emerging from the low-carbon transition and climate change, to assess and address the potential financial impacts on their portfolios over the coming decades.

For over a decade, Tara has assisted corporate development teams in some of the world’s largest companies and financial institutions in climate-related strategic planning, business development and market analysis. Prior to joining Lloyds Banking Group, she was Vice President of Strategic Planning at the global engineering and consulting company Wood plc where she was responsible for supporting the company and its clients in shaping and implementing their low-carbon transition strategies.

Tara previously worked for the sustainability consultancy ERM, in building out their client service offering on low-carbon transition in conjunction with the G20 Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). At the leading market analyst firm Wood Mackenzie, she managed Global Energy Trends research overseeing a team of global energy market analysts. Her analysis on disruptive low-carbon technologies, global carbon policy, and the water-energy nexus has been quoted in Forbes, the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal among others.

In her 20 years in the industry, Tara has worked across the energy value chain: from renewable power generation to fossil fuel extraction. She began her career as a petroleum engineer working for BP and Shell, and later moved into management consulting with Accenture. She has consulted for the Shell Foundation on energy access, built out Accenture’s charitable partnership with the Princes’ Trust for youth employment in the UK and internationally, and developed Wood Mackenzie’s global CSR programme.

Tara has a broad knowledge of global markets, with hands-on work experience in Australia, France, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, the UK and USA. She has an MBA in International Business from the London Business School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Major event funding provided by Gneiss Energy Limited,  Pinsent Masons LLP, RBC Capital Markets, and members of the Scottish Energy Forum.  

This funding allows the Scottish Energy Forum to not charge a fee to participants.  

We encourage participants to become members of the Scottish Energy Forum to contribute to these events.


The event will be held at The Geological Society, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BG

17:30 Tea and Coffee

18:00 Presentation

Followed by a complimentary drinks reception in the library of the Geological Society till 9PM.

Booking Conditions

Please note that registering for an SEF event does not guarantee you a place until your request is processed and accepted by the SEF.  We will operate a 'wait list' if our events are over-subscribed with priority being afforded to members of the SEF.  DO NOT assume you have been allocated a place until you receive written confirmation from the SEF. Neither video nor audio recording is permitted at this event.

During our events we actively encourage reasoned debate amongst the audience and with our invited speaker; however, we request that all participants are mindful and respectful to others points of view. 

A registration desk will be situated inside the Geological Society building.  We reserve the right to refuse entry to those attendees who do not hold a valid ticket and accompanying proof of identity. 

Scottish Energy Forum Board


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