Academic Cluster Leads provide strategic input and connectivity with the industrial clusters and act as a bridge between the research community and activities within the clusters.

Dr Maxine Akhurst

Dr Maxine Akhurst

British Geological Survey

Scotland Cluster

Maxine Akhurst is a geologist with experience in offshore and onshore geological research and modelling, specialising in carbon dioxide storage since 2008. She is an experienced leader of carbon dioxide storage research within UK- and EU-funded projects. Maxine leads science development for CO2Stored, the UK national carbon dioxide storage database. Her interests include carbon dioxide storage site screening, selection, appraisal, performance and risk assessment and leader of storage site characterisation to meet regulatory requirements. She is a Directorate member of Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, has led three Scottish Government and industry consortium CCS projects, and contributed her expertise to numerous CCS research projects.

Dr Lindsay-Marie Armstrong

Dr Lindsay-Marie Armstrong

University of Southampton

Solent Cluster

Dr Lindsay-Marie Armstrong is an Associate Professor within Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton and the Chair of the Clean Carbon University Strategic Research Group which is a network of over 150+ academic and industrial partners driving researcher and innovation towards a decarbonised future. She sits on the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Multi-cluster Committee and is an adviser and member of the Industrial Key Stakeholder forum supporting BEIS with the scoping of the industrial decarbonisation agenda. Her research is heavily multidisciplinary bridging the fields of chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and mathematics as she develops computational tools for accelerating scale-up of reactive technologies. She has extensive knowledge of reactive multiphase modelling, particularly for carbon capture and utilization technologies.

Prof Joe Howe

Prof Joe Howe

University of Lincoln

Humber Cluster

Prof Howe is particularly passionate about STEM skills and supply chain requirements for industrial decarbonisation. Joe is PI or CI on several IDRIC funded projects on skills and workforce planning. Externally he sits on the Humber Energy Board and is a trustee of Cogent Skills and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board. Joe is also a member of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association skills working group.

Jon Maddy

Jon Maddy

University of South Wales

South Wales Cluster

Jon Maddy is the Director of the University of South Wales’ Hydrogen Centre at Baglan, where he leads the University’s R&D activities on hydrogen production, purification, storage, and application across several sectors. He has four decades of experience in hydrogen in industry and academia, supporting the mission of the USW Hydrogen Centre to focus on industrial facing hydrogen and fuel cell research, with a strong emphasis on industrial and academic collaboration. Jon is the academic lead for the South Wales Industrial Cluster, collaborating with over 40 industrial partners, and is also a member of the UK Government Hydrogen Advisory Council. .

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe

University of Birmingham

Black Country Cluster

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe is a Reader in Energy Systems and Innovation at the University of Birmingham; and leads the ‘Resilient Cities’ theme of the university‘s Institute for Global Innovation. His research focuses on policy and techno-economic analysis of energy systems in the context of a wider socio-technical transition. He is investigator on several major research projects, covering the integration of energy storage and heat pumps in local energy systems, and on infrastructure for industrial decarbonisation. Jonathan is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for UKRI’s Energy Programme, and was Advisor to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on Clean Growth Technologies

Prof Tony Roskilly

Prof Tony Roskilly

Durham University

Teesside Cluster

Prof Tony Roskilly is Chair of Energy Systems at Durham University and a Director of Durham Energy Institute, leading on Industry and Internationalisation. He is the UK lead for the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programmes for Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes (EEIP) and Energy Systems Integration (ESI). Tony has over 30 years of experience in the design, control, and operational optimisation of energy systems. He leads a net zero research group at Durham University with on-going research in solar, geothermal and industrial power, cooling and heating systems; transitioning to hydrogen, alternative hydrogen carriers and liquid fuel use; power and thermal energy storage systems; energy system modelling and industrial planning tools; CCUS; and syngas and hydrogen production. He was appointed by Tees Valley Combined Authority as the Academic Lead for the Teesside Industrial Cluster, and is a member of the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) Decarbonization Innovation Special Interest Group and the Northern Powerhouse (NP11) Hydrogen Forum.

Associate Professor Kirstie Simpson

Associate Professor Kirstie Simpson

University of Chester

North West Cluster

Kirstie Simpson is an Associate Professor within Chester Business School at the University of Chester, Kirstie has overall responsibility for colleagues engaged in strategic economic development. Alongside her academic role as Deputy Dean, she oversees a number of significantly-sized externally funded projects, totalling almost £40m. More recently Kirstie’s work has focussed on the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge and the requirement and importance of the development of skills throughout the decarbonisation supply chain.
Kirstie is chair of the Skills, Learning and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) subcommittee for the HyNet project and is therefore leading the charge in the North West for a more inclusive and diverse decarbonisation workforce. Kirstie is very keen on maximising academic - stakeholder interaction; enhancing these relationships to create flexible and accessible learning opportunities for students and at the same time, helping industry develop the skills for their future workforce. This includes things like the use of learning mobility and the co-creation of live projects to solve real industry problems.