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Chris is seconded to the role of ‘Head of Industrial Decarbonisation’ at Industry Wales (which is an arm’s length Welsh Government body). Chris has 30 years experience in the steel industry in various roles from R&D, maintenance management, process and energy optimisation and decarbonisation. Chris founded the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) and went on to create the membership organisation in partnership with Welsh Government ‘Net Zero Industry Wales’ which has a pan Wales remit. Chris is the chair of IDRICs Stakeholder Group (ISG) and has a passion to bring together the academic and manufacturing worlds for the collective benefit of the UK.
Philippa became the Chief Executive Officer of NECCUS, the alliance for industrial decarbonisation in Scotland, in September 2023. Previous roles include managing leasing of carbon storage at Crown Estate Scotland and running the national research consortium for CCS in Scotland, Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage, for 10 years - delivering knowledge exchange, policy and techno-economic analysis and business development for the network, and multiple international projects. She has a PhD in Physical Electronics and transitioned via a MSc in Environmental Protection and Management (University of Edinburgh, Dist.) in 2009 to working in the environmental sector. Philippa has worked for government, academia, an environmental consultancy and for a start-up, resulting in a patent, and an entry in the Guinness Book of Records!
Paul Davies is a Director of 7CO2: The Severnside Carbon Capture and Shipping Company, the CCS hub based in Avonmouth, CCS adviser to energy from waste company Viridor and chairs their ESG Committee. Paul has a long background in infrastructure, both as a project lender and over 20 years as an infrastructure corporate finance partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He chaired the CCS Advisory Group, a cross industry group formed to develop and recommend the current CCS business models to Government, and is a Director of The Coalition for Negative Emissions, an industry group of both capturers and purchasers of carbon removals, formed to inform and develop the market.
Ian is a Project Manager delivering some of Equinor’s low carbon activities in the UK with a focus on the Humber region. Ian co-ordinates Equinor’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge activities for Zero Carbon Humber, H2H Saltend and Humber Industrial Cluster Plan as well as supporting the wider development of UK hydrogen value chains. He is a Chartered Engineer with a broad energy industry background in operations & technical leadership and project development across petrochemicals, oil & gas and gas storage and is now applying that experience to industrial decarbonisation and the energy transition.
Tony has over 30 years of experience of both identifying and implementing cost saving/revenue generation projects, large and small. With such a wide range of sector experience ranging from the heavy industrials, food sector through to commercial buildings, hospitals, government establishments to schools, proven problem solving skills and enjoying either contributing to, or leading teams has been a key feature of his career to-date.
He is currently a Managing Director of CR Plus Ltd. Having operated successfully since 2005, Tony has guided CR Plus into new energy generation sectors, particularly the Energy from Waste (EfW) sector and has seen the company grow from the 3 founding directors into a diverse consultancy and engineering design team. Tony carries out the major director duties of the business including heading up company strategy and also heads up the concept and identification/feasibility side of the business.
Working for CATCH since its inception in 1999, Katie has been instrumental in leading cluster engagement, developing and managing CATCH’s suite of networks and grant funded programmes. Most recently securing £1.7million Innovate UK grant funding to develop the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan – in partnership with the Humber LEP and 8 industrial partners – a comprehensive plan for decarbonisation in the region, which will show how the Humber cluster can achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Katie currently works as a Director for low carbon strategy and membership. With a Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bath, Katie has lived and worked in the Humber region for over 20 years.
Andy has been Progressive Energy’s Engineering Director since its inception 25 years ago, bringing 29 years of power station maintenance experience on coal, nuclear and Gas Turbine technology, and a wealth of practical engineering to the company. Progressive’s pioneering of IGCC opportunities allowed Andy to develop further expertise, particularly in CO₂ capture, transportation and storage, and was also responsible for the I.Chem.E’s series on hydrogen. Working with the Energy Institute he has been responsible for their CCUS programme of work, and he represents the UK in revising the ISO Standard for CO₂ transportation. He is co-chair of the CCSA’s Technology Working Group. Andy is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and of the IMechE and Associate Fellow of the IChemE.
Matthew is Managing Director of Camirus and leads the Black Country Industrial Cluster, which is a partnership of Black Country industrial companies and universities.
Since 2017 he’s held voluntary roles in regional economic development including Board member of Birmingham and Solihull LEP; and chair of WM Energy Capital. He has relationships across the West Midlands industrial and academic sectors, and he’s recently agreed to become the West Midlands Cleantech Champion.
Matthew’s career spans energy, manufacturing and consultancy. He’s worked internationally for global businesses including Unilever, BP, PA Consulting Group and RWE. He’s also founded and sold two businesses to date.
Chris is Head of Net Zero at Tees Valley Combined Authority. He has had a varied career covering mechanical engineering in the renewable energy and automation sectors, software, communications, and public policy. As part of his role at Tees Valley Combined Authority, he Chairs the North East and Yorkshire Net Zero Hub, a BEIS-funded initiative to accelerate the transition to Net Zero, through such initiatives as developing a pipeline of clean local energy and related projects.
Mayowa is an experienced project development engineer with 20 years energy industry experience covering Gas Processing, LNG and Low Carbon Energy. He has been involved in the development of three Power CCUS projects in the UK and is currently overseeing the identification, engineering development and deployment of CCUS and Hydrogen technologies for VPI’s low carbon opportunities. His participation in industry groups and leadership of the planning and permitting programme of Humber Zero is helping to shape the regulation of CCUS in the UK.
James is Communications Executive at Progressive Energy.
Shannon is Head of Communications and External Affairs at Storegga.
Ben has been working on the East Coast Cluster and its original component projects including NEP for over 4 and half years, initially as the Appraisal General Manager since project inception. In his current role, as Deputy General Manager of the NEP JV, he is involved in all aspects of technical and commercial integration across the full CO2 value chain. His career with bp has taken him to many countries where he has worked across the full lifecycle of several large mega projects from drawing board to production operations. Ben is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Laura is a Project Engineer working to integrate the NZT-NEP Unit, both technically and commercially, ensuring project success for both bp and partners.