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Gardiner is an independent advisor on carbon management and the energy transition, with over 20 years’ experience. He currently holds the position of Chair of the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre’s (IDRIC) Independent Advisory Board (IAB) and is collaborating with Harvard University, NGO’s and businesses on the topics of climate change, CCS/Hydrogen and energy transition. He has deep experience in climate change, low carbon strategy and the energy transition. Prior to this, Gardiner was Vice President of Carbon Management at bp, responsible for leading bp’s strategy on Carbon Management and developing the company’s carbon aims. In addition to this, Gardiner led the OGCI CO2 Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Commercialization Work Group and participated in the National Petroleum Council (NPC) CCUS project. He has held several Chair and vice-Chair roles, including Chair of the UK’S CCSA and the Vice Chair of the European Technology Platform for CCS called ZEP. Gardiner established and managed the bp Princeton Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) at Princeton University, as well as the bp Harvard Kennedy School Climate Policy programme and the bp Tufts University Policy programme. Further while at bp, Gardiner worked in Group Technology as Director of Climate Change & Sustainability Technology, Alternative Energy and in bp Exploration and Production Company holding several senior roles. Gardiner possesses more than 32 years of technical and managerial experience that is directly relevant to technology, policy, business and strategy. He holds MSc. and BSc. degrees in petroleum and civil engineering respectively, from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland
Dr Hannah Chalmers is Reader and Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching (Interdisciplinary Courses) in the School of Engineering, at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests and activities include techno-economic analysis of CCS in electricity (and energy) systems and communicating CCS to non-specialists. She is Chair of the British Standards Committee on CCS and responsible for communications and outreach for the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme on CCS.
Jon Gibbins is Professor of CCS at the University of Sheffield, director of the UK CCS Research Community Network+ and Head of Partnerships of the Translational Energy Research Centre. He has worked on energy engineering, fuel conversion and CCS for 45 years, initially in industry and then as a university academic. Since 2002 Jon has been heavily involved in CCS activities, working on post-combustion capture and its effective integration and, through the UKCCSRC, helping to start now-mainstream UK initiatives on industrial decarbonisation (2012) and CCS clusters (2016). His personal research activities now centre around practical aspects of CCS deployment, with an emphasis on policy and economic requirements plus detailed analysis of matching capture plant designs to market conditions, supported in particular by the facilities at the Translational Energy Research Centre in Sheffield. He is active in reviewing Best Available Technology (BAT) status for CO2 capture technologies.
James Lorsong has been involved in CCUS projects since 2005, when he was Subsurface and Wells Manager for BP’s first CCS project in Scotland. He went on to develop CO2 storage options for GW-scale hydrogen power projects worldwide as Carbon Storage Manager in Hydrogen Energy (BP/Rio Tinto joint venture) and Storage Technology Manager in BP.
In 2010, he joined 2Co Energy to manage subsurface and engineering for re-development of North Sea oil fields to store of CO2 from a GW-scale CCUS project. In 2014, he founded Subterra Energy Consultants to continue development of CCUS projects; he is currently involved in projects in the US Gulf Coast and the North Sea.
Earlier in his career, Dr Lorsong worked in a variety of management and subsurface technical roles with BP and ARCO. He has a BSc in general science (Toronto) and a PhD in geology (Cambridge).
Prof Niall Mac Dowell FIChemE FRSC
Niall is a Professor in Energy Systems Engineering at Imperial College London. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of both the IChemE and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His research is focused on understanding the transition to a low carbon economy, and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers at the molecular, unit operation, integrated process, and system scales in this context.
Niall has more than a decade’s experience as a consultant to the public and private sectors. He has worked with a range of private sector energy companies, and is currently seconded to BEIS where is working as an expert policy advisor on CCUS and GGR.
Niall is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of TotalEnergies, the Norwegian CCS Research Centre (NCCS), and Joule. He was a member of the US National Petroleum Council (NPC) CCUS Roadmap Team, as well as the technical working group of the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP), the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), and is a science advisor to the venture capital fund, Carbon Direct.
A multi award winning scientist, Niall was awarded the Qatar Petroleum medal for his research in 2010 and the IChemE’s Nicklin and Junior Moulton medals for his work on low carbon energy in 2015 and 2021, respectively.
Wilfried Maas is currently Chief Carbon Technology at Carbon-Direct where he support clients with strategic advice on their Net Zero/Energy transition/Carbon management action plans and due diligence on specific projects. Additionally he supports Carbon-Direct Capital on investment opportunities and leads engagements on EU Sustainable Carbon Cycles, Carbon Dioxide Removal and Certifications and other EU Green Deal initiatives.
Furthermore Dr. Maas brings expertise from his 32 year energy industry career at Shell, of which the latter period on Carbon and Energy management, and from his Joint Industry Collaborations on CCS and Climate (IEAGHG, OGCI, ZEP, IOGP, TCM).
He has developed decarbonization pathways for “Net Zero Carbon” production and products for different industrial supply chains based on CCS, electrification, (blue or green) hydrogen and biomass and assured carbon and energy management implementation plans for projects and assets
He has led the Carbon Competitiveness change management for the Shell capital projects organization. Earlier he coordinated the technical development of the global portfolio of commercial scale CCS demonstration projects and the organizational CCS capability build where he also contributed to the external collaborations for the new business development of CCS
In other roles he led consultancy teams which developed corporate wide GHG and Energy Management governance and its implementation at operating assets and capital projects and he was front end development manager for CCS projects and of portfolio capital programs for multisite, multidisciplinary GHG and Energy reduction projects.
Wilfried has been Director of the CCS knowledge Centre and member of the Executive Committee of the IEA GHG Technology Collaboration Program (2016-2020)
Dr Angie Needle is Cadent’s Director of Strategy, the Vice President of Hydrogen UK and a key figure in the nascent hydrogen industry. In her current role for Cadent Angie is responsible for driving the UK’s largest gas distribution network towards a net zero future, spearheading all things hydrogen and positioning Cadent as a leading voice in the sector.
Prior to joining Cadent in 2019, Angie held a number of senior roles at Centrica and Anglian Water, developing energy and customer services propositions and supporting both organisations on their moves towards cleaner energy, reduced carbon emissions and more sustainable business models.
Alongside her work for Cadent and Hydrogen UK, Angie is a leading proponent for diversity in the utilities sector, being a co-founder of the Women’s Utilities Network.
Oonagh O’Grady is Director of Power to X at SSE Renewables, part of the FTSE-listed SSE plc and a leading developer, owner and operator of renewable energy across Ireland, UK and now internationally. Oonagh leads SSE Renewables new Power-to X-function, with a key focus on Green Hydrogen to accelerate the transition to net zero and provide a new route to market for renewable generation. Oonagh has nearly 15 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure industry in the UK and Ireland, having held a variety of roles in SSE, EirGrid and AECOM. Oonagh is a graduate of Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCC, with an MSc in Construction Law from King’s College London, and an MBA from the UCD Smurfit Business School.
Patricia Thornley is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering with 29 years’ experience working on energy projects in industry and academia, (including around 20 commercial plants focused on risk management of advanced technology implementation). She is director of the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute at Aston University (over 50 staff and students) and has been director of the UK’s SUPERGEN Bioenergy hub since 2012, with responsibility for co-ordinating national research into bioenergy and strategically guiding its 30 academic and 20 industrial/policy partners. Patricia’s research interests focus on sustainability assessment of energy systems, evaluating the environmental, economic and social consequences of implementation pathways at the interface of the academic, policy and industrial communities. She has been editor in chief of the Elsevier Journal: Biomass and Bioenergy since 2017 and is passionate about public engagement, including serving as an expert in the 2020 UK climate assembly and leading the Supergen Hubs’ engagement on COP26 in 2021. She chaired the Climate Change Committee’s advisory board for its 2020 biomass report, is an appointed member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Department for Transport, Defra’s Tree and Woodland Scientific Advisory group and has given advice to the National Farmers’ Union, the CCC, Carbon Trust, MEP’s, MP’s and NGO’s as well as research organizations in Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, Portugal.
As Vice-President, Policy, Regulatory & Stakeholder Relations, Beth represents the Knowledge Centre amongst global decision makers and financiers to accelerate engagement on and understanding of the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS); and focuses on helping to link CCS knowledge within Canada and with other countries to reduce locked-in investments and collaboratively support the goals of the Paris Agreement. Her understanding of complex climate change matters, policies and regulations, and international financing concerns act as a solid basis for assisting both national and international implementation strategies for technologies that support environmental targets.
Prior to joining the Knowledge Centre, Beth worked briefly as legal counsel for the provincial Crown utility. She pairs this industrial perspective with regulatory knowledge as Acting Director of Climate Change with the Government of Saskatchewan. These positions are reflective of Beth’s time with the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy where she focused on analysing provincial/territorial climate action plans and making recommendations for low cost and sustainable pathways. Beth’s legal education, teaching and practice have explored balancing energy, the environment and social implications.
Luke supports BP’s hydrogen & CCS business with the regulatory and policy frameworks that are needed to deploy hydrogen and CCS at scale. His primary focus is supporting UK projects.
Prior to joining BP he was the Chief Executive of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA). While at the CCSA he worked extensively on CCS and hydrogen policy in the UK, EU and international levels.
Theo is the Director, Europe & International Climate at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), one of the world’s largest philanthropic foundations dedicated to improving the lives and rights of children and young people, globally, including by tackling climate change. At CIFF, Theo’s portfolio includes CIFF’s grants portfolio in the UK/EU and its global industrial decarbonisation work. He has worked on topics including industrial CCS, Hydrogen production and industrial demand and the political economy of industrial decarbonisation since 2013, and has extensive experience working at the nexus of politics, civil society and the private sector on energy systems decarbonisation.