Professor Paul Monks BSc, DPhil, FRMetS, FRSC

Chief Scientific Advisor & ERP Public-side Co-chair
Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (ESNZ)

Professor Paul Monks is Chief Scientific Adviser of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Prior to joining the department, he was Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Science and Engineering at the University of Leicester, where he remains a Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science.

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Alan Thomson

Director, Global Leader Energy Systems, Global Energy Skills Leader & ERP Industry-side Co-chair

Alan leads the global Energy Systems business stream at Arup working closely with colleagues around the world to deliver complex integrated energy projects in supply, network and demand applications. This is one of the three Arup energy business streams along with Energy Advisory and Energy Structures.

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Ali Naini

ClimateTech Venture Capital
Turquoise International

Ali Naini is a co-founder and MD of Turquoise, UK’s longest established merchant bank specialising in ClimateTech venture capital, where his work includes: investments in and fundraising for Connected Energy (2nd life energy storage systems); set up and management of the Low Carbon Innovation Funds; 10 years as co-founder and chairman of Controlled Power Technologies (hybridisation of passenger vehicles) from Visteon spin-out to trade sale to Valeo and Federal Mogul; 10 years as advisor to Anglo Platinum including its fuel cell JV with Johnson Matthey and establishment of a corporate venturing fund. Previously, Ali worked in energy project finance and privatisation at Close Brothers, Flemings and PwC, on projects such as Thailand’s first IPP solicitation programme and the Northern Ireland electricity privatisation.

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David Butler MSc DIC MBA

Team Leader in Low carbon Transition
Scottish Enterprise

David Butler MSc DIC MBA is the Team Leader in Low carbon Transition at Scottish Enterprise

The Foresighting and Operations Support team helps shape the strategic focus of SE’s Low Carbon Transition Strategy. It plays an ongoing role providing Due Diligence to other parts of SE (such as the Scottish Investment Bank). We also assist the development and delivery of new projects and programmes that are critical for SE’s aims and ambitions. Prior to this David worked at an early stage energy technology funder and a power company.

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David Green

Energy & Environment R&D Leader
Hitachi Europe

David Green is Hitachi Europe’s Energy & Environment R&D leader, developing solutions in electrification, transport (particularly electric vehicles), industrial decarbonisation, hydrogen, energy asset management and carbon management.

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Dr David Joffe

Head of Modelling
Committee on Climate Change

David has been with the CCC since it started in 2007, Managing the Committee’s central mitigation team and leading the preparation of new advice to Government on the sixth carbon budget. Also overseeing the CCC’s energy infrastructure team, focusing on a range of whole-economy integrated energy issues.

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Dr David Wright FREng

Director - Electricity Transmission and Chief Electricity Engineer National Grid
National Grid

David joined National Grid in 1992 as an electrical engineer and has worked his way up to his current position as Director Electricity Transmission Asset Management.

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Jon Saltmarsh

Chief Technology Officer
Energy Systems Catapult

Jon is currently working to progress the innovation priorities the Energy Systems Catapult sees as critical to the transformation of the energy system to net zero.

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Matt Hastings

Deputy Director for the Ofgem Strategic Innovation Fund
Innovate UK

Matt is currently working at UKRI Innovate UK as Deputy Director for the Ofgem Strategic Innovation Fund. Prior to this he was Head of Innovation on the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund where he focussed on smart systems, investment and data and digitalisation.

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Dr Peter Bance

Origami Energy Ltd

In January 2014, Peter became CEO of Origami Energy, an ambitious high-growth business developing an innovative technology platform for the intelligent active management of distributed energy assets.

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Dr Ron Loveland

Energy Advisor to the Welsh Government
Welsh Government

Dr Loveland’s energy and industrial pollution-prevention teams are engaged in championing a rapid transition in Wales to a low carbon, clean and sustainable economy.

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Matthew Clare

Chief Executive Officer
Masdar Arlington Energy

Matt is CEO of Masdar Arlington Energy. He is specialised in leading the financing, development and operation of energy projects in the UK and has vast experience in the acquisition and disposal of large-scale assets at both pre and post-construction.
Matt was recently recognised by Forbes for his work in the sector, making the list of 30 Under 30 Europe in 2019.

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Oliver Lancaster

Chief Executive Officer

Oliver Lancaster is the CEO of The Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers

IGEM is the professional engineering institution delivering the advancement in knowledge and sciences for the benefit of the global gas industry, with a significant focus on engineering a sustainable gas future to support the decarbonisation of the energy system. Oliver is experienced in whole energy systems, climate change mitigation and climate adaptation of utility assets.

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Peter Bingham

Chief Engineer

Peter joined Ofgem in 2017 as Chief Engineer, he is a chartered engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector, mainly working for National Grid in a variety of leadership roles.

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Sarah Long CEng, ChPP

leading Atkin's/SNC-Lavalin's strategy for delivery of low carbon projects.

Throughout her career Sarah has championed support for women in Engineering roles and is passionate about the wider diversity agenda.  She has led much of Atkins offering on STEM work with schools in the past and is now focusing on education related to Net Zero.

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