David is a Founder and Director of Progressive Energy. He has a long and successful track record of Technology and Business Development at Senior level, with over 30 years’ experience in the electricity and energy sector, including 15 years in the area of CCS and more recently energy storage. This includes development and commercialisation of new and emerging technologies, project management, project and business financing, plant operational support, international marketing, commercial management and negotiation and business strategy.
Prior to joining Newcastle University, Dr Walker spent eight years at De Montfort University, five years in energy related consultancies, and eight years at Northumbria University. Dr Walker joined Newcastle University in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering in 2015. She later became Director of Expertise for Infrastructure research for the School of Engineering, and recently became Director of The Centre for Energy. Her research focus is on renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings, energy policy, energy resilience, and whole energy systems. She is Director of the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, Deputy Research Director for the Active Building Centre, and Deputy Director for the Supergen Energy Networks Hub.
Mike Wailes (Strategy Manager, Europe) has worked for Phillips 66 for 23 years, including roles in refining, business development, corporate strategy and commercial within the UK, US and Germany. Mike manages Phillips 66 joint venture in the MiRO refinery in Karlsruhe, Germany and is responsible for European Strategy including work on industrial decarbonisation and low carbon liquid fuels.
Adrian Topham is Senior Development Manager CCUS, at The Crown Estate.
Adrian’s role as sector lead is to help create a pipeline of geological CO2 storage prospects that delivers CB6 targets and meets market expectations, while playing a lead spatial planning role to optimise seabed use between CCUS, wind and other sectors.His previous experience as an engineer, team leader, general manager and now development manager stems from academic training in chemical and petroleum engineering. He has worked as a reservoir engineer, aiding hydrocarbon extraction in many countries and is now committed to the carbon cycle and returning the by-products after use to the subsurface.Adrian’s CCUS sector interests are both technical (geophysical, geomechanical, geological) and economic (capture feasibility, transportation, removals). He is currently involved in supporting research into windfarm / seismic monitoring interaction.
Catherine is the programme manager for the HSE Net Zero Hub. HSE has established a Net Zero Hub with associated senior level governance to facilitate work on Net Zero topics across HSE, supporting links between science, regulatory and policy work. Catherine works closely with a network of Net Zero Contacts who provide intelligence to the Hub in terms of asks of HSE from other government departments and industry with respect to growing and emerging Net Zero technologies. As part of the Net Zero Hub Catherine has also established internal HSE Common Interest Groups, including a group focused on Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS). These groups bring together colleagues from across HSE to engage on key topic areas and enable sharing of science, regulatory and policy knowledge and information. Prior to working at HSE Catherine spent 15 years working in the construction industry as a project and programme manager.
Fatemeh has more than 17 years of experience in Energy industry. Currently she is the Director of Hydrogen and CCS Business Development at Air Products where she works with a range of global customers across the energy value chain on topics related to the Energy Transition. Prior to this role, she was the Venture Owner of Carbon Capture Technologies at Siemens Energy Incubator where she developed technology development and go-to-market strategies to build the CCS business for which she successfully pitched the business to potential investors to raise sufficient fund to take the venture to the next level up to the “Exit/Launch” phase.Fatemeh’s background is Mechanical Engineering, she has Masters in Renewable Energy from Heriot-Watt university and PhD in Carbon Capture Technologies from the University of Leeds in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin.
Prof. Ian Reaney leads the Functional Materials & Devices Group in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE). IMR is a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and the IOM3 and Dyson Chair in Ceramics. He has published >400 papers, has a H-index = 69, with > 18,000 citations. He has won numerous awards including the Verulam Medal (2017) and was recently elected to the World Academy of Ceramics. He is an Adjunct Professor at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and University of Aveiro, Portugal and European site director of the Centre for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics in partnership with PSU and North Carolina State University. He is the PI on the newly awarded £2m, Transforming the Foundation Indutries Network+ grant
Harsh has 13 years’ experience in energy, with 8 years in low carbon energy technology consultancy. Harsh leads on CCS at InnovateUK (hitherto known as Technology Strategy Board). Before that Harsh was Principal Consultant at Element Energy Ltd and heading up Element’s activities in carbon dioxide capture, transport, storage and enhanced oil recovery. He has led analysis for the UK, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, German and Scottish Governments and their agencies, FTSE100 energy companies, technology and project developers, the Energy Technologies Institute, Committee on Climate Change, the International Energy Agency. He specialises in techno-economics, infrastructure business models and public policies for managing the transition to a low carbon economy. Harsh has been an invited speaker for more than 50 national and international energy conferences, is an invited reviewer for four energy journals and was a judge at the UCL-London Business School 2013 CleanTech Business Plan Challenge. Prior to joining Element Energy, Harsh carried out work in the venture capital sector at Library House Ltd. Harsh was a Fulbright Scholar in the University of California at Berkeley and also carried out research as a Wellcome Trust Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Medical Research Council in Cambridge. Harsh holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University and a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Imperial College, London (year rank 1st). He is currently pursuing part-time an Executive MBA at the Imperial College Business School, London, where he has a scholarship.
Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer (FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA, FEI) is Champion and Director of the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) focused on accelerating the transition to net zero of the UK industrial clusters and establishing the first world net-zero industrial cluster. Mercedes is Deputy Principal (Global Sustainability) and Director of the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) at Heriot-Watt University. Her internationally recognised track record covers energy systems, CCUS, integration of hydrogen technologies and low-carbon fuels. She has over 550 publications, holds leading positions in professional societies and editorial boards and has received numerous international prizes and awards.
Haroun Mahgerefteh is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at UCL. His research spans all aspects of CCUS, particularly CO2 pipeline safety and operational issues. He is the coordinator of several UKCCSRC funded projects and the EC FP7 and H2020 projects, CO2PipeHaz, CO2QUEST and C4U involving the collaboration between academics and industry partners in Europe, China, Canada and USA. Project highlights include the development of best practice guidelines for injection of CO2 into highly depleted gas fields and the construction of world’s longest fully instrumented CO2 pipeline rupture test facility. Haroun is one of the two lead authors of the Zero Emission Platform report titled ‘A Trans-European CO2 Transportation Infrastructure for CCUS: Opportunities & Challenges’. The report is aimed at facilitating the development of a pipeline and ship infrastructure for transporting several Mt/yr of CO2 captured from major regional industrial emitters for permanent offshore geological storage; considered as key enabler for meeting Net Zero emission target by 2030.