Allen, Tony


Tony leads the Industry & CCUS team within the Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy (SICE) Directorate of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.  He has a background ranging from engineering roles through to programme management in the high-technology aerospace sector. He has also gained other sectoral experience through providing programme and change management services as an interim. A Chartered Engineer, he holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and a master’s in business administration.

Joanna is a Senior Portfolio Manager at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UKRI. She is responsible for Negative Emissions Technologies, including the Carbon Capture & Storage research portfolio. She was previously a portfolio manager in Civil Engineering at EPSRC and has an academic research background in Organic Chemistry.

James Watt is a consultant with WSP specialising in Hydrogen, CCUS and decarbonisation. He was previously Process Engineering Manager and Technical Manager – CCS/Renewables for Wood plc in Darlington, UK. He has extensive experience in delivering projects from concept to commissioning in multiple sectors including conventional power, chemicals, CCS, hydrogen, renewables, gas storage and transmission and upstream oil and gas. Previous projects included the Longannet CCS transportation FEED, capture projects, concept design for OGCI CGP Teesside project and cluster/infrastructure studies (Yorkshire & Humber x2, Teesside x2 including the Teesside Collective Project, Scotland x2). His involvement in hydrogen projects includes NGN H21 Leeds Citygate, H100 and Hynet, most recently working SGN on their Hydrogen and CCS study for the Southampton cluster.He has represented his employers on the Energy Institute CCS and Hydrogen working groups, the Carbon Capture and Storage Association Technical and Policy & Regulation working groups. He has served on the advisory boards and participated in several academic led R&D projects and was the chairman of the Energy Industries Councils CCS forum.

Dr Owain Tucker is the Manager for CCS capability, assurance and project support, and the Principal Technical Expert in Carbon Storage in Shell. He leads a team of experts who support the delivery of CCS projects around the world, and are responsible for storage exploration and appraisal; technical assurance; integration; technology maturation; helping to shape the CCS research agenda; and the development of competences and capacity within Shell. Owain worked directly on the Goldeneye CO2 store in the UK North Sea for over six years, and lead the team who delivered the storage permit application and Storage development plan.

Owain represents Shell in global taskforces which focus on the development of CCS. He is a member of the UK Subsurface Taskforce, co-chaired the SPE group developing the Storage Resource Maturation System, and the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative Storage Working Group. He is on the executive committee of the IEA GHG R&D programme, the board of the UKCCSRC, the UK CCS ISO mirror committee, and is a member the ZEP taskforce technology. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University where he lectures in CO2 storage.

In previous roles Owain worked in Shell as a reservoir engineer, economist and eBusiness consultant; and at McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant. He read Physics and Geophysics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa; and holds a D.Phil in Experimental Solid State Physics from the University of Oxford.

Mohamed Pourkashanian is the Head of the Energy Institute at the University of Sheffield, the Managing Director of the Translational Energy Research Centre (TERC), Sustainable Aviation Fuels Innovation Centre (SAF-IC) and the General Secretary of International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF). As a Professor of Energy Engineering, he has completed numerous major research projects on clean energy technology and has received substantial grants from partners such as BEIS, EU, NATO, industrial partners and UKRI-EPSRC. He is a member of several international and national scientific bodies e.g., member of the ISCF-Industrial Decarbonisation Advisory Group, and Chair of the International Test Centre Network (ITCN). He led the establishment of the PACT and TERC national facilities in 2012 and 2019. He has published more than 491 refereed research papers and co-authored four books.At the Translational Energy Research Centre – where we also fund ECR TERC training – Professor Pourkashanian provides expert academic, strategic and operational leadership to the project and its team members, directly contributing to all ongoing activity.See Mohamed’s related research project pages:

Ruqaiyah is the Head of Decarbonising Industry and the Environment at EPSRC, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Her work focuses on energy and decarbonisation, specifically the strategic leadership and oversight of EPSRC’s activities in hydrogen, CCS, CCU and industrial decarbonisation, among other responsibilities. Before this role, she worked as a Portfolio Manager within the Engineering Theme and as a Senior Portfolio Manager in Maths and AI, where she had responsibility for a diverse portfolio of activities and initiatives.

Dr. Mona J. Mølnvik has a PhD within Mechanical Engineering from NTNU and became Research Director for Gas technology in SINTEF Energy Research in 2011 from a position as chief scientist. She has been with SINTEF since 1997. Mølnvik has been active in CCS research since early 2000. She was central in developing, leading and expanding the centre of excellence, FME BIGCCS – International CCS Research Centre (2009-2016) to becoming one of the largest CCS R&D efforts worldwide. Further, she has been involved in developing several EU-projects. Mølnvik has been a central contributor to development of strategies for CCS, and she was the first leader of the CO

Jeremy is Chair of the UKCCSRC Board and MD of Exergetic Limited, helping both private and public sector clients with various aspects of R&D funding and technology commercialisation. Until 2019 he was MD of 42 Technology, a company of ~40 engineers and scientists providing R&D and product development services. Previously he spent 6 years working for SSE, where he led a variety of projects in areas including biomass conversion, SCR retrofit, multi-fuel power plants and CCS. In 2009/10 Jeremy was a lead author of the funding bid for CCPilot100+, later serving on the project steering board and R&D Steering group during the operations phase. From 2010-12 he raised the profile of, shaped and was the capture lead for the >£1Bn Shell/SSE joint venture Peterhead CCS project currently in FEED. Jeremy was formerly an advanced control engineer at AspenTech, developed an FDA approved medical device at Astron Clinica and worked as a Process Engineer for both Bechtel and Petrofac International. Jeremy read Chemical Engineering at Cambridge and holds a Cranfield MBA.

Tony Alderson joined WSP as CCS Technical Lead in December 2012. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with 26 years of experience in the provision of engineering design, technical support and specialist consultancy services to the upstream and midstream hydrocarbons and energy sectors. Tony has expertise in carbon capture, utilisation & storage, hydrogen, liquefied natural gas, gasification, Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis/gas to liquids and clean energy.Tony’s background includes process design, evaluation and simulation, project planning, management and financial control, capital cost estimation and economic/techno-economic evaluation, market assessment and competitor/opportunity analysis. He is also a trained and experienced HAZOP Chairman.