Roberts, Jen


Dr Jen Roberts is the UKCCSRC Deputy Director and Early Career Lead. Jen is Senior Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde where she researches interlinking technical, social and environmental risks in energy systems, with particular focus on CO2 geological storage.  To date, Jen has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and +1,000 citations, and she is Deputy-Editor-in-Chief for the journal Earth Science, Systems and Society. Jen also sits on the Research Committee for the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) Directorate, and the Science Advisory Group for the NERC CO2 Storage Research Facility (CSRF).

Dr Kyra Sedransk Campbell is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. She is co-inventor of the Oxidative Ionothermal Synthesis (OIS) method, and a co-founder of Nanomox Ltd. Her research is at the interface of chemical engineering, chemistry, and materials science; she uses fundamental research, including developing new technologies and techniques, to inform important issues around sustainability. In the area of carbon capture, she has been significant in understanding the corrosion challenges that plague the existing technologies to make the infrastructure safer and less susceptible to corrosion. She is a member and the lead of the EDI working group for the ISCF TFI Future Leaders Group, on the EDI committee for the TransFire project, on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the TFI Network+, and serves as EDI lead for the CCS Network+. She is engaged in working towards improving EDI in manufacturing, as a pathway to make it more appealing, and therefore sustainable in the UK, as a career.

Jon Gibbins is the Director of the UKCCSRC. He has worked on energy engineering, fuel conversion and CCS for 45 years, initially in industry and then as a university academic, latterly leading national academic research initiatives. With over 80 papers and more than 100 articles and reports on CCS and related topics, he is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the IMechE, a Fellow of the Institute of Energy and Professor of CCS at the University of Sheffield.  Since 2005 Jon has played a leading role in UK CCS academic capacity building, growing the UK CCS Research Centre as an inclusive and open virtual national hub and helping to start now-mainstream UK initiatives on industrial decarbonisation (2012) and CCS clusters (2016). His research activities centre around engagement with industry and policymakers on practical aspects of CCS deployment, with an emphasis on policy and economic requirements plus detailed practical analysis of matching capture plant designs to market conditions.

Carys Blunt is the Finance and Centre Manager, and has been with the Centre since 2016.  Her role encompasses financial management of the Centre, reporting to the UKCCSRC Board, along with the day to day running of Centre activities. She works closely with the Centre Director and the UKCCSRC Board to ensure the delivery of the Centre’s strategy and operationally works closely with the Finance Manager, Melissa Ayres. Carys has been employed at the University of Sheffield since 2013 working in a variety of roles, more latterly concentrating on research finance in the Engineering Faculty.