Advisory Council

The Advisory Council links academic researchers working on the underpinning science base for CCS with both practitioners in the field and researchers across the wide range of related disciplines that all contribute to delivering net-zero. The Advisory Council brings together representatives from other academic hubs, industry and trade associations, policymakers and additional stakeholders with relevant experience and roles to work with the UKCCSRC programme and guide the strategic direction of the Centre.

Dr Bruce Adderley

Dr Bruce Adderley

Dr Lindsay-Marie Armstrong

Dr Lindsay-Marie Armstrong

Mr Silvian Baltac

Mr Silvian Baltac

Mr Jonathan Briggs

Mr Jonathan Briggs

Mr Carl Clayton

Mr Carl Clayton

Ms Suzanne Ferguson

Ms Suzanne Ferguson

Dr Carolina Font Palma

Dr Carolina Font Palma

Mr Sam French

Mr Sam French

Ms Catrin Harris

Ms Catrin Harris

Mr Michael High

Mr Michael High

Mr Ben Kek

Mr Ben Kek

Mr Mark Lewis

Mr Mark Lewis

Dr Bryony Livesey

Dr Bryony Livesey

Prof Ron Loveland

Prof Ron Loveland

Ms Kirsty Lynch

Ms Kirsty Lynch

Prof Niall Mac Dowell

Prof Niall Mac Dowell

Dr Niall Macfadyen, C. Eng.

Dr Niall Macfadyen, C. Eng.

Prof Haroun Mahgerefteh

Prof Haroun Mahgerefteh

Dr Harsh Pershard

Dr Harsh Pershard

Prof Ian Reaney

Prof Ian Reaney

Dr Fatemeh Rezazadeh

Dr Fatemeh Rezazadeh

Dr Sara Walker

Dr Sara Walker

Dr Gang Wang

Dr Gang Wang

Dr Bruce Adderley

Bruce is the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Challenge Director – Transforming Foundation Industries at UKRI, where he leads his team as they work with industry to deliver this transformation across the cement, ceramics, bulk chemicals, paper, metals, and glass sectors.Bruce has held senior leadership roles at Tata Steel Europe, and its predecessors, and has over 20 years of experience working with colleagues across the Foundation Industries on tackling climate change, and both nationally and across Europe to deliver sectoral decarbonisation roadmaps. With a background in delivery of cross business R&D projects and programmes Bruce has also led teams responsible for emissions monitoring, reporting and trading, as well as improvements in manufacturing energy efficiency. Bruce has an MBA, and a doctorate in Physics, and joined UKRI from The University of Sheffield where he held roles as co-Director of their programme of translational energy research and manager of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre

Dr Lindsay-Marie Armstrong

Lindsay-Marie Armstrong is a Lecturer within Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Southampton. She holds the roles of Chair of the Clean Carbon University Strategic Research Group (USRG); Academic Lead for the Solent Industrial Decarbonisation Cluster; and Director of Student Recruitment for School of Engineering.She has a BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree and MSc in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). In 2012, she completed her PhD which developed reactive multiphase models for thermochemical conversion processes within coal and biomass fluidised beds, and upon completion was awarded a New Frontiers Fellowship at the University of Southampton.  Lindsay established, and Chairs, the University of Southampton Clean Carbon USRG, a network of over 150+ academic and industrial partners.She has extensive knowledge of reactive multiphase modelling, particularly for carbon capture and utilization technologies. She has numerous highly cited articles in leading journals, including Chemical Engineering Journal, International journal of heat and mass transfer, International Journal of Multiphase Flow; Frontiers in Chemistry GCB Bioenergy; in addition to leading international conferences. Awards include the Institute of Physics 2011 "Award for significant progress in Combustion by an early career researcher" and the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment’s 2013 “Dean’s award for Early Career Excellence”.

Mr Silvian Baltac

Silvian Baltac is a Principal Consultant at Element Energy, a consultancy focused on the transition to net-zero. Silvian leads Element’s activities on industrial decarbonisation, CCUS infrastructure, blue hydrogen and negative emissions. Silvian and his team provide analytic, advisory and strategic support for national governments, industrial clusters, and international companies to inform strategic decision-making regarding deep decarbonisation and identification of new market opportunities. Silvian has led the development of several pivotal reports for the UK industrial decarbonisation, including working with a number of stakeholders in the Humber and Scottish clusters, as well as examining the economic and skills impacts of CCUS and hydrogen roll-out in the UK.

Mr Jonathan Briggs

Jonathan Briggs is the Project Director for the Humber Zero project at VPI’s 1200MW combined heat and power plant in Immingham.Mr. Briggs has 30 years working in the Oil & Gas industry with BP, OGCI Climate Investment Fund, and now manages the Humber Zero project, a decarbonization project at scale around the Immingham refining, power and industrial complex. He has held several roles in upstream, LNG, power and CCUS. Previously Mr Briggs was the Managing Director for the Hydrogen Energy Joint Venture between BP and Rio Tinto in North America and managed both BP’s initial CCS project at the North Sea’s Miller platform and later the Don Valley Power Project that participated in the UK’s CCS commercialization competition in 2011.Mr. Briggs graduated with a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College London, and holds an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Mr Carl Clayton

Carl Clayton is the Head of Bioenergy, Carbon Capture & Storage (BECCS) for Drax Group PLC.  Carl’s career has spanned a variety of roles within renewable energy & heavy industry since 2003, operating as a Process & Control Systems Engineer and a Technical & Project Manager. In 2017 Carl began leading the development of Carbon Capture related activities within the Innovation function of the Drax Group, with activities ranging from R&D, Piloting & Incubation, and developing BECCS within Drax Groups’ core strategy. Since 2019 Carl’s role has involved the technical and commercial project management of the Carbon Capture Retro-fit project on Drax Power Station Unit’s 1&2, aiming to deliver 8mtpa of Negative Emissions in the UK by 2030, Carl was also heavily involved in the origination of the Zero Carbon Humber Consortium with co-founding partners National Grid & Equinor.Carl is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology, and holds an MBA from the University of Warwick, MSc from the University of Derby & an BEng(Hons) from the University of Bradford.

Ms Suzanne Ferguson

Suzie is the Carbon Capture Technical Lead in Wood’s Specialist Engineering and Consulting team and has been working on CCS and decarbonisation projects for 13 years.  She has worked on a number of the UK Government competition FEED projects, undertaken extensive benchmarking of different types of process plants with CO2 capture, from oil refineries to glass plants to hydrogen plants, and has evaluated many novel CO2 capture technologies on behalf of potential investors.

Dr Carolina Font Palma

Dr Font Palma is Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Department of Engineering, University of Hull, where she works on process simulation and integration of energy systems, cryogenic separation and carbon capture. She previously worked at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Chester.She has a PhD from the University of Manchester and post-doctoral experience in carbon capture at the University of Leeds. She worked on the OxyPROP (Oxygen Penalty Reduction Options Programme) jointly with Costain, the Universities of Leeds and Edinburgh, funded by DECC CCS Innovation Programme. She worked on the Advanced Cryogenic Carbon Capture (A3C) project (Ref.132957) with PMW Technology, University of Sheffield, WSP and DVN GL funded by Innovate UK, and led the CO2-FROST project funded by the UKCCSRC Flexible funding 2020 jointly with the University of Edinburgh.Carolina has recently been awarded the prestigious RAEng/The Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship 2020/2021. She is committee member of the IChemE Clean Energy Special Interest Group.UKCCSRC Flexible Funding 2020 Project

Mr Sam French

Sam currently works in Business Development at Johnson Matthey, leading the development of the strategy and programme for Low Carbon Hydrogen – both Blue and Green.Previous roles at Johnson Matthey include Technology Manager for the steam reforming catalyst and technology R&D team. After moving from R&D into Business Development, he was tasked with developing a portfolio of new opportunities for processes from new feedstocks, such as biomass, waste and renewable energy. Sam sits on the Hydrogen Council Management Board, Chairs the UK Hydrogen Advisory work group 2020 Deployment Roadmap, as well as representing JM on a number of other organisations focused on solutions to decarbonisation.

Ms Catrin Harris

Catrin is a 2nd year PhD student in the subsurface CO2 research group, part of the Earth Science and Engineering department at Imperial College London. Her research is supported by BP and the Imperial ‘Transition Towards a Zero Pollution Society’ DTP. Catrin’s project uses the latest in petrophysical and digital rock core technology to improve our understanding of the impact of heterogeneity on capillary trapping of CO2 in the subsurface. Her research encompasses mathematical analysis, numerical flow simulation and laboratory X-ray CT core flood experiments. Catrin is developing workflows to create physics-based representations of capillary heterogeneity trapping in field scale simulations, with the aim to improve the reliability of models used to assess potential geological CO2 storage sites.

Mr Michael High

Michael is a third year PhD student at Imperial College London focusing on oxygen carrier development for chemical looping applications under the supervision of Professor Paul Fennell and Dr Kyra Campbell. The aim of my research is toward the rational design of oxygen carriers by developing synthesis-structure-performance relationships through rigorous chemical and physical characterisation techniques. My wider interests are industrial decarbonisation (particularly iron and steel), hydrogen, and energy in the urban environment. I am pleased to be a member of the newly formed ECR Working Group and look forward to help shape the direction of the ECR programme.

Mr Ben Kek

Ben Kek is Deputy Project Director responsible for technical integration on the Net Zero Teesside (NZT) and Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) project (www.netzeroteesside.co.uk). Net Zero Teesside will enable Teesside’s ambition to be the first net zero industrial cluster in the UK through CCUS, anchored by a dispatchable gas with carbon capture power station to complement renewables in further decarbonizing the electricity grid. Northern Endurance Partnership will aim to develop the UK’s largest scale offshore CO2 transportation and storage system serving both Teesside and Humber clusters, enabling industrial decarbonisation of the largest emitters in the UK via CCUS. Ben has been a core member in the conception of this project since early 2019, and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng IET) and a Project Management Professional (PMP). Throughout his career with BP, he has experienced the full lifecycle of several large mega projects from drawing board to production operations in several countries. In particular, he spent over 5 years in the engineering of the Shah Deniz 2 project which was recognized with the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Major Project Award in 2019, an example of a complex mega project spanning the full gas value chain, with many analogues to the NZT/NEP full chain CCUS project. Ben is passionate about the role that the NZT/NEP  project will play in the UK and BP’s net zero ambitions by 2050, as part of the global energy transition.

Mr Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis MA C.Eng FIETMark came to Teesside in 1978 with ICI. He joined the Process Industry Cluster NEPIC in 2006 and since 2015 he has been working in the Tees Valley Combined Authority, developing the region as a leading Industrial Carbon Capture & Storage cluster for the UK. His focus now is working to show how the region with its industrial cluster can lead in achieving the UK’s decarbonisation goals. Tees Valley uniquely in one place combines all of the elements needed to make the transition to Net Zero and Mark is now working on hydrogen projects including road and rail deployment. Having set up the original CCUS industry group in the Tees Valley 10 years ago, he now supports the Net Zero Teesside project - a power and industrial CCS system aiming to secure Teesside’s industrial economy in a low carbon world and meet UK’s 2050 goal. 

Dr Bryony Livesey

Dr Bryony Livesey, ISCF Director – Industrial Decarbonisation ChallengeBryony leads the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC), which forms part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).  IDC is a £210m programme with £261m match funding from industry, designed to deploy low carbon technologies and enabling infrastructure in heavily industrialised regions of the UK.Bryony was previously Head of Technology at Costain, with responsibility for the identification and development of new technology. She was a member of BEIS' CCUS Cost Challenge Task Force, a Director of the CCSA (where she co-chaired the Technical Working Group) and has previously chaired the Independent Advisory Panel for the UKCCSRC.Prior to Costain, she was head of the R&D centre for Doosan Babcock, where she established their global R&D Centre, focussing on clean energy. Bryony previously worked for AEA Technology, leading technology and innovation in senior management roles both in the UK and internationally, including four years as President of a Joint Venture company in Tokyo.

Prof Ron Loveland

Prof Ron Loveland F.Inst.PEnergy Advisor to the Welsh GovernmentProf Ron Loveland is a very experienced technologist and member of the senior civil service- having worked extensively at the industry/government interface on technology, innovation, enterprise and energy matters over the last 30 years. Following holding the post of Director: Sustainable Energy and Industry in the previous Welsh Assembly Government, he was appointed nine years ago as the energy advisor to the Welsh Government with a mix of path-finding, advisory and ambassadorial roles (local and international) associated with helping to deliver the ambitious low carbon energy-related objectives for Wales on a joined-up government basis.

Ms Kirsty Lynch

Kirsty Lynch, Communications Director, Pale Blue DotKirsty has over 12 years’ experience working internationally in the low carbon energy industry with deep expertise and enthusiasm for public engagement and education.Kirsty joined Pale Blue Dot Energy in 2018 after more than six years at the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, leading all international public and community engagement programmes and establishing the highly successful CO2degrees Education initiative, that was adapted and translated for use in more than nine countries. Kirsty also comes with nearly four years of project delivery experience, having managed the stakeholder and knowledge share activities of one of the early UK carbon capture and storage projectsIn her life before low carbon energy, Kirsty held a variety of communication and event roles for elite sport and community health improvement initiatives.

Prof Niall Mac Dowell

Niall Mac Dowell 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. Since 2010, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers at the molecular, unit operation, integrated process, and system scales in this context. His work has been presented more than 100 times at conferences in the UK, EU, North America, Middle and Far East. A full list of publications can be found here and he currently serves on the Advisory Board of Joule.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 has provided evidence to members of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change and has given advice to DECC/BEIS, the IEA, the IEAGHG the ETI and the JRC. Niall is a member of Total’s Scientific Advisory Board, was also a member of the US National Petroleum Council (NPC) CCUS Roadmap Team. Niall has been a member of the technical working group of the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP), the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) and from 2015 – 2019 served as the Secretary of the IChemE's Energy Centre. He was awarded the Qatar Petroleum Prize for his work on Clean Fossil Fuels in 2010 and the IChemE’s Nicklin medal for his work on low carbon energy in 2015.

Location

Imperial College London

Dr Niall Macfadyen, C. Eng.

Niall is based in the Cheshire West and Chester local authority region, home of the Hynet project and 5% of UK emissions.  Cheshire also has the highest density of cows and cow related emissions and waste of any county in England. In addition to Hynet, the Hamilton field (for CCS) and the salt deposits (for storage), the region has been the site of a low carbon industrial cluster for almost 1000 years, since the Norman invasion and the construction of a weir on the River Dee.  Niall is a Speaker for Greenpeace and a member of the Cheshire West and Chester Climate Emergency Task Force.  His background is in the data communications industry.  Current interests are in educating the public about solutions to climate change and decarbonising agriculture, including co-locating greenhouses and industry along with vertical farming, for a CCUS based circular food and energy economy.  The CCC says that 75% of the population are worried about climate change but do not understand what causes it and do not realise that there are engineering solutions available to fix it.

Prof Haroun Mahgerefteh

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.UKCCSRC Flexible Funding 2018 Project

Dr Harsh Pershard

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.

Location

InnovateUK

Prof Ian Reaney

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.

Dr Fatemeh Rezazadeh

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.

Dr Sara Walker

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.

Dr Gang Wang

Dr Gang Wang has been a postdoctoral research fellow at Heriot-Watt University since 2020.  Gang holds the Leverhulme ECR fellowship in decarbonisation, with a particular interest in hydrogen and CO2 storage.He completed his PhD in Petroleum Engineering and MSc in Reservoir Evaluation and Management at Heriot Watt University.  His research focuses on using numerical simulations to fill the knowledge gap related to the interactions in the subsurface between various disciplines.  Currently, he is working to understand the flow behaviour of CO2 (cushion gas), H2 and water when they co-exist in porous media, with the aim of giving insight to optimize the recovery performance of the back produced H2 and the ultimate CO2 storage in subsurface geological formations.Gang and his research group welcome new data and collaborations to address the central concerns of the industry on hydrogen storage in subsurface porous media.  Please email to G.Wang@hw.ac.uk.