Ms Melissa Ayres
Melissa joined the centre in November 2015 as Finance Manager. She is based in the Centre's Sheffield Office and is responsible for overall financial management to ensure satisfactory delivery of the UKCCRSC grant and sub projects funded from it.Melissa trained as a chartered accountant at KPMG, moving into a Financial Controller role in industry, subsequently working as a Finance Director; responsible for Finance, Procurement, IT and Human Resources of the UK subsidiary of a European Manufacturing Group.Melissa has worked in University Finance for the last ten years within a commercially focussed capital finance role. Responsibilities included Executive Board reporting, presentations to senior management of investment business cases for multi million pound projects. University commercial activities included setting up a subsidiary, financial due diligence, winding up a company, creation of legal agreements and contracts.
Ms Carys Blunt
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.
Prof Jon Gibbins
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.
Mrs Victoria Giordano-Bibby
Victoria Giordano-Bibby is the Communications Support Officer and is responsible for our website and communications activities. She joined the Centre, and the University of Sheffield, in November 2019, with more than 15 years experience working in a variety of communications roles across the public and private sectors. Victoria has worked in a broad range of industries, from language teaching, offline editing in the civil service, full-service marketing in further education, content strategy for digital agencies, to content management within corporate law.
Ms Helen Gregory
Helen is one of our Research Support Officers, having joined the University in October 2021. Helen has worked in a variety of finance and administrative roles in local government, public sector and banking. She's currently studying part-time towards a Combined STEM degree focusing on environmental and health science and is looking forward to developing her knowledge of carbon capture and storage. Helen helps the team with conferences and events, along with providing finance and administrative support at the Centre.
Ms Rachel Money
Ms Rachel Money is the Research Support Officer. She joined the Centre in April 2019 and supports with day-to-day running of the Centre, including memberships, administration and Centre events.Rachel has previously worked at the University of Sheffield within the Careers Service and the Faculty of Engineering, supporting the delivery of projects and initiatives for both staff and students.