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ETP Energy Innovation Emporium Theme Sessions: Speaker Information

Professor Sir Jim McDonald

Professor Sir Jim McDonald joined the University of Strathclyde in 1984 following seven years in the electric utility industry and was appointed to the Rolls-Royce Chair in Electrical Power Systems in 1993. He became Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde in March 2009. He Co-chairs, with the First Minister, the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board. He is Chairman of the Independent Glasgow Economic Leadership Board. He currently holds several senior business appointments with organisations including the Weir Group, Scottish Power, the UK Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the UK National Physical Laboratory. He chairs two of the pan-Scotland research pools in Energy and Engineering and is Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Committee.

In the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List on 16 June 2012, Professor McDonald was awarded a Knighthood for services to education, engineering and the economy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the Energy Institute.

Chris Stark (Scottish Government)

Chris Stark is Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of Scotland’s approach to emissions-reduction and the accompanying energy system transition.  His team provides advice to Scottish Ministers on all aspects of energy and climate policy – and on licensing and consent decisions for new onshore energy infrastructure.  Chris previously headed the Strategy Unit, the Scottish Government’s central strategy team, and has worked in a number of Whitehall departments.  He has wide experience of economic policymaking, in the Scottish Government, HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

 
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Maxine Akhurst: (Principal Geologist and Project Manager, British Geological Survey, Edinburgh)


Dr Maxine Akhurst is a Principal Geologist with 27 years’ experience in offshore and onshore geological research and modelling, specialising in CO2 Storage research since 2008. Present research activities and fields of interests include multi-disciplinary CO2 storage site appraisal, risk assessment-led site characterisation to meet regulatory requirements and storage characterisation. Currently, Maxine manages the CO2Stored project which hosts and develops the world-leading online CO2Stored Storage Evaluation Database for the UK, providing easily accessible information for UK offshore CO2 storage sites. She is project manager for the CO2MultiStore project and two preceding Scottish Government and industry consortium projects, to identify the significant CO2 storage resource and reduce risks for the operation of storage sites offshore Scotland. Maxine led the risk assessment-led appraisal of a prospective UK site to inform site characterisation with the European regulatory framework by the EU-funded SiteChar project. She has a wealth of experience on UK, EU and international research projects.

 
 
 
Gerard Boyd (Commercial and Innovation Manager, Scottish Power Energy Networks)

Gerard joined ScottishPower in 2003 after graduating from the University of Strathclyde with an honours degree in electrical and electronic engineers. He has undertaken a range of operational roles across the business and also has extensive experience in asset risk management representing SPEN in the development of the Common Network Asset Indices Methodology and in business planning.

Gerard was heavily involved in the development, submission and negotiation of the recent Distribution price control RIIO ED1, before moving to his current role of Commercial and Innovation Manager. This role covers both the development and management of SP Energy Networks Innovation portfolio and matters of commercial policy. He has also been at the forefront of developing SP Energy Networks Vision to transition from its role as  Distribution Network Operator to a more active Distribution System Operator and sits on a range of industry working groups seeking to develop and implement this concept.

 
 
 
Jim Brown (Energy Skills Partnership)

Jim Brown is the Director of Scotland’s colleges Energy Skills Partnership which was established in 2011 to provide the link between industry, government and its agencies whilst supporting colleges in the development and delivery of programmes to meet industry’s skills needs. Prior to this Jim was the Head of the Whitlock Energy Collaboration Centre at Carnegie College - developing the college strategy for sustainable technologies which included initiatives such as the delivery of the UK pilot of the Wind Turbine Apprenticeship and the establishment of the Sustainable Technology Centre focussing on energy efficiency and micro-renewables.

Jim has a wealth of experience in the energy industry with roles including Head of Renewables at Energy and Utility Skills where he was charged with working with industry and governments across the four nations to develop skills interventions to support the renewable energy sector. Jim was also seconded into Scottish Government to develop and deliver their Renewable Energy Skills Framework for Action. Furthermore, he worked closely with RenewableUK in developing apprenticeships to support the wind industry and with a collaboration of Sector Skills Councils to develop a Renewable Energy Skills Strategy for the UK.
 

 Professor Graeme Burt (University of Strathclyde)

Graeme Burt is a professor of electrical power systems within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, where he co-directs the 250+ strong Institute for Energy and Environment. Professor Burt is also the Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Electrical Power Systems, and is lead academic for the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC), and theme lead in power systems and grid technologies for the Energy Technology Partnership. He is an active researcher, with a track record of leading involvement in many national and international power systems consortia research projects. Professor Burt also serves on Scotland’s Aerospace, Defence, Marine and Security Industry Leadership Group, on the Steering Committee of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programme in Smart Grids, and is Spokesperson for the Board of the Association of European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories (DERlab e.V.).

 
David Butler (Market Analysis Manager, Energy and Low Carbon Team, Scottish Enterprise):



David Butler worked for 11 years at British Energy/EdF in a variety of roles including power trading, business development and government policy. Prior to joining Scottish Enterprise (SE) at the end of 2009 he worked at ITI Energy assessing and helping to commercialise early stage energy technologies. His current role involves taking a longer term look at market and technology opportunities in energy and low carbon markets. This work helps SE  proactively develop its strategy in these markets and under-pins the successful delivery of economic development projects. He has a Master of Science from Imperial College and an MBA from Henley Management School.

 

 

Barry Carruthers (Scottish Power Renewables)

Barry is the Strategic Innovation Manager at ScottishPower Renewables, working within the Policy & Innovation Department.  Barry’s current remit is across the energy sector including onshore and offshore wind, energy storage and emerging technologies.  He has worked in all aspects of project development, from technology assessment and procurement, to project financing and wider strategy development.

 

 

Joe Clarke (BRE Chair in Energy Utilisation, University of Strathclyde)

Joe Clarke holds the BRE Research Chair in Energy Utilisation within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where he delivers courses on energy systems and environmental engineering topics. He pursues his research interests within the Energy Systems Research Unit, which has been nominated as a Centre of Excellence by the UK Building Research Establishment. This research addresses whole energy systems performance and a feature of his work is the development and dissemination of Open Source performance assessment and monitoring tools that enable engineers, architects and planners to assess the energy, comfort, health and environmental impact implications of design solutions and energy actions at all scales. Joe is the convener of ETP’s Energy Systems Theme.

 
 
 
George Cobb (SSE)

George is a sustainability professional and currently holds the position of Group Sustainability Accountant at SSE Group, a FTSE 35 company based in the UK. His primary role is advising executive management on best value capital expenditure decisions which seek to balance a wide range of key stakeholder views. Prior to joining SSE, George qualified as a Charted Accountant in 2010 having trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Academically, George graduated from the University of Dundee having completed a BAcc, an MA and a PhD, with his postgraduate research having been published in international accounting journals. Outside his work commitments George is the Chair of the ICAS Sustainability Advisory Panel and Vice Chair of the Capital Expenditure work stream for The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability project.

 
 
 
Catherine Cooper (Director, Veitch Cooper Limited)

Catherine is director of Veitch Cooper Limited, a company focused on the development of distributed energy systems.  She is a degree qualified Electrical and Electronic Engineer with an MSc in Technology and Innovation Management and is known for her innovative approach to problem solving. Her most recent projects include SMART Fintry, a Scottish Government funded project which aims to establish a local energy economy within a Stirlingshire village, and Energyfields, a low carbon urban heat project designed to address fuel poverty.

Catherine has had a rich and varied career since graduation and has held various New Product Development roles within the defence, semiconductor and energy sectors. Prior to setting up Veitch Cooper Limited, Catherine spent 7 years at SSE plc working with venture companies to develop new renewable heating and distributed energy products and services.

She is passionate about technology development but is equally comfortable with the commercial and financial aspects of project development.

 

 

Serena Corr (University of Glasgow)

Dr Serena Corr is a reader in Physical Chemistry at Glasgow University, where she leads the Functional Nanomaterials research group. Her research focuses on the development of electrode and solid electrolyte materials for Li-ion batteries and the in depth study of their properties in order to understand and improve their performance. She leads the multi-institutional EPSRC SUPERGEN Energy Storage project “Design and high throughput microwave synthesis of Li-ion battery materials” which is a collaboration between academic and industrial partners (EP/N001982/1, £1.22M), is co-investigator on another EPSRC Supergen grant to look at organic electrodes for Li-ion batteries and also leads a Leverhulme funded project on developing nanoscale conservation strategies for treating Tudor warship the Mary Rose. Serena was appointed to the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Network for energy in 2017 and is the Energy Technology Partnership leader for energy storage in Scotland. She is associate editor of the RSC journal Nanoscale, has published >40 refereed publications, including five invited book chapters (h-index 20, >2200 citations) and has given over 40 invited/plenary conference talks and seminars.

 
 
 
Graeme Edmond (Senior Principle Cilvil Engineer - Transport Scotland)

Graham is a Chartered Civil Engineer. He has worked in a number of positions in the Scottish Executive and was also responsible for the day to day maintenance of the 3,500 km of trunk roads in Scotland. Moving to Transport Scotland’s Major Projects in 2015, Graham acted as Head of Construction responsible for the programme of the construction new trunk road projects in Scotland.  This currently includes the Aberdeen Western Peripheral/Balmedie-Tipperty project, the M8 M73 and M74 project, the A96 Inveramsay Bridge improvement and the A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy improvement as part of the A9 dualling programme. This represents well in excess of £1Bn of new investment.

Graham is an active participants in a number of research projects including the European wide CLIMSAVE and Impressions Projects and is also responsible for the adaptation of the trunk road network to cope with the effects of climate change and has steered a sustainability review for Transport Scotland including the development of a carbon management system. He is currently the Senior Vice Chairman of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch of the ICE, has been a team member on a number of Gateway Reviews including the Scotrail/Caledonian Sleeper Franchise and has acted as SRO on a number of Transport Scotland projects.

 

 

 

Neil Ferguson (Scottish Enterprise): Specialist - Energy

Neil is engaged in the development of the Scottish Energy Systems, Heating & Cooling and Hydrogen/Fuel Cells sub-sectors within the Scottish Enterprise (SE) Energy team.  His role involves the implementation of SE’s strategic approaches to these sub-sectors, as part of SE’s overall approach towards the development of the renewable energy industry in Scotland.

Before he joined the Energy & LCT team in 2008, Neil’s work within SE involved facilitating strategy development in areas such as Forestry, Tourism and E-Business. Neil has also been involved in the development of the SE Rural Group’s policy and practice.

Having originally graduated as a chemical engineer, Neil has performed a wide range of roles including managing a consultancy practice dealing with partnership development, running a developmental programme aimed at creating new types of jobs and designing a new type of fuel oil using coal and water!

 

 
 
Dr Aruna Ivaturi - University of Strathclyde

Dr Aruna Ivaturi is Chancellor’s Fellow and EPSRC Early Career Fellow at University of Strathclyde. Her principal research interests lie in the synthesis of nanomaterials, development, fabrication and characterisation of devices based on them for energy and environmental sectors. She has made important scientific and technological contributions – for example, switchable coatings for energy saving windows, materials and devices for sensing technologies and solar energy conversion. Over the last eight years her main research focus has been in the development of novel materials and devices for solar energy conversion especially the emerging new PV technologies. Recently, she has been awarded the EPSRC Fellowship to add new dimensionality to the Perovskite solar cell research in the UK.


 

 

Professor William Leithead - University of Strathclyde

Prof. Leithead is Head of the Wind Energy and Control Centre in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He is the Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind Energy Systems and its successor the Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and is the Chair of the EPSRC Supergen Wind Hub. Prof. Leithead is a member of the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme Wind Steering Committee, the European Academy of Wind Energy Executive Committee, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Technology (Trondheim) and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy (Bergen) and is the Deputy Chair of the ORECatapult Research Advisory Group.

Prof. Leithead has been conducting research into Wind Energy since 1988 when he founded the wind energy research group at University of Strathclyde. Its compliment is now approximately 10 academic staff and 70+ PhD students and Research Associates. His research interests include the conceptual design of wind turbines, the modelling and simulation of wind turbines and wind farms, and the dynamic analysis and control of wind turbines and wind farms. Prof. Leithead has been the recipient of more than 60 research grants and is the author of more than 250 academic publications.

 

 

 

Gregor McDonald (Scottish Enterprise)

Gregor is a Technology Analyst in the Energy Team at Scottish Enterprise, whose role is to deliver robust analysis over a range of low carbon and renewable technologies. He holds an engineering PhD from University College London and is a Chartered Physicist.

Specific projects have included:

- Leading the Scottish Biofuels Taskforce research for the Scottish Government and contributing to the advisory board of the Scottish Biofuels Programme;
- Performing detailed analysis of the low carbon heat sector, referenced in the Scottish Government's Heat Policy Statement 2015.

 

 

Alan Mortimer (Sgurr Energy):

 

Alan Mortimer graduated from Glasgow University in 1987 with an Honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering. After four years at James Howden & Co. Ltd. in Glasgow, Alan joined ScottishPower, working in renewables development. His roles included Head of Wind Development where he developed the strategy for, and led the development of a wind portfolio including Whitelee Windfarm – which now at 539MW is Europe’s largest onshore windfarm. In his subsequent role as Head of Policy for ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) Alan was responsible for managing policy and strategic issues whilst maintaining responsibility for identifying new business opportunities in renewables, including SPR’s role in technology development programmes such as the Offshore Wind Accelerator, and marine renewables. He identified and developed the 10MW Islay Tidal Demonstration Array project and securing consents for the project (a world first), and managed SPR’s interests in the Orcadian Wave Project utilising Pelamis wave technology.

He has advised the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise on supply chain needs and managed activities to develop the marine supply chain to maximise Scottish content. Alan joined SgurrEnergy in 2013 as Director of Innovation where his role involves extending the company’s renewable energy activities in onshore wind, offshore wind, solar, wave, tidal, heat and transport with greater involvement in technology development and innovation. The aim of all of this work is to enhance performance and reduce the costs of renewable technologies in support of the rapidly-growing global market.

 

 

Professor John Nelson (University of Aberdeen):

Professor John Nelson holds the Sixth Century Chair of Transport Studies in the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen and is Founding Director of the Centre for Transport Research (CTR). He is also an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS), University of Sydney. He also directs the Aberdeen / Heriot-Watt node of the Transport Systems Catapult University Partner Programme. John is particularly interested in the application and evaluation of new technologies to improve transport systems as well as the policy frameworks and regulatory regimes necessary to achieve sustainable mobility. John Nelson is the immediate past Chairman of the Universities’ Transport Study Group (UTSG), which promotes transport teaching and research across the UK and Ireland. He served as Scientific Director for the ITS European Congress in Glasgow (June 2016).

 

 

 

Dr Edward H Owens (Heriot-Watt University)

Dr Owens is the Director of Planning in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University.  He graduated with a first class honours in Applied Physics from the University of Strathclyde in 1985 and went on to gain his Doctorate at Heriot-Watt University in Offshore Engineering.  He has extensive experience, gained  over several decades, of research management in several fields including instrumentation and energy demand management.  Eddie is the ETP Theme Coordinator for Energy Utilization in Buildings and is currently leading energy related research projects in India, Tanzania and of course Scotland. 

 

 

 

Johann Partridge (IBiolC)

Johann joined the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) in May 2016 and currently manages the Centre’s collaborative projects programme. Her role focuses on maintaining relationships with HEI and industry partners active within the IB sector, identifying collaborative opportunities for innovation, overseeing funding calls and ensuring delivery of live project outcomes.


Johann is a chemist by training and carried out her doctoral studies in the Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology at Strathclyde University. She has over 20 years’ experience within the biotech and life sciences sectors; ranging from research roles within academia to involvement in IP generation and company spin-out, as well as working at senior management level within an SME environment.

 

 

Andrew Peacock (Research Fellow, Heriot Watt University)


Dr Andrew Peacock is a Research Fellow at Heriot Watt University with a track record of research in the field of whole energy system analysis.  Working with multi-disciplinary teams Andrew has delivered internationally renowned output focusing on a wide array of topics that includes user centered design of energy management systems, development of housing stock modelling approaches for assessing energy efficiency policy and multi objective control of micro-combined heat and power systems.

 

 

 

Fiona Riddoch

Fiona Riddoch has over 20 years of executive and management experience in marketing, manufacturing and industry; the majority gained with Honeywell Inc. She started in 2000 working with a range of technology companies on strategic and product marketing with several industry start-ups, including renewables.  

From 2006 to 2015 she led the European Association for Combined Heat and Power (COGEN Europe) in Brussels, securing European Union funding of over €50 million for the sector and positioning COGEN Europe centrally in the energy policy development process of the Brussels institutions. In 2015 she served on the Scottish Government’s Expert Commission on Energy Regulation.  

As an academic physicist, Fiona’s doctoral research was in photovoltaic design (Heriot Watt University) followed by research on renewables and heat recovery in buildings in Scotland (Strathclyde University). She holds an MBA from Edinburgh University.

Fiona Riddoch started to build a private client base as an Energy Strategy and Policy consultant from January 2016.

 

 

 

Isla Robb (Scottish Enterprise)

 

Isla Robb is an Energy Specialist in Scottish Enterprise, with expertise in Offshore Wind. She has a particular focus on supply chains where her work includes introducing developers and key suppliers to the Scottish supply chain, supporting companies interested in entering the offshore wind sector and highlighting offshore wind opportunities to new entrants. Original trained as a Building Surveyor, Isla has had a varied career in the private & public sector both in the UK & abroad. Isla currently manages Offshore Wind Expert Support within Scottish Enterprise.
 

 

 

Graeme Scott (IBI Group)

Graeme Scott is a Partner in IBI Group, a globally integrated design and technology form focussed on designing every aspect of an integrated city for people to live, work and play. He leads the firm’s Intelligence sector in the UK & Ireland, and has more than 20 years’ experience in delivering transport technology and systems based initiatives globally, covering strategic advice, research, design, solution and system development and operation. He’s also seen many next big things and trends come and go, which has instilled a healthy degree of scepticism…

In recent years Graeme has played a lead role in IBI’s Smart and Future Cities practice, in which the mission to define the cities of tomorrow is achieved through the integration of intelligence and technology across all aspects of the firms’ business.  In this area he’s worked on a range of projects, from Glasgow’s Future City programme through to India’s number 1 ranked smart city, Bhubaneshwar, and sees transport and future approaches as key to delivering tomorrow’s cities.

 

 

Chris Thomson (Castle Rock Edinvar)

Chris is Castle Rock Edinvar's Head of Assets who leads its Procurement, Investment, Voids and Home Repairs teams (our in-house contractor). Chris has worked within the social housing sector for around 22 years. Before joining Castle Rock Edinvar in 2009, Chris worked as a senior manager at Blackwood Housing Association and Horizon Housing Association managing cross functional teams including development and housing management.

Castle Rock Edinvar is part of the Places for People Group and represents the business on asset and resource management for the Scottish Business. Innovative solution too hard to treat properties and early adopters with energy advisory services has positioned Castle Rock Edinvar as a lead organisation in developing energy improvements across its 8000 managed stock.

Chris is a Trustee of the Crags Sports Centre, a community managed resource within the Southside of Edinburgh. Chris has an BSc (Honours) in Building Engineering Management.

 

 

Andrew Tipping: (Commercilaisation Manager, ORE Catapult)

Andrew joined ORE Catapult in May 2012 and is responsible for developing the strategy and managing the delivery of ORE Catapult’s technology commercialisation program. This involves working companies in the supply chain bringing new technologies to the offshore renewables market.

With a background in market research and technology commercialisation, Andrew works with innovators to identify routes to market, investment opportunities and collaborative research and development opportunities. Prior to this role Andrew spent three years selling test and demonstration services to leading renewable technology developers.



 

Karen Turner: (Director of the Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde)

Karen is Director of the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute. She has previously held academic posts at in the Economics Departments at Heriot-Watt, Stirling and Strathclyde Universities. Karen was one of six ESRC Climate Change Leadership Fellows and her main research interests lie in energy and climate policy. The main focus of her current work is modelling economy-wide impacts of introducing energy efficiency enhancing and/or carbon reducing technologies such as CCS. She was Principle Investigator on the EPSRC ‘Working with the [EUED] Centres project titled ‘Energy Saving Innovations and Economy-wide Rebound Effects’.

 

 

Seonaid Vass: (Scottish Enterprise)



Seonaid has worked for Scottish Enterprise since 2000 undertaking a range of roles within the organisation.   She is currently Head of Energy, Renewables having joined the Energy Team in 2010.  Her career started with Shell UK in1986 following an MA in Economics & Politics from Edinburgh University.  In 1989 she joined Scottish Enterprise working with companies and managing projects in a range of sectors and also completed an MBA at the University of Edinburgh.  She moved to Royal Bank of Scotland in 1994 initially working on their business transformation programme and then moving into commercial banking strategic analysis and development before returning to Scottish Enterprise.

 

 



Dr Ian Watson (University of Glasgow)

Dr Watson’s first degree was in Applied Physics, followed by a PhD from the School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, in “Optimising the gaseous discharge and optical coupling of a pulsed CO2 laser”.  He has extensively researched the effects of high power laser beams on microorganisms and laser sterilization and inactivation; publishing on direct effects of lasers and their efficacy on decontaminating different substrates (solids, liquids and air) and a range of microorganisms (E. coli to B. atrophaeus, an anthrax simulant). This led to research in microalgae growth for biofuels and high value products, including: photobioreactor design and optimisation, dewatering strategies and extraction e.g. enhanced solvent extraction techniques and hydrothermal liquefaction in particular.  He has experience of laser ignition for combustion applications and is currently focussed on gasification of different feedstocks and their pretreatment.  He is also investigating real time detection and control techniques to improve gasification of biomass and gasifier design.   He is a Reader in Applied Energy, within the Systems, Power and Energy Research Division of the School of Engineering, University of Glasgow.

 
 
Susan Weatherstone (Uniper Technologies Ltd)

Dr Susan Weatherstone is a senior member of the Fuel Technology Team at Uniper Technologies Ltd. Susan has over 10 years’ experience in the utility industry in the area of solid fuel quality impacts on power plant operation and emissions performance, with a particular focus on biomass fuels. This has included work in developing fuel quality specifications for a number of new build biomass plant and coal plant conversions and investigating biomass pre-treatment options.  Other areas of specialism have included working with the Health & Safety Laboratory at Buxton to develop industry guidance on SHE issues associated with biomass, and the impacts of biomass quality on areas including slagging, corrosion, ash quality and pollutant emissions and control.  Susan has also specialised in environmental reporting including development of GHG lifecycle assessments.

 
 
Gary West (First Group)

Gary West, Engineering Director Scotland, working for First Bus; responsible for implementing engineering strategy and strategic operational goals, driving engineering excellence. He believes in providing clear engineering leadership and prioritising Health, Safety and Environmental issues. Implementing a lean business strategy as well as driving continuous improvement across all engineering related areas are key to a sustainable, efficient business.


Gary has 29 years of experience as an automotive engineer and joined First Bus 4 years ago to improve service delivery, whilst driving engineering efficiency. Previously, he spent the last 6 years of a 25 year military career heavily involved in Ministry of Defence (MoD) procurement, which included the role of Technical Support Officer for a £23 billion vehicle fleet replacement programme. He was directly responsible for ensuring acceptable delivery levels of Reliability & Maintainability (R&M) and to act as a conduit between the MoD and industry. Gary also held a senior position in a high profile environmental demonstrator programme designed to reduce expeditionary forces’ fossil fuel dependency.
He holds an MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from University of East London and is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), as well as Incorporated Engineer (IEng) with Society of Operations Engineers.

 

 
 
Dr Zhibin Yu (Lecturer in Engineering, University of Glasgow):

Zhibin is a Lecturer in Energy Engineering within the School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow. He holds a BEng and a PhD in the area of Thermal Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE), and also currently the Research Theme Coordinator for Heat Energy within the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) of Scotland. His research is focused on thermal energy technologies and their fundamental problems, with particular interests in novel technologies for power generation from low grade heat. He has over 70 publications, and is PI/Co-I on several major research projects funded by EPSRC, EC, and Innovate UK.