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Thomas Bacquart - NPLThomas B

Dr Thomas Bacquart is a Higher Research Scientist in the Gas and Particle Metrology Group. His focus is on the purity analysis of fuel cell hydrogen. Following the development of fuel cell vehicles, new gas standards and analytical methods need to be developed to ensure the quality of hydrogen provided by refuelling stations. Before joining NPL in 2015, he worked for industry  (research engineer in the Analytical Technology Department of Rio Tinto Alcan) and as technical project manager for the European commission (Joint research center JRC-IRMM in the Reference Materials Unit. In 2007, he obtained his PhD in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, also from the University of Bordeaux 1.




Mark Crowther - Kiwa GastecMark Crowther

Mark is Technical Director of Kiwa Ltd. He has been Technical Lead in various high profile projects including:

  • The 2014 HyHouse project where large volumes of hydrogen and natural gas were released into a Scottish farmhouse to assess how hydrogen disperses and diffuses around a real domestic property.
  • House to house inspections of properties in Oban and the other SIUs to determine the suitability of appliances to accept change in Wobbe Index.
  • Testing appliances at Keele University as part of the HyDeploy project.

Mark has been working with compressed hydrogen since 1975. He has experience of all types of mechanical seal, soldered and welded pipe joints. Mark has carried out several audits of high pressure hydrogen IC and fuel cell systems including both filling and end use. He has knowledge of the regulations and standards surrounding portable gas cylinders. Mark has investigated natural gas explosions and carried out audit work to assist in the development of techniques to reduce leaks from existing gas networks. At the other end of the scale, he was the original proponent of re-purposing the UK gas distribution grid to hydrogen and was main contractor to NGN on the Leeds H21 project.


Steve Edwards - West & Wales Utilities Ltd S J Edwards

Steven joined the gas industry in 1992 as a Finance Graduate and has 26 years' experience in the sector. Steven is a past chairman of IGEM Welsh Section and was the treasurer for 10 years.

Steven was closely involved in the Ofgem review of the RPI-X, resulting in the RIIO form of regulation. Steven led the RIIO1 business plan submission for Wales & West Utilities and is playing a key role in developing the company's RIIO2 business plan, addressing gas and the gas networks' role in the changing energy system while keeping customer bills low.

Steven has given evidence to the UK government and Welsh Government energy select committees on the future of the gas network and delivered a number of speeches at major industry events. As current chair of the ENA Regulation Group Steven continues to engage at senior levels with key decision makers on the development of future energy policy and regulation.




Simon Fairman - CadentSimon

Simon Fairman is an award-winning Chartered Engineer who has managed all aspects of UK gas supply from North Sea gas processing and LNG importation to domestic gas metering installations. With over 30 years' managerial and operational experience in the gas industry, Simon heads safety, engineering and the future strategic direction of the gas assets for Britain's largest gas distribution network. Prior to his current role, Simon headed up the safety case for the successful separation of National Grid's gas distribution and transmission businesses, leading to the creation of Cadent, and delivered a £750 million expansion of National Grid's Isle of Grain Terminal.



Sam Gomersall - Pale Blue Dot EnergySam G

Sam has 35 years' experience in the energy sector, having worked as an engineer, manager, business leader and director in various organisations, including upstream Oil and Gas. For the last 12 years, Sam has been deeply involved in the delivery of early stage CCS and Hydrogen projects and studies, including developing projects from the concept stage through to FEED. He has been involved in business models and commercial aspects of multiple CCS projects and has provided strategic advice and support to the private and public sector. Sam is Commercial Director at Pale Blue Dot Energy and is in the leadership team for the Acorn Hydrogen and CCS Project.  Sam has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and in his spare time he enjoys running and mountaineering


Antony Green - National GridAntony Green

As Head of Engineering & Asset Management Tony has responsibility for asset strategy, investment and engineering for the UK gas transmission network.

Tony has worked in the utilities and infrastructure sectors for over 25 years. A Civil Engineer by degree he began his career at Severn Trent before moving to Advantica and then DNV GL in a variety of business and sector leadership roles providing a broad range of advisory services and asset management solutions.

Tony is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of both CIWEM and IGEM. Tony will become IGEM President in May 2019



Stuart Hawksworth - HSE

Stuart H

Stuart heads HSE's Centre for Energy and Major Hazards, and has 25 years' experience in the area of major hazards, many of these focusing on the safety of hydrogen as an energy vector.

A successful manager of large technical teams and projects specialising in the field of major hazards innovation, Stuart led HSE's 70-strong Major Hazards Unit until 2014. In this capacity he managed a range of projects for industry and government as well as leading major incident investigations for HSE.

Stuart's credentials in hydrogen related activities include: being a leading member of the 25-organisation, HySafe Network of Excellence (2003-2009); the role of Technical Co-ordinator for the FP6 HyPer Project to develop knowledge and guidance around the installation of small stationary fuel cells/hydrogen systems (2006-2009) and leading a programme for the UK nuclear industry to address the control of hydrogen hazards in long term nuclear storage. Stuart is currently leading a project for the UK Energy Technologies Institute to address the safety of Combined Cycle Gas Turbine & Engine (CCGT&E) systems operating on high hydrogen fuels.

Other roles include representing the UK at the International Energy Agency's Hydrogen Safety Working Group; a member of the International Association of Hydrogen Safety; an advisor to the EPSRC Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Supergen Project; a member of IGEM's Hydrogen Working Group, and he has published 40+ journal and conference papers in the field.


Nigel Holmes - Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA)Nigel Holmes

Nigel is Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA), the trade association for development and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. SHFCA is recognised as one of the most proactive hydrogen & fuel cell industry associations in Europe, with over 90 members from Scotland, UK, and overseas. Members include industry, specialist consultants, local authorities, and academics all with active interest in deployment of hydrogen and fuel cells.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells are now playing a key role in developing low carbon energy systems. Hydrogen produced from renewables transport is being used as a 'zero carbon & zero emission' clean fuel for hydrogen buses in Aberdeen and vehicles in Fife. The BIG HIT and Surf 'n' Turf projects in the Orkney Islands will further integrate low carbon energy for heat. These exemplar projects by SHFCA members are helping to deliver Scotland's ambitions to achieve a low carbon energy system, using hydrogen for energy storage and as a flexible clean energy vector.

Nigel is also represents SHFCA member interests on the Renewable Industry Advisory Group (RIAG), a steering group member for both the Scottish Transport Emissions Partnership, and co-chairs one of the National Transport Strategy working groups with Transport Scotland.


Thomas Jordan - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KITThomas Jordan

Thomas JORDAN is mechanical engineer working in the multi-physics domain at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT, since 1989. He is heading the Hydrogen Group of IKET and teaching "Hydrogen Technologies".

In 1994 he received his doctoral degree from University Karlsruhe. In 2001 he founded a spin-off for data mining in the semiconductor industries and returned to KIT to coordinate the EC Network of Excellence HySafe in 2003. Since 2009 he is member of the executive board (2015 to 2018 president) of the successor organisation, International Association for Hydrogen Safety HySafe, and member of ICHS scientific and organisation committees. He is representing Germany in the IEA Hydrogen Safety Task and consulting the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency in establishing a national hydrogen safety expertise. He is member of the European Hydrogen Safety Panel and the RCS Strategy Coordination Group.

Andy Lewis - Cadent

Andy Lewis

Andy Lewis leads the future role of gas innovation project portfolio for Cadent, the UK's largest gas distributionnetwork. Across four regional networks Cadent transport gas to around 10 million consumers. Andy is responsible for the initiation, delivery and subsequent deployment of projects to explore how gas can contribute to a low carbon future. Andy was educated at Imperial College, London.





Chris Mason-Whitton - Progressive EnergyC MS

Chris is a Director of Progressive Energy and an expert in the low carbon energy sector with a particular focus on deployment of emergent technologies. His role encompasses project development as well as strategic & due diligence advisory services, and includes hydrogen, carbon capture and storage as well as waste and renewables. Chris formulated the HyDeploy project with Cadent and NGN, and is project managing its delivery. With Cadent, Progressive has developed and is delivering HyNet North West.






Ian McCluskey - IGEMIan

Ian is Head of Technical Services at IGEM and a Chartered Engineer of both the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has 30 years gas industry experience which has covered working offshore, distribution & supply and  managing gas production facilities. He has an excellent understanding of the legislative framework with proven technical, safety and leadership skills in managing and influencing teams in both operational and customer focused environments. He is a Director of the Gas Industry Safety Group and a steering group member of the Decarbonised Gas Alliance. Ian sits on a wide variety of IGEM Committees and Working Groups including the IGEM Hydrogen Standards Working Group and the IGEM Gas Quality Standard Working Group.



Stewart McEwen - HSEStew McEwen

Stewart McEwen has over 38 years of experience in different areas of Government Policy.  He currently leads the team responsible for policy development for onshore gas and pipelines, offshore safety, mines and quarries.

Most recently, after seeing through the successful development and introduction of the new Mines Regulations 2014, he moved over to take forward projects associated with the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 (GSMR).  These have been enabling projects, ensuring that any potential constraints imposed by GSMR do not stand in the way of innovation, industry change or safely dealing with anticipated operational difficulties.

He is now working closely with his HSE operational and science colleagues, industry and Government colleagues to ensure that a suitable regulatory regime, addressing both safety and health risks, is developed which takes account of the future use and sources of energy, including hydrogen.


Keith Owen - Northern Gas NetworksKeith Owen

Keith began his career with British Gas as Communication Systems Engineer, working on a variety of projects supporting the business communications infrastructure and control centre operations. In the following years he undertook a variety of roles within the industry which in 2013 led to the role of Head of Asset Assurance, overseeing the Distribution System Operator function on behalf of Northern Gas Networks.

In 2016, Keith was appointed Head of Systems Development and Energy Strategy. This new position specifically looks at the role of gas, within the context of the UK energy system, the underpinning infrastructure and the potential benefits a whole systems approach to systems planning and operation can bring, to both the customer and wider UK energy industry.



Beatriz Riz Castello - EnagasBeatriz Ruiz

Beatriz is PhD Chemical Engineer with over 16 years of experience in the fields of research, development and innovation. Currently working as Hydrogen Coordinator  in the Innovation and New Energies Division at Enagas. More than 14 years of experience in R&D and Technical Management leading the deployment of new business in energy storage, grids and renewable energies and the deployment of new manufacturing facilities and products for energy solutions. International Expertise and field experience in energy storage technologies, batteries and microgrids. International Representative of AENOR in IEC regarding batteries (lead acid, lithium, cadmium, flow batteries and new technologies). Independent expert at the EC in the field of Energy Storage Technologies, Smart Grids and Renewable Energies.




Catherine Spriggs - HSECatherine S

Catherine is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Member of the Association of Project Managers with over 18 years' experience of working on complex projects in the business, science and construction sectors. She has experience of working on projects varying in value from tens of thousands of pounds to hundreds of millions of pounds. Since joining the Health and Safety Laboratories in 2012 she has worked on a range of research and consultancy projects for commercial clients predominantly in the energy, aerospace and defence sectors. Catherine has taken an interest in the future of energy since completing her Masters Degree in Leadership for Sustainable Development in 2000 and has combined her project management experience and technical background enabling her to effectively lead the work of the laboratory on the technical and safety challenges associated with the future of energy debate.

Catherine has both the scientific and organisational skills to technically lead complex projects. She has a proven track record of managing complex technical discussions with customers and is effective at stakeholder management and project collaboration.


Mark Taylor - BAISMark Taylor


Mark undertook his doctorate in 3D boundary layer laminar-turbulent transition prediction techniques for supersonic transport swept wings in Cambridge and then joined Rolls-Royce Aerospace (RR) to design jet engine compressors. He went onto join the RR Aerothermal Methods team, developing and applying aerodynamics and structural design techniques in all areas of jet engine technology. Since then, he has worked on turbo-chargers, combustion, oil tankers, HVAC and acoustics and spent 12 years at Formula 1, racing cars at McLaren Racing followed by a brief stint as Chief CAE Engineer at Gordon Murray Design. Mark currently works as a Deputy Director at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) responsible for Programme Delivery of Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy.



Mark Wheeldon - SGNMark Wheeldon

An engineer with 35 years' experience.  Born in Manchester where he studied mechanical engineering at Bolton University Mark brings unique insight and experience into his current position as the Innovation project manager responsible for SGN's Hydrogen 100 project.

In his varied and successful career with numerous gas distribution and utilities company's Mark has been responsible for defining and delivering Engineering policy, Account management, Network operations and Maintenance with major utilities companies.


In his current role, he is the project manager for SGN's 100% hydrogen project which is assessing the viability of constructing and operating the first hydrogen distribution network in Scotland.


Philip Cohen is head of Industry and CCS Innovation at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). In his role he is responsible for the departments £100m industry and CCS innovation budget and delivery. Prior to this role he worked as an engineer leading the development of the CCCs report into onshore oil and gas and the MacKay Stone shale report.
Philip is an engineer who graduated from UMIST with an MEng in Chemical Engineering in2002. Before joining the Civil Service he worked in engineering consultancy focussing on industry and nuclear decommissionin

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