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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.




Jo Bowen - HSEJo

Jo Bowen is a Senior Scientist and is the Foresight Centre's Knowledge Sharing Lead. Jo works with all health and safety disciplines and industry sectors to facilitate effective knowledge sharing. She helps teams to collaborate and share knowledge and learning to come up with innovative solutions for the health and safety challenges of the future.




Sam Bradbrook - HSESam

Sam Bradbrook is a Senior Scientist and an experienced futurist who monitors developments in science, technology, economics, environment and politics to identify implications that could significantly affect workplace health and safety in the future.





Philip Cohen - BEIS Phil Cohen

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 decommissioning.


Mark Crowther - KIWA Gas TechMark 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.


Chris Flint - HSE

Chris Flint

Chris Flint is the Health and Safety Executive's Director Energy Division and is responsible for regulation of Offshore and Onshore Oil and Gas, Gas transmission and distribution, Marine and Wind renewables and Mines and Quarries.  He has regulatory experience in most sectors of industry including manufacturing, construction, services, entertainment and major hazards.

He spent a number of years in Operational Policy working with the Paper, Rubber, Plastics and Shipbuilding industries to improve their health and safety performance. He also spent time on secondment to both Employment Services and the Learning and Skills Council drawing up strategies to provide the necessary assurances about the health and safety of people on Government funded work schemes and young people whilst on work experience.

Prior to his current position Chris was Head of Operations in the HSE's Chemical, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division regulating the onshore chemicals sector across Scotland, the North East, Cumbria and Yorkshire. The sector includes chemical manufacture, refineries, oil and gas terminals, and fuel storage and Chris worked closely with key stakeholders including the Chemical Industries Association and UK Petroleum Industries Association. Chris was also chair of the Refinery and Terminal Operators Forum.


Stuart Hawksworth - HSE

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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.


Navdeep Singh Kahlon - CadentNavdeep Kahlon

Navdeep joined Cadent (formerly National Grid Gas Distribution) in 2015 on the graduate development programme with a Masters in Mechanical and Materials Engineering whilst completing his Doctorate in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies.

Since joining the company Navdeep has spent time in Cadent's Network Strategy Engineering Policy and then as an energy analyst helping to deliver National Grid's annual Future Energy Scenarios document in 2016. He has since focussed on the future role of the gas distribution networks within Cadent and is project managing the UK's first practical deployment of injecting hydrogen and natural gas blends into the gas distribution network.


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.





Derek Muckle - Radius Systems LtdDerek-01

Over a period of more than 25 years Derek has worked in the field of pipeline engineering for gas and water distribution technologies in the United Kingdom.  His career started with British Gas in the early 1990's before transitioning to the manufacturing sector and to the company in which he is presently employed.  An underlying theme throughout his working life has been the innovation of products and services linked to pipeline engineering and in particular to pressure pipe systems.

Derek is currently Director of Innovation and Technology for Radius Systems, a company specializing in the production of plastic pipe and fitting systems for below ground networks.  He is also the Managing Director of Radius PLUS, a service company he founded to perform live pipeline engineering works, and, following the acquisition of Subterra in 2013, specialist renovation works.

Derek is currently the President of the British Plastics Federation Pipes Group, a trade association whose main aims are to provide forums for sharing best practice in pipeline engineering and evolve standards in light of experience as much as innovation efforts.


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.


Dr Marcus Newborough - ITM Power


Marcus is the Development Director at ITM. He supervises the analysis of existing and new electrolyser applications, and hydrogen system design requirements. He is heavily involved in UK H2Mobility, French H2Mobility, FCHJU Energy Storage, Hydrogen Europe, Power-to-Gas studies and Green Hydrogen analyses.

Previously he was the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professor in Energy and Environmental Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. Marcus has 30 years research experience in energy systems and has published over 100 papers in the scientific literature





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.



Dan Sadler - Northern Gas NetworksDan Sandler

A chartered Engineer with nearly 20 years industry experience.  Dan started on British Gas's graduate training program progressing to project manager for high pressure gas pipelines and pressure reduction stations.  In 2008 he joined Rhead Group, a professional services consultancy, in the role of as Divisional Director for Energy (UK).  Dan joined Northern Gas Networks (NGN) in 2012 as 'Head of Investment Planning and Major Projects' following supporting the network in their RIIO-GD1 regulatory submission.  After undertaking several highly strategic roles within NGN Dan was seconded throughout 2016 to the UK governments Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) advising across policy teams on all gas industry and wider energy related topics.

Dan was the originator and Project Manager of the high profile H21 Leeds City gate project. Since returning to NGN in 2017 he has taken up the role of H21 Programme Director working on projects which are designed to delivery critical evidence for a hydrogen gas grid conversion.  These projects are being delivered out of the H21 Leeds based office with the ultimate goal of supporting and influencing UK government and global energy policy.


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 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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