Wednesday 05 Jun 2019



‘Delivering the Hydrogen Economy NW’ : The Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn : Wednesday 05 June 2019

The North West is poised to deliver the UK’s first hydrogen economy which could deliver billions of pounds to the regional economy, driving inward investment and creating thousands of jobs.

This event brought together key stakeholders from across the region to discuss how the North West can collaborate to deliver pioneering hydrogen projects that set the standard for the UK. It will address the opportunity to develop hydrogen as a key part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy, setting a roadmap for the future.



The event showcased the extensive range of hydrogen projects already happening in the region, which collectively could deliver:

Commercial scale production of hydrogen

Hydrogen fuelled mass transit vehicles on both road and rail

Network and connect with the companies and individuals across the North West who are driving the region's hydrogen economy forward.

The adoption of hydrogen as a viable and sustainable green fuel for domestic and commercial usage.

A viable hydrogen distribution and storage network


Key note speakers included Stephen Speed Director of Energy Development at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Mayor

Attendees also heard from some of the key players in the North West, including INOVYN, Alstom, Cadent, BOC Gases, Peel Environmental, ULEMco and Costain.

Delegates also heard from key business and political leaders about how the region has committed £500m to meet the challenge of becoming the UK’s first zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040.

Stephen Speed

Director of Energy Development at the Department of Energy and Climate Change

Presentation: 'A UK Government Perspective'

Stephen Speed is Director of Energy Development at DECC, looking after UK oil and gas reserves including new shale gas plays, the environmental regulation of offshore oil and gas activity and the management of the legacy of former nationalised coal mining activities. His team also advises Ministers on major energy infrastructure planning consent decisions.

Steve Rotheram

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor

Presentation: 'The social and economic benefits of a low carbon economy'

The first directly elected Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram leads the Combined Authority in its work to drive prosperity, encourage innovation and expand opportunities for people, communities and businesses across the Liverpool City Region.

Since his election in May 2017, Metro Mayor Steve has pioneered several ‘green’ initiatives including plans for a £10m green investment fund and the launch of a £6.4m hydrogen bus project.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has recently set out a clear strategy for a long-term zero carbon future, helping Liverpool lead the way in developing sustainable hydrogen power. A compelling and powerful voice, Steve’s vision for the region is ambitious, fair, connected, prosperous and green.

Professor Joe Howe

Executive Director and Professor of the Thornton Energy Institute University of Chester

Presentations: ‘The Growth of the Hydrogen Economy Across the Region’ & 'Industrial Decarbonisation and Clean Growth: A Road Map for the North West Hydrogen Economy'

Professor Joe Howe has undertaken extensive energy related research, development and innovation funded by Government, Industry and RCUK and the EU and has published in excess of 100 peer reviewed articles. Specifically on energy systems he has led and been involved in the development of industry university partnerships including BAE Systems and the National Nuclear Laboratory where he is an academic associate.

During the last six years, Joe has been successful in securing six energy related EPSRC Industrial Collaborative Ph.D. funded students and has been either PI or CI on several energy specific ERDF programmes, supporting SME’s in the NW of England. Joe has recently completed two Innovate UK projects concerned with Carbon Capture and Storage and Nuclear Decommissioning respectively, and is currently leading on two industrial sponsored energy research projects funded by URENCO and Costain.

Externally Joe holds a number of roles including; Chair NW Hydrogen Cluster; Academic Associate of the National Nuclear Laboratory; Visiting Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology;Board member of the Cheshire Energy Hub; Steering Committee member of the Decarbonised Gas Alliance, and the Member of the NW Regional Manufacturers Association.

David Parr LLB, DBA

Chief Executive, Halton Borough Council

Presentation: ‘Welcome and opening messages’

David Parr became the Chief Executive of Halton Borough Council in 2004, after a successful career as a solicitor, specialising in planning, environmental and transportation law.

With an extensive experience in the areas of regeneration and urban renewal, David has led transformational regeneration projects across Nottinghamshire, Tameside, Macclesfield and Halton and Liverpool City Region, creating new employment sites, regenerating town centres and generating major new job opportunities.

David Parr represents Halton and the Liverpool City Region on a number of Regional and National bodies and plays a major role in the Liverpool City Region, the Daresbury Enterprise Zone, the LCR Super-port Committee and science and innovation activities in the NW.

David has driven the £2billion Mersey Gateway Bridge Project from concept, through the Public Inquiry, and the procurement and construction process to its opening. David is also a Board Director on the JV at Sci Tech Daresbury, an internationally recognised Science and Innovation Campus and works across the NW on the science agenda.

Dr Frank Rourke

UK Country Manager/ NW Operations Manager INOVYN

Presentation: 'INOVYN Hydrogen Projects'

Dr Frank Rourke began his career as a research chemist, specialising in chlor-alkali electrolysis for one of Britain’s largest chemical manufacturers, Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). His success in this role enabled him to expand his remit and move into a variety of project management and technical roles within the company.

In 2004 Dr Rourke accepted an operational position within INEOS, one of the top two chemical companies in the world, with around $90 billion in annual sales revenue. Here, Dr Rourke oversaw operational activity within INEOS manufacturing sites across the UK, including major facilities in Runcorn and Northwich.

Last year, Dr Rourke joined premier chemical company INOVYN, taking on the roles of NW Operations Manager and UK County Manager. Under Dr Rourke’s leadership, INOVYN has joined the North West Hydrogen Alliance, working to put the North West of England at the forefront of the UK’s hydrogen journey.

Ed Syson

Chief Safety and Strategy Officer, CADENT

Presentation: ‘HyNet: The Foundation for Our Future Hydrogen Economy’

After gaining his Masters in Engineering Science from Oxford University, Ed spent more than eight years working for the National Air Traffic Services Ltd (NATS). In 2001 Ed joined National Grid Group Strategy as a Senior Strategist.

Ed then moved to the role of Network Sales Transaction Manager in October 2003. In June 2005 Ed become Investment Strategy Manager in Distribution Network Strategy, remaining with the department for his next move in September 2008, when he was appointed DNCC (Distribution Network Control Centre) Manager.

Ed’s next role saw him become Operational Support Manager for Distribution Customer Support in May 2009. In December 2009 he moved onto his first directorship serving as Director, UK Safety Health and Environment for UK Transmission in December 2009.

Ed became Director, Operations UK Gas Distribution in July 2011 and continued in this role with Cadent until 1 April 2019 when he was awarded the role of Chief Safety and Strategy Officer. A Chartered Engineer (CEng) Ed is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, MIET, and the Institute of Asset Management, MIAM.


Wednesday 05 June 2019

Delivering the Hydrogen Economy

Session 1: The Wider Strategic, Economic and Political Context

Arrival & Registration

With refreshments

9.00 – 9.30am

Welcome & Context

David Parr, Chief Executive, Halton Borough Council

9.30 – 9.40am

The Social and Economic Benefits of a Low Carbon Economy –

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram

9.40 – 9.50am

A UK Government Perspective

Stephen Speed, Director of Energy Development at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

9.50 – 10:00am

Session 2 – Hydrogen Production, Storage and Distribution

The Growth of the Hydrogen Economy Across The Region

Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director and Professor of the Thornton Energy Institute, University of Chester.

10.00 – 10.10am

INOVYN Hydrogen Projects –

Dr. Frank Rourke, UK Country Manager & NW Operations Manager, INOVYN

10.10 – 10.20am

HyNet: The Foundation for Our Future Hydrogen Economy

Ed Syson, Chief Safety and Strategy Officer, Cadent

10.20 – 10.30am

North West Delivers Hydrogen Economy for the UK

Jane Gaston, Development Director, Protos, Peel Environment

10.30 – 10.40am

Q&A –

Speakers answer delegate questions

10.40 – 11.00am

Refreshment Break – 11:00 – 11:40am

Session 3 – Hydrogen as a Transport Fuel

A Connected Low Carbon Transport System –

Mark Knowles, Lead Officer for Low Carbon, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

11.40 – 11.50am

Breeze – A Hydrogen Train Built in the North West

Mike Muldoon, Head of Business Development & Marketing, Alstom UK & Ireland

11.50am – 12.00pm

Providing Hydrogen Refuelling to Liverpool City Region –

Mark Griffin, Market Development Manager, Clean Fuels, BOC UK & Ireland.

12.00 – 12.10pm

Initiating Hydrogen Transport Demand in the North West Using Hydrogen Buses –

Ben Madden, Director Element Energy

12.10 – 12.20pm

HyMotion – Unlocking Low Carbon Transport Opportunities in the North West

David Jones, Sustainable Transport Strategy Manager, Cadent

12.20am – 12.30pm

Ultra Low Emission Commercial Vehicles –

Amanda Lyne, Manging Director, Ulemco

12.30am – 12.40pm

Q&A –

The session’s speakers answer delegates questions.

12.40 – 13.00pm

Lunch, Exhibition & Networking –

Within the venue sponsors and other invited participants will exhibit, and be on hand throughout the day, to discuss their individual projects and ambitions for hydrogen

Outside the venue manufacturers, including Hyundai, Alexander Dennis Limited and ULEMCo, will showcase a range of hydrogen fuelled cars, buses and commercial vehicles.

There will also be a number of small, intimate, fringe meetings throughout the event bringing together likeminded individuals to discuss specific elements of the hydrogen economy.

13.10 – 14.00pm

Session 4 – A Road Map for the Further Deployment of the Hydrogen Economy in the North West

Industrial Decarbonisation and Clean Growth: A Road Map for the North West Hydrogen Economy –

Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director and Professor of the Thornton Energy Institute of Chester.

14.00 – 14.10pm


Gerard Shore , Director Costain Group PLC

14.10 – 14.20pm

A Road Map for the Further Deployment of the Hydrogen Economy –

Mark Neller, Director Arup

14.10 – 14.20pm

Skills For Clean Growth –

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) including their Head of Skills, Sallyann Garrard-Hughes.

14.300 – 14.40pm

Concluding Remarks and Call to Action –

Richard Carter, Managing Director, BASF UK and Chair, North West Business Leadership Team.

14.40 – 15.00pm

Exhibition & Further Networking –


15.00 – 16.30pm

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