MEET OUR SPEAKERS

Key note speakers will include a selection of some of the UK’s most prominent and influential voices in the hydrogen energy economy today., including Claire Perry, Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Mayor.

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 Rotherham

Metro Mayor Liverpool City Region

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 & Context'

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.

Jane Gaston

Development Director, Protos

Presentation: 'North West Delivers Hydrogen Economy for the UK'

Jane Gaston joined Peel Environmental in 2012, having spent 10 years working in business development roles, securing large-scale infrastructure and PFI projects across the utilities, environment, infrastructure delivery and services management sectors.
Jane’s initial area of focus at Peel involved developing prospects in the energy from waste sector, across their existing and potential future land portfolio. As Development Director for Protos, Jane has shaped the vision for Protos as a strategic destination for energy, innovation and industry through resource recovery.
In 2015, Jane secured funding for the phase 1 infrastructure and closed property deals on the first two plots to trigger this investment and successfully negotiated its inclusion in the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone. More recently, she has been working on achieving funding for phase 2 including a major grid reinforcement project and collaborating with regional partners to bring Protos together with other key north west assets to create an Energy Innovation District for the UK Government’s Industrial Clusters Mission for Low Carbon.

Mark Knowles

Head of Energy and Environment Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Presentation: 'A Connected Low Carbon Transport System'

Mark is Head of Energy and Environment at the Combined Authority. He is responsible to the Metro Mayor for energy generation, utility networks, building efficiency and low carbon transport systems within Liverpool City Region.

Mark leads on infrastructure investment, energy strategy, project delivery and Government relations. Key projects include Mersey Tidal Power, offshore wind deployment and supply chain development, delivering a £650m local energy projects pipeline and hydrogen development for heat and multi modal transport and electric vehicle infrastructure roll out. Mark’s team host the new North West Energy Hub with BEIS.

Before joining the Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership, Mark held a series of senior positions with Manchester Airports Group delivering the second runway at Manchester and creating and leading a utilities business including the delivery of the first large-scale windfarm at a UK airport and the UK’s largest retrofit programme of LED lighting.

Mike Muldoon

Head of Business Development & Marketing, Alstom UK

Presentation: Breeze - A Hydrogen Train Built in the North West

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.

Mark Griffin

Market Development Manager Clean Fuels. BOC UK & Ireland

Presentation: 'Providing Hydrogen Refuelling to Liverpool City Region'

Mark has been with BOC for 17 years and has worked in their Clean Fuels division since 2010, firstly commercialising the Hymera, hydrogen fuel cell generator and in recent years working on hydrogen for transport projects in UK and Ireland.

BOC Gases have been strongly associated with Liverpool City Region for decades now and have a production facility in St Helens, which provides hydrogen to regional customers such as Pilkington’s.

As part of this association, BOC have secured a bid to provide hydrogen for 25 Alexander Dennis buses from their St Helens production facility for the Liverpool City Region, which will deliver reliable, cost comparable hydrogen.

Ben Madden

Director, Element Energy

Presentation: 'Initiating Hydrogen Transport Demand in the North West using Hydrogen Buses'

Ben is a director of the strategic energy consultancy, Element Energy, which specialises in the intelligent analysis of low carbon energy. Ben has extensive practical experience of a range of low-carbon energy initiatives, as well as experience of the project management of multi-partner projects (especially those involving the EC).

Ben began his involvement with low-carbon energy engineering at Whitby Bird, acting as lead engineer and project manager for a range of photovoltaic and low-carbon building projects. Current work focuses on developing techno-economic studies to inform Government policies for energy efficiency and distributed generation, as well as strategic studies for leading industrial players in the low-carbon energy space

Since forming in 2003, Element Energy have gathered a team of experts based in Cambridge, London, York and Lille who provide robust technical insights into low carbon energy markets, working closely with a broad range of cleints across the low carbon energy sector.

David Jones

Sustainable Transport Strategy Manager

Presentation: 'HyMotion - Unlocking Low Carbon Transport Opportunities in the North West'

David Jones is a Senior Sustainable Energy & Climate Change Professional with global experience of identifying, developing and commercialising low-carbon energy solutions through the strategic application of innovative business models, practices and technology.

David has been a vanguard in advocating the role of natural gas in future low-carbon energy systems for more than 20 years. Areas of technical competence include sustainable gas, environmental management, carbon capture, storage and use, methane/carbon management, micro-power generation, natural gas vehicles, hydrogen and energy storage.

Through active participation in leading energy industry associations, most recently the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, and the IEA GHG Programme, David has successfully influenced the emerging energy research and policy landscape in support of a sustainable ‘gas future’.

Amanda Lyne

Founder & Lead Consultant Director, ULEMCo

Presentation: 'Ultra-Low Emission Commercial Vehicles'

Amanda is co-founder of ULEMCo Ltd, a Liverpool City Region SME, that has globally unique capability in hydrogen for commercial vehicles, and a wide range of transport applications.

Previously she was co-founder and former Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at ACAL Energy Limited an innovative low carbon technology company based in Runcorn, and before that worked for Ineos and ICI in various senior commercial roles.

Amanda has extensive networks in grant & equity funding sources particularly clean tech and medical, as well as corporate, SME and venture capital communities, as well as in the hydrogen community more widely, being the Chair of the UK industry association the UKHFCA.

Amanda has also been Chair of the LEP’s Low Carbon Committee for more than five years and represents the Low Carbon Economy on the main LEP Board.

Gerard Shore

Director, Costain Group PLC

Presentation: 'Smart Infrastructure Solutions Enabling Integrated Decarbonisation of the North West'

Gerard leads Costain’s hydrogen strategy, working with clients to identify and develop opportunities for the use of hydrogen to enable clean growth. Gerrard passionately believes in developing a hydrogen economy as a route to achieve the UK’s carbon reduction commitments. Gerard is focused on working with industrial, academic and legislative stakeholders to develop safe, practical approaches to the use of hydrogen for heat, power and transportation.

Gerard is a director at Costain providing engineering and technology-based solutions to clients across the energy sector. He was instrumental in Costain’s role as a founding member of the North West Hydrogen Alliance, and established a PHD project collaboration with the University of Chester to explore how hydrogen can be used for decarbonisation in North West England.

As the Director of Costain Group PLC, Gerard believes that we need to fundamentally change the energy market if we are to make a real impact on climate change and that one of the most practical options to achieve clean energy growth is hydrogen.

Mark Neller

Director, ARUP

Presentation: 'A Road Map for the Further Deployment of the Hydrogen Economy'

Mark Neller is an accomplished mechanical engineer and project and programme manager, with more than twenty years experience on a range of construction and business change programmes within the energy sector.

Spending the first ten years of his career working in gas industry, both upstream and downstream of the meter, Mark went on to join the multinational professional services firm Arup, where he successfully managed the delivery of complex projects with a high public profile.

Mark is now the Project Director for the Arup+ team who are the Project Management Consultants for the BEIS Hy4Heat (Hydrogen for Heat) programme, a three-year feasibility study aims to establish if it is technically possible and safe to replace methane with hydrogen in commercial and residential buildings and gas appliances.

Sallyann Garrard-Hughes

UK Country Manager/ NW Operations Manager INOVYN

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) works with employers and training providers to give the engineering construction industry workforce the skills it needs to meet the challenges of the future.

ECITB invest around £25 million each year supporting employers to attract, develop and qualify their people in a wide range of craft, technical and professional disciplines. The company is a industry authority on engineering construction skills, working in partnership with business and government to deliver a diverse and highly skilled workforce, offering value by enabling industry to compete globally.

As the ECITB Head of skills strategy for the North England, Sallyann Garrard-Hughes works closely with numerous stakeholders, including the Department for Education, to ensure the right skills and capabilities are available for the engineering construction industry.

Richard Carter

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

Presentations: ''Concluding Remarks and Call to Action'

Vice President and Managing Director of BASF UK and Ireland, Richard Carter has forged an extensive and successful, 31-year career in the international chemical industry. Leading the UK division of BASF, the largest chemical manufacturer in the world, Richard continues to be instrumental in the companies ambition to create chemistry for a sustainable future, combining economic success with environmental protection and responsibility.

As Chair of the North West Business Leadership Team, Richard brings together national and international business leaders with substantial commitments and interests in the North West of England. Working with partners across the North West, Richard seeks to lead, inspire and harness the power of business to help deliver sustainable prosperity across the region.