The SCCS Advisory Board comprises experts from the energy sector and provides an industry perspective on CCS development and deployment. Members of the board, individually and collectively, give advice to the SCCS Directorate and the SCCS Team on strategic R&D goals and future activities. The Advisory Board meets twice a year in March and September.
Graeme Sweeney (Chair)
After a 35-year career at Royal Dutch Shell, which included heading its global renewable business, Graeme Sweeney holds a number of senior positions with organisations working on climate-safe solutions. He is Chairman of the Advisory Council of the European Technology Platform of Zero Emission Fossil Fuels Power Plants, a founder of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute and a member of the Scottish First Minister’s Energy Advisory Board. Graeme is involved in a number of energy start-ups, including the Chopping Company, which provides solutions to improve the affordability and efficiency of home heating. Also, he served on the board of The Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California Davis, a leading academic centre in sustainable transportation. He has a PhD in mathematics from Manchester University.
As Summit’s former CEO and current Co-Chairman, Eric Redman helped launch and remains active in the development of Summit’s carbon capture projects. He is an author and frequent speaker on coal gasification, carbon capture and carbon management, enhanced oil recovery and climate matters. His seminal book, Congress, The Dance of Legislation, was a bestseller. Eric is also the co-founder and CEO of Thunderbolt Clean Energy, a consulting firm for clean energy and climate-related clients. Eric holds a BA and JD from Harvard and an MA from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Aligned Intermediary, an initiative that brings together investors and private foundations to channel institutional capital into resource innovation across the planet. He is also a Senior Policy Fellow at the graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where he is part of a team focused on deep decarbonisation of the global energy system.
Stuart Mckay is Head of Carbon-Capture-Storage policy in the Scottish Government. Stuart comes from a background of project and operational management in air, rail and road freight transport logistics. He has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and spent several years lecturing in project management, business policy and operations management. He joined the Scottish Government in 2005 to manage major rail projects then moved into Energy Consents. Stuart then spent time as Private Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth before returning to the Scottish Government Energy Directorate as Head of CCS policy. Stuart now leads a small team within the Scottish Government, which covers the energy policy areas of hydrogen, geo-thermal and CCS policy.
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Ward Goldthorpe is Managing Director of WG Sustainable Decisions Limited and currently an adviser to The Crown Estate, which owns the storage rights on the UK continental shelf. In 2010 he set up the Carbon Capture and Storage and Natural Gas Storage programmes at The Crown Estate and led these until the end of 2015. His role involved managing the leasing of storage sites and commercialising the CO₂ storage resource. Ward has 35 years’ technical, commercial and business development experience in the petroleum and energy industries, a large part of which has been in developing upstream and midstream natural gas and LNG projects in Australia, South America, South Asia and the Middle East. He has spent the last eight years working in Australia and the UK on deployment issues for transportation and geological storage of CO₂.
Stephen Kerr is Project Director for the Caledonia Clean Energy Project, responsible for leading the project from development to deployment. Stephen is based in Edinburgh, a graduate Aeronautical Engineer and a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 25 years' worldwide experience on a wide range of renewable energy, oil and gas and construction projects. Most recently, Stephen led the development of the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm project situated around 15 km off the Angus coastline and consisting of up to 110 turbines with a capacity of around 784 MW.
Tom Mallows works for Crown Estate Scotland, leading the high profile piloting of innovative community asset management and having previously led external affairs, marine policy, consenting and infrastructure development for The Crown Estate in Scotland. Tom completed a degree in Marine Biology at Heriot Watt University, an MSc in Environmental Science at Cranfield University and more recently a PgCert Commercial Practice for the Energy Sector with Robert Gordon University. He has a broad background in ecology, aquaculture, marine environmental management, commercial energy practice and asset management. At The Crown Estate Tom initially led on marine policy, consenting and external affairs in Scotland before leading several offshore technical themes, including the CO₂Stored website and database. His role has covered a number of areas including all commercial and technical aspects of managing Crown Estate Scotland's CO₂storage rights and all offshore cables and pipelines around Scotland as part of the Energy and Infrastructure team.
Alastair Rennie is a Consultant Engineer with YOenergy Ltd., partly overlapping with 19 years with Amec Foster Wheeler as Project Director leading, bidding and winning work in new areas of scope, all profitably. These included offshore integrated services for 5 Northern North Sea O&G platforms, 500 staff, refurbishment and live operations. Internal strategic work assessed renewable energy options and this led to a UK interest in CCS. Prior experience of 19 years included 3 as head of Public Works for St Helena, with 500 staff providing all utilities and infrastructure support to the Island. Other roles covered North Sea gas field development, subsea contracting, mine construction, design and consulting experience. Since 2000 he has focused primarily on low carbon energy issues, raising company activity and board membership of the CCSA and UKHFCA, instigating actions around value chains for hydrogen and CCS.
The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is responsible for the development of Scotland’s further and higher education institutions. In his present role, Stuart Fancey is responsible for SFC’s research funding policy, knowledge exchange and innovation policy, SFC’s contribution to the development of the Research Excellence Framework and various other liaison activities across the Scottish and UK university and innovation landscape. His team are closely engaged with Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to find opportunities to better exploit the excellence of Scotland’s university research base for economic and societal benefit.
Owain Tucker is the Global Deployment Lead for CO₂ Storage at Shell. He leads storage projects, is responsible for technical assurance, integration, and informing the CCS research agenda, along with the development of capability within Shell. Over the past eight years, he worked extensively across Shell’s projects, and particularly on maturing Goldeneye in the UK: the candidate store for the former Longannet and Peterhead CCS projects. He also focussed on the wider challenge of developing transport and storage business models, co-chairing the ZEP taskforce. Owain co-chairs the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative work group on CO2 storage capacity and the SPE taskforce on Storage Resource Maturation System, and is a board member of the UKCCSRC. Owain has worked in wide variety of roles, as a reservoir engineer, economist and strategy consultant.
Nigel Holmes 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 one of the most active hydrogen and fuel cell industry associations in Europe, with over 75 members mostly based in Scotland and UK but with an increasing number of members based overseas. Nigel also represents SHFCA member interests on the Renewable Industry Advisory Group (RIAG), and is a steering group member for both the Scottish Transport Emissions Partnership and Community Energy Scotland.
David Rennie is the Head of Oil and Gas at Scottish Enterprise, the main economic development agency for Scotland. His main focus is ensuring that Scottish Enterprise, and its international arm, Scottish Development International, help the sector to grow and evolve through close working with partners, including key companies, trade bodies and other stakeholders and strategic partners. Scottish Enterprise delivers a range of business support measures, including support for innovation, international activity, leadership and financial support to over 350 companies in the oil and gas sector. Since January 2016, David has been a member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Jobs Taskforce, a collaboration of operators, supply chain, public sector, industry and trade union bodies. His current priorities include developing Scotland’s approach to decommissioning and also leading a ambitious programme to grow Scotland’s subsea engineering sector, helping increase innovation and R&D and also ensuring that we have the future testing and infrastructure we need. David is also on the board of Subsea UK and the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC).
Stephen-Mark Williams is Executive Director of the Energy Technology Partnership, an alliance of 12 Scottish universities providing world-class R&D in the energy sector. He has worked in a number of locations around the world, being involved in high-technology innovation companies in France, Germany, and the US. As Sales & Marketing Director for a Scottish SME, he experienced the complete funding landscape, applying for and winning PDF, SMART, SPUR, RDF and Framework contracts. More recently, he has been involved in commercial negotiating and training. Now he aims to galvanise all ETP energy researchers in developing collaborative activity that will attract increased European and global interest, and augment the R&D capacity of the Scottish energy industry.