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Energy panel members' biographies



Colin Axon

Colin Axon

Colin is Lecturer in the Cities Theme of Institute of Energy Futures at Brunel University, London. He works on energy and resource use and the implications for energy security, energy systems, and transport. He is a multidisciplinary researcher who collaborates with energy and environment policy specialists, civil engineers, computing scientists, chemical/process engineers, lawyers, mechanical engineers, property specialists, power systems engineers, energy economists, and transport specialists. Colin has held grants from the UK Research Councils and the European Commission. Previously he has held teaching and research positions at the universities of Bath and Oxford. He holds degrees from the universities of London and Bristol.

AbuBakr Bahaj

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj

AbuBakr is Head of the 40 strong Energy & Climate Change Division (ECCD) at the University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD in 1982, progressing from a researcher to a Personal Chair in Sustainable Energy. For more than 25 years, Professor Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research, and established the energy theme within the University by creation of the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) Prof Bahaj’s work encompasses the study of energy for local communities and cities encompassing urban energy systems, microgeneration technologies, demand reduction, utilising ICT in the monitoring of building performance and user behaviour. In 2012, Professor Bahaj was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to Southampton City Council – believed to be the first such appointment in the UK. In January 2014, The UK’s Science Council named Prof Bahaj as one of the UK’s 100 leading practising scientists.

Stefan Bouzarovski

Professor Stefan Bouzarovski

Stefan is a Professor of Geography, and Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy at the University of Manchester. His research focuses on the underlying factors of energy (in) security at multiple scales, with a particular focus on European cities. Among other activities, Stefan co-ordinates the Energy Vulnerability and Urban Transitions in Europe project, and has received funding from a wide range of research councils, governmental and charitable bodies for more than 30 different projects. He is the author of 68 research publications, as well as the monographs Energy Poverty in Eastern Europe (Ashgate, 2007) and Retrofitted Cities (IB Tauris, forthcoming). Stefan has advised numerous governments and the European Union on issues of energy policy and inequality, and has held visiting appointments at universities in Stockholm, Berlin, Bribane, Prague, Gdansk and Bruges.

Adrian Bull




Adrian Bull

Adrian is Director of External Relations for the UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL). He has responsibility for co-ordinating NNL’s external links, communications, profile and reputation across the UK and – increasingly - internationally. As such, Adrian is closely involved with a wide range of stakeholders including politicians, Government officials, media, customers, industry organisations and universities. Prior to taking up this role in 2012, Adrian was Head of Media and Stakeholder Relations for Westinghouse in Europe.

He has worked on many submissions to UK Government consultations on nuclear and energy policy matters, and has given evidence to several UK Government Committees on energy issues.

Adrian chairs the Marketforce Nuclear Issues Group - a small group of senior executives from across the nuclear industry, which meets quarterly to discuss key policy, economic and regulatory developments and their implications across the sector. He has previously chaired both the NIA’s Communications Working Group and the North of England Steering Group for the National Skills Academy for Nuclear. He is a Board Member of Marketing Cheshire and sits on a number of other regional, national and international committees for bodies such as FORATOM, the Confederation of British Industry and the Nuclear Institute. Adrian is a Fellow of the UK Energy Institute and in December 2011 was honoured to be named as the recipient of the Young Generation Network’s Award for Outstanding Contribution.

Outside work, Adrian is married with 3 children and lives in Manchester, and in his spare time is an occasional fire-eater and fire-breather.

Ian Cotton

Professor Ian Cotton

Ian is Professor of High Voltage Technology at the University of Manchester and Director of Manchester Energy which seeks to maximise the impact of the University’s energy research portfolio and supports the research activities of over 150 academic colleagues. Ian has been involved in high voltage research for 15 years, primarily in relation to electrical power systems, and works in the largest HV laboratory in the UK that has the capability of testing equipment at the voltage levels required for use on the 400kV system. His research portfolio includes supporting the development of novel overhead line solutions, live line working and the impact of climate change on the power system. He also carries out research in the area of aerospace high voltage systems which are being deployed on platforms such as the Boeing Dreamliner. Ian is a Director of Arago Technology Limited, a business commercialising insulating cross-arms which can significantly increase the capacity of existing overhead line infrastructure. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Cecilia Fenech

Dr Cecilia Fenech

Cecilia is a Research Fellow in Renewable Energy within the Centre for Bioenergy and Resource Management at Cranfield University. She is also a committee member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Environmental Chemistry Committee. Her main areas of expertise lie in the fields of anaerobic digestion and environmental analysis.

Cecilia is currently the project manager of the Biological and Thermal Renewable Energy Demonstrator (Bio-Thermal RED) ERDF funded project at Cranfield University, which includes the commissioning of a new large pilot-scale food-waste anaerobic digester, which will treat food-waste arising from the Cranfield University campus and be available for large-scale R&D projects. She has also been working with a number of SMEs to deliver free project-based support, largely in the area of small-scale anaerobic digestion.

Chris Goodall

Chris Goodall

Chris Goodall is a writer on clean energy. He also helps individuals, businesses and investment funds decide where to invest their money. His free weekly newsletter at provides a short summary of some of the most interesting events in clean technology over the past week.

Niall Mac Dowell

Dr Niall Mac Dowell

Niall is a lecturer in Energy and Environmental Technology and Policy at Imperial College London and is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He has a Bachelor’s degree (UCD/UCLA) and a PhD (Imperial College) in Chemical Engineering and in 2010 he was awarded the Qatar Petroleum Prize for his doctoral research on Clean Fossil Fuels. His research focuses on the multi-scale modelling of dynamically interacting systems in the context of decarbonised energy. In addition to his research, he conducts consultancy work for companies involved in power generation and has given expert advice to DECC, the ETI, the JRC and the IEA in a number of paid consultancy roles, and has travelled on behalf of the Foreign Office to travel to China and Korea to promote low carbon power generation. He has been invited to provide written evidence to members of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change. He is currently acting as the Chief Technologist on the CO2 Utilisation project ACUTEC for the JRC and also for the IEA GHG R&D Programme on flexible low carbon power generation. He has lectured on his research in the US, UK, EU and the Middle East and has published widely on low carbon energy.

Luke Myers

Dr Luke Myers

Luke Myers is an Associate Professor in the Energy and Climate Change Division at the University of Southampton. Key areas of research include offshore renewable energy, specifically free stream tidal energy (much like  wind turbines but underwater). Luke has experience in turbine performance, resource analysis and structural dynamics whilst much of his recent activity has been with turbulent effects in arrays or farms of devices and how to optimally arrange them. It is not a simple problem; Luke and his group have published a number of high-impact papers on the subject in recent years. His research has taken him to many different countries to perform experimental testing which is challenging, especially when water, mechanical components and electricity are involved. His research is divided equally between funded research and collaborative work with industrial partners. He has also conducted work regarding the energy yields of microwind turbines in different terrain and is also interested in the energy use and generation for commercial or multiple-occupancy buildings.

Fiona Rayment

Dr Fiona Rayment

Fiona has over twenty years of nuclear industry experience. She has worked primarily within technology, operations and strategic planning roles across nuclear sites in the UK and abroad. These roles include technical programme development and strategic optioneering in support of decommissioning, clean up and environmental management.

Fiona has developed a number of technical strategies on behalf of the nuclear industry, including waste management and decommissioning strategies for Sellafield, and waste management strategies for Hanford and AWE. She is a Chartered Chemist with a BSc (Honours) and a PhD in Chemistry and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She also has an MBA from Manchester Business School. Prior to becoming NNL’s Director of Fuel Cycle Solutions, her previous roles included Head of Technology for Modelling and Environmental Management and Technical Authority for Environment and Effluents.

John Roberts

Dr John Roberts

John Roberts is the Nuclear Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester. He is also a visiting academic in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. He has previously worked at the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory where he was Head of the UK Underground Physics Facility. He currently teaches on Nuclear Masters Courses at the Universities of Manchester, Surrey and Southampton as well as several CPD courses for the UK Nuclear Industry. He is an IAEA Technical Expert on Knowledge Management, Education and Outreach and has co-authored IAEA publications on nuclear curricula and innovative nuclear education. He is the Chair of the Nuclear Academic Industry Liaison Committee and the EU Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP) Education, Training and Knowledge Management Committee. He is a Board Member of the European Nuclear Education Network. He obtained his PhD in Nuclear Physics from The University of Liverpool.

Daniel Sarewitz

Professor Daniel Sarewitz

Daniel's work focuses on revealing the connections between science policy decisions, scientific research and social outcomes. How does the distribution of the social benefits of science relate to the way that we organize scientific inquiry? What accounts for the highly uneven advance of know-how related to solving human problems? How do the interactions between scientific uncertainty and human values influence decision making? How does technological innovation influence politics? And how can improved insight into such questions contribute to improved real-world practice?

 Prof Zoe Shipton

Professor Zoe Shipton

Zoe Shipton is a professor of geological engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at Strathclyde University. She works on the link between faulting and fluid flow in applications such as hydrocarbons, CO2 and radioactive waste storage, and geothermal energy, as well as the structure of modern and exhumed earthquake faults. She also conducts research into quantifying geological uncertainties and the perception and communication of risk and uncertainty. She is chair of the Tectonic Studies Group of the Geological Society of London, and is a member of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering working group on "Shale gas extraction in the UK: a review of the scientific and engineering evidence", the Scottish Government's expert group on unconventional gas and the Institute of Civil Engineering Scotland's Steering Group for their annual "State of the Nation" report. 

Professor Colin Snape

Colin Snape (FRSE) is director of the EngD Centre in Efficient Power from Fossil Energy and Carbon Capture Technologies at the University of Nottingham. He has been involved in fuel science and related disciplines for over 30 years having started working at the Coal Research Establishment of British Coal (formally the National Coal Board) in 1974. In the early 1980s, Colin’s interests expanded to include the investigation of hydropyrolysis as a route for direct coal liquefaction. After moving to the University of Strathclyde in 1987, an extensive research programme in fuel science encompassing his long-standing interests in coal characterisation, organic geochemistry and conversion, together with newer interests in cracking and hydroprocessing catalysis, petroleum residues, oil shale and biomass pyrolysis, sulphur speciation and polymer degradation was established.

On moving in 2000, Colin was instrumental in establishing Nottingham as an internationally recognised centre for fossil energy, the multi-disciplinary research portfolio encompasses carbon technology, applied geochemistry and pollutant source apportionment as major themes. His current research programme encompasses novel adsorbents for carbon dioxide capture both in combustion and gasification and developing high capacity mercury adsorbents while continuing the research on hydropyrolysis linked to compound specific stable isotope measurements and source apportionment relevant to this proposal, together with investigating high pressure retardation effects on oil and gas generation. Patents have been filed on both mercury and carbon dioxide adsorbents.

Laurence Stamford

Dr Laurence Stamford

Laurence is Lecturer in Sustainable Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester. He is part of the Sustainable Industrial Systems research group and specialises in the life cycle impacts of energy technologies, including environmental, social and economic aspects. His research attempts to analyse whole, complex systems rather than focusing on one particular part of the life cycle to the detriment of another. By this route, we should be able to provide the detail and context necessary for robust, sustainable decision-making.

His recent work includes the first full life cycle environmental assessment of UK shale gas (‘fracking’), published in September 2014, which builds on previous publications addressing a broad range of energy options such as nuclear, wind, solar and biomass as well as potential scenarios for the future of the UK energy sector. He has advised several policy-informing bodies (e.g. POST, Carbon Connect) and regularly collaborates with key governmental, industrial and non-profit organisations in the energy arena.


Professor Robert Steinberger-Wilckens

Studied Physics with a specialisation in renewable energies; Ph.D. degree from University of Oldenburg (Germany) in 1993 with work on integrating large scale renewable energies into the electricity grid. Founded engineering consultancy PLANET (Planungsgruppe Energie und Technik) in 1985. Involved in R&D in hydrogen, fuel cells and electric vehicles since 1997. Programme Manager high temperature fuel cells (SOFC) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, the largest German research campus, from 2002 to 2012, and Chair for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research at University of Birmingham since 2012. 



Peter Styles

Professor Peter Styles

Peter Styles moved to Keele University in 2000 as Professor of Applied and Environmental Geophysics and has been head of the School of Earth Sciences and Geography and director of the Research Institute for Environment, Physical Sciences and Mathematics. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society, a chartered geologist and is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and a Member of the American Geophysical Union and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. He served as a board member of the British Geological Survey for 6 years and as chairman of the BGS University Collaboration Advisory Committee (UCAC).

He is a past-president of the Geological Society of London and was president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (Geology Section) for 2007. He is editor-in-chief of Geoscientist. He was joint author of the 2012 DECC report on Induced Seismicity and Shale Gas Drilling in Lancashire and has given some 75+ lectures and interviews on this subject over the past 2 years in 7 countries to date. He was awarded the William Smith Medal of the Geological Society of London in 2014 for outstanding research in Applied Geosciences and the Medal of Merit of the European Federation of Geologists in 2014/2015 for persons who have provided exceptional and distinguished contributions to the Federation or to the geological profession in Europe.