Energy... we’re working on it
Safe, affordable energy defines modern life for large parts of the human population. It lights, heats and cools our businesses and homes, it makes the world smaller via air, sea and surface transport and it connects us across great distances through advanced digital communications.
But the story of energy is only part told. Responding to the climate emergency while meeting the energy needs of the world’s growing population is one of the great challenge of our age. We need more, cleaner, better-managed energy - and fast.
We're proud of our members and partners, which is why this film is all about them. Jaz, David, Robert, Kenny, Rose, Andy and Vivien work in different parts of the energy system and in different parts of the world, but they have one thing in common - they are some of the ingenious professionals making all this possible.
Steve Holliday FREng FEI
Former Chief Executive National Grid
Steve Holliday is the former Chief Executive of National Grid plc. He is the President of the Energy Institute, Chairman of CityFibre and Chairman of Zenobe. He volunteers his time as Vice Chairman of the Careers and Enterprise Company, Vice Chairman of Business in the Community and Chairman of the Black Stork Charity.
Steve joined National Grid Group as the Board Director responsible for the UK and Europe in March 2001, becoming Chief Executive of the company in January 2007, which he led for almost 10 years, until 2016.
Prior to joining National Grid, he was on the Board of British Borneo Oil and Gas and was responsible for the successful development of its international businesses in Brazil, Australia and West Africa. Steve spent much of his early career with Exxon, where he held senior roles in refining, shipping and international gas.
Steve is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Energy Institute. From 2012 to 2014 he was also appointed as a National Ambassador for HRH The Prince of Wales and served as lead Non-Executive director with DEFRA from 2016 until the end of 2017. Steve served on the board of Marks & Spencer as Independent Non-Executive director from 2004–2014, as Deputy Chair at Convatec from 2016-2019 and as Chair of Crisis, the homeless charity from 2011-2020.
Steve holds a BSc degree from Nottingham University and honorary doctorates from Nottingham and Strathclyde universities. His sporting interests include cycling and following the fortunes of the England Rugby team.
Juliet Davenport OBE HonFEI, Founder and Non-Executive Director, Good Energy
Greg Jackson FEI, Founder & Chief Executive, Octopus Energy
Greg is the founder and CEO of Octopus Energy Group, the green energy tech pioneer and certified B Corp based in the UK. Launched in 2016, the company’s mission is to bring cheaper, greener power to all. In 2021, Octopus also entered the renewable energy generation market.
Greg's vision of using technology to disrupt the energy market has enabled Octopus Energy to create tariffs which unlock the power of the green grid - offering cheaper electricity when the sun is shining and wind is blowing. With its smart tariffs proving customer appetite for flexibility, Octopus is pioneering a global system change to enable a cheaper, faster transition to renewables.
Greg is an experienced digital entrepreneur, passionate about using technology to make positive change. He’s founded a number of successful businesses, including e-commerce company C360, and is an angel investor in a wide range of tech start-ups. He also served as Director of several innovative businesses, including Zopa, the world’s first peer-to-peer lender, which has now lent almost £2bn fairly and responsibly.
Rt Hon Prof Charles Hendry CBE HonFEI, Former Energy Minister, UK Government
Charles Hendry was Minister of State for Energy from 2010-12. He was previously the Conservative Party’s spokesman on energy issues, from 2005-2010, holding the portfolio for longer than any other spokesman.
On leaving Ministerial office, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed him as his Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, a role he continued until leaving Parliament in 2015. He was awarded the CBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2019 Birthday Honours for his work in supporting British Trade in Russia and Central Asia.
On leaving Ministerial office, he was appointed as an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh Business School and Visiting Professor at the Mining University of St Petersburg. He is President of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce; President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan; President of the British Institute of Energy Economics; Vice-President of The Energy Institute and Patron of the Nuclear Institute.
He works extensively across the energy sector.
Charles was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he received an Honours Degree in Business Studies. He is a University Regent and also an Honorary Fellow of the Energy Institute.
Vice President & Honorary Secretary
Dame Vivienne Cox DBE FEI, Non-Executive Director and Workforce Engagement Director, GSK
Dame Vivienne Cox is Non-Executive Director and Workforce Engagement Director of the global pharmaceutical company GSK. She worked for BP plc for 28 years, in Britain and continental Europe, in posts including Executive Vice President and Chief Executive of BP’s gas, power and renewable business and its alternative energy unit. Vivienne was previously a Non-Executive Director of BG Group plc and Rio Tinto plc, the Senior Independent Director of Pearson plc, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vallourec and the Lead Independent Director at the UK Government’s Department for International Development. She was awarded a CBE in 2016 and a damehood in 2022 for services to diversity and inclusion and sustainability in business. A graduate of Oxford and INSEAD, she is also Chair of the Rosalind Franklin Institute, Vice Chair of the SAID Business School and on the advisory board of the African Leadership Institute and of Montrose Associates.
Simardeep Soor FEI, Assistant Director, UK Government Investments
Prof John I. Currie CEng FEI, Director, Scottish Energy Centre Edinburgh Napier University
Prof Robert Gross FEI, Director, UK Energy Research Centre, UCL
Robert Gross became Director of the UK Energy Research Centre at University College London in February 2020, having previously been a co-Director. He is also Professor of Energy Policy and Technology, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT) and former Policy Director of the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London. He is also a trustee of the Energy Institute. Robert has published extensively on energy policy and technology. He has extensive research management expertise and has made a substantive contribution to UK energy policy development, acting as advisor to Select Committees, preparing reports and chairing committees for Govt. departments and NDPBs, and as a consultant. He was seconded to the Cabinet Office in the early 2000s and contributed to the Blair Government’s Energy Review. He also has extensive teaching experience at masters and PhD level. He has been invited speaker at a wide range of conferences and related forums in the UK and overseas. He makes regular contributions to the popular debate surrounding energy, in the mainstream broadsheet press, online and in TV and radio appearances.
Andy Hadland AMEI, Chief Development Officer, Arenko Cleantech
Sinead Obeng AMEI, Environmental Products Regulatory Affairs Manager, Shell
Sinead is an Environmental Products Regulatory Affairs Manager at Shell. Prior to this, Sinead worked as a Commercial Analyst for South Hook Gas, the UK’s largest liquefied natural gas importer and has also held commercial roles in the North Sea oil and gas industry specialising in third party infrastructure access, commercial joint-venture management and upstream project analysis. In 2017, Sinead was elected as Chair of the London and Home Counties Young Professionals Network where she led the organisation of speaker events, professional development opportunities for YPN members and enhanced the network’s self-sufficiency. Following this, Sinead was appointed as the Young Professionals’ representative on EI Council. Sinead is an open advocate for STEM initiatives and women’s empowerment. She was also a mentor as part of The Girls’ Network, helping girls from disadvantaged backgrounds gain the confidence to pursue their goals. Sinead holds a BSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Surrey.
Aleida Rios FEI, Head of Engineering, Upstream BP
Emily Spearman CEng FEI, Head of Project Management Office, Ørsted
Emily Spearman is the Head of Project Management Office at Ørsted Wind Power, the world leading green energy company. During her time at Ørsted Emily has held the position as Asset Manager of five offshore windfarms and Commercial Manager for Hornsea Project 1, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, currently under construction. Prior to this, Emily was the youngest Associate Director in Engineering Consultancy URS Scott Wilson, where she held leading positions on a number of high profile projects in the environmental and industrial sectors around the world (including, Crossrail and Palm Island, from West Africa to Australia). In her early career she worked onshore and offshore on Oil and Gas rigs with Schlumberger in the UK and USA.
Dr Joanne Wade OBE FEI, Chief Strategic Advisor, The Association for Decentralised Energy
Dr Joanne Wade is a sustainable energy expert with 30 years’ experience in energy efficiency and community energy. She is the Chief Strategic Advisor of the Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE), a Trustee of the Energy Institute (EI) and former Chair of the EI’s Energy Advisory Panel. Her work is currently focused on buildings energy efficiency policy and practice. Prior to her current roles, Joanne held posts including Chief Executive of the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), CEO of Impetus Consulting, Research Director at ACE and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute. Joanne is also Vice President of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College London; previously she chaired the EI’s HR Committee, chaired the Board of Trustees of the Eaga Charitable Trust and served as a Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission.
Dr Nick Wayth CEng FEI FIMechE
Nick was appointed as Chief Executive of the Energy Institute in 2021. Prior to this he spent nearly 22 years at BP plc in a broad variety of executive and management roles. Latterly Nick held the post of Chief Development Officer of Alternative Energy, where he led BP’s strategy and business development in a broad range of renewable technologies, including solar, offshore wind and digital energy. Through this role Nick was also a member of the BP Ventures Investment Committee, sponsoring several of BP’s venture investments.
Nick also held senior roles as VP Competitor Intelligence and as Head of North America Investor Relations, based in Houston. Nick’s early career was spent in a variety of operational, technical, and commercial roles in the upstream business, based offshore in the North Sea, Aberdeen, Algeria and London.
Nick holds a PhD in Mechanical / Electrical Engineering and a degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Southampton. Nick is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a Fellow of both the Energy Institute and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Nick is passionate about creating an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone and is a Board Member of POWERful Women. Nick also advises and mentors entrepreneurs in energy start-up companies.
Outside of work, Nick enjoys running, cycling, yoga and spending time with his wife, Debbie, and their two sons.
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International Managing DirectorsYewande Abiose , Managing Director, West Africa
Peter Godfrey FEI , Managing Director, Asia Pacific
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