EI Awards judging panel
Entries for the EI Awards are peer-reviewed by an independent panel of respected industry experts.
Chair of the EI Awards judging panel
Stephen Burgin FEI, Director, Offshore Wind Growth Partnership
Steve, an engineer, has worked in the world of energy for over 30 years and has held a number of executive and high level management roles in major international engineering companies. Most recently, Steve led the commercial activities of GE Power in Europe, supplying power plants and transmission systems, and was previously the UK Country President for the Alstom Group supplying projects and equipment for electricity generation, transmission and distribution, and rail transportation.
Access to Energy
Liz Warren, Director, SE2
Liz is a Director and Co-Founder of SE2, which helps individuals, communities and organisations build their capacity to respond to climate change. She has supported cities and municipalities in developing their Climate Emergency Action Plans, including detailed work supporting stakeholder and community engagement on heat networks, energy efficiency, carbon reduction in schools and tackling fuel poverty. She has conducted research and product development within the commercial sector, focusing on the opportunities for citywide interventions in commercial property and on how digitalisation and smart energy systems can support decarbonisation. Liz is a Director of Frome Renewable Energy Co-op, a Trustee of sustainability education charity SE-ED and an individual member of the Association for Decentralised Energy.
Diana Davidson FEI, Founder, Managing Director, Vertemis
Diana Davidson began her career in the energy industry 21 years ago, when she joined what later became the Energy Institute as a cleantech pioneer. Since then, her teams within the IS and Professional Services industry have digitally transformed built, enterprise and natural environments and won several global awards for delivering ground breaking clean technology programmes - future proofing Government and Corporate objectives by optimising the decarbonisation of Infrastructure, Utilities, Financial Services, Retail, Communities, Transport and Food. Diana became a Chartered Environmentalist Member of the Energy Institute in 2010 and a Fellow in 2019. She is also a Fellow of the Energy Managers Association and the Royal Society of Arts, elected Chair and Treasurer of the Central London Energy Management Group and Managing Director of Vertemis, the cleantech development practice which she founded in 2010.
Lucy Hayes CEnv MEI Chartered Energy Manager, Principal Energy Professional, Jacobs
Lucy is an Associate Director in the Carbon and Energy team at Jacobs. She has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects, quantifying and reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption in both the construction and operation phases. She is a Chartered Energy Manager, Chartered Environmentalist and ESOS Lead Assessor and has completed energy and carbon management programmes for various clients including a multinational telecommunications company and a leading UK supermarket chain. She has also worked with Government departments, auditing energy accreditation schemes and undertaking ESOS compliance audits.
Malcolm Brinded CBE FREng FEI, Past President, Energy Institute
Malcolm Brinded is currently Chair of EngineeringUK, Head Judge of the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Innovation and a former President of the Energy Institute. He was a main Board Director of Shell for a decade till 2012, running Exploration and Production then Upstream International, after a long career in Shell working in Brunei, the Netherlands, Oman and the UK, where he ran the upstream (Shell Expro) and was Country Chair in the late 90s till 2001. He has since been a a Non-Exec Director at BHP, Network Rail and CH2M as well as a Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador. He was a long-time Trustee and Chair of the Shell Foundation, which focuses on supporting Access to Energy and Sustainable Mobility solutions in Africa and India. He was made a CBE in 2002.
Health and Safety
Ashley Hynds, Technical Director - Process Safety, WSP UK
Ashley is a Technical Director at WSP, a global engineering consultancy working across multiple sectors, including energy, environment, healthcare and maritime. He is a chemical engineer by training, and his career has included multiple roles in process plant design and operations management for ICI and INEOS, and HM Principal Inspector of Health & Safety within the UK’s Health & Safety Executive, where he has led on Process Safety Leadership and Assurance within the offshore oil and gas sector. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and a registered Professional Process Safety Engineer.
Colette Cohen OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Net Zero Technology Centre
Colette Cohen is the Chief Executive Officer for the Net Zero Technology Centre, an organisation committed to the research and development of technology to accelerate the Oil and Gas industry’s transition to an affordable net zero future. Colette has worked in the industry for more than 25 years, both in the UK & Internationally for BP, ConocoPhillips & Centrica E&P, where she was the regional VP for the UK & Netherlands. Colette has a degree in Chemistry from Queens in Belfast, a masters in Project Management & Economics from CERAM in France and an honorary PhD from Aberdeen University. Colette was also awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for services to the Oil and Gas industry.
Roger Humphreville, Vice President Stakeholder Management, OGCI Climate Investments
As Vice President Stakeholder Management for OGCI Climate Investments, Roger Humphreville is responsible for ensuring all partnerships are backed up with the insight and process needed to make their goals a reality. Prior to joining Climate Investments, Roger worked globally with Amoco and then BP in a variety of technical and management positions in exploration and production, commercial and technology teams. These included Head of the Chief Scientist’s Office, Director of Upstream Technology Integration, Senior Director of Government Affairs and VP, Exploration. Roger holds an M.B.A. and M.Sc. in Geology, and is a Certified Petroleum Geologist.
John Moylan, Senior Advisor, Stonehaven & former BBC Industry and Employment Correspondent
John is a communications specialist. He leads the media function at the strategic communications consultancy Stonehaven and advises some of Britain's leading businesses on corporate communications. Prior to joining Stonehaven John led the BBC’s coverage of energy, reporting for national news bulletins from nuclear power plants, wind and solar farms, fracking sites and offshore platforms. As the BBC’s Industry & Employment Correspondent, his brief also encompassed major stories including the VW diesel scandal and the crisis in the steel industry, as well as industrial relations and the gig economy. John’s BBC career spanned “Tomorrow’s World”, the dot com boom, the financial crisis and Brexit. He also spent several years in Brussels as the BBC's Europe Business Reporter covering the EU institutions and world trade talks.
Talent, Development and Learning
Dr. Ibilola Amao FEI, Principal Consultant, Lonadek Global Services, STEM Specialist & Entrepreneur
Dr. Ibilola Amao is the Principal Consultant of Lonadek Global Services, Member of the IP Week Board and a member of the panel of Judges for Royal Academy of Engineering UK Africa Prize. She has over 30 years’ experience in deploying Engineering Technology and Innovations Solutions through Lonadek and their partnerships. Lonadek delivers innovative Human Capital Development Initiatives (HCDIs), has empowerd over 15,000 Engineers since 1991, 100,000 STEM talent since 2006 and 10,000 TECH talent.
Young Energy Professional of the Year
Rachel Lee FEI Chartered Energy Manager, Managing Director, 350 Strategy
Rachel is an electrical engineer by background with around 30 years’ experience in the energy sector ranging from operation and maintenance of industrial utility plant through design and construction of multi-fuel Combined Heat and Power Plant. She has worked for the South Australian Government on peak demand management and held responsibility for the reliability panel of the Australian Electricity Market. Back in the UK she managed a renewables support organisation in the Yorkshire region and has run her own energy and sustainability consultancy for 10 years working on biomass supply chains, wind and solar projects. In 2016 she started on a PhD exploring human behaviour and electric vehicles, seeking to understand how they will be adopted by different social groups, the consequent network impacts and opportunities, and how best to mitigate social inequalities.
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