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President’s visit 2021: Decarbonisation in the North of England, webinar


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Add to Calendar 22-04-2021 09:30 22-04-2021 15:20 false Europe/London President’s visit 2021: Decarbonisation in the North of England, webinar This is the first time that a President’s visit has been delivered jointly between 3 UK Regions (North East, North West and Yorkshire & the Humber).
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  • 22 April 2021
  • 09:30 - 15:20 (UK time)
Join Rachel Skinner on her President's visit to the North of England.

About this event

This is an exciting opportunity for members and guests to engage with ICE President Rachel Skinner and share some of the great work that is underway on the decarbonisation agenda in the North of England. Three panels of distinguished speakers will explore activity in the energy, transport and water sectors.

Watch Rachel Skinner Presidential Address.

Rachel Skinner, ICE President

Rachel Skinner

Rachel Skinner is a chartered engineer and the UK Head of Transport at WSP. She is also a Commissioner for the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland.

In 2016, Rachel was named as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering and in 2017 she was named as “Most Distinguished Winner” and “Best Woman in Civil Engineering” at the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.

In 2019 she was confirmed by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s Top 100 Women in Engineering. She has authored and co-authored influential publications on future mobility and place-making, digital potential, industry innovation and collaboration. She remains involved with strategic projects for clients across the public and private sectors, including leadership of a fast-growing portfolio of future mobility projects in the UK and overseas.


Session 1: Achieving Net Zero – Energy

09:30 – Welcome
09:35 – Presentations
10:30 – Discussion and Questions
11.00 – Closing remarks
11:05 – Session ends

Chris Hudson, Chair, ICE North West Regional Committee

Chris Hudson

Chris is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 20 years industry experience operating in Client, Consultant and Contractor roles across numerous industry sectors. He is the Chair of ICE North West 2020/21. He currently works for VolkerStevin in the Rivers, Coastal Protection and Water Sector of the industry. He also supports VolkerInfra in the High Voltage Sector delivering on-shore infrastructure works for Off-shore Wind farms.

Prof. George Aggidis, Professor of Energy Engineering, Lancaster University

Prof. George Aggidis

Professor George Aggidis PhD, MSc, BEng(Hons), CEng, CMarEng, Eur Ing, MASME, FIMarEST, FEI, FIMechE, FIET, is Professor and Head of Energy Engineering in the Engineering Department of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University, UK, and Director of the Lancaster University Renewable Energy Group & Fluid Machinery Group. His career include2 25 years industrial and academic experience, starting his engineering career with Mather & Platt Ltd, Manchester.

He has been co-founder and Board member of the Joule Centre for Energy Research and Development, co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy (Lancaster Environment Centre), Board member of the Steering Committee for Energy Lancaster and Founding Chair of the North West Tidal Energy Group (NWTEG).

Loren Jones, Chair, Northern Nuclear Alliance

Loren Jones

Loren is the International and Business Winning Director for Cavendish Nuclear Ltd, leading Business Development across the whole of Cavendish Nuclear, including managing strategic projects and developing ongoing relationships with Government, industry bodies and potential partners. Since joining the business in 2017 he has focussed the business to be more agile and responsive to customer requirements and is playing an instrumental part in growing the business.

Prior to taking this role Loren was Managing Director for Hyde Group Nuclear where he led the establishment of a nuclear business unit and oversaw the delivery of strategically important nuclear and defence projects. Loren is also the Chair of the Northern Nuclear Alliance (NNA) an extensive Membership organisation covering the full supply chain of nuclear providers.

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power

Dr Graham Cooley

Dr Graham Cooley joined ITM Power as CEO in 2009. ITM Power was the first hydrogen related company to be listed on the London Stock Market and has been developing electrolyser equipment for over 20 years.

Graham started his career in the power sector in 1989 joining the CEGB and became Business Development Manager at National Power plc and then International Power plc developing energy storage and new generation technologies. Before joining ITM Power Graham was CEO of Sensortec Ltd, founding CEO of Metalysis Ltd, a spin out from Cambridge University and founding CEO of Antenova Ltd.

Graham has a PhD in physics, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Metals, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM). Graham also sits on a number of industry bodies and is a member of the UK Government’s Hydrogen Advisory Council.

Paul Booth, Chairman of the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership

Paul Booth

Paul worked in the chemical industry for more than 40 years. Born on Teesside, he started his career as an apprentice with ICI and retired in 2016 as the Chairman of Sabic UK Petrochemicals as well as its European Director for Government Policy and Public Affairs.

He is a member of the CIA Council, ex-Chairman of the North East Process Industry Cluster, one of the industrialists on the new UK CGP, and a Board Member for Plastics Europe North.

He sits on the Board of Governors for Teesside University and was previously a member of Redcar and Cleveland Technical College, NSAPI (National Skills Academy) and the TTE Training School. Paul is also Honorary President for SCI (Society of Chemical Industry) in the UK.

Paul is also chair of the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, a fully integrated LEP whose members are Associate Members of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet, giving the private sector a pivotal role in influencing the development and delivery of the Combined Authority’s strategies. He also sits on the board of the South Tees Development Corporation, responsible for securing investment and redevelopment of the Teesworks area, the UK’s largest Freeport.

Session 2: The Road to Net Zero Transport

11.30 - Welcome
11.35 - Presentations
12:30 - Discussion and Questions
13:00 - Closing remarks
13:05 - Session ends

Chair: Laura Brown, North East Regional Chair, CEng Group BIM Manager at Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd

Laura Brown

A highly motivated and professional, Chartered Engineer with a wealth of civil engineering and BIM experience gained over eight years in the UK construction industry.

Committed to the promotion of the engineering profession and construction industry through active involvement with external organisations including Construction ambassadors (CITB) and STEM outreach.

Prof Phil Blythe, Vice President, Institution of Engineering and Technology

Prof Phil Blythe

Professor Phil Blythe FREng CEng FIET is the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Transport and Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) at Newcastle University. In his role at the DfT, he performs an independent challenge function to their department, ensuring that science and engineering evidence and advice is robust, relevant and high quality and that there are mechanisms in place to ensure that policy making is underpinned by science and engineering.

Through the CSA network, he also ensures cross-government cooperation on science, engineering and technology issues. Phil is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Vice-President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

David Hirst, Regional Council Member, Y&H, ICE

David Hirst

David is a Chartered Engineer and Energy Manager who leads energy and risk management consultancy, Ainsty Risk Consulting Ltd which he founded in 2010. David works at the interface of energy markets, infrastructure and legislation. He helps clients in both public and private sector across Europe to identify and resolve the environmental, economic and regulatory risks that they face.

David is ICE Council member for Yorkshire and the Humber, member of the regional committee, chair of the joint ICE/CICES management panel, past chair of the ICE /Actuaries Risk group, past chair Y&H Regional Advisory Board, and past chair / honorary editor of the ICE Energy Journal. He is currently part of the York Civic Trust Cycling Strategy steering group.

Mike Muldoon, Head of Business Development UK&I, Alstom UK

Mike Muldoon

In this strategic role Mike is responsible for leading and overseeing the innovation and business development activities of Alstom in the UK and Ireland. Mike has worked in the rail industry since 1989 starting his career designing trains for the UK, Europe and Asia. He moved into project roles running a number of rolling stock and signalling projects for Alstom in London before becoming Tenders Director for Alstom UK&I in 2010.

Early in 2017 he took on his current role, with the specific additional remit to promote and apply Alstom’s hydrogen train technology in the UK market.

Session 3 - The Road to Net Zero Water

13.45 - Welcome
13:50 - Presentations
14:45 - Discussion and Questions
15:15 - Closing remarks
15:20 - Session ends

Chair: Anneke Kellond-Hallsworth, Yorkshire and Humber Regional Chair, CEng

Anneke Kellond-Hallsworth

Anneke is a chartered civil engineer and Project Manager with twelve years’ experience, currently working at Sheffield City Council. Her experience covers a wide range of industrial, commercial, government and water industry clients in the UK and overseas.

She has experience in project management, NEC3 contract management, Framework tendering and bidding, mine water treatment, drainage design, SUDS, reservoirs and dams, potable water systems and water retaining concrete design. Her experience extends to managing health & safety records and supervising construction sites including feasibility studies, outline design and detailed design for mine water treatment schemes. Anneke is currently the ICE Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Committee.

Vicky Belton, Yorkshire and Humber Regional Vice Chair, CEng

Vicky Belton

Vicky is the Team Leader of the WSP Highways Team at WSP’s Headrow office. She continually develops herself as an emerging leader in the roads sector through the Roads Academy programme. She is passionate about technical excellence therefore developing herself and others. In addition, Vicky is the Vice Chair for the ICE Yorkshire and Humber Region (becoming Chair next year) which she regards as an honour and a privilege.

Donna Rawlinson, Commercial Manager , Northumbrian Water

Donna Rawlinson

Donna Rawlinson is the Commercial Manager at Northumbrian Water and is also the co-chair of the WISE North East Hub. Donna heads the commercial projects at Northumbria and has also been involved in the commissioning of one of the largest thermal hydolysis advanced anaerobic digestion at Bran Sands for Northumbrian Water. She is currently leading Northumbrian’s Water Journey to Net Zero by 2027.

Helen Todd, Humber Strategy Manager, Environment Agency

Helen Todd

Helen Todd is the Humber Strategic Manager for the Environment Agency and has been working for the Environment Agency and involved in managing tidal risk on the Humber for over 20 years.

In her role as Humber Strategic Manager she focuses on the strategic management of tidal risk on the Humber and tidal rivers. She provides leadership to the overall Humber team and holds a key role in the development of Humber 2100+, a new strategy for managing tidal flood risk for the Humber for the next 100 years, working in partnership with local authorities and a wide range of stakeholders from around the Humber area.

John Hilton, Project Director - West Cumbria Supplies Project, United Utilities

John Hilton

John Hilton has worked in the utility sector for 38 years, starting his career as a mechanical apprentice in 1983 with North West Water Authority. Currently employed by United Utilities as a Project Director on the West Cumbria pipeline project and heading up the Special Project division of United Utilities Capital Programme. John has held various operational and delivery roles across the sector over his career and undertaken several international assignments overseas.

John’s recent roles include, operational services director, network operations director and programme director for United Utilities future concept of operations change programme, delivering systems thinking into their business.

John is a Mechanical Engineer by profession, holds a BEng Hons in Mechanical Engineering, and a Diploma in Utility Management from Manchester Business School and is also a member of the Institute of Directors.