Hydrogen’s Place in the Energy System Seminar Speakers

  • Rob Duncalf

    Rob Duncalf

    Head of UK, US & Strategic Projects, Hydrogen, Ørsted

    Rob is Head of UK, US & Strategic Projects in Ørsted’s Hydrogen business. Ørsted is part of consortia developing a number of renewable hydrogen projects including the Gigastack project in the Humber, the Lingen refinery project in North West Germany, the Green Fuel for Denmark project in Copenhagen and the Yarra Green Ammonia project in the Netherlands.

    Rob has over 12 years of renewable energy experience and has been with Ørsted since 2016. After establishing the UK Market Development function in Ørsted’s offshore wind business, Rob is now responsible for Ørsted’s hydrogen activities in the UK and US. Prior to joining Ørsted, Rob worked for the UK government as a Corporate Finance Advisor at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Previously he worked as a Commercial Advisor for The Crown Estate, having started his career at RWE, where he held a range of commercial roles in their renewables business.

  • Adam Frew

    Adam Frew

    Renewable Energy Consultant, Wood

    Adam Frew, is a consultant with Wood’s renewables business based in Glasgow. Adam has nine years’ experience in the renewable energy industry, with experience in project managing green hydrogen projects over the last three years, including the SWIFTH2 project for Point & Sandwick Trust, and the H100 Machrihanish feasibility and FEED project for SGN.

  • Nigel Holmes

    Nigel Holmes

    Chief Executive, Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA)

    Nigel is Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA), recognised as one of the most proactive hydrogen & fuel cell industry associations in Europe. SHFCA has over 90 members mostly in Scotland and UK but an increasing number of members from overseas with many involved in Scottish activities.
    Highlights include the expanding hydrogen bus fleet in Aberdeen and the Acorn project development at St Fergus, plans for a 100% hydrogen demonstration network in Fife, and innovative projects in the Western Isles.

  • Clare Lavelle

    Clare Lavelle

    Associate Director, Energy Consultancy Leader – North, ARUP

    Clare leads Arup’s Scottish Energy business and is a Non Executive Directors of Scottish Renewables.

    She has extensive experience in the Scottish and UK energy sector and has been central to the development of major energy infrastructure and innovation in the UK and Scotland. Clare’s current focus is on the transition of energy systems and developing solutions that cut across industries to enable deep decarbonisation of heat, transport and electricity, with a particular focus on hydrogen.

    This includes leading the design and development of SGN’s H100 project in Levenmouth Fife. This world first demonstration of hydrogen production and distribution will supply 100% green hydrogen to circa 300 homes for domestic use. She works closely with government and regulators to shape policy. Clare led the Scottish Hydrogen Assessment Project – a key part of the evidence base to inform Scottish Government’s developing hydrogen policy. She is also currently supporting Crown Estates Scotland on ScotWind leasing round.

    Clare has won several awards including the Top 50 women engineers in sustainability, the Karen Burt Memorial Award, and she has an honorary doctorate from the University of Vaasa.

  • Adele Lidderdale

    Adele Lidderdale

    Hydrogen Projects Manager, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)

    Adele manages EMEC’s portfolio of hydrogen projects, ensuring they are delivered on time, within budget and to the highest standards. Adele also manages key project partners and contributes to the EMEC hydrogen business plan, furthering our expertise in hydrogen demonstration and testing.

  • Helan Melone

    Helen Melone

    Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables

    Helen Melone is Senior Policy Manager - Heat and Small-Scale Renewables at Scottish Renewables, covering all aspects of heat and hydrogen policy. Her work involves managing and supporting the development of Scottish Renewables’ policy positions, which aim to create the conditions for the sustainable growth of Scotland’s renewable energy industry and communicating these effectively to key policy and regulatory decision makers.

    Helen has worked in policy for over 6 years and was previously a policy and research officer with Energy Action Scotland, specialising in fuel poverty legislation and fuel poverty research.

    Helen recently completed a Master of Research postgraduate degree at Glasgow Caledonian University, for which she was awarded a distinction for her research on gender and fuel poverty.

  • David Wallace

    David Wallace

    Senior Strategy Manager, ORE Catapult

    David joined the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult in 2015 as Senior Strategy Manager, with responsibility for strategic planning, government engagement and strategic initiatives.

    David has broad experience of the energy sector including roles with the UK Government, the International Energy Agency and in US agencies, ranging from R&D, to policy and programme development and management. He has pursued research and analysis into linkages between innovation and environmental policies and authored two books on the subject while at Chatham House.

    In the private sector he has had roles from capital formation to marketing in start-up ventures, and from conceptual design to commissioning in major project delivery, across a range of clean energy technologies including solar pV, solar thermal, energy storage, biofuels, fuel cells and energy efficiency.

  • Morag Watson

    Morag Watson

    Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

    Morag is Scottish Renewables’ Director of Policy. Her work involves overseeing Scottish Renewables’ policy function and key projects within Scotland’s leading renewables trade body, working on behalf of 250+ organisations to grow Scotland’s renewable energy sector and sustain its position at the forefront of the global clean energy industry.

    Morag has worked in policy for over 15 year and was previously a Senior Policy Officer with WWF Scotland, specialising in climate change, sustainable development and behaviour change.

    During this time, she worked on the Scottish Government’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development Action Plans, worked as an advisor to UNESCO and helped found the Scotland’s Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development within the University of Edinburgh.

    Morag holds a degree in Environmental Geoscience from the University of Edinburgh, is a qualified Hill and Moorland Leader and lives in a self-built eco-home in Central Scotland.

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