The Judges

Prof David Newbery, CBE, FBA
Director of the Cambridge Energy Policy Research Group and Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge

Prof David Newbery, CBE, FBA is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Econometric Society. He was President of the European Economic Association, 1996 and President of the International Association for Energy Economics, 2013. Educated at Cambridge with degrees in Mathematics and Economics, he has managed research projects on utility privatisation and regulation, road pricing, transition in central Europe, electricity restructuring and market design, transmission access pricing and has active research on market integration, transmission planning and finance, climate change policies, and the design of energy policy and energy taxation. Occasional economic advisor to Ofgem, Ofwat, and ORR, former member of the Competition Commission, Chairman of the Dutch Electricity Market Surveillance Committee, and member of the Panel of Technical Experts offering quality assurance to DECC on the delivery of the UK’s electricity market, he is currently an independent member of the Single Electricity Market Committee of the island of Ireland, and a panel member of Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition. His books include Privatization, Restructuring and Regulation of Network Utilities, and with Joe Stiglitz, The Theory of Commodity Price Stabilization: A Study in the Economics of Risk.

Clara Wahnich
Strategy and Incubation Manager, The Carbon Trust

Clara is an experienced strategy and commercial manager and has worked for more than a decade in the environmental finance and innovation industry. She specialises in helping clean technology ventures to grow through incubation support and also in devising and implementing innovative business and financial models that unlock opportunities for clean energy projects. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Clara co-founded a landfill transformation and impact investment fund, which introduced a pioneering business model to improve the lives of poor communities in emerging markets’ urban centres. She worked as a Vice-President at Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, a clean energy project developer, where she managed Europe-based and emerging markets-based investment transactions and supported investees for business and organisational development. She started her career as a commodity derivatives credit analyst at BNP Paribas.

Alex Betts
Managing Partner, Adaxia Capital Partners

Alex Betts is a Managing Partner of Adaxia Capital Partners, which manages CPE Private Equity LP, a €200 million private equity fund focused on growth capital and Buyout opportunities in the areas of resource and energy efficiency. Alex has been a private equity investor for over 20 years with experience across a range of buy-out, growth capital and venture capital investments, with CCC, Shell, antfactory and Montagu Private Equity.

Alex graduated in 1986 in Classics from Oxford University before joining Samuel Montagu, the UK merchant bank, now part of HSBC Investment Bank.

Prof David Cardwell, FRENG
Professor of Superconducting Engineering and Co-Director of the KACST-Cambridge Research Centre, University of Cambridge

David Cardwell is Professor of Superconducting Engineering and Co-Director of the KACST-Cambridge Research Centre. He is also Head of the Engineering Department. Under Prof. Cardwell’s leadership, the Bulk Superconductor research group at Cambridge works on the processing and applications of bulk high temperature superconductors, which can be used to generate very high magnetic fields. He has authored over 350 technical papers and patents. Prof Cardwell has been a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College since 1993. He is actively involved in the recruitment of overseas undergraduates for the sciences, and particularly from the Far East.

Ed Craig
Deputy Director and Head of Enterprise and Innovation, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Ed leads innovation and international activities within the Centre with a specific focus on enabling the long term sustainability of the Centre and its work. Ed leads Scotland’s engagement into ‘Climate KIC’, the world’s largest climate innovation partnership which supports thousands of entrepreneurs and enterprises across 20+ countries and 250+ partners. Ed also leads the University’s strategic ‘Low Carbon College’ initiative in Shanghai (driving low carbon research), innovation and teaching between the UK and China and is a Director of HKCCI a University spin-out based at the Hong Kong science centre. Ed is also a board member of WWF Scotland.

With an honours degree in Business and a Masters in Ecology from the University of Edinburgh, he is well placed to support and advise low carbon enterprise and has parked his Doctorate on the topic of low carbon innovation and the role of knowledge brokers in creating a low carbon society, to prioritise driving the development of ECCI. Ed is a serial entrepreneur. Up to now, he has established three new business start-ups; advised and supported over 200 new business ideas; managed a regional business start-up service; as well as created, launched and directed more than 20 innovation projects that drive economic, social and environmental priorities.

Ed’s activities and projects have attracted multiple awards for their concepts, partnership and outcomes. Most recently, the EU funded ‘Low carbon Innovation’ project, developed and led by Ed, attracted the Scottish Government award for ‘Best Project delivering Scotland’s 2020 (low carbon) Vision’ from 2007-2014. This project focuses on supporting over 1,000 enterprises and organisations to develop low carbon products and services.

Prof Sue Roaf

Sue Roaf, B.A.Hons, A.A. Dipl., PhD, ARB, FRIAS, is Emeritus Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. She is an award-winning teacher, author of 22 books to date, architect and solar energy pioneer, was an Oxford City Councillor and sits on the UK Architects Registration Board.  Her research has covered the Windcatchers of Iran, nomadic architecture, traditional technologies, Mesopotamian archaeology, photovoltaics, Ecohouse, low carbon, resilient and sustainable design and Thermal Comfort. Best known for her pioneering work on the Oxford Ecohouse, built in 1995 with the first PV roof in Britain, she published Ecohouse: A Design Guide, an internationally best-selling book on the subject.

She is MD of Ecohouse Design Ltd., chairing conferences on comfort, low carbon architecture, and carbon accounting. She is on Boards at the Resilient Design Institute, New York and AES Solar Ltd., Scotland and led the Scottish Government Adaptation theme for the built environment for five years. She lectures and consults internationally and reviews projects and programmes for the New Zealand and Austrian Governments. Her awards include 2013 Top 6 – UK ‘First Women’ Awards as a ‘Visionary’ in the Built Environment; in the Architect’s Journal 2013 Top 10 ‘Women in Architecture’ Awards, and in 2010 was the most influential academic in the field of sustainable design nominated by the Architect’s Journal.

Morag McCorkindale
Chief Operating Officer, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG)

Through Aberdeen City Council Economic Development service, Morag identified renewables as a major opportunity for the city region. She led the development of the renewables strand of Aberdeen City Council’s industrial renewables strategy and gained cross-sectoral support for its implementation.

Morag recruited the founder members of AREG and grew the membership to 150+ organisations.  She established AREG as a fully functioning independent company.

Morag is now a Team Leader in Aberdeen City Council with responsibility for International Trade and Investment which includes renewables sector development and AREG.  Prior to joining Aberdeen City Council, Morag was a business advisor with Aberdeen Enterprise Trust where she advised over 1,500 entrepreneurs and assisted 102 businesses to start up. The business survival rate at 3 years was 75% which was 25% above the national average.

Prof Stuart Haszeldine
Professor of Carbon Capture and Storage, University of Edinburgh

Stuart Haszeldine is Professor of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) at the University of Edinburgh. His research examines the full-chain of carbon capture and storage, in the context of changing climate, energy generation and use.

He is Director of SCCS, the UK’s largest university research group for CO2 storage (at Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt Aberdeen, Strathclyde, the British Geological Survey at Edinburgh, and St Andrews), examining the whole chain from capture to storage and public understanding. He is also co-leader of the academic UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre 2017-22.

He is involved in several UK and EU collaborative projects on CCS. He was a technical advisor to the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on CCS in 2006, and currently provides advice to UK and Scottish Governments via the CCUS Task Force, as well as comment to science and public media.

Andrew Lever
Director, Policy and Innovation, The Carbon Trust

Andrew has 20 years’ experience in the energy and utility sector with core skills in strategy development, business development, technology commercialisation, innovation programme management and business incubation. Andrew is a Director at the Carbon Trust with responsibility for leading Carbon Trust’s work on energy systems and innovation activities in Scotland. Andrew has extensive experience working across Europe, leading commercial and technical teams to support cleantech start-ups entering both regulated and unregulated energy markets.

Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Andrew worked internationally with E.ON SE, where he held a variety of Innovation, Strategy and Business Development roles across Generation and Retail businesses. Andrew delivered energy efficiency, energy management and decentralised energy product innovation for E.ON’s residential and commercial customer base across Europe. Prior to that, Andrew held a number of Head of Strategy roles with E.ON UK, covering Generation, Retail and Energy Services businesses.

Andrew has supported the successful start-up of a number of new business opportunities in energy efficiency, community energy and low-carbon power and heat generation. Andrew holds an MBA from Warwick, a Masters in Energy and Environmental Systems for Glasgow Caledonian University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Strathclyde University.

The Baroness Brown of Cambridge

Baroness Brown is an engineer. An academic career at Cambridge University led to senior business and engineering roles at Rolls-Royce plc. Returning to academia as Principal of Engineering at Imperial College, she became Vice-Chancellor of Aston University from 2006 – 2016.

Her current interests include climate change mitigation and the low-carbon economy. She serves as: Vice Chair of the Committee on Climate Change and Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change; non-executive director of Innovate UK and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult; member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Decarbonising Energy.  She led the King Review on decarbonising transport (2008), and is the UK’s Low-Carbon Business Ambassador. She is currently working with the UK offshore wind industry as Sector Champion for the sector deal with the government.

Baroness Brown is passionate about education and engineering. She was a member of the Browne Review on university funding and Lord Stern’s review of the Research Excellence Framework. She now chairs STEM Learning Ltd., a not-for-profit company delivering science teacher continuing professional development, and the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Society and was awarded DBE for services to higher education and technology. In 2015 she was made The Baroness Brown of Cambridge. She is a crossbench Peer, and a member of the House of Lords European Union Select Committee.

Prof Samuel Fankhauser
Director, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics

Prof Sam Fankhauser has over 25 years of experience working on the environment, energy and development in academia, the private sector and various international financial institutions. His main interests include the economics of climate resilience, climate finance, and climate change policy in the UK.

Sam is currently the Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also an Associate Director at Vivid Economics, and a Non-Executive director at the CDC Group. Before joining the Grantham Research Institute, Sam served as Deputy Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He has also worked at the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility and in the private sector. From 2008 to 2016 he was a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change.

He holds a PhD in Economics from University College London and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. His first degree in economics and business studies is from the University of Berne (Switzerland).

Beverley Gower-Jones
Founder and CEO, Carbon Limiting Technologies (CLT)

Beverley is an action oriented, self-motivated leader with tremendous drive and a proven track record and recognised expertise in the Low-Carbon Economy sector. Beverley set up CLT whose mission is “scaling transformative technologies for clean growth, sustaining our planet”. Her ambition is to create a better, sustainable world and she firmly believes that this will be achieved through innovation playing a transformative role in our economy.

She is a business leader with proven track record in clean tech incubation and commercialisation. She founded CLT in 2006 and has supported low-carbon ventures in a wide range of sectors including energy efficiency, transport, distributed generation and renewables.

During her tenure at Shell she gained wide international business exposure and delivered the £500 million subsurface technology transfer programme to worldwide operations. Beverley was founder and Vice President at Shell Technology Ventures. In this role she was instrumental in defining Shell’s technology venturing strategic approach. She has 30 years industry experience in corporate venture management including at QinetiQ a portfolio of 8 ventures with a total value of £60 million.

She chaired the BEIS Energy Entrepreneurs Fund VC panel regarding grant investment decisions and is Chair of a flywheel energy storage venture that has raised over £1 million investment funding. Beverley holds a degree in Mining Geology from University College Cardiff and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Mark Jenkinson
City Director for London, Siemens AG

Based out of Siemens’ Global Center of Competence for Cities at one of the world’s most sustainable buildings, the Crystal in the east of London, Mark oversees Siemens’ account management approach to cities world-wide.

In March 2013, Mark also took on the role of City Director for London – a key focus of the role is to support London’s sustainable development through the provision of smart, efficient technological solutions and services for building, energy and transport infrastructure.

Mark joined Siemens in 1993 and since then has taken on a variety of roles and responsibilities across Siemens, in a wide range of industries and markets in the UK, across mainland Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Mark has judged on a number of panels over the years including the Sustainable City Awards and the Global Good Awards.