Dr Alan Lowdon
Alan joined SKM in March 2012 as Director and Section Head of its newly created Renewable Energy business unit. Alan has over 25 years' experience of the international energy and utilities market place having worked in major corporations such as NEI, Rolls Royce Industrial Power, PB Power, British Gas, Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux, Shell and Mott MacDonald. In addition, Alan has also held the position of Managing Director for two university spin-out businesses, and also spent 4 years as Director of R&D Programmes for ITI Energy, Aberdeen where he was responsible for the identification, development and commercialisation of a £35M portfolio of energy technology investments. Alan, who advises both the Technology Strategy Board and the US Department of Energy on offshore renewables, was previously Director of Technology & Innovation at Narec - the UK's National Renewable Energy Centre - where he was principally involved in research, consultancy and technology development and commercialisation within the wind and marine renewables sectors, offshore wind in particular. Alan holds BSc (Hons:1), MSc and PhD degrees in Applied/Engineering Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Durham. Alan is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In October, 2011, Alan was appointed Visiting Professor in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham.