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Durham Energy Institute

DEI Associate Fellows

Chief Scientific Advisor to BEIS

Professor John Loughhead was appointed as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (now BEIS) in October 2014.

John joined BEIS from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), where he was Executive Director, a role he continued part-time until the end of 2014. Before joining UKERC, he was Corporate Vice-President of Technology and Intellectual Property at Alstom's head office in Paris.

John’s professional career has been predominantly in industrial research and development for the electronics and electrical power industries, and he has extensive international experience in both industry and academia.

John is a Chartered Engineer, graduating in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, where he also spent five years in computational fluid dynamics research. He is Past-President of the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of both the UK and Australian national Academies of Engineering, Professor of Engineering Cardiff University and Fellow of Queen Mary University of London.

Chancellor’s Fellow and Reader in Industrial Mathematics
School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh

Dr Chris Dent is an industrial mathematician with primary interests in energy system analysis. He received his BA degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 1997, and PhD in Theoretical Physics from Loughborough University in 2001. After four years of postdoctorial research in Physics (Heriot-Watt University and Philipps-Universitaet Marburg) he studied for the MSc in Operational Research at the University of Edinburgh in 2005-6. Since the start of 2007 he has worked in energy systems research, first at the University of Edinburgh, and then from 2009 at Durham University where he was appointed Lecturer in Energy System Modelling in 2011 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014 – in the latter part of this time he was also Co-Director for Impact at Durham Energy Institute. His main research areas lie in optimisation, resource adequacy assessment, renewables integration, transmission network planning and power system economics, and uncertainty quantification in energy systems models. He has also worked on frequency domain modelling of wave energy converters.

His professional activities being Vice Chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Reliability, Risk and Probability Applications Subcommittee and Chair of the PES Task Force on Capacity Value of Solar Power and the Working Group on Review of IEEE Standard 859 on transmission system reliability data collection – from 2014-16 he was Chair of the PES Working Group on Loss of Load Expectation Best Practice, which shares experience between industrial resource adequacy studies. He is an Editor of the Journal Sustainable Energy Grids and Networks, and an Associate Editor of the IMechE Journal of Power and Energy. In 2014 he was General Chair of the International Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems, held in Durham. In 2012 Dr. Dent received the IET Mike Sargeant Young Engineer Career Achievement Award, and in 2014 he received a Durham University Award for Excellence in Research Impact for on his work with National Grid on the GB Electricity Capacity Assessment Study and with Durham Energy Institute.

Dr Andrew Crossland received his PhD from Durham University in 2014 having researched the impact of distributed energy storage on the power system. His work showed multi-million pound savings for network operators if residential storage batteries (such as Tesla’s Powerwall or LG’s RESU) were widely adopted.

From there he moved to a position with Network Rail working on whole life cost analysis of upgrades to electrification of the East Coast Mainline. Andrew has subsequently worked for Solarcentury since 2016, looking at hybrid energy systems. His work ranges from the selection of residential energy storage products in the UK to the design of microgrids and large battery systems in remote areas of East Africa. He regularly contributes to the IET committee for Codes of Practice on Energy Storage and the STA’s Committee on rooftop PV and storage.

Andrew is primarily interested in combining his engineering skills with the social side of energy. He completed socio-technical research into off-grid systems in East Africa which showed how a combination of social (e.g. a concept that solar energy is free) and technical factors were contributing to poor performance of off-grid systems in the region.

He also runs the grid charting and simulation website/Twitter feed ‘MyGridGB’ which aims to inform the public about our changing electricity system and stimulate energy debate using verifiable numbers.

Ian Marchant

Ian Marchant was Chief Executive of SSE plc, a leading UK energy utility company, for over 10 years until stepping down in the summer of 2013. Ian is also a former Chairman of Scotland's 2020 Climate Delivery Group, the immediate past President of Energy Institute, former NED of Cyberhawk and former Chairman of the renewable energy firm, Infinis.

Ian is currently Chairman of the Aberdeen based quoted energy services firm, John Wood Group, non-executive Chairman of the Edinburgh based tidal energy company, Nova Innovation Ltd, Chairman of Maggie's Cancer Charity and from Feb 2018 Chairman of Thames Water Ltd. He is also a Non executive director of Aggreko Plc, and through his company, Dunelm Energy, is advisor to Scottish Equity partners and a number of energy related companies such as Linknode.

He is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre of Energy Policy at Strathclyde University, a visiting Professor with the business schools at Edinburgh and Durham universities as well as being a member of the Prince’s Council of the Duchy of Cornwall and the President of the RZSS.

Jenny Saunders was Chief Executive of National Energy Action from 2007 until retiring at the end of 2017.

She remains a member of the UKERC Advisory Board, the Government’s Committee on Fuel Poverty and is a Board Director of National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions Community Interest Company.

Jenny has held advisory roles with Ofgem and industry groups, and has chaired energy consumer service panels. She has been a trustee of two charities also working in the field of fuel poverty research and policy.

Dr Wilf Wilde is an economist who first studied Economics and Sociology at HatfieldCollege, got married at St Margaret’s Church in Durham and then taught in Darlington. In 1979 he left Durham for the national Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, where he wrote his PhD thesis on multinational oil companies in Trinidad.

Wilf was the Executive Director of the DEI in 2013, where he helped appoint the present Executive team and looked to involve the DEI in global and policy energy developments. He worked as a Policy Fellow at the IAS looking at the ‘elusive revolutions’ of the Arab Spring. He has just been appointed as a Visiting Fellow at St Johns College, Durham looking at the development of the college research.

Before his work at the DEI, he had a varied career in the oil industry, in the City and latterly as Marketing Director at the Energy regulator, Ofgem. He worked in Exxon/Mobil for 3 years before working in equity stock-broking for 12 years. He worked on UK oil and gas equities at Wood MacKenzie, utilities privatisations (in gas, water and electricity) at Merrill Lynch and on emerging markets at ING-Barings. Since leaving the City he co-founded a Christian led inter-faith agency working on employment with Black majority churches, migrants to London and in Afghanistan.

Since leaving the City and Ofgem he has also written two major inter disciplinary books on oil, geo-politics and biblical theology. His first book ‘Crossing the River of Fire; Mark’s Gospel and Global Capitalism’ was a critique of the over optimistic assumptions of the Make Poverty History Campaign. His second book is called Nowhere to Lay Our Head; The Empire of Oil, Client Rulers and the Anarchy of Jesus. He is presently half way through two books: the first entitled ‘Coalitions for Capital’ (forthcoming 2015) is on English political history. The second provisionally called ‘After Liberation Square’ is on the geo-politics of energy. Besides consultancy work in Russia, he has lectured extensively in the USA and UK on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and the Ukraine.

Dr Kirsten Jenkins is an early careers Lecturer in Human Geography and Sustainable Development within the School of Environment and Technology (SET) at the University of Brighton. Kirsten’s background is as a sustainable development and human geography scholar, with research interests that centre on energy justice, energy policy, nuclear energy and sustainable energy provision and use. Kirsten also has a strong personal interest in Scottish and Arctic energy provision.

Prior to joining SET, Kirsten was a Research Fellow in the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED), part of the Science and Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Kirsten completed her ESRC-funded Ph.D. at the University of St Andrews in Scotland in December 2016. She coordinates the European Energy Justice Network and associated energy justice mailing list as well as the Energy and Social Science Network, both of which have a combined membership of over 1500. She also serves as Managing Editor for the journal Energy Research & Social Science and Early Careers Representative for the Energy Geographies Research Group of the RGS-IBG. Kirsten has published extensively in the fields of energy and social science and worked on projects funded by the RCUK Energy Programme and ESRC.