Nick Winser CBE – Chairman
Nick was appointed Chairman of the Energy Systems Catapult in January 2015 and has been a Non Executive Director of Kier Group since 2009 where he also Chairs its Safety, Health and Environment Committee.
Elected as Vice President and Trustee to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2011, Nick chairs its Membership and Professional Development Committee. He has recently been elected as Deputy President of the IET, with effect from 1 October 2015 and, in addition to this, has Chaired the IET’s Power Academy, an initiative set up to encourage people into engineering careers, since 2006. Vice-Chairman of CIGRE UK (the International Council of Large Electric Systems) in 2006 and Chairman of CIGRE UK in 2012, Nick also served as President of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) from 2013-2015. With eleven years on the Board of National Grid, Nick held the rank of Major in the Engineer and Logistics Staff Corps RE (V), providing advice to HM Forces and the Ministry of Defence, from 2011-2015.
Serving on a number of charity boards, Nick was appointed Director of Way Ahead Support Services – a local charity for people with disabilities in Warwickshire (affiliated to the Royal Mencap Society) in 2011 and, in early 2015, Nick became Trustee to The Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Nick holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and is a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers and The Energy Institute and was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to the UK Energy Industry in the 2014 New Year Honours.
With a background in physical sciences and a passion for business, Peter Bance has spent his career building high growth ventures and technology commercialisation, primarily in the cleantech sector. He is currently CEO of Origami Energy, a new business developing a technology platform for the intelligent management of large networks of energy assets. Peter was also Entrepreneur in Residence at Octopus Investments working with their venture capital team and renewable energy business. Over the years, Peter has also been non-executive director of a number of innovative technology businesses and sat on public-private organisations including the Energy Research Partnership and the Energy Technologies Institute.
Peter completed a science degree at the University of New Brunswick in Canada and then won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University where he earned a Ph.D. in Physics and rowed in two University Boat Races against Cambridge. He moved to PA Consulting’s Product and Process Engineering practice where he worked with a range of international clients on product development, manufacturing process improvements and due diligence for private equity investments. After PA, he established and grew a successful corporate venturing practice at Generics Group in Cambridge (UK) focusing on venture creation, licensing, fundraising, business planning, and commercial negotiation. Peter then joined Ceres Power as CEO, leading the distributed generation company through a successful flotation on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.
Peter has also been non-executive director of a number of cleantech businesses and Board Observer of the Energy Technologies Institute. Most recently, Peter was Entrepreneur in Residence at Octopus Investments where he assisted with the growth of portfolio companies, helped assess new deals for prospective venture capital investments and advised on the firm’s energy investment strategy and renewables projects. He founded Origami Energy in 2013 with the vision of creating the marketplace for the distributed energy world.
Peter has a PhD in Physics from Oxford University and a BsC in Physics & Chemistry from the University of New Brunswick, Canada.
Robert Davis is currently the Group CEO of EA Technology, UK-based power engineering specialists that have grown threefold over recent years and have seen their energy technologies adopted around the world. He sits on the Cheshire and Warrington Enterprise Partnership and is responsible for sub-regional economic development. Robert recently co-founded the Cheshire Energy Hub whose aim is to exploit opportunities for collaboration between major energy users, technology providers and network operators. He is the Immediate Past President of the Institute of Asset Management and was the Champion for the theme of Asset Management in the electricity industry’s Powering Improvement Programme. Robert was also the Founder of the Energy Innovation Centre which continues to bring energy technology companies together with gas and electricity utilities in the UK and more recently around the world.
Robert’s passion is building organisations that make the world a better place, which qualifies him well in his role on the Energy Systems Catapult Board as it becomes established. The organisations he has worked with over the last 20 years have all had direct involvement in energy systems and specifically in the development and commercialisation of new technologies.
Robert is a Life Fellow at The Institute of Asset Management, a Freeman of the City of London and Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire. He has a BA (Hons) from Nottingham University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Marketing from the European Business School and a CIM Diploma in Marketing.
Tani Nath has 30 years’ experience working in energy, management consultancy and investment banking, most recently as a Managing Director and COO of the Commodities division at Barclays Investment Bank. With extensive experience from outside banking, Tani’s previous role led her to introduce a number of business disciplines not generally practised in the bank, for example, stakeholder participation in and proper governance of infrastructure budget and development, activity based cost analysis, and commercial project management. Tani also created and supervised global trading business between 2007 and 2011. Previous to this, between 2002 and 2007, Tani worked at BP plc in a number of roles where she was a member of the management team in each successively larger business unit.
Tani was a member of the core team advising the Regional Electricity Companies on market design and implementation until privatisation in November 1990 at Price Waterhouse Management Consultants and co-Chair of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Commodities Steering Committee representing the commodities trading industry (banks, trading houses and energy companies) in discussion with regulators in the UK (FSA) and the US (CFTC) regarding regulation and market transparency.
Tani has a BA (Hons) degree in Mathematics from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
Neil Strachan is an interdisciplinary energy economist. He is a Professor of Energy Economics and Modelling at the University College London (UCL) Energy Institute, where he also serves as its Deputy Director. He received his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. At the UCL Energy Institute, his research interests revolve around energy-environment-economic modelling; the quantification of scenarios and transitions pathways and; interdisciplinary issues in energy economics and policy.
Over the last eight years Neil has been principal or co-investigator on research projects worth over £10 million. This includes as principal investigator of the Whole Systems Energy Modelling Consortium (wholeSEM)- the UK’s ground breaking multi-institution initiative to develop, integrate and apply state-of-the-art energy models.
Neil is the author of over 40 peer reviewed journal papers and over 100 book chapters and technical reports. He was also the lead author of the Energy Systems chapter of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report.
After an early career in advanced manufacturing, working as a company secretary and lawyer with both GEC and Courtaulds Textiles, Rob has practised as a solicitor in several leading law firms.
Rob founded BPE Innovation in July 2010, the UK’s first and, still, only dedicated legal service to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (‘STEM’). Working at the interface between the private sector and Government in the UK’s innovation community, Rob has been involved in the establishment of most of the major publicly funded companies created in recent years to fill the innovation gap in the sectors which they serve.
In addition to being the legal adviser to learned societies like the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Physiological Society, Rob sits on the board of several major companies working in STEM, including the Knowledge Transfer Network Limited and the Open Data Institute.
Rob is a visiting lecturer at Warwick University, teaching on their post-graduate technology protection programme. He has a keen interest in innovation in energy.