Philip New – Chief Executive Officer

Philip joined the Energy Systems Catapult as CEO in November 2015. The Catapult was established in April 2015 with the remit to support the transition of the UK Energy System and enable economic growth from the many commercial and technological opportunities that will be created as the way we make, distribute and use energy undergoes radical change over the coming decades. The Catapult is bringing a “whole systems” focus to the challenge, developing models, tools and insights from an understanding of how the whole energy system – from production to use, across all the types of energy we need, connected to society and markets at local, national and international levels – works today – and may evolve in the future. The Catapult was established in April 2015 and is based in Birmingham. Current major Catapult projects include Smart Systems and Heat and Future Power Systems Architecture. The Energy Systems Catapult is part of a network of not for profit, independent, elite technology and innovation centres set up by Innovate UK.

Before joining the Catapult Philip worked for BP for over 30 years in a range of commercial and general management positions, mostly in customer-facing businesses, operating in Asia, North and South America, and Europe. He started working in the cleantech sector in 2002, initially building BP’s portfolio of Biofuels businesses and technologies, latterly becoming CEO of BP Alternative Energy, during which time he wrestled with, and became fascinated by, the dynamics of the interplay of markets, technology and policy created by the emergence of new energy sources and uses, and the opportunities to create new businesses.

Philip is a Commissioner at the global Energy Transitions Commission, a member of the Global Futures Council on Energy at the World Economic Forum, and a non executive director of FRV. He has an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and lives in Oxford with his wife. His three children are now at University.


Nick Smailes – Director and Head of External Relations

Nick was appointed interim CEO of the Energy Systems Catapult after leading on its development from Innovate UK in 2013. He became the permanent Head of Business Development on 1st October 2015, whilst continuing his role as interim CEO until 2nd November 2015.

Formerly CEO of PowerOasisLtd, a telecoms network power management company co-founded and spun-out from Motorola, Nick’s passion for technology commercialisation has seen him engaged in the sector as entrepreneur, advisor and venture capitalist for over 15 years. Previously Nick spent 7 years as MD and co-founder of SETsquared, a collaboration in enterprise between the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Southampton and Surrey. SETsquared’s successes include supporting hundreds of early stage technology ventures in the UK and California, facilitating industry academic collaboration and 5 Initial Public Offerings worth over £200m between 2004 and 2007.

Nick has a Degree in Economics and Politics from Exeter University.

Marc Stone – Chief Finance Officer

Marc joined the Catapult in November 2015 as interim CFO. He brings a passion for technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and Midland’s regional development; playing an ambassadorial role for the University of Birmingham, where he is a member of the Birmingham Business School Advisory Board having participated with the University and local businesses on many initiatives since 2008.

Marc has over 20 years’ experience in corporate turnaround, transformation and change leadership having started up several operations in the airline sector as well as leading several acquisition integrations. As a Finance Director at 26, Marc had success in securing public international funding for capital projects at GEC Marconi, working in the UK with AWM and EMDA. He has a wealth of experience derived from senior roles in many sectors as diverse as aeronautical engineering and logistics to healthcare and telecoms.

Marc has been active regionally with the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Institute of Directors.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Marc also has a BCom in Accounting and Finance from the University of Birmingham and is a Lean Six Sigma green belt.

Gail Hatfield – Head of Human Resources

Gail joined the Energy Systems Catapult as the Head of Human Resources in February 2016.  She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and at the Catapult is responsible for the strategic direction and management of all HR activities. Gail and the team are concentrating on building capacity and capability within the organisation ensuring that it can be responsive and dynamic, all within a collaborative and enabling culture.

During Gail’s early career she spent some time in recruitment advertising and consultancy and since has operated at a senior management level within both the public and private sector from local government to worldwide technology companies. Most recently Gail was Head of Global HR for a wind turbine manufacturer.

Eric Brown – Head of Innovation

Eric joined Innovate UK in April 2014 as Energy Systems Catapult Programme Manager. In this role he supported strategy development and planning and, in addition, led projects aimed at building early capability and presence for the Energy Systems Catapult. In April 2015, when the Catapult was fully established, he became Interim Head of Strategy and Innovation.

Eric combines an electrical engineering background with many years experience in the telecommunications industry. He began his career in product and technology roles with major international organisations including Nortel Networks and Hewlett Packard. He then worked as an independent consultant with start-up network operators in various European countries as they sought to build the infrastructure that would enable them to deliver services in competitive markets. This led to co-founding a company that supported operators and their partners in defining and delivering Networks and Operations Support Systems solutions to address the demands of substantial technology and business change. More recently he has become engaged in the energy sector, where a particular interest is the use of ICT to enable and support evolution of energy systems.

Educated in Canada, Eric has a BSc in Mathematics and Physics, a BEng in Electrical Engineering and an MSc in Electrical Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET.

Grant Bourhill – Chief Operating Officer

Grant joined the Energy Systems Catapult in November 2015.

He brings with him an outstanding track record and passion of delivering new innovations into the marketplace, both nationally and overseas, as well as building organisational programmes, teams and delivery systems from start-up. He also brings significant experience working at the interface of industry, Government and academia.

Grant joins the Catapult having spent 8 years with the Energy Technologies Institute, a private-public partnership between major energy companies and UK Government.  For the first 5 years, he was Director of Programme Delivery, accountable for successful delivery of all aspects of the ETI energy innovation portfolio (£60m p/a).  During this time, ten commercial products from the portfolio were released into the UK market from national and international partners.  Grant led the Programme Delivery function from organisational start-up, building a team of ~20 staff, implemented a PMO and quality measures.  At the beginning of 2013, he transitioned to Director Smart Systems and Heat, leading the ETI’s flagship Programme announced by the UK Prime Minister.  He established a stand-alone facility, and recruited a cross-functional, cross-cultural team, while developing a number of key strategic partnerships.  Within 2 years, novel products and services were being developed and tested with partners across the UK.

Prior to the Energy Technologies Institute, he held senior management positions with Sharp Laboratories of Europe for 8 years, initially as Director of Innovation and latterly as Director of New Business Development.  During his time at Sharp, his team delivered a number of world-first innovations from concept through to successful overseas mass manufacture, creating substantial sales (>£1bn) and new strategic customers in both the mobile and automotive sectors.

Grant has an MBA with Distinction from the Said Business School, University of Oxford, for which he received the Deans’ Award. He holds over 30 independent patents. 

Paul Jordan – Head of Business Development

Paul joined the Energy Systems Catapult in December 2015 with 20 years experience of working in the energy sector, most recently at Ricardo where he led the strategic direction of the clean energy & power generation area.

In that role, he was principally focussed on areas such as conventional power (large engines, waste heat recovery, alternative fuels), renewable energy (wind, marine, solar) and enabling technologies (energy storage, hydrogen/fuel cells, EVs).

Previously Paul was Business Development Director at Ocean Power Technologies (OPT), a wave energy technology developer.  Prior to OPT, Paul worked in the Innovation Programme at the Carbon Trust, developing new low carbon technologies and setting-up the Marine Energy Challenge programme.

Paul has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Newcastle University and an MBA from INSEAD.  Paul also Chaired RenewableUK’s Marine Strategy Group from 2010 to 2012.