Energy Systems Catapult announces key board appointments

Published: 18 June 2015

Four of the UK’s top energy experts join as Non-Executive Directors.

Four of Britain’s successful engineers, entrepreneurs and financiers with backgrounds in energy management, development and research will add their expertise as the Energy Systems Catapult develops and grows.

The new Board directors are: Peter Bance, entrepreneur and CEO of Origami Energy; Tani Nath, formerly Managing Director and COO of the Commodities division at Barclays Investment Bank; David MacKay, former Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Regius Professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge; and Robert Davis, currently the Group CEO of EA Technology. [*more detailed information about each of the new Directors is included in the Notes to Editors below].

They join Chair Nick Winser, who was appointed in January together with Interim CEO Nick Smailes, in leading the Catapult, which opened in April 2015.

The Energy Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre set up and developed by Innovate UK to bring the worlds of research and industry together to encourage and support the development of new technology-based products and services in the energy sector.

Nick Winser said:

“I am thrilled to welcome all of our new Non-Executive Directors. These talented individuals bring with them a hugely impressive array of skills and expertise from across business and academia. They will help direct the Catapult to make the UK a leading place for developing and launching new solutions in energy systems.”

Peter Bance said:

“I am really excited about my non-executive appointment and the opportunity to work with Nick Winser and our UK government sponsors. We have a golden opportunity to help shape the nation’s energy system, harnessing the power of innovation in a dynamic business context. I hope my contributions as the voice of the entrepreneur will be valuable and complementary to the rest of the Board.”

Tani Nath said:

“I am excited to be joining the Board of the Energy Systems Catapult at a time of particular challenge for the UK in meeting its future energy needs affordably, and look forward to contributing to this new approach of leveraging UK research and business development capability.”

David MacKay said:

“As we decarbonise all parts of the energy system – not just electricity, but also heat and transport – integrated whole-system thinking will be essential to ensure that the new energy system is efficient and cost-effective. As a non-executive director of the Energy Systems Catapult, I’m looking forward to working with Britain’s brilliant inventors and engineers whose creativity will lead to breakthroughs in key technologies such as energy storage, and smart controls that help people save energy.”

Robert Davis said:

“What an exciting prospect! The Energy Systems Catapult has a unique opportunity to steer this sector of our economy to the global leadership position it deserves. We have the best networks, the best technologies, the best innovators…let’s bring it!”

The four appointees announced today took up their posts in June.