Jo Coleman, Director of Whole Systems Analysis, awarded OBE


Jo Coleman, director of whole systems analysis at the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC), has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, in recognition of her work in the field of low carbon technology and innovation.

Jo was seconded from Shell to the Energy Technology Institute’s (ETI) in 2011 and subsequently transferred to ESC in September 2017 to embed the ETI’s Strategic Analysis Function (SAF) into the ESC.

The SAF team have recently moved into new offices in Derby, where the whole energy system analysis and planning projects will continue to be developed.

Jo is also a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Jo said: “I am astonished, delighted and deeply honoured to receive this award. I have had a fantastic six and a half years working at the ETI with some amazing and talented people. Progress in engineering, innovation and complex systems is almost always made by teams rather than individuals and the ETI is a great example of this.

“This award reflects the hard work and determination of everyone who has worked at the ETI, our project partners, members and advisors, but none more so than our dearly departed former Chief Executive Dr David Clarke whose leadership and vision inspired us all.”

Philip New, Chief Executive Officer at ESC, added: “On behalf of everyone here at the Energy Systems Catapult, we’d like to congratulate Jo, whose OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list is thoroughly deserved.

“Although Jo has only been with us for a short period of time, she has already made a significant impression on the organisation, having lead the integration of the SAF team, including setting up the new ESC East Midlands Hub in Derby.

“It is also positive affirmation of the importance of taking a whole systems approach to energy and the ongoing work of the Catapult and ETI in supporting UK innovators in unlocking value from the low-carbon transformation.”

(Image: Jo Coleman, ETI)

Published: 3 January 2018