Energy... we’re working on it
Safe, affordable energy defines modern life for large parts of the human population. It lights, heats and cools our businesses and homes, it makes the world smaller via air, sea and surface transport and it connects us across great distances through advanced digital communications.
But the story of energy is only part told. Responding to the climate emergency while meeting the energy needs of the world’s growing population is one of the great challenge of our age. We need more, cleaner, better-managed energy - and fast.
We're proud of our members and partners, which is why this film is all about them. Jaz, David, Robert, Kenny, Rose, Andy and Vivien work in different parts of the energy system and in different parts of the world, but they have one thing in common - they are some of the ingenious professionals making all this possible.
Steve Holliday FREng FEI
Former Chief Executive National Grid
Steve Holliday is the former Chief Executive of National Grid plc. He is the President of the Energy Institute, Chairman of CityFibre and Chairman of Zenobe. He volunteers his time as Vice Chairman of the Careers and Enterprise Company, Vice Chairman of Business in the Community and Chairman of the Black Stork Charity.
Steve joined National Grid Group as the Board Director responsible for the UK and Europe in March 2001, becoming Chief Executive of the company in January 2007, which he led for almost 10 years, until 2016.
Prior to joining National Grid, he was on the Board of British Borneo Oil and Gas and was responsible for the successful development of its international businesses in Brazil, Australia and West Africa. Steve spent much of his early career with Exxon, where he held senior roles in refining, shipping and international gas.
Steve is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Energy Institute. From 2012 to 2014 he was also appointed as a National Ambassador for HRH The Prince of Wales and served as lead Non-Executive director with DEFRA from 2016 until the end of 2017. Steve served on the board of Marks & Spencer as Independent Non-Executive director from 2004–2014, as Deputy Chair at Convatec from 2016-2019 and as Chair of Crisis, the homeless charity from 2011-2020.
Steve holds a BSc degree from Nottingham University and honorary doctorates from Nottingham and Strathclyde universities. His sporting interests include cycling and following the fortunes of the England Rugby team.
Malcolm Brinded CBE FREng FEI
Former Executive Director Royal Dutch Shell
Malcolm Brinded brings with him a wealth of experience and insight from a global career spanning 38 years at Royal Dutch Shell, including a decade on the main board as Executive Director for Upstream International and for Global Exploration and Production. He was previously Managing Director for Royal Dutch Shell and Shell UK Chairman and spent 16 years as a trustee of the Shell Foundation. He is a Fellow not just of the EI, but also of the institutions of Civil and Mechanical Engineering and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and is an Honorary Doctor of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon Universities. He is also Chair of Engineering UK and was awarded a CBE in the 2002 New Year’s Honours list for services to the UK oil and gas industry.
Dr Bernie Bulkin OBE FEI, Director, Ludgate Investment;
Dr Vivienne Cox CBE FEI, Chairman, Vallourec SA
Juliet Davenport OBE HonFEI, Chief Executive, Good Energy
Mike Parker CBE FEI, Former CEO, BNFL
Simardeep Soor FEI, Corporate Finance Manager, UK Government Investments
Dr Ibilola Amao FEI, Principal Consultant, Lonadek
Prof John I. Currie CEng FEI, Director, Scottish Energy Centre Edinburgh Napier University
Prof Robert Gross FEI, Director, UK Energy Research Centre, UCL
Robert Gross became Director of the UK Energy Research Centre at University College London in February 2020, having previously been a co-Director. He is also Professor of Energy Policy and Technology, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT) and former Policy Director of the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London. He is also a trustee of the Energy Institute. Robert has published extensively on energy policy and technology. He has extensive research management expertise and has made a substantive contribution to UK energy policy development, acting as advisor to Select Committees, preparing reports and chairing committees for Govt. departments and NDPBs, and as a consultant. He was seconded to the Cabinet Office in the early 2000s and contributed to the Blair Government’s Energy Review. He also has extensive teaching experience at masters and PhD level. He has been invited speaker at a wide range of conferences and related forums in the UK and overseas. He makes regular contributions to the popular debate surrounding energy, in the mainstream broadsheet press, online and in TV and radio appearances.
Andy Hadland AMEI, Chief Development Officer, Arenko Cleantech
Dr. Waddah S. Ghanem Al Hashmi BEng (Hons), MBA, MSc, AFIChemE, FEI, MIoD, Senior Director - Sustainability, Operational and Business Excellence Affairs, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) LLC Ltd, Vice-Chairman Dubai Centre of Carbon Excellence (DCCE) PJSC
Sinead Obeng AMEI, Regulatory Affairs Advisor, Gazprom Marketing and Trading
Prof Simon O'Leary CEng FEI, Director of Research Centre in Business & Management, Regent's University London
Aleida Rios FEI, Head of Engineering, Upstream BP
Alastair Robertson CEng FEI, Director, OSL Consulting Engineers
Paul R. Smith FEI, former MD, Generation SSE Plc
Emily Spearman CEng MEI, Head of Process Excellence and Compliance, Ørsted
Dr Joanne Wade OBE FEI, Chief Strategic Advisor, The Association for Decentralised Energy
Dr Joanne Wade is a sustainable energy expert with 30 years’ experience in energy efficiency and community energy. She is the Chief Strategic Advisor of the Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE), a Trustee of the Energy Institute (EI) and former Chair of the EI’s Energy Advisory Panel. Her work is currently focused on buildings energy efficiency policy and practice. Prior to her current roles, Joanne held posts including Chief Executive of the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), CEO of Impetus Consulting, Research Director at ACE and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute. Joanne is also Vice President of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College London; previously she chaired the EI’s HR Committee, chaired the Board of Trustees of the Eaga Charitable Trust and served as a Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission.
Louise Kingham OBE FEI
Louise has spent the past 26 years working with energy professionals around the world. Prior to her appointment at the head of the EI in 2003, Louise was Director General of the Institute of Petroleum and Chief Executive of the Institute of Energy. Louise is also a board member of the POWERful Women initiative and non-executive director on the board of Energy Saving Trust. She has previously been President of the Energy Industries Club, advisory member of the Energy Policy Board at the University of Birmingham, judge for HM Queen’s Prize for Higher and Further Education and council member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies. In 2006, she received a Global Leadership in Energy Award and in 2011, the OBE from HM Queen for services to the energy industry. In 2017 she was awarded an Honorary Science Doctorate from the University of Bath.
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We are committed to providing a comfortable environment to help our staff and volunteers provide the best services possible. We recognise the nature of our work comes with an obligation to lead by example using energy and resources in an efficient and sustainable manner. Our energy and environment policy is designed to ensure this commitment is incorporated into our strategy and operations at our 61 New Cavendish Street premises, that staff are appropriately aware and trained, that we procure environment-friendly goods and services, promote energy efficient travel, and increase transparency around our energy consumption and GHG emissions. Recent improvements include the installation of solar panels on the roof of our premises, an energy efficient air handling unit with a rotary heat exchanger, LED lighting and the introduction of more environment-friendly paper, ink and wrapping for our magazines. The EI has pledged to end the impact of its operations on the climate. We have set science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for our central operations – our London head office and staff business travel - through to 2035, en route to reaching net zero well before 2050.
The EI is a not-for-profit organisation funded through a combination of fees from tens of thousands of individual members, hundreds of company members, and from sales of publications and tickets to our conferences and training courses. Our products and services meet the needs of professionals spanning the breadth of the energy sector, from oil and gas to renewable and energy efficiency technologies. They are continuously refined to keep pace with and support the changes under way in our field.
Beyond ownership of our 61 New Cavendish Street premises, the EI does not own substantial assets. A total of around £3.5 million of our reserves are held in the mixed portfolio Sarasin Endowment Fund. Sarasin’s Climate Pledge presses investee companies to align with the Paris Agreement goals. While this does not preclude investment in oil and gas, companies are tracked in relation to their statements, ambitions and progress and investment decisions based on that. The fund does not invest in producers of tobacco, weapon systems and civilian firearms, nor in companies with more than 5% of revenues related to adult entertainment and 10% of revenues related to gambling, armaments or alcohol products and services. Our investment policy is reviewed annually.
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