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ETI Announces Two Senior Appointments – Director, Strategy Development & Chief Engineer

Matt Ball on March 20, 2014 - in Corporate, Energy

Jo Coleman has been appointed Director, Strategy Development at the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).  Jo has been acting director for the last year and will become a formal member of the ETI’s executive committee.

Responsible for the development of the ETI’s technology strategy, Jo heads up a team of 16 strategy managers, strategy analysts and economists. She takes over from Andrew Haslett who will focus on the role of Chief Engineer, having spent the last year setting up the engineering team within the ETI’s Smart Systems and Heat programme.

Jo will take responsibility for the ongoing shape of the ETI’s technology strategy which includes development and prioritisation of the ETI’s project portfolio using the ETI’s Energy System Modelling Environment (ESME) national design system tool to explore energy transition pathways and define technology areas in which ETI investments can help deliver an affordable and secure low carbon future energy system for the UK. Her role will also involve the co-ordination of work to examine market and regulatory issues which need to be addressed to support the commercialisation of low carbon energy technologies.

Prior to joining the ETI, Jo worked for Shell for more than 20 years in a variety of technical and managerial roles,  spanning engineering design and construction, oil and gas field development, national energy planning, economics and new business development.  She has worked in the Netherlands, Brunei, Oman, UAE and Malaysia.

In his new role Andrew Haslett will be responsible for the technical quality and capability of project work undertaken by ETI and its partners. He will support staff recruitment and development, aiding in the selection of appropriate external partners and leveraging the capabilities of ETI members, consultants and academic partners. Andrew will continue to report into ETI Chief Executive Officer, David Clarke.

Andrew has been involved in process and product technology development for 30 years, leading a range of research and engineering groups. He was responsible for the development of the Group Technology Strategy at ICI and for assisting businesses to measure and improve their application of technology to innovation. He joined ETI at its establishment as Director, Strategy Development.
David Clarke, the ETI’s CEO, said: “Both of these roles will be critical in supporting the ETI’s vision to accelerate the development of affordable, secure and sustainable technologies that helps the UK address its long term emissions reductions targets as well as delivering nearer term benefits.”

Jo Coleman, Director, Strategy Development, added: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this hugely challenging role. Any transition to a low carbon economy requires detailed planning and understanding of the transition pathways. Our work here at the ETI seeks to identify how best the UK can embrace the challenge but also benefit from the economic opportunities.  As some of our earlier projects are now completing we will be gathering what we have learnt from them and then sharing the implications for transition pathways and technology choices more broadly with our stakeholders.”

Andrew Haslett, Chief Engineer, commented: “We have a wide ranging project portfolio with a number of innovative technology projects in development. My role is to ensure that the knowledge we generate through these activities helps to accelerate the development and deployment of low carbon innovation in an economically beneficial manner.”

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