David Schiele


David joined the Energy Innovation Agency from an Innovative SME technology company​. He brings a wealth of commercial experience from the Clean-Tech, EV Charging, Renewable Energy, and Waste Management sectors​. His specialist project management experience includes: local, regional and large scale energy infrastructure projects​. David has a proven track record of leading teams, driving strategy and delivering high value strategic innovation and infrastructure projects for demanding stakeholders.



Daniel Dickinson

Business Development Lead

Daniel joined the Agency from a role tasked with growing the Green Technologies and Services sector within Greater Manchester. He specialises in market positioning, service development and partnership facilitation across the low carbon sector, with a focus on renewables, energy storage and smart grids​. Daniel has a demonstrable record of achieving sales growth for SMEs through direct support and network creation​. He is experienced in supporting innovators to bring their products and services to domestic and international markets, and in the project management of renewable site developments.



Simon Nokes

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Simon has a long experience in economic development in the North West of England. He started his career in Local Government before moving to become Director of Strategy for a Training and Enterprise Council. From there he set up and ran his own social enterprise for 5 years supporting the long term unemployed back into work. He joined the North West Development Agency in 2004 and became the Director of Policy and Planning. Amongst other things he was responsible for the Regional Economic Strategy and Corporate Strategy/Governance. 
In 2012 he joined New Economy, the economic research and development company working across Greater Manchester with the Local Enterprise Partnership. After a number of roles, Simon became Managing Director with a wide remit across research, strategy and all aspects of policy. 
From April 2017 New Economy became part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Simon is part of the Senior Management Team, reporting to the Chief Executive. He is responsible for heading up GMCA’s overall strategy and research, and most aspects of economic development policy including skills/employment, business innovation, science and the environment.

Mark Hughes

The Growth Company

Mark Hughes MBE was appointed Group Chief Executive of The Growth Company in 2013.

Prior to this Mark was Chief Executive at the North West Regional Development Agency, and was awarded an MBE for services to business in the North West in the 2013 New Year's Honours.  Mark has also worked in corporate and economic development consulting at DTZ Pieda Consulting and Ernst & Young (EY) Management Consultancy where he was responsible for the creation of the European Investment Monitor that established EY as a leading commentator on European inward investment. 
Mark graduated from Birmingham University with a First Class Honours degree in Geography & Planning, and Cardiff University with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning.  Mark also holds an Honorary Professorship in Productivity and Innovation from the University of Manchester. 

Nathan Sanders


Nathan Sanders is Managing Director of SSE Distributed Energy [Energy Solutions] which looks to help companies and organisations on their decarbonisation journeys by providing whole system thinking solutions. Nathan first joined SSE as an apprentice in the days when it was called Southern Electric, before the privatisation of the energy industry and its subsequent merger with Scottish Hydro Electric. Nathan worked his way through the business as a technical trainee, a contract engineer, a district contracts manager before becoming a regional director. Over the past decade Nathan has led the distributed energy part of SSE that was previously known as the utilities division.  

Carly McLachlan

University of Manchester

Carly is the Director of Tyndall Manchester - an interdisciplinary team working on policy relevant climate change research based within the School of Engineering at the University of Manchester. She is chair of the Greater Manchester 5 Year Environment Plan Implementation Forum and sits on the GM Green City Region Partnership. She is the academic lead for carbon for the University of Manchester. She is Associate Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation. Her current research is primarily focused on how cities can drive climate action (from science based target setting to delivery).  She led the UK Energy Research Centre funded Future of Community Energy project and was recently part of the team that produced a roadmap for super low carbon live music.  

Andy Gibson

Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Andy Gibson was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering in February 2017. Professor Gibson has a Doctor of Science in microwave engineering and technology and 25 years’ research expertise in high power circuits for radar systems. Prior to his post as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Science and Engineering, Andy was first Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and then Head of the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. He was also responsible for Tyndall Manchester, a Rolls-Royce Technology Centre, a Project Management Professional Development Group and the EdF Modelling and Simulation Centre.

Professor Gibson gained international recognition for the application of multi-physics finite element techniques to high power, nonlinear, nonreciprocal ferrite components and his research interests include remanufacturing as applied to electrical and electronic equipment. More recently, he published research on electronic waste with Manchester Business School and last year chaired a major international conference in microwave technology in London.

Andy is extremely passionate about science and engineering, particularly in the city of Manchester, and is very excited about building our world-class partnerships, excellence in education, scholarship and research across the breadth of STEM disciplines. He continues to be involved with teaching in electronic circuits and is a keen exponent of sustainable energy, commuting by bicycle everyday into Manchester from Altrincham. 

Karl Dayson

University of Salford

Professor Karl Dayson FRSA is Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research and Enterprise at The University of Salford. Karl is the institutional lead on innovation and is currently working with colleagues on the establishment of a new innovation zone called Crescent Innovation, within the framework of Innovation GM. His current area of research interest is the relationship between innovation, universities and economic development. An Economic Sociologist, Karl’s original research focusses on alternative forms of finance, microfinance and issues related to financial inclusion. He has worked extensively with the European Commission on the development of microcredit to support SMEs across Europe.

John Whybrow

Hitachi EU

John leads Hitachi Europe’s Digital Solutions Group, the home of energy and mobility innovation projects including Optimise Prime, Smart Energy Islands and NEDO Manchester. Prior to joining Hitachi in 2016, he spent almost 10 years in management & technology consulting, 5 years at Carbon Trust and 2 at technology start-ups. John has a broad grounding in business, clean tech, sustainability and software development. He brings this experience to bear in the fight against climate change by incubating new business solutions in the transition to Zero Carbon at Hitachi. 

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