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.
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.
Innovation Project Manager
Kevin joined the Agency following a role managing the Growth Hub in Worcestershire, supporting the growth of small and medium enterprises. He values the importance of innovation and brings a great deal of domestic and international business engagement experience from Asia, Europe, and North America. He specialises in the development of strategic business / research links and attracting inward investment to help organisations take advantage of trade and investment opportunities in new markets.
Business Development Lead for Low-Carbon Housing Innovations
Gary joined the agency to support us with an exciting new project with our partners at The University of Salford, working on industry-facing research and innovation activity focused on the technical and scaling-up challenges of Net-Zero and future homes. Gary will work with innovation companies, supporting them in developing their business and scale up emerging low-carbon products and services - enabling them to access the market more rapidly.
Karina joined the Energy Innovation Agency after a career in Ukraine, where she showcased her versatility across various sectors, including aviation, agriculture, state-sector housing services, logistics, and waste collection and processing. As a lawyer and financier, she brings in-depth legal and financial analytical knowledge and experience in event organization and team management. Karina excels in precise and timely administrative duties, client relationship management, and fostering effective collaborations with colleagues and partners. Whether navigating the complexities of aviation law, optimising logistics, or innovating in waste processing, her multifaceted expertise and passion for innovation make her an integral part of our team
Tahir joined the Energy Innovation Agency having come from a commercial sales background, specialising in Energy Management Systems, Bio Fuels & Carbon Reduction. He has over 30 years’ experience in the commercial sector and brings with him a wealth of business connections across many areas. Tahir has a proven track record in assisting businesses develop and implement their Carbon reduction strategies as well as project management of those solutions.
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.
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 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.
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.
Manchester Metropolitan University
Amer Gaffar is director of the £4.1m Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University and a sustainability professional with more than 23 years’ experience in the environmental sector during which he has led a number of large scale innovation programmes for both the private and public sector. Amer is a passionate advocate for fuel cell and hydrogen technology and has successfully built consensus and momentum in Greater Manchester and the North West towards positive environmental practice and cleaner energy over the last decade. In 2013, Amer founded the Greater Manchester Hydrogen Partnership to develop and build the strong and diverse network of SME, industry, researchers and public sector stakeholders integral to the work of the Centre today.
In addition to his role at the Centre, Amer continues to lead a number of projects to make Greater Manchester a centre of excellence in hydrogen and fuel cells such as leading one of Europe’s first targeted programme of Hydrogen Education (HySchools). He is also leading the Net Zero skills pathway for NetZero North West and has led the development and authored the now formally adopted Greater Manchester Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Strategy alongside working with the UK Government to establish key deliverables for the UK hydrogen opportunity.
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.
David leads Hitachi Europe’s Sustainability R&D activities. This area covers a broad scope from energy systems and decarbonisation, to environment and sustainability research and solution development. David also leads Hitachi’s collaboration centre with Imperial College London, the Hitachi-Imperial Centre for Decarbonisation and Natural Climate Solutions. Prior to joining Hitachi in 2020 David had worked at Shell for 10 years, followed by time within technology start-ups and at the consultancy Arup.
David brings experience covering technology, research, commercial and venturing principally within the energy and mobility sectors.
Bev Taylor is the Director of Environment at Bruntwood. Having headed up Bruntwood’s energy business for nine years, Bev has now transitioned her role to focus on environmental efforts as the business aims for long-term sustainable growth and begins its journey to becoming net zero carbon.