Smart Innovation Hub – Keele University

Energy & Sustainability: Research and Benefits to Your Business

Join us as we discuss the benefits to your business by engaging in the sustainable energy research offered by the Smart Energy Network Demonstrator ( SEND) programme.

This webinar will be recorded to later be shared online, so if you wish to ask a question and want to remain anonymous, you can do this by submitting a private message to the host using the form at the bottom of the page.

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Meet the Presenters

Annette Shipley

Entrepreneur in Residence – Keele University

Annette has 35 years of experience running businesses and as a board executive in a wide range of sectors including public, private and employee ownership sectors...

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Along with four others she established a company back in 1990 growing it from four to 5,000 employees over 20 years with a final turnover of £350m. For the last eight years, Annette has run her own business and worked with over 40 SME’s and large corporates as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Keele University Business School.

Dr Sharon George

Course Director: MSc Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology - Keele Uni

Dr Sharon George is a senior lecturer, Course Director MSc in Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology, and a researcher in Keele’s Institute for Sustainable Futures...

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She holds a PhD in chemistry and is a specialist in sustainable development, technology development and deployment. Collaborators include local government authorities, businesses, entrepreneurs and the public on engagement projects involving technology and behaviour change. Current research includes: Technology feasibility studies, LCBEP – EU funded project implementing low carbon technologies into local UK businesses and SEND (£15M) the largest single, integrated electricity, gas and heat smart energy network demonstrator in Europe. She has worked extensively on technology development with academia and businesses including the lead PI role on Innovate UK projects on barriers to EV technology, Inductive Charging for Electric Vehicles and solar cooling. She is the lead for a successful GCRF funded collaboration with key partners in Bangladesh. Current research on resource and distributed energy technology focusses internationally.

Julian Read

Business and Development Manager for the Smart Energy Network Demonstrator at Keele University

Julian is the Business and Development Manager for the Smart Energy Network Demonstrator at Keele University. Where he has the responsibility to develop business partnerships, secure investment and to develop research proposals...

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 Julian has previously worked in the public and private sector delivering over £100m of regeneration projects in his position of Regeneration Programme Manager in Local Government and has manufacturing, marketing and strategic planning experience from Johnson Matthey plc.

Trevor Hirst

Operations Director - Quorum Logistic Support Limited

Trevor joined Quorum in April 2003 on completion of a 22-year military career, where he achieved promotion to Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) as an Artificer Vehicles in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME)...

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During his time in Quorum Trevor has supported many clients on a vast array of projects predominantly in a Supportability Engineering role and also utilising his skills in the areas of Project, Risk and Safety Management, the development of Technical Documentation and the production of Training Needs Analysis (TNA).

Trevor’s role as Operations Director looks at the strategic direction of the company and includes Business Development and Human Resources. His is also responsible for the planning and managed execution of all current programmes. Developing into these roles has allowed Trevor to gain qualifications in Project, Programme & Portfolio Management, Business Studies and Employment Law – he is also recently completed a Master of Science (MSc) in Professional Engineering.

Trevor is a very active member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and after becoming professionally registered as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and likewise being awarded a Fellowship, Trevor now provides voluntary support to coaching & mentoring, CPD Advisor and Assessor of Fellowship.

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