About the event
The North East Battery Alliance progress event is specifically designed to focus on the North East as a national hub which supports the growing battery industry, supply chains, skills, and economy.
A fantastic line-up of speakers from across academia, industry and the public sector will present an update on their plans and aspirations for an industry worth £bn’s providing thousands of employment opportunities for the UK.
At this interactive event we will present a model for how NEBA will continue to address challenges and opportunities the North East Region faces. You will hear from our key supporters as we discuss ‘what next’ for the region and NEBA.
These topics will include:
- Public sector on how they see it going
- Skills challenge
This is your opportunity to help steer how NEBA addresses future challenges and opportunities.
Please find the link below to the NEBA event presentation.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on NorthEastBatteryAlliance@newcastle.ac.uk
You will find the following information below to assist you at NEBA 2023:
- Wifi login details at The Catalyst
- Event agenda
- Battery case studies
- Battery videos
- Speaker profiles
If you have any questions during the event or afterwards, please don’t hesitate to contact us on email@example.com and one of our team will respond to your enquiry.
Wifi login details at The Catalyst
1. On your device connect to the network “Catalyst”
2. Input the username: OXINN-Event
3. Input the password: event-6YJh!
4. If you are connected via mobile device, please ensure you click, do not validate, in the certificate option
5. The device will now be connected to the Catalyst’s Events WiFi.
If you have any issues, please speak to a member of the team at reception.
Battery case studies
Professor Colin Herron CBE, Head of NEBA
Colin Herron CBE currently head of the Faraday Office North East (FINE) and the North East Battery Alliance (NEBA). Colin works closely with the car industry, battery industry, government bodies (BEIS, DIT, DfT, APC, Innovate, Catapults and professional institutions (IET, RSC). Oral evidence to the House of Commons Transport Committee on Motoring of the Future and in 2021 gave written and Oral evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on the role of batteries and fuel cells to achieve net zero.
Colin has a PhD (manufacturing), is a Professor of Practice at Newcastle University. Appointed a CBE (2018) for services to business and renewable energy.
Professor George Marston, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Projects) — Northumbria University
George Marston graduated in Chemistry from Oxford in 1984, where he took his doctorate in 1987. He then spent two years at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, returning to Oxford as a post-doctoral researcher, before taking a lectureship in Chemistry and Earth Observation Science at the University of Leicester in 1994. In 1995 he moved to the University of Reading as a Lecturer in Chemistry, progressing to Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in 2009, and was Dean of the Faculty of Science from 2011 to 2014. Since 2014, he has been a Pro Vice-Chancellor at Northumbria University.
Greg Bogie, Commercial Director — Green Lithium
Greg is a business leader with substantial experience in the development and implementation of comprehensive business strategies to meet varying company objectives and business goals. His experience in the energy transition, critical infrastructure, technology, and power industries total 18 years across government, public and private sector clients, regulators, trade unions across a portfolio ranging from £10 Mil to £25 Bil.
In his current role he is responsible for ensuring that Green Lithium sets a universally recognised standard for sound and effective commercial leadership one of Europe’s first large-scale merchant lithium refineries. Green Lithium’s refinery in Teesside will produce low carbon lithium chemicals enabling the growth of localised battery and EV industries in the UK and EU.
James Gaade, Research Programme Director — The Faraday Institution
James joined The Faraday Institution as Research Programme Director in April 2021, after 2 years as an independent consultant focusing on vehicle electrification research and technology, working with range of companies and research organisations. Prior to this James worked for Jaguar Land Rover for 20 years, with varied vehicle propulsion and powertrain system roles in product engineering, research, and commercially in product marketing, working on programmes from research to vehicle production.
A Chartered Engineer and IMechE Fellow, James is also a Science Advisory Council member for the Department of Transport.
Keith Merrin, Director — Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Keith Merrin is the Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) overseeing its nine museums which include 3 of the top 5 most visited free attractions in the North East as well as two sites on the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage site. Together these venues welcome over 1.2 million visitors each year.
Keith is Co-Chair of Newcastle Gateshead Cultural Venues (NGCV), an executive committee member of the National Museum Directors Council (NMDC), a board member of the Virgin Money Foundation and a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme.
Matthew Lumsden, CEO — Connected Energy
Matthew established Connected Energy in 2010 following his work in a number of energy and transport related consultancies spanning 20 years. Matthew is driven by developing a business that joins the worlds of energy storage, electric vehicles and the circular economy.
Professor Mike Capaldi, Dean of Innovation and Business — Newcastle University
Trained as a medical biophysicist, he moved into industry in 1984. His industrial career started in R&D before moving into commercial roles and general management. Half of his 30-years in industry has been with blue chip multinationals while the other half has been as CEO of early-stage venture-backed deep-tech companies. He has raised more than £70m of investment, floated two companies on the London Stock Exchange. In 2010 he started working with universities to help accelerate their impact agendas, taking up the position of Dean with Newcastle in 2018.
Paul Butler, CEO — North East Automotive Alliance
Paul Butler joined the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) as Chief Executive Officer in March 2015.
Paul has over 20 years Cluster Management experience and is the only UK based Cluster Benchmarking Expert for the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA), mandated by the EU to support the creation of more world-class clusters across the EU. Paul has overseen the development of the NEAA since its conception, today it is the largest automotive cluster in the UK and widely recognised as an exemplar cluster.
Paul represents the regions automotive sector on the Automotive Council Skills Group, Supply Chain Group and Digital Group, the North East LEP’s Business Growth Board and Skills Advisory Panel. Paul is also a member of the BEIS External Expert Supply Chain Group, and a board member of the European Automotive Clusters Network.