The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research and skills development. We bring together scientists and industry partners on research projects to reduce battery cost, weight, and volume; to improve performance and reliability; and to develop whole-life strategies including recycling and reuse.
Mr Neil Morris, a British citizen, has over 33 years of international operations, business and commercial experience in the energy sector.
Neil joined BP plc in 1985 and has led large, globally diverse teams, consistently delivering sustainable performance improvement in a wide range of challenging roles. He has excellent strategic, analytical, leadership, management and communication skills. He has a track record of driving sustainable change through distilling complex issues to establish a clear improvement strategy and engaging teams at all levels in the organisation in delivery.
He has extensive experience of the downstream oil business and deep knowledge of refining and high hazard petrochemical operations. He has held executive management positions at a number of large operating sites, including Plant Manager at a petrochemicals facility in Canada. He was Head of Engineering and Technology for BP’s Global Refining Business, the 4th largest refiner in the world, driving significant improvements in safety, reliability, efficiency and project performance across the portfolio.
His business experience includes developing strategy for BP’s Gas, Renewables, Supply and Trading business, leading multi-million-dollar M&A transactions, establishing a downstream research program including successfully negotiating partnerships with universities and other companies to commercialise a number of new technologies.
Neil’s corporate experience includes supporting the Group CFO during the quarterly financial close process, investor relations briefings, major M&A transactions and developing corporate finance strategy. He was also Deputy General Auditor and has engaged with BP Executive Management and Board members on governance, internal controls and risk management.
After leaving BP in 2014 Neil was Chief Executive Officer of a privately owned downstream oil company with refining and trading operations in Germany, London and Geneva. He significantly improved performance by driving operational improvements, making changes in the sales strategy and active risk management of exposure to refining margins.
Neil holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University and an MBA from Edinburgh University. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Prior to joining the Faraday Institution, Susan was Chief Financial Officer of Velocys, the AIM-listed renewable fuels company, a position she held for 10 years through the company’s transformational years from early stage start-up to the point of having a commercial plant in operation. Prior to that, she was at the BOC Group (now Linde Group) where she held various senior-level financial management and business development positions in the UK and in Japan. Susan helped to set up and then, from 2003 to 2006, served as Vice President and CFO of Japan Air Gases (JAG), a joint venture between The BOC Group and Air Liquide.
Susan has an honours degree in economics from the University of Cambridge and is a chartered accountant (FCA) having originally trained with Arthur Andersen in London.
Ian is an engineer who graduated from University of Cambridge with an M.Eng. in Manufacturing Engineering in 1993 and is now an experienced technical manager who has worked with small, medium and large corporates, academia and government. His early career was spent working on Gas Turbine engines with the Ministry of Defence before moving to project management at QinetiQ where he was responsible for research programme management and delivery of the large test programmes. He left QinetiQ to join Meggitt Defence Systems that developed and operated new technical products. As UK General Manager Ian set up and ran a new R&D and manufacturing facility.
Matthew Howard is a communications professional specialising in research communications for some of the world’s leading universities and scientific institutions, including the University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Columbia University among others.
Most recently, Howard served as the Chief Communications Officer and director of the communications and public affairs division for the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, where he was responsible for communicating the distinctive scientific culture and the groundbreaking innovations and impacts of one of the largest science and engineering research laboratories in the US. In this capacity, he was responsible for communications strategy, brand and visual identity, media relations, crisis communications, internal communications, educational programmes and community engagement.
Before joining Argonne in 2007, Howard served as the director of the media initiatives group at the University of Chicago. In prior years, Howard has worked as a higher education adviser, as an editorial and communications lead for multiple start-up companies, and as an editor for an academic publisher.
Howard holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a master’s degree from Miami University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester.
Dr Allan Paterson is the Faraday Institution’s Head of Programme Management. Prior to joining, Allan was Chief Electrochemist as both Cummins and Johnson Matthey Battery Systems, where he led a team of electrochemists, managed a range of collaborative R&D projects including investigating new battery technologies and their application in next generation low carbon EV, PHEV and HEV applications. Allan has over 19 years’ experience in the field of lithium ion batteries, and over eight years in automotive batteries, including developing novel high energy densities materials and next-generation battery technologies. Allan holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews on advanced cathode materials for lithium ion batteries.
Peter’s research interests embrace materials chemistry and electrochemistry, especially lithium and sodium batteries. Recent efforts have focused on the synthesis and understanding of new materials for lithium-ion batteries, on understanding anomalous oxygen redox processes in high capacity Li-ion cathodes, the challenges of the lithium-air battery and the influence of order on the ionic conductivity of polymer electrolytes.
His research has been recognised by a number of awards and fellowships, including from the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the German Chemical Society and The Electrochemical Society. He was elected to the Royal Society (UK Academy of Sciences) in 2007 and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scottish Academy of Sciences) in 1994. He has appeared on the Thomson Reuters list of highly cited researchers since 2015.
In addition to his involvement in the Faraday Institution, he also directs the UK Energy Storage Hub (SuperStore).
Alison has a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Leeds Metropolitan University and is currently in the process of completing her accountancy qualification with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Prior to joining Velocys she served as Marketing Manager for an equipment manufacturer serving the print industry. She was also Product Manager for one of Oxford Instruments’ range of low temperature sample environments used for spectroscopic techniques that sold into research institutions worldwide. She started her career as a scientific consultant and project manager at AEA Technology, who was also based at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus.
Louise graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) and holds an MSc in the Chemistry of Advanced Materials from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).
In 2017, Fran was honoured to receive a Primary Science Teacher Award (PSTA), endorsed by the Institute of Physics, and is now a Fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).
Fran was the creator and organiser of a pioneering monthly STEM assembly series that brought STEM professionals (scientists and engineers) into school to share about a day of their working life over a 16-month period. Research to evaluate the impact of the programme on STEM career aspirations showed a statistically significant increase in the number of pupils who would consider scientific and engineering career paths.
As part of a Post Graduate Certificate for Professional Recognition in Engineering STEM Learning, Fran interviewed 35 engineers in the work place, gaining insight into ‘Engineering Habits of Mind’ (EHOM) as described by Bill Lucas in ‘Thinking Like An Engineer’. She ascertained the inspiration behind STEM career choices and presented findings to industry experts and colleagues.
As a skilled teacher and keen project lead Fran has extensive experience of creating bespoke educational material to inspire learners. This includes writing CREST Award material accredited by the British Science Association. Fran is also a competent trainer who writes and facilitates high quality continuing professional development programmes based on best practice and latest research. She is a recipient of the STEM Learning CPD Quality Mark.
As an experienced event and conference organiser Fran enjoys creating exciting programmes to engage audiences in new ways.
Fran holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Primary Teacher Education and was awarded the Speight Undergraduate Prize for her research.
Vicki has over 25 years’ experience working in the administrative, HR and office management fields. Most recently Vicki held the position of Office Manager at Oxford Biotrans, a University of Oxford spin-out company developing and commercialising enzymatic process technologies that yield high-value chemical compounds. Prior to that she was at Velocys plc, an AIM-listed renewable fuels company for 11 years, where she was the Office & HR Manager. Vicki holds an advanced diploma in business studies and also a certificate in Human Resource Management. She is an associate member of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
The Faraday Institution is the research vehicle for the ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge, which comprises a £246m commitment over the next 4 years to develop, design and manufacture world-leading batteries in the UK. The programme is split into three separate elements, delivered in parallel, to provide connectivity across research and innovation strands.
A new, virtual research institute comprising a headquarters at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus and a series of research projects carried out in UK universities to accelerate fundamental science and its translation directly related to batteries.
An innovation programme to support collaborative research and development with co-investment from industry (led by Innovate UK).
Our first four research projects include 30 industry partners and 20 universities that are passionate about leading Britain's energy future.
Led by the University of Cambridge, this project is examining how environmental and internal battery stresses (such as high temperatures, charging and discharging rates) damage electric vehicle (EV) batteries over time.
Imperial College London (ICL) is leading a consortium to equip industry and academia with new software tools to understand and predict battery performance, by connecting understanding of battery materials at the atomic level all the way up to an assembled battery pack.
A project led by the University of Birmingham is determining the ways in which spent lithium batteries can be recycled. With the aim to recycle 100% of the battery, the project is looking at how to reuse the batteries and their materials, to make better use of global resources.
The University of Oxford is leading an effort to break down the barriers that are preventing the progression to market of solid-state batteries, that should be lighter and safer, meaning cost savings and less reliance on cooling systems.