Training and Diversity Panel

The Faraday Institution’s Training and Diversity Panel advises the organisation on how best to achieve its ambitious aims of creating a dynamic, diverse, driven pool of talent to work in the battery technology sector of the future. The panel brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from academia, industry and the public sector.

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Professor Paul Shearing (Chair)

Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Battery Technologies for Next Generation Energy Storage, based in the Department of Chemical Engineering, UCL

Paul is a co-director of the Electrochemical Innovation Lab at UCL. His research interests cover a broad range of electrochemical engineering themes with a particular interest in the relationship between performance and microstructure for energy materials: an area in which he has published more than 190 papers. In 2014 he was named the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Young Chemical Engineer of the Year in Academia and in 2016 the RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year.

Professor Serena Corr

Chair in Functional Nanomaterials and Director of Research at the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield

Serena is the director of the Energy Storage Research Lab at the Kroto Research Institute at the University of Sheffield. Her research work has been recognised by awards from learned societies and she has been the recipient of an undergraduate teaching award, having started her academic career as a Teaching Fellow. She is committed to ECR support, the promotion of women in science and public outreach activities. She has been involved in summer outreach and primary schools programmes, undergraduate research training initiatives and delivered a recent Royal Institution public lecture.

Kevin Coutinho

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and of the League of European Research Universities Gender Working Group and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Windsor Fellowship

Kevin is an equalities practitioner within higher education, currently working at UCL as its Athena SWAN and Gender Equality Policy Manager. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Higher Education Race Action Group, a sector wide body that promotes race equality, and an Athena SWAN panellist for Advance HE. Between 2008 and 2018 he was the Head of Equality and Diversity at the University of Oxford, an Equality and Diversity Consultant at the University of Cambridge and an HR Strategy and Policy Partner at Birkbeck, University of London.

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Andy Cruden

Professor of Energy Technology and Co-Director of the EPSRC CDT in Energy Storage and its Applications, University of Southampton

Andy moved to his current post at the University of Southampton in 2012, and is Co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Energy Storage and its Applications, a jointly delivered CDT between the Universities of Sheffield and Southampton. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a 1st class Honours Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Claire Hamnett

Teacher and Lead Practitioner, Science Learning Partnership Lead (STEM Learning), Oxford Spires Academy, Oxford

Claire is a physics teacher with twenty years’ experience in the state sector and is also an Advanced Skills Teacher and a Specialist Leader in Education. Claire runs the SLP for Oxfordshire, facilitating training, networks, communication, continuing professional development, and school-to-school support with primary and secondary schools as well as local and national science-based organisations.

Dr Colin Herron CBE

MD Zero Carbon Futures and Professor of Practice at Newcastle University

Colin has 46 years' automotive industry experience, starting as a tool room apprentice then working in or with Nissan for 17 yrs, and then in public sector, civil service, further education and higher education roles. ZCF delivers workforce training: NVQ 2/3/4 and Masters CPD courses. He has a close association with the Envision AESC battery plant.

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Matt Howard

Head of Engagement and Education, The Faraday Institution

Matt 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, and Columbia University, among others.

Fran Long

Education and Training Co-ordinator, The Faraday Institution

Fran is a STEM engagement specialist who is passionate about promoting science and engineering. She holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Primary Teacher Education and has won awards for her research.

Jo Lopes

Head of Business Engagement, West Midlands Combined Authority

Jose is charged with the effective delivery of the productivity, skills and employment objectives of the West Midlands Combined Authority. This includes its commitment to support the automotive Industry in growing its capacity and capability to develop and build world-leading motor vehicles, systems and components.

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Bill McAlister

Senior Portfolio Manager, Energy Theme, EPSRC

Bill is responsible for looking after EPSRC's interests in the Faraday Institution, as well as the wider Energy Storage Portfolio for EPSRC, of which training of future talent is a key part. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

Mike Richardson

Principal Consultant, Energy Innovation Centre at WMG

Mike is an Honorary Professor at Birmingham University, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick and a member of the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College. He retired from JLR in 2018 where he held a number of roles including Head of Electrification & Low Carbon Vehicle Research, as well as being an IMechE Mentor.

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