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Martin  Gilbert

Martin Gilbert

Chair

Martin Gilbert was Chairman of Aberdeen Standard Investments, the asset management business of Standard Life Aberdeen. He retired from the company on 30 September 2020.

Martin was the Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, which he co-founded in 1983. Under his leadership, Aberdeen became one of the world’s leading independent asset managers through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions. 

Aberdeen merged with Standard Life in 2017 to form Standard Life Aberdeen. Following the merger, Martin was appointed co-Chief Executive Officer, a role he stepped down from in March 2019. Martin was Vice Chairman of the group from March 2019 until May 2020.

Martin is Chairman of Revolut Limited and of Toscafund. He is also the Senior Independent Director at Glencore plc. In 2011, Martin joined the Board of Sky PLC and in January 2016, he was appointed Deputy Chairman until its acquisition by Comcast in 2018. Between 1995 and 2013, he was Chairman of FirstGroup, having been a director since it was formed in 1989. 

Martin is a member of the International Advisory Board of British American Business. Previously, he was Chairman of the UK Prudential Regulation Authority’s Practitioner Panel as well as a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

In 2015, Harvard Business Review ranked Martin 22nd out of over 900 in its list of the world’s top performing CEOs.  Martin was named Personality of the Year at the City AM Awards in 2017 and Asset Management CEO of the Year at the Global Investor Awards the following year. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University and Heriot-Watt University. Martin is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School.

Martin, who was born in Malaysia, earned an MA in accountancy and a LLB in law from the University of Aberdeen. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, he joined the investment department of local law firm Brander & Cruickshank, which went on to become Aberdeen Asset Management.

Colette  Cohen OBE

Colette Cohen OBE

Until her appointment as The Net Zero Technology Centre’s CEO, Colette was senior vice president for Centrica Energy’s exploration and production business in the UK and Netherlands. She has over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, spanning a number of technical and managerial roles, in the UK and overseas.

Alex Reip

Alex Reip

Alex is an award-winning tech entrepreneur working in several sectors including nanotechnology, cleantech, biotech and B2B voice recognition. He works with several start-ups around the UK to help their early-stage growth, through investment readiness and development of their ongoing technology strategy.

He is a co-founder and now CTO of Oxford nanoSystems (OnS), a nanotechnology company developing energy efficient coatings for sectors including HVACR and Electrolysers, having led the company for five years raising over £6m worth of equity and grant funding and starting to commercialise. 

He has a PhD in nanotechnology from Brunel University and has over 15 years’ experience in the development and commercialisation of advanced nanomaterials. He is a Charted Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry as well as being a member of its Professional Standards Board. Alex is also a member of the NCFE technical advisory board.

As a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence for Brunel University, Alex also works to develop an Open Innovation approach to commercialisation, advises the spinouts and is a member of the university’s Commercialisation Panel.

Alex is also part of The Net Zero Technology Centre's Audit Committee.

Karin Hagemann

Karin Hagemann

Karin works with entities intent on optimising their strategy, identifying priorities, achieving organisational efficiency and effectiveness and working towards best-practice standards in governance.

Karin’s professional history spans business and for-profit environments and the world of international development and the not-for-profit sector. She has over 30 years professional experience, of which 15 have been in management consulting at Board- and CEO-level, but also with operational units, working for the Boston Consulting Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG and since 2013 in her own company, developing her specialisation in questions of strategic analysis and planning, and operationalisation and management of change.

Her professional assignments have covered the pharma industry, machine-building, investment banking, mining, insurance as well as the health sector, where she has worked both in a consulting capacity and as the Director of Project HOPE Switzerland, an NGO active in health development activities in the Balkans and in Africa. Swiss public sector assignments include work with the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), several Swiss University Hospitals and the State Council and University of Fribourg, where Karin has been instrumental in creating Switzerland's first Master's in Medicine programme which specifically promotes family medicine as a student orientation.

In the UN system Karin’s recent clients include UNICEF, UN Women, WHO, WFP, UNHCR, UNESCO, IFAD and she has managed several multi-agency projects, such as the Comprehensive Review of Governance and oversight of the UN, Funds, Programmes and Specialized Agencies, or the governance module of the UN Treasury Harmonization Study.

Karin holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University, and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Geneva. 

Peter Mather

Peter Mather

After 40 years at bp, Peter has just stepped down from his position as Senior Vice President, Europe, and Head of Country, UK.  He has agreed to remain as non-executive Chairman of the bp Europe Supervisory Board.

His varied career has involved many different roles in trading, refining, shipping, upstream gas, B2B marketing, corporate strategy, and power – in London, New York, Paris and Brussels.  His last role included: bp’s UK/European integrated business development, particularly focussed on the energy transition to low/zero carbon; corporate governance; advocacy and reputation management; government and external relationships; crisis management; arts, education, and sports sponsorships; and industrial relations.

Peter is now developing a portfolio career with a common thread of supporting the energy transition.  In addition to bp and NZTC, he has just been appointed as a non-executive Board member at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  He also chairs the Advisory Board of a new VC company, Two Magnolias, which focuses on investments in sustainability and human health.

Peter has an MA (Oxford), an MBA (INSEAD) and an Honorary Fellowship (from King’s College London). 

He is married with three children, and his interests cover the arts and most sports, from tennis to triathlons.

Sian Lloyd Rees

Sian Lloyd Rees

In a career spanning over 25 years Sian has extensive business experience as a Senior Leader in both Energy and IT industries, having held several leadership roles in both blue chip and start-up Companies.  

The domain knowledge and global focus gained in the Energy industry; coupled with the pace of evolving digital strategies and entrepreneurship encouraged in the IT industry, have contributed to a proven track record in developing new and profitable business opportunities.  She is UK Managing Director of Aker Offshore Wind and also supports the broader Aker Horizon companies in the UK, a global provider of sustainable solutions across the broad Energy sector.

Sian is Vice Co-Chair on the Board of Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) and the industry Supply Chain Champion supporting delivery of the North Sea Transition Deal, sits on the Board of the Aberdeen Energy Transition Zone (ETZ) and is a member of the steerco for the Deepwind Cluster.

Andy Samuel

Andy Samuel

Andy works with leaders to create meaningful change and has been Chief Executive of the UK Government’s Oil & Gas Authority since 2015.

He was brought in to set up the new organization and maximize value with industry and the government. In a short space of time, the OGA created a new vision for the UK Continental Shelf and has delivered on its strategies through agile and collaborative workstreams.

Andy is passionate about the urgency and opportunities presented by the global energy transition. The OGA strategy now fully incorporates net zero and the OGA’s energy integration work highlights the massive carbon abatement potential of the North Sea, including carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and offshore wind.

Andy serves on a number of boards and co-chaired the Aberdeen Maggie’s cancer charity for five years. Andy held a variety of executive and leadership roles at BG Group over 20 years, including Managing Director Europe Exploration and Production. Andy holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD from London University and is an accredited coach through Meyler Campbell Mastered executive coaching.

Following an international career, he recently moved to a North Devon coastal farm that he is rewilding with his wife. He loves to surf and hike with his two sons.