About us

Board

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.

Mike Fleming

Mike Fleming

Mike’s business specialism is commercialisation of new technology and company board leadership processes. In the past 30 years, he has held various technical and commercial positions including CEO of Gas2 Ltd, Commercial Director of Petroleum Engineering Services, and Head of Oil and Gas at Scottish Enterprise. Mike also served as CEO of WellDynamics, a global Halliburton Company, and was one of the founding Directors of Venture Production Company which was listed on LSE and subsequently acquired by Centrica.

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

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.

Jeff Corray

Jeff Corray

Jeff joined Simmons in 2013 bringing with him over 20 years of international oil and gas industry experience, including leading a private equity owned business and significant knowledge in M&A transactions.  

In 1987 Jeff joined KPMG and went on to become Partner, running their oil services M&A business until 2007. Following this he was appointed as CEO of ITS Energy Services, an international provider of drilling equipment and services, a post he held until June 2012. Jeff graduated in Economics from the National University of Malaysia and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Jeff is also Chair of The Net Zero Technology Centre's Audit Committee. 

Andy Samuel

Andy Samuel

Andy brings a wealth of relevant experience, having previously held senior positions within the oil and gas industry, including 20 years with BG Group. Since January 2015, Andy has overseen the establishment of the OGA, setting in place a team with the necessary expertise, capacity and capability to deliver its principal objective of maximising the economic recovery of the UK’s oil and gas resources.

Andy chairs our Academic Advisory Panel.

Neil McCulloch

Neil McCulloch

Neil is an Executive Vice President with responsibility for Spirit Energy’s Technical and Operated Assets. He is a chartered engineer with more than 25 years’ upstream energy industry experience.

Prior to joining Spirit Energy in 2018, Neil held roles including Chief Operating Officer for EnQuest and SVP of Engineering and Production at OMV in Vienna. He also enjoyed 11 years of asset and functional general management roles at BG Group Plc.

Neil has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University and a Masters with Distinction in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt.

He holds a number of industry assignments including: Member of the Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) Board; non-Executive Director at the OGTC; member of the MER UK Steering Group, with leadership of the Decommissioning Task Force and member of Opportunity North East’s Oil, Gas & Energy Board.

Neil is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute and chairs our Industry Advisory Panel.

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.