Leadership & Governance
A determined team leading change
Our Leadership Team and Board are responsible for the overall strategic direction and long-term success of the Net Zero Technology Centre.
Myrtle Dawes is Chief Executive Officer of the Net Zero Technology Centre where she leads the development of technology for a net zero energy industry.
She is a non-executive board member of FirstGroup, a non-executive director on the Aquila European Renewables plc board, an advisory board member for the Association of Black and Minority Engineers and sits on the Technology Leadership Board.
A Chartered Chemical Engineer, Myrtle is an established leader with extensive experience in the energy sector both in the UK and overseas. Respected as a prominent voice on the energy transition, she began her career 30 years ago as an offshore engineer for BP, before delivering on leadership roles in engineering, project management, technology and digital transformation. Myrtle’s passion for innovation and technology galvanises her colleagues, government and industry to take action and push boundaries.
Myrtle holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology from Imperial College. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Energy Institute, Fellow of the Forward Institute and Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Managers.
In 2017, Myrtle received recognition for her contribution to business, having featured in Breaking the Glass Ceiling and being selected as one of 100 Women to Watch in the Cranfield FTSE Board Report 2017. In 2021 she was recognised by TE:100 as one of the Women of the Energy Transition.
Myrtle has two children and in her spare time studies mathematics, is a keen cat lover, and gamer.
Rebecca Allison is an established and committed leader in the energy sector, spearheading efforts to accelerate the transition to net zero. As Chief Operations Officer at the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC), she leads the delivery of critical technology programmes and services that will drive industry’s evolution towards a more sustainable future.
With over two decades of experience, Rebecca has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. This includes identifying and appraising existing technology readiness, and championing the latest advancements in innovations that are reducing emissions from existing facilities and unlocking the full potential of an integrated energy system.
As a highly driven and motivated leader, Rebecca is known for her strategic planning and communication skills, which she uses to manage even the most complex projects.
Outside work Rebecca spends most of her time at the Ellon Scout Hut, coaching and mentoring over 80 young people in developing their outdoor skills. If she’s not camping in all weathers then she enjoys time with her two children, her patient husband and a very mad black Labrador.
Luca works to bring “the outside in”, connecting innovators and academics across sectors and disciplines, to explore the latest technologies that could be adopted to address oil and gas industry challenges. Leading The Net Zero Technology Centre’s horizon scanning activity, he identifies emerging technology trends, cutting through the hype to identify potential areas of impact and application. With a background in business and organisational change leadership, Luca has developed a strong network and is passionate about harnessing this to deliver the next generation of the net zero energy industry.
Outside work Luca loves reading, music and travel. He is married with two young daughters and a dog. He enjoys the rare motorbike ride in Scotland and even rarer ski trip on the Alps.
Mark Anderson is Chief Acceleration Officer & TechX Director at the Net Zero Technology Centre, where he leads the Centre’s activities to create, grow and develop start-up companies, to help accelerate the transition to net zero. Mark began his career with Procter & Gamble in 1991, before spending 25 years in strategy consulting and corporate advisory. For the last 20 years Mark’s focus has been on low carbon energy, climate change and sustainable technology. Before joining the Net Zero Technology Centre in March 2021 Mark co-founded two technology businesses alongside his advisory work, in which he focused on raising funds for start-ups and developing their business strategies, leading commercial due diligence for finance houses and advising large corporates on strategy and M&A.
Mark is passionate about entrepreneurship, and about helping to catalyse the transition to a net zero world and the role start-ups can play. Mark is an experienced mentor, and a seasoned chair and speaker at energy and cleantech conferences. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from Oxford University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Technology and Energy Policy from Imperial College, London.
Outside work, Mark enjoys golf, tennis, skiing and hillwalking, and is a keen singer.
As Chief Financial Officer, Nicola brings strong leadership and drive to deliver high quality and transparent management reporting at The Net Zero Technology Centre. With a strong background in performance management, Nicola has over 20 years’ experience working in finance and commercial roles, including Maersk Oil where she held a range of senior management positions including Chief of Staff for the COO. She is also passionate about corporate responsibility, supporting a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) engagement with schools, alongside diversity in the work place initiatives through the Powerful Women network.
Outside work, Nicola is a keen swimmer and is aiming for an impressive 13,000 lengths this year. She is married and has two teenage children and two mad dogs. She also loves her champagne and nice food!
Roy is a passionate, high energy, high calibre-chartered professional with over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector. His experience includes full profit & loss and HSSE accountability for a Global Services Contractor, combined with senior technical and operational leadership positions within major International Exploration and Production Companies CNOOC and Shell.
As Chief Impact Officer for NZTC, Roy is responsible for developing and advancing growth strategies, leading a team charged with increasing NZTC’s reputation, network and commercial opportunities.
Chaired by Peter Mather, our Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction and long-term success of the Net Zero Technology Centre. It is responsible for making sure we have the resources, controls, and governance we need to deliver our goals.
Industry Advisory Panel
Chaired by Sian Lloyd Rees, our Industry Advisory panel provides independent expertise and advice to the Net Zero Technology Centre Board, offering strategic oversight and validation of trends, shape and impact of our technology portfolio. The Panel also reviews our portfolio to ensure it is aligned with our strategy to develop and deliver technologies for an affordable net zero energy system.
Chaired by Jeff Corray, our Audit Committee advises our Board on the effectiveness of our management procedures. It receives reports on risk, control and governance of the Centre, offers advice to the Board and monitors the resulting actions. The Audit Committee oversees the development and implementation of key policies on behalf of the Board.
Chaired by Peter Mather, our Nomination Committee reviews the structure, size and composition of the Net Zero Technology Centre Board to ensure the Board is appropriately represented in terms of skills, knowledge, experience and diversity. The Nomination Committee also works with the executive to ensure a robust succession plan for the executive is in place. The Nomination Committee will also ensure appropriate representation on other Board related committees and Panels.
Academic Advisory Panel
Chaired by Alex Reip, our Academic Advisory Panel provides independent expertise and advice to the Net Zero Technology Centre Board through strategic oversight of research trends and validation of research activities. The Panel will also ensure that our activity is aligned to our strategy to develop and deliver technologies for an affordable net zero energy system.