Advisory Group

IGov is supported by an expert steering committee which oversees the direction of the research. The group brings together a wide range of expertise and knowledge from across academia, industry and civil society on theories of change and innovation, markets for gas and electricity, supply and distribution, policy, politics and regulation, customers, price and affordability, and environmental issues.

Dr Tim Foxon (Chair)

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Tim is a Reader in Sustainability & Innovation in the Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. He is a Research Councils UK Academic Fellow (2007-12), and a member of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and the new Centre for Integrated Energy Research at Leeds. His

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Prof. Frank Geels

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Frank Geels is Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, at the University of Manchester. Geels is chairman of the international Sustainability Transitions Research Network (www.transitionsnetwork.org), and one of the world-leading scholars on socio-technical transitions, which entail co-evolutionary interactions...

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Dr. Chris Harris

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Chris Harris is Head of Retail Regulation at RWE npower.  His current interests include “smart” (meters, grids, institutions, markets), energy efficiency (energy company obligation and green deal) and consumer protection. His background includes consulting (Andersen Consulting and RWE International), trading (MD at Barclays Metals Derivatives), marketing and...

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Prof. Colin Hay

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Colin Hay is Professor of Political Analysis and Co-Director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Sheffield.  He is the author, co-author or editor of a number of books, including most recently, The Political Economy of European Welfare Capitalism (Palgrave, 2012), New Directions in Political Science (commissioned by the PSA to...

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Prof. Staffan Jacobsson

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Staffan Jacobsson is Professor in Environmental System Analysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Prof. Jacobsson works with energy policy and science policy. Within the former field, he studies how new energy technologies develop and diffuse and how new industries emerge. Internationally comparative studies are frequently undertaken. In the latter field, he...

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Richard Lowes

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Richard leads for Scotia Gas Networks, one of the UKs largest gas networks, on energy policy and Government affairs. His work focusses on issues surrounding the long term impacts of national and international energy targets on the gas networks with a focus on ‘green gas’ including sources such as biomethane and hydrogen. He has been

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Dr Keith MacLean

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Keith MacLean is Policy and Research Director at SSE. After graduate and postgraduate studies in Chemistry at Heriot-Watt and Hamburg Universities, and a career in Germany and Scotland working in Research & Development and Business Management, Keith first joined SSE in 1994. He has worked in a number of areas of the energy business and

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Prof. Claudio Radaelli

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Claudio Radaelli is Professor of Political Science at the University of Exeter, where he directs the Centre for European Governance, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Prior to Exeter, he was Professor of Public Policy at the University of Bradford and directed the Forum on International Regulatory Competition and Cooperation at the European University Institute,...

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Simon Roberts OBE

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Simon has been helping people and organisations to develop effective responses to the threat of climate change and the misery of cold homes for more than 25 years. Since 2002 he has been Chief Executive of the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), a national charity based in Bristol. He is also non-executive Chair of the

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Dr Simon Skillings

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Dr Simon Skillings is Director of Trilemma UK Ltd. He has worked in the energy industry since 1984. After spending some time in the Research Division of the CEGB, he worked on the privatisation process in 1989. During the 1990’s he worked for Powergen and held a variety of strategic, trading and regulatory roles. Following

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Chris Welby

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Chris Welby is the Policy & Regulatory Affairs Director of Good Energy, the UK’s leading 100% renewable electricity supplier. Good Energy wants to change the way energy is made in this country and connect people with where it comes from – so they will value it more and use it less. Its vision is a

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Graham White CBE

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Graham is an energy policy and strategy advisor, who advises governments, international organisations and public companies.  He is particularly experienced in leading reviews of domestic and international energy issues and policies, advising on energy strategies, in drawing together and managing relevant expertise and building consensus on a way forward. He has 20...

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Mike Kay

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Mike Kay joined Norweb (Electricity North West’s forerunner) as a student apprentice in 1978.  Since then he has worked in most aspects of electrical engineering within the company ranging from policy roles, the detailed design of 132kV systems and equipment, and managing a regional direct labour force and the regulatory interface.  He is currently the

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Dr Jeff Hardy

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Dr Jeff Hardy is Senior Manager, Sustainable Development at Ofgem. Previously he has worked as the Knowledge Exchange Manager at the UK Energy Research Centre, the Environment and Energy Policy Manager at the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Green Chemistry academic and a research chemist in a nuclear laboratory. To find out more about sustainability

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Dorcas Batstone

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Dorcas Batstone has over twenty years’ experience in the GB electricity market.  She has held senior management positions within Ofgem (and its predecessor, OFFER) and within ELEXON the GB market administrator.  Her roles involved engagement with senior stakeholders in industry representative bodies, electricity licensees, consumer organisations and government...

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Judith Ward

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Judith Ward is an Honorary University Fellow in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Exeter. She is energy policy professional with long-standing practical experience of both the utility and consumer worlds. Judith is part-time Director of Sustainability First, a small charitable environment think-tank. She  presently leads the major...

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Prof. Matthew Flinders

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Matthew Flinders is Professor of Politics and Founding Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. He is the co-author of the international journal Policy & Politics as is Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International...

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Rebecca Willis

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Rebecca Willis is an independent researcher. Her work focuses on environmental politics and policymaking at both a national and local level. Rebecca convenes Green Alliance’s Climate Leadership Programme for MPs, and advises the Lake District National Park on climate change. In May 2011 she was appointed as a Council Member of the Natural Environment Research...

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