Advisory Group

Alice Owen
Alice OwenProfessor, Leeds University
Professor Alice Owen has a background in trialling practical ways to improve sustainability and in taking a ‘place-based’ approach to finding solutions. Her current research at the University of Leeds focusses on the construction and infrastructure supply chains and how we can mainstream low carbon practice.
Matthew Rhodes
Matthew RhodesChair, Energy Capital
Matthew founded and led Encraft, one of the UK’s pioneering ’s distributed energy and building physics consultancies, working at the leading edge of low carbon building projects for almost 20 years. Since 2017 he’s held a variety of voluntary roles in regional development including as a Board member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP (2016-20) and adviser to the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, on energy devolution. He’s currently (non-executive) Chair of Energy Capital West Midlands. Energy Capital is a public-private partnership responsible to the Mayor of the West Midlands for delivering the West Midlands Regional Energy Strategy.
Huma Ali
Huma AliESO
Huma joined the ESO in 2015 having previously worked in a variety of HR roles across National Grid Group and its predecessors. Huma has led many Transformation programmes more recently leading the people and culture work enabling the legal separation of the Electricity System Operator within National Grid.She holds a degree in Business Management and is Chartered status with the Institute of Personnel and Development.
Sue Ferns
Sue FernsDeputy General Secretary, Prospect TU
Sue is Senior Deputy General Secretary at Prospect, the union for professionals. Her responsibilities in Prospect include leading the union’s work across the energy sector, climate change and gender equality. Sue is a member of the TUC General Council and Executive Committee, chair of the Women’s Committee and a TUC Aid Trustee. She is the General Council’s lead on energy, environment and sustainability, chair of the Trade Union Sustainable Development Advisory Committee (TUSDAC), and was a member of the government’s green jobs taskforce. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chair of Unions 21, a member of Onward’s ‘Getting to zero’ steering group, a member of the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group, and a board member of Talent Retention Solutions (TRS).
Ann-Marie Laffey
Ann-Marie LaffeyHead of Curriculum Oil, Gas and Energy, CU London
I have over 10 years’ experience of programme leadership, curriculum development and lecturing at BSc and MSc level in the area of energy management. I’m passionate about energy, sustainability, the energy transition and green jobs/skills. My academic areas include strategic management in the energy sector and also health, safety and environment in energy. I’m a strong advocate for greater higher education and energy industry engagement. I’m a firm believer in linking classroom theory and the wider energy industry together to help increase students’ knowledge, experience and motivation.