Sustainable energy expert and former IET president Professor John Loughhead has been appointed the new Chief Scientific Advisor of the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.
With a career in energy systems research spanning decades and several countries, Loughhead, the current executive director of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), will advise the UK government on energy and climate change policy, making sure it is in line with cutting-edge science and engineering knowledge.
“We are very fortunate to have Professor Loughhead join DECC as we deliver the greatest reform of the electricity market in a generation,” said Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey.
“New technology is the driving force that is moving us to a low-carbon economy, powering new jobs and green growth. With vast engineering experience across academia and the private sector, Professor Loughhead brings a depth of knowledge that will be invaluable in areas such as shale gas, as well as keeping the UK as an energy world leader and creating momentum towards a global climate change deal.”
A world-class researcher in energy industrial development for the electronics and electrical power industries, Prof Loughhead spent 11 years in Paris serving as a corporate vice-president of Technology and Intellectual Property for the Alstom group. Between the years 2007 and 2008, he held the office of the IET president.
“I am both honoured and delighted to be appointed as Chief Scientific Advisor,” Prof Loughhead commented. “DECC has a great reputation for accessing the best available science and engineering evidence and analysis. I look forward to helping further improve this, and supporting our Ministers and the rest of DECC in its insightful use to tackle the great challenges of energy and climate change.”
Prof Loughhead is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, where he also spent five years in computational fluid dynamics research. Apart from the IET, he is also a Fellow of the UK and Australian national Academies of Engineering, Professor of Engineering at Cardiff University and Fellow of Queen Mary University of London.
Prof Loughhead replaces previous Chief Scientific Advisor Professor David MacKay who was appointed in October 2009. He will take up the office on 22 October and will continue part-time as executive director of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) until the end of 2014.