Rt Hon Edward Davey
Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change DECC
Edward Davey attended Nottingham High School and went on to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Jesus College, Oxford and to gain an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, London University.
From 1989 to 1993 he worked in the Commons as an economics researcher for the Liberal Democrats, becoming the party's senior economics adviser. In 1993 he left Parliament to work for Omega Partners, specialising in consultancy in the postal services sector.
Edward became Liberal Democrat MP for Kingston and Surbiton in 1997 and was appointed the party’s economics affairs spokesman in 1997. After the 2001 election he joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the first of a number of shadow roles, including shadowing the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister with responsibility for local government and the regions (2002-2005), Shadow Education and Skills Secretary (2005-2006) and Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary (2006).
After serving as Chief of Staff to party leader Menzies Campbell, and Chair of Campaigns and Communications for the Liberal Democrats, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs after Nick Clegg was elected party leader in 2007. Following the formation of the Coalition Government in May 2011, Edward was appointed Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills before being appointed as Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change in February 2012.
Edward lives with his wife and son in Surbiton.
Julie Elliot MP
Shadow Minister for Energy & Climate Change Member of Parliament for Sunderland Central
Julie Elliott is the Member of Parliament for Sunderland Central, and a Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change. Her brief includes renewable energy, green jobs and skills, carbon reduction commitment and the Green Investment Bank.
Julie was previously the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Caroline Flint. Prior to her election, Julie worked as a Regional Organiser and Political Officer for the GMB, and prior to that a Regional Organiser for a national charity and a Labour Party Organiser.
Following her election in 2010, Julie became a Member of the European Scrutiny Committee and the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee.
Professor John Perkins OBE FREng
Chief Scientific Adviser Department of Business, Innovation & Skills
Professor Perkins is the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills; he took up this appointment in January 2012. Prior to this he was Provost at the MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology,Abu Dhabi(2009-10), leading the development of this new institution. Professor Perkins’ distinguished academic career includes service as Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, The University of Manchester (2004-9); Principal, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London (2001-4) and ICI Australia Professor of Process Systems Engineering, University of Sydney (1985-88), as well as a period at the beginning of his academic career at the University of Cambridge (1973-7). He has served as President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (2000-1) and as Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2007-10). Professor Perkins is currently an Honorary Professor atManchesterUniversity, Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and a member of the EPSRC Council.
He has worked in industry for ICI and Shell, as well as acting as a consultant for a number of international companies. With colleagues, he was involved in the start-up of two companies (PSE Ltd,ParOS) spun out of Imperial College London
In 2006 he was awarded a CBE for services to science and engineering.
OBE, HonFNucl, FIKE, FIH & Chief Executive National Skills Academy for Nuclear
Jean Llewellyn was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear, on the Skills Academy’s formation in November 2007. She came to the role having led the Project Team which developed the Skills Academy’s Business Plan on a year’s secondment from the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA), where she worked for five years as Head of Skills Policy Development. Jean was awarded an OBE in June 2011 for services to the Energy Industry and is an Honorary Fellow of the Nuclear Institute.
Throughout her varied career, Jean has embraced the four themes of people, skills, business leadership and policy, which come together in her role as Chief Executive of NSA-Nuclear.
Since taking up the CEO role at NSA-Nuclear, Jean’s expertise, experience and influence have been recognised in many ways including:
- Member of the Government’s Nuclear Industry Council, chaired by the Secretary of State
- Chair of the UK Nuclear Energy Skills Alliance
- Member of the Nuclear Research & Development Advisory Board and Chair of the Skills Sub-group
- Member of the EDF Energy Training Standards Accreditation Board
- Founder Fellow of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange
- Invited to give evidence to several Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiries
- Appointed as the inaugural Chair of the UK National Skills Academy Strategic Network
- Invited speaker at dozens of nuclear industry conferences in the UK and abroad
CEO National STEM Centre
Yvonne Baker became Chief Executive of MyScience in October 2010. Within this, Yvonne is the Director of the National Science Learning Centre, which opened in York in October 2005 and is also responsible for the network of regional Science Learning Centres, which provide inspirational and innovative professional development for science teachers, technicians, lecturers and teaching assistants from across the UK. MyScience also operates the National STEM Centre (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) which brings together key national organisations working within the STEM communities and is building the largest open collection of resources for teachers of STEM subjects in the UK.
Previously Yvonne was Chief Executive of STEMNET – the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network – and instrumental in establishing the STEM Ambassadors programme through which thousands of volunteers and companies engage with schools and colleges across the UK.
Yvonne is a Chartered Chemical Engineer, who passionately believes that STEM subjects can give all young people access to essential subject, employability & life skills, so offering them great opportunities for exciting and fulfilling working lives. She is a board member of the Engineering Council, and a trustee of the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CASE) as well as a secondary school governor.
Dr Rhys Morgan
Head of Secretariat Education for Engineering - RAENG
Dr Rhys Morgan is education and skills policy manager at the Royal Academy of Engineering, and runs the Education for Engineering (E4E) alliance. In this role, Rhys works with the professional engineering institutions to provide co-ordinated advice on education and skills policy to government. Dr Morgan’s background is as an engineer and an academic. In addition to his current work at the Academy, Rhys also lectures in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College. He has held academic posts at the Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University and a number of other UK universities and has extensive experience in industry in Research and Development working on manufacturing processes.