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Dr Mike Colechin is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with 30 years’ experience of innovation in the transport and energy sectors.
He is deeply engaged in low carbon energy innovation in the UK and sits on a range of advisory boards including the UKRI Scientific Advisory Committee on Energy and the UK Energy Research Centre. He is also a member of UKRI’s Peer Review College, often being called upon to chair peer review panels for the Research Councils. Recent speaker engagements have included presenting on 'Decarbonising the UK Energy System’ at COP24 in Katowice. Together with Anna Watson, he is currently supporting UK100, facilitating a series of regional workshops exploring the potential for investment in local energy.
Prior to setting up Cultivate, Mike was Partnership Manager at the Energy Technologies Institute - a £400M public-private partnership between UK government and six large private sector companies. He directly supported the organisations delivering low carbon energy innovation, communicating outputs to inform policy makers and building investor and industry confidence in these new approaches.
When he was with the ETI Mike was responsible for a number of key publications including an insight into ‘Accelerating low carbon energy innovation in the UK’ and a report on ‘What we know about Local Authority Engagement in UK Energy Systems’ (produced in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh).
Earlier in his career Mike spent fifteen years at EON, the last five years of this in the role of R&D Partnership Manager. Mike had responsibility for the development of a network of external relationships with industry, the public sector and academics who acted as partners and suppliers for internal R&D Programmes. For his first ten years at E.ON, Mike was a combustion engineer, providing technical support for electricity generation assets.
Mike holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham. He still lives in Nottingham and alongside his work in the Energy Sector he makes large format photographs (www.colechin.co.uk).
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