Who are we

...working with the organisations and individuals who are delivering innovative, low carbon energy solutions

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.  Together with Anna Watson, he has recently supported 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 E.ON, 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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Anna is a PhD candidate of clean energy innovation policy, supported by the UK Energy Research Centre and based at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. She was head of conference production at Climate Action, working in partnership with the UN Environment Programme, UNEP-FI and the World Bank to produce international events on sustainable business and climate finance. Prior to this, she worked with renewables associations around the world to produce industry events on national clean energy markets. 

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Associate - Innovation, Policy, Marketing

Anna Watson

Clean Energy Innovation Specialist and Expert Facilitator

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Andy is Director of Red Vector, an independent energy consultancy specialising in modelling energy systems and delivering interactive learning. Prior to this, Andy was Head of Analysis at Energy Research Partnership. He is a Chartered Engineer with many years’ experience in leadership roles within the energy sector.

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Associate - Energy Systems, Modelling

Andy Boston

Energy Consultant, Systems Modeller and Business Game Developer

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As a communications professional and fully trained Graphic Designer Sarah is involved in daily tasks of visual and verbal communication. She works within a communications and marketing environment specialising in digital. She has extensive involvement in project management and delivery through communications channels. She is Prince2 certified and CIM qualified.


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Sarah Shaw

Graphic Designer, Digital Marketer and Brand Specialist 

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