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A key element in the UK’s future low carbon energy supply, Hydrogen could possibly supply up to 35 per cent of energy needs. This Hydrogen session focuses on what’s being done to help heavy industry reduce carbon intensity and explores some of the emerging technology that could, when scaled up, could provide a viable alternative to current energy sources of heating, heavy industry and transport.

Chaired by

Bob Drummond
Chief Executive Officer

Bob is CEO of Hydrasun Group, a leading international provider of fluid transfer, power and control solutions to the energy industry. In addition to its business operations in the Oil & Gas sector, Hydrasun has been positioning for the energy transition in recent years, particularly in the emerging hydrogen sector where it has around 5 years experience in a number of green hydrogen projects

He has worked in the Energy industry throughout his entire career and prior to joining Hydrasun has been CEO / Managing Director in a number of major energy service companies including Maersk UK, Salamis Group, Wood Group Engineering and Rigblast Energy Services Group.  He has extensive experience in strategic and operations management both in the UK and internationally and of driving business growth both organically and through acquisition. In addition to his role with Hydrasun, he is a board member of the industry body OEUK and the CLAN Cancer Support Charity. He is also a member of the North East of Scotland Hydrogen Ambition Steering Committee.

Bob has an MBA from The University of Aberdeen and has completed the Senior Executive Programme at Columbia Business School. His personal interests include motorsport, golf, cycling, art and music.

You will hear from:

Derek Radburn
Senior Hydrogen Analyst
National Grid

Derek Radburn is a Senior Hydrogen Analyst within National Grid’s Hydrogen Programme Team. In his current role he is responsible for supporting development of the transition to hydrogen on the gas National Transmission System to deliver on net zero targets. Derek is a Mechanical Engineer with experience in gas transmission and power generation environments through various project engineering, operations and quality assurance roles.

Guy Appleton
Finance & Growth Director

Kellas Midstream

Guy Appleton is Finance & Growth Director at Kellas Midstream, and is responsible for the company’s net zero and growth strategy which includes electrification and hydrogen. He has over 25 years’ experience in the UK and international oil and gas sector, specialising in finance, strategy and business planning, commercial, business development and performance management. Prior to joining Kellas, Guy spent over 10 years with Talisman Energy in a variety of roles internationally before latterly becoming the Head of Business Development, Commercial & Strategy for Talisman’s UK business. He also previously worked at Paladin Resources, HSBC and E&Y. Guy holds a degree in Economic History from the University of Edinburgh and is a Chartered Accountant.

Craig Hodge
Project Engineer

Net Zero Technology Centre

Craig is an APM qualified, chartered mechanical engineer with a passion for delivering the UK’s net zero goals through technology, collaboration, and innovation. Craig joined Net Zero Technology Centre in 2020 from an oilfield services background and was recently shortlisted as a finalist for Scottish Renewables’ Young Professional Green Energy Awards. Last year, Craig led NZTC’s report for Scottish Enterprise, which analysed technologies and locations across Scotland for their suitability to support the acceleration of clean and low-carbon hydrogen production at scale – the basis of his presentation today. Craig currently manages the development of the Outer Hebrides’ business case for a Net Zero Hub, which will be used to request funding from the Scottish Government through the Green Growth Accelerator programme. Craig also represents NZTC in the UKRI funded Scotland’s Net Zero Roadmap project, where he is responsible for supporting the project with a selection of technologies for industrial decarbonisation.

Oliver Taylor

bp Aberdeen Hydrogen Energy Ltd.

Dr Oliver Taylor is CEO for the newly announced bp and Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub joint venture. He is based in bp’s Regions, Cities and Solutions entity where he leads City partnerships, challenging our partners and bp to maintain energy sector leadership in getting to net zero. His background spans working with bp’s executive team as chief of staff to bp’s chief scientist and head of downstream technology, launching an automotive parts start-up company in bp with first adopter Aston Matin, and developing motorsport fuels and lubricants – including for Formula One.