Meet Your Speakers

Your 2021 Speakers & Presentation Overviews



Philip Aldridge, Chief Executive Officer 

Welcoming you to NEPIC’s 11th Annual Meet the Members Conference & Exhibition.

Introducing Philip Aldridge, Chief Executive Officer, NEPIC

Before being appointed Chief Executive in April 2018, Philip worked with NEPIC for 6 years helping deliver ERDF projects and supporting the Cluster’s pharmaceutical members. Prior to his time with the NEPIC, Philip held roles at the Centre of Excellence in Life Sciences and technical management positions within GSK in the UK and US. With extensive pharmaceutical process development and manufacturing experience in the fields of antibiotics and biopharmaceuticals, Philip holds a first class honour’s degree in Biochemistry, a masters in Biochemical Engineering and is a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.


Helping to shape the future of the North East region as a trusted asset lifecycle partner

Mike Duncan, Regional Director Industrial & Mechanical

At Stork, we aim to be the industry reference.  Every day, everywhere. We place our clients at the centre of everything we do; providing flexible and cost efficient solutions for now and the future.

We continually challenge ourselves and improve our service delivery.  This includes establishing a prominent footprint in the heart of the North East region, Wilton International; enabling Stork to serve our clients in the best possible way. We are passionate about providing fully integrated asset integrity, maintenance, and modification solutions to improve the performance of our clients’ assets and plants.

Our commitment to the region is also about embracing and helping to enhance the local communities we work in.

Introducing Mike Duncan, Regional Director Industrial & Mechanical, Stork

With diverse industry, sector and geography experience, Mike has a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to operational excellence, alternative commercial models, and market-share growth.

Business minded, Mike graduated from Robert Gordons University with an honour’s degree in Law and Management and holds a diploma in professional studies in Conveyancing & Executory Services.

Throughout his career Mike has held several senior positions in Operations and Business Development within the service sector. These roles have armed Mike with the drive and self-motivation to develop and strengthen teams to optimise efficiency and profitability. In addition, Mike has the strategic and innovative thinking to develop successful business plans whilst developing and maintaining client relationships.

In his current role, Mike is responsible for the Industrial & Mechanical Business Lines; ensuring delivery teams are focused on client requirements, continuous improvement and that projects are all delivered to the highest safety and quality standards.

The East Coast Cluster

Standing ready to remove almost 50% of the UK’s total industrial cluster CO2 emissions

Andy Lane, Managing Director – Net Zero Teesside & Northern Endurance Partnership

The UK needs to use every possible technology to green our economy. It must decarbonise industry and power generation to achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050. And nearly half of carbon emissions from UK industrial clusters come from Britain’s historic engine room: Teesside and the Humber.

The East Coast Cluster is a collaboration between Net Zero Teesside and Zero Carbon Humber, enabled by the Northern Endurance Partnership which will provide the carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) infrastructure needed to decarbonise this key industrial heartland of the UK.

Join Andy Lane – managing director of Net Zero Teesside and the Northern Endurance Partnership – to hear how the East Coast Cluster can ensure the UK’s leadership in the energy transition and the emerging global low-carbon and hydrogen market.

Introducing Andy Lane, Managing Director, Net Zero Teesside & Northern Endurance Partnership

Andy Lane joined BP in 1986 and has worked in a variety of technical and commercial roles in the Exploration and Production, Gas and Power and the Trading parts of the company in the UK North Sea, Alaska, and Australia.

Since returning to the UK Andy has been responsible for business development across all BP’s Upstream gas businesses. Andy currently leads BP’s global activity in Carbon Capture Use and Storage and was appointed as Managing Director of Net Zero Teesside and the Northern Endurance Partnership CCUS project in early 2020.


The UK’s largest hydrogen project – Teesside hydrogen production facility

Matt Williamson, Vice President Blue Hydrogen

bp’s world-scale hydrogen project aims to produce 1GW of blue hydrogen starting in 2027, capturing and sending for storage up to two million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year via the Northern Endurance Partnership  – equivalent to capturing the emissions from the heating of one million UK households.

Teesside has all the attributes of a world-class clean hydrogen hub – the right natural resources, concentrated demand, hydrogen storage and pipelines, ample access to CCUS, and people with the skills that we need.

Introducing Matt Williamson, Vice President Blue Hydrogen, bp

Matt is responsible for driving growth and business development in blue hydrogen at bp. He is passionate about bp’s purpose to reimagine energy for people and our planet. He leads a global team developing clean hydrogen projects.

Matt joined bp in 1996 as after graduating as a chemical engineer. His first role was as an environmental engineer and following a succession of business development roles across the gas and upstream businesses he is delighted to be at the forefront of reducing carbon emissions. He has worked across a number of geographies including US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Australia and Vietnam and is currently based in London.

Johnson Matthey

Powering forward – unlocking the battery material puzzle

Owen Garrigan, Head of Battery Materials, Teesside

Battery technology is going through a period of transformation. In the automotive industry we are approaching a crucial tipping point; a once in a lifetime transformation of the automotive powertrain towards battery electric vehicles, bringing a future in which EVs are the norm closer every day.

Consumers are looking to automotive OEMs to provide vehicles that meet their sustainability expectations, while also hitting performance targets in terms of power, range, or recharge rates. Cathode materials, like Johnson Matthey’s family of nickel-rich advanced cathode materials eLNO® and LIFE POWER® LFP, are the key to unlocking this puzzle.

Hear from Owen Garrigan, Johnson Matthey’s Head of Battery Materials Teesside, about the battery materials and technology solutions that are shaping the future for automotive and beyond and supporting the firm’s vision for a world that’s cleaner and healthier, today and for future generations.

Introducing Owen Garrigan, Head of Battery Materials, Teesside

More information coming soon.

Made Smarter Adoption North East

Supporting manufacturing SMEs with emerging digital technologies

Ryan Siddall, Innovation Manager & NEPIC Made Smarter Project Lead

Made Smarter Adoption North East is a new, fully funded business support programme specially designed for manufacturing SMEs in the North East region covering both the North East LEP and Tees Valley Combined Authority areas. This project has been designed to help businesses go to market faster, cut costs and reduce downtime, by investing in digital tools, innovations, and skills.

Hear from Ryan Siddall, Innovation Manager and Made Smarter project lead for NEPIC, about how you can tap into world-renowned businesses and the UK government and connect your organisation with digital tools that can transform the way you work. You’ll also understand how by working with specialist technology experts, you’ll get the support you need to implement the new technology in your business and help in identifying possible grant funding.

Introducing Ryan Siddall, Innovation Manager, NEPIC

Ryan joined NEPIC in early 2020 as Innovation Manager to support collaboration between member companies seeking to overcome common challenges for the greater benefit of the North East’s chemical and process sector. Working in partnership with CPI and the Innovation SuperNetwork, Ryan helps member companies access outstanding expertise and facilities to grow their business. In addition, Ryan is the NEPIC lead for the newly launched Made Smarter Adoption North East programme. Born in Sunderland, Ryan has an undergraduate degree was in chemistry, and is currently in the final stages of completing a PhD in semiconductor physics with material science.

Sembcorp Energy UK

Wilton International – Unleashing the next wave of growth & journey to net zero

Scott Taylor, AVP Business Development UK

To help the UK meet its climate change target of Net Zero by 2050, the energy sector and heavy industry must decarbonise as rapidly as possible. Sembcorp is committed to decarbonising the Wilton International site and, since entering the UK market in 2003, has commissioned a series of major projects that have saved hundreds of thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Join Scott Taylor – Assistant Vice President Business Development at Sembcorp Energy UK – to hear about the latest wave of growth and direct investment projects taking place at the Wilton International site, along with the critical role they are playing in ensuring Teesside remains not only the largest cluster of chemical, energy and process companies in the UK, but at the fore of low carbon developments as we collectively pursue ambition in becoming the UK’s first decarbonised industrial cluster.

Introducing Scott Taylor, Assistant Vice President Business Development

Scott heads Sembcorp Energy UK’s Business Development team which focuses on inward investment to the Wilton International Site in the UK. He brings 30 years of global energy experience spanning project development, technical and site management in the construction and commissioning of power stations, and engineering management of operational assets. He also has responsibility for emerging technologies for Sembcorp’s UK business.

Scott previously held roles of increasing seniority at John Brown Engineering, Kvaerner Energy and General Electric (GE). He holds a First Class BEng Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, UK. A Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineer, he is a Past Member of the IMechE Council and a Past President of the Cleveland Scientific Institute. Currently Scott is the President of the Institution of Power Engineers where he is also a Fellow.

Quotient Sciences

A multimillion-pound investment in drug substance manufacturing

Roger Kilburn, Senior Vice President Candidate Development Services

In August 2021, drug development and manufacturing accelerator, announced a £6.3 million-pound investment in its recently acquired manufacturing facility in Alnwick, U.K. The investment will significantly expand Quotient’s drug substance manufacturing capability and will create 80 new jobs over the next three years. Quotient acquired the Alnwick facility from Arcinova in February 2021 to expand its service portfolio to include drug substance, drug product and clinical testing capabilities all under one organization.

Hear from SVP Candidate Development Services, Roger Kilburn, about how this acquisition that will enable Quotient to support customers with an “end to end” offering and the multimillion-pound investment that will repurpose a 1,500 square-meter footprint and incorporate additional equipment and technologies and significantly expanding the number of new molecules developed each year.

Introducing Roger Kilburn, SVP Candidate Development Services, Quotient Sciences

Roger Kilburn is Senior Vice President Candidate Development Services of Quotient Sciences. Previously, as the Arcinova CEO, Roger was appointed in September 2019 to strengthen the executive management team and accelerate its growth. Prior to joining Arcinova (now Quotient Sciences), Roger was CEO of IBioIC where he established and developed a highly successful, industry led, biotechnology innovation centre hosted by the University of Strathclyde.

Other key roles have included General Manager of a pharma service business based in the USA and Managing Director of one of the largest global controlled drug API manufacturers. With over 25 years of experience as an international business leader, Roger has a proven track record in business turnaround, growth, and leadership. Roger’s background is in the biotechnology, chemical and fine chemicals sectors working for industry giants such as ICI and Johnson Matthey. Roger is graduate of the University of South Wales with a first-class degree in Chemical Engineering. He is a guest lecturer at Heriot Watt University and Chaired and sat on the boards of numerous Government, industrial, academic, and learned institutions. Roger is also a Fellow of the IChemE.

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies

Biotech booming in mass

Nick Martin, Vice President of Operations

In July 2021, new data showed that the UK biotech and life sciences sector was on the cusp of a golden age as £1.6 billion was invested in the first quarter – a record for the industry.

Here on Teesside, none more so is this evident than through Billingham-based FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies. A world leader in biotechnology development and manufacturing, FUJIFILM officially launched its new Billingham BioCampus in September 2021 following a £14.5 million investment.

Join us and hear from Vice President of Operations, Nick Martin, as he shares the latest developments within the UK business, including present and future manufacturing expansions and the further expansion of the BioCampus concept.

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Decarbonising the Tees Valley’s Industrial Cluster – A path to net zero

Chris Robinson, Industrial Decarbonisation Project Manager

Innovate UK is running the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, supporting CCUS deployment schemes, industrial clusters, and an industrial decarbonisation research initiative across the UK. This aims to develop four low-carbon industrial clusters by 2030; and four net zero clusters by 2040.   

In the Tees Valley, a consortium of TVCA, bp and NEPIC are developing the decarbonisation ‘Cluster Plan’ for our industrial cluster. In this we are developing a strategy for decarbonisation using CCUS, hydrogen generation, fuel switching and renewable energy generation as the core technologies. Over 40 CO2 emitters are being contacted for information about their emissions with engineering studies being carried out to develop the data for the decarbonisation strategy and impacts on the region’s jobs and economy.

Hear from Chris Robinson, Industrial Decarbonisation Project Manager for Tees Valley Combined Authority, about how this data will be used to create a ‘roadmap’ to demonstrate how the process industries in the Tees Valley will achieve our net zero target.

Introducing Chris Robinson, Industrial Decarbonisation Project Manager, TVCA

Chris is a Chartered Engineer with 25 years’ experience in consultancy and academia working across a range of industries including: decarbonised technologies; oil & gas; water; renewables; nuclear; power. He is currently seconded to the Tees Valley Combined Authority where he is the project manager for the Industrial Decarbonisation “Cluster Plan” project. In this role he talks with all the Industrials in the Tees Valley and is developing the roadmap to achieve net zero in the Industrial Cluster by 2040.

Chris has a PhD from UMIST in computational thermofluids; he is director of CER Technologies Ltd; and Chair of the IMechE Oil Gas and Chemicals Committee.

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