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Net Zero Futures 2022 will bring together an array of senior academic, industry and funding bodies representatives, and earlier career researchers from industry and academia who will provide participants with a wealth of insights for impactful collaboration and stakeholder engagement.

Professor Brian Collins CB, FREng

Emeritus Professor of Engineering Policy
University College London

Professor Brian Collins took up the role of Professor of Engineering Policy at UCL on 1st August 2011 retiring as emeritus in 2020. He has been a co-investigator on a £10M research programme investigating liveable cities for the future. He was also PI for a research project, International Centre for Infrastructure Futures, looking at new business models for infrastructure modernization. Brian led the creation of a £278M capital investment programme in 14 Universities in the UK, UKCRIC, which he launched in 2017, enabling the UK to have a robust and innovative research and analysis base for informing the £400B estimated spend in Infrastructure in the UK in the next few decades. He is currently vice chair of the National Preparedness Commission, whose mission is to help the UK be better prepared for an uncertain future.

Prior to joining UCL, Brian was the Department for Transport’s Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) from October 2006 and CSA for the Department for Business Innovation and Skills from March 2009 after being CSA in Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform from May 2008, during which time Energy policy was in his remit. He left both positions at the end of May 2011. He was Professor of Information Systems at Cranfield University from August 2003 to 2011.

Brian was bestowed by Her Majesty the Queen the Honour of Companion of the Bath (CB) in the 2011 New Years Honours list. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2009.

Prior to these activities Brian was Global CIO for Clifford Chance, IT Director for the Wellcome Trust, Chief Scientist and Director of Technology at GCHQ and Deputy Director at RSRE (now Qinetiq and DSTL). He has an MA in Physics and a D.Phil in Astrophysics both from Oxford University.

Dr Tom Dolan

C-DICE Postdoctoral Research Fellow and UKCRIC Senior Research Fellow

Tom’s research focuses on complex infrastructure systems as enablers of societally beneficial outcomes, and, in particular, on the:

  • System characteristics (interdependencies, emergent properties and dynamic context) necessary for normal operations to enable the systemic realisation of systemic outcomes that are Net Zero; sustainable and resilient to the disruptive impacts of Resilience challenges (e.g. global warming); enhance the quality of the local environment; and help catalyse an urgent transformation to a net zero GHG emission economy.
  • the challenges of how we systemically govern, regulate, manage (including plan, design, procure, construct, operate, maintain, enhance, repurpose, measure, account for, value and incentivise investment in) complex infrastructure systems for the safe emergence of these system characteristics.

Sally Sudworth

Global Head of Sustainability & Climate Change
Mott MacDonald

Sally Sudworth is a chartered engineer and chartered environmentalist. She has over 30 years’ experience of working in design and construction in both the private industry and public sector, managing multi-million pound programmes of work for climate change, flood risk, asset management, river and canal restoration and highways.

Having joined Mott MacDonald in March 2021, Sally works with the consultancy’s sustainability and climate change leaders to help clients face the climate emergency through creating climate resilient places, as well as supporting the consultancy in extending capabilities around net zero carbon and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Sally moved to the consultancy from the UK Environment Agency where she led the net zero carbon strategy for infrastructure and was sustainability lead for flooding and coastal. Previously director for the Low Zero Carbon Hub in Wales, she has a wealth of experience working in both the public and private sector.

Sally was a director at the UK Engineers for Overseas Development for ten years, overseeing the delivery of sustainable community led projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, helping to alleviate poverty and improving the quality of people’s lives whilst helping graduates in the UK become professionally qualified.

Sally sits on a number of industry groups addressing the net zero coalition and climate change agenda including the UK Institution of Civil Engineers Carbon Project, she also co-chairs the Institute of Asset Management Climate Emergency group and is founder of the Climate Emergency Group at the UK Women’s Engineering Society (WES).

Dr Frank Tutu

Lead Research Engineer – Zero Carbon Applications

Frank Tutu is a Lead Research Engineer within the Zero Carbon Applications team at EDF R&D UK, where he leads on the topic of Mobility & Transport Decarbonisation. His role involves developing strategies and investigating business models for hydrogen mobility, fleet electrification and zero emission infrastructure. He also supports in the development of hydrogen projects. Frank holds an MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and a PhD in the development of novel solar cell devices from UCL.

Professor Liz Varga, FCABE, FAcSS

Chair in Complex Systems
University College London

Professor Liz Varga leads the Infrastructure Systems Institute and is principal investigator for the coordination node of UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) and a co-investigator for the Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure. She teaches, writes, and advises globally on energy, transport, digital communications, water, and waste. Her key research themes are infrastructure resilience, sustainable innovation, circular engineering, and decarbonisation, using digital twins, hybrid models, and self-healing systems.