Global Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Education Programme

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board helps us to keep our programmes focused on the most relevant social and technical challenges.


Dr Graham Cooley, CEO ITM Power (Chair)

Graham joined ITM Power as CEO in 2009. Before that Graham was Business Development Manager in National Power plc and spent 11 years in the power industry developing energy storage and generation technologies. Before joining ITM Power Graham was CEO of Sensortec Ltd, founder CEO of Metalysis Ltd, a spin out of Cambridge University and a founding CEO of Antenova Ltd.

ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions to enhance the utilisation of renewable energy that would otherwise be wasted. Founded in June 2001, the company floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in 2004 and was the first United Kingdom-based fuel cell company to go public. ITM Power operates out of two premises in Sheffield, UK with further offices in Germany, France the USA and Canada.


Yane Laperche-Riteau, Business Development Director, Ballard Power Systems

Yane has more than 20 years of diversified European sales & marketing experience. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for identifying promising markets, increasing sales and implementing communications and advertising campaigns. She joined Ballard Power Systems Inc. in October 2013 as Business Development Director for Europe, covering the whole range of Ballard fuel cell products including stationary and heavy duty applications. She has been in the Fuel Cells industry since 2008 working for IdaTech LLC and developing sales mainly in Europe. Before IdaTech she had various sales management experiences in the CCTV industry, high technology plastics and cables industries. She holds a degree in Communications.


Dr Andy Stamford-Clarke, CTO UK Ireland, IBM

Andy is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM in UK and Ireland. He is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor with more than 40 patents. Andy is based at IBM’s Hursley Park laboratories in the UK, and has a long background in Internet of Things technologies. He has a BSc in Computing and Mathematics, and a PhD in Computer Science. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle, an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

IBM is a global cloud platform and cognitive solutions company, which has continually evolved over the past century to remain at the forefront of technological innovation. Our capabilities in data and analytics, cloud, mobile, social and security have helped the UK evolve to become one of the world’s most digitally advanced nations. This digital revolution empowers us and our clients to gather and analyse data in ways that have never been possible before—helping UK organisations unlock new insights and usher in a new era of cognitive business.


Professor Nigel Brandon OBE, FREng

Nigel was the founding Director of the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London and a founder of AIM listed fuel cell company, Ceres Power. He is co-director of the Sustainable Gas Institute at Imperial College London. His research focus is electrochemical power sources for fuel cell and energy storage applications. He has led collaborations with industry and leading research centres within this field, and is also Director of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells SUPERGEN Hub, funded by the RC Energy programme. In September 2017, Professor Brandon was appointed the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London.