Our team

Andy Kerr, Executive Director

Andy is founding Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). He has grown ECCI into an international low carbon innovation centre with thriving hubs in Edinburgh and Hong Kong, delivering a range of successful strategic partnerships including Europe’s largest climate entrepreneurship programme, Climate-KIC

Andy is also co-Director of the Scottish Centre of Expertise on Climate Change (ClimateXChange), an initiative established by the Scottish Government to support delivery of their world-leading climate and clean energy targets. His involvement with ClimateXChange has focused on developing effective sub-national and city frameworks that support reduction in dependence on fossil fuels and build resilience.

Andy has worked in the private sector, trading energy and carbon in Europe and Asia and developing new businesses. His work with businesses included instigating renewable energy supply chains for transport fuels, developing international renewable energy projects and working with multinational corporations to develop strategic and practical responses to emerging environmental legislation.

Andy holds a PhD in Climate Change from the University of Edinburgh.

e: andrew.kerr@ed.ac.uk

t:  +44 (0)131 650 5326

@FutureArk

Ed Craig, Deputy Director and Head of Enterprise and Innovation

Ed leads on ECCI’s innovation and international activities. Ed supported the establishment of ECCI through the development and funding of the award-winning Low Carbon Innovation project, which supported more than 1,000 SMEs to accelerate low carbon products and services. He oversees several flagship initiatives at ECCI, including Climate-KIC, the EU-funded Online S3 project and the development of ECCI's global bases and partnerships in Hong Kong and China.

Ed has a strong interest in enabling innovation through partnership and internationalisation, specifically in the circular economy, rural development and data-driven innovation. He has successfully delivered dozens of innovation projects involving academics, public agencies and businesses in the low carbon sector.

An accredited adviser with the ILM, Ed has more than 25 years’ experience supporting the business creation process as an entrepreneur and business adviser. He has worked in the USA and the Czech Republic as well as for Scottish Enterprise, Marks & Spencer and Edinburgh Napier University.

Ed holds qualifications in Business and in Human Ecology from the University of Edinburgh. 

e: ed.craig@ed.ac.uk

t:  +44 (0)131 650 8170

@edcraigecci

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Ragne Low, ClimateXChange Programme Manager

Ragne is Programme Manager for ClimateXChange, Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change. ClimateXChange is a multi-institutional research network funded by the Scottish Government that provides independent, authoritative evidence and advice to Government policy teams as they develop low carbon and climate policies for Scotland.

Ragne comes from a policy background, with nine years' experience in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, and more recently has also worked in climate change consultancy. For the past four years, she has headed up the ClimateXChange Secretariat, which manages a diverse programme of research covering all aspects of energy and climate change policy. She works closely in collaboration with Scottish Government officials and academics.

e: Ragne.Low@ed.ac.uk

m: + 44 (0)7717 586 992

t: +44 (0)131 651 4641 

Helen Dunk, Communications Manager

Helen coordinates and leads on the delivery of ECCI’s communications strategy and provides dedicated marketing and communications support and expertise for ECCI residents and flagship projects.

Helen has led award-winning media relations and communications teams for top UK charities including Friends of the Earth and Shelter, delivering strong social media impact, award-winning publicity campaigns and increased media mentions.

She has a proven track record in raising the profile of projects and organisations through strategic integrated communications across digital, brand, media, stakeholder relations and events.

As a former journalist and experienced copywriter, Helen enjoys using her writing skills to tell the stories behind ECCI’s work. 

e: helen.dunk@ed.ac.uk 

m: +44 (0)7804 652 960

t: +44 (0)131 651 4687

@helenbdunk

Siobhan Dunn, Marketing and Communications

Siobhan Dunn is a seasoned communicator and content strategist with expertise in brand development, digital and social media strategy and implementation. She's no stranger to stakeholder development, user experience, inclusive design, start-up engagement, creative event development and delivery either!

With a strong background in digital editorial, copywriting and content development combined with agency and in-house experience delivering brands and high-profile campaigns for corporates, NGOs and public sector clients Siobhan brings 15+ years of strategic marketing and comms experience to the team at ECCI. She is currently a Communications Manager at ECCI with responsibility for Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group. In addition to delivering comms for the 2020 Group she works as a core part of the ECCI comms team. Siobhan cut her teeth with low carbon business engagement working on ECCI's Smart Accelerator and went on to manage communications and marketing for ECCI’s international work in Asia. She also enjoys working with ECCI’s resident businesses and start-ups to help brands develop and tell their own sustainable and low carbon stories.

e: Siobhan.dunn@ed.ac.uk / communications@2020climategroup.org.uk

m: +44 (0)7717 542 965

t: +44 (0)131 651 4649

@SiobhanMDunn

https://www.linkedin.com/in/siobhandunn

Charlotte Waugh, Innovation Manager

CCharlotte delivers and manages low carbon innovation support across a range of projects for ECCI including the Climate-KIC Accelerator programmes. Charlotte has been working with over 200 Scottish SMES in the last 6 years to develop a range of cutting edge low carbon products and services that help meet the global challenges associated with lowering carbon emissions. This includes working with Scotland’s research sector to support market testing and feasibility, signposting to suitable contacts and funding, and providing market intelligence. Charlotte joined the centre from Building and Construction Industry Forum in the south of Scotland, where she supported the built environment sector to make the most of new business opportunities and deliver relevant training to skill up the local workforce.

e: charlotte.waugh@ed.ac.uk

t:  +44 (0)131 650 9822

Annabel Cooper, Communications Officer

Annabel supports the delivery of ECCI’s communications strategy and leads on publicity for projects such as the SAGES network of geosciences academics and Edinburgh International Science Festival events. She has an MSc in journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, and spent two years working in communications for the EPSRC’s Sustainable Urban Environments programme prior to joining ECCI. 

e: annabel.cooper@ed.ac.uk

t:  +44 (0)131 650 9811

 

 

Dr Andrew Cross, Impact Coordinator

Andy has been with ECCI since the start of 2015 in his role as Impact Coordinator for the School of GeoSciences. Andy is responsible for promoting and capturing the large range of external impact from research across the School, and also helps to develop links between researchers in GeoSciences with the wide range of external stakeholders associated with ECCI. Andy is also on secondment at the Institute for Academic Development (IAD), where his work is focused on curriculum development and educational research. The focus of this is to promote community engagement in the curriculum as part of credit bearing courses (e.g. GeoScience Outreach), and opportunities for research and teaching associated with Interdisciplinary Learning and Living Lab approaches. Andy is also leading the development of a proposed centre for Experiential Learning.

Prior to this Andy was a research associate in the School of GeoSciences, where his primary research focus was on methods for carbon sequestration, including biochar and climate smart agriculture. Andy completed his PhD in 2009 at the University of Edinburgh where he studied the impact of climatic warming on carbon cycling in forests. He is also a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

e: andrew.cross@ed.ac.uk

t: +44 (0)131 651 4651

uk.linkedin.com/pub/andrew-cross/16/2aa/354

Dr Joseph Hagg, Adaptation Scotland Science Officer

Joseph provides expert scientific advice on climate change to a wide range of users in Scotland. His work includes supporting and developing the effective use of climate projections in research and decision-making. He also plays a leading role in communicating complex climate information, making it accessible to a wide range of audiences, and the development of Adaptation Scotland training courses. He is also responsible for the development of ‘headline messages’ on climate impacts in Scotland and contributes to many publications.  

Joseph is employed through ECCI, working full-time as part of the Adaptation Scotland team.

e: joseph@sniffer.org.uk

@JosephHagg

Kristin Hopfe – Project Administrator 

Kristin supports ECCI’s Innovation and International team as well as the Centre Administration. She is involved in a range of projects, including the EU-funded OnlineS3 project and Climate-KIC programmes. Kristin has a background in Economics and International Administration & Management. Prior to joining ECCI, she was working in both the University and private sector.

e: kristin.hopfe@ed.ac.uk
t: +44(0)131 651 4636

 

 

 

Katherine Maxwell, Project and Innovation Officer

Katherine works with ECCI's Innovation and International teams, helping to deliver a range of innovation-focussed projects. These include the EU-funded Online S3 project piloting smart specialisation tools in Scotland, the SAGES network of Scottish universities at the forefront of environmental research. Katherine is the Project Lead for Climate-KIC's new Greenhouse programme at ECCI and provides innovation support to residents of ECCI's Low Carbon Ideas Lab.

e: kmaxwell@ed.ac.uk

t: +44 (0)131 651 4383

 

 

Matthew Ross, Centre Administrator

Matthew supports the ECCI management team and oversees the day to day administration of the centre. He also manages the ECCI events administrator and receptionist. Prior to joining ECCI, Matthew worked for the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA), gaining experience of creating and supporting interdisciplinary activity spanning both academia and industry.

e: Matthew.Ross@ed.ac.uk

t: +44 (0)131 651 4646

Laura Scotland, Events Administrator

Laura is ECCI's events administrator and manages the booking and execution of events. To book an event, please get in touch with Laura or use the online booking form: http://edinburghcentre.org/Booking-a-room.html.

e: laura.scotland@ed.ac.uk or events@edinburghcentre.org

t: +44 (0)131 651 4655

Stuart Simmons, Business Development Executive

Stuart is the primary point of contact for the School of GeoSciences' commercial engagement, responsible for promoting commercially-funded research for geology, geophysics, remote sensing and geographical information systems.

Stuart's role includes the development of IP and commercialisation. This covers the review of commercial contracts and legal documents including NDAs. He also establishes and maintains key commercial relationships for industry-funded research opportunities, including sponsored research, PhD and MSc scholarships, collaborative research, sponsored Chairs, knowledge transfer partnerships and collaborative R&D.

e: ssimmons@ed.ac.uk  

David Somervell, ECCI Associate

David is an associate member of ECCI. David stepped back from his role as the University of Edinburgh's Sustainability Adviser in February 2017 to take up new challenges within and outside the University. As the University of Edinburgh's energy manager David oversaw key developments in the University’s thinking on these issues: from building design to modern energy efficiency materials and how to capture and record accurately energy data across a vast and increasing estate. David was a key player in driving the £20m+ investments the University has made in 4 Combined Heat and Power plants, reducing our emissions by almost 10,000 tonnes per year.

e: David.Somervell@ed.ac.uk

linkedin.com/in/david-somervell-72903512