Professor Andy Kerr, Executive Director

Andy is founding Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) and Professor of Low Carbon and Climate Innovation at the University of Edinburgh. 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.

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Ed Craig, Deputy Director & 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.

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Ciara O'Connor, Acting Programme Manager ClimateXChange

Ciara is Acting Programme Manager for ClimateXChange, Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change. Before joining ClimateXChange, Ciara was Operations Manager at the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC). Here she helped to deliver a coordinated programme of CCS research and worked to develop sustainable CCS research capacity in the UK by leading the CCS Community Network and delivering a programme of support and training to Early Career Researchers.

Before UKCCSRC, Ciara worked as a Research Officer at the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, managing the organisation's work on food and nutrition security and climate change. Ciara has an undergraduate degree in Natural Science (Botany) and a Masters in Environmental Science, both from Trinity College Dublin, and has a long term commitment to the environmental sector, especially tackling climate change. In addition to her experience working in academia and in the climate justice policy space, she has worked as a public sector account manager for the Carbon Trust in the UK and in the private sector as Environmental Manager of Ecocem Materials in Ireland (based in Dublin and manufacturer of a low carbon alternative to cement).

Find out more about the ClimateXChange team.


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Siobhan Dunn, Acting Project Director, Scotland's 2020 Climate Group

Siobhan leads the 2020 Climate Group Secretariat team. Siobhan previously worked in a communications role with the 2020 Group and is acting up as its Project Director. She is an experienced manager with a detailed understanding of the the project and a strong track record in sustainability communications and business engagement. 

Siobhan has more than 17 years' experience in marketing and communications and has led private, public and third sector campaigns as a senior account director working with leading clients. She joined ECCI in 2014 with the flagship Smart Accelerator project. An experienced communications strategist, Siobhan works with the 2020 Group board and manages the Secretariat at ECCI.

Find out more about the Scotland's 2020 Climate Group team 

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Charlotte Waugh, Innovation Manager

Charlotte delivers and manages low carbon innovation support across a range of projects for ECCI, including the Climate-KIC Accelerator programmes. Charlotte has worked with more than 200 Scottish SMEs in the last six 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 ECCI from the 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.

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Helen Dunk, Communications Manager

Helen coordinates and leads on the delivery of ECCI’s communications strategy and provides dedicated 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.

A former journalist, 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.

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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.

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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 before joining ECCI.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, Climate-KIC and the SAGES network of Scottish universities at the forefront of environmental research. Katherine also provides innovation support to residents of ECCI.

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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 our online booking form. /

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Stuart Simmons, Business Development Executive

Stuart is the primary point of contact for the School of GeoSciences' commercial engagement and is responsible for commercially-funded research across the School. Stuart's role includes the development of IP and commercialisation and finding ways to maximise the relevance and impact of university research through industrial collaboration. Stuart has a particular focus on satellite earth observation, natural resource development and mitigation strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Increasingly he and his team have worked to maintain a close partnership with industry, Research Councils, Catapults, innovation centres and the Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTN).

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David Somervell, 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 £20 million+ investments the University has made in four Combined Heat and Power plants, reducing our emissions by almost 10,000 tonnes per year.