Feature Session:

Building a world-class low carbon hydrogen economy – make it, store it, use it….

Time & Location

Wednesday: 12.00 to 13.00, Stage 3

Session Host

Philip AldridgeChief Executive Officer - North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC)

About this Session

A Feature NEPIC Hydrogen Panel Discussion

Bringing World Class Manufacturers, Industrialist, and Investors together to discuss future industry needs whilst tackling global environmental issues.  NEPIC brings a panel of experts that bring a wealth of experience tackling global competitiveness, ageing asset , developing new supply chains, fuel switching technology and introducing new hydrogen.

Session Host Bio:

NEPIC is led by CEO, Philip Aldridge. Before being appointed Chief Executive in April 2018, Philip worked with NEPIC for 6 years helping deliver ERDF projects and support pharmaceutical members. Prior to his time with the Cluster, 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 degree in Biochemistry, a masters in Biochemical Engineering and is a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.


Dave Robson

Dave Robson

Hydrogen External Relations Lead at Kellas Midstream

27 years’ Experience in the Steel Industry covering a wide variety of energy related roles.

I have enjoyed the opportunity to cover a diverse range of areas including health & safety, energy & utilities, procurement and distribution, EU emissions trading systems, power station operations management and latterly, technical development roles including involvement in the Teesside Collective Industrial CCS project.

Having experienced both the highs and lows of UK manufacturing industry, I am keen to do everything I can to promote this vital industry, especially in the North East of England, which has been my home for the last 46 years.

Daren Smith

Daren Smith

Site Director, SABIC UK Petrochemicals Limited

Daren Smith is Site Director for SABIC’s manufacturing operations on Teesside, having been appointed to the role in January 2018. Daren has worked at the Teesside Site for twenty-one years in a variety of Senior Leadership roles across Maintenance, Environmental, Health and Safety and Technical Engineering. Prior to joining SABIC, Daren worked for a number of global companies and has extensive Project Management and Manufacturing experience. Daren is a Chartered Engineer with a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson

Energy Transition Manager, Navigator Terminals

Matthew Graduated from Teesside University with a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering in 2010 and is the Energy Transition Manager for Navigator Terminals UK.

Matthew is focussed on addressing the demand for storage and handling of new energy carriers and emissions reduction, for which Navigator Terminals are geographically and technically well positioned to offer energy infrastructure solutions to the Ammonia, Hydrogen and Carbon Capture markets.

Matthew joined Navigator Terminals from Johnson Matthey, where he gained more than 12 years’ experience in the oil and gas and chemicals market, most recently in the role of Global Commercial Manager for one of Johnson Matthey’s proprietary catalyst, used in the production of Hydrogen.

Lee Taylor

Lee Taylor

Senior Business Development Manager at Doosan Babcock

“Lee joined Doosan Babcock in 2021 supporting the company’s growth in the Tees Valley Region. As a chartered chemical engineer, he has worked in Teesside for over 20 years in operations and design. He has designed and commissioned hydrogen production facilities in the UK and across Europe and is familiar with the challenges that industry faces as we move to a decarbonised economy. Lee graduated from Leeds University in 1994 and has worked for a number of Blue-Chip companies. He has a passion for the development of the industry in the region especially the opportunities that exist for the decarbonisation of industry in the Tees Valley Region. His current role as Senior Business Development Manager focuses on Doosan’s Teesside business especially with Hydrogen and Carbon Capture and Storage.”