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New Chair for IET Energy Policy Panel

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Craig Lucas is a chartered electrical engineer by profession, Fellow of the IET and has over 25 years’ experience, mostly in the energy industry, but also in the rail and telecoms sectors. He has spent much of his career managing the development and introduction of new technologies. He focuses on how new technology might transform the energy system, the business models in the sector, and the customer experience of dealing with energy.

Craig recently joined Mott MacDonald as Director – Energy Transformation, where he is responsible for developing a global response to market transition for the Mott MacDonald Energy business. Until May this year, Craig was Director of Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy in the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This included leadership of a £505m innovation programme, management of engineering and science expertise to support energy policy, and oversight of the UK science capability.

Prior to this, Craig was Head of Engineering at the Department for Energy and Climate Change where he was also active in various initiatives to promote diversity in Science and Engineering, including co-funding the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) MentorSet scheme, and working collaboratively with other external groups such as Women in Nuclear.

Craig Lucas said: "I’m delighted to be taking over the Chair of the IET’s Energy Policy Panel.  In doing so I must thank Simon Harrison, the outgoing chair, who has done a great job in building the IET's influence and impact on a very diverse range of issues relating to energy and climate. 

“As we wrestle with the challenges of our Net Zero commitments, and the urgency of the global climate and energy transition, the voice of the engineering profession has never been more needed or relevant.  I know from experience that the IET is already a respected and authoritative voice in the energy sector, and able to draw on the wealth of expertise from its members, so I look forward to the opportunity to build on this."

James Robottom, IET Energy Lead said: “We would like to thank outgoing Chair Simon Harrison for his years of exemplary service leading the panel and welcome Craig to this new position. We are delighted to have someone with Craig’s level of experience and expertise and look forward to continuing the excellent work of the energy policy panel.”

If you wish to know more about the work of the Energy Policy Panel, please visit the Energy Sector section of the IET website or contact James Robottom, jrobottom@theiet.org