Chair of the Energy Policy Panel
Simon Harrison is group strategic development manager, at global engineering, management and development consultant Mott MacDonald, which gives him a pan-infrastructure perspective including energy, transportation, water, the urban and built environment, and the increasingly pervasive role of information and telecommunications in infrastructure systems.
His career has been spent primarily in the electricity sector, where he has played a key role in developing renewable, thermal and nuclear power, and power transmission and distribution businesses, including opening a number of new geographic and sector markets. His active interest in energy policy has led to him directing a number of key studies in the UK and elsewhere. He has also taken a leading role in many privately financed generation projects as well as privatisations and acquisitions on five continents. Prior to this he undertook planning of national, regional and industrial electricity transmission and distribution systems.
A former Vice President, he chairs the IET's Energy Policy Panel, and most recently the Future Power Systems Architecture Project, a collaboration for the UK government between the IET and the Energy Systems Catapult. He is IET representative and Council member of the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies. He contributes widely to industry publications and broadcast media.
He holds BSc and PhD degrees from Southampton University and is a visiting professor at the University of Southampton. He is a Fellow of the IET and of the Energy Institute.