Bill Russell is a vastly experienced CEO/Managing Director with over 30 years in the energy industry - gained through a number of senior roles for National Grid (NG), Transco, British Gas and BG Group spanning gas and electricity, markets/networks, commercial frameworks, infrastructure, stakeholder consultation, EU and UK Government liaison, corporate affairs and large project management.
Working across international energy markets. He was recently Managing Director of BritNed Ltd, a JV company set up to build commission, commercially operate the 1500MW Interconnector between UK/Netherlands via the largest Global Market Coupling model. Previous roles; Director National Grid MD of NG Australia, Director Scotland Transco, Director Operations BG Group.
Claire led the development of Wave Hub from its inception in 2003 through to construction in 2010 and now has overall responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the test facility and managing the business, Wave Hub Ltd.
Claire’s previous role was Director of Sustainable Resources at the South West RDA where she led the Agency’s low carbon activity from 2002 – 2011, acting as the sector lead for environmental technologies and managing a multi-million pound investment programme in renewable energy demonstration projects, business resource efficiency and low carbon leadership. Before moving to the South West, Claire worked for two leading consultancies in London.
Bryan Payne is a career civil servant. He joined the Department for Business in March 2015 as Deputy Director for Business of Energy and the Environment. Prior to this he held the position of Head of the New and Existing Nuclear Generation Unit in the Department of Energy and Climate Change. He previously served as Deputy Principal Private Secretary to Secretaries of State for Energy and Climate Change and for Business, Innovation and Skills respectively and has extensive experience in renewables and nuclear policy as well as energy market resilience. In 2005, he gained an MBA from Cass Business School in London.