Advisory Board


Nigel Brandon

Vice Dean-research, Sustainable Gas Institute and BG Chair in Sustainable Gas - Imperial College London. An advocate for UK energy research, both internationally and in the UK. Following 14 years in industry with BP and Rolls Royce he re-joined Imperial as a member of faculty in 1998. He was the Director of the Imperial College Energy Futures lab for eight years and since 2014 has been the Director of the Sustainable Gas Institute. Professor Brandon was a founder of the fuel cell company Ceres Power in 2001 (an AIM listed company), and awarded the 2007 Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering for his contribution to engineering leading to commercial exploitation. He is senior Fellow to the Research Councils energy programme, and from 2007 to 2011 UK focal point with China in energy and climate change. He is a chartered engineer, a Fellow of the Energy Institute, and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Mineral and Mining.


Alex O’Cinneide

CEO of Gore Street Capital where he manages significant capital on behalf of institutional investors for renewable investments. He previously was a Managing Director and Head of Europe for Paladin Capital, a Senior Advisor to Kleinwort Benson Bank in London, served on the Investment Committee of IndoChina Capital; and from 2006 to 2013 was Head of Investments for Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s USD15 Billion SWF. Alongside those commercial activities he is a trustee of the London Irish Centre, a UNICEF Advisor, is a visiting research to the Energy Policy Group in Cambridge University, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and is the Vice Chair of the board of the Biomimicry Institute. Alex O’Cinneide holds a BA and a MA from Trinity College Dublin, a MSc from the London School of Economics and a MSc from the London Business School. He is a published author on many topics and is a regular speaker on venture capital and private equity, and recognized as one of the global leaders in the field of renewable investing.


Vincent Giles

Vincent is the managing director of global coordinator utilities and infrastructure at Credit Suisse with over 20 years experience in investment. He is a member of the EEFIG group (Energy Efficiency Financial Institution Group), part of the EU Commission, which recommend on a range of actions that could help overcome the current challenges to obtaining long-term financing for energy efficiency.


Thomas Sawyer

Thomas works in private equity investment in biotechnology and data technology with a background in life sciences and current directorships in pharmacological research, information technology, business intelligence and "big data". He has experience of starting and growing companies, corporate transactions, working with private equity investors, IPO's and mergers in a number of industries including mineral exploration and with board experience in international private and public companies in the US, UK and Africa.