Ian Marchant: “Hydrogen will have as big an impact as North Sea Oil and Gas had in the 1970s.”
Hydrogen technology leader, Logan Energy, has today announced the appointment of three industry-leading experts to its board, bolstering its executive team ahead of increased international expansion.
The incoming chair will be former CEO of SSE Ian Marchant. He is joined by non-executive directors Bob MacDonald, former CEO Specialist Technical Solutions at Wood, and Derek Mathieson, former Chief Marketing and Technology Officer at Baker Hughes.
Marchant, who is the current chair of Thames Water, has over thirty years of industry experience driving companies at the forefront of the private utility, power generation and clean energy markets. Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I have felt for some time that hydrogen has the potential to be one of the transforming technologies of the 21st Century and its deployment will be key to achieving a net zero carbon society as soon as possible, particularly in the fields of transport and urban heat.
“This will require expertise in developing and deploying technologies and projects that are transformational at local, regional and international levels. Logan Energy has the track record, knowledge, and knowhow to lead these initiatives.
“It is exciting to get involved in an established business that’s part of a growing industry and I believe that hydrogen can have as big an impact as North Sea Oil and Gas had in the 1970s or the wind industry had in the early 2000s. I look forward to playing my part.”
Bob MacDonald most recently led the consultancy division of multinational engineering business Wood, focussing on the clean energy, automation, nuclear, oil & gas, mining and digital markets. He brings a wealth of international experience across the energy transition and industrial markets.
Looking towards the future of the global energy mix, he said: “The speed of change in the hydrogen market is massive and will continue to grow exponentially as we decarbonise our industries and services in line with net zero objectives.
“Logan Energy have been in this market for quarter of a century and are now an exemplar within the energy transition sector with a proven track record for delivering cutting-edge projects and solutions in the low carbon and hydrogen sectors both in the UK and Europe. The business finds itself at a pivotal moment and has ambitions to build on this success internationally. I believe that this is where my experience can make a difference and I’m excited to get started.”
Completing the trio is Derek Mathieson, former Chief Technology and Marketing Officer at global energy technology company, Baker Hughes. Having held a diverse range of C-level roles, he brings over 25 years of energy supply chain experience and a reputation of delivering success across a variety of operating and service companies.
Outlining his ambition for Logan Energy, he said: “Logan Energy has been blazing a trail for nearly three decades, kickstarting some of the UK’s first connected hydrogen ecosystems which are thriving today. Supporting the delivery of innovative projects like North Wales’ first ever hydrogen hub and the green hydrogen Belfast Bus Project underlines Logan Energy’s unrivalled experience within the sector.
“I believe that the company is extremely well positioned for growth and that there is a critical opportunity to create a UK powerhouse within the green hydrogen sector.”
As global interest in hydrogen accelerates, Logan Energy has played a significant role in building the profile of the UK’s expertise in the sector. The company has put the UK’s contribution to the international hydrogen sector on the map, successfully delivering innovative hydrogen solutions – including electrolyser, fuel cell and refuelling infrastructure – for several ground-breaking multi-million pound projects across the UK and Europe.
Bill Ireland, CEO of Logan Energy, said: “These appointments represent a significant reinforcement of our executive team across a breadth of sectors and specialisms.
“Their industry expertise will play an invaluable role in Logan Energy’s growth plans as we scale our operation internationally and cement hydrogen’s role at the forefront of the energy transition.”