THE HUB TEAM

The Hub Team manage the day-to-day running of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and carry out policy and stakeholder engagement work to connect the research to academics, policy makers and industry across the UK and internationally.

Meet the Hub Team

Joanna Sparks
Biomass Policy Fellow

Joanna is the Biomass Policy Fellow for the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and provides a crucial role in connecting the research community and policy makers working in areas relating to sustainable biomass supply and utilisation. Joanna’s links with key government departments enable the hub to work directly with the policy-makers coordinating responses to consultations and produce briefing papers on current policy related to bioenergy.

Joanna is also works with three of the BBSRC Networks in Industrial Biotechnology (the High Value Biorenewables Network, the Biomass Biorefinery Network, and the Carbon Recycling Network) as a Biomass Policy Fellow.

Rebecca Fothergill
Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Rebecca is an experienced Communications and Engagement Manager with over 20 years working on funded projects, predominantly across the education sector, in the UK and Europe. Rebecca previously worked on the Erasmus+ mobility programme for the European Commission at the National Agency in Birmingham UK.

Rebecca is currently covering maternity leave for Catriona Heaton as Stakeholder Engagement Manager. The role involves dissemination, outreach and engagement activity for the hub, which works with academia, industry, government and societal stakeholders to develop sustainable bioenergy systems that support the UK’s transition to an affordable, resilient, low-carbon energy future.

Catriona Heaton (Maternity Leave)
Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Catriona joined Aston in February 2019 as Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the Supergen Bioenergy Hub. The role involves dissemination, outreach and engagement activity for the hub, which works with academia, industry, government and societal stakeholders to develop sustainable bioenergy systems that support the UK’s transition to an affordable, resilient, low-carbon energy future.

Before joining Aston, Catriona was working as Internal Communications Manager at Queen Mary University of London, where I was responsible for communications with the staff and student body.

Emma Wheeley
Project Manager

The Supergen Bioenergy Hub Project Manager is Emma Wheeley, a research project manager with over 19 years’ experience of managing UK and European research projects in the area of bioenergy. Emma works with the Core Management Group, the Advisory Board, the research team at Aston University and the SHARE network to deliver the proposed programme of activities for the Supergen Bioenergy Hub. A key part of Emma’s role is to facilitate events which bring together the community of academic, industrial and policy stakeholders to discuss, develop and promote the work we are doing.

Patricia Thornley
Director

Patricia Thornley is the Director of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub.

She is a chartered physicist with over 25 years’ experience of bioenergy in the commercial and academic sectors. Her main research interests are in engineering sustainable bioenergy systems that reconcile disparities between environmental, economic and social impacts of energy provision. Her particular expertise is in process design, modelling and life cycle evaluation.

 

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