Who We Are

Progressive Energy’s team has both deep technical and commercial skills, along with ‘know-how’ in respect of developing complex projects. We also have significant experience of working with large industrials, bringing together and managing consortium partners to meet project specific requirements.

Peter Whitton Managing Director

More than 35 years’ experience in senior commercial, energy trading, business development, project management, strategy and technical management positions in the electricity and energy supply industry. Peter is a Founder Director and has led the development of the company including its interface to Government and industry. Peter is currently chair of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association.

Chris Manson-Whitton Director

An energy expert with a particular focus on taking innovative technologies from concept to deployment. Much of Chris’ recent work has been driving forward demonstration projects in the low carbon gas sector, notably the development and delivery of the HyDeploy project. He has a strong technical background, combined with skills in forming consortia and bringing stakeholders together to enable project delivery.

Andy Brown Engineering Director

Andy joined Progressive at its inception, bringing 29 years of power station maintenance experience on coal, nuclear and Gas Turbine technology, and a wealth of practical engineering to the company. Progressive’s pioneering of IGCC opportunities allowed Andy to develop further expertise (for which he was awarded the I.Chem.E’s Hebden Medal) burning syngas and hydrogen in Gas Turbines, and CO₂ capture, transportation and storage.  He represented the UK in producing an ISO Standard for CO₂ transportation.  More recently extending this to hydrogen, he was responsible for the I.Chem.E’s series on hydrogen (in recognition for which he was awarded their Ambassador medal).

David Hanstock Commercial Director

Senior business development, strategy and technology roles within CEGB. A Founding Director of Progressive Energy leading on project financial appraisals and complex process analyses. Instrumental in a number of EU Framework programmes, on executive boards, active in the formulation of EU policy for the Emissions Trading Scheme and UK Governmental bodies focused on carbon mitigation.

David Parkin Director

David is a recognised industry leader in the development of low carbon energy infrastructure and joined Progressive Energy as a director in 2019. As Network Strategy Director for National Grid Gas (subsequently Cadent), he led the formation of the Future of Gas programme which first set out a strategy for decarbonisation of heat and led to the development of numerous projects in the sector, including the HyDeploy and HyNet hydrogen projects. A chartered engineer, David spent the early part of his career at BAE Systems / Airbus, before moving to Atkins in 2008, where he became Director of Power and Renewables. David holds degrees from Cambridge, Warwick and MIT.

Catherine Wainright Head of Commercial

Catherine joined Progressive in 2021, with over 30 years’ investment, trading, and commercial business development experience in the energy industry. Catherine is an experienced energy transition investor and commercial Director, with a track record of originating and delivering high-value innovative projects, including developing the successful Lynemouth coal-to-biomass conversion and its sale to EPH. Catherine was previously Chief Operating Officer of RWE’s Energy Transition Investment fund, originating and managing private equity investments; and was RWE’s nominee Director on the Board of STEM Inc. She has a degree in Theoretical Physics from Durham University, an MBA, and the FT Non-Executive Director’s Diploma. Catherine currently Chairs the UK Government’s Energy Storage Health & Safety Governance Group.

John Egan North West Regional Lead

Following 25 years’ experience in the chemical industry, John joined Progressive Energy in 2019 as North West Regional Lead based in Cheshire.  A Chartered Chemical Engineer with a degree from the University of Cambridge, until joining Progressive Energy he was Operations Director for the Specialty Carbons business of Cabot Corporation, a US blue chip, leading manufacturing operations in the US, China and the Netherlands.  Prior to that he was Global Energy Technical Director for Cabot.  John leads stakeholder engagement across all elements of HyNet and beyond in the North West. He also leads specific projects, bids and business growth opportunities.

Jonathan Callighan Head of Finance

Jonathan has over 25 years’ experience across a range of strategic, commercial and operational roles in the energy and construction industries, most recently as Director of Construction and Procurement at Cadent, where he was responsible for delivery of a £5bn capital investment programme and the company’s end-to-end supply chain. Prior to that he led National Grid’s transmission field-force organisation, their US property business, the 2007 gas distribution price control review and was Finance Director for the North West region. He also has experience of M&A, technology development and Corporate transformation.

Victoria Watson Finance Manager

Victoria joined Progressive Energy in 2015 and is the main Finance Contact. With a degree in Food Science Victoria spent 10 years working in the Food Industry at companies including Unilever, Greencore and Kerry Foods before moving to work for Nationwide Building Society specialising in SAS data analysis. After having children retrained in as a bookkeeper and is now a Member of the ICB.

Adam Baddeley Head of Project Delivery

Adam joined Progressive in 2016 following nearly 20 years of consulting experience for Government and the private sector. An accomplished project and programme manager, he has worked on the HyNet project since its inception in 2016 and is currently leading a major fuel switching demonstration programme, working in partnership with Pilkington, Essar and Unilever. In addition, Adam has significant commercial experience, leading due diligence exercises and bids on behalf of Orsted, RWE Npower, SSE, Lloyds, Foresight and Barclays. Falling back on his first career in marketing, Adam also supports most of Progressive’s external communications activities, including those related to the HyNet project.

Robert Rattee Associate

Robert has over 35 years’ experience in the management of engineering projects in the power and process industry sectors.  During 20 years with BOC, amongst other roles, he was the Projects’ Director and then Operations Director with responsibility for the UK’s largest hydrogen production plant.  During this time he also had senior global roles in health and safety and business improvement.  For the last eight years he has worked on carbon capture & storage and hydrogen production projects including three years as Head of Operations for Capture Power Ltd responsible for delivering the FEED for the White Rose CCS project.

Trevor Croft Project Development Manager

Business Operations Manage at Eggborough Power Station and other roles within CEGB. Founding team of Rolls-Royce Power Ventures, and project developer with Advanced Power. Trevor developed and delivered complex power projects in the UK and Europe, including evaluating and structuring projects, risk assessment, project financing, technical and commercial contract negotiation, plant construction, plant operations and maintenance.

Amy Bodey Head of Communications

Amy has more than 12 years of PR and communications experience in areas including energy, environmental and the built environment across the private and public sectors. She has managed statutory consultations for three Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project applications, including Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm, as well as pre-planning consultation and stakeholder engagement on many smaller developments.  As a people person, Amy is an expert in strategically working with stakeholders on development projects to build awareness, educate and engage.


Philip Cozens Head of Technology

Experienced project manager, developer and highly respected technical expert. 40 years’ experience in the energy industries including oil and gas, followed by over ten years in waste and sustainable energy. With Progressive Energy Philip has participated in technology developments in carbon capture from industrial processes, the validation of novel power generation technologies, due diligence for investors and the evolution of a novel technology for production of bio-substitute natural gas (BioSNG).

Rachel Perry IDC Project Manager

Rachel is a chartered chemical engineer with nearly 10 years of experience in the chemicals manufacturing industry with ExxonMobil, during which time she held a wide range of technical and leadership roles. She has extensive experience in operations support and reliability engineering in refinery and chemicals units, as well as process safety and risk management. In 2016, she led the commissioning and start-up of a new hydrogenation plant, providing technical support and comprehensive project co-ordination. In addition to engineering expertise, Rachel has led complex organisational cultural changes, with a focus on innovation, sustainability, organisational effectiveness and inclusion & diversity. She joined Progressive Energy in 2020 as the Project Manager for HyNet FEED following the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge bid.

John Aldersey-Williams Associate

John Aldersey-Williams graduated in 1984 with a BA in geology from Cambridge. He spent 7 years as an oil industry geologist, during which time he also completed his MBA. He then joined Schroders’ UK-leading energy banking team. After 4 years, he returned to the oil industry in a succession of commercial, financial and leadership roles, latterly as Finance Director for Texaco’s North Sea business. After 17 years in the oil industry, John moved to the zero-carbon energy sector, providing strategic, commercial and economic support to a range of clients, including technology and project developers, supply chain, investment banks, The Carbon Trust and Scottish Government. He has worked in Carbon Capture and Storage, offshore wind, tidal stream and wave, as well as in related policy areas. He is now focused on strategic aspects of decarbonisation and carbon capture and storage, and has recently completed a PhD investigating the energy transition.

Mike Cairns-Terry Principal Engineer

A chartered mechanical engineer and project manager with a strong scientific background. Mike has extensive experience of CCS technology development, performing due diligence on novel power cycles and working closely with heavy industry on industrial capture.  Mike has also led research into hydrogen-from-waste technology, authoring a public report, and alongside this has worked on all stages of waste-to-methane technology, from running experimental programmes to managing development of the first commercial-sale BioSNG facility, and presenting results at academic conferences.  Mike is Progressive’s Technical Lead for the Industrial Fuel Switching programme, enabling industry to reduce emissions by use of hydrogen in existing processes.

Tommy Isaac Head of Hydrogen Research

An award winning dual chartered chemical and mechanical engineer with consulting, operational and project delivery experience. Tommy began his career in nuclear power before moving into an operational role within a refinery and has since been developing low-carbon projects since 2017. Since joining Progressive Energy he has been project managing HyDeploy through the UKs first hydrogen approval by the HSE. Tommy also provides technical and strategic consulting to energy networks, through Whole Systems Analysis. Tommy is a member of various parliamentary advisory groups on energy, as well as a committee member with BSI, IChemE and IGEM.

Briony Buckell Admin Support

Briony has a background in marine biology and completed an MSc in Marine resource Development and Protection in 2006. Subsequent postgraduate studies in Law have provided her with a diverse skill set. Briony joined the back office team in 2019, with a broad base in the Oil and Gas industry and experience in tendering, health and safety and freight and logistics.

Andrew Sclater Principal Engineer

A chartered mechanical engineer with 20 years of experience in Energy, Oil & Gas & Manufacturing Industries.  A subject matter expert on Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power plant having spent 10 years working on this field within E.ON.  Through his career he also worked for Wood, Halliburton and Invista.  Andrew has extensive experience in project engineering & management, plant modifications, managing plant risk and integrity, process safety and is a Hazard Study leader.  He also has experience in supplier due diligence, long term service agreement scoping and negotiation, owners engineer and FEED studies.  He is currently focused on Industrial Fuel Switching programs and power generation from Hydrogen.

Quentin Bahlmann Project Manager

Quentin is a Mechanical Engineer with an excess of 25 years project experience within the South African Petrochemical Industry, UK Water & Waste Industry and UK Gas Industry. He is a highly versatile engineer, typically working as Project manager, Technical lead or Design Engineer within a multi-disciplinary project delivery team.  Quentin joined Progressive Energy in early 2019 as project manager for the HyNet CCUS pre-FEED project.

Navdeep-Singh Kahlon Senior Project Engineer

Nav is a Senior Project Engineer at Progressive Energy working on the development and roll-out of hydrogen technologies. His current focus is on blending hydrogen into the UK gas distribution networks via our HyDeploy projects, work which got Nav recognised as the 2017 Power Graduate of the Year.  Nav is our technical lead on materials and gas industry procedures due to his doctorate in materials science and experience having served as operational performance manager at Cadent (formerly National Grid Gas). Prior to this, Nav worked in the power generation and aerospace industries; assessing post-combustion CCUS technologies at E.ON’s Ratcliffe power station, and developing friction welding technologies at Rolls-Royce.

James Glass Project Manager

James is an Engineering Project Manager with extensive, mid-stream, pipeline and fuels infrastructure experience. James’ career has included onshore gas transmission design consultancy services and main works contractor management roles. His background in military leadership has included positions with NATO and the UN as well as advisory services to the UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation at home and overseas. As a Civil Engineer James has delivered cradle-to-grave project management for multi-million pound campaigns in the UK, as well as diverse civil engineering and fuels infrastructure portfolios across South Sudan, Singapore, UAE, Iraq and Afghanistan. At Progressive, James is currently the Engineering Project Manager for FEED on the Hydrogen Supply Project for HyNet.

Joe Ward Project Engineer

Joe is a chartered chemical engineer with project development and technical operations experience in the oil & gas, food manufacturing and clean energy sectors, having worked at both Exxon Mobil and Cargill. Joe is currently focused on technical and commercial elements of Hydrogen Supply Plant, part of the wider HyNet project, as it progresses through FEED.

Charles Perez-Storey Project Engineer

A chartered chemical engineer with a degree from the University of Cambridge, and half a decade of experience in Oil Refining and Waste-to-Fuels having worked for ExxonMobil and Velocys. Charles has strong skills across Project Development, Operations Troubleshooting and is a specialist in Process Control & Optimisation. Charles joined Progressive in 2021 to contribute towards the energy transition, by working to facilitate least-cost pathways to decarbonising UK energy networks through the re-use of existing capital equipment. He is currently focussed on the industrial and commercial impacts of blending Hydrogen into the UK gas distribution network through the HyDeploy programme.

Kim Jones Finance Assistant

Kimberley studied Mathematics at the University of Birmingham, and graduated with a Bsc in 2018. After taking a gap year, she studied bookkeeping and is currently qualified with an ICB Level 2 Certificate. She joined Progressive Energy’s back office in 2021 as Finance Assistant

James Simpson Project Engineer

James was associated with Progressive for four years during his integrated master’s in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath where he specialised in fluid power, energy systems, and systems design. During this time, he developed skills in full-chain CCS optimisation including: detailed process simulation, writing integrated energy plans, and producing financial models for proven and novel technologies. Having joined the team fully in early 2021 his main focus is now leading the development of both the technical and economic aspects of non-pipeline transport solutions for CO2. James is also an industrial mentor for the Progressive-sponsored A-Level Arkwright Engineering Scholar.

Jack Walden Project Engineer

Jack has recently completed studying for an MEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath. Working closely within our CCUS, Hydrogen Distribution and Whole-System Modelling teams, Jack provides process modelling expertise, technical analysis and due diligence across a range of areas in the HyNet North West and South Wales industrial cluster projects.

Adele Upton Project Engineer

First joining Progressive in 2020 for a summer placement, Adele focussed on process model development of carbon capture systems in the cement industry. Following this, Adele completed her integrated masters in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath, in which she specialised in plant-derived bioethanol production and extensively researched the use of immunosensors to improve available Leukemia treatments. Adele began her career in the FMCG R&D sector during her industrial placement year, where she gained experience in project management and pilot scale equipment commissioning. Adele returned to Progressive post-graduation to work on delivering carbon capture and transport across the UK cement sector.