Horsham, UK — Ceres Power Holdings plc (“Ceres”, the “Company”) (AIM: CWR.L), a global leader in fuel cell and electrochemical technology, announces the appointment of Professor Dame Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng FRS, as an Independent Non-executive Director effective from 17 June 2021 immediately following the Company’s Annual General Meeting.
Baroness Brown is an engineer with immense experience across industry and government. In particular, her focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation and the low carbon economy hold great relevance for Ceres as it seeks to position itself as a global leader in solid oxide technology to address the challenges of climate change and air quality.
Following an academic career at Cambridge University, Julia held senior engineering and business roles at Rolls-Royce between 1994 and 2002, before returning to academia as Principal of Engineering at Imperial College and then as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University from 2006-2016. She is currently Chair of The Carbon Trust, a non-executive director of Ørsted, Chair of the Adaptation Committee of the Climate Change Committee and a member of the BEIS Hydrogen Advisory Council.
Julia is passionate about education and engineering and contributed to the Browne report on university funding and to Lord Stern’s review on the research excellence framework. She Chairs STEM Learning Limited and is the Chair of the Governing Board at the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials.
Julia is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society and was awarded a DBE for services to higher education and technology. In 2015 she was elevated to her Peerage as the Baroness Brown of Cambridge and sits as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords where she is a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee.
Warren Finegold, Chairman of Ceres Power Holdings plc, commented: “It is a pleasure to welcome Julia to the Board of Ceres. Her long and distinguished career across industry and academia is not only impressive but also incredibly relevant to Ceres’ ambition to deliver clean energy technology to enable a net zero future. We very much look forward to working with her.”
Baroness Brown of Cambridge said of her appointment: “Developing new technologies and taking those technologies to scale and down their cost reduction path is absolutely critical in meeting the goal of limiting global warming to well below 2, preferably 1.5 degrees Celsius. Ceres is an excellent example of a technology that has spun out of our world-leading research base in the UK that can really make a difference on our path to Net Zero. I am delighted to be joining the Board and to be working with the team to demonstrate how we can and should be leading in the deployment of UK technology globally.”
Source: Ceres Power