Craig Lucas is Acting Director of Science and Innovation for the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The role includes leadership of the department’s energy innovation programme, management of the central team of engineers and scientists providing support to all DECC programmes, development of the policy framework for energy sector innovation, and oversight of the department’s science and innovation budgets and contracts. He also represents DECC on the board of the Energy Technologies Institute.
Craig is a chartered electrical engineer by profession, and prior to joining DECC he has over 20 years’ experience, mostly in the energy industry, but also in rail and telecoms sectors. He has worked for large organisations (including London Underground, EDF Energy and Mott MacDonald) and SMEs, and has been involved management of several startup businesses. He also has a range of experience in energy consultancy for funding agencies, regulators and governments, in Europe, the Americas and Africa. He holds a first degree from the University of Sheffield, a Masters from the University of Strathclyde, and a post graduate qualification in telecommunications network engineering from a Brazilian University.
He is a Fellow of the IET, and a member of their Energy Policy Panel. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Shaftesbury Partnership, an innovative social ventures business.
John is a Chartered Engineer, graduating in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, where he also spent five years in computational fluid dynamics research. He is Past-President of the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of both the UK and Australian national Academies of Engineering, Professor of Engineering at Cardiff University and Fellow of Queen Mary University of London.