The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has appointed its new Chief Scientific Advisor.
Professor John Loughhead will start in his new position on October 22nd but will continue part-time in his current role as Executive Director at the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) until the end of the year.
A chartered engineer by training, he has been involved in energy research for more than 30 years, predominantly in industrial development for the electronics and electrical power industries, according to DECC.
Mr Loughhead has also been awarded an OBE and been a member of the European Advisory Group on Energy, is presently the UK-China Science Focal Point for Energy and Renewables and a member of the European Energy Research Alliance Executive Committee.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “With vast engineering experience across academia and the private sector, Professor Loughhead brings a depth of knowledge that will be invaluable in areas such as shale gas as well as keeping the UK as an energy world leader and creating momentum towards a global climate change deal.”
The role was previously held by Professor David MacKay.