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Graham Hillier

Graham Hillier has a Degree in Metallurgy and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He also had an MBA and went through the University of Oxford Business Economics Programme. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and is also a visiting Professor in the Department of Construction and Property Management at the University of Salford.

He has had a wide-ranging commercial business background including experience in recycling operations, new product development, business development and strategic planning and forecasting. He has worked in the aerospace, petrochemicals, plastics, fertilizers, materials and construction industries.

Graham started his current role in Fuel Cell Application development in late 2004. Prior to this he was Director of Strategy and Planning for ICI’s Petrochemicals, Plastics and Fertilizers Business before spending seven years working for Corus plc where he was Construction Director. He was responsible for the company’s strategy for its sales to the construction market.

He first became interested in sustainability and ‘new energy’ while chairing a global project on sustainable residential building for the International Iron and Steel Institute. The project assessed approaches to sustainability and sustainable construction across Europe, N America, South America, the Far East, India and Australia. This worked convinced Graham that it was possible to balance the environmental and social impact of the built environment while creating economic value. A huge range of opportunities flows from taking a balanced approach to development. Wastes can be significantly reduced and often used as feedstocks for other activities. This innovative approach can considerably reduce emissions and reduce the pressure on dwindling natural resources.

As a result of this work he decided to change career to help the adoption of these new technologies. As Director of Fuel Cell Applications at the CPI Graham sees his role as helping to get this efficient low carbon technology applied in everyday applications. He does this by applying his broad range of business skills and experience to help this new industry create value for the UK economy, but also contribute to security of energy supply and the reduction of climate changing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Graham Hillier was on the panel at The Great Energy Debate in March 2006 at Discovery Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne

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The Centre For Process Innovation
Article on Fuel Cell Applications Facility
Fuel Cell Applications Facility

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