Advisory Board

The Scottish Biofuel Programme is supported by a high level advisory board that spans the spectrum of stakeholders across the biofuels sector.

Eddie Craig 
Head of Business Innovation
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Paula Charleson 
Head of Environmental Strategy
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Allan Crooks 
Resource Efficient Scotland

Calum Davidson Director
Energy and Low Carbon, Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Sandy Dobbie 


Chemical Sciences Scotland

John Ferguson

Binn Eco Park

Head of Strategy

Linda Gosden
Senior Project Manager
Scottish Enterprise

Iain Gulland 
Zero Waste Scotland

Iain McGrath
Scottish Development International

Paul O'Brien
Renewable Energy Manager
Scottish Development International

Ewan Swaffield 
Low Carbon Vehicles Policy Manager
Transport Scotland

Martin Tangney 
Directo,Biofuel Resource Centre
Founder, Celtic Renewables

Seonaid Vass
Senior Director
Renewable Energy & Low Carbon Technologies, Scottish Enterprise

Doug Ward 
Vice President, European Biodiesel Board
Director, Renewable Energy Association


Ed Craig, Head of Enterprise & Innovation, ECCi

Ed Craig Is the ECCi’s Head of Business Innovation.  His remit includes leading a SME  focussed EU project which aims to guide and support over 1000 SMEs to develop and implement innovative low carbon products and services.  Ed also works with the Director to build the ECCi business model and formulate strategic initiatives, in order to enhance the Centre’s reach, impact  and income generating potential, both in the UK and abroad.

Until January 2012 Ed was Head of Project Development and Management at Edinburgh Napier University where he was responsible for providing intensive and oversight support to University strategic leaders to access public and private sector funding to create, incubate and mainstream new projects partnerships which meet the core mission of the University. Over 11 year tenure he acquired over £50 million in European, Public and Private sector funding to help secure Napier’s status as one of the top Universities in the UK for EU funded projects.

Dr Sandy Dobbie, Chairman, Chemical Sciences Scotland

Sandy Dobbie is Chairman of Chemical Sciences Scotland and current/former NX chairman/director of several UK and European companies in the chemical  and biotech sectors (Evolva SA, Warwick International, Yule Catto Plc, NiTech Solutions).  Sandy is a founding director of Cogency, a specialist advisor on chemical sector mergers and acquisitions.  He is involved in many industry activities as a member of the leadership team of the UK Industrial Biotechnology Forum, the Technology Advisory Group for SE's Enabling Technologies Strategy, the Strathclyde University KTA Industrial Strategy Board, the SCDI Executive Committee and the Biosciences KTN Plant Sector Group.

John Ferguson, EcoIdeaM  Ltd

John Ferguson has 20 years as an applied environmentalist.  He has specific expertise in waste and resource management, clean technology development and renewable biomass energy systems.  A specialist in cross-sector  partnership development he is a Chartered Environmentalist, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management, member of the International Society for Horticultural Science and the International Society of Industrial Ecology.

John’s interests lie in configuring regional and local self-sufficiency systems, new approaches to resource flow management, developing the role of clean technology and generally monitoring global environmental development with an emphasis on human wellbeing.  He runs his  own industrial ecology company EcoIdeaM Ltd and has just partnered with a new company INDECOL to deliver eco-parks and other industrial ecology related projects.

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland

Iain Gulland is Director of Zero Waste Scotland, a new programme created by the Scottish Government to support delivery of its Zero Waste policy goals.  Zero Waste Scotland provides a ‘one stop shop’ for advice and support to businesses and individuals looking to reduce waste and recycle more.  The programme is linked to the UK-wide resource efficiency body WRAP, of which Iain sits on the Executive Committee.

Iain has more than 17 years experience in recycling and waste management, including initiating recycling systems with East Lothian and Orkney Islands Councils, with Lothian & Edinburgh Environmental Partnership (LEEP) and with Alloa Community Enterprises (ACE).  Iain was previously Network Director for Community Recycling Network for Scotland (CRNS) where he established the CRNS as a key Government delivery partner and helped secure over £17 million investment in community recycling through the Government’s INCREASE programme.  He was a member of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Think Tank and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM).

Andy McDonald, Senior Director, Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Technologies, Scottish Enterprise.

The current priorities for his team include  delivering major new manufacturing, service, infrastructure and R&D projects in renewable energy, developing the industry supply base and the Scottish Low Carbon Investment Programme and continuing to work with industry and academia to further Scotland’s reputation as a global centre of excellence in developing renewable technologies.

Andy has a degree in Environmental Science, and has worked in Economic Development in Scotland and overseas for over 20 years. During his time at Scottish Enterprise, Andy has been involved in innovation, R&D and manufacturing support and was Regional Director of Scottish Development International in North America.

Paul O'Brien, Scottish Development International

After leaving the University of Strathclyde Paul O'Brien entered a 30 year career in management covering a number of diverse industry sectors including Chemical, Manufacturing, Retail, Automotive and ICT.

Before being seconded to Scottish Development International (SDI) four years ago Paul was involved in the development of renewable energy in Scotland at a local level. This included some of the first wind farms in Scotland and the first grid connected wave machine in the world.

Since joining SDI, Paul has been involved in promoting Scottish renewable energy companies overseas in the US, Canada, China, Japan and Europe along with the promotion of the new technologies from Scotland's research institutes.  His role also entails dealing with prospective inward investment in the renewable sector.  Paul is a member of several Scottish Government advisory bodies for renewable energy industries including the Offshore Industry Wind Group, the Marine Energy Group and the Renewable Heat Industry Group. His work has involved all aspects of alternative energy including biomass, wave, tidal, biofuel  as well as waste to energy.

Professor Martin Tangney, Director, Biofuel Research Centre, Scottish Biofuel Programme

Professor Martin Tangney has a scientific background that combines industry and academia.  A recognised expert in the development of butanol as a second generation biofuel, he brings his considerable experience to bear as the Director of the Biofuel Research Centre (BfRC) which he established in Edinburgh Napier University in 2007.

The Biofuel Research Centre, which is funded by industry, the EU, research councils and Government, has achieved international prominence as a portal for the assimilation, integration and dissemination of knowledge and information across national and international academia, industry and Government.

The Scottish Biofuel Programme works with Scottish industries to identify potential biomass for biofuel production.

Dr Douglas Ward CBE

Doug is one of the leading pioneers of the Biofuels industry.

He has worked for more than 20 years in the use of  animal by-products on a worldwide basis.  This included operating rendering plants in the United Kingdom producing animal fat (tallow).  He was vice-president and then president of firstly the European and then the World Renderers Organisations.

Doug was a founder of Argent Energy Ltd, which was created to build a plant in Scotland producing Biodiesel from tallow and used cooking oil. Since starting in 2005, it produces more than 50 million litres per year saving 200,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

In 2006, he was appointed by the Queen Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to agriculture in Scotland.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by Edinburgh Napier University in 2010.

He is currently a vice-president of the European Biodiesel Board and a Director of the UK Renewable Energy Association and Chairman of its transport fuel group.

Calum Davidson, Director of Energy and Low Carbon, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Calum is the Director of Energy and Low Carbon at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Government's economic and community development agency for the north and north-west of Scotland.

Calum is a Regional Planner with 25 years experience  in economic development in the Highlands and Islands.  He has a background in technology, innovation and rural development.  In his current role he has lead responsibility for ensuring the region maximises the huge economic and community benefits presented by its superb natural resources, ideally located ports, harbours, manufacturing sites, the skilled workforce and supply chain.

During his time at the Highlands and Islands Development Board and HIE Calum has worked in Planning, the Environment, Strategy, Tourism, Telecoms, Business Information, Industrial Development, R&D, Inward Investment and was Head of Knowledge Economy for eight years.


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