Webinar: Green Skills: Preparing the UK for a low-carbon economy

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As the UK plans its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, electric vehicle production, green home retrofitting, and low-carbon industries such as wind, solar and renewable energy offer hundreds of thousands of new job opportunities. These jobs will be vital to plugging the gap left in the UK’s employment rates, while also supporting the government’s Levelling Up agenda, offering considerable opportunities for areas outside of London and the South East.

Upskilling the UK’s workforce and reskilling existing workers, especially those in fossil-fuel industries, will be crucial to establishing a vibrant green economy. WIG is delighted to invite you to hear from an expert cross-sector panel to help you understand the challenges and opportunities of a green recovery, and how key players across industry, government and the not-for-profit sector will need to collaborate to ensure success.

By tuning in you will:

  • Understand the role of green skills in the Levelling Up agenda, and where there are opportunities for growth across the UK
  • Hear how green skills can establish the UK as a world leader in rapidly expanding emerging markets, such as electric vehicles and wind power
  • Gain an insight into the ways in which government, industry, academia and the not-for-profit sector can support the upskilling and reskilling of the UK workforce
  • Bryony Livesey

    Challenge Director, Industrial Decarbonisation


    Bryony leads the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC), which forms part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).  IDC is a £200m programme with £261m match funding from industry, designed to deploy low carbon technologies and enabling infrastructure in heavily industrialised regions of the UK. Bryony was previously Head of Technology at Costain, with responsibility for the identification and development of new technology. She was a member of BEIS' CCUS Cost Challenge Task Force, a Director of the CCSA (where she co-chaired the Technical Working Group) and has previously chaired the Independent Advisory Panel for the UKCCSRC. Prior to Costain, she was head of the R&D centre for Doosan Babcock, where she established their global R&D Centre, focussing on clean energy. Bryony previously worked for AEA Technology, leading technology and innovation in senior management roles both in the UK and internationally, including four years as President of a Joint Venture company in Tokyo.

  • Rhian Kelly

    Corporate Affairs Director

    National Grid

    Rhian is responsible for all corporate affairs activities on behalf of National Grid’s UK regulated businesses and our commercial arm, National Grid Ventures. This includes public affairs and policy, crisis and media communications, internal communications, and corporate social responsibility. Rhian joined National Grid back in 2017, to lead our UK & EU Public Affairs and Policy team; managing senior relationships across Whitehall and Westminster on strategic issues like Brexit, nationalisation, transport and heat decarbonisation, and the RIIO 2 price control. Prior to joining National Grid, Rhian was the Director of Infrastructure at the CBI, spearheading their campaigns to boost investment in infrastructure, the low-carbon economy and construction. Having joined the CBI in 2006, she helped to deliver the CBI’s ground-breaking report on climate change in 2007, which helped shift the perception of the role business can play in the low-carbon economy. After this she set up and led the CBI’s climate change team before becoming Director of Infrastructure. Prior to working for the CBI Rhian spent five years in Beijing, where she worked for the European Union Chamber of Commerce providing a bridge between European Business and the Chinese government, and a year working in Taiwan. Rhian studied politics, social and economic history at Edinburgh University.

  • Professor Ian A Graham FRS

    Director of BioYork and Weston Chair of Biochemical Genetics

    University of York

    Ian is Weston Chair of Biochemical Genetics, with his research team in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products, University of York. He is the academic lead of BioYorkshire, a partnership involving the University of York, Fera Science and Askham Bryan College that is leading the region’s green ambitions for a post-Covid economic recovery. Ian is also Director of the BBSRC funded High Value Biorenewables Network, which actively promotes and facilitates collaboration between academia and industry in the Biorenewables sector. He was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. In 2016 Ian was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). His research interests focus on the plant natural products such as noscapine (cough treatment), codeine and morphine (analgesics), and artemisinin (antimalarial drug). Ian won the Biochemical Society’s 2017 Heatley Medal and Prize for ‘exceptional work in applying advances in biochemistry, and especially for developing practical uses that have created widespread benefits and value for society’.


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