Board

Baroness Liddell

President

Jonathan Briggs

Chair

London

Ruth Herbert

Chief Executive

Ruth joined the CCSA in October 2021, following a public sector career spanning almost two decades. In her previous role as Director of Strategy & Development at the Low Carbon Contracts Company, Ruth oversaw implementation of two key features of today’s electricity market – the CfD and Capacity Market – and the company’s development into a trusted advisor to government on decarbonisation.  At the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Ruth headed the Electricity Market Reform Programme Office, overseeing delivery of the White Paper and Energy Act 2013. In 2008-9, following her negotiation of the EU Directive on CO2 storage, Ruth led on international CCS policy and the London Ministerial Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum. She was a Financial Services Strategy adviser at HM Treasury and an economic adviser for the City of London Corporation.

Olivia Powis

Head of UK Office

Olivia Powis is Head of the UK Office at the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), where she works in partnership with the Chief Executive and CCSA Board on developing the UK strategy and work programme of the association.

Before joining the CCSA, Olivia was a Senior Policy Manager at the National Infrastructure Commission where she led on a number of projects including; a review of UK economic regulation, the role of infrastructure in housing and developing the NIC’s first Diversity and Inclusion strategy. Her background is in energy regulation and policy development as well as strategic communications.

Chris Gent

Policy Manager

Chris joined the Carbon Capture and Storage Association in January 2019 after five years working as a Deep Subsurface Geoscientist at the British Geological Survey.

During his time at the British Geological Survey, Chris specialised on offshore CO2 storage site appraisal in the North Sea and East Irish Sea Basins. Chris brings a strong technical understanding of the geological aspects of CCS to the secretariat and is passionate to ensure that strong policy frameworks can be introduced to accelerate CCUS deployment across the UK and Europe.

Judith Shapiro

Communications Manager

Judith Shapiro is the Communications Manager at the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, where she covers a wide range of topics; in particular ensuring that the varying views of the Association are appropriately represented in the political environment, the media, social media and the wider stakeholder community.

Prior to joining CCSA, Judith worked for both the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the Combined Heat and Power Association as a Researcher.

Ross Kennedy

Policy Officer

Ross is a Policy Officer at the Carbon Capture and Storage Association and coordinates the CCSA’s Technical Working Group. Ross joined the CCSA in July 2021 after working as a Private Secretary to Special Advisers at the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, and previously as an intern in the Subsurface Geoscience team at Equinor.

He holds a First – Class BSc (Earth Science) from the University of Glasgow and an MSc (Petroleum Geoscience) from Imperial College London. Ross is passionate about CCUS and the role which it will play in the future energy and climate landscape in the UK and Europe, and the positive impact we can achieve towards reaching Net Zero.

Georgina Katzaros

Policy Officer

Georgina Katzaros is a Policy Officer at the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, where she will be focusing on the developing CCUS policy space, as well as coordinating the CCSA’s new Supply Chain Working Group. Georgina is a Geoscientist with over five years of experience working in technical and commercial roles for the oil and gas industry.

She holds a First Class MSci Geology degree from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from Imperial College London.

Brussels

Per-Olof Granström

EU Director

Per-Olof Granström is the EU Director at CCSA. He has previously held various positions in the European energy sector, such as: Secretary General of EDSO, Vice Chairman of the Global Smart Grid Federation, Director of European Affairs at Vattenfall, Executive Vice President at Swedenergy and Vice President/ Director of trade at Nord Pool, the Nordic Power Exchange. He holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University in Sweden.

Charles-Albert Bareth

EU Policy and Communications Officer

Charles-Albert Bareth is an EU Policy and Communications Officer at CCSA in Brussels, supporting activities of the Zero Emissions Platform and the CCUS SET-Plan. Prior to joining the CCSA, Charles-Albert worked for a European public affairs agency in Brussels, supporting the policy activities of a large trade association. Charles-Albert holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Free University of Brussels and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Sciences Po Paris.

Murillo Salvador

EU Communications and Events Officer

Murillo Salvador is EU Communications and Events Officer at CCSA in Brussels. Prior to joining CCSA, Murillo worked in Paris as Editorial Trainee at the OECD, on technical reports for the Mission of Brazil to the WTO and the European Climate Foundation, as well as other platforms. Murillo is a graduate of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, with a MA in Socioeconomics.

Current vacancies at CCSA

Policy & Public Affairs Officer, London
Application deadline: 1 June 2022
Salary: Competitive
Location: Westminster, London

Description

Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and the ability to capture, transport and store or utilise carbon dioxide will be crucial to ensure a sustainable, competitive and equitable transition to a low-carbon economy.

The CCSA is seeking a highly motivated Public Affairs and Policy Officer to join our London office to support the public affairs, policy and engagement activities of the Association at this very exciting time in the development of the carbon capture and storage industry.

Who are we?

The CCSA is the trade association accelerating the commercial deployment Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (or CCUS) through advocacy and collaboration.  Our ambition is to see Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) developed and deployed at the pace and scale necessary to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and deliver sustainable growth across regions and nations.

We represent a wide variety of organisations with an interest in the development and deployment of CCUS across many applications to decarbonise heavy industries, power and hydrogen production, and remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere. The CCSA team works across two offices, with staff based in London and Brussels.

Through its Brussels office the CCSA also coordinates, under the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, the Zero Emissions Technology and Innovation Platform (ZEP) and leads the consortium that supports the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) group with responsibility for CCS and CCU.

The role

The Policy & Public Affairs Officer will play a critical role in driving forward the policy debate on CCUS and meeting the needs of the CCSA members by tracking and influencing the recently published Energy Security Bill, supporting the Carbon Capture and Storage APPG and coordinating the industry Regulatory Network Codes, as well as developing CCSA reports, briefing notes, consultation responses and member groups. The individual should be comfortable building a network of parliamentary and CCUS professionals and representing the interests of the association at external events.

The Policy & Public Affairs Officer will also support the CCSA’s communication and engagement activities by developing content for the CCSA event programme, including webinars and the CCSA annual conference, and assisting in the delivery of the stakeholder engagement programme.

The Policy & Public Affairs Officer will be comfortable working to tight deadlines and able to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have prior experience of parliamentary and policy activities within the energy or environmental sectors and a keen interest in climate change mitigation.

Essential criteria

  • A relevant undergraduate degree in an area such as politics/environmental economics/engineering/geosciences/ environmental sciences.
  • An understanding of CCUS technologies and their importance in tackling climate change.
  • Experience in public affairs, development of legislation, regulation, building effective coalitions and engaging and influencing parliamentarians.
  • Experience in developing policy and influencing government decision-making with a proven ability to research and analyse scientific and political content.
  • Strong influencing skills and a collaborative approach with an ability to work with a range of diverse stakeholders and build trust and good working relationships.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills with strong attention to detail and an ability to see action through to delivery.
  • Exceptional organisational skills, including ability to manage own workload, deliver at pace and balancing both immediate term priorities and longer-term goals.
  • Competent in the use of IT applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Pro-active, results driven and comfortable in a small team environment with autonomy.

Desirable criteria

  • A post-graduate qualification, such as a Masters Degree in environmental or social science, political, climate change or other related discipline.
  • Previous experience of working in energy and climate change or in a political environment.
  • Previous experience of working in regulated utilities and engagement with regulators (such as electricity and gas)
  • An understanding of UK and EU policy making processes.

We want to create a diverse and inclusive team, so we particularly encourage applications from people who are underrepresented within our sector. Please let us know if you require any adjustments to make our recruitment process more accessible.

To apply, please send a CV and short covering letter to Chris Gent at Chris.Gent@ccsassociation.org by 5pm 1 June 2022. Interviews are planned to take place on 13/14 June 2022 with appointment shortly thereafter.

Membership Relationship Manager (part-time), London
Application deadline: 1 June 2022
Salary: Competitive
Location: Westminster, London

Description

Do you have excellent membership, customer service and business development skills with a desire to work in a rapidly growing sector to combat climate change?

We are a looking for a talented membership and business development professional to work with The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) on our ambition to ensure Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) is developed and deployed at the pace and scale necessary to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and deliver sustainable growth across regions and nations.

If you can manage all aspects of member relations, from membership recruitment, engagement, retention, subscriptions, and identifying new business opportunities in this busy and dynamic role, and would like to work flexibly in a rapidly expanding trade association in a growth industry, then we have an exciting opportunity for you.

Who are we?

Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and the ability to capture, transport and store or utilise carbon dioxide will be crucial to ensure a sustainable, competitive and equitable transition to a low-carbon economy.

The CCSA is the trade association accelerating the commercial deployment Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (or CCUS) through advocacy and collaboration.  Our ambition is to see Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) developed and deployed at the pace and scale necessary to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and deliver sustainable growth across regions and nations.

We represent a wide variety of organisations with an interest in the development and deployment of CCUS across many applications to decarbonise heavy industries, power and hydrogen production, and remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere. The CCSA team works across two offices, with staff based in London and Brussels.

Through its Brussels office the CCSA also coordinates, under the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, the Zero Emissions Technology and Innovation Platform (ZEP) and leads the consortium that supports the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) group with responsibility for CCS and CCU.

The role

The CCSA is seeking a highly motivated Membership Relationship Manager (part-time) to support its rapidly growing membership at this very exciting time in the development of the carbon capture and storage industry.

You will be responsible for leading membership relations, delivering the membership proposition and ensuring member engagement targets are met and member retention remains high.

You will develop and implement improved ways of working across the team to improve and identify value and opportunities to improve engagement and enhance the member experience.

You will provide ongoing process improvements and manage the annual subscription processes and related correspondence, concessionary rates, new member on-boarding or resignations – and implement accurate records and a structured account management plan.

You will identify new business opportunities to deliver an enhanced member service and facilitate the increase and development of multiple revenue streams.

The Membership Relationship Manager will be a champion for our members interests and strategies across the breadth of interaction within the business, with stakeholders and in the wider business community.

The Membership Relationship Manager will use Information Governance to ensure that the association’s processes are fully compliant with data protection laws, making adjustments where necessary and respond to any data security related incidents.

The ideal candidate for this role will have experience of working in customer delivery / relationship management. We are looking for someone organised, with excellent communication skills and relevant previous experience.

The Membership Relationship Manager will be comfortable working to tight deadlines, be a self-starter, able to work autonomously and effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.

Essential criteria

  • Broad knowledge and experience of membership bodies/trade associations.
  • Able to prioritise and act on initiative in a fast-paced, start-up environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, together with the ability to effectively manage stakeholder relationships.
  • CRM skills and knowledge and experience of implementing new processes.
  • Capable of taking the lead and credibly presenting the benefits of CCSA membership to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work within small teams, provide input to others’ work and deliver excellent outcomes in a timely and agile fashion.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills with strong attention to detail and an ability to see action through to delivery.
  • Exceptional organisational skills, including ability to manage own workload, deliver at pace and balancing both immediate term priorities and longer-term goals.
  • Competent in the use of IT applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Pro-active, results driven and comfortable in a small team environment with autonomy.

Desirable criteria

  • Broad knowledge of net-zero industries, particularly Carbon Capture Usage and Storage

This role will be part-time and flexible working is encouraged.

We are committed to offering an interview to anyone with a disability that meets all the essential criteria for the post. Please let us know if you require any adjustments to make our recruitment process more accessible.

To apply, please send a CV and short covering letter to Olivia Powis at olivia.powis@ccsassociation.org by 5pm Wednesday 1 June 2022.  Interviews are planned to take place on 16 June 2022 with appointment shortly thereafter.

Communications and Events Officer, London
Application deadline: 1 June 2022
Salary: Competitive
Location: Westminster, London

Description

Can you tell the stories behind a growing industry to tackle climate change and inspire public support?

We are looking for a talented communications professional to work with CCSA on our ambition to ensure Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) is developed and deployed at the pace and scale necessary to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and deliver sustainable growth across regions and nations.

If you have a knack for creating compelling content for a range of audiences across different platforms and events, have an eye for a good story that will engage the national media, and would like to work in an exciting growth industry, then we have an exciting opportunity for you.

Who we are

Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and the ability to capture, transport and store or utilise carbon dioxide will be crucial to ensure a sustainable, competitive and equitable transition to a low-carbon UK economy.

The CCSA is the trade association accelerating the commercial deployment Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (or CCUS) through advocacy and collaboration.  Our ambition is to see Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) developed and deployed at the pace and scale necessary to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and deliver sustainable growth across regions and nations.

We represent a wide variety of organisations with an interest in the development and deployment of CCUS across many applications to decarbonise heavy industries, power and hydrogen production, and remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere. The CCSA team works across two offices, with staff based in London and Brussels.

Through its Brussels office the CCSA also coordinates, under the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, the Zero Emissions Technology and Innovation Platform (ZEP) and leads the consortium that supports the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) group with responsibility for CCS and CCU.

The role

The CCSA is seeking a highly motivated Communications and Events Officer to support our members and the stakeholder engagement activities of the Association at this very exciting time in the development of the carbon capture and storage industry.  Our recently published CCUS Delivery Plan 2035 recognises the crucial role that communications will play in the next stage of the industry’s development as the first two industrial clusters selected by the government – East Coast Cluster and HyNet North West – move forward, and other clusters are selected across the UK.

The Communications and Events Officer will play a critical role in meeting the needs of the CCSA members by developing and delivering creative communications content as well as running a busy events programme, including webinars, member showcases and the CCSA annual conference, as well as assisting in the delivery of the stakeholder engagement programme.

The individual will have excellent written and oral communications skills and be proactive in delivering supporting collateral for the CCUS industry as well as being comfortable building a network of CCUS communications professionals and understanding how to represent the interests of the association at external events.

Essential criteria

  • University education or equivalent and experience with communication or public relations in the UK.
  • Experience of working in a communications team, developing, analysing and evaluating impactful content across different channels to drive action.
  • Adept at communicating with mass audiences from a diverse mix of backgrounds, with a creative flair and ability to create clear and simple messaging.
  • Experience of identifying and writing stories that are likely to generate media interest, with a good understanding of the news agenda and ability to keep abreast of current affairs.
  • Experience in running professional events; both online and in person.
  • Experienced in using your initiative, whilst working against tight deadlines and balancing both immediate term priorities and longer-term goals.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills with strong attention to detail and an ability to see action through to delivery.
  • Motivated, resilient self-starter who also thrives as part of a small team, with exceptional organisational skills, including ability to manage own workload and deliver at pace.
  • Strong influencing skills and a collaborative approach with an ability to work with the press and media community, events management and a range of diverse members and stakeholders and build trust and good working relationships.
  • Competent in the use of IT applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Desirable criteria

  • Previous experience of working in energy and climate change.
  • An understanding of UK and EU policy making processes.
  • Experience of using Adobe creative suite programmes, such as InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator

We want to create a diverse and inclusive team, so we particularly encourage applications from people who are underrepresented within our sector. Please let us know if you require any adjustments to make our recruitment process more accessible.

To apply, please send a CV and short covering letter to Judith Shapiro at Judith.Shapiro@ccsassociation.org  by 5pm 1 June 2022. Interviews are planned to take place on 15 June 2022 with appointment shortly thereafter.

Policy and Communication Officer, Brussels (x2)
Application deadline: 1 June 2022
Salary: Competitive
Location: Brussels

Description

The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), is seeking highly motivated professionals to support the policy and communication work for its Brussels office.

Who we are

Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and the ability to capture, transport and store or utilise carbon dioxide will be crucial to ensure a sustainable, competitive and equitable transition to a climate neutral Europe.

The CCSA is the trade association accelerating the commercial deployment Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (or CCUS) through advocacy and collaboration.  Our ambition is to see Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) developed and deployed at the pace and scale necessary to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and deliver sustainable growth across regions and nations. We represent a wide variety of organisations with an interest in the development and deployment of CCUS across many applications to decarbonise heavy industries, power and hydrogen production, and remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere. The CCSA team works across two offices, with staff based in London and Brussels.

Through its Brussels office the CCSA also coordinates, under the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, the Zero Emissions Technology and Innovation Platform (ZEP) and leads the consortium that supports the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) group with responsibility for CCS and CCU. Both programmes support the coordination and collaboration of a wide range of stakeholders, including EU institutions, national governments, industry, researchers and civil society.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Organising EU policy-related meetings, workshops and events
  • Monitoring and analysing relevant policy developments
  • Delivering internal and external communication
  • Liaising and interacting with stakeholders
  • General office management

The officers will report to the EU Director.

The position is a full-time one-year contract with the expectation of continuation.

Required skills

  • University education or equivalent and experience with communication or public relations in Brussels.
  • Previous work experience or relevant degree in energy and climate change, economics or politics.
  • Native English speaker or equivalent level. Other languages such as French or German would be an asset.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Organisational skills, including ability to manage own workload and to work to a range of deadlines.
  • Pro-active, results driven and comfortable in a small team environment.
  • Competent use of IT applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Knowledge of image editors/publishing software would be beneficial.

Deadline for applications: 1 June 2022.

To apply, please send a CV and letter of motivation (maximum one page) to info@ccsassociation.org, with “Policy and Communication Officer” in the subject field. Interviews will take place in Brussels on 13 and 14 June, with appointment shortly thereafter.

We want to create a diverse and inclusive team, so we particularly encourage applications from people who are underrepresented within our sector.  Please let us know if you require any adjustments to make our recruitment process more accessible.