The UK’s leading association supporting the hydrogen sector and the fuel cell industry has celebrated its inaugural conference by announcing its new executive team for the coming year. 

Members of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association voted to elect representatives from the wider membership – and the new team promises to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the roles. 

Amanda Lyne, Managing Director of ULEMCo Ltd, has been announced as new Chair of the UK HFCA, while the Deputy Chairs are Neil Filkin of Conrad Energy, and Ross Fairley of Burges Salmon. 

Amanda, whose firm specialises in dual fuel technology enabling commercial vehicles to convert the fuel they run on to include hydrogen, has been involved in the UK HFCA for 12 years. 

She said: “I’m delighted to have been voted into this position – what a fantastic opportunity there is now that we’re heading into the next phase. We have worked really hard and been in the sector for a long time, but the opportunity we have now to make it happen has never been more obvious. 

“With the UK HFCA growing in the way it has, it is so exciting to have the chance to make it everything it deserves and more.” 

Deputy Chair Neil, who is Technical Director at Conrad Energy, has 25 years’ experience in energy, engineering and manufacturing sectors. Formerly Operations Director of Viridis Power, he has also worked for Infinis, Rolls-Royce and Philips. 

He said: “The UK HFCA has been instrumental in helping Conrad Energy in getting to know the hydrogen sector and we are really pleased to be able to help the sector develop and give something back. We have a fantastic team who have a range of insights and diverse experience, and I’m delighted to be part of that.” 

Ross is a Partner at independent UK law firm Burges Salmon, and specialises in environmental and low carbon projects, particularly in the renewables sector. He has spent more than 20 years advising businesses on energy projects, electricity regulation, commercial contracts and environmental matters. 

“This is an exciting time for hydrogen and there is lots to do,” he said. “I’m looking forward to playing a role in this with the UK HFCA.” 

The new team will support Celia Greaves, the UK HFCA’s CEO and Founder, as the organisation works towards achieving its three key priorities for the coming year. 

These are to accelerate progress on the development of hydrogen storage in the UK, see the Government develop a strategy for hydrogen for transport, and ensure that measures are put in place to prevent issues around codes, standards and regulations hampering the development of the sector.

“We are delighted to welcome the new Chair and Deputy Chairs, and to have such a strong team at the helm of the UK HFCA,” said Celia. “With these new appointments, we have a fantastic mix of experience and perspectives, and a great combination of skills to bring to the table. 

“We thank Elizabeth Skerritt, from Ceres, who has been our co-Chair with Amanda for the last year and has done an excellent job.” 

The UK HFCA began after Celia received three years’ funding from Government to establish Fuel Cells UK as a precursor to a trade association. Once the Government funding ran out, industry rallied together to form the UK’s first standalone trade group in the space.  

Following a merger with the UK Hydrogen Association, she then founded the UK HFCA in July 2010 to help accelerate the deployment and development of hydrogen and fuel cells in the UK. 

Meet the UK HFCA’s new executive team