President

Ben Clarke

As the Head of Gas Networks for WSP and a Technical Director in the Industry team, Ben is responsible for all gas sector work and the wider hydrogen strategy within the UK. He has key client management and delivery responsibilities across the sector.

Ben has led on several hydrogen works for WSP over recent years both within the UK and abroad including the current study looking at the decarbonisation of the Southampton Water industrial cluster for SGN and GIG.

An Electrical & Electronic Engineer by background, Ben has worked in the gas and wider industrial sector for 20 years. He began as a graduate at Transco transitioning into SGN then moving to United Utilities, Capita and WSP in a range of Project Management and business management roles.

Ben is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of IGEM and member of the IET. 

Ben said:

"You may have noticed the theme “engineering a sustainable gas future” on recent IGEM messaging and this reflects my own passion and focus for the year ahead.

"We must continue to support the profession to tackle the decarbonisation agenda by developing tools such as the Hydrogen Knowledge Centre and our updated technical standards. We must also not forget that as critical as hydrogen will be, biomethane and hybrid solutions will also have a significant role to play in any sustainable future.

"During this time of change, we must support our members, whether that be through the development and training of net zero skills, or even directly through the benevolent fund in cases where our members have been hit harder by the pandemic.

"Finally, we need to inspire the next generation and encourage a younger and more diverse workforce to join our industry. I currently chair the Scholarship, Grants and Awards Committee and it is an absolute pleasure to meet with and support the young engineers and technicians looking to progress their studies and careers and we should look for more opportunities to do this. Regardless of what the final decarbonisation picture looks like, the scale of the challenge means industry needs more engineers, more technicians and we at IGEM must do our part.

"A few years ago, then President Tony Green, issued a call to arms – for IGEM to help drive the energy transition. Two years on, I believe we have responded and IGEM has taken great strides in pushing forward the hydrogen agenda. However, we are still only in the early foothills of this change, and we must go further and faster if we are to successfully engineer a sustainable gas future. I look forward to working with all of you to make that happen."

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