Midlands Section


Chair: Lucy Ritchie

Secretary: Robert Rourke

Treasurer: Robert Rourke

 Email: midlands@igem.org.uk

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About our Section

The Midlands Section has the largest amount of IGEM members in its region, with the vast amount of IGEM Industrial Affiliates being based in this area. This provides a great opportunity for technical visits and tours, as well as the chance to hear from industry experts at technical paper evenings.

We are an active committee who like to host a range of activities. We meet monthly, in person or via teleconference, and always welcome interest from members who would like to get involved. Please send an email to the address above.  


Lucy is an accomplished Client & Stakeholder engagement specialist who works with Key Clients across the gas, power, water, waste management and supply chain on providing solutions that address the skills challenges that the Energy and Utility Sector currently faces. Her clients within the gas industry include companies working across the gas sector, from those who produce, transport and distribute the gas through to those working with the customer on the installation and utilisation end. Within her current portfolio she also works with energy suppliers, DNO’s  and meter operators that are involved in the smart meter implementation programme, future technologies & smart infrastructure. She works in collaboration with Gas Distribution Networks to help employers within the Gas industry attract, develop and maintain a sustainable, skilled workforce. Recent successes include ; being appointed by The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop a “Competency Framework” solution as part of the government’s £25m research and innovation programme Hy4Heat. Her work will support to put in place the appropriate foundations and develop a “Competence Framework” for the training, accreditation and registration of engineers for Hydrogen. Securing the contract for the Standards Setting Body ( SSB) until 2024. The SSB is an established structure in the gas industry that delivers the Matters of Gas Safety criteria and sets the competence and training requirements for engineer registration with Gas Safe Register

Lucy is a passionate believer that greater commitment to diversity and attracting more females and young entrants into the gas industry is a critical factor in achieving the UK government’s commitment to Net Zero emissions by 2050. The gas sector is at the heart of the country’s commitment to a zero-carbon future, and it is the people we are recruiting now that will drive this change. Today’s young recruits will design, develop, build and operate the infrastructure we need to deliver cleaner energy for tomorrow, and they will be our industry leaders in 2050.

Lucy is a mentor for WUN ( Women’s Utility Network)  a professional network specifically set up for women who are working in the utilities sector. She has supported IGEM’s industry partner “Solutions for the Planet” in their Big Ideas Competition as a Judge. She avidly supports & connects her clients to ensure that the workforce is “future proofed” and in recognition of this Lucy was awarded a “Special Recognition Award” in 2019 for her contribution to the energy industry and support of females in the sector at the Association of Safety & Compliance Professionals (ASCP) S Awards for safety and compliance in 2019.  

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