I would like to say ‘hello’ to all our NECCUS Members. I am two months into my new role as CEO of NECCUS and enjoying it hugely – but there’s a lot to do as I build out on the work of my predecessors, Mike and Ronnie.

I was lucky enough to join at an exciting time with the Acorn project awarded Track-2 status in the UK Cluster Sequencing process on 31 July, and more good news following recently with the Energy Bill receiving Royal Assent on 26 October. In response to this positive news there’s lots of activity to undertake around supply chain and skills, and we’re already started on that pathway with our successful supply chain events late last year and upcoming CCS and DAC Masterclass with ETZ in Peterhead on 14th November, and our Student Skills event with City of Glasgow College. 

We also have two webinars before the end of the year, 6 December on the IDRIC research for the Scottish Cluster and on 11 Dec from Opito, and the webinar series will kick off again in January. I am currently reviewing our support to Members, including the NECCUS Knowledge Channel and Newsletter – both format and content. But most importantly I would like to hear from you.

I would like to understand what we are doing well, what we are not doing well, and what you would like us to be doing. To that end we will soon be sending out a very short questionnaire – I promise it will only take a few minutes of your time to respond. This is your opportunity to let us know what you think. In addition, we will be meeting with some members, so if you would like have an in-person (or online) discussion please get in touch.

I’d also like to flag up our 2nd annual conference, DeCarbScotland 2024, which will be on 1 February 2024 at Murrayfield Stadium again, and will include sessions on supply chain and skills; international projects; policy, regulation and society; innovation; and the maritime opportunity. Tickets are now on sale, and we still have some sponsorship opportunities available which would enable COMPANY NAME to have an exhibition stand, along with some brand presence. If you would like to contribute one of the breakout sessions please contact me. To discuss sponsorship, please contact my colleague Chris Graham.

Many thanks for your support, please look out for and respond to the questionnaire – and I look forward to meeting you all.