Matthew Billson

Head of Strategy, Energy Innovation & Climate Science, BEIS

Matthew works at the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He is Deputy Director for Energy Innovation Strategy, and responsible for delivering major parts of BEIS £1bn Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, responsible for innovation programmes on nuclear, smart energy and buildings in particular. He also works with colleagues across UK ministries to steer the Government’s wider investment in energy innovation. He has spent 16 years in the UK civil service focussed on clean technologies and R&D including carbon capture & storage (CCS), and low carbon vehicles. He was Private Secretary to two Secretaries of State, and most recently undertook a 2½ year secondment to Sheffield University to establish their new energy research institute.

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