Internationally renowned scientist Dame Anne Glover DBE joins Board of Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Published 18 April 2016

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has today (Monday 18 April) announced the appointment of Dame Anne Glover DBE to its Board as a Non-Executive Director.

A biologist and academic, Dame Anne is Vice Principal for External Affairs and Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen and a former Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission and Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland. She was joint chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Committee and served on the Scottish Council of Economic Advisers until her appointment to the European Commission in 2012.

Following a three year term, Baroness Helen Liddell of Coatdyke PC has stepped down from the Board.

ORE Catapult Chairman Colin Hood commented,

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Dame Anne to ORE Catapult’s Board. Her considerable experience of science, technology and innovation, and of shaping both UK and European policy, will prove invaluable at a critical time for the offshore renewables industry as we seek to drive technology innovation to lower the cost of energy from the UK’s extensive offshore renewable resources.

“I want to extend warm and sincere thanks to Baroness Liddell for her commitment to ORE Catapult over the past three years. Her insight and counsel have been a vital asset as we have grown the Catapult from its inception to the successful and impactful business that it is today”.

Dame Anne Glover said,

“One of the most exciting prospects we face is to harness renewable energy.  For this reason, I am delighted to join the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.  Any new technology poses both challenges and opportunities and the ORE Catapult is the catalyst to procure and harness knowledge, engage industry (large and small) and to accelerate the delivery of sustainable energy options.  I greatly look forward to contributing to that process.”

Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke said,

“In the past three years the ORE Catapult has achieved a huge amount, not least in its successful merger with Narec and delivery of extensive collaborative industrial and research programmes. I wish it every success in the next stage of development in the vital quest to promote secure and sustainable energy supplies.”


Notes to Editors

Professor Dame Anne Glover CBE FRSE

Anne has a BSc in Biochemistry from Edinburgh and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from Cambridge. She has pursued a career in scientific research at Aberdeen University and her research has been varied, including studying how proteins are directed to the correct location within our cells, the diversity and function of the microbial population in soil, the development of biological sensors (biosensors) to detect environmental pollution and more recently, how we respond to stress at the molecular level. This current area of research has particular relevance to how we age (our cells are under stress in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease) and also how we respond to artificial stresses such as chemotherapy. She has also commercialised some of her biosensor technology into a successful company which diagnoses environmental pollution and provides solutions for its clean-up.

In 2008 she was made a Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and has worked hard to raise the profile of women in SET and to ensure that not only are women are recruited into careers in SET but that they are supported to remain in the profession during their careers. Anne has promoted the communication of science and has appeared on BBC and international television and many global radio programmes. In 2009, she was awarded a CBE by the Queen in recognition of her services to environmental sciences.

Anne was the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission (2012-2015). Prior to that, she was the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland (2006-2011). In both positions Anne transformed the way science, engineering and technology were used and discussed within government and developed strategic initiatives to bridge the gap between science and policy. She has also been a very effective and well respected ambassador for European science. She is currently Vice Principal for External Affairs and Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen.

Professor Glover became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to Science in the UK and Europe in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.