MEMBER NEWS: Industry stalwart Peter Mather joins Net Zero Technology Centre board

May 3, 2022
MEMBER NEWS: Industry stalwart Peter Mather joins Net Zero Technology Centre board

The Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC) has announced that Peter Mather has joined the Board as Senior Independent Director. With nearly 40 years’ experience in the energy industry, Peter has demonstrated a passion for transitioning the industry towards net zero. Having recently left his position at bp as SVP and Regional President for its UK/European integrated business, where he played a key role in driving bp’s strategic shift towards a net zero company, Peter remains as non-executive Chair of the bp Europe Supervisory Board.

Dedicating his time now to advisory and non-executive roles, Peter has recently been appointed a Non-Executive Director to the Board of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. On behalf of the Board, Peter will oversee the department’s work on the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy, while prioritising efforts to boost the UK’s clean energy independence by increasing home-grown energy and renewables. Peter has also recently been appointed as Chair of the Advisory Board for a new UK-based Venture Capital Fund, Two Magnolias, focussing on health and global sustainability.

He holds an MA from Oxford University, an MBA from INSEAD and is an honorary Fellow of King’s College, London.

In his new position on the NZTC Board, Peter will work with CEO Colette Cohen OBE and Chair, Martin Gilbert, to shape the overall strategic direction and long-term success of the Net Zero Technology Centre as it continues to champion the energy transition and close the gap in net zero affordable technologies for an integrated energy future.

Commenting on his new position within the Centre, Peter said:

“I am delighted to be joining the NZTC Board at this critical time for the industry and am looking forward to working further on the UK’s energy transition towards a lower carbon future.”

Colette Cohen OBE, CEO of the Net Zero Technology Centre, added:

“We’re delighted that Peter is joining and further strengthening our Board. His wealth of experience notably in leading transformation projects heavily focused on the energy transition aligns with the Centre’s mission and vision.

“As the transition gathers pace, we remain at the forefront, welcoming new Board members who are charged with challenging and guiding us so we continue to deliver, diversify and grow.”

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AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

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Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

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The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

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