Meet the Team
          • Mohamed Pourkashanian

            General Secretary

          • Professor Pourkashanian is the General Secretary of IFRF, Head of Energy-2050 at the University of Sheffield, and is the Executive Director of PACT UK. He holds a chair in Energy Engineering and has completed numerous major research projects on clean energy technology and received a substantial sum of grants from EPSRC, EU, NATO, and industry.

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          • Patrick Lavery

            Combustion Industry News Editor

          • Patrick is an experienced asset management consultant, environmental engineer, technical writer and economist with 15 years’ experience across the water, power, defence, urban development and transport sectors. Patrick is IFRF’s Combustion Industry News Analyst and also writes for the IFRF Blog. Prior to this Patrick was a student with IFRF under the EuroFlam Programme.

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          • Lucy Straker

            Administration and Communications Coordinator

          • Lucy specialises in communications and marketing particularly within digital media. She joined IFRF in 2017 from a UK-based member organisation for community action (NAVCA) where she coordinated the communications and engagement with members, key stakeholders and wider communities.

            Her passion is in connecting people through digital and social media. Whilst at NAVCA she revolutionised their online presence and established them as a ‘go to’ place for voluntary sector information online. She was also a digital champion for smaller charities and groups and helped them make the step into the digital world.

            She has experience of managing co-funded EU projects including projects tackling EU-wide issues such as metal theft, cyber security, counter radicalisation and identity theft. Whilst working with partners across Europe she gained valuable experience and contacts and felt that she was making a difference.

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          • Philip Sharman

            IFRF Director

          • Philip has been part-time Director of IFRF since January 2017, when IFRF relocated from Italy to the UK.  He also undertakes a number of non-executive and consultancy activities in the broad area of combustion and carbon capture & storage (CCS) as well as being a member of a wide variety of advisory committees for various combustion-related initiatives.  He is currently an Honorary Professor of the University of Nottingham and a Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield.

            Establishing Evenlode Associates Ltd in 2011, Philip has been involved in a broad range of low-carbon energy technology activities for various public and private sector organisations.  Prior to this, he was Director of Technology External Affairs for Alstom Power, where his focus was to develop stronger linkages with governments, research organisations and technology providers worldwide, creating opportunities for Alstom’s power businesses.

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