About

Our Team

Celtic Renewables Ltd is an innovative start-up company formed to commercialise a process for producing a superior next generation biofuel and other high value sustainable products, from the by-products of biological industries.

  • Prof. Martin Tangney

    Founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer

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    Prof. Martin Tangney

    Founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer

    Internationally recognised expert in microbial biofuel production, particularly biobutanol. Professor Tangney is Director of the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, which conducted the innovative research to develop the fermentation technology being commercialised by Celtic Renewables. Martin advises the Scottish Government on biofuels, and represents the government on its MOU with India on Renewable Energy. Martin is a prominent international speaker in the biofuel area and regularly features in the media, and his international profile, domain expertise and connections will be hugely beneficial to Celtic Renewables Ltd.

  • Dr Doug Ward CBE

    Chairman

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    Dr Doug Ward CBE

    Chairman

    In a long and distinguished career, spanning over 35 years, Doug Ward established himself as one of the most influential people in Scotland’s biofuel, agriculture and food & drink industries. Roles included: Managing Director of William Forrest and Sons (key role in BSE crisis); founder of Argent Energy which constructed a £15 million biodiesel plant (first facility of its kind in the world producing diesel entirely from waste oil sources). Doug serves as the Vice-President of the European Biodiesel Board and former Chairman of the Renewable Energy Association transport fuels group. He is a leading international authority on biofuel and a key influencer on policy in the UK and the EU.

  • Mark Simmers

    Chief Executive Officer

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    Mark Simmers

    Chief Executive Officer

    Entrepreneur and commercialisation specialist with over 20 years of international experience in sales, marketing and business development. Mark is one of only 10 Fellows to recently graduate from the highly prestigious Saltire Foundation Global Entrepreneurial Fellowship Programme. Mark graduated from Bristol University in Economics and Accounting and started out his career with the International Management Group in London working with a team commercialising and managing the global golf assets of IMG. Mark founded and managed his own events and promotions company in Scotland from 2001-07, and was the Chief Executive of the British Ski and Snowboard Federation from 2007-09.

  • Anna Hyde

    Administration Manager

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    Anna Hyde

    Administration Manager

  • Dr Kenneth Leiper

    Lead Scientist

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    Dr Kenneth Leiper

    Lead Scientist

    Biochemist with 20 years’ experience of research, development and quality control in the brewing, distilling and biofuel sectors. Kenneth was a researcher on the whisky co-products to biofuel Proof of Concept project at Edinburgh Napier that led to the establishment of Celtic Renewables. His current role is to lead laboratory and pilot-scale work covering enhancement of the ABE fermentation process and assessment of novel substrates.

  • Dr Eve Bird

    Head of Research and Innovation

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    Dr Eve Bird

    Head of Research and Innovation

    Eve is a post-doctoral microbiologist who has over 10 years experience culturing solventogenic clostridia. She was involved in the development and promotion of The Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University since its establishment in 2007.

    She has critical domain expertise in bacterial sugar transport and metabolism. Eve has acted as a research consultant for the Biofuel Business Program and taken on teaching and supervision roles at the University.

    She designed and oversaw the technology requirements of the Celtic Renewables bespoke ABE process, which grew from laboratory development to industrial scale.

  • Liam Garrett

    Lead Process Engineer

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    Liam Garrett

    Lead Process Engineer

    Process Lead Engineer with over 15 years of industrial experience within the pharmaceutical sector over an array of biotechnology and chemical sites covering Operations, Validation and Process. Liam is currently developing the front end design for the manufacturing process of biobutanol, the process flow diagrams and establishing relationships with industrial partners.

  • Lauren Beck

    Process Engineer

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    Lauren Beck

    Process Engineer

    Lauren is a Process Engineer for Celtic Renewables Ltd. After graduating with a Master of Engineering with Honours Chemical Engineering degree from The University of Edinburgh, she worked for the world’s largest polymer and fibre company in their Licencing and Technology business. Based in the R&D department, she operated a pilot scale rig in various configurations to establish scale- up basis of technology and was involved in the patent process throughout the project. She assisted in developing the route to commercialisation with lowest risk to upstream/ downstream processes while reducing economic impact to the client.

    Lauren is currently running trials for the solvent recovery system with industrial partners to establish scale up and working with Liam in developing the front end design package.