DECC Chief Scientific Advisor

Professor John Loughhead OBE FREng FTSE

Professor  John Loughhead  OBE FREng FTSE



Professor Loughhead joined the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on 22 October 2014 from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) where he was Executive Director. Before joining UKERC, John was Corporate Vice-President of Technology and Intellectual Property at Alstom’s head office in Paris.

John’s professional career has been predominantly in industrial research and development for the electronics and electrical power industries, including advanced, high power industrial gas turbines, new energy conversion systems, spacecraft thermal management, electrical and materials development for electricity generation and transmission equipment, and electronic control systems. He has extensive international experience in both industry and academia.

John is a Chartered Engineer, graduating in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, where he also spent five years in computational fluid dynamics research. He is Past-President of the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of both the UK and Australian national Academies of Engineering, Professor of Engineering at Cardiff University and Fellow of Queen Mary University of London.

DECC Chief Scientific Advisor

The Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) is responsible for:

  • making sure key policy and planning decisions in DECC are evidence-based
  • agreeing a feasible, affordable and deliverable plan to meet the Department’s 2020 and 2050 targets
  • developing an effective knowledge management system
  • supporting innovation where government involvement is justified
  • providing advice on climate science
  • accurate reporting of national greenhouse gas emissions
  • acting as Head of the science and engineering profession for DECC
  • supporting the recruitment of additional engineering and scientific skills into the department