Meet the Arcola Energy Team
Our team has a depth of experience in technology, engineering and business resulting in a rich mix of technical, market development and project management skills.
Dr Ben Todd
CEO and Founder
Ben founded Arcola Energy to bridge the gap between rapidly evolving clean energy technologies and end-user needs. He has a deep knowledge of the fuel cell industry and associated technologies having worked in the sector for nearly 2 decades.
He gained international acclaim from 2007 for his leadership in bringing climate change thinking to the Arts sector, building the renowned Arcola Theatre. With a vision of incorporating technology innovation, social and cultural behaviours to drive actionable change to improve the quality of life across society, he continues to speak internationally on the subject. Ben earned his Engineering Degree, Masters and PhD at Cambridge University’s Engineering Department, where his PhD was on computational modelling of the Rolls Royce solid oxide fuel cell system for power generation. His early PhD work was picked-up by NASA, with his papers continuing to gain significant numbers of citations from leading research groups.
Alongside his deep engineering insight, Ben has developed solid financial acumen through running successful businesses all his life. In recent years, he has built financial models of integrated energy-transport systems, developed international joint ventures, structured project, export and vehicle fleet asset finance and closed multi-million pound vehicle delivery contracts.
Ben's passion is in articulating shared ambitions, building exceptional teams, equipping them with the tools and culture they need, and watching them get on with it.
Dr Richard Kemp-Harper
Richard has extensive experience in the development and implementation of innovation strategies at national and sector levels, including leading the UK funding programmes for hydrogen and fuel cells for InnovateUK. He brings knowledge and connections in both transport and energy sectors and leads on business and partnership development across all areas of our work. He has a Chemistry degree and D.Phil from Oxford University in new techniques for medical imaging and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Simon is a Chartered Engineer with over a decade of experience in hydrogen and fuel cells. His experience spans the whole gamut of applications from 1W to 1MW and across portable, stationary (grid-connected & off-grid), automotive, aerospace and off-highway applications. He has led design and build teams on all aspects - including fuel cell stacks, fuel cell modules, compressed hydrogen storage, chemical hydrogen production, in-situ natural gas reforming, hydrogen compression and refuelling, high power batteries (cell to full system), high voltage power distribution, thermal management, electric drives, hybrid vehicle control systems and full vehicle integration. His background is in embedded control system design, holding patents in lighting control technologies which have been deployed worldwide. He joined Arcola Energy at its inception, building the engineering team and leading on delivery of engineering projects throughout the growth of the business.
Joe has 25 years of industrial experience in fuel cells, hydrogen and low emission vehicles, both original equipment and retrofit systems. He first worked with fuel cells in 1996 and was market development director for fuel cells at Johnson Matthey plc. He is also experienced in rail power and other heavy transport applications, having supplied emissions control equipment into these markets.