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Engineering Professional Network 2023

20 NOVEMBER 2023


Flowers Room - IET, Savoy Place

The St Paul’s Professional Groups were first launched in 2016 in collaboration with the Old Pauline Club and Parents’ Group. Their aim is to connect those working in specific professional fields and to support current pupils and young Old Paulines in their career journey.

Guests will hear from a panel of Engineering experts comprised of parents and Old Paulines discussing how sustainability goals are impacting their specialisms.


Olly Paish OP, 1979-83

Olly Paish left St Pauls in 1983 to do an Engineering degree at St John’s College, Cambridge. He has spent his career as a Mechanical & Hydraulic engineer, now with 30 years’ experience in the research, design and implementation of renewable energy systems, both in the UK and in less developed countries. Since 2003 he has focussed primarily on the implementation of small-scale hydropower schemes across the UK, and has designed over 100 projects, whilst riding the see-saw of numerous government energy policies. He has also learnt many practical lessons from his attempts to minimise the carbon footprint of his own domestic and business activities.

Leonardo Buizza OP, 2008-2013

Leonardo works on projects related to deep sustainability across energy and materials. Leonardo works for the Energy Transitions Commission and SYSTEMIQ where he has led two projects focused on clean energy supply chains and understanding the material and resource requirements for the energy transition. He has previously worked on R&D Strategy and Innovation in the UK Government Office for Science, and for the energy consultancy AFRY. Prior to joining SYSTEMIQ, Leonardo completed a PhD in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics at the University of Oxford, and he holds a Master’s degree in Physics (Natural Sciences) from the University of Cambridge.

Michael Liebreich OP, 1976-1980

Michael Liebreich is a proven entrepreneur and leading global expert on clean energy and transportation, smart infrastructure, technology, climate finance and sustainable development. Since March 2021, Michael has been a Co-Founding and Managing Partner of EcoPragma Capital LLP, a Growth Equity investor focused on companies on the cusp of strong commercial growth and contributing to the net-zero transition. Michael is Founder and Senior Contributor to BloombergNEF and Advisor to the UK’s Board of Trade. He is a member of the International Advisory Group of Equinor (Norway’s national energy company) and Senior Advisor to Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL). Michael is a member of the Strategic Committee for the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions (part of the Solar Impulse Foundation), and in April 2021 he became a member of WBCSD’s Climate & Energy Advisory Council.

Nicholas Cole OP, 1995 – 2000

Nick is a Chartered Structural Engineer and Director at engineering consultancy Robert Bird Group. He has had wide ranging experience over his career, having designed stadia, theatres, residential and commercial buildings and has a specialism in complex long span steel structures. He is passionate about sustainability and sits on an industry working group for the promotion of reused steelwork as part of the circular economy.

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