Derek Allen

Lead Technologist (Energy Generation & Supply), Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board)

Derek has over 30 years industrial and R&D experience in the Energy sector with large multinational organisations including GE, ABB and Alstom Power, his work has been primarily related to the technology development of turbines and generators for conventional fossil and nuclear power plants.


During his career he has managed a broad spectrum of technical and R&D business divisions, both in the UK and overseas, including Advanced Materials, Engine and Component Testing and Control & Instrumentation. He was also responsible for external collaborations, involving strategic technology partnerships with SMEs, large Companies, and Universities.


He originally joined the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK) on a part-time secondment from Alstom Power in July 2007 and moved on a permanent basis in 2012. He is their Lead Technologist for Energy Generation & Supply, with specific responsibility for the nuclear sector and is also the programme manager of the newly created Energy Catalyst, formed to accelerated innovation in the energy sector from concept through to commercialisation.


He is a member of a number of national and international panels and committees including; Co-Chairman of the European Technology Platform for Advanced Materials, Chairman of the Materials UK Energy Group, member of the Energy Technologies Institute Technical Committee and Programme Management Board. In 2010 he was awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining Gold Medal for his contribution to the industrial application of materials.