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Johnian energy round-up

Posted on Feb 21

2 min read

Alumni Events & News

Energy concerns have been dominating the news agenda and daily life for months now – where it comes from, what it costs, how we use it, its carbon impact. This local, national and international focus on energy has prompted us to share more of the College’s energy stories, from the research activity in St John’s to the work of alumni and progress with our ambitions to reduce both carbon emissions and energy consumption on the College site. We’re kicking off with a reminder of recent alumni energy features and top College news stories. 

This list is by no means an exhaustive collection of alumni working in the energy sector. We want to share the expertise of alumni working across all aspects of the energy industry, from energy generation and distribution to domestic and global energy policy. We would like to include alumni working in intensive industries, such as transport and logistics, and those whose work has been particularly affected by the global energy crisis.

We want to hear from you whether you are just starting out in the energy sector or have forged a long career in the industry.

If you would like to share your insights or experience with us please do email us at

In November 2022 we spoke to alumna Fiona Macklin (2012) about her work as the Race to Zero Campaign Manager for UN High Level Climate Champions. In this blog you can read all about what first interested her in the role and her experience of attending and speaking at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh.

Race to Zero

Look out for a piece from the former UK High Level Climate Champion himself, Nigel Topping (1985), in the upcoming spring Johnian magazine.

In issue 45 of Johnian magazine (spring 2020) Nina Klein (2009) was featured for her work as an energy engineer. In her ‘Since St John’s’ article, Nina talks about her scientific background and why climate activism is important to her.

In February 2020 Tom Dearing (2005) spoke about his career journey, the challenges and benefits of the government’s net-zero emissions plans and gave tips on how businesses and individuals might reduce their carbon footprints effectively.

When Nora Topor-Kalinskij (2014) was featured in 2019 she spoke about why she was interested in the topic of energy and her work for Shaping Horizons in the wake of Brexit.

Finally, back in 2018, Randolph Brazier (2012) gave his thoughts on how to improve the energy system in the UK. Since this piece was published, Randolph has taken on a new role as Global Head of Clean Power Systems at HSBC and become one of the World Energy Council’s 100 Future Energy Leaders.

Below are some articles about College members’ research on tackling the global challenge of energy production and consumption.