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19 November

Exceptional Engineers

OV James Simpson (K 09-16) has recently been in touch, having been instrumental in this year’s Arkwright Engineering Scholarship, which was awarded to L6th pupil Ben B.

James is currently a Project Engineer at Progressive Energy, a low carbon project developer, alongside OV Mike Cairns-Terry (W 01-08), who is a Principal Engineer for the company. James joined Progressive Energy having been associated with them whilst completing his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath.

Following his graduation this year, James joined the team full-time and he is now working on HyNet, a Carbon Capture and Storage and Hydrogen Production Project. The project was recently announced as one of the UK’s first ‘Track 1’ industrial cluster projects in the Government’s Net Zero Strategy, as it is a landmark decarbonisation project that has the potential to store 10 million tonnes of CO2 every year by the year 2030 – setting a precedent in the UK’s low-carbon agenda and making a material impact on reducing the UK’s contribution to climate change.

Exceptional Engineers James Simpson

While at King’s, James was himself the recipient of a much-sought after and competitive Arkwright Scholarship, which was a key driver in encouraging him to pursue a career in engineering. It was this inspiration that led James to initiate Progressive Energy’s sponsorship of an Arkwright Scholarship.

James explains, “By sponsoring this important Scholarship, it helps us as a company to show how serious we are about protecting the future of the UK energy system, and the wider climate, by investing in the next generation of engineers. It is a win-win: the company benefits from being able to give guidance to a highly academic pupil with great potential, and the recipient will benefit from an ongoing professional mentoring relationship with me, work experience with the company, and a financial award.

“It is a very exciting time and place to be working on very relevant issues, and I am particularly delighted that it was a King’s pupil who received the Scholarship.”

Chris Wilson, James’s Design and Technology teacher at King’s, added, “As a student here at King’s, there was no doubting that James was on the path to becoming a very successful engineer. It was a real pleasure to catch up with him at our OV reunion event in September, and to hear the latest details of his very impressive career to date. We’re absolutely delighted that he will be mentoring Ben and really value his generosity.”