EnAcumen Limited was formed in September 2018 to combine the expertise and experience of Kevin Fothergill and David Hughes and subsequently Peter Gray. Kevin, David and Peter have a wide range of complementary skills and knowledge.
Kevin Fothergill has a degree in Chemistry and an MBA from Durham University and 32 years of experience working in industry for FTSE 100 companies including ICI and Johnson Matthey. His entire career has focussed on innovation and business development including 12 years as Commercial and Business Director for Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Limited, itself an ‘SME’ within a broader corporate framework. His role was to develop a long running R&D project into a commercial enterprise and he was instrumental in establishing Johnson Matthey’s position as a leader in the supply of catalysts and electrochemical components to the global fuel cell and electrolyser industry. He also provided business development support for JM’s broad range of hydrogen production and purification technologies. Whilst still at JM, Kevin Founded the Hydrogen Hub, an organisation dedicated to supporting the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the UK. This involved extensive interaction with SMEs and larger companies, providing technical and commercial input for the assembly of funded programme applications and novel business models. Kevin operates as CEO of EnAcumen supporting businesses in their journey to decarbonise through the use of hydrogen and energy storage.
David Hughes is a Cambridge graduate in maths and also has 30+ years in industry. He is CEO of International eChem and Chairman of EnAcumen, providing support to companies who are seeking to transform their business in the context of changing economic and environmental drivers. He focuses on providing advice and support in 3 key areas:
- Business development via acquisition, divestment and investment
- Business model development
- Talent development using his qualification in executive coaching
David previously held senior executive positions with SABIC, Huntsman and ICI, where he led a range of global $1bn+ businesses based in the Middle East, Europe and the USA. He led SABIC’s global business redesign programme in 2009. David has also served on a number of industry bodies, including as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Petrochemicals Europe, the Asian Clean Fuels Association and the Methanol Institute.
Dr Peter Gray is a chemistry and chemical engineering graduate, with a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland. Following his distinguished academic career, he has accumulated more than 25 years of in depth technical, business and commercial experience in the global energy, sustainability and chemical industries. Peter has a successful track record in proposing, managing and delivering technically complex projects and UK/EU funded programs. He has worked for a major multinational and for an SME. He is an Associate of EnAcumen and uses his commercial skills and technical expertise in clean energy technologies to provide guidance to businesses large and small.