What is The Fusion Cluster?

Sparking the fusion
revolution. Together.

Renewable energy is great, but our future energy needs and the challenge of climate change are so vast, it’s not enough. We need fusion. The planet, society, the future needs fusion. And at The Fusion Cluster we’re helping to create it.

Why does it exist?

Our vision is a world powered by sustainable energy

Low carbon, self-sustaining, fusion energy will provide a baseload of future-proof power. It will work with renewables to give us the energy the world needs. It will help us fight climate change while ensuring our way of life. And the UK will be a leader making it happen – from theory & science to technology & reality

Our growing list of partners

Our People

Valerie Jamieson - Director of The Fusion Cluster

Valerie
Jamieson

Valerie manages of The Fusion Cluster. She recently joined UKAEA in Oxfordshire after many years at New Scientist and has a PhD in particle physics.

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Tim Bestwick

Tim
Bestwick

Tim is chief technology officer and director of strategy, communications and business development at the UK Atomic Energy Authority. He chairs the advisory board.

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Our board

Mike
Cappello

As senior vice president of prototype deployment, Cappello is managing the construction of General Fusion’s demonstration plant at Culham, Oxfordshire.

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Matt
Gallimore

Matt is chief sales officer at leading fusion engineering company Assystem. He also chairs the Nuclear Industry Association’s fusion working group.

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Barbara
Ghinelli

Barbara is Harwell Campus business development director at UKRI-STFC where she oversees the development and management of clusters on the Harwell and Daresbury campuses.

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Will
Goodlad

As a founding principal of Oxford Science Enterprises, Will is responsible for investments in deep tech companies spun out of Oxford University including First Light Fusion.

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Alastair
Grundy

Alastair is head of business development at the UK Atomic Energy Authority. He is also the UK's industrial liaison officer for ITER.

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David
Gann

David is pro-vice chancellor of development and external affairs at the University of Oxford, professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, and chair of the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

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Angus
Horner

In 2009 Angus established Prorsus, a property development and investment company that supports the UK knowledge economy.

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Antonia
Jenkinson

Among her roles as UKAEA’s chief financial officer, director of property and corporate services, Antonia is responsible for growing and developing the authority’s national innovation campuses.

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Ross
Morgan

Ross joined leading fusion energy company Tokamak Energy in 2016 and is responsible for directing the company’s overall commercial and intellectual property strategy.

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Gianluca
Pisanello

Gianluca is chief operating officer at First Light Fusion. The company’s new approach to fusion promises to be simpler, more energy efficient and has a lower physics risk.

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Robbie
Scott

Robbie is a senior plasma physicist at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He chairs the committee responsible for the UK inertial fusion roadmap 2021-2035.

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Mark
White

Mark is investment director and investment committee member of the UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund. He has over 20 years experience in investment with extensive periods in UK investment banking and emerging markets.

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Greg
Willetts

As vice president technology and cyber solutions at Jacobs, Greg is responsible for a business with around 700 consultants who provide specialist services to a range of markets.

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Melanie
Windridge

As founder of Fusion Energy Insights, Melanie helps fusion companies talk about their complex science and busy professionals understand the growing fusion energy industry.

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