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SP Energy Future Networks Manager honoured by Scotland’s National Academy

Posted: 22nd April 2022

SP Energy Future Networks Manager, Professor James Yu MBE, has joined an elite group of academic and artistic minds after being named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy.

Renowned as being among the greatest thinkers, researchers and practitioners working in or with Scotland today, James joins 79 other new RSE Fellows as part of the 2022 intake, which recognises people from across the sciences, arts, education, business, and public life.

Honoured for his contribution to the electricity network and innovation, James’ Fellowship celebrates the significant contributions he is making in the field of energy innovation.

Based in Glasgow and heading up our Innovation Team, James is responsible for the development and implementation of financially driven innovation strategies for the company.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the energy industry, James is committed to driving best value transformation and innovation that will help ensure the electricity network can fully support a cleaner and all-electric future.

Recent highlights include showcasing the LV Engine smart transformer at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in front of an audience including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, and Bill Gates.

He is widely recognised nationally and internationally for his industrial technical contribution, much appreciated for his academic activities to ensure the industry can attract and retain great talent, and is a passionate promoter of Scottish engineering.

Professor James Yu MBE

James said: “I’m truly humbled by this recognition and the chance to work alongside other Fellows across a wide range of sectors to show what innovation can do to sustain our planet. Developing technological solutions that will modernise our electricity networks and support people, businesses and communities to do their bit and electrify how they work, live and travel is an absolute privilege.

“I’m proud to work at the forefront of an industry where we’re trusted to do things differently, develop the solutions that will make a difference and help deliver a clean energy future. This recognition is as much for my team as it is for me.”

Frank Mitchell, our CEO, said: “James is an example to us all and his commitment to the industry goes above and beyond his role heading up our Future Networks team. His passion, drive and determination are an inspiration and his efforts will help ensure our network is resilient and responsive to the anticipated doubling of electricity demand as we continue to tackle the climate emergency and move towards Net Zero. We couldn’t be prouder.”

Professor Sir John Ball, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, said: “It is a privilege to be able to welcome our new Fellows, and we are inspired by the breadth of talent and experience in our Fellowship. Every single individual elected this year has shown exceptional levels of expertise and insight in their chosen field, and their input helps RSE effect real and lasting change in Scotland’s society.”

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