Profile: Rufus Ford CAT Graduate now working for SSE


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In his current role as R&D Manager for Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), Rufus is responsible for coordinating R&D activity across the SSE group. Prior to this, Rufus was responsible for demand-side policy development with a particular interest in energy efficiency and renewable heat. He sits on the board of Scottish Renewables and chairs the Scottish Renewables Heat Working Group.

Rufus has a degree in physics and a Masters degree in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the Centre for Alternative Technology / University of East London. His MSc thesis considered whether the waste hierarchy was still appropriate in the light of the development of advanced thermal treatment of wastes.

During and after completing his MSc in 2006 Rufus has worked in waste education for an environmental charity and managed a consultancy team in a small not for profit company carrying out work such as renewables feasibility studies and climate change strategies for local authorities, before joining SSE.

Experience at CAT

Rufus writes about his experience at CAT:

“I signed up for the AEES course at CAT having been travelling after my undergraduate degree. I was looking for a good use for a mathematical physics degree and had an interest in renewable energy and sustainability, which needed a focus. I had visited CAT as a child and stayed on a farm in South India powered by an off-grid PV system and owned by a man who had also been inspired by CAT having visited there in the 1970s.

“The course really helped me to focus my ideas and gain a good understanding of the issues from the diverse range of lectures. However for me the course is really categorised by the inspiring setting and the people I met whilst studying, many of whom I have remained friends with and worked with professionally over the years.

“It was great to return recently and to see the completed WISE buildings for the first time. These are first class facilities in a unique and special place. It was also good to hear about the exciting work going on such as Zero Carbon Britain which is helping to shape the critical energy policy debate.”

Read more about postgraduate courses at CAT in renewable energy and sustainable architecture.