Archives: Management Profile

Mr Robert Matthews

Robert Matthews has worked for Forest Research in the UK for over 35 years, where currently he serves as a Science Group Leader. He and his team have a track record of research into the core forestry subjects of mensuration, growth and yield, and have produced the standard guides on forest mensuration procedures and yield prediction that are widely used in the UK forest sector.

Robert’s team are also engaged in research into the carbon and greenhouse gas balances of forests and wood product supply chains, and the roles of forests, forest management and wood products in climate change mitigation. They have published numerous studies on the carbon impacts of managing forests to produce biomass and bioenergy, undertaken for stakeholders including the UK Government, European Commission, environmental NGOs and biomass industries. These have included several assessments of options for policy incentive frameworks and forest carbon accounting systems to support forest management for climate change mitigation and the sustainable use of forest biomass.

Robert has contributed to IPCC Good Practice Guidance on preparing greenhouse gas inventories, serving as a Lead Author (wood products) and Review Editor (representation of land). He is also a Lead Author of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (Working Group III, Mitigation Pathways Compatible with Long-Term Goals).

Shauna Matkovich

Shauna is the Founding Director at the consultancy The Forest Link. She is a Forester and sustainability expert with more than 15 years working in cross-continental sustainable forest management, global forest investment management, and agricultural development with an expertise in tropical developing countries. She has worked for one of the world’s leading forest investment companies, as well as with several forest industry companies.

Shauna first studied as a Forester at the University of British Columbia, and since has earned a double Master of Science in Agricultural Development from the University of Copenhagen, and Tropical Forest Management from the Technical University of Dresden, and advanced project management training from Implement Consulting Group.

 

Kim Keating, Independent Non-Executive Director

Contribution and Experience

Kim is a Professional Engineer with 25 years of broad international experience in the oil and gas, nuclear, hydropower, and mining sectors. Most recently, Kim was the Chief Operating Officer of the Cahill Group, one of Canada’s largest multi-disciplinary construction companies with operations across the country.

Prior to joining the Cahill Group in 2013, Kim held a variety of progressive leadership roles from engineering design through to construction, commissioning, production operations and offshore field development with Petro-Canada (now Suncor Energy Inc.).

Kim is currently a non-executive director of Yamana Gold Inc. and Major Drilling International Inc. She has led a range of innovative growth initiatives including climate change and renewable energy strategies. Kim is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and an MBA. She also holds the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. Kim is also a founding member of Makwa-Cahill Limited Partnership, a nuclear qualified indigenous fabrication company. She graduated from the Rotman-Institute of Corporate Directors Education Program and was awarded her ICD.D designation.

Appointment to the Board:

October 2021

External appointments:

  • Yamana Gold Inc (Non-Executive Director)
  • Major Drilling International Inc (Non-Executive Director)

Erika Peterman, Independent Non-Executive Director

Contribution and Experience

Erika brings extensive experience gained from more than 25 years working in global organisations, enabling the delivery of change and growth in complex, world-leading businesses. She brings broad knowledge serving various parts of the chemicals industry, across a range of sectors from plastics, petrochemicals, agriculture and pharma.

Erika is currently Senior Vice President at BASF Corporation where she leads the North American Chemical Intermediates business. Erika has held a number of management and senior executive roles with BASF, covering manufacturing and production, engineering, strategy, and commercial business management roles. She actively supports BASF’s talent and workforce development programmes as well as a range of their diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Erika serves on the University of Houston’s Engineering Leadership Advisory Board and chairs the Planning Committee as Board Trustee at Chatfield College in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a non-profit whose mission is to globally accelerate the development of successful black executives across the lifecycle of their careers. Erika holds a BSc in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Houston. 

Appointment to the Board:

October 2021

External appointments:

  • BASF Corporation (Senior Vice President)

Penny Small, Group Generation Director

Penny Small, Group Generation Director

Penny joined Drax in 2018 as Chief Transformation Officer, ensuring best practice is applied across our transformation programmes and overseeing HR, Legal, Company Secretariat, Property and Facilities, Physical and Cyber Security as well as Strategy and M&A.

Penny has spent her entire 30+ year career in the energy industry in a variety of roles in a number of different companies, including time with Engie as Director of Asset Optimisation and Digital, GDF Suez as EVP Strategy & Communications and International Power Limited as Director of Global Resources.

She also held business development roles at National Power and BG Group, and financial and commercial roles with BP.  Penny has lived in both the United Arab Emirates and Thailand during her career.

Appointment to the Executive Committee:

  • November 2018

Karen McKeever, Chief HR Officer

Karen McKeever, Chief HR Officer

Karen leads Drax human resources (HR) to attract, retain and develop talented and capable people in a diverse, progressive and inclusive workplace spanning the US, Canada and the UK and across a wide range of operational and professional functions. She also has responsibility for the PMO (Programme Management Office) function, that supports the planning and execution of our major projects.

Karen joined Drax as Group HRD in March 2020, bringing strong people and change management skills, alongside substantial experience in the retail leisure, and technology sectors.

Since joining Drax, she has played a significant role in supporting the people aspects of Drax’s COVID19 responses, developing the organisation’s D&I strategy and driving operational excellence and efficiency through the People Function.

Karen was previously Chief People Officer for Buzz Bingo and has held several senior HR positions through her career at Samsung, CSR, and Dixons Stores Group, as well as having run her own people consultancy business.

Karen is responsible for the Programme Management Office, people development, reward and benefits, HR services and business partnering, resourcing and DEI, and employee engagement areas of the business.

Appointment to the Executive Committee:

October 2021

Hillary Berger, General Counsel

Hillary Berger, General Counsel

Hillary has extensive experience heading up legal teams in the energy sector, having previously served in similar roles for ENGIE and International Power.  She has acted as General Counsel for businesses located in the UK, US, Africa, Turkey and Continental Europe.  During her career she has also advised on M&A transactions, power generation development and financing, and disputes.

Appointment to the Executive Committee:

  • October 2021

Paul Sheffield, Chief Commercial Officer

Paul Sheffield, Chief Commercial Officer

As Drax expands its global presence and identifies international opportunities the role of our commercial teams becomes even more important. Maximising the value of the biomass and renewable power produced from the Drax portfolio is achieved through three key functions; the Biomass Sales and Customer Logistics function which manages the supply of our Biomass products to our large customers across Europe and Asia, the Trading and Optimisation function which trades and manages the fuel and power commodity in the UK energy markets, and the Customers business which supplies renewable energy and decarbonisation services to our large portfolio of business customers in the UK.

These three areas come together under Paul’s leadership and are aligned to deliver the Drax purpose and ambition, to be carbon negative by 2030, and enabling a zero-carbon, lower cost energy future. Together, they support a renewable energy system and support businesses to achieve their commercial and sustainability goals through the use of Biomass and renewable energy services. Biomass Sales to third parties is an important function in this as we seek new markets and opportunities for bioenergy and sustainable biomass globally.

Paul joined Drax as Chief Operating Officer, Haven Power, in May 2017, bringing extensive experience of the energy sector, across trading and retail over a 20+year career.

Appointment to the Executive Committee:

  • August 2019

Matt White, Executive Vice President, Pellet Operations

Matt White, Executive Vice President, Pellet Operations

Matt White is Executive Vice President with Drax, where he leads the Pellet business.  At the beginning of 2020, Matt joined Drax from Rockwater Energy, where he was Director, Manufacturing & Engineering. Matt’s 30+ year career has been in manufacturing management helping organizations grow and adapt to change, while increasing safety and efficiency by developing high-performing teams.  Matt holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and has worked in a number of sectors including Air Products and Chemicals, and Solvay.

Appointment to the Executive Committee:

  • October 2021