Tribute Paid to Graeme Sweeney

20 Oct 2022

We are deeply sorry to learn of the passing of Graeme Sweeney, who died unexpectedly on the 6th October.

Graeme was Chair of the UKERC Advisory Board up until 2014, remaining involved with UKERC until recently.

He was a leading authority on energy, fuels and climate change, and a world leader in the field of carbon capture and storage. Graeme spent many years of his career at Shell rising through the ranks to Executive Vice President, before moving on to be Chairman of the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP), and Chairman of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.

Graeme had PhD in mathematics, was a Chartered Physicist and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He was known for his love of Scotland and an inclusive approach – his innate ability to manage people and relationships brought everyone along with him.

He will be greatly missed.

Jim Skea, Research Director of UKERC (2004-2012) said:

“Graeme was a real friend of UKERC who brought deep insight as well as a sense of humanity to meetings with colleagues. He was immersed in the commercial realities of the energy business from his Shell days, but never lost sight of the ultimate goal of improving people’s quality of life. This showed through his support for CIFF, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and his membership of its Board. Graeme provided unstinting support for UKERC and he will be sorely missed.

Graeme’s family have created an online book of condolences in his memory, which you can access here.