Darran Messem

Non-Executive Director

Darran was appointed to the Board of Velocys in January 2019 and chairs the Risk & Sustainability Committee. Darran has 30 years of commercial experience in energy, transport and sustainable development, with particular focus on renewable energy and low-emission transport. He has served as Managing Director Certification and International Director at the Carbon Trust, Vice President Fuel Development at Shell, and General Manager Market Development at British Airways. At Shell he worked on the removal of lead and sulphur from fuel in the UK and the development of Shell’s global biofuel business, where he worked on a number of biofuel technologies including gasification and Fisher-Tropsch synthesis. He was Shell’s nominated Director, and subsequently elected Chair, of Iogen Energy. From 2014 to 2020 he served as Chair of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, where he remains a director, a UK public-private partnership that works to accelerate the deployment of low carbon vehicles and fuels. During the two years ending November 2021 he was appointed as an advisor to the Roads Advisory Panel of the UK Office for Rail and Road. From July 2019 to April 2022 Darran was also a Board member of BRE Group Ltd (formerly the Building Research Establishment) and Chair of its Remuneration and Nominations Committee.