Louise Smith

Director, Aura


Louise is Director of Aura and its brand new Innovation Centre at Bridgehead near Hull, set in the heart of the Humber. Led by the University of Hull, Aura acts as a catalyst for collaboration, bringing together industry, SMEs, university, local & regional government and NGO partners to harness and drive innovation in the offshore wind and the wider low-carbon energy sector.

A linguist by training, Louise has spent most of her 30 year career in industry as a consultant on large energy projects, with a particular interest in issues and ‘soft’ risk management.  She joined the Aura Team in 2016, working to build the Aura brand and reputation, consolidating its position in the region, nationally and internationally.

She is a strong advocate for the Humber, having spent the last 20 years working on projects in the region – for BP, Total, Ineos, Nippon Gohsei and Vivergo. She has worked on some of the largest and ground-breaking energy projects in the UK over the years, including carbon capture and biofuels.

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