Join the hydrogen safety challenges discussion with industry experts

Join the hydrogen safety challenges discussion with industry experts

We are pleased to invite you to join industry experts from Gexcon, Shell, Engie and Wales & West Utilities for an exclusive panel debate where they will be discussing topics surrounding Hydrogen Safety Challenges for the Energy Transition.

The main discussion points at this panel debate are as follows:

  • Perceptions within the hydrogen industry around safety with comparison to other renewables.
  • The transition from industrial use of hydrogen to public use of hydrogen.
  • The rapid pace of change and development in equipment used for hydrogen system.
  • Regulatory hurdles and variations between regions.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. If we cannot cover your question during the debate, we will be happy to follow up separately.

If the date and time of the panel debate do not work for you, register now and you will receive a replay a few days after the session has ended.

Join the Discussion with Hydrogen Industry Experts

Meet the Panellists

Kees van Wingerden, a panelist of Hydrogen Safety Challenges panel debate

Kees Van Wingerden

Chief Technical Officer at Gexcon

Dr. Kees holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bergen, Norway and MSc from the Delft University of Netherlands. He has 43 years of experience related to gas and dust explosions. He has also been involved in numerous accident investigations. He is heavily involved in standardization work  and has written numerous articles on explosion safety. At the 16th International Loss Prevention Symposium 2019, Dr. Kees received an award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of process safety from the European Process Safety Centre (EPSC).  

Currently, he runs a research project investigating the possibility of occurrence of RPTs and its effects when liquified hydrogen is released onto water and the possibility of occurrence of BLEVEs of vessels containing liquid hydrogen when exposed to a fire and its effects.

Lee Phillips, a panelist of Hydrogen Safety Challenges panel debate

Lee Phillips

Senior Technical Safety Engineer – Major Hazard Management at Shell

Lee is a Senior Technical Safety Engineer with Shell Research having more than 25 years of experience within Shell’s Major Hazards group. He has been involved in the development of FRED and Shepherd, Shell’s consequence modelling and QRA tools, and has coordinated and managed large scale experimental test programmes and provided steering to joint industry projects.

Lee is currently supporting the Shell Hydrogen business where he has developed an internal R&D programme to better understand hydrogen safety and support Shell’s energy transition programme. Externally Lee sits on the advisory boards and steering committees of several multi-national projects including EU funded projects.

Linda Febvre, a panelist of Hydrogen Safety Challenges panel debate

Linda Febvre

Hydrogen HSE Manager at Engie

After almost 30 years in HSE in the Petroleum industry working in corporate strategy, engineering, construction and operation with many postings internationally, Linda joined Engie in 2019 as HSE Manager for the Engie H2 Business Unit.  As well as the transversal responsibility for HSE across the Business unit, she is responsible for oversight of all the projects within the Engie H2 BU Portfolio, both in the French market and internationally. This has been a rewarding opportunity as she has been able to innovate and develop the HSE approach to transition energy projects. Linda is also an active member of the International Hydrogen Safety Council. 

Keith Warburton, a panelist of Hydrogen Safety Challenges panel debate

Keith Warburton

Decarbonisation Development Manager at Wales & West Utilities

Keith has significant management and technical experience in delivering complex infrastructure projects and has previously held roles within National Grid, Northern Gas Networks, Scottish & Southern Energy and, more recently, Lagoni Engineering Ltd.  

A member of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers and former Director of The Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG), Keith works alongside industry, academia, stakeholders and customers to deliver a net-zero ready, low-cost gas network across Wales and south west England.  

Keith is the lead for Wales and West Utilities on HyTech, responsible for reviewing and updating technical natural gas standards to accommodate Hydrogen, i.e., IGEM/TD/1, TD/3, TD4, and SR25. He is also a member of the H21 Steering Group (Northern Gas Networks), the Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Network Safety & Impacts Board and the Integrated Hydrogen Trials Board. 

Meet the Moderator

Graham Morrison

Principal Engineer – Shell Software Product Manager at Gexcon UK

Graham is a Principal Engineer and Product Manager at Gexcon, based in the UK. He has ten years of process safety consulting experience, including various hydrogen projects. As part of his role as Product Manager for the Shell software products, FRED, Shepherd and PIPA, he has been involved in testing the application of the modelling tools to hydrogen problems. He also holds an MBA (Global Energy) from Warwick Business School, which heavily focussed on the energy transition.

Organizations Promoting a Safer Hydrogen Industry

Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

Founded in 1922, the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is a multi-national institution with primary offices in the UK and Australia. We exist to advance chemical engineering’s contribution for the benefit of society.


Gexcon is a world-leading company in the field of safety and risk management and advanced dispersion, explosion and fire modelling. 

Our experience arises from detailed knowledge of explosion phenomena built-up throughout years of conducting extensive research projects, carrying out safety assessments, performing accident investigations, and performing physical testing.


Shell is an international energy company with expertise in the exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals. We use advanced technologies and take an innovative approach to help build a sustainable energy future. 

Shell is part of several initiatives aimed at encouraging the adoption of hydrogen in transport, from heavy-duty refuelling stations for hydrogen trucks in the USA to a hydrogen refuelling network in Germany for passenger cars.

Hydrogen can also play a role in industrial sectors, like steel and cement-making that require a large energy input. Shell is exploring solutions to provide hydrogen to homes and businesses, as well as refineries and factories.


The Engie group is a global reference in low-carbon energy and services. Our purpose (“raison d’être”) is to act to accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral world, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally-friendly solutions, reconciling economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet. We rely on our key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to our customers.

With our 170,000 employees, our customers, partners and stakeholders, we are a community of Imaginative Builders, committed every day to more harmonious progress. Turnover in 2019: 60.1 billion Euros. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe) and non-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo Eiris – World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance).

Wales & West Utilities

Wales & West Utilities is the company that looks after the pipes that keep the gas flowing to heat the homes and power businesses of 7.5m people across Wales and south west England. They operate the gas emergency service, connect new homes and businesses, and upgrade the gas network so it’s safe today and fit for the future.

The company is also committed to playing its part in getting to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. The 30 power stations connected to its network support renewables like wind and solar power while 19 green gas sites inject enough decarbonised green gas to power 130,000 homes, Additionally, the company’s network supplies bus garages in three locations across the south west of England, fuelling CNG buses that improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions from public transport.

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