Thought Leadership and the Team

Our Approach

The Foresight Transitions approach is based on the understanding that it is not techno-centric-mechanistic perspectives that matter to make (radical) change happen, but the socio-constructive-cultural ones. Foresight Transitions therefore focuses on the following three main areas:

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT
Inclusive processes to create a values-based perspective of the problem space in iterative partnership with stakeholders rather than separate from them: to understand.

CLARITY
Employment of tools to allow decisions to be made which accommodate the extent of the uncertainty which is encountered in the problem space: to provide strategic insight.

CONSENT
To allow audiences to ‘buy-in’ to initiatives in a socio-constructive, participatory way, and therefore co-own the plan i.e. inclusive—to provide purpose to act.

Foresight Transitions specialises in the following areas:
(1) Anticipatory Regulation; (2) Social Co-production; (3) Socio-Legitimacy; and (4) Procedural Justice.

Foresight Transitions Purpose

  1. Is the provision of systematic, thoroughly evidenced and timely propositions tailored to address customer needs.
  2. It develops a deep understanding of customers, creating a rich experience via the establishment of a relationship based on listening and trust.
  3. And the pace and cadence of decision-making within Foresight Transitions enables effective process innovation and an anticipatory dimension to proposition development.

Our Mission

We are is focused on addressing humanity’s grand challenges with particular specialisation in:

  • Energy innovation and transitions
  • Rebalancing the carbon cycle (negative emissions)
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Strategic Foresight
  • Decision making under Deep Uncertainty
  • Science communication—especially around climate change

Meet the Team

Dr Mark Workman

Director

Mail
mark [at] foresighttransitions.co.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 7788 110802

Dr Mark Workman, Director at Foresight Transitions, is a Coastal Engineer (University of Southampton), Military (Queens Gurkha Engineers) and Business Leader (Medical and Security Consultancy), Environmental Economist, Academic (Imperial College London) and Strategist by training.

He has undertaken military tours (gaining two awards for leadership), led extreme and high risk expeditions all over the world (see video below), and run multi-million dollar business units. His experience can be found on his LinkedIn profile.

‘In an era where leaders can struggle to deal with hard truths, Mark is the first person you need in the room because he is the last person that you want in the room.’
(Client testimonial)

Mark Workman, Director
Richard Heap

Consultant

Richard Heap, Project Leader, is an experienced analyst managing projects across a range of technical and cross-cutting aspects. He has degrees from Imperial College, Environmental Technology (MSc) and Biology (BSc). After selling his recycling business, which he set up and ran for 10 years, he moved into science policy, leading the Climate Change, Energy & Environment team at the Royal Society, producing influential reports on Biofuels, Ocean Acidification, Radioactive Waste Management and initiating the work on Geoengineering. At the Energy Research Partnership he focussed on energy issues including a highly regarded report on Hydrogen, CO2-EOR, the Heat Transition and Public Engagement, which explored the need for strategic narratives. His current focus is on the application of futures techniques combined with the use of public and stakeholder engagement to help inform decision-making and policy and regulatory development both at a system level and bottom-up from a local and regional level.
Fran Battersby

Consultant

Francesca Battersby holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University, and is a recent graduate of the MSc Environmental Technology at Imperial College London. She has conducted extensive research into greenhouse gas removal, from both a natural and social science discipline. Her MSc thesis investigated the salient governance aspects surrounding GGR in relation to the UK’s net-zero target, and involved networking with a number of subject experts and stakeholders.

Francesca leads work on corporate capacity building around carbon removal technologies, net zero and has published research investigating procedural justice in relation to GGR. During her time at the Carbon Trust, she helped to enhance the company’s GGR knowledge base, and developed material on the net-zero target and on direct air capture.

Fran Battersby
Victoria Harvey

Consultant

Victoria Harvey is a recent graduate of the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures from the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London. Her MSc thesis investigated the fragmentation of the GGR sector in governance and the misalignment between technical maturity and regional deployment, specifically within the UK and US. Networking with sector stakeholders and facilitating discursive workshops to develop an anticipatory approach into the uncertainty space, she explored the role of international collaboration versus national specialisation to achieve a state of critical mass. Having previously completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Victoria fuses her technical background with communication skills in her approach to apply a holistic, interdisciplinary perspective to problem-solving.

Andrew Buglass

Associate Consultant

Andrew Buglass works with the Foresight team to provide a financial and investment perspective to the service provision portfolio. He has been focused exclusively on the energy sector since 1992, delivering over £11bn of energy investment across 30 countries. He has headed award-winning project finance teams at several international banks and project developers, most recently running the Energy & Infrastructure financing team at Royal Bank of Scotland.

He founded consultancy practice Buglass Energy Advisory in 2014 www.buglassenergyadvisory.com to support investors, government bodies, and other consultancies with strategic and commercial advice. Recent client assignments have advised on: investment in Smart Local Energy Systems; developing investable low carbon hydrogen business models; managing stranded asset risk for multilateral financial institutions; structuring options for utility clients on next generation offshore wind projects; and commercialisation of innovative technology to optimise combined battery storage and electric vehicle charging.

He also serves as Non-Executive Director to a number of electricity sector companies in the UK and internationally.

Andrew Buglass, Associate

Our Work

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