John Leggate worked for over twenty seven years for BP, before joining $4.5 billion venture capital firm VantagePoint Capital Partners in 2008 where he is currently a Venture Partner and Senior Advisor to their CleanTech Advisory Council. He has spent 20 years in the exploration and production business; running various projects, construction, commissioning and production operations with a focus on the North Sea, Azerbaijan and the Caspian Region. Mr Leggate’s early career was spent in marine consultancy at Yarrows Admiralty Research in Glasgow and after that he was engaged in the design and construction of coal, oil and nuclear power stations with South of Scotland Electricity Board (now Scottish Power). He has also served on the UK DTI Far Eastern Trade Advisory Board for four years and was advisor to the US House Science Committee. John was honoured as Commander, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen in the 2004 New Year’s Honours List in recognition of outstanding contribution and leadership to the international digital technology agenda.