Professor Howe’s background is in geography and planning, environmental science and environmental engineering.
He joined The University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park in 2014, led the design and construction phase of their Local Growth Deal funded multi-vector Energy Centre, played a central role in enabling BEIS and the British Geological Survey to locate the UK Geo research observatory in North Cheshire and is involved in many energy intensive industrial initiatives within the Mersey cluster.
In 2018 Joe was appointed as a non-executive director and trustee of the Department for Education’s Engineering Construction Industry Training Board. He is the founding director of the North West Hydrogen Alliance which brings together some of the UK’s most influential business driving forward the work to develop the region as the UK’s primary hydrogen economy.
Currently he is an academic advisory to the ongoing Parliamentary inquiry into carbon capture, use and storage, a member of the Cheshire Energy Hub Board, and is the academic advisor to the Rocksavage International redevelopment group.