Selection Committees

The Cleantech Innovate Selection Committee has been established to help develop the screening criteria for and to make determinations on final selection of the forty Presenting Innovators at the Cleantech Innovate Showcase. 

The Selection Committee Members will evaluate and select finalists through a scoring matrix based on four criteria:

✓  impact                         ✓  innovation                         ✓  long-term vision                        ✓  viability

The Committee aims to ensure that the technologies presenting at Cleantech Innovate are the absolute best in their field.

Selection Committee Members Scotland:


Thomas Prock, Partner, Marks & Clerk

Thomas advises clients in the high tech field, in particular, in the electronics sector on internet related subject matter and computer-implemented inventions. He has worked on patent applications relating to non-volatile semiconductor storage devices, data processing and exchange, mobile telecommunications, smart grid related inventions, waste reduction and medical imaging, to name a few. Thomas also has experience in contentious related matters, including European oppositions and litigation.




Ken Rumph, Equity Research Director, Stifel

Ken is an equity research analyst covering the environmental/ cleantech /renewables sectors. Specialising in resource/water/energy efficiency, agritech, watertech, greentech, interest in China and Asia generally

Andrew Bond

Andrew Bond, Partner, Smith & Williamson

Having joined Smith & Williamson in 1988 after qualifying as a chartered accountant, Andrew’s work covers a range of assurance related issues such as external audit, reporting accountant and investigations. He has particular expertise in the audit and wider financial issues that face growing businesses, including public and private companies and not for profit organisations.


David Aitken: Head of Incubation, The Carbon Trust

David leads the Carbon Trust’s incubation of a portfolio of clean technology ventures in Europe and advises on clean technology innovation for a range of public and private clients internationally. 


Robert Hokin – Co-Founder and Chief Executive ecoConnect

American born, Robert is co-founder of ecoConnect and Chairman of Greenbackers, an ecoConnect spinout company. He is a management and technology specialist with over 20 years international experience in quoted companies GEC-Marconi,Worldcom, AseaBrownBoveri (ABB) and McAfee, commercialising new technology and R&D. Seeing a pressing need for better business support in the cleantech industry, he co-founded ecoConnect in 2009. Robert is a keen advocate of innovation and its practical application in business and industry. He is a member of PRASEG.


Catherine Hokin, Co-Founder and Director ecoConnect (Chair)

Catherine is co-founder of ecoConnect and  a Director of the company.  She sits on the steering committee for  Women in Renewable Energy Scotland and is a member of the  Glasgow Green Business Network.  Catherine’s background is in marketing and includes new business development and project management with Post Office Counters Division and the Burton Group. She has also worked in politics as a writer and researcher for Glenys Kinnock and has been more recently published by a number of cleantech-specific journals. She is responsible for all marketing, the events programme, brand development and overseeing the strategic direction of the Membership Programme. She has over 10 years experience in educational training, in particular presentation and pitching skills. Catherine is a Manchester University graduate and has a Diploma with Distinction from Chartered Institute of Marketing.