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People Driving Change: Mikey Clark

Category: People
date: 7 July 2020

We spoke to our Co-Founder, CTO and COO Mikey Clark for the third installment of our People Driving Change series, to find out where it all began for him, and what advice he’d give to others starting out.

What’s the best thing about working at Pivot Power?

The best thing is very much the team we have built. I hope you wouldn’t find anyone thinking materially differently. We have built an incredible team, which I am proud to be a member of.

What change do you hope to see in the energy sector over the next decade?

I hope we can take what is happening right now and use it as a springboard to continue decarbonising the grid. We’ve got to do it so it’s sustainable, and we’ve also got to make sure it’s aligned with science-based goals.

How do you think Pivot Power can help make this a reality?

We’ve got a slogan called Power Driving Change, so we’re looking at how the UK electricity grid, and the need for lots of power, can power change, particularly when it comes to electric vehicles and electrifying the transport vector. We have to make best use of the grid, particularly a flexible grid and with the batteries we’re building, and our plans to make sure electric vehicles get access to lots of power very quickly, Pivot Power are really at the front and centre of that change.

What attracted you to working in the energy sector?

I fell into the energy sector. The one thing I knew is that I would be an engineer, and I knew that for as long as I can remember. My father was an engineer, and it’s what I know.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in their career?

Really put yourself out there, and importantly ask lots of questions. No one minds you asking questions. People are happy to tell you what they know, they’re happy to share their values, their knowledge and their skills. That’s free so you should go and make the most of that. But equally do the same as well. Pass it forward, pass it down and be part of a team.

Who inspires you?

The people that inspire me are people I’ve worked with who are conscientious and diligent. There are lots of them in our team, I’m really proud to say, and they want to get the job done. There are no hidden agendas.  So anyone that wants to do a good job and that can do a good job, they are really who inspire me.

If you weren’t at Pivot Power what would you be doing?

I would be sailing, somewhere, anywhere! I don’t care whether it’s a windsurfer, a yacht or a submarine for the matter. I’d be out on the water, enjoying the UK’s shores, and hopefully farther afield as well.

If you could have a meal with any three people who would it be?

Let’s go with Tori Amos, she’s an amazing female vocalist. I’d probably have a rally driver like Colin McCrae or even his co-pilot, Nicky Grist, I think they came through a phenomenal era of engineering development as well as racing in some really phenomenal places. And my professor from university. I probably wasn’t a model pupil and I’d like him to see that I’ve surrounded myself with good and interesting people and am hopefully succeeding. He had to put up with me moaning and not appreciating the million-pound electron microscope he was offering me to use as part of my degree. So they’d be my three this time around.

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