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Nick Butler chairs three businesses - Promus Associates, Ridgeway Information and the Sure Chill company which specialises in innovative refrigeration technology. He was also founding Chair of the Policy Institute at Kings. He was previously Group Vice President for Strategy and Policy Development at BP plc, having joined the company in 1977 and subsequently Senior Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He is an energy economist specialising in the economic and political aspects of the transition to a lower carbon world. He serves as energy policy adviser at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge and at the Faraday Institution - the entity established by the UK Government to develop energy storage technology including batteries. He is a Vice President of the Hay on Wye Literary Festival. In addition to energy issues his interests include international relations, the future of higher education and European issues. He writes for the Financial Times, the Nikkei Asian Review and Prospect magazine.