Graham Cooley

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Born (1964-03-24) March 24, 1964 (age 59)
Slough, UK
Years active1989-present
Known forCEO of ITM Power plc
  • Mike Cooley (engineer) (father)
  • Shirley Cooley (mother)

Dr Graham Edward Cooley FIMMM FEI (Born March 24, 1964) is a British businessman and entrepreneur who has raised over £500m for British technology companies[1][2][3][4] and developed a number of new energy technologies.[5] He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of ITM Power Plc, a role he has held since 2009.

Early life and Education

Cooley was born in Slough, UK. His father, Mike Cooley, was an engineer, writer, trade union leader and activist.[6] In 1985, he graduated from the University of Wales with a BSc Honours in Physics, before going on to gain an MPhil and PhD in Materials Physics from Brunel University London in 1989. In 1995, he gained a DSM in Managing Innovation from the University of Oxford.

Cooley was one of eight technologists selected by National Power to be sponsored for an MBA at the University of Bradford Business School. He gained this qualification in 1995.

Professional Career

From 1989 until 2000, Cooley worked within the power industry, before moving into the tech sector, where he held a number of senior roles.

In 2009, Cooley was appointed[7] CEO at ITM Power Plc, a UK-based manufacturer of electrolysers that produce green hydrogen. As CEO, Cooley has overseen three equity fundraisers of a combined total value of £474m. This included £250m in 2021 to expand manufacturing capacity to 5GW per annum by 2024.

In 2019, the company established a joint venture[8] with Linde Engineering, a division of chemicals company Linde plc. In August 2021, the company officially opened its 1GW electrolyser manufacturing facility in Sheffield.[9] Plans for a second Sheffield-based factory were announced in November of that year.[10]

Awards and Recognition

Cooley is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Energy Institute. He is a member of many boards and committees including UKH2Mobility, an industrial consortium focused on hydrogen mobility, the UK Government’s Hydrogen Advisory Council[11], and RenewableUK[12] and its ESG Steering Committee.

Personal Life

Cooley lives in Oxfordshire and Barnsley, Yorkshire. He is married and has one daughter. He is collector of twentieth century art & design and music CDs.[13]


  1. "Investegate |Metalysis Ltd Announcements | Metalysis Ltd: 3i and ETF back Metalysis". Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  2. "ITM Power announces £52m equity fundraising".
  3. FuelCellsWorks. "Hydrogen Tech Company ITM Power Raises £165 Million In Fundraising Effort - FuelCellsWorks". Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  4. Hume, Neil (2021-10-14). "ITM Power launches £250m share sale to fund hydrogen gigafactory". Financial Times. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  5. "Graham Edward Cooley Inventions, Patents and Patent Applications - Justia Patents Search". Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  6. "Mike Cooley obituary". The Guardian. 2020-09-17. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  7. "ITM Power Appoints Graham Cooley As CEO - NS Energy". Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  8. "Linde establishes hydrogen joint venture with ITM Power". Power Technology. 2019-10-04. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  9. H2-View (2021-08-18). "UK Energy Minister officially launches first-ever hydrogen strategy from ITM Power's gigafactory in Sheffield". H2 View. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  10. "Sheffield 'green hydrogen' plant plan announced". BBC News. 2021-11-10. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  11. "Hydrogen Advisory Council". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  12. "RenewableUK announces new Board Members".
  13. "Greenhouse Pioneer: Graham Cooley, ITM Power". Greenhouse. 2017-07-10. Retrieved 2022-02-18.

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