Marine Conference 2021 Speakers

  • Elaine Buck

    Elaine Buck

    Technical Manager, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)

    Based in the world class sea conditions of the Orkney Islands, Scotland, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is the world’s first and only accredited, grid-connected test centre for full-scale wave and tidal devices. Attracting developers from around the globe, to date more devices have been tested at EMEC than any other single site in the world.

    Elaine was seconded to EMEC in August 2014 from the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, as the Technical Business Development Manager. She has since joined EMEC full time as Technical Manager responsible for managing the technical team, who work across EMEC to deliver wave, tidal and hydrogen developer R&D projects. She provides support to the Operations Director and from her technical perspective initiates testing programs, and services that build on EMEC’s experience in real sea testing for the wave and tidal sector. In her time at EMEC, she has worked and delivered on key European funded projects and actively works alongside developers in supporting them in their technology development programmes, across academia partners and the marine supply chain.

  • Gareth Davies

    Gareth Davies

    Managing Director, Aquatera

    Gareth is MD of Aquatera and has worked as an environmental consultant for over 20yrs. Trained as a marine biologist, completing a PhD in Deep Sea Biology, he has since completed over 350 projects in the sector from strategic planning and assessment, through baseline investigations, risk assessment, site selections and resource assessment studies to operations support for wave and tidal developers. Renowned for innovative thinking, unbounded enthusiasm, and commitment to finding solutions, Gareth has worked in many areas of the world. Latterly becoming involved in the strategic thinking to enable the marine renewables sector to develop to its full potential.

  • Wade Islan

    Wade Islan

    Analyst – Public Policy Consulting, The Economist Intelligence Unit

    Wade Islan is a Research Analyst with the Economist Intelligence Unit. He is passionate about leveraging innovation and technology for social and business impact, and has developed research for leading global technology firms, US government agencies and civil society groups on this topic.

    He has worked in rural southwest China as a teacher, in the health sciences and health education in New York City, in the financial sector in Hong Kong, and with the Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank in Washington, DC. Wade has a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, concentrating in international development, and an undergraduate degree in cognitive science from Dartmouth College.

  • Heather McLarty

    Heather McLarty

    Project Manager, ORE Catapult

    Heather joined the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult in 2018. As a Project Manager in the Research and Disruptive Innovation Directorate, she is responsible for delivering a wide range of renewable energy projects in the wind and tidal sectors - including EnFAIT.

    Heather has an academic background in Sustainable and Mechanical Engineering, which enables her to have a strong understanding of the technical aspects of complex engineering projects. Before joining the Catapult, she worked in the distribution and transmission industry. Heather’s combination of professional and academic experience enables her to work effectively on complex projects with a wide range of partners to successfully deliver projects.

  • Gavin McPherson

    Gavin McPherson

    Head of Policy and Research, Nova Innovation

    Gavin McPherson is Head of Policy and Research at Nova Innovation, a world leading tidal energy device and project developer. In 2016 Nova deployed the world’s first offshore tidal array in the Bluemull Sound, Shetland, which has been generating clean power to the grid for over 5 years. In 2018 Nova integrated a Tesla battery into the array and in 2020 they installed the world’s first 100% tidal powered electric vehicle charging point. The company is developing projects in the Sound of Islay (Òran na Mara), Wales (Ynys Enlli) and the 15 turbine Nova Tidal Array in Nova Scotia. Gavin heads up Nova’s research programme, including the flagship EnFAIT and ELEMENT Horizon 2020 projects. He holds a PhD in Particle Physics from work conducted at the CERN laboratory in Geneva.

  • Andrew Scott

    Andrew Scott

    Chief Executive Officer, Orbital Marine Power

    Andrew leads the team at Orbital Marine Power, having joined the business as CEO in 2015, with a background of over 15 years in the Scottish marine renewables industry; active and committed at the leading edge of multiple pioneering Scottish R&D programmes in the marine space over that period.

    Andrew has a background in engineering with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Strathclyde University and a postgraduate in Energy from Heriot-Watt University. Andrew remains closely involved across all aspects of technology development at Orbital; helping to provide challenge and vision to the development process. As CEO he is also responsible for leading the outward facing functions for the company; working extensively with external stakeholders, public and private, to grow the value of Orbital and progress the commercial development for the emerging tidal sector.

  • Gauri Singh

    Gauri Singh

    Deputy Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

    Gauri Singh is a career bureaucrat with over thirty years’ experience in policy formulation, implementation and policy advocacy in the field of renewable energy, sustainable development and livelihoods. She has worked at federal level in the Government of India and in Madhya Pradesh.

    At federal level, in the field of new and renewable energy, she has vast experience of policy formulation, coordination, and international cooperation. Policy initiatives led by her include, the policy framework of National Solar Mission of India 2010, to build solar power capacities in India.

    Ms. Singh has also worked at IRENA earlier, as Director, Country Support and Partnerships and was responsible for regional and country level initiatives. She spearheaded partnerships with regional energy and economic organisations.

  • Sean Parsons

    Sean Parsons

    Director of External Affairs, SIMEC Atlantis Energy

    Sean Parsons is the Director of External Relations for global energy company, SIMEC Atlantis Energy. Sean is responsible for all of Atlantis’ external engagement, spanning media, stakeholders and investors.

    Before joining Atlantis, Sean has worked with some of the largest energy companies in the world, including EDF, Siemens Gamesa, RWE and Statkraft. Most recently, Sean was Head of External Affairs for the GFG Alliance where he was a key member of the team that helped the Group establish itself as one of the largest industrial and sustainably focused companies in Europe.

    Sean has been a key member of award-winning teams throughout his career, specifically his work in marketing campaigns, innovation projects and PR have received both internal and external recognition. He also completed his MBA in 2014.

  • Sam Porteous

    Sam Porteous

    Mechanical Engineer, ORE Catapult

    Sam Porteous is a Mechanical Engineer at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Since joining the Catapult in 2017, Sam has worked on a range of projects in the marine and offshore wind energy sectors. Much of his work has been focused on the tidal energy sector where he has developed experience in the mechanical design of offshore structures, deployment of hydrodynamic sensors and analysis of environmental data. He has also been involved in the floating offshore wind sector, delivering Scottish Government funded work to assess the suitability of different floating offshore wind turbine substructures for deployment in Scottish waters.

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