Offshore Wind Conference 2022 Speakers

Day 1
  • Joanne Allday

    Joanne Allday

    Strategy and Business Development Manager, Port of Cromarty Firth

    Joanne Allday is Strategy and Business Development Manager at the Port of Cromarty Firth; the largest Port in the Highlands. The Cromarty Firth and its supply chain have an excellent track record spanning over 40 years delivering essential services to the offshore energy industry. It has the best track record in Scotland in supporting the construction of offshore windfarms, and is perfectly located for the new ScotWind sites. For these reasons, SOWEC identified the Firth as the most logical location for a strategic offshore wind hub for Scotland in their Strategic Investment Assessment. Joanne sits on the Deep Wind Steering Committee and SOWEC’s Supply Chain and Clusters Working Group. She is also facilitating Opportunity Cromarty Firth; a consortium of 14 regional organisations and a cluster of four port facilities bidding for Freeport status to enable further inward investment and accelerate the delivery of the sector’s local content targets.

  • Dr William Beuckelaers

    Dr William Beuckelaers

    Founder, OffshoreWind4Kids

    Dr William Beuckelaers founded OffshoreWind4Kids in 2021 to inspire kids to learn about engineering, technology and renewable energy. He organises hands on workshops around the world where kids can install their first offshore wind turbine. William holds a Master in Civil Engineering from the KULeuven and a DPhil in Engineering Sciences from the University of Oxford. Following his studies, he has been working as a geotechnical engineer for the design, installation and decommissioning aspects for offshore wind turbine foundations. He incorporates his technical expertise in the designs for the scaled offshore structures with OffshoreWind4Kids.

  • Ty Burridge-Oakland

    Ty Burridge-Oakland

    Co-Founder, Director of Product Development, Cognitive Business

    A specialist in innovation, product development, machine learning for industrial data (IIOT), predictive maintenance, maintenance optimisation, and Advanced Pattern Recognition (APR) for complex systems. Ty started his career at E.ON in 2007 as a condition monitoring engineer, where he created SpheriCAL, a now globally relied-upon technology and one of the first APR technologies ever deployed in Offshore Wind. He is a named inventor on several patents for applied machine learning concepts and led innovation for E.ON/Uniper in the intelligent O&M space up until 2018 when he left to co-found Cognitive. With Cognitive, Ty is addressing some of the key challenges faced in Offshore Wind, including offshore crew transfer safety, accurate performance analytics, and autonomous analytics for predictive O&M.

  • Thomas Docherty

    Thomas Docherty

    Head of Strategic Engagement, Scotland and Northern Ireland, ECITB

    Thomas joined the ECITB in December 2021 from Which?, the Consumer Association where he most recently Head of Public Affairs, Nations & Regions. Thomas began his professional career working for British Nuclear Fuels Ltd as their Press & Public Affairs Officer for Scotland, before moving to Network Rail as the Communications Manager for Civil Engineering Projects. He then spent three years as an Account Director for a major independent communications consultancy specialising in property and planning.

    He was the Member of Parliament for Dunfermline & West Fife 2010-15, and served on the Defence and EFRA Select Committees, and was a Shadow Minister 2013-15. In 2019 he was appointed by Scottish Ministers in conjunction with the Lord President to the Scottish Civil Justice Council, the body that prepares draft rules of procedure for the civil courts and advises the Lord President on the development of the civil justice system in Scotland. In his spare time he is a Trustee of the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fife Law Centre.

  • Jay Hilton-Miller

    Jay Hilton-Miller

    Head of Offshore Renewables, ITPEnergised

    Jay is an expert in the offshore renewables industry and in particular the consenting and development process, with a track record of supporting offshore renewable projects across the UK. Jay is a full member of IMarEST and has extensive experience working on multi-disciplinary projects in Scotland, the Celtic Sea, England and the English Channel. In Scotland specifically, Jay has supported numerous offshore wind farm developments with ScotWind bid applications, complex consenting strategies and post-consent compliance.

  • Andrew Jamieson

    Andrew Jamieson

    Chief Executive, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

    Andrew is Chief Executive of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, a UK wide technology and innovation centre supporting businesses to accelerate the design, deployment and commercialisation of offshore renewable energy – wind, wave and tidal power. The Catapult provides deep technical expertise and market pathway support alongside large scale plant test capabilities, enabling UK supply chain growth from SMEs to the world’s largest companies.

    He was previously at ScottishPower where he was latterly responsible for energy policy and regulation in the renewables business.

    He sits on the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board, is a past Chair of Renewable UK and Scottish Renewables and has led a number of reports for Government, including the Cost Reduction Task Force for Offshore Wind in 2012.

    In 2019/2020 he was Chair of the Catapult Network, speaking on behalf of all the UK’s Catapults in
    stakeholder forums.

    Andrew is a Non-Executive Director of AIRTO, the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations, the foremost membership body for organisations operating in the UK’s innovation, research and technology sector.

    Andrew has been appointed recently to the Board of the Energy Transition Zone in Aberdeen.

  • Stuart Keeble

    Stuart Keeble

    Commercial Manager, Boskalis Subsea Cables

    Stuart is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 15 years of experience in Port Construction and Renewables including installation of the Nemo Link HVDC Interconnector and more recently the Hornsea 2 Offshore Windfarm export cables. Having worked as an Engineer, Project Manager and Commercial Manager for Tier 1 and 2 contractors, he has a broad view on working successfully with the supply chain at all levels to complete complex projects.

  • Andrew Macdonald

    Andrew Macdonald

    Programme Director, Offshore Wind Growth Partnership

    Andy Macdonald is Director, Offshore Wind Development and Operations at ORE Catapult. Andy leads ORE Catapult’s collaboration with offshore wind developers including the Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence (FOWCoE), O&M Centre of Excellence (OMCE) and the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP). He leads an engineering team dedicated to accelerating the growth of floating wind whilst reducing the risks and costs of O&M across the sector. Following an early career in electronics and telecoms engineering, Andy has focussed on innovation and supply chain growth and has worked in renewable energy for the last twelve years helping to develop companies in the offshore wind and tidal energy sectors.

  • Audrey MacIver

    Audrey MacIver

    Director of Energy Transition and Net Zero, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

    As a graduate of Aberdeen University (BSc Hons in Agricultural Economics), Audrey has dedicated her career to economic and community development of the Highlands and Islands. Earlier roles in HIE included community development, economics, tourism, skills and energy. In June 2017 she was appointed as HIE’s Director of Energy & Low Carbon, and following a recent re-organisation became HIE’s overall lead for net zero.

    Sustainable economic growth across the Highlands and Islands is HIE’s core purpose, and energy is a priority sector, offering distinct competitive advantages. In addition to securing maximum economic and social benefits from large scale offshore developments and stimulating innovation across emerging technologies, HIE is committed to the deployment of local energy systems, noting the region’s rich energy resources, and the community benefits such an approach can bring. Audrey is confident the transition to net zero offers exciting prospects for the Highlands and Islands. She firmly believes the region can punch well above its weight in contributing to the ambitious but necessary global climate targets, due to its wealth of natural resources, experienced supply chain and unique infrastructure.

  • Claire Mack - headshot

    Claire Mack

    Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

    Claire has been Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, the representative voice of Scotland’s renewable energy industry, since October 2017. She is responsible for leading the organisation’s work to grow Scotland’s renewables sector and sustain its position at the forefront of the global clean energy industry.

    Claire is a member of the First Minister’s Energy Advisory Board and is co-chair of the Renewable Energy Strategic Leadership Group. She is also co-chair of the Scottish Government Marine Energy Industry Group.

    Claire is a member of SSEN’s Network for Net Zero Stakeholder Group and a member of the Centre for Work-Based Learning in Scotland Advisory Group. She was recently awarded a STELAR award for executive leadership from the University of Strathclyde.

    Before joining Scottish Renewables, Claire was Director of Policy and Place at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. She has previously worked in various roles at Ofcom in Scotland, focusing on economic regulation of telecoms, radio spectrum and the mail market while also looking at developing digital participation of individuals and businesses.

    Prior to this Claire worked in retail and the construction industry as well as on regulation of regional broadcasting in the Borders and North East of England.

  • Michael Matheson MSP

    Michael Matheson MSP

    Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport

    He was born in Glasgow in 1970 and educated at St John Bosco Secondary School. He went on to study at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, where he obtained a BSc in Occupational Therapy. He also holds a BA and a Diploma in Applied Social Sciences from the Open University.

    Prior to becoming an MSP, Mr Matheson practised as a Community Occupational Therapist with Stirling Council, Central Regional Council, and Highland Regional Council.

    He was elected as the MSP for Falkirk West following the May 2007 elections. Prior to this, he was a Regional MSP for Central Scotland from 1999 to 2007. Before being appointed Minister for Public Health and Sport, Mr Matheson was Vice Convenor of the European and External Relations Committee. He also sat on the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee, and previously served on the Justice and Enterprise and Culture Committees. Michael Matheson was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Justice in November 2014 and reappointed in May 2016. He was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity in June 2018.

  • Rachael Mills - OWIC

    Rachael Mills

    Pathways to Growth Coordination Group Manager, OWIC

    Rachael Mills is the Pathways to Growth (P2G) Coordination Group Manager. P2G is a joint industry and Government commitment, as part of the offshore wind Sector Deal, to achieve 40GW by 2030 and meet the target of net zero by 2050. The P2G workstream aims to address a prioritized set of consenting challenges, guided by the Coordination Group which has representation from industry, Government, Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, regulatory bodies and industry.

    Rachael joined P2G in February 2021 and has over 12 years’ experience in the offshore wind sector. She has a background in Government and industry having worked in Government for 12 years, including 3 years as head of the Marine and Fisheries Agency’s Offshore Renewables Licensing Team, before moving into the private sector where she has experience working for offshore wind developers, including Orsted, and in consultancy.

  • Sian Lloyd-Rees

    Sian Lloyd Rees

    UK Managing Director, Aker Offshore Wind

    In a career spanning over 25 years Sian has extensive business experience as a Senior Leader in both Energy and IT industries, having held several leadership roles in both blue chip and start-up Companies.

    The domain knowledge and global focus gained in the Energy industry; coupled with the pace of evolving digital strategies and entrepreneurship encouraged in the IT industry, have contributed to a proven track record in developing new and profitable business opportunities. She is UK Managing Director of Aker Offshore Wind and also supports the broader Aker Horizon companies in the UK, a global provider of sustainable solutions across the broad Energy sector.

    Sian is Vice Co-Chair on the Board of Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) and the industry Supply Chain Champion supporting delivery of the North Sea Transition Deal, sits on the board of the Aberdeen Energy Transition Zone (ETZ) and is a member of the steerco for the Deepwind Cluster.

  • Colin Palmer

    Colin Palmer

    Director of Marine, Crown Estate Scotland

    Colin leads on the development of offshore renewable energy and aquaculture for Crown Estate Scotland. His remit also includes carbon capture & storage and cables & pipelines.

    Colin previously worked in onshore wind development, offshore wind development (as Project Manager for Beatrice Offshore wind farm up until consent in 2014) and Delivery Director for Kite Power Systems delivering innovative new airborne renewable energy technology. He also worked in oil & gas as Commercial & Development Manager for SSE Exploration & Production.

    He has degrees in marketing and in engineering project management.

  • Isla Robb

    Isla Robb

    Co-Founder, Full Circle 21

    Isla is co-founder of Full Circle 21, a networking group aimed to support the increased diversification of people working in renewable energies. The group offers free training, support and buddies to those looking to start, progress or restart their careers in Renewables.
    Having come across challenges in their own career both Isla & Sian (Wilson, Crown Estate Scotland) wanted to reduces the challenges and increase the opportunities for everyone in the sector, especially those that may ordinarily be in the minority.
    Isla also runs EC20 Ltd, a company that is all about the Offshore Wind Supply Chain – a subject matter that she is passionate about.

    Having worked in the offshore wind sector for over 10 years, Isla has an in-depth knowledge of the offshore wind supply chain. With experience across the public and private sector, both nationally and internationally. She understands the challenges that face those involved in the sector, looking to get into the sector and those trying to shape it to the benefit of all.

  • Carol Sheath

    Carol Sheath

    Engineering Programme Manager, Renewable Parts

    Carol Sheath is an Engineering Programme Manager at Renewable Parts Ltd., responsible for the development of remanufactured and refurbished products for the wind turbine aftermarket. With a background in aero-mechanical engineering, Carol spent over 14 years in the aerospace industry before switching to renewables in May 2021.

  • Euan Smith

    Euan Smith

    Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

    Euan is a Partner at international law firm Eversheds Sutherland and has specialised in employment law for over 20 years. He has worked with many clients across the energy sector, from small start-ups to global supermajors, advising them in relation to the whole range of personnel issues, including reorganisations, TUPE, D&I strategies, global mobility, executive recruitment and termination and dispute resolution. He’s qualified to practice in Scotland and in England & Wales, but regularly gets involved with clients’ operations in other jurisdictions around the world and he was recognised in the Legal 500 as an “energy sector expert”.

  • Stuart Thornton

    Stuart Thornton

    Business Development Manager, Seaway7

    Stuart Thornton is the Business Development Manager for the UK and Ireland at Seaway 7. Stuart has more than 13 years’ international experience working with fixed-bottom offshore wind projects, installation vessel development, and foundation solutions.

  • Roy van Loveren

    Roy van Loveren

    Area Manager UK and Ireland, Van Oord Offshore Wind

    He started his career in the marine contracting industry with Van Oord ACZ, the predecessor of Van Oord, in 1991.

    During the first nine years of his career he was involved in the execution of the projects in the field of coastal construction, offshore pipeline installation, dredging and offshore construction. Following this period in the field he transferred to Van Oord's cost estimating department where he specialised in cost estimating and tendering for coastal protection, dredging and port development projects. In 2008 he took the position of Manager Offshore Estimating Department and in 2013 he returned to the operational field in offshore wind as Package Manager Design and Fabrication Foundations and Package Manager Electrical Infrastructure at the Eneco Luchterduinen Offshore Wind Farm and Project Manager for the foundations at Orsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Project.

    As from 2016 he is active at the Commercial Department for Van Oord Offshore Wind, initially with a focus on UK and USA. During 2018, Van Oord acquired MPI Offshore to further strengthen its position in the UK, both as EPCI contractor as well as O&M heavy maintenance service provider and since this acquisition he is based in the north-east of England and responsible for the UK and Ireland.

Day 2
  • Mark Baxter

    Mark Baxter

    Head of Development UK, Ocean Winds

    Mark is Head of Development for Ocean Winds in the UK, responsible for the early development of Ocean Winds Portfolio. Mark has over 20 years within the development and delivery of major infrastructure Projects in the UK, covering Transport, Offshore Wind and Smart Grids holding a number of Senior positions within Developers, Utilities, and disruptive start-ups.

  • Rick Campbell

    Rick Campbell

    Head of Offshore Markets, Natural Power

    Rick Campbell is Head of Offshore Markets at Natural Power, having joined from ScottishPower Renewables two years ago. He has worked in offshore wind since 2008 and has strong experience of working across all stages of offshore windfarm consents activities from site identification to post-consent, for both fixed and floating foundation projects. Natural Power is the UK’s largest independent consultancy and service provider focused exclusively on renewable energy. Rick is responsible for defining, developing and implementing the strategy for expansion of Natural Power’s offshore business internationally and across the project life cycle, as well as providing advice, support and project management services to clients on a range of activities. Rick has an MBA from the University of the Highlands and Islands.

  • Céline Combé

    Céline Combé

    Manager, Project Director Offshore Wind, EnBW AG

    Céline is EnBW’s project director for the offshore wind portfolio in the UK with partner bp, comprising of Morgan and Mona in the Irish Sea, and Morven in the Scottish North Sea. She has been EnBW’s lead for developing the partner’s successful ScotWind bid. Céline has more than 10 years’ experience in the energy sector with an early focus on renewables and a background in transaction and investment management across Europe and North America.

  • Andrew Duncan

    Andrew Duncan

    Renewables Director, North Star Renewables

    Andrew has been actively involved in offshore wind since its inception, and in particular the marine sector. This ranges from the very first WTIV’s and installation concepts through CTV fleets and now SOV’s that operate and are projected across the UK, European and Worldwide markets.
    The creativity and understanding of the offshore wind clients’ individual requirements and marginal gains that can be achieved in the correct vessel solution separates the North Star business from a base ship supply role, cementing a unique position as the UK’s leading integrated offshore infrastructure support service provider.

  • David Hinshelwood

    David Hinshelwood

    Senior Project Manager Offshore Developments, SSE Renewables

    David has been involved within the Offshore Wind Sector since 2013 and is currently leading the SSER, Marubeni and CIP Scotwind development within the East 1 Plan Option Area. Prior to joining SSE Renewables in 2018, David previously held various snr commercial and development roles within Babcock International Plc, in particular leading their development and entry into the offshore wind sector. A firm believer in the benefits of collaboration and the value of supply chain innovation and integration, David is currently supporting this through championing and supporting the development of regional clusters throughout Scotland and North East England. David holds both BSc (Hons) and MBA Degrees.

  • Gayle Holland

    Gayle Holland

    Head of Offshore Renewables Consenting, Marine Scotland

    Gayle Holland, Head of Offshore Renewables Consenting for Marine Scotland, has over 20 years’ experience working for Marine Scotland and its predecessors. She has an MSc. in Marine and Fisheries Science and a working background in marine ecology, working within Marine Scotland Science for several years before joining Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team in 2011. Gayle now specialises in offshore renewables section 36 consenting, Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Regulations Appraisal and is a member of IEMA in addition to being a registered principal EIA practitioner.

  • Andronikos Kafas

    Andronikos Kafas

    New Offshore Wind Opportunities Manager, OceanWinds

    Andronikos joined Ocean Winds (OW) as the New Offshore Wind Opportunities Manager in 2020. He leads the local business development team on behalf of OW UK, responsible for originating, screening, and developing offshore wind opportunities in the UK, EU, and internationally. Prior to this, he worked for the Scottish Government (Marine Scotland Science) for 8 years. There, he led the Offshore Renewable Energy & Environmental Advice group delivering scientific advice on offshore licensing and consenting of offshore infrastructure projects to the Scottish offshore regulator (MS-LOT), as well as marine planning matters to the Scottish competent authority (MS-MPPD).

  • Erica Knott

    Erica Knott

    Marine Sustainability Manager, NatureScot

    Erica is one of the joint team leaders in NatureScot’s Sustainable Coasts and Seas activity providing input into research, policy, guidance and casework advice on marine energy projects in Scottish waters. In a career spanning over 25 years in Scottish Natural Heritage / NatureScot, her focus has been on sustainable development to halt biodiversity loss and reverse climate change. Having previously been involved in onshore projects, she was instrumental in setting up the marine energy team in 2010 to support the emerging offshore wind and wave and tidal sectors. Her remit also covers cables and pipelines as well as oil and gas projects.

  • Nichola Lacey

    Nichola Lacey

    Environment and Consents Manager, Simply Blue Group

    Dr Nichola Lacey is the Environment and Consents Manager for Project Salamander. Nichola is also a Senior Environmental Consultant at Xodus Group with broad experience in marine ecology, a benthic ecology specialism and 10 years working in the offshore environment. Following completion of a MSc in Applied Marine Science, she undertook her PhD on the distribution, ecology and physiology of deep-sea benthic fauna. Following two years conducting research at Marine Scotland within the Offshore Energy and Environmental Advice Team, Nichola moved to environmental consultancy, leading EIA scopes for marine projects around the UKCS, including managing UKCS offshore oil and gas EIAs for multiple clients and supporting offshore development and decommissioning projects as the lead benthic specialist. More recently, Nichola’s focus has moved to offshore renewables, including her position within the Salamander project, drawing on her experience of in offshore energy project management, stakeholder consultation, project consent planning and environmental risk identification and mitigation. As a result of her time in academia, regulator and consultancy, Nichola has an excellent understanding of the issues facing the marine environment, and of finding pragmatic solutions to those problems.

  • Hannah Lawson

    Hannah Lawson

    Business Development Specialist, Worley

    I have always had a keen interest in the environment and sustainability. However, growing up in Aberdeen, I could see how integral the oil and gas industry was to the local economy. Together, these two issues drove my desire to be part of the energy transition. We need cleaner, more sustainable energy but, it must also remain affordable. We must transition our industry to more renewable resources but, it must be a fair and just transition for those who work in the sector. During my time at Worley, I have had the opportunity to create and develop the UK sustainability delivery tactics outlining how we can turn our strategic sustainability ambitions into reality whilst personally continuing to advocate for a just transition.

  • Alasdair MacLeod

    Alasdair MacLeod

    Head of Renewables Development, BayWa r.e.

    Alasdair is Head of Renewables Development with BayWa r.e UK Ltd. He has over 20 years experience in managing onshore wind portfolios and overseeing development, construction and operation activities. He is very experienced in leading multi-disciplinary teams at various stages of delivery. He is a key member of BayWa r.e’s global offshore team and was responsible for managing their contribution to Crown Estate Scotland’s recent ScotWind leasing process through the ‘Floating Energy Allyance’. FEA is a partnership of three leading European energy businesses; BayWa r.e, Elicio and BW Ideol. Together they offer a unique breadth and depth of experience and expertise in the development of floating offshore wind.

  • Rob Mason

    Rob Mason

    Senior Commercial Manager, Forth Ports

    Rob Mason has worked with Forth Ports Ltd for over 12 years in a number of operational, management and commercial roles across the Scottish Operation, which includes 7 Ports and 2 Statutory Harbour Authority areas. Rob is a qualified chartered Surveyor, and currently holds the positon as Senior Commercial Manager with a specific focus on Offshore Wind and the wider Energy Transition. Forth Ports has a strong track record in investing in supply chain solutions and delivering market leading, purpose built infrastructure. In support of supply chain development and the deployment of offshore wind Forth Ports has delivered a £40m offshore wind marshalling facility in Dundee. Forth Ports is currently investing a further £40m in the 175 acre Renewables Hub at the Port of Leith. Forth Ports is also a significant economic driver across the Scottish Economy, generating £556m of economic value GVA, and across the group handles 41 million tonnes of cargo every year.

  • Ian Milne

    Ian Milne

    Sales Manager – Renewables, Balmoral

    With more than 10 years’ experience in the global offshore energy sector, Ian has in-depth sales management and business development knowledge of marine construction projects. With a passion for renewable energy he joined Balmoral in 2019 to develop and enhance the company’s presence within the sector.

    Ian is a member of various industry forums and is focused on the international demand for green energy - embracing the energy, skills and technology transition - and promotes Balmoral’s suite of engineered offshore wind, wave and tidal project solutions on a worldwide basis.

  • Vicky O’Connor

    Vicky O’Connor

    Technical Manager, Development – Europe, Northland Power

    Based in Glasgow, Vicky has over a decade’s worth of experience in the wind industry. At Northland she leads the technical commercial interface for all of Northland’s European offshore development projects. Most recently, she was the bid manager for Northland’s successful ScotWind bids for N2 and N4 in the Northwest of Scotland. Vicky also represents Northland on the Project Governance Group of the OREC Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence.

    Prior to joining Northland, Vicky worked in technical consultancy at K2 Management and SgurrEnergy (now Wood), focusing on commercial technical risk supporting a variety of investors, lenders and developers, globally. One notable role was as Project Manager for the Lender’s Technical Advisor scope for RWE’s Triton Knoll (857MW, approx. £2billion) resulting in nomination for the Scottish Green Energy Award 2018 for Outstanding Service.

    From her broad experience in consultancy and development, including over 17GW of offshore projects, Vicky’s key strength is fully understanding the technical and commercial aspects of project risk and opportunities across the full project lifecycle and communicating these effectively to multiple audiences.

  • Alwyn Poulter

    Alwyn Poulter

    Public and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Vattenfall

    Alwyn is a Public and Regulatory Affairs Manager within Vattenfall, a leading European energy company striving to make fossil-free living possible within one generation.

    He leads Vattenfall’s external advocacy for the UK wind business, focusing on offshore wind, onshore wind and energy storage. He has 12 years of experience in the energy sector, spanning the renewable, retail, wholesale and thermal generation markets. Over this period, he has worked across several global utilities in commercial and strategic roles that include finance, business transformation, markets and strategy, and latterly public and regulatory affairs.
    He is a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

  • Melissa Read

    Melissa Read

    UK Business Manager – Offshore Wind, Shell

    Melissa heads up Shell’s offshore wind business in the UK and Ireland, responsible for delivering commercial-scale offshore wind projects and leading on business development. She has more than 20 years' experience in renewables, with over 10 years working in offshore wind, holding senior roles in development and construction projects and leadership positions working strategically across portfolio.

  • Graeme Rogerson

    Graeme Rogerson

    Senior Project Manager, Net Zero Technology Centre

    Graeme has been with the Net Zero Technology Centre since its launch in February 2017, supporting technology development in the marine and subsea environment. He is a chartered engineer with over 25 years’ experience in offshore project development, from concept-select through to installation, and he currently works within the NZTC’s Energy System Integration team. He has held engineering and management roles with engineering and installation contractors and was a director at Xodus Group for over 12 years, prior to joining NZTC. The NZTC purpose is developing and deploying technology for an affordable net zero Energy Industry and floating offshore wind plays an important part in their technology roadmap. Graeme acts as the focal point for offshore wind at the Centre.

  • David Webster

    David Webster

    Director of Energy, Forth Ports

    David Webster as the Director of Energy at Forth Ports leads the Offshore Wind, Decommissioning and Oil & Gas market segments within the largest Port Operator in Scotland. David has worked with Forth Ports for seven years, having successfully managed both the Ports of Dundee and Leith and overseen the construction of the UK’s first fully completed bespoke offshore wind marshalling facility in Dundee. He is currently leading the renewables hub development at the Port of Leith, which will bring to market the largest wind turbine marshalling site in the UK.

    Prior to his time Forth Ports, David worked in the Oil & Gas sector in Well Construction and has worked internationally for a number of years. He has an degreed in mechatronics from the University of Abertay in Dundee and an MBA in Oil and Gas from RGU in Aberdeen.

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