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Judges 2017

George Baxter

Head Strategic Relations for Generation Development


George is Head of Strategic Relations for SSE Generation Development, and has worked for SSE in a variety of roles over a 10 year period ranging from public affairs to project development. Prior to SSE, George worked as Head of Media and Communications with the Green Group of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament, and has been active in the energy and environmental policy area for over 20 years in Scotland, having also worked at WWF Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland over a ten year period. He is also a Board Director at Scottish Renewables.

Keith Douglas Burns

Director of Sales


Keith Burns is Director of Sales for Vestas Celtic Wind Technology where he is responsible for the company’s business development in the UK covering: onshore wind turbine sales and new technologies. Keith has 6 years’ experience in the wind industry and joined Vestas in 2016, where his first task was to set up Vestas’ Edinburgh office and expand the Scottish team. Keith has a background in sales, engineering and product management and holds a MSc in Entrepreneurship.

Norma Hogan

Senior Development Manager - Wave and Tidal

Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Norma Hogan, Senior Development Manager, Energy and Low Carbon team, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). As Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland, HIE's purpose is to generate sustainable and inclusive economic growth across the Highlands and Islands. Norma works with the marine sector in the region including device developers, site developers and supply chain companies. Current projects include the MeyGen tidal stream project in the Pentland Firth, Nova Innovations Community project in Shetland and Scotrenewables in Orkney. She also works with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban.

Richard Jardine

Key Account Manager - Energy Infrastructure


Richard is WSP’s dedicated Key Account Manager for our energy sector clients such as Iberdrola, SSE plc , Eirgrid and National Grid. Richard embeds himself within the client team, providing the necessary technical support to effectively assess, manage and mitigate project risks associated with the design, delivery and operation of new energy infrastructure developments.

He is a Chartered Environmentalist with significant experience of directing environmental impact assessments, delivering environmental compliance and completing optioneering assessments. He regularly coordinates the development of innovative and cost-effective solutions and systems by challenging the ‘standard practices’ that are typically used to minimise environmental risks and impacts, but are often inefficient. Richard drives the achievement of key performance measures, recommending areas of innovation and focuses on developing best practice throughout the energy infrastructure project lifecycle. He will assures that energy infrastructure development projects are delivered on time, on budget, with buildable consents and appropriate design solutions which meet technical requirements and stakeholder requirements.

Guy Madgwick

Managing Director - Northern Europe


Guy Madgwick is Managing Director for Senvion’s Northern Europe hub. He joined the company in October 2016 and has over 30 years of industry experience across the energy sector, working for PowerGen, RWE, Npower Renewables and in private equity. Prior to joining Senvion, Guy Madgwick was the Managing Director for Eneco UK. He holds a Master’s degree from Loughborough University and an MBA from Warwick University. Guy Madgwick is married with one daughter and his hobbies include playing golf, cycling and photography.

Morag McCorkindale

Chief Operating Officer

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group

Through Aberdeen City Council Economic Development service Morag identified renewables as major opportunity for the city region and since then she has:
• Led the development of the renewables strand of Aberdeen City Council’s industrial renewables strategy and gained cross-sectoral support for its implementation
• Recruited the founder members of AREG and grew the membership to 150+ organisations
• Established AREG as a fully functioning independent company
• Developed a bid which secured £2.3 million from the Scottish Government
• Secured leverage of £48 million to end 2013
• Held a key position in the team for the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Deployment Centre and which secured a 40 million euro grant for the project
Morag is now a Team Leader in Aberdeen City Council with responsibility for International Trade and Investment which includes renewables sector development and AREG. Prior to joining Aberdeen City Council, Morag was a business advisor with Aberdeen Enterprise Trust where she advised over 1,500 entrepreneurs and assisted 102 businesses to start up. The business survival rate at 3 years was 75% which at the time was 25% above the national average.

Guy Mortimer

Head of Onshore Wind Development


Guy Mortimer is Head of Onshore Wind Development for Vattenfall in the UK and is responsible for taking projects from origination to final investment decision. Guy first became involved in the wind energy sector when working as a corporate finance solicitor in a large national law firm. Since 2005, Guy has been directly employed in the sector working on both onshore and offshore wind projects initially in an in-house legal capacity and more recently in wider commercial and development roles.

Mike Shirley

Head of Marketing

Smartest Energy

Mike Shirley joined SmartestEnergy in March 2014 to head up Marketing, Insight and Product Development. His career before then had focused on the technology sector, working for major brands including EE, Orange and Colt Telecom.
The expertise gained in the fast-moving telecoms sector is now being used to help SmartestEnergy better understand how to anticipate and meet customer needs to support its unique position in the energy market.
Mike has been at the forefront of building SmartestEnergy’s market-leading renewable electricity product offering. Most recently he has led the development of the UK’s first certified 100% renewable electricity supply product, which is certified by the Carbon Trust and enables corporates to report zero carbon emissions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Scope 2 Guidance.

Mark Vyvyan-Robinson

Director of Investments and Development

EDF Energy Renewables

Mark Vyvyan-Robinson is Director of Investments and Development for EDF Energy Renewables. Mark is responsible for the company’s renewable energy development activities in the UK. His scope covers onshore wind, offshore wind and new technologies. Mark has been working for EDF Energy Renewables for 3 years. Previously Mark has worked on a number of commercial and strategy roles for EDF Energy and his early career was with Shell. Mark has a full-time MBA from London Business School and studied engineering at Cambridge.

Nancy Zhang

Chief Corporate Officer

Red Rock Power

Nancy Zhang attained a Masters at the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2008-2009 and graduated with an Honours Degree in Marketing and Business Management.

In December 2009, Nancy joined the Aberdeen-based SeaEnergy Renewables Limited as the Communications and International Business Development Coordinator. Primarily working closely with all of the project teams and partners in corporate communications and was involved in the pursuit of several international business development opportunities, particularly in Taiwan and Mainland China.

She moved to Edinburgh after Repsol’s acquisition of SeaEnergy Renewables in 2011. Repsol’s main focus in the UK is offshore wind development. During this period, she was leading Repsol’s corporate communications and external affairs.

Following SDIC’s purchase of Repsol in May 2017, she took on different senior management roles in the company and was recently appointed as Chief Corporate Officer.