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Speaker Biographies

Sean Kelly

Project Manager


Sean Kelly has been a Hydro and Storage Project Manager for SSE since 2009. During those nine years, Sean’s responsibilities have included managing the conversion of the Sloy Hydroelectric Scheme into a Pumped Storage Scheme, advising on project viability for various SSE battery storage projects; and completing various hydro refurbishment feasibility studies including the Fasnakyle refurbishment study. Sean is also a dedicated member of SSE’s Pumped Storage Strategy Group.

Previous roles in the hydro sector include Principal Consultant in Small Hydro Development with Mouchel (now WSP), and Hydro Development Engineer for the UK and North America with Alconza.

Sean graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1983 with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Tom Pendrey

Project Manager


Tom has worked in the renewables industry for over 10 years, primarily on hydropower and wind projects, both internationally across the globe, as well as within the UK. He has worked in all areas and phases of projects, including from concept and feasibility through to construction supervision, O&M and optimisation. He now works for Buccleuch, developing the consented 210MW Glenmuckloch pumped storage hydro in Dumfries and Galloway, as well as a number of wind farm and a diverse portfolio of other energy projects across Buccleuch Estates.

Mark Wilson

Chief Executive

Intelligent Land Investments

Mark has over 15 years of experience in the residential property market including the successful completion of fundraisings for property investment companies. After the economic downturn in 2008, he diversified into the renewable energy sector replicating the business model to achieve success. From an original target of 100 consents, Mark led the Intelligent Land team in achieving 96 successful planning applications for onshore wind turbine projects.

If his transition to renewables was prompted by events of 2008, his continued commitment to the sector is all about the legacy of a more sustainable energy infrastructure. As the team delivered
more successes with small onshore wind projects, he could see the growing necessity for a solution to the many gigawatts of intermittent generation that has been coming on stream in the UK and therefore the business potential in energy storage.

The development skills and planning expertise that are needed to add energy storage into our energy mix are exactly the same as those the Intelligent Land team has been successfully building over the last decade and more. For Mark, this has created a very exciting opportunity to build his renewable generation successes with a long-lasting sustainable solution for a greener, stable electricity grid.