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Speaker Biographies

Simon Forrest


Nova Innovation Ltd

Simon is the CEO of Nova Innovation and has over 25 years industrial experience. Nova Innovation is an industry leading tidal energy company which in 2016 successfully installed the world’s first offshore tidal array. Simon has worked in the energy sector for the past 15 years with leading companies including Scottish Power and Wood Mackenzie. Prior to his work in the marine energy sector, Simon worked in hi-tech manufacturing for IBM in Europe and Asia. He has also worked in investment banking for Salomon Brothers in London and New York.
Simon has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the IET.
Simon loves football and plays for his local side in Edinburgh ... he is still hopeful of getting the call from Gordon Strachan ...

Sarah-Jane McArthur


Brodies LLP

Sarah-Jane is an energy and projects lawyer with diverse experience across several sectors. In the energy sector, Sarah-Jane’s primary focus is on renewables and she has contributed to the successful delivery of many projects. Her experience includes advising developers, sponsors and banks on a range of renewables projects including; tidal power hydro schemes, windfarms (both on and offshore), anaerobic digestion and renewable heat.
Sarah-Jane’s renewables expertise spans drafting and negotiating vaious contracts crucial for project development, including grid connection documents, construction and supply agreements and power purchase agreements. She also manages due diligence for project finance transactions and advises on the sale and purchase of development and operating assets. Sarah-Jane has supported developers and investors on renewables support mechanisms including FIT, RO and CfD and has advised on a number of innovative project options and structures.