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Speaker Biographies

Dr Mark Leybourne

Associate Director


Dr. Mark Leybourne is an Associate Director in ITPEnergised’s offshore renewable energy group, based in Bristol, UK. After joining the consultancy 11 years ago, he is now the company’s offshore renewable energy sector lead, coordinating ITPE’s activities in offshore renewables across the engineering, environmental and grid teams. Mark works across a range of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy projects, providing technical, policy and strategic advice to both public and private clients.
A strong focus for Mark’s work is in the developing Asian markets for offshore renewables such as those in China, India, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines and Korea.

Audrey MacIver

Director of Energy and Low Carbon

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

A graduate of Aberdeen University in Agricultural Economics, Audrey has dedicated her career to date in economic and community development of the Highlands and Islands, and for 10 years has led the work of HIE’s Energy Team. In June 2017 she was appointed as HIE’s Director for Energy & Low Carbon. 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 lives in Alness, Easter Ross, with her husband and two sons, and “enjoys” the occasional Parkrun on a Saturday morning!

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 the Renewables Industry Advisory Group, co-chaired by Scotland’s Energy Minister.

Before joining Scottish Renewables, Claire was Director of Policy and Place at the Scottish Council for Development. 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.

Andrew Smith

Managing Director

Deja Blue Consulting

Andrew is the Former Head of the £103m Renewable Energy Investment Fund by Scottish Investment Bank - investing debt and equity in a range of marine, low carbon and community owned renewable energy projects - and former Head of Investment for DP Energy - a renewable energy and sustainable development specialist operating in sites across the world - and is now running his own consultancy – Deja Blue Consulting – helping shape projects & businesses and raising finance for them and their projects and an Associate of Greenbackers Investment Capital specialising in raising ­finance for low-carbon, cleantech and climate change businesses. Andrew is also Chairman of Our Community Energy, a community benefit company seeking to use renewables to alleviate fuel poverty.