Supergen ORE Hub Advisory Board

A key measure of success for the Supergen ORE Hub is its ability to create two-way communication and influence with industrial and policy stakeholders within the Offshore Renewable Energy sector. Our Advisory Board brings together a group of experts within industry and government to provide the Hub with essential insight and dialogue beyond the academic sector.

The Advisory Board comprises of representatives from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, ORE Catapult, Carbon Trust, RenewableUK, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), utilities, developers and other sector leaders, covering all sectors and disciplines.

The Supergen ORE Hub Advisory Board provides high-level guidance to the Management Board in the Hub core research areas, with a focus on the overall mix of industrial sector representation and potential for cross-sector research synergies. They also review the progress of the overall programme and act as two-way champions to promote the Supergen ORE Hub nationally and internationally within industry and other stakeholder groups.

Operationally, the Advisory Board have two conference calls per year. They also meet face-to-face twice a year, coinciding with the Hub’s Annual Assembly and another major sectoral networking conference.

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Current Member Biographies

Paul McKeever

Paul joined ORE Catapult (formerly Narec) in August 2006 and holds the post of Head of Strategic Research responsible for research business development, external research collaborations and academic engagement. Previously, Paul occupied the role of Project Coordinator for the OPTIMUS FP7 project (prognostic condition monitoring) and prior to that, he occupied similar roles on the Snapper FP7 project and Aquamarine Power’s Oyster project (both wave energy converter projects).  He is currently a Board member of the European Association of Renewable Energy Research Centres (EUREC), a Management Board member of the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme for Wind (EERA JPWind) and represents ORE Catapult on the SuperGen Wind Management Committee, the UKCMER Advisory Board and the Durham Energy Institute’s Industrial Advisory Board.

Ross Wigg

Ross and his team lead a series of business activities in offshore wind to further strengthen the operations consultancy LOC Renewables currently provides to its international client base.

With a career spanning over 22 years, Ross joined Lloyd’s Register in 1997 during which time he founded, and was Head of the Renewable Energy business, growing it into a global enterprise with operating facilities across various renewables sectors. He was also a member of the Lloyd’s Register Energy Technology Board between 2011 and 2016. In 2018, Ross was appointed Co-Director and Lead Industrial Partner to the EPSRC Supergen ORE Programme.

Ross has a wealth of experience within the renewables industry and is an advisor to several boards, including Supergen ORE Hub, REMS CDT Programme, ESPRC review panel and was also a member of the IEC / BSI Wind & Marine Energy Standards Committees.

Andrew Garrard

In 1984, Andrew co-founded Garrad Hassan (GH) in Bristol. It grew to become the world’s largest renewable energy consultancy, employing 1,000 people in 29 countries. He became President of GL Garrad Hassan after Germanischer Lloyd  (GL) and Garrad Hassan merged in 2009. He ran the new company until 2012, when he became Chairman. After the merger of DNV and GL in 2013, Andrew became a member of the DNV GL Energy Supervisory Board.

Andrew has been professionally involved in wind, wave and tidal energy for over four decades. He built his first wind turbine in 1971. From 2013 to 2014 he was President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and he is a past-Chairman of the British Wind Energy Association. He chaired Bristol’s year as European Green Capital in 2015. In 2006, he became the first British recipient of EWEA’s Poul la Cour prize, and in 2015, he became the only non-Greek recipient of the Hellenic Wind Energy Association’s Aeolus prize. Under his leadership, GH twice won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise. He is an Honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford.

Annie

Annie has more than 30 years’ experience in international research, consultancy and teaching focussed on the marine environment and across a variety of marine industries. Since 2004 she has worked almost exclusively in the offshore renewable energy sector, having coordinated both the Marine Renewable Energy research and knowledge exchange programmes for the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC). During this period she facilitated development of a UK wide strategic programme of collaborative R&D projects to support industry, government and NGOs, to de risk, streamline and reduce costs, focussing on the environmental and socio-economic barriers to moving all sub sectors of the offshore renewable industry forward. She is currently working with the team at the Supergen ORE Hub   to facilitate industry engagement and cross disciplinary integration - and also coordinates the Energy KE programme for the University of Highlands and Islands.

Barnaby Wharton

Barnaby leads RenewableUK’s thinking on the future of the electricity system as renewables has become the mainstay of the UK’s generation. His work includes flexibility markets, energy storage, the role of EVs and the future of hydrogen. Prior to his current role, Barnaby was Head of Policy and Regulation where he led a team of policy managers to help create an environment for growth in the UK's renewables. Barnaby worked with onshore, offshore and marine sectors to secure long-term routes to market, in a flexible energy system to deliver low carbon growth.

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William’s areas of expertise are Control Engineering and Wind Energy Systems with particular focus on the conceptual design of wind turbines and wind turbine and farm control system design. His research leadership roles include head of the Wind Energy Research Group at Strathclyde and Director of the Industrial Control Centre. The Wind Energy Research Group has more than 70 PhD students and Research Assistants. Additionally, he is Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind Energy Systems, which is hosted by Strathclyde, and its successor, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems, and is Chair of the EPSRC Supergen Wind Energy Hub. William is also on the Executive Committee of the EPSRC Industrial Doctoral Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy, which is a partnership between Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Exeter Universities.

William is actively involved with many national and international wind energy research and policy committees including the European Academy of Wind Energy Executive Committee, European Energy Alliance Joint Programme Wind Steering Committee and ORE Catapult Research Advisory Group.

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Carolyn’s journey started with Fred Olsen Renewables in 2008 where she held the role of Head of Offshore Development where she had the responsibility to lead the company’s work in offshore wind including site selection and feasibility studies. Carolyn then went to work as Head of Renewables (North America) for Lloyd’s Register, and as Offshore Development Strategy Manager for RES-Group. Prior to these roles, Carolyn held the role of Head of Environment and Sustainable Development for The Crown Estate where she led and managed the first two offshore wind farm leasing rounds in the UK (2001 and 2004) as well as wave and tidal interests.

Whilst at The Crown Estate, Carolyn founded a unique Charitable Trust to fund projects to understand the environmental impacts of offshore wind. The Fund awarded over £3mn to over 20 projects and achieved recognition through the development of standardised methodologies for a range of environmental surveys that now have global application.

Carolyn is currently Chair of the American Wind Energy Association’s Offshore Committee, and has achieved industry recognition in 2017 where she was ranked in the top 100 Women in Wind report (at number 48) demonstrating specific achievements and continued influence in the offshore wind sector. Carolyn hold a BSc (Hons) in Maritime Geography from the University of Wales.

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Chris Briggs is Regional Innovation Manager for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in the UK, managing external innovation engagements with Academia, Technology Developers and Industry bodies in support of SGRE’s Technology Roadmaps and R&D activities. He joined the Wind Industry in 2010 and spent time in Business Development and Strategy roles before moving to his current role in SGRE’s Corporate Technology organization. Prior to 2010, Chris worked for 24 years in conventional power generation in various Technical and Marketing management roles in the UK, Germany and the US. Chris has a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham and is a Fellow of the IMechE.

David Bould

David is Lead R&D Specialist for Ørsted Offshore where he is responsible for defining and executing a global strategy for collaboration with universities and research organisations. He has held positions in ORE Catapult, the University of Edinburgh and the Carbon Trust, specialising in offshore wind, wave and tidal energy, and energy systems. He also previously worked offshore as a Chief Field Geophysicist in the oil & gas seismic survey sector. He holds an MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems and a BSc in Computer Science and Management Science. Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, he now lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Elva Bannon

With a background in Mechatronic Engineering (BEng) and Advanced Engineering (MEng), Elva has been involved in wave energy technology development since 2007, having worked on a number of different technology concepts both in Scotland and Ireland. Her main focus in these roles was on tank testing, data analysis and numerical model validation for scale model tests. She then spent some time as an engineering consultant developing a novel robotic system, leading the electrical integration team.

During her time at WES (started in early 2015), she has seen the company grow from 2 to 15 staff, with a significant annual budget and large number of projects. Elva has engaged with government officials, international funding agencies, technology developers and academics to help ensure the WES programme is targeting the right topic areas and meet the needs of the sector. Her role includes ensuring the results of the WES programme are disseminated through knowledge sharing and IP licencing (WES online Knowledge Library). Engaging with the wider community to ensure the very best technology transfer and collaborations are seen within the wave energy sector.

In addition to her core responsibilities within WES, Elva also sits on a Committee providing UK input to IEC/TC114 standards development, and advisory/ scientific committee role giving industry perspective to academic organisations including the EIMR conference series.

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Gareth has over 12 years industrial experience, all of which has been in the environment of high-tech R&D and start up’s. He is a dynamic and driven business leader, with a passion for marine renewables. Gareth is a qualified mechanical engineer with a MEng in Marine Renewables and a PhD from Swansea University. He is a co-founder of Marine Power Systems and has achieved significant grant funding and private investment since its inception in order to deliver the company’s development pathway. As CEO, he has overseen MPS through the Feasibility, Proof of Concept and Scaled Testing stages prior to the current 1:4 scale prototype development phase. Gareth has overall responsibility for the management of MPS as well as Shareholder and Stakeholder engagement.

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Graham has over 20 years industrial experience, 15 of which has been spent leading high value & high tech R&D, and for the last 10 years he has been a founder / director of fast moving technology start-up companies. Graham is a qualified mechanical engineer and gained a PhD from Swansea University. He is a co-founder of Marine Power Systems and has a track record of financing high value start-up companies having raised multi-million grant and venture funding to date. Graham has a unique ability to create elegant solutions to highly challenging problems, creating sector leading IP in the process. Graham is the CTO of the company and has overall responsibility for the WaveSub product development strategy and managing IP.

Ian Davies MBE

Ian’s most recent research was concerned with assessing and managing the impacts of marine renewables (wind, wave and tidal energy) on the marine and freshwater environments, and providing advice on the impacts of the oil and gas industries on the sea.  The ultimate objective of this work is to contribute to the evidence base that will ensure that energy-related activities are pursued in a sustainable manner, balancing development objectives with impacts on marine and freshwater ecosystems.

Ian has collaborations with scientists across the UK and Europe, and has growing links with North America. The main research links are related to renewable energy, while advisory activities cover broader areas of OSPAR and ICES remits, and the implications of EU Directives for energy projects and plans. Ian is a member of various Scottish and UK groups related to marine renewables, including the prioritisation of research needs and joint funding initiatives through ORJIP and NERC. Ian also provides advice to both the Scottish and UK Governments and internationally.

Jan Matthiesen

Jan Matthiesen is passionate about wind energy. He started in the onshore sector but has got his feet wet managing all offshore wind activities at the Carbon Trust, such as the Offshore Wind Accelerator, UK’s leading RD&D programme for offshore wind. He combines a good awareness of management techniques and a high level of business comprehension with good understanding of engineering principles and the ability to grasp complex technical problems.  He joined the Carbon Trust in 2010, to work on the Offshore Wind Accelerator, a ground-breaking collaborative RD&D project between the Carbon Trust and nine leading offshore wind developers. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Jan was Head of Onshore at RenewableUK, the wind energy industry association and accountable for all issues affecting the deployment of onshore wind energy development.

Marie Berthelot

Marie Berthelot joined EDF as a Research Engineer and has held several roles within the company including Project Leader for Meteorology and Climate, and Renewables, a Manager for Atmospheric Environment and Renewable Energies before becoming Head of Renewables for the company in 2018.

Mary Thorogood

Mary joined MHI Vestas in 2018 from Vattenfall, where she led UK stakeholder relations, focusing on offshore and onshore wind as well as Vattenfall’s emerging heat and retail businesses. Before Vattenfall, Mary led Parliamentary Relations for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, focusing on infrastructure, energy and planning issues. Mary’s role at MHI Vestas is to build government, supply chain and societal support for sustainable, long term growth in UK offshore wind. Mary has strong experience of UK offshore wind as it has evolved and grown, working with Government and wider stakeholders to ensure the CfD delivers low cost power and in delivering the Offshore Wind Sector Deal.

Robert Rawlinson-Smith

Prior to starting his role for Ilfra Consulting Limited, Robert held various positions in DNV-GL including Innovation Manager, Service Area Lead for Renewables and Business Director for DNV GL’s wind turbine simulation software, Bladed. Robert has also been a Strategy and Policy Consultant and Director of Technology Programmes.

Robin Wallace

Professor Robin Wallace graduated in 1976 and has been involved in power generation and renewable energy throughout his career.

Until 1984 he worked in the Project Engineering Group of Parsons Peebles Motors and Generators, where ultimately he was an Assistant Chief Project Engineer responsible for turnkey power generation and discrete speed drive projects up to 25MVA in capacity, primarily hydro power plants.

Robin moved to University in 1986, where his research interests include: network integration of distributed renewable energy generation and marine energy. He is Principal Investigator and Finance Lead of the EPSRC SuperGen Marine Energy Consortium.

Robin is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the IEE and a board member of the Scottish Energy and Environment Foundation.

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Dr R. V.  Ahilan, Group Chief Executive, is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of both IMarEST and RINA. He holds a BSc (Leeds) and MS (Caltech) in Civil Engineering, a PhD (Cantab) in Engineering Fluid Mechanics and an MBA (Imperial).  He is a technology and business leader with over three decades of industry experience, more than 15 years of which has been at board level. Prior to LOC, Ahilan was EVP of the Renewables Advisory Division of DNV GL, with strategic and operational responsibility for the world’s largest technical advisory firm in renewable energy formed by the merger of GL Garrad Hassan (of which he was President) and the renewables business of DNV. His offshore oil & gas career spanning three decades was with GL Noble Denton, where he was President Americas, MD Europe and MD Advanced Engineering Consulting. He has worked in the marine operations and ocean engineering aspects of the offshore industry globally and has led projects which have had industry impact in setting standards and safety factors in jack-up site assessment, mooring systems and marine transportation. He has been an expert witness and technical advisor to lawyers in Norway, UAE and the UK on many technically complex cases related to marine operations, drilling rigs and FPSOs. He was a member of the UK HSE panel on mooring guidance and convened the ISO 19901-7 Panel which produced the first ISO standard for Station keeping systems. He has also been technical advisor to PhD projects in Cambridge University and Imperial College. He was Non-Executive Director of Windfire, a vertical axis wind turbine based distributed renewable energy company and is Advisory Board Member of WavEC Offshore Renewables. He is a Trustee of the charity Marine Technology Trust which supports industrial placements in the marine industry for UK university students. He is also a member of the steering committee of DigiTwin, a collaborative research programme across 6 universities (Sheffield, Liverpool, Swansea, Bristol, Southampton and Cambridge) funded by the UK government to study digital twins for mechanical systems and is on the Advisory Board of Offshore Renewable Energy Supergen that brings together 10 universities in the UK.

Simon Dilks

Si has been working in public sector energy policy since 2004 focusing on regulation, innovation and international negotiations. He’s pottered around the world dealing with international energy policy, covering a multitude of subjects, technologies and countries (….and the Moon). He has led on UK civil nuclear innovation policy for the last 6 years as a key player in re-invigorate the UK’s nuclear research landscape. Recently he has taken on responsibility for BEIS renewables innovation programme including leadership of the UK’s coordinating role in the European DemoWind and BESTF bioenergy Eranet programmes. By trade, he’s also a trained fishmonger.

Sue Barr

Sue has 18 years’ experience in the offshore wind, wave and tidal industries, including 11 years at OpenHydro, a tidal technology developer in senior management, project development, policy and developing marine energy markets. She supported the UK Government delivering the first offshore wind arrays including revision of primary legislation, administering regulatory controls and advised UK Ministers on the first marine energy projects. On the board of all three industry associations (RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables and Marine Energy Wales) and chair of the UK Marine Policy Forum & Council, Sue plays a key role in driving renewable industry policy in the marine area, in the UK and internationally.

Tim Hurst

Tim is a chartered electrical engineer with a background in operations management and project management in a variety of engineering environments.  After 16 years as an RAF engineer officer, Tim joined Synergie Scotland as a senior project manager working on the design and construction of large renewable energy projects, including the construction of the EMEC test sites.  In 2010 Tim moved to the Scottish European Green Energy Centre (SEGEC) where he worked to develop innovative Scottish energy projects that could be funded from European programmes and that supported Scotland’s long term energy objectives. 

Tim joined HIE as Head of Offshore Industry Development in 2013. He was the lead contact for HIE on a pan-Scottish group of agencies including government, industry and key stakeholders, to plan and develop next generation test and demonstration facilities for the offshore renewable sector, with a particular focus on offshore wind.

WIll Apps

Will joined The Crown Estate in 2009 in the lead up to the commencement of Round 3 and was appointed as the Head of Energy Development in 2017. Will leads the team that manages the front end of the offshore wind portfolio; the assessment of seabed resource and future opportunity for growth, the origination of rights and new leasing activity, and the management of lease options during the development phase of our customer’s projects.

Will is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 20 years of experience of management of infrastructure projects and investment programmes in the water and power industries, both in the UK and oversees. His initial foray into offshore wind began in 2004 on the project now known as London Array. Will represents The Crown Estate on the Offshore Wind Programme Board and other Offshore Wind Industry Council related activity.

Ioannis Dragotis

Yannis completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Technological Educational Institute of Larissa in Greece, before going on to complete a Masters in Engineering Management at the Brunel University. Yannis Dragotis has been the Head of Renewable Energy Innovation Delivery at BEIS since May 2018. Prior to this he was a Project Management Engineer at Pharos Marine Automatic Power and has held various engineering positions in the UK and Greece.