Virtual programme overview


Speaker Biography

Alicia Green, Aviation Policy Lead, RenewableUK

Alicia leads on barriers to deployment at RenewableUK, including work on aviation. Prior to this role, Alicia worked on the people and skills element of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, having joined RenewableUK in 2017. Alicia was awarded the Women Powering Smart Energy Rising Star award in 2020 and is the UK Global Ambassador for the Women in Wind Global Leadership Programme.

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Adam Nevin, Innovation Lead, Trelleborg

Dr Adam Nevin is the Innovation Lead within Trelleborg’s Applied Technologies operation in Retford. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Nottingham on highly functionalised nanomaterials and their potential for revolutionising the renewable energy sector, before continuing to a subsequent post-doctoral position developing novel smart polymers at Cardiff University.

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Andy Knill, Aviation Technical Consultant, RenewableUK

Andy provides specialist aviation input to RenewableUK. After 20 years in the RAF, he was Head of Surveillance and Spectrum Management at the UK CAA where he additionally held responsibility for Wind Turbine and Aviation issues. In addition to supporting RenewableUK, AIFCL and OWIC, Andy is a member of the Performance Review Body for the Single European Sky.

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Craig King, Airspace Modernisation LeadFuture Airspace, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) 

Craig is the UK CAA Airspace Modernisation Lead in the Airspace, ATM and Aerodromes Team.  He is the Lead for Airspace Modernisation, specifically developing airspace structures necessary to meet UK future requirements in line with the Airspace Modernisation Strategy.  Prior to joining the CAA Craig spent 30-yrs in the UK Armed Forces as an Air Traffic Control Officer and has extensive experience operating in both the Terminal and En-Route control environments.  His final appointments were Senior Air Traffic Control Officer for RAF Benson then Ministry of Defence policy lead for all Communications, Navigation and Surveillance equipment for Air Traffic Management. 

Chris Baker 

Professor Chris Baker, Chair of Intelligent Sensor Systems, University of Birmingham

Chris Baker holds the University of Birmingham chair in intelligent sensor systems previously having the position of Chief Technology Officer for Aveillant, a Thales company.  Before this he held the Thales-Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of intelligent radar systems based at University College London. He has been actively engaged in radar systems research since 1984 and is the author of over three hundred publications. His research interests include, coherent radar techniques, radar signal processing, radar signal interpretation, electronically scanned radar systems, radar imaging, natural and cognitive echo locating systems. He is the recipient of the IEE Mountbatten premium (twice), the IEE Institute premium and is a Fellow of the IET and the IEEE.

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Danielle Lane, Director, Head of Market Development Offshore Wind & UK Country Manager, Vattenfall

Danielle Lane has worked in the UK wind industry for 20 years with roles at the Crown Estate, Orsted and Centrica. Danielle joined Vattenfall in May 2018 and took up the role of UK Country Manager in August. She is also Head of Market Development, leading the growth of Vattenfall’s offshore wind pipeline. 

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Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope

Giles Dickson is the Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope, a position he’s held since 2015.  WindEurope is the voice of the European wind industry.  It represents the whole value chain of onshore and offshore wind across Europe and has more than 400 members.  It engages Governments and other stakeholders on policy and regulation.  It organises industry exhibitions, conferences and workshops.  And it coordinates publicly-funded R&D in wind. Dickson is also Chairman of the independent Advisory Council of ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity. From 1992 to 2008 he was a civil servant in the UK Government, working mostly on European affairs. From 2008 to 2015 he worked for the French engineering company Alstom where he was Vice-President for Global Public Affairs.  

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Henrik Bendix Nielsen, Sales Manager, Terma A/S

Sales Manager Security Sales Terma’s Wind Farm Solutions. Since 2017 responsible for global sales of Terma’s Obstruction Light Control radar systems for on- and offshore wind farm installations. Holds 25 years of international BD experience. Terma security solutions also comprise Maritime surveillance radars for Vessel Traffic Systems and Coastal Surveillance Surface Movement radars for airport safety Wind farm tolerant ATC radars.

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Lesley McNeil, Head of Wind Energy Policy and Development Energy Industries Division, Scottish Government Directorate for Energy and Climate Change

Lesley McNeil is Head of Wind Energy Policy for the Scottish Government, with responsibility for the policy considerations for both onshore and offshore wind. She has worked in Directorate for Energy and Climate Change for a number of years, with an interest in the barriers to the deployment of wind projects and how these can be resolved. With an academic background in archaeology and history, she is disappointed to be seldom asked to discuss the Neolithic period, cold war diplomacy or, rum-based cocktails.

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Mark Balsdon, Head of Airline and Airspace Customer Management, NATS



Melanie Onn, Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUK

Melanie Onn joined RenewableUK in March as Deputy Chief Executive. Her role includes helping RenewableUK's supply chain members to grow, and developing the skilled workforce the industry needs, including opening up wider areas of the sector to more women. She also leads on public speaking and media work.  Ms Onn was elected twice as Labour MP for Great Grimsby, serving from May 2015 to November 2019, including periods as Shadow Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.

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Group Capt. Nick Robson, Ministry of Defence

Group Captain Nick Robson joined the RAF in 1987 and qualified as an Air Traffic Controller in 1992, operating in over 42 countries.  He undertook his current role in Nov 19 as the Head of Defence Airspace and Air Traffic organisation as the MoD’s lead for all airspace policy and strategy, from UAVs to airspace classifications, from Space to windfarms.

Paul Wheelhouse

Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands

Born in Belfast, Paul was raised in Edinburgh. He has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh. First elected in 2011, Paul currently serves as Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, a post he has held since June 2018.

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Paul Cooley,  Aviation Workstream Sponsor, OWIC

Paul Cooley is Director of Capital Projects at SSE Renewables, where he is responsible for the growth of the company’s renewable portfolio. This includes the development and delivery of a diverse capital programme including onshore and offshore wind, hydro, solar and storage projects. Previously he held the roles of Director of Generation Development and Director of Performance Improvement within SSE’s Wholesale business and was also General Manager for SSE/Airtricity in Ireland. Prior to joining the energy industry, he held various senior positions within the chemicals and manufacturing industry in the UK, Ireland and overseas, including operational, regulatory and engineering management roles at DuPont, Koch Industries and the Quinn Group.

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Robert Garbett, ACE20, BSI

Robert is Founder of Drone Major Group Limited, the world’s first global drone consultancy. He is also Founder of the UK Drone Delivery Group, an industry initiative to provide guidance on the steps required to enable the accelerated commercialization of the UK drone industry. Its members include senior representatives of the aviation industry and various authorities including Boeing, Thales, Microsoft, Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority. Robert is Chairman of the British Standards Institution (BSI) Committee responsible for the development of drone standards in the UK and leads the International Standards Organisation Working Group developing the standards for the operation of unmanned air systems (UAS), both passenger and non-passenger carrying.


Rosanna Thomson, Aviation Directorate, Department for Transport

Rosanna Thomson is Head of Drones Policy and Legislation at the Department for Transport. Previously, she worked in the Department’s Aviation Directorate on EU Exit legislation. Prior to joining the Department for Transport, Rosanna worked at the Department for Education in a number of roles relating to academies.

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Samuel Hodgkinson, Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force

Sqn Ldr Sam Hodgkinson, Deputy Inspector Flight Safety at the RAF Safety Centre. Sam’s background is as a Military Helicopter Pilot and Instructor with over 2500 hours of UK and overseas flying experience on four Helicopter types including over 500 hours flying using Night Vision Devices at low level.


Trevor Raggatt, Head of Offshore Renewables and Biomass, BEIS

Trevor Raggatt joined the, then, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s Energy Group in 2008 leading on marine energy and biomass. Having worked on a range of renewable technologies, from 2016 his role in BEIS expanded to cover offshore renewables (offshore wind, tidal stream and tidal range) and biomass electricity. Trevor joined the Civil Service in 1990 after studying Chemistry at Royal Holloway College (University of London). Over his Civil Service career he has worked on a diverse range of policies including UK civil space policy, Rescue and Reconstruction of Lloyds of London, UK & International Accounting Standards, major reviews of Company & Partnership Law and State aid.

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Vince Savage, Technical Leader Wind Farm Impact Assessment, QinetiQ

Vince Savage is the technical lead for the QinetiQ Radar Impact Assessment team. The team has 20 years’ experience assessing the impact of wind turbines on radar and telecommunications; services include desk-based studies and experimental trials for onshore and offshore wind projects. Vince’s background is in radar modelling, and the control and reduction of radar signatures from complex objects.

Lunchtime Side Event Speaker: Enabling Decarbonistaion of Aviation and Defence

Dujon Goncalves-Collins – Vattenfall Wind Power 

Dujon has worked at Vattenfall since February 2019; he is their lead for aviation issues ranging from radar, lighting, heli-ops and drones ops, working across their Wind portfolio of projects offshore and onshore, working with project and specialist teams. He led the work to develop ORAG Issues 1 and 2, the inaugural RUGO and work with CAA to define new lighting policies for wind turbines, as well as the development of the Wind & Aviation Strategy. He was the Sec of RUK’s Aviation Group and he represented industry on the AMB, ASIWWG and co-chaired the ORAF with CAA. Previously he was an Officer in the Royal Air Force.

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Carolina Escudero – Vattenfall Networks

Carolina Escudero is an electrical engineer with over 10 years’ experience in transmission and distribution of electricity. Her current role in Vattenfall Network Solutions is to find technical and commercial business propositions to clients with regards to their electrical infrastructure. She has performed studies on the implementation of smart grids and microgrids in mixed use and residential developments and the benefits for the clients and Vattenfall. Her current focus is on the efforts to decarbonise heavy transport and facilitating the provision of the necessary infrastructure in ports, airports and vessels.

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Doreen Abeysundra – Vattenfall Markets

Doreen Abeysundra is a senior originator within Vattenfall’s Business Area Markets in London where she originates, structures, prices and sells innovative route-to-market PPA structures for generators and consumers of electricity which is solely generated from renewable energy sources. She recently ran an independent financial advisory practice, fostering the development of clean technology in niche sectors and regions. Her project finance banking experience across Europe, the Middle East and Africa has honed a risk-embracing practitioner with a keen aptitude for originating diverse deals, negotiating mandates and securing financing commitments.  Doreen holds an MSc in Climate Change Management from Birkbeck University of London and a first class pass in the Saïd Business School Oxford FinTech Program.