Rachel McCallSpeakers

Time Description
Session 1 Opening


A1: RenewableUK and Chair Welcome

Welcome: Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive, RenewableUK Hugh McNeal

Hugh McNeal has been Chief Executive of RenewableUK since April 2016. He was a senior civil servant from 2006, including spending almost five years as the Chief Executive of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment, and leading work on the development of the UK’s first Low Carbon Industrial Strategy as Deputy Director of Low Carbon Business from 2008 to 2010 at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.  Hugh is a Board member of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Hugh was educated at the London School of Economics and Harvard University where he also taught from 1995 to 2000.  He was on the Board and then Chair of Equinox, a charity providing services to people seeking to overcome alcohol, drug and mental health problems, from 2002 until 2012.  Hugh lives in South London with his wife and young son.

Chair: Alex Gauntt, Commercial Director, Irish Sea ContractorsAlex Gauntt 2

Alex Gauntt is the Commercial Director for Irish Sea Contractors, a leading innovative Irish underwater engineering specialist with an exciting new subsea power cable repair technology. He has been involved in the development, planning and construction of renewable energy projects since 2005 for both Project Developers and Tier 1 contractors with a focus on the subsea cable industry since 2013. He is a regular contributor and public speaker to international renewable energy and cabling events.  Alex has an MBA and is an active member and past chairman of various industry steering groups.

Session 2 The Past


A2: Asset Oracle: Case Study from a Cable Owner

John Duquemin, Chief Engineer, Jersey Electricity Plc


A3: Cable Failures and Trends: Insurer’s Perspective

Jonas Dalsgaard, Global Sales & Business Development Manager, Jonas Dalsgaard
Codan Forsikring

Jonas Dalsgaard has been in the insurance industry since 2002 with a distinct focus on complex risks throughout his career. Having previously served in various strategic leadership roles, he joined Codan and the world of offshore wind in 2013 as a trading underwriter. In his current role as Global Sales & Business Development Manager, Jonas is based 50/50 in Copenhagen and London and heads up the sales and strategic business development efforts of Codans Renewable Energy division.

Session 3 The Present


A4: Q&A with Key Stakeholders

Chair: Alex Gauntt, Commercial Director, Irish Sea Contractors Alex Gauntt 2




Victoria Pointer, Head of Marine Licensing Operations, Marine Management Organisation Victoria Pointer(MMO)

Victoria Pointer joined the Marine Management Organisation as Head of Marine Licensing Operations in May 2018 from the Department for Transport (DfT).  At DfT Victoria held a range of posts including Head of the National Transport Casework Team, managing operational staff dealing with applications from developers and Highway Authorities to change road design, classification and designation, often in relation to NSIP developments. At the MMO, Victoria leads a team of over 50 case officers and managers responsible for determining the full spectrum of marine licence applications and has a particular focus on developing staff and improving performance.

Rachel McCall, Liaison Officer, European Subsea Cables Association Rachel McCall

Rachel is the Liaison Officer for the European Subsea Cables Association.  She has more than fifteen years’ experience in consenting and environmental compliance, environmental impact assessment (at the strategic and project levels), and project development for energy generation and subsea cable projects in the development and construction phases in the UK and Europe.  Project direction, management and technical lead roles have included Strategic Environmental Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment (including Habitat Regulations Assessment, Water Framework Directive Assessment and Marine Conservation Zone Assessment), project development, procurement and tender evaluation for survey (geophysical, noise, benthic and fish, water and sediment quality, marine mammal mitigation), and stakeholder consultation and engagement.

Simon Goodwin, Senior Commercial Manager – Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure, Simon Goodwin
The Crown Estate

Simon is a Senior Commercial Manager in the Energy Minerals and Infrastructure (EMI) Department of The Crown Estate, the specialist real estate business that manages the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Simon is responsible for the electricity interconnector portfolio including project origination and licencing and also provides commercial support to other areas of EMI including the offshore wind and cables and pipelines portfolios.  Simon is a degree qualified engineer, has a PhD and has experience of working in the electricity and gas industries at head office, asset and project environments, the UK and overseas.


A5: Measure Twice… Don’t Cut at all: Survey Session

Chair: Alex Gauntt, Commercial Director, Irish Sea Contractors Alex Gauntt 2



Ed Jones
, Subsea Cable Engineering Lead, Cathie Associates Ed Jones

Ed Jones is a geologist and geotechnical engineer with over 12 years of engineering experience. Ed has worked in the offshore industry for Cathie Associates and cable installation contractors, throughout the full lifecycle of offshore wind and interconnector subsea cable projects. He is one of the foremost industry experts on subsea cable risk management, survey data requirements and burial assessment.

Mark Finch, Managing Director, Ternan Energy Mark Finch

Mark Finch is a Chartered Engineer with nearly 30 years’ experience of geotechnical and installation engineering in the subsea cables, offshore oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. Based in Aberdeen since 1995, Mark has worked for a broad range of organisations from site investigation and EPCI contractors to Operators and Developers. In 2016 he established Ternan Energy – an independent geoscience advisory service. Mark regularly acts as an Expert Witness in disputes and advises Clients across the globe. He is currently advising Clients on several subsea cables projects including Aquind, IFA2 and Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm.

Michael King, Business Development Manager, Bibby HydroMap Michael King

With a technical background in geophysics, Michael previously worked offshore across the globe, before a career move into project management. With experience managing projects in renewable energy, in the oil & gas market and within the subsea cable industry, he is now a senior manager in the commercial team at Bibby HydroMap, responsible for business development, as well as technical review of tenders and increasing the company’s market share. He is an active member of the European Subsea Cables Association, a Member of the Chartered Management Institute, and has presented at industry events across Europe on a range of topics.


A6: Installers Insights

Chair: Neil Gordon, Chief Executive, Subsea UK Neil Gordon Small 2

Neil is currently CEO of Subsea UK. He initially studied Business in Aberdeen then trained as a Commercial Diver spending eight years carrying out numerous diving assignments in the UK and Norwegian waters involving new construction projects, pipeline surveys, welding and inspection. He has over 25 years management experience in Director and Business Development roles, combined with over 15 years in the subsea industry. Prior to joining Subsea UK, he spent four years managing the National Hyperbaric Centre which included project managing saturation diving operations and hyperbaric weld trials. He more recently developed the subsea safety training and consultancy aspects of the business, where he regularly lectured to subsea engineers and delivered a range of training courses both in the UK and overseas. He has experience working in India, Middle-East, Africa and Brazil and has worked with the oil and gas producers diving operations sub-committee on client representative training and competency for subsea projects. He was also an active member of the IMCA Diving Safety, Medical, Technical and Training Committee. He currently has directorships with NSRI, OPITO and the Offshore Training Foundation, a member of the OGA Supply Chain Taskforce and a member of the MSc Subsea Engineering Advisory Board at Aberdeen University.

Mike Daniel, Managing Director of CWind Power Cable Installation & Repair, CWind Mike Daniel New

Mike has over 35 years’ experience in the renewables and oil & gas sectors. Having previously worked at UDI, Rockwater, Stolt Offshore and Subocean Group, Mike joined Fugro in 2012. Mike successfully completed many projects including the Rampion Offshore windfarm array cable installation, Hywind export cable trenching, Shell Gannet pipeline trenching, Humber Gateway cable installation and trenching of 77 array cables, BP ETAP project 32km umbilical replacement, Engie Cygnus 74km umbilical trenching and Shell Corrib project. Mike now heads the team responsible for power cable installation and repair & oil & gas installation and trenching.

Jack Wattel, Director Commerce, Boskalis Subsea Cables & Flexibles Jack Wattel

Jack is Director Commerce responsible for all commercial activities within Boskalis Subsea Cables & Flexibles (formerly VBMS) which includes innovation, business development, sales and tendering related to subsea cable & umbilical installation worldwide. Previously, he was Managing Director of VolkerInfra Ltd. Jack graduated as a civil engineer and spent the first 10 years of his working life in the international dredging industry, involved in major infrastructural projects like Storebelt and Oresund bridges and tunnels.  After joining the VolkerWessel group in 1990, he stood at the cradle of VBMS, being part of the very exciting first years of offshore wind cable installation.

Jonathan Wheatley, UK Representative for Tideway Offshore, DEME Group Jonathan Wheatley

Jonathan has been working in and around Subsea Cabling since 2000.  Initially involved in Marine IT Infrastructure for several of the major Subsea Construction players. More recently he has worked with VBMS (VSMC) as a Senior Oil and Gas Consultant (Cables) and for the last three years as UK Representative for Tideway Offshore, part of the Deme Group.  Jonathan holds an MSc in Project Management and in Strategy and Innovation from Oxford University (Saïd Business School). He has written extensively and holds an Expert Certificate in Renewable Energy and Finance and is a Chartered Member of the CMI and SUT.

Dr Norman Skillen, Business Development Manager, Jan De Nul (UK) Ltd Norman Skillen

Dr Norman Skillen is a hands-on business development and consulting professional with 25 years’ experience in Energy & Utilities operating across the value chain from hydrocarbon extraction through to renewable energy generation and supply.   Norman’s current role within Jan De Nul includes full offshore installations services of foundations, cables, and wind turbines, as well as supply chain and business development manager.  The Jan De Nul Group is an innovative marine contractor with EPCI/ BoP capability in offshore wind. Norman, who has a PhD in physical chemistry, is married with two teenage children, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.


A7: Leading Cable Design, Test & Manufacture

Chair: Alex Gauntt, Commercial Director, Irish Sea Contractors Alex Gauntt 2




Alessandro Panico, Sales Team Leader – Offshore Wind, Prysmian Group Alessandro Panico

Alessandro Panico obtained a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Federico II University (Naples) in 2006. His first work experience was with Hitachi Rail where he started his career as an engineer. He joined the Prysmian Group in 2008 where he held the position of HV System Design Engineer and Technical Sales Manager for the Middle East region. In 2012 he was back at HQ in Italy where he joined the Business Development team in the Submarine Business Unit. He has spent the last four years in the UK where he has taken responsibility of the sales and product management for the Developers’ Offshore Wind sector.

James Young, Chief Technology Officer, JDR Cable Systems Ltd James Young

James joined JDR in 2000 as Senior Design Engineer for new product development. He was appointed Chief Technology Officer in 2016 after a series of technical management roles within the business.  James led the design of JDR’s first 33 kV renewable energy cables supplied for the Beatrice 5MW Offshore Wind Demonstrator in 2007.  Prior to working for JDR, James worked for BICC Supertension and Subsea Cables, where he designed and developed HV AC and DC cables from 66 kV to 400 kV.  James has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer and has an MBA from Cranfield.

Dr Lee Harris, HV Materials Engineer, ORE Catapult Lee Harris

Lee obtained his Ph.D from Durham University in Surface Science in 2006, and has since led national and international research, product applications, operations, process development and sales groups in a variety of scientific fields across Life Science to Materials Development. He is currently the High Voltage Materials Scientist at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult at Blyth, UK, responsible for the research, development, testing, and validation of materials utilised in the high voltage industry, including the development and testing of MV/HV subsea static and dynamic cables within the ORE Catapult UKAS accredited High Voltage electrical laboratories.

Session 4 Future


A8i: Addressing Industry Challenges: Setting the Scene
Alex Gauntt 2
Chair: Alex Gauntt, Commercial Director, Irish Sea Contractors

 See biography above


Luke Bishop, Engineering Director, EDS HV Group Luke Bishop 2018

Detect Before Effect.  Cable Monitoring – Current and Future Technology

The renewables industry has for many years been reactive to issues with cables, rather than proactively discovering issues before they arise. The technologies which allow a proactive approach also required network outages to facilitate testing with resultant loss of supplies (leading to revenue loss or penalties). This presentation focuses on the present and future technologies that provide network operators the tools to detect issues as they arise enabling the initiation of repair plans, and in some cases allowing proactive repairs to be made.

Luke is a Chartered Engineer and specialist in transmission and distribution design, operation and technology. His vast experience encompasses system design, modelling, specification, CAPEX/OPEX analysis, failure investigation, location & repair, system operation and commissioning. Luke has led large design teams for DNOs and held the position of Commissioning Manager on wind and solar farms and battery storage systems.
As Engineering Director at EDS, Luke heads the Engineering, Consultancy, and R&D sections with a focus on subsea cable system monitoring, fault location and repair. Luke has previously worked at TCS (OFTO), LPA (now RINA), National Grid and EDF (now UK Power Networks).

Jack Simpson, Director, Tekmar Energy Ltd  Jack Simpson Photo

For over 8 years Jack has led the sales, marketing and strategy of Tekmar Energy through a track record of over 60 major projects. Jack has a passion for the industry and has in-depth experience in offshore, supporting live installations, gaining critical feedback at the heart of the operation for the benefit of future projects.

Dr John Gibson, Associate Director, Marketwise Strategies John Gibson

Repair and Maintenance of Subsea Power Cables: Key Issues and Challenges
Dr. Gibson’s presentation will address some of the key challenges and issues that relate to repair and maintenance of subsea power cables in offshore wind, drawing upon a lengthy study completed for the Global Marine Group in 2018.
Dr John Gibson is Associate Director of Marketwise Strategies, and has recently completed a major in-depth study of the offshore power cable market for the Global Marine Group. Since joining Marketwise Strategies in 2008, he has led many complex consultancy projects in the engineering and renewable energy markets from robotics to directional drilling and from applications of solar PV to markets for biomass fuel and waste to energy. He holds a social sciences PhD from Newcastle University, including research in North America, and has previously worked for the London School of Economics.


A8ii: Addressing Industry Challenges: Breakout Session

Moderator: John Davies, Director Seabed Intervention, Helix Canyon Offshore John Davies BW

John has been an Engineer within the Subsea, ROV industry for over 25 years. He has had a diverse career from working offshore, through to operations management, business development and now as Director of Seabed Intervention for Canyon Offshore Ltd. John’s expertise lies in the renewables sector and the trenching market merges with the core strength of Canyon Offshore, which is providing services (ROV, Trenching, construction support and vessels) in shallow to deep water marine contracting operations, and allows him to advise global energy, renewables and telecom players on the most cost-effective solution for their project needs.

Moderator: Baz Matvichuk, Vice President - Sales, Omnisens S.A Baz Matvichuk 2

Baz Matvichuk joined Omnisens S.A. in 2013 and is Vice President – Sales.  He is an electrical engineer, with over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry starting with Marconi, then Robert Bosch GmbH as a development engineer before starting a commercially oriented career with Amkor Technology, where he spent 12 years and served latterly as Vice President of the European Region.  Baz joined Automated Interconnect Technologies of Singapore in 2002 as Corporate Vice President, before returning to Europe and consulting roles with the Global Fund, and Victorinox. He is a regular presenter on the application of fibre optic based distributed sensing for Power Cable condition monitoring.





Moderator: Randall Linfoot, Project Manager, Ørsted Randall Linfoot

Randall has been involved in the utility industry for nearly two decades and offshore wind for 12 years. He is presently responsible for delivering all the contingency readiness and extreme event risk management in Orsted’s operating portfolio. Cables are a highlighted risk area which has a special focus for him and his team. He has been responsible for the design and development of offshore windfarm electrical assets including cables for around a decade.

Session 5  Industry Outlooks

A9: Pitch and Brew

Chair: John Price, Account Director, EDS HV Group John Price

John Price is the Key Account Director for James Fisher Marine Services a world leading provider of marine services, project construction through to full life operations and maintenance. John has specialist responsibility for four large Developer Accounts as well as supporting EDS HV in developing their Business Development Strategy. John is a 20-year veteran in the energy industry, with 12 years’ experience in offshore renewables principally with JDR Cables where he was Global Sales Director. John lead the development of JDR’s entry into the renewables industry from first order with Beatrice demonstrator through to 35% market share by 2017.

Luke Bishop, Engineering Director, EDS HV Group Luke Bishop 2018

Presentation Title: Cable Sentry - Detect Before Effect.  An Innovative Real Time Monitoring Solution for Subsea Cables

Luke is a Chartered Engineer and specialist in transmission and distribution design, operation and technology. His vast experience encompasses system design, modelling, specification, CAPEX/OPEX analysis, failure investigation, location & repair, system operation and commissioning. Luke has led large design teams for DNOs and held the position of Commissioning Manager on wind and solar farms and battery storage systems.
As Engineering Director at EDS, Luke heads the Engineering, Consultancy, and R&D sections with a focus on subsea cable system monitoring, fault location and repair. Luke has previously worked at TCS (OFTO), LPA (now RINA), National Grid and EDF (now UK Power Networks).

Alex Gauntt, Commercial Director, Irish Sea Contractors Alex Gauntt 2

 See biography above


Saul Matthews, Business Development, Synaptec Saul Matthews

Presentation Title: Saving Millions by Automating Response to Cable Faults

Saul has 25 years of sales and marketing leadership experience, leading growth for start-up and established  brands in the IT, mobile, unified communications and semiconductor industries in every global market. Saul joined Synaptec in 2017 to lead the commercialisation of a completely new distributed monitoring technology which reduces operating and outage cost for modern power system operators by using completely passive photonic sensors. These give unprecedented range, speed and capital cost savings for MV and HV instrumentation applications, improving protection, monitoring and control of critical power infrastructure, particularly when remote or inaccessible, such as offshore wind.

Julian Steward, Senior Sales Manager - Subsea, Royal IHC Julian Steward

Julian has been in the offshore installation and trenching industry for the past 27 years. He has held a variety of roles from equipment design, project management, system commissioning and offshore operations, commercial and sales roles. He has extensive international experience including Scandinavia, APAC and Brazil and has worked for multiple equipment suppliers and installation contractors including SMD, DeepOcean, EMAS, Reef Subsea and now Royal IHC.

Ed Woodrow, Director, Reclaim Subsea LtdEd Woodrow Mug Shot

Presentation Title: Reclaim Subsea Ltd – Innovation in Offshore Power Cable Recovery / Reprocess / Recycle 

Ed Woodrow is a Director and founder member of Reclaim Subsea Ltd, a new and innovative company looking to bring a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective system to the market for the recovery, re-processing and recycling of damaged or decommissioned offshore power cables. Ed joins Reclaim Subsea after 18 years at Reach Engineering and Diving Services, having been a key player in bringing REDS into the renewables industry and overseeing a wide range of subsea projects including IRM, cable installation support, UXO, ROV and mass flow excavation services at over 25 windfarms across the UK and Western Europe.

Michael Brooks, Senior Executive - Contracts, 4C Offshore Ltd Michael Brooks




Pete Saddington, Senior Business Development Manager, Peter Saddington
Uniper Technologies Ltd

Presentation Title: Cable Architect: LCoE Reduction Through Array Cable Optimisation

Peter has recently joined Uniper having previously worked for BSI as the Built Environment Commercial Manager, for the Global Product Certification team. In his time with BSI, Peter has worked on a number of projects that involved digitisation of industries, particularly around Smart Cities and BIM in the Built Environment. Peter has presented on Digitisation at events in the UK, Turkey and the Netherlands, and has worked in Business Development for the last 12 years.



A10: Financing Offshore Cable Projects


A11: Closing Statement

Alex Gauntt, Commercial Director, Irish Sea Contractors Alex Gauntt 2

See biography above