7-8 October 2020 

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Wednesday 7 October

Event & Exhibition Open
Ministerial AddresS


The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth)Kwasi Kwarteng photo 100

Kwasi Kwarteng MP was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Business,Kwasi Kwarteng MP was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Business,Energy and Industrial Strategy on 24 July 2019. Kwasi was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Exiting the European Union from 16 November 2018 to 24 July 2019. Kwasi read classics and history at Trinity College, Cambridge, and then attended Harvard University on a Kennedy Scholarship. He earned a PhD in economic history from the University of Cambridge in 2000. Before becoming a Member of Parliament, Kwasi worked as an analyst in financial services. Kwasi was elected as Member of Parliament for Spelthorne in 2010. From 2010 until 2013 he was a member of the Transport Select Committee, and in 2013 he joined the Work and Pensions Select Committee where he was a member until 2015. In October 2016 Kwasi joined the Public Accounts Committee, where he was a member until May 2017. In 2015 Kwasi was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Lords, and in 2017 he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Exhibition & Networking 



A1: The race is on… floating wind and the race to net zero


The global starting gun has been fired on the race for floating wind. With ScotWind Leasing underway and the UK Government’s pledge to enable new floating wind farms, the UK is well placed to become a global leader in the technology. Join industry leaders as they give their perspectives on the role floating wind will play in boosting economic growth and helping the UK to meet net zero.


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 Renewable Energy Strategic Leadership Group, co-chaired by Scotland’s Energy Minister.


Colin Palmer, Director of Marine, Crown Estate Scotland

Colin joined the organisation in October 2018 and leads on the development of offshore renewable energy and aquaculture. His remit also includes carbon capture & storage and cables & pipelines. Colin’s experience to date includes working in onshore wind development, offshore wind development (as Project Manager for Beatrice Offshore wind farm up until consent in 2014) and most recently as Delivery Director for Kite Power Systems delivering innovative new airborne renewable energy technology. Colin also worked in oil & gas as Commercial & Development Manager for SSE Exploration & Production. He has degrees in marketing and in engineering project management.

    Stephen Bull, Vice President of Wind and Low Carbon Solutions, Equinor

Stephen Bull is Senior Vice President for Equinor’s North Sea Region and Chair of RenewableUK. His business unit covers all operations of Equinor’s UK offshore wind assets including Sheringham Shoal, Dudgeon and Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm. He also manages a project pipeline including Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind farm in development and Hywind Tampen in Norway, linking floating offshore wind to oil & gas. Stephen has held senior leadership positions in the energy industry for over 20 years covering offshore wind, floating offshore wind technologies, carbon capture & storage, energy storage and international oil and gas operations. He also serves on expert panels for the UK government covering low carbon technologies. Stephen started his career in JP Morgan, London as an equities analyst before joining Norsk Hydro and Equinor. He writes regularly about energy transition themes on Twitter @sbul_stephen and LinkedIn.



Josselin Gillot, Commercial Manager, Offshore Wind, Shell

Josselin GILLOT is a Commercial Manager for Floating Wind at Shell. He joined the Shell offshore wind team in 2019 when Shell acquired EOLFI, a French SME dedicated to Renewables Energies and Floating Wind. During his three years at Eolfi he was responsible for new business development overseas. Prior to working in offshore wind, Mr GILLOT was a French Navy Officer for 16 years, where he worked as Nuclear Engineer on Submarines and Logistic Officer in various places, including the NATO Response Force in Italy. He then joined Westinghouse Electric Co in 2008 and worked until 2013 in the Operations division, where he was responsible for managing the maintenance activities for French and Belgium nuclear utilities. From 2013 he was Managing Director of affiliates of both Westinghouse Electric and Toshiba Power System. Josselin GILLOT has a Master in Nuclear Engineering from the French Institute for Nuclear Sciences (INSTN) and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

    Julian Brown, Vice President and UK Country Manager, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Julian Brown is Vice President and UK Country Manager for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. He has a career background in engineering and manufacturing and joined the wind industry in 2000 as Managing Director of NEG Micon Rotors (now Vestas). Julian went on to co-found leading wind consultancy BVG Associates, became Country Director for AREVA Wind and also co-founded consultancy 8.2Aarufield. He is a non-executive director of Tekmar plc and trade association Renewable UK which he also Chaired for four years.


Dan Finch, Managing Director, Ocean Winds

Dan Finch has worked within the renewables industry for over 30 years. Holding Engineering and Management roles at all stages from project conception, development, construction and O&M in Hydro and Wind technologies. Dan is Managing Director of Ocean Winds UK; He is responsible for leading the development of commercial-scale offshore wind generation using fixed and floating wind technology developed by EDPR.


Duncan Watson, UK General Manager, Vryhof  

Duncan holds a B.Eng. (Hons) degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering and an MSc in IT Systems. Prior to joining Deep Sea Mooring, Duncan held senior technical positions at semi-submersible operator Prosafe Offshore and prior to that at Subsea7 and Noble Denton Consultants. Since 2001 he has been heavily involved with station keeping systems of floating structures with a combination of design, installation and operational experience.

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A2: Turning the floating vision into a reality 


Join this session to find out how we can turbocharge floating wind in the UK. The expert panel will be discussing the policies needed to unlock opportunities presented by floating wind, how costs can be brought down, and the actions needed to address potential barriers in consenting and grid. 

B2: Ports and supply chain infrastructure


With ScotWind underway, CfD Round 4 approaching and deep-water markets offering potential across the globe, how are UK ports planning now for the future pipeline? What more needs to be done to ensure that ports and associated infrastructure in all parts of the UK are able to benefit from construction and marshalling, fabrication and O&M opportunities as our ambitions for floating offshore wind increase?

  Chair:    Rebecca Williams, Head of Policy and Regulation, RenewableUK

Rebecca leads RenewableUK's work to develop policy and engage stakeholders on the next steps in the energy transition. Rebecca specialises in market design, working closely with governments and regulators to effect change that will deliver renewable energy at the scale needed for net zero. In addition to mature renewables like onshore and offshore wind, Rebecca leads RenewableUK’s work to create the right policy framework to bring innovative technologies – such as floating offshore wind, tidal energy and electricity storage – to market.

Chair:    Chris Willow, Head of Floating Wind Development, RWE Renewables

Chris Willow is Head of Floating Wind Development at RWE Renewables. He is working to shape the company into a market-leading floating wind player that can safely develop, build and operate cost-competitive, commercial-scale projects in strategic markets around the world. Current activities include gathering knowledge from our portfolio of demonstrators and research projects (including the TetraSpar and DemoSATH demonstrators and the Carbon Trust JIP), working with our in-house technical experts to identify and close knowledge gaps, and supporting our global teams to secure new commercial-scale projects. His 2030 goals are that RWE Renewables has developed the capability to deliver floating projects on the same low-cost basis as seabed-fixed projects and that it has 1GW of floating wind capacity deployed with a multi-gigawatt pipeline of secured future projects.He is lucky to be working with an extremely talented group of colleagues who all have the same drive to push things forward and succeed. He enjoys travelling and spotting offshore wind farms through aeroplane windows

  Fiona Mettam, Deputy Director, Clean Power, Strategy and Deployment, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Mark McKean, Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland

Mark has been a Development Manager with Crown Estate Scotland and its predecessor since 2011, with responsibility for managing a variety of offshore renewable energy developments and assets around Scotland. As part of Crown Estate Scotland’s Energy & Infrastructure team, Mark’s current focus is on managing a growing fleet of operating assets and development of energy systems utilising offshore renewables. Previously, Mark had a career in programme and project management as well as transport, utilities and energy infrastructure delivery in both public and private sector.  Mark is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Member of The Association for Project Management.


Paul O’Brien, Senior Development Manager – Energy and Inward Investment, DeepWind

Senior Development Manager with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Cluster Manager for the DeepWind offshore wind supply chain cluster. With HIE for over 19 years with most of that ‘on loan’ to Scottish Development International covering both international trade and inward investment in offshore wind and marine energy. Represents HIE on the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association board, sits on the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council (SOWEC) Skills Group and their Supply Chain and Cluster Group, past board member of Ocean Energy Europe, previously an advisory board member for Energy Technology Partnership and the Offshore Renewable Institute and also served as a member of the Scottish Government’s Marine Energy Group and Hydrogen Industry Group. Starting in April 2019 as Cluster Manager for DeepWind which now has 460 member organisations and is the largest offshore wind cluster in Europe.

James Robinson, Senior Maritime Engineer, Arup

James is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Senior Maritime Engineer based in Arup’s Glasgow office.  He has over eight years’ experience in port assessment, masterplanning, design, procurement and contract management on projects across the UK and continental Europe.  He has worked on commissions for public sector bodies, port operators, contractors and offshore wind developers.  James has a particular interest in port logistics and infrastructure requirements for the energy sector, including for offshore wind construction and O&M.    

 Suzanne Clifton, Regulations and Markets UK, Ocean Winds

Suzanne focuses on regulation and markets in the UK for Ocean Winds; both for the existing Moray East and Moray West offshore windfarms and future development opportunities. As well as regulation and markets, Suzanne advises on policy and PPAs and manages existing CfD contract and insurance. Suzanne is a member of RenewableUK's first shadow board, having been appointed at the beginning of 2020. Prior to joining OW Suzanne worked for FTI Consulting, providing financial and economic services across a wide range of regulated industries including energy and telecoms.

Joanne Allday, Strategic Business Development Manager, Port of Cromarty Firth 

Joanne Allday is Strategic Business Development Manager at the Port of Cromarty Firth.  This Trust Port has invested over £50m in new infrastructure; successfully positioning itself as a leading renewable energy hub.  The Port recently marshalled the Beatrice and Moray East Offshore Windfarms and is a founding member of the Deep Wind Cluster.


Mary Thorogood, Senior Specialist, Business Development and Government Relations, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Mary Thorogood (Senior Specialist, Business Development) leads MHI Vestas’ global policy and government relations function, building frameworks and political support to drive sustainable, long term market growth.  She has strong experience of the UK and European markets as they have grown as well as collaborating with Governments and stakeholders to establish supportive mechanisms in new global markets.  Mary joined MHI Vestas in 2018 from Vattenfall, the state-owned Swedish utility and one of the world’s largest offshore wind developers where she led UK Government and Stakeholder Relations. 

Miriam Noonan, Analysis and Insights Manager,  ORE Catapult 

Miriam Noonan is Analysis and Insights manager at ORE Catapult. She works with SMEs to understand the economic benefit of adopting new innovations and provides analysis of wider market situations to evaluate long term UK economic benefit of investment in the UK supply chain. Her background covers business planning and commercial analysis in a range of energy industries.



Dr Adam Payne, Principal Consultant, RPS | Energy

Adam leads the RPS Energy permitting and consenting team in Scotland and is leading the RPS market strategy for floating offshore wind in the UK. Adam specialises in managing consenting applications, the EIA process and providing consenting and marine licensing support to a wide variety of offshore wind clients in the UK, Ireland, US and Japan.  His most recent project experience includes advising clients in relation to the ScotWind leasing process, providing peer review for The Crown Estate Round 4 constraints analysis and advising the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in relation to phased projects and the use of the Project Design Envelope in the permitting process.  Adam also has a background in oil and gas, wave and tidal and fisheries management. 

 Tim James, Director of Energy Development, Port of Milford Haven 

As a life sciences graduate with a drive to reducing the impacts of climate change, Tim took the opportunity to work for the UKs largest Energy Port in 2011. His proactive and determined approach has seen his role develop to an executive level responsible for diversifying the Ports energy related interests. His delivered projects have resulted in a steady circa £1m of revenue for the business and seen the operation run carbon neutral from 2015-2016. Tim’s heavily involved in projects like Milford Haven: Energy Kingdom and The South Wales Industrial Cluster, which are developing market mechanisms and infrastructure plans to deliver Net Zero ahead of target.

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A3: Investing for the future 


With the world facing up to unprecedented challenges and change, more and more companies, governments and institutions are looking at the opportunity in floating offshore wind. The market is a fluid mix of start-ups, global energy companies and long-standing renewables experts, all with something to offer. In this rapidly-accelerating market, what different models of financial support might help floating wind speed up its journey to cost reduction and commercial-scale deployment?


Joyce Lee, Policy and Operations Director, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) 

Joyce is Policy and Operations Director at GWEC, managing policy and political risk analysis for emerging wind markets around the world. She also leads the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program. Previously, she worked at FTI Consulting’s Global Risk and Investigations Practice in London, Aegis Advisory and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Beijing. She holds dual Master’s degrees from Peking University and the London School of Economics.


Séamus McCabe, Vice President, Green Investment Group



Ian Stout, Director of Business Development and Communications, SeaWind 



Silke Ehrhart, Head of Offshore Wind Operations, Total   



Pablo Lucas, Head of Partnerships and Liaison Officer, Ocean Winds

Pablo Lucas is an expert on the Structured and Project Finance field with 14 years of working experience. He is specialist on Debt Capital Markets, with a deep experience on the energy industry and international deals. Before joining EDPR, Pablo worked five years in the Corporate Banking and Debt Capital Markets department at Banesto’s Investment Banking division, a former subsidiary at Santander Banking Group in Spain. Since 2020 Pablo is the Head of Partnerships and Liaison Office at OW, the JV between EDP Renewables and Engie for offshore wind. In this new position, Pablo is coordinating the relationship with other Equity partners, mainly in the UK and France projects.

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Thursday 8 October

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A4: The global race is on: seizing the opportunity in international markets


The potential global market for floating wind is huge. This potential means enormous export opportunity for the UK supply chain. With the UK leading the development of floating wind, how can businesses leverage our experience to access wider opportunities in this multi-billion-pound sector? How are countries around the world responding to floating wind - and just how far can the UK’s expertise reach? 


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.   


Richard Simon-Lewis, Director and Head of Business Development, Marketing and Communications, UK Export Finance 

Richard is head of the Origination and Marketing & Communications group at UK Export Finance.  Previously, Richard was Head of the Civil, Infrastructure and Energy & International Business Development ('IBD') divisions, UK Export Finance.  Richard reports into Louis Taylor, CEO, UKEF, and is a member of UKEF's Executive Committee. 

Richard is a structured financier and international business developer with over 30 years’ experience in providing leadership, strategic direction and international stakeholder engagement to specialised public and private sector institutions (typically global top 5 in their fields) active internationally across a variety of sectors (for example, energy, utilities, infrastructure etc) but with a particular specialism derived from over 20 years working in renewable energy, and, more recently, clean growth (UKEF currently ranks 3rd in the TXF global sustainable finance league tables for 2019).   For example, he was head of renewable energy at Lloyds Bank responsible for establishing Lloyds Banking Group as no. 1 ranked Lead Arranger of Renewable Energy projects in the UK in 2010 - 2012 (source:  Bloomberg New Energy Finance) which included first phase of offshore wind transactions undertaken in UKCS. 


 Mary Thorogood, Senior Specialist, Business Development and Government Relations, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind 

Mary Thorogood (Senior Specialist, Business Development) leads MHI Vestas’ global policy and government relations function, building frameworks and political support to drive sustainable, long term market growth.  She has strong experience of the UK and European markets as they have grown as well as collaborating with Governments and stakeholders to establish supportive mechanisms in new global markets.  Mary joined MHI Vestas in 2018 from Vattenfall, the state-owned Swedish utility and one of the world’s largest offshore wind developers where she led UK Government and Stakeholder Relations. 


Johan Sandberg, Senior Manager, Aker Offshore Wind

Johan has worked with floating wind since 2009 and spent almost 12 years in DNV GL. Among other things he was responsible for the world’s first design standard for floating wind turbines launched in 2013. He also had responsibility for the WIN WIN project, integrating offshore wind with offshore oil & gas operations. Since 2019 he is working with Aker and the newly formed Aker Offshore Wind with project and business development.

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A5: Consents and licensing


Floating wind will present a new set of consenting demands on industry and regulators, and work must accelerate now to identify the strategic research and evidence-gathering required to maximise future success. This session will explore what lessons we can learn from fixed-bottom consenting, and where we can chart a different approach in deeper waters.

B5: Future innovation and cost reduction in floating wind


Innovation will play a major role in the continued development, deployment and cost reduction of floating wind. This session will explore lessons learned, innovations in site selection, foundation concepts, floating wind’s role in the wider electricity system and the opportunities presented by green hydrogen.


Dr Andronikos Kafas, Offshore Opportunities Manager, Ocean Winds

Andronikos joined Ocean Winds (OW) as the Offshore Opportunities Manager in 2020. He is leading the team responsible for identifying and biding for offshore wind opportunities in the UK as well as selected international markets. OW, founded in 2020, is a 50:50 offshore wind joint-venture between the world’s fourth-largest wind energy producer EDPR and energy utility giant ENGIE.

 Chair:   Michael Brides, Manager – Offshore Wind Development Projects Programme,  Engineering and Major Projects, ESB

Michael Brides is the Offshore Wind Development Programme Manager in the Engineering and Major Projects Directorate of ESB. Michael has worked across ESB’s portfolio of renewable projects over an 8 year period in Ireland and the UK in engineering and project management roles. More recently he has been involved in ESB’s Development Projects portfolio, in particular in the provision and management of technical/engineering and project management services to ESB Asset Development. Michael is a chartered Civil Engineer with a background in geotechnical engineering and has an MSc in Structural Engineering.


Mandy King, Programme Manager - Offshore Wind Evidence and Change, The Crown Estate

Mandy is a Chartered Environmentalist with over 20 years experience of EIA, planning and energy infrastructure projects. She currently heads up a collaborative programme of strategic research and evidence projects for the Crown Estate to facilitate the sustainable and coordinated growth of the sector. She previously led the BEIS team responsible for assessing the impacts of offshore wind farm consent applications, reviews of consents and also the offshore renewables decommissioning team. She is keen to engage across the sector and gained direct industry experience through a 12-month secondment to ScottishPower Renewables in 2017.

Hieu Le, Senior Naval Architect, Engineering & Consulting, Atkins

After graduating from the University of Southampton (UK) with 1st Class Honour in Master of Engineering degree in Naval Architecture in 2013, Hieu participated in the Engineer Development Scheme of a global engineering consultancy before joining the Atkins’ Floating Wind team in 2019.  He has a broad and balanced view from his practical experience in Marine Warranty Services and design experience from concept to detailed design.  He has a particular interest in programming and multi-objective optimisation applied to floating wind applications.


Dr Monica Fundingsland, Principal Engineer Impact Assessment and Social Performance,  Equinor

Monica is a Sustainability Advisor for Equinor, and supports renewables projects with consenting, environmental impact, risk and human rights. She is Consents Lead for Equinor’s involvement in Scotwind and supports Hywind Scotland’s environmental consents requirements. Monica has worked in the field of Impact Assessment for over 20 years and was formerly an active member of the International Association for Impact Assessment. Prior to joining Equinor she gained a PhD in Strategic Environmental Assessment from the University of Manchester and worked as a consultant for Transport Research Laboratory Ltd in the UK and Asplan Viak in Norway.

Gordon Jackson, Lead Designer of Offshore Structures, Arup 

Gordon Jackson, as Design Director in Arup, is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Naval Architect with over 35 years' experience. This makes him ideally placed to advise on floating offshore wind. Gordon has extensive experience in the feasibility, concept and delivery stages of offshore projects. His emphasis throughout has been on development of innovative construction and installation methods with the aim of reducing capital cost, or schedule. Gordon is the UK representative for concrete on the ISO offshore structures committee. He is currently contributing to guides on submerged floating tunnels for fib and ITA.

Kirsty Wright, Fish and Fisheries Advisor, Marine Scotland Science 

Kirsty Wright is a Fish and Fisheries Advisor in the Renewables and Energy programme of Marine Scotland Science. Her role involves providing advice on the impacts of offshore renewables on fish and commercial fisheries to Marine Scotland’s Licensing Operations Team. She is also the chair of Marine Scotland’s ScotMER Fish and Fisheries Strategic Research Group and facilitates scientific research to address evidence gaps for the impacts of offshore renewables on fish ecology and commercial fisheries.

Adrian de Andres, Principal Consultant, Xodus     

Adrian is a civil engineer with extensive economics, finance and commercial experience having worked in academia, project development and consultancy sectors. Adrian has been involved in offshore renewables since 2010 and has worked across wave, tidal and floating and fixed wind both in technology development and project development capacities.  Adrian holds a PhD in techno-economic assessment of wave energy converters and has advised numerous offshore energy technologies on their pathway towards commercialization. More recently he has been working in the development of floating and fixed wind projects across Scotland, England, Ireland and Japan.  Adrian has managed several innovation projects related to wave, tidal and floating wind, up to £2m and has managed multiple organisations and co-ordinated inputs from multiple people. Adrian was recognized in 2016 with the Young Professionals Green Energy Award for his contribution to the Scottish renewables industry.


Craig Whelton, Partner, Burges Salmon

Craig Whelton heads up the Scottish consenting team at Burges Salmon, based in their Edinburgh office.  Craig has advised on the consenting on some of the largest marine projects in Scotland such as the Seagreen offshore wind farm and the MeyGen tidal array, as well as advising investors on the Beatrice, MORL and NNG projects.  Craig also advises on onshore projects, including the use of compulsory purchase powers by local authorities and statutory undertakers

Chris McConville, General Manager, Floating Power Plant

Chris is a chartered engineer and with a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Edinburgh. Chris currently leads the development of Floating Power Plant’s UK subsidiary, FPP Ltd, and is responsible for delivering the company’s first projects as well as establishing the necessary UK value chain to support the company’s growth. He has worked in renewables for over 8 years, having previously worked as a project manager responsible for the development of an innovative floating LiDAR system.


Dr Jasmine Sharp, Lead Specialist Advisor (Marine Regulation), Natural Resources Wales (NRW)

Jasmine Sharp is a Lead Specialist Advisor on Marine Regulatory Approaches within NRW, leading on legislation & policy implementation in the Marine Licensing process. Jasmine provides strategic support, advice and innovation in the delivery of marine regulatory activities to NRW, Welsh Government and other stakeholders, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of marine regulatory processes. Prior to this role, Jasmine was a Senior Permitting Officer within the Marine Licensing Team, working on a number of marine renewable consents.

Sian Lloyd Rees, Country Manager for the UK, Aker Solutions   

In a career spanning more than 25 years, Sian has extensive business experience as a senior leader in both energy and IT industries, having held a number of leadership roles in both blue chip and start-up companies.The domain knowledge and global focus gained in the energy industry, coupled with the pace of evolving digital strategies and entrepreneurship encouraged in the IT industry, have both contributed to a proven track record in developing new and profitable business opportunities. She is the UK country manager and SVP Europe & Africa for Aker Solutions, a global provider of solutions and services across the broad energy sector. Sian is co-chair on the Board of Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) and was co-chair for the OGA MER Supply Chain & Exports steering group. 

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A6: Leading action in floating wind


Since our last conference, action on floating wind has accelerated. This closing session will hear from those at the forefront of this activity and ask: How are we working across industry and government to accelerate growth in floating offshore wind? And what must we do next to build momentum in the crucial year ahead?


Ben Miller, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables 

Ben is Scottish Renewables’ Senior Policy Manager covering all aspects of offshore wind and marine energy. His work ranges from leasing and consenting through to supply chain and offshore transmission. Ben has over 10 years’ experience working on policy and public affairs in Scotland through roles in energy and sustainability.


Ralph Torr, Programme Manager, ORE Catapult/ Floating Wind Centre of Excellence     

Ralph is the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence (FOW CoE) Programme Manager. Ralph has spent more than a decade working in offshore renewable energy with a primary focus on technology development and assessment, and project design and optimisation. Ralph has experience in novel offshore technology design, development and qualification, both in a project and consultancy context. Ralph is currently leading the development of the FOW CoE and is working with its partners to develop and deliver a programme of activity to accelerate the deployment of floating offshore wind, whilst driving down the cost of this technology to a commercially sustainable rate. 


Richard Copeland,Technical Development Director, Copenhagen Offshore Partners 

Richard Copeland is Technical Development Director at Copenhagen Offshore Partners focusing on global development of floating offshore wind. Based in Edinburgh, Richard has over 10 years’ experience in the offshore wind industry in engineering and management roles and is a Chartered Engineer with an MBA


Hannah Evans, Manager, Energy Systems, The Carbon Trust

Hannah is part of the Energy Systems and Offshore Wind teams, working on projects ranging from understanding the value of flexibility in the energy sector, to managing the delivery of floating wind innovation competitions. She has 10 years of experience in the energy sector, working across the public sector, regulatory bodies and research organisations. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Hannah was the bioenergy strategy lead at the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and Energy Systems Catapult (ESC), examining the role for bioenergy in a whole systems context. Prior to this, Hannah specialised in licensing policy for the Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO) regime at Ofgem.


Jess Hooper, Programme Manager, Marine Energy Wales 

With 15 years’ experience in the Renewable Energy sector, Jess leads the Marine Energy Wales (MEW) programme. MEW is the industry led stakeholder group representing the wave, tidal and floating offshore wind industries in Wales. MEW brings together technology developers, regulators, funders, test centres, wider sectoral alliances such as the Celtic Sea Alliance, the supply chain, academia and the public sector to establish Wales as a global leader in sustainable emerging offshore renewable generation. With predicted capacity of 50GW in the Celtic Sea, the Celtic Sea Alliance, for which MEW is the secretariat, brings together strategic organisations with a shared interest in the development of the Floating Offshore Wind Sector to collaborate to the benefit of Ireland, Wales and the South West.

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