Deeper Waters Require Deeper Insight

08.30-09.30 Registration and Exhibition Opening

Welcome and Ministerial Opening Address:

Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive, RenewableUK
Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy


A1: Our Opportunity in Floating Wind 

A tour d'horizon of floating wind in the UK and globally. What is the size of the prize and how close are we to realising this? Leading figures from industry and government present their overview of this important new renewable opportunity.

Chair: Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables
Sonja Chirico Indrebø, Vice President Strategy & Innovation, Statoil
John Robertson, Senior Manager E&I, Crown Estate Scotland
Matthew Taylor, Deputy Director, Clean Electricity, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

11.05-11.45 Coffee, exhibition & networking

A2: The Next Generation: Development Update on UK Projects

The UK has ambitious plans for floating offshore wind, with developers active building out and planning sites in UK waters. In this session we hear from a next generation of UK projects on their current status and ambition.

Chair: Úna Brosnan, Business & Strategy Development Manager, Atkins
Chris McConville, UK General Manager, Floating Power Plant Ltd
Marcus Thor, Projects Director, Hexicon
Allan MacAskill, Director, Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd

12.45-14.00  Lunch, exhibition & networking

 A3: The International Perspective

The floating offshore wind sector is a global market being built out now. Hear from leading international players and partnerships about their plans and views for how we learn from different countries' early experiences and future plans.

Chair: Gillian Morrison, Senior Development Manager - Large Scale Renewables, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Alla Weinstein, Founder, Trident Winds
Aaron Smith, Head of Strategy, Principle Power
Rhodri James, Manager, Carbon Trust
Bruno G. Geschier, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Ideol

15.15-15.45  Coffee, exhibition & networking

 A4: Cost Reduction and Floating Wind: How Quick and How Far?

To build a global industry we must be focused on bringing down the LCOE of floating offshore wind. This quick fire round of presentations will set out how critical parts of the supply chain are working to cut costs with information on early learning, expertise from other sectors and future innovations that are under development.

Chair: Gavin Smart, Head of Analysis & Insights, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Martin Guzzetti, Financial Analyst and Contracting Advisor, Green Giraffe
Johan Sandberg, Country Manager, DNV GL
Louise Jakobsen, Project Manager, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Lars Henrik Hosøy, Business Development Manager - Renewables, Aibel AS
Tony Hodgson, Global Product Manager, Fugro GB Marine Ltd

17.30-19.30  RenewableUK Connect Networking Reception


Keynote Speaker

Paul Wheelhouse credit Scottish governmentPaul Wheelhouse MSP will be participating in the Keynote Session on the morning of 14 November.



Born in Belfast, Paul was raised in Edinburgh, attending Stewart's Melville College. He has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from University of Edinburgh. He has lived in Berwickshire since 2000.

‪Paul is a professional economist and, since 1992, had specialised in higher and further education markets, policy evaluation and economic appraisal and impact assessment of capital projects.‬

Between May 2011 and September 2012 Paul served on the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee, and the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. And was the Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy of the Scottish Government. Previously, between May 2011 and Feb 2012, Paul served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment and the Minister for Climate Change.

Prior to taking his Ministerial position Paul was a member of cross-party groups on Epilepsy, Rural Policy, Armed forces Veterans, Funerals and Bereavement, Boating and Marine Tourism and deputy convener of Sport.