Programme & Speakers: Transitioning from the military 

25 June 2021 | #RUKMilitaryTransition21

Thanks to our speakers for their time and dedication to the cause.

10:30 - 10:35 


Melanie Onn, Sponsor for People & Skills Offshore Wind Sector Deal, Deputy CEO, RenewableUK

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.

Melianie Onn Photo

Simon Copp, Head of UK People and Development, Ørsted 

Simon Copp is head of UK People and Development which provides HR services to 1100 employees across resident UK Ørsted businesses and functions. Simon has 30 years HR experience in energy and natural resources sectors and has connections to the Royal Navy through his family. Simon is committed to the Armed Services Covenant and believes service personnel are well suited to careers in Offshore Wind.

Simon closeup 

Marcus Peters, Head of HSE Offshore (Global), Head of HSE Culture & Contractor Engagement (Global), RWE (ex-Royal Navy)

 Marcus Peters is a key figure in the HSE profession within the global Renewables industry. Working for RWE Renewables as the Head of HSE Offshore with global responsibility for a team of HSE professionals supporting projects in Development and construction and operational sites in multiple regions around the globe. Marcus also has responsibility for leading specialist topics such as HSE Cultural aspects, wellbeing and contractor engagement.  Marcus started his career in the Royal Navy in HM Submarines as a Weapons Engineering technician. During his 10 year career he also worked in the Nuclear Emergency Response organisation with the Royal Navy. Upon leaving the Royal Navy, Marcus worked as a Junior HSE Consultant for a large HSE consultancy in the later 1990’s working on diverse projects with organisations such as BBC, F1 Teams, Energy Sector and large capital Construction projects. In 2008 Marcus joined E.ON. Marcus began his current role following the merger of E.ON and Innogy Renewables organisations and integration into RWE to form RWE Renewables. He is a Fellow of IOSH and the Energy Institute and provides external representation within organisations such as G+, Wind Europe, VGB and Renewable UK.

 Marcus Peters

Dujon Goncalves-Colins,  Senior Strategic Adviser, Aviation, Vattenfall (Ex-RAF)

Dujon joined the Royal Air Force in February 1987. He left as an officer (having commissioned from the ranks), with Flight and Squadron Commander experience, working on operational tours in UK and overseas, and instructor and HQ staff appointments. He then went to RenewableUK where he started as Head of Aviation and moved to Director of Policy and then Programme Director roles over 5 years. He has worked at Vattenfall Wind Power since February 2019. He is their lead for aviation and defence issues, working across their UK and international Wind portfolio of projects offshore and onshore. He works with projects’ and specialist teams internally, and externally on programmes with key stakeholders. He is now also Vattenfall UK’s Armed Forces Champion, supporting their Armed Forces Covenant work. He has an MA in Leadership & Management completed while in service, and in ‘civvy street’ completed Programme Management certification courses.

 Dujon Goncalves

Paul Hazell, Operations Manager, Hornsea 2 Offshore, Ørsted (ex-Army)

Paul left the Army in August 2014 after serving 26 years in the Royal Artillery; 23 years as a soldier and three years as a commissioned officer. His Army career was mainly based around communications and learning and development, with some short spells being employed within Logistics and HR. On leaving the Army, Paul transferred over to the Renewables industry as an Operations Planner. After just under a year in this role he then took a job with Ørsted as a Marine Coordinator, quickly being promoted to Operations Manager. In his role as Operations Manager, Paul is currently preparing operations for Ørsted’s Hornsea Two, which is soon to be the world’s largest offshore wind farm. This has included hiring 23 Wind Turbine Technicians, a third of whom are veterans from across all three services.

Paul Closeup 

Wendy Findlay, STEM for Energy Skills Partnership (ex-Army)

A chartered mechanical engineer with over 20 years’ service in both the reserves and regular Army as an officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). On leaving the services I worked for FIRST Bus as an Engineering Change Manager then Fleet Engineer for FIRST Bus Glasgow.  Now Programme Manager for STEM with ESP inspiring and informing future generations about careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – including the Renewables sector.


Wendy Finlay 
11:10 Panel discussion led by Wendy Findlay  
11:30 Q&A session   
11:45 Closing Comments by Simon Copp, Head of UK People and Development, Ørsted   
12:00 End