On demand sessions


Session Title


Greening community benefit funds


Rachel Searle, Head of Communities, Foundation Scotland

Rachel is an experienced teacher, trainer, facilitator and community development practitioner. She has worked in a diverse range of environments in Scotland, England and overseas; planning, implementing, managing and evaluating action learning and community development processes. Since 2012 she has been leading the place-based work of Foundation Scotland’s Communities Team, developing practice on community engagement and fund negotiation and design, co-creating workable solutions to community benefit opportunities and challenges. The team supports over 60 community benefit funds in Scotland with a range of community and commercial clients, applying a range of bespoke models and arrangements. The Scottish Government’s Toolkit on Community Benefit published by CARES in March 2020 was written by Foundation Scotland and is informed by the team’s practice that has evolved under Rachel’s leadership

.Rachel Searle


Wind speed and turbulence intensity estimation using a novel rotor monitoring technology

Xavier Tolron, Data Analyst, Ventus Group

An engineering degree “Génie Mathématique” and Master of Science of “Digital Signal & Image Processing” in England, Xavier Tolron is trained in Mathematics, Statistics, Machine Learning, Database Management, Image Analysis and Computer Programming. His focus lies on research and development of CCCMAS solution and the software development of an in-house image analysis tool.

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Automatic heavy rain detection and leading-edge damage prevention using AI using blade vibration measurements


Beyrem Khalfaoui, Data Scientist, Ventus Group

A holder of PhD in applied machine learning in bioinformatics he is pursuing mathematics and data analysis passion in a new, important, and challenging field: Optimising the design and efficiency of wind turbines at Ventus Engineering GmbH!

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Leading edge damage detection using AI with blade vibration measurements


Wind turbine life extension - safety

Chris Streatfield, Director, Forge Risk

Chris is Director of Renewable Safety– a risk management training & consultancy business specialising in wind and renewable energy. Chris is a member of a number of standards committees and is UK expert on 61400-30- Wind Turbines – Safety of the WTGs General principles for Design and he is the UK Shadow Chair of 61400-28 - PT-28 Through-life management and life extension of wind farm assets.

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Planning: Providing a Positive Platform for the Next Generation

Gary McGovern is an energy infrastructure consenting specialist with over 15 years’ experience and is recognised in Legal 500 as a "next generation lawyer” for planning. He advises on renewable and energy infrastructure across the UK, with particular experience and expertise in consenting onshore and offshore wind and solar projects. In the last few years he has advised on successful s36 consent applications for many onshore wind farms such as Enoch Hill, High Constellation, Clachaig Glen and Lorg. He is also advising on DCO applications for some of the biggest offshore wind projects such as Hornsea Three and Hornsea Four.

Gary McGovern


Fanning the flames? A burning issue

Clare Hunter, BA (Hons) ACIM, Head of Marketing & Communications, Coltraco Ultrasonics

Clare won the GTR-BExA Young Exporter of the Year 2019 for commitment to helping Coltraco export to 120 countries, across 8 key market sectors. Delivering the marketing & communications strategy at the Queen's Award 2019 winning British Ultrasonics Technology Manufacturer - Coltraco Ultrasonics. Clare’s role includes lead generation, brand management, PR, government relations, market research, global distributor network and key account management. Other areas include our trade association relations and supporting our Student Engagement Programme with Durham University. Clare is keen to promote safety culture internationally, developing sustainable business and diversity and inclusivity especially for women in business.

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Aviation Task Force 2030 - what happens next?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Liz McRobb, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn


Lesley McNeil, Head of Wind Energy Policy and Development, Scottish Government 

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.

Lesley McNeil

Andrew Liddell, Development Director, Banks Group 


Andy Knill, Director, Extensity Consulting

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.

Andy Knill


Ross Nimmo, Head of Planning and Development, Glasgow Airport