Programme Overview

 Time  Description


 Arrivals, Registration & Networking


Session 1: Welcome


  • Rhys Jones, Head of Technical Affairs, RenewableUKRhys

Rhys Jones has been Head of Technical Affairs at RenewableUK since January 2017, and previously operated as Health and Safety Training Manager from May 2010. Prior to 2010 he worked globally in both the Oil and Gas, and Diving industries. He is currently Chair of the Renewable Energy Emergency Forum, and represents RenewableUK members on the ICC, SafetyOn TAC, and NOREL. Rhys has been responsible for industry work on training standards and competency, as well as emergency response for onshore and offshore sectors. 


  • Keith Wallace, Service Director UK & Ireland, Vestas (SafetyOn) KWallace

Keith has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Leeds University, is a Chartered Engineer and has had a 33 year career within the global power generation and oil and gas industries in various technical, sales and leadership roles. Keith held a number of engineering and sales position with Cooper Energy Services and Rolls-Royce’s Energy Business covering gas turbines and rotating machinery before progressing into various leadership positions. Keith moved into Onshore Wind in 2008 as Service Director for Vestas in UK & Ireland. In this role he led the transformation of the business in the early years and progressed onto to develop the business through a continued period of successful expansion with 2.3GW currently under contract and ambitions for further growth in the wider service sector.

Session 2: Offshore Emergency Response | University of  Hull and G+

This session will discuss the revised IOER-R Guidance, but will primarily focused on what good looks like, and how we can continue to learn and improve as an industry. It will take the form of an introduction by the Chair. It will then follow the format of a led discussion, followed by an open Q&A with the room.


  • Dave Griffiths, Head of Safety, Health and Environment, G+, SSEDavid G1

David has over 30 years operational management experience in multiple sectors including military , oil and gas , on and offshore renewables and major construction projects, culminating in a direct focus on Safety , Health and Environmental management over the last 8 years . As a current G+ board member representing SSE Renewables interests David is actively interested in supporting continuous SHE improvement within the Renewables sector.


  • Graeme Lewis, Lead HSE Specialist, ØrstedGreame Lewis 1

Starting as a Technician,  Graeme qualified as an Engineer gaining IEng status with the IET.  While working at a COMAH registered Chemical Plant, he joined Emergency Response Team working on safety and emergency matters, leading to a NEBOSH Diploma & Grad IOSH. In Chemical Plant construction he joined the APS, gaining IMaPs, to later become a Chartered Manager.  He learned alot over the years, but not as much as when he has worked alongside Operation Teams offshore since 2011. He feels very fortunate to be working in the wind industry, pushing safety standards with great colleagues, with RenewableUK/ G+ support.

  • Robert Evans, Director of HSE for UK & IE, Siemens Gamesa Renewable EnergyRob Evans profile pic

Robert Evans joined Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy February 2018 as Head of HSE for UK & IE.  With over 12 years’ experience within the Renewable energy sector, Rob has worked as a Leader of Occupational Health & Safety for large corporations. Prior to joining Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Rob worked for Renewable Energy Systems (RES) within the Operations & Maintenance Dept.  Also, within the Energy Division of Centrica, fulfilling various roles in Operations & Maintenance. He created and developed a Behavioural Safety program ‘Generation Safe’ acknowledged by RenewableUK and the Crown Estate winning the Health & Safety Award in 2014 for the initiative. Rob is a qualified HSE Professional with a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety, A member of both the International Institute of Risk Management and Institute Occupational Safety & Health.

  • Peter Lloyd MBE MBA MA, Visiting Fellow, University of Hull 

    Presentation: Integrated Offshore Emergency Response – Renewables (IOER-R): International Good PracticePeter Lloyd 1

Peter has over four decades experience in offshore operations. Initially as a Search and Rescue Helicopter pilot with the Royal Air Force, then latterly with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy within their health and safety organisation. Retiring from full time employment in 2018, Peter now supports Hull University as a Visiting Fellow in the Risk Faculty concentrating on offshore renewable energy operational risk management and emergency response, and as a volunteer member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute Operations Committee. Peter was involved through RUK in the creation of the UK’s IOER-R and has coordinated the development of the International Version.

  • Sarah Alcock, Chief Operating Officer, Media & Crisis Management Ltd (MCM) Sarah Alcock

Sarah is a career Emergency Planning and Business Continuity practitioner with extensive experience in emergency response. She joined MCM in 2014 after 11 years as Principal Resilience Officer for Norfolk County Council. MCM provides 24/7/365 incident support to companies in the on and offshore energy industry and Sarah works closely with a portfolio of clients on their incident management arrangements. Sarah has a Diploma in Emergency Planning from Coventry University. Sarah sits on the RenewableUK Health & Safety Working Group and the Renewable Energy Emergency Forum (REEF).

  • Andrew Woods, Operational Policy Manager, RNLIAndrew Wood

Andrew has worked in various roles within the RNLI for the last 25 years and has first hand experience of Search and Rescue activities from all perspectives. He has managed and instructed the RNLI’s fleet of inshore rescue hovercraft . More recently, he has led a team dedicated to improving the internal safety culture of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The ‘Safety Get Onboard’ programme has been undertaking a complete overhaul of the safety management system and associated activities and has been engaging all parties to educate and influence proactive safety behaviours in order to ensure that the RNLI becomes a world class safety organisation.


 Break & Exhibition Viewing

Session 3: Onshore Emergency response - Safetyon

This session will discuss the new Onshore Emergency Response Guidance, but will primarily focused on what good looks like, and how we can continue to learn and improve as an industry. It will take the form of an introduction by the Chair. It will then follow the format of a led discussion, followed by an open Q&A with the room.


  • David Armour, Director of HSEQ, SafetyOn/Natural PowerDavid Armour

David has been involved in health and safety for the past 14 years having formally worked as a mechanical maintenance engineer. David has both health and safety, and engineering experience in a number of technical industries including offshore and onshore wind, solar, civil construction, port, maritime, and electrical utilities. David is a Chartered Member of IOSH and chairs the SafetyOn Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).


  • Michelle Ruane, Wind Generation SHE Manager, SSE
  • David Goodfellow BEng CEng MBA MIET , Head of Quality and HSE, Northern Europe, Nordex Group

  • Ian McCallum, Lead HSQE Manager, RESIan Macallum REs Square

Chartered Occupational Health and Safety Professional with 24 years’ experience in Health, Safety, Quality and Environment Management. Extensive experience in various industries, Rail Construction, Ports Renewables applying health, safety, quality and environment to various disciplines; e.g. construction, engineering, plant management, high voltage electrical systems, pressure systems, facilities management, warehousing, and renewable energy, training and office environment . Has supported projects and HSQE professionals in the UK, Australia, Germany, Singapore, France and Ireland throughout career.

  • Miriam Kavanagh, Health, Safety & Environmental Manager, Windhoist  Miriam K

 Miriam has been Group HSE Manager at Windhoist for over 10 years, and has sole responsibility for all global HSE functions. She has previously worked within various construction fields including that of Principal Contractor, Quality Assurance and Loss Adjustment. Miriam has been actively involved on many working groups within Renewables UK, both Onshore and Offshore dating right back to 2009 when RUK was formally known as BWEA. She has a strong passion for working with Key Stakeholders, including the Regulator, in an attempt to create a safer working industry for everyone involved. Miriam has a Postgraduate qualification in Occupational Health and Safety and is a long serving member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.


 Lunch  & Exhibition Viewing

Session 4: Innovation in Emergency Response

This session will discuss innovations for the industry to consider regarding emergency response competency. It will be introduced by the Chair followed by speakers’ presentations. This will be followed by an open Q&A with the room.


  • Shaun Lyons, Head of Consultancy & Planning, HFR SolutionsShaun Lyons

Shaun has 30 years’ experience of frontline emergency response and was instrumental in the conceptual development of ‘Project Boy Scout’ (Centrica) reviewing, challenging and implementing Emergency Preparedness within the Renewable Sector. Shaun has worked within Humberside Fire & Rescue Service as an operational, tactical and strategic officer specialising in Emergency Planning & Technical Rescue. His work within HFR Solutions CIC from its inception in 2012, has allowed him to be at the forefront of consultancy, and practical implementation of emergency planning and response in the Renewable industry. Shaun is passionate about driving industry standards for Emergency Planning & Response and is a proactive member of RUK’s REEF (Renewable Energy Emergency Forum).


  • Rob Griffiths, Director Of Operations at Trauma & Resuscitation Services Ltd, TraumaRescue Rob Griffiths

Rob Griffiths has been a Registered Operating Department Practitioner for eighteen years. During that time he has worked in several NHS Trusts including 2 major trauma centres. Rob has been involved in pre-hospital care since 2004 working for a pre-hospital medical rescue team and led a team that responded to Banda Ache in 2005 following the boxing day Tsunami. Rob is an instructor for a number of different advanced life support courses and has worked with multiple fire services across the UK to develop and deliver advanced first aid training. Over the past 3 years Rob has been working with offshore & onshore renewable energy operators supporting improvements in emergency response provisions.

  • Ben George, Director, Aura (University of Hull) Ben George 256x263

Ben joined Aura as director in 2018 with a singular mission: through collaboration across the sector, to ensure Aura delivers value-adding innovation to research & development, skills and the supply chain in the offshore wind and renewables industries. Prior to joining Aura, Ben’s background was as a fighter pilot and instructor in the Royal Australian Air Force with experience in large acquisition programme definition, development alongside defence industry. The ability for renewables to be the literal and figurative power behind a societal based transformation to a low carbon economy is what motivated Ben to swap jet turbines for wind turbines.

  • John Weir, Skills and Talent Pipeline Lead, AuraJohn Weir standard

John is a qualified engineer with more than 20 years’ experience in learning and development with the armed forces and in the energy sector. After leaving RAF Waddington in 2003 as an aircrew instructor, John joined the power sector, working for a number of large organisations. In 2012 he joined Centrica as the Head of Technical Training and subsequently in 2015 became the Global Leaning and Development Director responsible for ensuring the capability and competence of the workforce.In 2017 John joined Aura as the Lead for the Skills & Talent Pipeline.

  • Peter Lowson, Offshore Energy Liaison Officer, HM Coastguard, Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)Peter Lowson

Pete has worked for HM Coastguard for many years, qualified as a Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, and has been actively involved in a number of high profile major incidents. He spent time working with an emergency response training provider before moving to his current job where he acts as HM Coastguard’s liaison officer with the offshore energy industries. He is highly experienced in maritime operations and is a subject matter expert on offshore energy SAR. He works closely with the major energy operators and support organisations, regulators and emergency services to ensure effective emergency response preparedness.


 Break & Exhibition Viewing

Session 5: Medical Aid for Emergency Response

This session will look at medical aid provision for the industry to consider both onshore and offshore. The session will led by the presenter with support speakers. This will be followed by an open Q&A with the room.


  • Duncan Higham, Managing Director, SSI Duncan Higham 1

Duncan founded SSI Risk Management in 2012 after a career in the Royal Marines which saw him attain the rank of Major, deploying on several tours of Afghanistan and Iraq. After carrying out medical training in Cape Town, Duncan identified a requirement for a new provider in remote medical support. In 2015, on being approached by a wind farm operator who had recently had a fatality on site, SSI was asked to provide medical support and subsequently SSI Energy was formed. SSI Energy now provides medical support services to oil majors as well as to many of the established offshore wind operators. Duncan is a keen sailor and lives with his wife and young children on the South Coast.

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