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 24 July 2020:  INNOVATION

This is a fast growing and creative industry, and these two sessions will explore the key opportunities for innovation in a post-Covid 19 world. Innovation, new technologies and new ways of working will be key in the sector's response to this extraordinary challenge. Join us to hear about the steps being taken to ensure resilience in the supply chain, increase efficiency and how the industry is adapting in the medium to long term to operate within a Covid-19 environment and its aftermath.

09:30-10:05

 

 DOING BUSINESS IN THE FUTURE NORMAL
We have heard more about the ‘unprecedented’ circumstances and the ‘new normal’ in recent months than ever before. But, how do we lead the way to the future normal? What should the sector do – and what is it doing – to turn problem into opportunity in these Covid-19 days? And how to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of other sectors and consumers?

 

              Chair

Melanie Onn, Deputy CEO, 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. 

Panellists

Graham Boyle, Director of RQHSE, Global Marine Group

Graham has 20 years’ RQHSE experience in the construction, oil & gas, renewables & manufacturing sectors. On joining the Global Marine Group, Graham brings his great experience and capabilities to head the team. Graham has successfully implemented and managed RQHSE systems globally through influencing and engagement at all levels achieving significant reduction in LTI rates and waste generation as well as leading improved safety culture & maturity in a number of organisations.

 

Stephen Bull, SVP North Sea Region, New Energy 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.

 Paul Cooley, Director of Capital Projects, SSE Renewables

Paul Cooley is Director of Capital Projects at SSE Renewables, where he is responsible for the growth of the company’s renewable portfolio. This includes the development and delivery of a diverse capital programme including onshore and offshore wind, hydro, solar and storage projects. Previously he held the roles of Director of Generation Development and Director of Performance Improvement within SSE’s Wholesale business and was also General Manager for SSE/Airtricity in Ireland. Prior to joining the energy industry, he held various senior positions within the chemicals and manufacturing industry in the UK, Ireland and overseas, including operational, regulatory and engineering management roles at DuPont, Koch Industries and the Quinn Group. He has an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering from Queens University, Belfast and lives in Troon with his wife and three children.

Catharina Haardt, Head of HR Offshore and NE&ME, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Catharina Haardt is the Head of HR Offshore and NE&ME HR at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy since July 2017. She is a skilled professional with 21 years’ experience in different Siemens businesses and a demonstrated history in a variety of functions like Procurement, Global Resource Management and Human Resources. She is passionate about making a difference through and with people and has shown this in her previous roles including those of the Global HR Business Partner and Head of Talent Acquisition. Catharina is skilled in Talent Management, Organizational Development, Cross-functional team Leadership and Recruiting. She has a commercial education and speaks four languages. 

11:00-11:40

 

NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS 
The expansion of offshore wind is not without its challenges – can innovation address today’s barriers to deployment? Are we seeing innovation come from other sectors? How quickly is the ‘digital revolution’ transforming the sector? What are the most promising innovations on the horizon?

 

    Chair

Virginia Ruiz Albacete, Business Performance Analysis Manager, ScottishPower Renewables

Virginia plays a key role in defining the strategy and competitiveness of ScottishPower’s Offshore portfolio. She also serves as Chair of the newly formed RenewableUK Shadow Board. An engineer by trade, she joined ScottishPower in 2013 as an Investment Analyst to support onshore and offshore developments in the UK and abroad. Her contributions to the renewable energy sector made her the recipient of the Rising Star Green Energy Award in 2017.

Panellists

Ryan Calvert, Strategy and Innovation Director, EDS HV

With over 15 years’ experience, Ryan is a very experienced Chartered Electrical Engineer with a masters in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His background is in transmission and distribution electrical engineering, and he has gained experience at Scottish Power, United Utilities and Northern Ireland Electricity. He moved into the renewables sector as client witness and 132kV Operations Engineer, and joined EDS in 2014 to support the leadership and growth of  a new division with a focus on High Voltage Asset Management and Commissioning Support Services. His current role of Strategy and Innovation Director at EDS sees him combining his operational experience with driving forward the strategy and helping to bring innovative solutions to the market.

 

Aurélie Nasse, Head of Strategic Marketing, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

A 16-year veteran in the wind industry business, Aurelie is the Strategic Marketing Director at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, where she oversees a variety of business intelligence functions. Prior to joining MHI Vestas, she spent 10 years at EDF Renewables in positions ranging from Lessons Learned Engineer to Senior Strategy Analyst. She began her career with six years at GE, beginning with GE Power Systems before transitioning to GE Wind Energy to take on product engineering roles. With formal education in electrical, mechanical and computer engineering, Aurelie brings a holistic view of the energy market, including a nuanced understanding of wind technology, decentralized energy, virtual power plants, and hydrogen production.

 

Andy Reay, Business Unit Manager WTG, DEME Offshore

Andy has been working in the offshore renewables sector for the past 7 years having started in 2013 with A2SEA and is now a Business Unit Manager within DEME Offshores Wind Turbine business. Andy has a Masters in Science and is chartered with a strong background in environmental engineering and the power generation sector.

Vincent Schellings, Engineering and Product Development GM, Offshore Wind, GE Renewables

Vincent Schellings is the Engineering & Product Development General Manager for GE Renewable Energy’s Offshore wind business. In this role Vincent is responsible for the development of the Offshore wind product portfolio such as the Haliade-X 12-MW offshore wind turbine. His track record in the Renewables space makes him a natural fit for this position with 10years’ experience in Engineering rolesdesigning wind turbines and 10 years in product management positions. Vincent joined GE in 2002 as part of the Enron Wind acquisition and shortly thereafter was appointed Engineering leader for the development of the 2.5MW wind turbine platform. Upon completion of the design Vincent moved to product management where he successfully commercialized the 2.5MW product line in both Europe and the USA. In 2010 and 2011 he was active as Product Management leader for GE’s offshore wind product line after which hemoved back to onshore wind to lead the 3MW series wind turbine.Before joining GE Renewable Energy in March 2017, Vincent served as the General Manager Product Management for Power Electronics in GE Power Conversion.

 11:45-12:15

OPERATING IN A POST-COVID WORLD - NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS - LIVE Q&A

This is the Q&A session, that combines speakers from sessions 1 and 2 who will be answering questions on innovation and the 'new normal'.

  Co-Chair

Melanie Onn, Deputy CEO, 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. 

  Co-Chair Virginia Ruiz Albacete, Business Performance Analysis Manager, ScottishPower Renewables

Virginia plays a key role in defining the strategy and competitiveness of ScottishPower’s Offshore portfolio. She also serves as Chair of the newly formed RenewableUK Shadow Board. An engineer by trade, she joined ScottishPower in 2013 as an Investment Analyst to support onshore and offshore developments in the UK and abroad. Her contributions to the renewable energy sector made her the recipient of the Rising Star Green Energy Award in 2017.
  Panellists

Graham Boyle, Director of RQHSE, Global Marine Group

Graham has 20 years’ RQHSE experience in the construction, oil & gas, renewables & manufacturing sectors. On joining the Global Marine Group, Graham brings his great experience and capabilities to head the team. Graham has successfully implemented and managed RQHSE systems globally through influencing and engagement at all levels achieving significant reduction in LTI rates and waste generation as well as leading improved safety culture & maturity in a number of organisations.

   

Catharina Haardt, Head of HR Offshore and NE&ME, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Catharina Haardt is the Head of HR Offshore and NE&ME HR at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy since July 2017. She is a skilled professional with 21 years’ experience in different Siemens businesses and a demonstrated history in a variety of functions like Procurement, Global Resource Management and Human Resources. She is passionate about making a difference through and with people and has shown this in her previous roles including those of the Global HR Business Partner and Head of Talent Acquisition. Catharina is skilled in Talent Management, Organizational Development, Cross-functional team Leadership and Recruiting. She has a commercial education and speaks four languages. 

   

Andy Reay, Business Unit Manager WTG, DEME Offshore

Andy has been working in the offshore renewables sector for the past 7 years having started in 2013 with A2SEA and is now a Business Unit Manager within DEME Offshores Wind Turbine business. Andy has a Masters in Science and is chartered with a strong background in environmental engineering and the power generation sector.

   

Vincent Schellings, Engineering and Product Development GM, Offshore Wind, GE Renewables

Vincent Schellings is the Engineering & Product Development General Manager for GE Renewable Energy’s Offshore wind business. In this role Vincent is responsible for the development of the Offshore wind product portfolio such as the Haliade-X 12-MW offshore wind turbine. His track record in the Renewables space makes him a natural fit for this position with 10years’ experience in Engineering rolesdesigning wind turbines and 10 years in product management positions. Vincent joined GE in 2002 as part of the Enron Wind acquisition and shortly thereafter was appointed Engineering leader for the development of the 2.5MW wind turbine platform. Upon completion of the design Vincent moved to product management where he successfully commercialized the 2.5MW product line in both Europe and the USA. In 2010 and 2011 he was active as Product Management leader for GE’s offshore wind product line after which hemoved back to onshore wind to lead the 3MW series wind turbine.Before joining GE Renewable Energy in March 2017, Vincent served as the General Manager Product Management for Power Electronics in GE Power Conversion.

14:00-14:30

GLOBAL MARKET UPDATE: ASIA

Offshore wind is a global opportunity. This session will focus on updates from today’s biggest markets and emerging markets across the global. Join this session to learn about market opportunities as well as the regulatory, consenting and financial frameworks for offshore wind in each region. This session is the completes our market updates sessions over the course of GOW V-Fest and will focus on opportunities in Asia.

     Chair

Bahzad Ayoub, Senior Analyst, RenewableUK

Bahzad Ayoub is a Senior Analyst at RenewableUK and has over 8 years of experience working as an analyst in the Energy sector. Bahzad is responsible for the Project Intelligence Database, ensuring that the information is keep up to date and providing research and analytical data to members with regards to the offshore wind and marine energy sectors. Prior to joining RenewableUK he was an Energy Analyst at Visiongain where he was responsible for the production in depth forecasting reports on various sectors within the global energy industry. Bahzad holds a BA degree in History and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Panellist

Joyce Lee, Policy and Operations Director, GWEC

Joyce is Policy and Operations Director at GWEC, managing policy analysis and leading the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program. Previously, she worked at FTI Consulting’s Global Risk and Investigations Practice in London. She has also performed political risk analysis at Aegis Advisory, and worked at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

15:00-16:00

SUBSEA CABLES: RELIABILITY, DATA AND DRIVING IMPROVEMENTS 

With the annual rate of global array and export cables installations expected to nearly double in the next six years, it’s important for industry to understand the root causes of cable failure. Join this session to hear about key trends in cable failures and how industry can work together to better understand performance and drive improvements by sharing information and industry led problem solving.

Chair

 Ajai Ahluwalia, Principal Electrical Engineer, Equinor

With 10 years’ experience in the Offshore Wind industry Ajai has a broad experience, having worked across the Development, Engineering, Construction and Operations phases on various projects. In his current role as Principal Electrical Engineer at Equinor, for Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Ajai is supporting the creation of the UK’s first HVDC connected offshore wind farm. Beyond this role he is also Vice Chair for RenewableUK’s Shadow Board and supports multiple workstreams of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal.   

Panellists

 Ivan Savitsky, Offshore Wind Associate, The Carbon Trust

Ivan is an Associate in Carbon Trust’s offshore wind team and leads Carbon Trust’s subsea cables activities as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator, the Carbon Trust’s flagship research, development and demonstration initiative. 

  Charlotte Strang-Moran, Electrical Engineer, ORE Catapult

Charlotte Strang-Moran joined ORE Catapult in January 2018 and is actively involved in the delivery of a number of projects in different disciplines within the electrical infrastructure team, specialising in subsea cable failure and improving technology reliability. She has now assumed the role of engineering lead on the ELECTRODE project.

 James Young, Chief Technology Officer, JDR Cable Systems

 James Young joined JDR in 2000 as senior design engineer for new product development. He was appointed Chief Technology Officer in 2016 after a series of technical management roles within the business. James has a degree in mechanical engineering, is a Chartered Engineer and has an MBA from Cranfield.