Speaker bio's

22 JULY 2020:  Economic Recovery

Offshore wind will have a significant role in the powering the international economic recovery, with the UK at the forefront of investment in a sustainable economy. Join these two sessions to hear about how industry is playing its part in helping the economy to emerge from the Covid-19 downturn, growing the supply chain and the future of renewable hydrogen. Learn from experts looking at the economic recovery from a global perspective, to consider opportunities and how to make the most of them in 2020 and beyond.

 
09:30-10:35

 
INVESTMENT AND THE GREEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY: IS THE MONEY WHERE THE MOUTH IS?
Over the past months we all heard a great deal about the green economic recovery. What are the investment plans required to make this happen? What innovations will speed up this process? What will governments need to do to help? 

             Chair

Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive, RenewableUK

Hugh McNeal has been Chief Executive of RenewableUK since April 2016. He was a senior civil servant from 2006, including spending almost 5 years as the Chief Executive of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment, and leading work on the development of the UK’s first Low Carbon Industrial Strategy as Deputy Director of Low Carbon Business from 2008 to 2010 at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.  Hugh is a Board member of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Hugh was educated at the London School of Economics and Harvard University where he also taught from 1995 to 2000.  He was on the Board and then Chair of Equinox, a charity providing services to people seeking to overcome alcohol, drug and mental health problems, from 2002 until 2012.  Hugh lives in South London with his wife and young son.

Panellists

Declan Burke, Director, Clean Power Strategy and Deployment, BEIS

Declan is a Director in BEIS with responsibility for Clean Power Strategy Deployment including renewables and Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS). Previously he worked in a range of commercial and policy roles including the Electricity Market Reform programme and Civil Nuclear projects. He also worked in in UK Government Investments (UKGI) – the team in Government responsible for managing HMG’s interest in publicly owned companies and the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Deutsche Bank. He has an MEng in Avionic Systems Engineering from the University of Bristol

 

Dr Paolo Frankl,  Head of the Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency

Paolo Frankl is Head of the Renewable Energy Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), which he joined in 2007. Dr. Frankl leads the IEA’s work on renewables, providing analysis and policy advice on technology, markets and system integration issues to 30 Member and eight Association countries. A physicist by training, Dr. Frankl holds a Ph.D in energy and environmental technologies from the University of Rome and has been post-doc Marie Curie research fellow at INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, France. Dr. Frankl has 30 years of experience working on renewable energy systems and markets, life cycle assessment and eco-labeling.

   Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult 

Andrew is Chief Executive of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, a technology and innovation centre supporting businesses to accelerate the design, deployment and commercialisation of renewable energy technology.  The Catapult provides deep technical expertise alongside large scale plant test capabilities. He was previously at ScottishPower where he was responsible for energy policy and regulation in the renewables business. He sits on the Scottish Government's Energy Advisory Board, is a past Chair of Renewable UK and Scottish Renewables and has led a number of reports for Government, including the Cost Reduction Task Force for Offshore Wind in 2012.

 

Lindsay McQuade, CEO, ScottishPower Renewables

Lindsay McQuade is responsible for ScottishPower Renewables’ fleet of over 2GW of renewable generation and future developments of wind, storage and solar plant across the UK and Ireland.  Prior to her appointment as CEO, Lindsay was the Policy & Innovation Director of ScottishPower Renewables, having held a number of strategic roles across ScottishPower over the last 20 years. Lindsay is also a board director of RenewableUK.

 

 Ray Thompson, Head of Business Development, Siemens Gamesa RE

Ray leads on policy, regulation and government affairs in the UK for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and has chaired a number of cross-industry groups on the areas of Supply chain and Innovation. An electrical engineer by background, Ray holds an MBA from Newcastle University. With over 40 years experience in the engineering and energy sectors, Ray has worked in transmission & distribution, fossil generation and renewables in both public and private sectors roles.

11:00-11:45

GLOBAL APPROACHES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Countries around the globe are setting their sights on green recovery. The renewables industry has a key role to play in this. How are countries intending to seize this opportunity and what is the size of the prize? This session will explore the role of governments and business in getting global economies back on track, what compromises might need to be made, and the specific role of the UK Government as COP President.

      Chair

Rebecca Williams, Head of Policy, RenewableUK

Rebecca leads RenewableUK's work to develop policy and engage stakeholders on the next steps in the energy transition. Rebecca specialises in market design, working closely with governments and regulators to effect change that will deliver renewable energy at the scale needed for net zero. In addition to mature renewables like onshore and offshore wind, Rebecca leads RenewableUK’s work to create the right policy framework to bring innovative technologies – such as floating offshore wind, tidal energy and electricity storage – to market.

Panellists

Ben Backwell,  CEO, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)

Ben Backwell is a leading commentator and strategist in the renewable energy sector. Prior to joining GWEC, he was a Managing Director at FTI Consulting, one of the world’s largest advisory firms, advising companies in the clean energy sector on strategy, communications, and government affairs, including work on a number of major M&A transactions. Previously, Ben worked as a journalist and analyst for 20 years, covering energy policy and markets around the world. He helped design the SolutionWind campaign for the European Wind Energy Association (now WindEurope) ahead of COP21 in 2015, before joining FTI Consulting. He has taken part in the work of a number of industry organizations, including the board of GWEC, the IRENA Business and Investor Group, the IEA’s Renewable Energy Industry Advisory Board, Solar Power Europe, and others.

 

Jonathan Cole, Managing Director, Iberdrola Renewables Offshore 

Jonathan is the Managing Director, responsible for the creation and running of Iberdrola’s Global Offshore Business.  He is responsible for the development, construction and operation of a pipeline of over 10,000MW of projects in the UK, US, Germany and France and the development of project pipeline in other areas.  Jonathan leads a team of over 400 professional staff and has overseen the growth of the business from its inception to a business running an investment programme in excess of €14Bn. Jonathan has also acted as Chairman of a number of industry bodies, including the Global Offshore Wind Health & Safety Organisation, the UK Government’s Offshore Wind Programme Board and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s Industry Advisory Group.

 

 Mary Quaney,  Group CFO and Executive Director, Mainstream Renewable Power

Mary joined Mainstream in 2009 and has held the role of Group Chief Financial Officer since 2017. Mary leads the finance, corporate finance and commercial functions across the Group, helping to shape and drive the company's strategic direction. Mary sits on Mainstream’s Global Leadership Team, its Risk & Investment and Corporate Social Responsibility Committees. She was appointed to Mainstream's Board of Directors in 2019. Mary has established a reputation for building world-class teams, implementing new reporting structures and systems across the company and for aligning the company’s finance strategies to support the business strategy and high growth. Mary has graduate and post-graduate qualifications from UCD and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). She is an advocate and spokesperson on gender diversity and participated as a mentor for the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) Women in Wind programme in 2019.

   

 Benj Sykes, Vice President, UK Offshore, Ørsted

After setting up the Asset Management business with P&L responsibility for Ørsted’s portfolio of operational windfarms across NW Europe, he is now focussed on strengthening the company’s business platform in the UK - currently the world’s largest offshore wind market. Benj co-chairs the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC), alongside the Energy Minister, and led the work to agree a programme of activities and commitments between industry and government through the Offshore Wind Sector Deal - to support the continued growth of the sector. 

 

Mary Thorogood, Senior Specialist Development, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Mary Thorogood (Senior Specialist, Business Development) leads MHI Vestas’ global policy and government relations function, building frameworks and political support to drive sustainable, long term market growth.  She has strong experience of the UK and European markets as they have grown as well as collaborating with Governments and stakeholders to establish supportive mechanisms in new global markets.  Mary joined MHI Vestas in 2018 from Vattenfall, the state-owned Swedish utility and one of the world’s largest offshore wind developers where she led UK Government and Stakeholder Relations. 

 

Sven Utermöhlen, COO Offshore Wind and Member of the Board, RWE Renewables

Sven has held various senior executive roles in Renewable Energy for more than 13 years, with a focus on offshore wind. After the merger of the former Renewables businesses of innogy and E.ON under the roof of RWE, Sven is the COO for Offshore Wind in the new RWE Renewables. RWE Renewables is a leading global player in Renewable Energy, the #2 worldwide in Offshore Wind and amongst the top 10 players in Onshore Wind.

   
14:00-14:30

GLOBAL MARKET UPDATES: UK & EUROPE 
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 first of three over the course of GOW V-Fest and will focus on UK and Europe.

    Presenter

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.

 

15:00-15:30

THE ROLE OF UK SUPPLY CHAIN IN THE GREEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY
A substantial UK supply chain has developed to support the construction and O&M of our offshore wind farms. The supply chain is geographically dispersed and as a result, clusters of innovation, industry and training are developing in coastal regions across the UK. How will these clusters respond and bring growth to coastal areas and regions therefore playing a role in the green economic recovery?

       Chair

 Julian Brown, Vice President and UK Country Manager, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Julian Brown is Vice President and UK Country Manager for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. He has a career background in engineering and manufacturing and joined the wind industry in 2000 as Managing Director of NEG Micon Rotors (now Vestas). Julian went on to co-found leading wind consultancy BVG Associates, became Country Director for AREVA Wind and also co-founded consultancy 8.2Aarufield. He is a non-executive director of Tekmar plc and trade association Renewable UK which he also Chaired for four years.

Panellists   

Martin Dronfield, Cluster Champion for East of England, All Energy Industry Council (AEIC)

 Martin Dronfield is the Director, Strategy and Business Development for James Fisher Marine Services. He has led their growth into the offshore renewables sector and their increasing presence in, and commitment to, the East of England region. He is a strong advocate of the work that EEEGR does for its members and for the region and is an active member of the EEEGR board and its sub groups. Martin started his career in the Southern North Sea gas fields before gaining some 33 years’ experience in the global offshore industry from working and living in a number of locations around the world. He has worked as a Director, Managing Director and CEO for a number of large and small offshore contracting organisations and brings a significant amount of relevant experience to the EEEGR Board. 

 

Joanne Leng MBE, Deputy Chief Executive NOF and Deputy Chair Energi Coast

Joanne has been with NOF for 24 years. She joined the organisation straight from university where she did a degree in Business Studies, specialising in marketing. Working her way up through the organisation from grass roots level she is now Deputy Chief Executive. Main areas of responsibility include looking at strategies to take NOF forward, overseeing the delivery of services, engaging with members, partner organisations and the client community and taking a lead in NOF’s international business activities. Joanne has travelled widely to many global destinations and has led over 80 trade delegations around the world. She was also involved in the offshore wind sector deal around cluster development and remains committed to making sure UK clusters develop and grow to maximise UK content in domestic offshore wind projects. As Deputy Chair of Energi Coast, North East England’s offshore wind cluster, she is instrumental in driving the regional offshore wind industry forward. Joanne is also a member of the IoD and was awarded in 2011 New Year’s Honours an MBE for services to the offshore oil and gas industry.

 

Andy Macdonald, Programme Director, Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) and Senior Innovation Manager at Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Andy Macdonald is the Programme Director at the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) and Senior Innovation Manager at Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. These roles provide a combination of innovation support for high growth SMEs with business transformation support for the wider offshore wind supply chain.  Andy has worked in renewable energy for the last ten years helping to develop companies in the offshore wind and tidal energy sectors.

 

 Helen Thomas, Supply Chain Manager (Sofia & Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farms), RWE

As RWE Renewables lead on supply chain clusters, Helen has been instrumental in delivering on Offshore Wind Sector Deal commitments in this area. This has included setting up a brand new cluster in the North Wales North West region called The Offshore Energy Alliance (OEA). Helen recently joined Sofia Offshore Wind Farm as Supply Chain Manager. Her role focuses on delivering Sofia’s Supply Chain Plan commitments and facilitating valuable engagement between the project and supply chain companies - including within the North East region where the project will be based. Helen is committed to improving engagement across the supply chain, helping raise awareness and therefore maximising opportunities. Helen has a background in energy research, policy and stakeholder engagement. She previously worked at Trade Association Energy UK on a range of topics including Grids, Networks and the Smart Meter rollout. Before that she worked at the Energy Research Partnership, Imperial College London. Here she led and co-authored research publications on a range of energy system topics including The Integration of Renewables, Ancillary Services, Public Engagement and Hydrogen.


 

23 July 2020:  Energy Transition

Offshore wind is growing across the globe, but what is the scale of the ambition and how far can it take us towards net zero? These two sessions will showcase RenewableUK’s Energy Vision and the latest outlook for the global offshore wind market. We will discuss how energy systems will change to accommodate increasing volumes of renewable electricity, including the role of demand side response and the potential for green hydrogen.

 

09:30-10:35

 

BUILDING A LOW CARBON ENERGY SYSTEM
We are all enthusiastic for a new system that is zero-carbon and green – but how do we ensure we have the right infrastructure and systems? How can we manage high volumes of offshore wind? What needs to happen for us to reach our net zero targets?

              Chair

Marina Valls, Chief Economist, RenewableUK

Marina is RenewableUK’s chief economist. She leads thinking in the industry on renewable energy analysis by: producing original analysis and reports that support our advocacy and policy work; answering questions on issues about our industry’s economics and showcases our thought leadership on markets, future generation and deployments. She previously worked at Storengy UK, gas storage operator as a market analyst.

Panellists
Roisin Quinn, Head of National Control and ESO Chief Engineer, National Grid ESO
 

Roisin is Head of National Control for National Grid ESO. She is accountable for the real-time operation of Great Britain’s electricity system and the systems and processes that support it. Roisin joined National Grid PLC’s graduate programme in 2004, after graduating with a first from University College Dublin and winning one of the Engineering Graduate Association Medals. Since then, she’s held a number senior leadership roles across the group and she became the ESO’s Chief Engineer in 2020. Roisin is a member of the Advisory Group for Imperial College’s Energy Futures Lab, and Vice-Chair of the Board of RenewableUK. 


 Danielle Lane, Director, Portfolio & Transactions Offshore Wind & UK Country Manager, Vattenfall   

Danielle is acting Head of Market Development for Vattenall’s Offshore Wind business unit.  She joined Vattenfall in 2018 in its London office as Head of Portfolio and Transactions with responsibility for developing the offshore wind pipeline in core markets and revenue opportunities to support subsidy-free projects.  She is also Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager with over 20 years’ experience in market and project development, energy policy and regulation. Danielle previously worked for Ørsted where she headed their UK regulatory and public affairs team, leading engagement with UK Government for the first CFDs awarded to UK offshore wind projects.  Latterly, Danielle worked in Boston, Massachusetts as part of Ørsted’s market entry team into the US offshore wind market.       

 Andy Martin, Business Development Lead, ORE Catapult                  

Andy is responsible for business development at ORE Catapult and sits in the Operational Performance team, reporting to Chris Hill. Andy is a member of the senior management team in the ORE Catapult and is a board member of WEBS – the onshore Wind Energy Benchmarking Service – a joint venture between the ORE Catapult and Natural Power Consultants. Andy has wide ranging commercial, sales and business leadership experience in the offshore wind and communications industries. Experienced in Commercial negotiations, stakeholder negotiation and management as well as extensive experience of leading cross functional teams to conclude and implement complex deals. At ORE Catapult, Andy is responsible for several multi-million-pound programs including collaboration agreements with owner operators, the Floating Wind Centre of Excellence, the ‘Fit for Offshore Renewables’ (F4OR) supply chain improvement program for the UK wind industry and the Energy Transition Alliance with the OGTC.            

11:00-11:45

MAKING THE CASE FOR WIND 
The industry is clear on the benefits of the energy transition and on what steps are required. But, how good are we at making the case for its role and contribution? How should it work with other industries? What stakeholders need to be influenced? And how?

    Chair

Barnaby Wharton, Director, Future Electricity Systems, RenewabelUK

Barney is Director, Future Electricity Systems at RenewableUK, where he leads work on creating a smart and flexible electricity system, based on renewable generation. He is passionate about the low carbon energy transition, and previously headed up RenewableUK’s policy and regulatory team, covering energy markets, environmental and network regulation. Prior to joining the team at RenewableUK he was part of the energy and climate change team at the CBI, where he led work on energy costs, supply side policy and international climate change, representing British business at the Paris COP.

Panellists Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM

Dr Graham Cooley has been a director of ITM Power plc since June 2009. Graham joined ITM Power as CEO in 2009. Before that Graham was Business Development Manager in National Power plc and spent 11 years in the power industry developing energy storage and generation technologies. Before joining ITM Power Graham was CEO of Sensortec Ltd, founding CEO of Metalysis Ltd, a spin out of Cambridge University and founding CEO of Antenova Ltd.

 

Jane Cooper, Head of Stakeholder and Regulatory Affairs, UK, Ørsted

Jane Cooper is Head of Stakeholder Relations & Regulatory Affairs for Ørsted in the UK. She was previously Head of Economic Regulation for Orange UK and worked as an aerothermal engineer at Rolls Royce Industrial and Marine Gas Turbines in Coventry. She is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer.

 Filippo Gaddo, Director, Business and Investor Advisory and Cost Management Leader, Arup

 

 

14:00-14:30

GLOBAL MARKET UPDATE: USA

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 second of three over the course of GOW V-Fest and will focus on the USA.

     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

Brandon Burke, Policy & Outreach Director, Business Network for Offshore Wind

Brandon W. Burke, Esq. is the Policy & Outreach Director for the Business Network for Offshore Wind, the only nonprofit organization in the United States solely focused on advancing the American offshore wind industry and its associated supply chain. Mr. Burke plays a key role in defining and implementing the Network’s business development and policy strategy concerning the U.S. offshore wind industry on both Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. He is also the host of the Network’s podcast, Offshore Wind Insider, which features interviews and analysis concerning current policy and market developments impacting the U.S. offshore wind sector. He has delivered presentations on behalf of the Network in multiple states, and in Europe. Mr. Burke was previously employed by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, where he worked to advance New Jersey’s offshore wind program. Prior to that, he was employed as a trial attorney. 

15:00-15:30

FLOATING OFFSHORE WIND

The UK is a leading market for floating offshore wind. With the Scotwind shortly due, and The Crown Estate's Round Four leasing process underway, 2020 is set to be an exciting year for the technology. Join this session to hear about the key opportunities from floating offshore wind and some of the challenges being addressed today to ensure this technology can deliver economic benefits across the UK and globally.

 Chair Adrian de Andres,Head of Offshore Renewables Development, Xodus 

Adrian is a civil engineer with extensive economics, finance and commercial experience having worked in academia, project development and consultancy sectors. Adrian has been involved in offshore renewables since 2010 and has worked across wave, tidal and floating and fixed wind both in technology development and project development capacities.  Adrian holds a PhD in techno-economic assessment of wave energy converters and has assessed and advised more than 10 wave & tidal technologies and more recently has been working in the development of floating and fixed wind projects across Scotland, England, Ireland and Japan.  Adrian has managed several innovation projects related to wave, tidal and floating wind, up to £2m and has managed multiple organisations and coordinated inputs from multiple people. Adrian was recognized in 2016 with the Young professionals Green Energy Award for his contribution to the Scottish renewables industry.

  Panellists

Rassim Hariz, Principal Consultant Head of Business Development  Europe/APAC/US, OWC

 

   

Jay Sharma, Manager, Investments, Glennmont Partners

Jay Sarma sits within Glennmont Partner’s investment team with a primary focus on the origination and execution of equity investments in the offshore wind sector. Prior to joining the team in late 2017, Jay was an Associate Director in KPMG’s Power & Utilities M&A team where he led on offshore wind, energy transition, and wider renewable energy transactions across the UK and Europe.  

   

Rebecca Williams, Head of Policy, RenewableUK

Rebecca leads RenewableUK's work to develop policy and engage stakeholders on the next steps in the energy transition. Rebecca specialises in market design, working closely with governments and regulators to effect change that will deliver renewable energy at the scale needed for net zero. In addition to mature renewables like onshore and offshore wind, Rebecca leads RenewableUK’s work to create the right policy framework to bring innovative technologies – such as floating offshore wind, tidal energy and electricity storage – to market.

     


  

 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.

 

09:30-10:35

 

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.

Catherina Haardt, Head of HR Offshore and NE&MESiemens Gamesa

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. 

11:00-11:45

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

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.

   
15:00-15:30

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 Cables

 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.