James Young (Co-Chair)
Chief Technology Officer
James 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 led the design of JDR’s first 33 kV renewable energy cables supplied for the Beatrice 5MW Offshore Wind Demonstrator in 2007. Prior to JDR, James worked for BICC Supertension and Subsea Cables, where he designed and developed HV AC and DC cables from 66 kV to 400 kV. James has a degree in mechanical engineering, is a Chartered Engineer and has an MBA from Cranfield.
Stephen Wyatt (Co-Chair)
Research & Disruptive Innovation Director
Stephen joined the ORE Catapult in December 2013 as strategy director and currently leads the Research and Disruptive Innovation team. He has considerable experience in the low carbon arena, most notably from his previous role as director of innovation at the Carbon Trust. At the Carbon Trust he was responsible for managing a portfolio of innovation activity in offshore renewables, biomass heat and industrial energy efficiency, and managed issues relating to both government and industry.
Director New Renewables
Seaway Heavy Lifting
Alan MacLeay is an Engineering Director in the Renewables and Heavy Lifting Division of Subsea 7, Seaway Heavy Lifting. He is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Based in Aberdeen, he has over 25 years of offshore and subsea engineering experience. He is currently chairman of the Renewables Committee at the International Marine Contractors Association.
Specialist, Loads, Aerodynamics and Control Technical Engineering
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Alex joined Vestas in 2010 and worked within the global research department looking into novel technologies to help reduce the cost of energy from Wind Power. In 2014 Alex moved to MHI Vestas Offshore Wind where he is working as a specialist in Loads, Aerodynamics and Control supporting optimisation of offshore wind farms.
Strategic Innovation Manager
Anthony is the Strategic Innovation Manager for ScottishPower Renewables and is responsible for identifying and implementing new technologies to optimise Scottish Power’s onshore and offshore wind portfolio. The role also focuses on looking to future renewable energy markets and opportunities beyond the wind sector. Anthony joined ScottishPower Renewables in 2018 having previously worked in engineering and innovation roles in the oil & gas and power industry.
Industry Manager – Renewables
ABB Ltd. RMDR
Chris joined ABB in 2003, enjoying roles in both Service and Engineering before joining the Robotics and Motion Team in 2013. He currently leads the Engineered Solutions team, with personal responsibility for the emerging Renewable Energy markets
Professor Deborah Greaves
Head of the School of Engineering & ORE Supergen Leader
University of Plymouth & ORE Supergen
Deborah Greaves is Head of the School of Engineering, Professor of Ocean Engineering and Director of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Laboratory at the University of Plymouth, with previous appointments at UCL and the University of Bath. She has led many national and international research projects concerning offshore renewable energy (ORE) in collaboration with industrial and academic partners and in 2017 was appointed by EPSRC as the new ORE Supergen Leader.
The Carbon Trust
Jan Matthiesen is passionate about wind energy. He started in the onshore sector but now is managing all offshore wind activities in the Carbon Trust, including one of Europe’s leading RD&D programme for offshore wind the Offshore Wind Accelerator, a ground-breaking collaborative RD&D programme between Carbon Trust and nine leading offshore wind developers. Jan has a degree in mechanical / electrical engineering from the University of Applied Science in Hamburg, Germany and an MBA.
Jørn Scharling Holm
Technology Partnership Manager
Ørsted Wind Power (formerly DONG Energy)
Jørn Scharling Holm, Technology Partnership Manager at Ørsted Wind Power (formerly DONG Energy) and a mechanical engineer. In his role as TPM, Jørn is facilitating RD&D collaboration between Ørsted and external entities, especially in joint industry projects and programs, with universities, and in industry forums. Jørn is representing Ørsted in steering committees of the following entities: Carbon Trust OWA program, Carbon Trust Floating Wind JIP, EPRSC supported Prosperity Partnership program, European ETIP Wind, Danish MEGAVIND
Technology Director – wind & low carbon solutions
Rajnish Sharma currently serve as Technology Director – wind & low carbon solutions in Equinor. Previously, he has more than 20 years’ experience in oil and gas industry where he had variety of management roles within Research, Development and Innovation, Technology qualification, Project development, Onshore/Offshore operations and Sales & Marketing. Rajnish holds a higher degree in Systems and Control Engineering.
Head of Business Development
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Ray Thompson is Head of Business Development for Siemens Gamesa in the UK. This varied role includes a wide range of business development, stakeholder engagement activities and supporting the development of UK supply chain content. With over 30 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. Ray leads on policy, regulation and government affairs in the UK.
Professor Simon Hogg
Head of Department of Engineering
University of Durham
Simon holds the Ørsted Chair in Renewable Energy at Durham University and has been Head of the Department of Engineering since 2017. He was the Executive Director of the Durham Energy Institute. He held University posts at Oxford (Rolls Royce funded Research Fellow) and then Leicester (Lecturer) Universities. He held senior management/technical leadership positions in R&D and then Alstom’s Steam Turbine Retrofit Business. Simon is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Business & Strategy Development Manager
Úna is the Business & Strategy Development Manager for Atkins Offshore Wind business. She is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 17 years industry experience with the last nine-years immersed in the Offshore Wind Sector. Úna‘s current responsibilities in Atkins include leading entry into emerging offshore wind markets and proactively working with government and supply chain engagement to influence future global energy policies. She is a co-chair of the Friends of Floating Offshore Wind where she works closely with industry stakeholders in proactively lobbying around the future and direction of floating wind in the UK.
Professor Bill Leithead
Head of Supergen Wind
University of Strathclyde
Chief Consulting Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
UK Area Representative, Offshore Wind
Director of Engineering
Global Marine / Cwind