Laura Mejia (Co-Chair)
Head of Technology
Venezuelan. Engineer. Have been with Equinor since 2006 in different professional and leadership positions within oil & gas assets in Norway, projects development in USA and Canada, and corporate areas in Equinor. Started working with Offshore Wind in 2020 as Technology Manager. Currently managing the Offshore Wind Competence Centre in Equinor leading offshore wind technical teams. I live in Oslo with my husband and my 3-year-old son.
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.
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
Chief Consulting Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
Offshore BoP Innovation Lead
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
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.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
JDR Cables Ltd
UK Area Representative, Offshore Wind
Professor Bill Leithead
Head of Supergen Wind
University of Strathclyde