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Regulatory, Government and Associations

Richard Graham
Richard Graham
Member of Parliament
Chair of the APPG on Marine Energy and Tidal Lagoons


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APPG

Richard Graham is the Member of Parliament for Gloucester, and the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to the ASEAN EC, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. He chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Pensions, China, Indonesia and Marine Energy and Tidal Lagoons. He is a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee and a Director of the Great Britain China Centre.

Richard was previously an airline manager, a diplomat and an investment manager. He has worked in ten countries, speaks eight languages and is a charity trustee.

Keith Collins
Keith Collins
Executive Director of Sustainable & Renewable Energy
Nova Scotia Department of Energy


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Nova Scotia Department of Energy

Keith Collins is Executive Director of Sustainable and Renewable Energy at the Nova Scotia Department of Energy. He leads the Department on renewable energy, electricity policy, energy conservation, efficiency, and innovation. He is the government representative on the board of the province’s Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA).

Mr. Collins did his undergraduate work at Queen’s University (1983) where he received a medal in Political Studies; he received an M.A. at Oxford in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Magdalen College, 1986); he is a Nova Scotia/Maritimes Rhodes Scholar (1983).

Keith has worked in sustainability and climate change throughout Canada and the UK; he led the development of Manitoba’s Clean Energy & Low Carbon Strategy including new hydro, wind power, energy efficiency, east-west transmission, heat pumps, and electric vehicles (EVs). He was also Co-Director of the London Waste Partnership (LPWAP); and Associate at the think tank Demos; and an Advisor to the Deputy Mayor of London.

In Canada, he held positions as Executive Director of Community Economic Development, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade; Economist, Ministry of Treasury & Economics; and was a founding member of Ontario’s first Green Industry Office.

Mutsuo-Fukushima
Mutsuo Fukushima 
Leader, International Coordination Team
Marine & Environmental Industry Development Division Industry & Labor Department Nagasaki Prefectural Government


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In February, 2015, Mr. Mutsuo Fukushima assumed the post of the Leader of the International Coordination Team of the Marine & Environmental Industry Development Division, an arm of the Nagasaki Prefectural Government (NPG)'s Industry & Labour Department, at the request of Mr. Takaaki Morita, director of the division.

To live up to the duties entailed by this post, he has translated into Japanese various turbine technological documents as well as contractual documents and proposals submitted to the NPG by multiple foreign tidal current turbine makers and project developers intrested in implementing demonstration and commercial projects in Nagasaki's high-energy tidal current straits and channels, in close cooperation with Kyushu University Professor Emeritus Yusaku Kyozuka and Nagasaki University Professor Koumei Baba, who is concurrently director general of the Industrial Technology Center of Nagasaki.

In this capacity, he translated into Japanese almost all of OpenHydro's technological documents and PowerPoint presentation files to facilitate a clear understanding of its high technologies and aspirations by central and local government officers, influential politicians and industrialists of the business community.

He has also translated into English the NPG's own brochures inviting foreign floating wind and tidal turbine manufacturers and project developers to deploy their turbines at any of three central government-designated demonstration fields at the Goto Archipelago off some 100 kilometers off the prefecture's western coast. He also did a PowerPoint presentation on Nagasaki's tidal energy and floating wind resource at Nagasaki Univeristy's workshop symposium with Heriot Watt University in February.

He has accompanied Professor Kyozuka to assist in the academic's ADCP installment and recovery operations at the Naru Strait, one of the fastest-current channels at the Goto Islands, and bio-fouling experiments at the Hirado Strait, northern Nagasaki.

In addition, he has acted as an interpreter for delegations and representatives sent to Nagasaki from foreign turbine manufacturers, universities, environmental impact assessment companies and test centers, facilitating their cross-border communications with Japanese physicists, NPG officers as well as engineers and representatives from the Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster Promotion Association, an industry body grouping some 70 member companies seeking to create, and bring to prosperity, Nagasaki's own marine renewable energy industry.

Prior to assuming the current post at the NPG, Mr. Fukushima worked as a journalist on the economy, politics and science beat, and then as an interpreter and a translator of scientific papers and medical dissertations. In February 25 and 26, 2014, he acted as the chief interpreter for Paris University Professor Dr. Francois-Jerome Authier, University of British Columbia researcher Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic, former Connecticut University research team member Dr. Mirna Hajaar and former Yale University Associate Professor Dr. Sin Hang Lee, director of the Milford Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory in Connecticut, at an international medical symposium in Tokyo and then at both the government's vaccine side-effects advisory committee hearing and a parliamentary hearing attended by the legislators of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's Policy Deliberations Committee at the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Japanese Parliament.

Graduate of the Department of English Studies at Sophia University's Faculty of Foreign Studies in Tokyo, he was conferred a fellowship of the World Press Institute, Macalster College, in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1992. While studying with the fellowship, he closely studied and observed the U.S. presidential electorial process of that year, when Bill Clinton defeated George Bush. Mr. Fukushima is the co-translator of "The People's Emperor: Democracy and the Japanese Monarchy, 1945-1995" by Professor Kenneth Ruoff of Portland State University, which was published by Kyodo News under the Japanese title, "Kokumin no Tenno." The Japanese translation drew wide social recognition in 2004, when the Asahi Shimbun Co. awarded "Jiro Osaragi Prize for Commentary" to the book as the best book in the social sciences published in Japan during the previous year. The original English book was published by Harvard University Press. His graduation thesis from Sophia University concerned the "Power and Glory" of Graham Greene.

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Ross Lowrie
Environment & Business - Senior Advisor (Renewables)
Environment Agency


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Environment Agency

Ross has been involved in renewables regulation with the Environment Agency for 6 years, focussing primarily on hydropower but more recently tidal power and water source heat pumps. He now leads the Head Office Renewables team, in addition he leads the tidal power programme for the Environment Agency. Ross has spent the last 18 months ensuring the Environment Agency gives timely advice to tidal lagoon developers and recovers costs in doing so, in addition leading on the EA contribution to the Hendry Tidal Review and Crown Estates tidal review, and advising government departments on environmental impacts of tidal power. Ross joined the Environment Agency in 2004 and is based in Tyneside House, Newcastle.

Felix Leinemann
Felix Leinemann
Maritime policy Atlantic, outermost regions and Arctic
European Commission


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European Commission

Felix Leinemann is Head of Unit for Maritime policy Atlantic, outermost regions and Arctic. He has worked for the European Commission since 2003 in various fields including fisheries and maritime affairs, maritime transport and inland navigation, the EU's global navigation satellite system Galileo, intelligent transport systems, urban transport and passenger rights. Between 2012 and 2014 he worked as Transport Counselor in the EU Delegation in Washington, DC. Before that, he was a member of the private office of European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, after having been Assistant to the Director General for Mobility and Transport since 2010. Mr Leinemann holds a PhD from the University of Freiburg, Germany, following law studies in Germany and Italy. Before joining the Commission, he worked as a lawyer and advocacy officer in Germany, France and Belgium.

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Dujon Goncalves-Collins
Director of Technologies - Technologies
RenewableUK


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RenewableUK

Dujon Goncalves-Collins has been Director of Policy - Technologies at RenewableUK since September 2015, after joining RenewableUK in November 2013 as Head of Aviation. He represents industry at cross-stakeholder boards, committees and working groups. Previously, Dujon served as an officer in the Royal Air Force, in which he gained experience in operational strategy and policy development, project and change management, as well as leading operational and engineering staff. His final role was as the Air Defence Windfarms Safeguarding Officer. Professionally, he completed a number of operational and engineering qualifications; academically, an MA in leadership and management with the University of Exeter.

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Project Developers: Tidal Stream

Tim Cornelius
Tim Cornelius
CEO
Atlantis


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Atlantis

Timothy acquired a combination of academic, practical and commercial experience before taking the role of CEO of Atlantis in 2006. He accumulated a wealth of engineering and concept development experience through previous roles in underwater research and sub-sea engineering in the oil and gas sector with Submarine Escape and Rescue Service (Australia), Subsea Offshore, Halliburton Subsea and Subsea7, as well as business development and corporate accountability experience through director and executive roles.

Tim has a BSc. in Marine Biology from Flinders University, an MBA from Bond University and remains a fully-certified submersible engineer, ROV pilot and commercial diver.

David Taaffe
David Taaffe
Project Manager
Meygen


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Meygen

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Simon De Pietro
Simon De Pietro
CEO
DP Energy


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DP Energy

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Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott
CEO
Scotrenewables


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Scotrenewabes

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Mark Francis
Mark Francis
COO
Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre


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Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre

Mark Francis is a project and business development specialist with over 10 years’ experience at board level, primarily within the energy and infrastructure sectors. Having been involved with a number of high growth companies, consultancies, power projects and related infrastructure developments, Mark has gained a unique technical, commercial and financial skillset, aiding effective origination, delivery and management of complex projects and operations. Mark was co-originator of the PTEC project and has led its development since 2010.

Neil Kermode
Neil Kermode
MD
The European Marine Energy Centre


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European Marine Energy Centre

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John Woods
John Woods
Vice President of Energy Development
Minas Energy

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Minas Energy

John is a master relationship builder who knows that every project has challenging moments and it is the strength of the relationships that keep opportunities alive. John has honed this important skill through a variety of lifetime experiences in the private and public sectors, ranging from a long-time city alderman and acting mayor to a project developer of some of the country's most important energy opportunities. John connects with everyone at a personal level, and these relationships last well beyond the delivery of the results.

Gerallt Llewelyn Jones
Gerallt Llewelyn Jones
MD
Morlais


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morlais

Mr Gerallt Llewelyn Jones is British. The first directorship we have on file for him was in 1996 at Menter Mon Cyf. His newest directorship is with Cwmni Terra Cyf where he holds the position of "Managing director". The company was established 24 Jun 2015. So far, Gerallt has held 15 directorships, 3 of which are currently active, and 12 are no longer active.

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David Collier
Project Lead Engineer
MeyGen


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MeyGen

David has particular expertise and interest in the areas of innovation, analysis, design and development of wave energy and tidal stream devices; the project management of large complex civil engineering projects; the management of design teams to produce timely designs, economic to construct; technical, commercial and economic assessment of products; development of the range of innovative platform products and minimum facilities platforms for the offshore industry.

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Project Developers: Tidal Range & Lagoons

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Andrew Manley
Executive Director
Tidal Lagoon Power


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Tidal Lagoon Power

Andrew worked for 30 years with Shell in a variety of commercial and general management roles in the UK and globally. He also led some of Shell's biggest corporate restructuring projects and was Director of their commercial skill pool.

In 2009, Andrew Joined the Ministry of Defence and led the formation of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and the subsequent privatisation of its management in a ground breaking outsourcing programme.

Andrew joined Tidal Lagoon Power in March 2015 to lead the company's international development. He holds a doctorate in marine science from the University of Wales and an MBA from the London Business School. He is also an honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Ted Verrill
Ted Verrill
President and CEO
Halcyon Tidal Power


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Halcyon Tidal Power

Mr. Verrill has been involved in domestic and international energy project finance, both as lawyer and business executive, throughout his 30+ year career. Over the past 7 years, he has added energy project ownership and development to his portfolio, with a focus on renewable energy. His broad project experience has included energy derived from coal, nuclear, biomass, wind, natural gas, hydro, solar and waste-to-energy. His academic credentials include a BA, MBA and JD, and he is a member of the Bar in New York and Connecticut.

Henry Dixon
Henry Dixon
Chairman
North Wales Tidal Energy


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North Wales Tidal Energy

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Jongdeug kim
Jongdeug Kim
General Manager
K-Water

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k-water

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Sunghun Lee
Sunghun Lee
Manager
K-Water

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k-water

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OEMs and Turbine Manufacturers

Hans van Breugel
Hans van Breugel
CEO
Tocardo


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Tocardo

Hans is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in the development of renewable energy projects. He is one of the founders of Tocardo. His background is in ocean tugboats and heavy lift vessels. Hans has sailed as a first officer and also worked for many years in the offshore oil and gas industry. In Tocardo, Hans is responsible for the day to day management and corporate strategy.

Raymond Meijnen
Raymond Meijnen
Engineer Research & Development
Pentair Fairbanks Nijhuis


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Pentair Fairbanks Nijhuis

Raymond Meijnen (MSc) was born in Winterswijk, the Netherlands on February 8th 1982. After finishing high school in Winterswijk, Raymond moved to Enschede (the Netherlands) to start his study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Twente. After graduating in 2008 until presence, Raymond worked as Research & Development Engineer at Pentair Fairbanks Nijhuis. During these years, Raymond focused mainly on the development of Pentair Fairbanks Nijhuis’ Fish Friendly Low Head Turbine and most recently the Bi-Directional Fish Friendly Turbine.

Bram Pek
Bram Pek
Market Developer New Energy
Blue Water


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Blue Water

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Marek Sredzki
Marek Sredzki
CEO
Water Wall Turbine Inc.


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Water Wall Turbine Inc.

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Niels Lange
Niels Lange
MD
SCHOTTEL HYDRO


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SCHOTTEL

In 2011 Dipl.-Ing. Niels Lange, 36, joined the Josef Becker Research Centre of the SCHOTTEL Group. The naval architect brought along his experience as researcher at the Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Ship Theory of the Hamburg University of Technology. Since then he played a major role in the development of SCHOTTEL hydrokinetic energy devices.

Brendan Corr
Brendan Corr
CCO
OpenHydro


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OpenHydro

Brendan is the Chief Commercial Officer with OpenHydro and has overall responsibility for Commercial Sales, Project Development, Marketing and Communications. With almost 1GW of development projects currently underway in Canada, France, the UK and Japan - and another 4GW of additional opportunities identified throughout the world - OpenHydro is leading the way in commercialising tidal energy technology. Brendan has been with OpenHydro for nearly seven years, having previously held senior international appointments with organisations such as Veolia Water, Hochtief and Technip. He holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway and an MBA from the University College Dublin Michael Smurfitt Graduate Business School.

Christoph Harwood
Christoph Harwood
Commercial Director
Sustainable Marine Energy


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Christoph Harwood is the Commercial Director of Sustainable Marine Energy (SME), a dynamic marine engineering company, based in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight that has developed a platform for tidal energy converters, PLAT-O, that facilitates the right positioning in the water column to maximise yield and minimises installation and maintenance costs to deliver low cost tidal energy.

He has a deep experience of the renewable energy market bringing the lessons learnt from other sectors to the company and the industry. His primary responsibilities are for fund raising and business development, selling the companies solution, PLAT-O, to the sector.

Christoph ran his own environmental finance and strategy consultancy since 2009 building relevant experience not only in renewables but also in community energy, project funding and government policy. Prior to this he worked for UBS, in the Lloyd's insurance market, for the consultants McKinsey, and for Shell. He has a degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from Henley Management College.

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John Epps
Energy Consultant
Andritz Hydro


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Andritz

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Sjoerd Keijser
Sjoerd Keijser
Chief Commercial Director
Tocardo International


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Tocardo International

Sjoerd Keijser is commercial director for TOCARDO International, a leading player in the development of tidal power solutions. The tidal power market is developing fast and the worldwide potential for this type of sustainable, reliable and predictable power is an interesting opportunity for investors, project developers and the energy sector. TOCARDO has ten tidal turbines operational and grid connected in the Afsluitdijk, Oosterschelde barrier and near Texel at present. Recently the company secured the exclusive project development rights for 4 projects in the Netherlands, UK and Canada. Sjoerd is a commercial professional and with an Industrial Design Engineering background. He has experience as an innovation consultant and program manager, helping innovative start-ups to become commercial. He joined Tocardo in 2015 and is responsible for the commercial roll-out of TOCARDO’s projects around the globe.

Lynn Blodgett
Lynn Blodgett
CEO
Big Moon Power

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big moon

On January 1, 2015, Lynn Blodgett founded Bigmoon Power. A company dedicated to developing a new technology to harness the moon's power through the tide and to develop a new, more sustainable business model in renewable energy.

On December 31, 2014, Lynn Blodgett retired from Xerox Corporation.

Blodgett was appointed to president of Xerox Services in January 2012. Prior to this appointment, he was president and chief executive officer of Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., A Xerox Company. He served as the leader of ACS - Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. - since November 2006. He was appointed a corporate executive vice president of Xerox when the company acquired ACS in February 2010.

Blodgett was instrumental in building ACS into the world's largest diversified business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology (IT) services company with $6.5 billion of annual revenue and 78,000 people worldwide. In 2009, he was inducted in the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals' Hall of Fame for his work to transform the industry.

Prior to his appointment of president and CEO, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer. In this position, he was responsible for the company's broad-based business process outsourcing and information technology operations and solutions delivered to commercial and government markets.

Blodgett is a pioneer in the BPO market. In 1983, he and his brother co-founded Unibase, a data entry company acquired by ACS in 1996. The acquisition expanded ACS' capabilities in the relatively new BPO services arena. ACS created an entire service segment dedicated to delivering superior BPO solutions, and today this business unit is core to ACS' complete BPO service offerings. ACS has consistently grown and now delivers comprehensive BPO and IT solutions to all major industries and supports client operations in 100 countries.

Blodgett attended Brigham Young University and the Utah Technical College.

Trey Taylor
Trey Taylor
Co-Founder & President
Verdant Power International

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Verdant Power International

Mr. Taylor has over 40 years of experience and accomplishment in business development and marketing with such firms as ITT Corporation, British Telecom, Procter & Gamble, and Ogilvy & Mather. He is recognized as one of the leading experts in industry marketing and issues advertising through four trade associations: Edison Electric Institute; the Nuclear Energy Institute (formerly U.S. Council of Energy Awareness); American Council of Life Insurers (formerly American Council of Life Insurance); and the Health Insurance Association of America. He has managed communication programs for eight different coalitions including: the Coordinating Committee for Long-Term Care Policy; A Coalition to Improve Medicaid; and The Committee on Jobs, Environment, and Technology. He also helped produce nationally known public affairs TV shows including “The McLaughlin Group” and “Make Peace with Nature.” He has served on both the Corporate Advertising Task Group and the Issues Advertising Task Group of the Association of National Advertisers and has taught courses on advertising and marketing communications at the University of Maryland. He graduated from Portland State University and attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota. In March 2000, he co-founded Verdant Power – a sustainable energy company producing hydroelectric power or marine hydrokinetic (MHK) energy. He served on the Board of Directors of the Hydro Research Foundation and co-chaired the National Hydropower Association’s R&D Committee. Prior to that, he was the founder and president of the Interactive Marketing Institute and consulted with BGE (Baltimore Gas & Electric) and Price Waterhouse World Energy & Utilities Group. He was a charter board member of the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition and currently serves on New York City Council’s “Green Exports Initiative” Advisory Council and his third term on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee.

Jean-Francois Simon
Jean-Francois Simon
CEO
HydroQuest


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hydroquest

MBA UCLA/Engineer Ecole Centrale

30 years’ experience in project development (industries and services), international trade, finance and management.

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John Meagher
Director
Nova Innovation

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Nova innovation

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Peter Dixon
Peter Dixon
Executive Chairman
Kepler Energy

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Kepler
  • Executive Chairman of Kepler Energy
  • Co-founder and Director of Barn Energy, which builds, owns and operates high quality and economically viable low head hydroelectric power stations
  • Previously Global Director of Strategy, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
  • Prior to this, spent over 20 years as a business strategy consultant, latterly with Deloitte Consulting, and previously with Braxton Associates, the specialist strategy consulting firm.
  • He gained an MBA from London Business School, and has a degree in Engineering Science and Economics from Oxford University.
Franck Sylvain
Franck Sylvain
CEO
EEL Energy

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EEL Energy

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Bill Baxley
Chief Engineer
Ocean Current Energy


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Ocean Current Energy

Bill Baxley is Chief Engineer for FAU’s Marine Renewable Energy Center. He graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering and has a M.S. in Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University. Bill spent 16 years with the Navy as a test engineer and Navy Diving and Salvage Officer, stationed in Fort Lauderdale and working regularly in the Gulf Stream environment. Bill’s role as Chief Engineer is to oversee all offshore activities supporting resource characterization, develop operational plans for testing devices, and leading the design and fabrication of energy equipment specific to offshore renewables.

Ralf Starzmann
Ralf Starzmann
Sales, Director
SCHOTTEL HYDRO


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SCHOTTEL HYDRO

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Finance and Investment

Clement Weber
Clement Weber
Director
Green Giraffe


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Green Giraffe

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Martin Edlund
Martin Edlund
CEO
Minesto


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Minesto

Dr Martin Edlund has for the last fifteen years combined management consulting and strategy research collaboration with world-class technology companies such as ABB, GE, LM Ericsson and SKF. Dr Martin Edlund has a PhD in Innovation Management from the Department of Technology Management and Economics at the Chalmers University of Technology and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Physics. He is currently chairman in three companies and is the founder of several companies.

Michael Bullock
Michael Bullock
Director
Renewable Risk Advisers


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Renewable Risk Advisers

Michael is a highly experienced insurance specialist, with more than 20 years in the London and Bermudian markets, having helped to found a Lloyd’s Broker and a specialist renewable energy underwriting unit for the Ascot syndicate at Lloyd’s. More recently, in conjunction with renewable energy insurance veteran, Bill Lloyd, Michael set up Renewable Risk Advisers Ltd. to focus on the renewable sector, and with a particular focus on marine energy.

He has particular experience of the offshore renewable energy industry having also worked in a specialist engineering consultancy, Sea Roc, and as Head of Risk Mitigation for Narec Capital. He has a good knowledge of technology, engineering and marine construction /weather delay risks, as well as of the financial risks faced by projects, in addition to the requirements imposed by the various contracting and financing structures likely to be in place.

Michael’s clients have included a wide variety of developers, utilities, technology manufacturers, and other major firms across the energy sector, and more recently marine energy clients including Atlantis Resources, Meygen Ltd., Marine Current Turbines, Tidal Energy Ltd., Marine Power Systems and Aquamarine Power. Michael is a member of the Ocean Energy Forum Finance Steering Committee and of the Advisory Group of Wave Energy Scotland and has a Masters Degree in Finance from the London Business School.

Stephan Ouaknine
Stephan Ouaknine
Managing Partner
Inerjys Ventures


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Inerjys Ventures

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charles reynard
Charles Reynard
Partner
Eversheds

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Eversheds

Charles is a partner in our corporate and M&A group; member of the Clean Energy and Sustainability team and head of our North East corporate and M&A practice. He has a background in both private practice and industry having been a corporate partner at another large London based practice in addition to having held legal director and general counsel roles in the electricity and chemicals sectors.

Charles has advised national and international clients, both public and private, on numerous acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses both in the UK and overseas, complex group reorganisations, as well as the raising and providing of debt and equity finance. In addition, while in the electricity sector, Charles gained experience of large outsourcing projects, capital asset procurement and projects work, including renewables. Charles has extensive knowledge of corporate governance requirements in both a FTSE 100 group and in a more entrepreneurial private equity environment. He also has multi-site supply chain experience from his time with an international chemicals group.

Examples of Charles' recent experience include:

  • Advising an international group forming part of a consortium which bought assets in the oil and gas sector in the UK
  • Advising on a substantial LLP development joint venture
  • Advising on energy projects in the Solar, Offshore Wind and Biomass sectors
  • Advising the shareholders of a large generic pharmaceutical company on its sale to a German quoted pharma group
  • Advising on private equity investments and exits
  • Disposing of non-core business in Japan; the establishment of a procurement hub in Hong Kong; in addition to work undertaken to prepare an international, offshore based, private equity backed group for listing

Charles also play a key role in local business fora in the North East, in particular on energy matters and corporate governance

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Engineering, Services, Contractors and Consultants

Simon Cheeseman
Simon Cheeseman
Wave & Tidal Energy Specialist
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult


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Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

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James Battensby
Chunjiang Jia
Senior Research Engineer Power Conversion
ORE Catapult


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Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

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Dean Steinke
Dean Steinke, PEng, MASc,
Dynamic Systems Analysis Ltd.


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Dynamic Systems Analysis Ltd.

Dean Steinke is the co-founder and Director of Operations at Dynamic Systems Analysis Ltd, an ocean engineering consultancy and software company. DSA makes it possible for ocean engineers, naval architects, oceanographers - or anybody with business in the water - to assess the motions and loads on vessels, structures, lines, and technologies in marine environments using numerical modelling.

Numerical modelling is a constant challenge: it requires finding the balance between accuracy and and timely and indicative results. Dean is passionate about finding that balance and producing high quality dynamic analysis software.

Before co-founding DSA in 2006, Dean graduated from the University of Victoria with a Masters and Bachelor degree in mechanical engineering. At university Dean developed an interest in subsea robotics and ocean engineering by working offshore with the ROPOS ROV team.

Today, Dean has more than a decade of experience leading complex ocean engineering projects in ocean technology, marine renewables, offshore, defence and fisheries and aquaculture.

Dean now resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, leading a team of engineers who work with companies from across the globe to solve dynamic ocean engineering problems.

Tim Baker
Tim Baker
Chief Engineer - Marine Energy
Black & Veatch

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Black & Veatch

Tim’s early career was in the aerospace sector at Rolls-Royce plc and focussed on performance prediction and test of civil gas turbines. He went on to lead preliminary design of the Trent 600 engine for a long range variant of the Boeing 747-400 before managing a mechanical design team. In 2007 Tim joined a tidal stream developer where he was Project Manager for the planning and consent application of a tidal array scheme and Lead Engineer for design and rig testing for a horizontal axis turbine. Tim is now Chief Engineer for Marine Energy at Black & Veatch and has the role of Chief Technologist for Phase 2 of the ETI’s £7.5m Tidal Energy Converter System Demonstrator which is planned to be installed at the MeyGen Inner Sound site.

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Richard Argall
Engineering Director
Mojo Maritime

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Mojo Maritime

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Sian George
Sian George
Director
George Consulting Group


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Sian George (BA, MSc, PHD) is a highly-experienced senior manager who has helped leverage over £60m for SMEs in the life-sciences and renewable energy sector. In her most recent role as interim CEO of Ocean Energy Europe, the European trade body for marine energy, she delivered an award-winning growth strategy for the sector. Prior to this she spent 7 years as Head of Commercial Development at Aquamarine Power Ltd, where she secured contracts and investment from corporates such as BAE Systems, SSE Plc and ABB Plc. She also developed the initial market entry strategy for Aircraft Medical, a successful technology start-up, which now sells its medical devices in 35 countries. Sian is an internationally recognised regulatory expert; who has chaired several European and UK government advisory boards. Her PhD focused on governance and regulations for natural resource management in the UK.

Frank Fortune
Frank Fortune
Technical Director
Royal HaskoningDHV


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Royal HaskoningDHV

Frank Fortune is a Technical Director within Royal HaskoningDHV's licensing and consents team, based in Scotland. Frank is a marine biologist and environmental consultant, with over 22 years of experience research, regulatory and commercial experience, including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), marine survey, marine environmental monitoring, oil spill response, Coastal Zone Management (CZM), and public consultation. He has been active in the Ocean Energy sector since 2004, when he began work consenting the world's first commercial tidal turbine, SeaGen, Strangford Lough for Marine Current turbines. Since then he has helped consent over 60MW of Ocean Energy projects including:

  • SeaGen, Strangford Lough (1.4MW) - Marine Current Turbines (MCT);
  • Sound of Islay tidal array (10MW) - Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) - both original consent in 2011 and revised consent in 2014;
  • Skerries tidal array (10MW) - Marine Current Turbines - agreement of consent conditions and monitoring;
  • Lewis wave farm (10MW) - Aquamarine Power;
  • Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (30MW) - PTEC Ltd.

Frank has worked in a number of countries in Europe and more widely in the world, including Bahrain, Oman, UAE, Indonesia and the Caribbean. In addition to Ocean Energy projects, he has managed and worked on a broad range of projects including oil and gas decommissioning, port and harbour developments (including dredging works), onshore wind and offshore wind, major marine reclamation projects, coastal management and the development and provision of technical advice to government and statutory agencies.

Joseph Hussey
Joseph Hussey
Offshore Group Manager
IT Power


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IT Power

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Claudio Bittencourt
Claudio Bittencourt
Global Marine Renewables
DNV GL

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DNV GL

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Liz Foubister
Liz Foubister
Principle Environmental Consultant
Xodus Group

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Xodus

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Michael Lochinvar Sim Abundo
Director
OceanPixel

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John Fitzgerald
Chief Engineer, Sustainable Energy Systems
Black and Veatch

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Black and Veatch

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Andy Baldock
Director - Sustainable Energy Solutions
Black and Veatch

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Black and Veatch

Andy Baldock leads Black & Veatch’s renewable energy team in Europe, and is currently heavily involved in Black & Veatch’s funders’ technical advisory work associated MeyGen Phase 1A, and previously led Black & Veatch’s work on the MRCF, MRPF, MEA and MEC for Carbon Trust. Andy led technical reviews on Pelamis in 2008, 2011 and 2014 as well as technical reviews on Marine Current Turbines in 2006, 2009 and 2011, and has worked on the technology development or technical review of c. 50 tidal current and wave energy technologies. Andy was the convenor for the IEC TC114 Tidal Resource and Characterisation Technical Specification published in 2015. Andy authored the Tidal Range chapter, and co-authored the Tidal Current chapter in the ‘Handbook of Clean Energy Systems’ published by Wiley in 2015.

Martin Wright
Martin Wright
Director
Minus7UK

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minus7

See my latest Business Green interview: The full potential of renewables http://ow.ly/WXll303eThj

I am Managing Director of Aurora Ventures Limited, Chairman of Mojo Maritime Limited and the Renewable Energy Association and a past Chairman of the Ocean Energy Group.

Currently, I am also involved in two new ventures, Gravitricity, an Energy Storage company, which has secured initial grant funding, and Fraenkel Wright, where together with Peter Fraenkel, we are doing consultancy specialising in Energy Policy, Energy Technology as well as pursuing a number of new ideas related to Renewable Energy.

Previously, I was one of the founders of Marine Current Turbines Limited, which is a leading tidal technology company. Prior to its acquisition by Siemens, the company developed and installed the ‘SeaGen’ 1.2MW tidal turbine which is operating in Strangford Narrows in Northern Ireland.

Whilst at MCT, I was responsible for raising over £38m of grant and equity funding. I also served on the Marine Energy Programme Board to formulate government policy and develop the market commercially and legislatively. This involved giving evidence to Select Committees and briefing various Energy Ministers and their shadows over an extended period of years.

I have also broadcast on marine energy, and more broadly on renewable energy both in the Uk and abroad.

I have an M.A. (Hons) in Economics from Edinburgh, and an M.Eng in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt. I started my career as an Officer in the Royal Navy, and then worked for nine years as a Venture Capitalist, where I was involved in a wide spectrum of industries and served as a director with a number of investee companies.

Aside from work, life revolves around family, sailing and skiing. I am a keen sailor, and more often than not to be found onboard my boat!

Ross Fairley
Ross Fairley
Partner
Burges Salmon

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BurgesSalmon

Ross heads the firm's energy, power and utilities team. He specialises in environmental and low carbon projects, particularly in the renewables sector. He is listed as a Tier 1 UK advisor by legal directories in these areas. He has spent over 20 years advising businesses on energy projects, electricity regulation, commercial contracts and environmental matters.

Ross has led teams advising on all types of renewable energy technology including solar, wind (on and offshore), biomass, biofuels, anaerobic digestion, waste to energy, wave and tidal energy, geothermal and hydro as well as conventional power.

His environmental practice covers all aspects of UK and EU environmental regulation with a focus on contaminated land and water, defending prosecutions, decommissioning industrial plant, waste, REACH and producer responsibility legislation.

Ross sits on various influential renewables industry groups, is a past Council Member of the UK Environmental Law Association and previously served on the Government's Innovation and Growth team for the Environmental Goods and Services Sector.

Joe Hulm
Joe Hulm
Director
Ocean Energy Advisors

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OEA

Joe has 8 years of experience in ocean energy project development, initially as marine development manager for international power (since acquired by engie) and more recently as site development manager for Bluewater Energy Services. A former deck officer in the merchant navy, Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in marine technology from Newcastle University, and is undertaking a master’s degree in energy, environmental technology and economics at city University London.

Jonathan Cohen
Jonathan Cohen
Head of Energy Storage
Eversheds

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Eversheds

Jonathan is a Principal Associate in the Company Commercial team with extensive experience of advising on transactions in the climate change and energy sectors.

He is a member of the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group and his experience includes advising on all aspects of the law relating to the energy industry’s physical infrastructure, energy regulatory matters and power generation schemes, particularly in the renewables sector.

Jonathan’s clients include utilities, large industrial consumers, property developers, lenders, sponsors and energy service companies (ESCOs).

His recent experience includes advising Thanet Offshore Wind Limited on its 300MW offshore wind farm development and also the subsequent sale to Vattenfall AB, advising Stratford City Business District (a joint venture between Lend Lease and London & Continental Railways) in connection with its energy (electricity, heat, gas and water) requirements in light of the post-Olympic concession arrangements in Stratford, East London and advising on the £5.8bn sale of EDF Energy plc’s electricity distribution networks business to UK Power Networks part of the Cheung Kong Infrastructure group.

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Dujon Goncalves-Collins
Director of Policy - Technologies
RenewableUK

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Sam Stephens
Director
TBAT Innovation Ltd

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Duncan Gordon
Associate, Renewable Energy Practice
JLT Specialty


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David Jones
David Jones
CEO
Marine Energy Pembrokshire


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Bonus Energy / Siemens Wind Power

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