Chair – Martin Murphy
Martin is a graduate in electrical and electronic engineering with an MSc in power electronics. He has spent the great majority of his career in the marine sector, firstly as a Marine Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy for 12 years, and then 15 years in industry. He became the Vice President for Marine and Offshore Systems in Alstom Power Conversion (APC) based in Paris in 2000, before being appointed as Managing Director for APC Ltd in Rugby, UK in 2003. In this time he was heavily involved in projects such as the Queen Mary 2 cruise liner and the Royal Navy’s new class of Type 45 destroyer – where the company designed and supplied the ships’ electrical propulsion systems. Martin joined Tidal Energy Limited as Managing Director in 2009 and led the company in the development and commissioning in 2015 of its full scale prototype DeltaStream device in Pembrokeshire. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum for 4 years and during this time has chaired Marine Energy Pembrokeshire. In 2015 -16 he was the 113th President of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST).
Vice Chair – Joseph Kidd, Nova Innovation
Joseph has been at the forefront of development and consenting for wave and tidal projects in the UK since 2006. From 2008 to 2013 he headed up the Project Development team for the leading tidal technology developer Marine Current Turbines Ltd (MCT), managing a large portfolio of tidal projects across the UK, with much of the focus on the development of a tidal array in Wales, the Anglesey Skerries. More recently Joseph has provided development support to wave and tidal projects for consultancy firm MarineSpace based in Pembrokeshire including a number of projects in Wales – Ramsey Sound and both Demonstration Zones. At a UK level, he helped establish the Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) for Ocean Energy, and continues to have a strong interest in helping to address consenting issues for marine energy. Joseph is now Commercial Manager for Nova Innovation with a focus on developing tidal projects in Wales.
Andy Billcliff, Billcliff Energy Consulting
Andy has over 35 years’ experience in Power Generation and Power Plant Maintenance and was until recently Director responsible for RWE Innogy’s UK Hydro portfolio. He has in depth knowledge of the UK electricity market and of current renewable generation technology. Following 10 years in nuclear power generation he moved into renewables as Hydro engineer, operating, replanting, acquiring and building new hydro schemes, before running onshore and offshore wind operations and managing the UK marine team. He returned as Hydro Director where after several successful years he moved on to form Billcliff Energy Consulting Limited where he now provides executive support for tidal energy projects. Clients include Morlais and NWTE. Andy is a director of the British Hydropower Association and NWTE, and a member of the governing body of Grwp Llandrillo Menai.
Claire Gibson, Wave Hub Ltd
Claire has been Managing Director of Wave Hub Limited since December 2011. She led the development of Wave Hub from its inception in 2003 through to construction in 2010 and now has overall responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the test facility and managing the business, Wave Hub Ltd, on behalf of BIS. Claire is the Executive Director on the Wave Hub Ltd Board.
David Jones, Marine Energy Pembrokeshire
David has worked in project management for over 15 years, specialising in coastal and marine cross sector partnership working. His expertise lies in mediating between a wide range of potentially conflicting interests, identifying innovative management solutions and providing bespoke business support. David has worked on marine energy in Wales for over 8 years helping to develop Marine Energy Pembrokeshire from inception to a working group containing over 25 technology developers and all relevant UK stakeholders. He has extensive marine renewables networks within the UK and beyond and represents the interests of the industry through ministerial meetings, working groups, conferences and events. He is the project director for Marine Energy Wales responsible for the day to day delivery of the work plan.
Dr Gareth Stockman, Marine Power Systems Ltd
Gareth has over 10 years experience in start-up’s & R&D. He has achieved significant grant funding and private investment for MPS to date. A qualified mechanical engineer with a MEng in Marine Renewables and a PhD from Swansea University. Gareth has overseen MPS through the previous two phases and is responsible for the daily running of the company; ensuring that the project development stays on or ahead of schedule, and proving critical to building relationships with the necessary suppliers and subcontractors. Gareth is a Major in the British Army (Reserves) commanding a squadron of over 90 soldiers.
Gerallt Llewelyn Jones, Morlais
Gerallt is a native of Holyhead in Anglesey. Having graduated in Agricultural Botany from Bangor in 1975 he completed a postgraduate Diploma in Education in 1976. He holds senior responsibility for the Morlais project which he has managed from its inception, guiding it towards its funding objectives for consent, infrastructure and the sector’s wider objectives of developing the Welsh economy. He has twenty years’ experience of working in economic development.
Ioan Jenkins, Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd
Ioan began his career with British Coal in South Wales prior to privatisation before then joining Celtic Energy Limited to lead the management of the Eastpit Opencast Site in Tairgwaith, East Merthyr Reclamation Scheme, Cwmbargoed Processing Plant and Llanilid Opencast Site near Bridgend. More recently, he has held the role of Head of Community Regeneration with BITC, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise Wales and Director of BTCV Cymru. Ioan has over 20 years of executive level leadership and management experience which includes the development of strong relationships at First Minister, Secretary of State and Director/CEO level. He joined Tidal Lagoon Power in June 2013 and has since led the development of Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon along with early scoping work in Colwyn Bay.
Dr Martin Edlund, Minesto
Martin 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. He 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.
Tim Sawyer, Carnegie
Tim is the Chief Executive Officer of CWE UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of ASX listed wave energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy Limited. Tim holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Oceanography from the University of Southampton, and has extensive experience in renewable energy project development in Australasia and the UK. Prior to joining Carnegie in 2008, Tim was involved in the development of UK offshore wind and marine energy projects through RPS Energy, implementation of environmental legislation with the UK Environmental Agency and blue water oceanographic research with the UK Ministry of Defence.
Dr David Tudor, The Crown Estate
David is the Marine Infrastructure Portfolio Manager for The Crown Estate. He has gained a wide range of experience from working in marine management matters within a diverse range of organisations – including consultancy, NGOs, universities and government agencies. David leads the delivery of a number of key aspects of Crown Estate offshore business across the UK, including: tidal range energy, innovate coastal management projects, and offshore infrastructure. In addition, he has oversight of the Crown Estate’s activities in Wales. He has experience in marine planning, offshore renewable energy consenting, marine conservation initiatives, along with marine legislation and policy.
Karl James, Welsh European Funding Office
Karl was born in Birmingham and moved to North Wales at the age of 13. He has worked for Central Government for 36 years, 32 of those for Welsh Office/Welsh Government and the last 12 with WEFO. Karl has a lot of experience of delivering projects and programmes; his current role with WEFO involves the responsibility for the delivery of the renewable energy and energy efficiency priority for the European Regional Development Fund in Wales.
Dr Kate Smith, Natural Resources Wales
Kate’s role is to help ensure that Wales is a location of choice for marine renewable energy which is good for people, the environment and business. She helps to make sure that NRW’s advice on the impact of marine renewable energy developments on Wales’ natural environment and licensing decisions are proportionate and based on the best available evidence. Kate is passionate about the need for pragmatism in balancing the protection of Wales’ marine environment with ensuring a healthy and sustainable Welsh marine renewable energy sector.