Marine Energy Wales

 

Working in collaboration to establish Wales as a “centre of excellence” for sustainable marine energy generation

Research

 

World class research taking place in Wales

Consenting Guidance

 

To assist with the application process for marine licences

The Team

David Jones, Project Director

David has worked in project management for over 10 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 specifically on marine energy in Wales for over 7 years helping to develop Marine Energy Pembrokeshire from inception to a working group containing over 20 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.  

Tim Brew, Education Manager

Tim qualified as a Maths and Science teacher at St Lukes College, Exeter University. He then taught in a Pembrokeshire secondary schools for over 10 years. Subsequently he ran the education programme for Eco Centre Wales, developing innovative resources on climate change and energy for learners of all ages. From 2013 he ran his own business focussed on education and energy. Tim joined the team in 2017 to deliver the Coastal Curriculum and to develop educational resources to support PCF projects. In his spare time Tim enjoys climbing, kayaking and spending time at the beach with his family.

James Dyer, Finance, HR and Policy Manager

James has a BA (Hons) in Business Management & Finance, and has worked in various roles in the private and public sector including ‘British Standards Institution’, ‘Welsh Government’ (WDA), and ‘Communities First’.  Joining in February 2014 James has eleven years’ experience in third sector Financial Management and Community Interest Companies.  He is tasked with the Financial Management of Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum and Marine Energy Wales, working so that Pembrokeshire’s natural, historic and magical landscape is protected for future generations. In his spare time James can be found with his wife and daughter on the beaches and coastline of Pembrokeshire walking, writing about its Ancient history, fundraising in the local community, immersed in the local culture and enjoying the company of his family and friends.

Jetske Germing, Business Development and Delivery Manager

As a keen outdoor enthusiast, Jetske moved to Pembrokeshire over two decades ago to spend maximum time on the Coast. Jetske has an MA in Tourism Management, and has worked in sustainable tourism, community development and on international projects. In her spare time Jetske can be found on the coast, walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, exploring the coastline in a kayak, or surfing her favourite beaches. As a Volunteer Regional Rep for Surfers Against Sewage Jetske organises regular beach cleans and campaigns against Marine Litter, to protect waves and for cleaner seas.

 

Jess Hooper, Project Manager

Jess has recently returned to Pembrokeshire after 15 years in Bath and Bristol. Having grown up on a Pembrokeshire farm, the lure of coastal green fields and open space finally got too much last year. She and her husband have returned to the area to pursue an interest in local, sustainable food production on the family farm. Jess has over 10 years’ experience working in both the terrestrial and marine renewable energy sectors, and joins the team to lead on the development of our new Marine Energy Test Area. Outside of the office she can usually be found outside up to her knees in mud on the farm with Luna the dog.

JOseph Kidd, META Operations Manager

Joseph has been at the forefront of development and consenting for wave and tidal projects in the UK since 2006 and is the Vice-Chair of Marine Energy Wales. He spent five years heading up the Project Development team for Marine Current Turbines Ltd and has provided development support to a number of projects in Wales including Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, ORJIP Ocean Energy, and most recently Nova Innovation’s projects in north Wales. Joseph was involved in the early development of META and is now helping push the project forward since it has secured funding. In his free time Joe enjoys spending time with his young family and friends, often down the beach, camping or at music festivals.

Holly Pretious, Marketing and Communications Manager

Holly joined the team in 2015 after graduating from university with an MSc in Sustainable Development and a BSc (Hons) Geography with Environmental Management. She leads on marketing, communications, as well as delivering stakeholder engagement events and the annual conference. She also manages membership and member enquiries alongside supporting the project director in the delivery of the work plan. Away from the office Holly is a keen runner and loves anything that involves being near the coast. Having recently spent some time volunteering in Thailand, she hopes to one day travel the world.

Louise Rigby Williams, Project Manager

Louise has a BSc in International Management and an MSc in Environmental Resource Management and brings with her significant organisational and project management experience having worked in wind farm development for RWE and as Head of Geography in a Pembrokeshire secondary school. She has a strong links and first-hand experience in renewable energy development across the UK. Louise works across a number of projects within the Marine Energy Wales portfolio providing support and guidance for the development of the marine energy sector in Wales. Louise enjoys anything and everything that gets her outdoors – surfing, hiking, road biking, running, and yoga. She has travelled, worked and volunteered in Europe, North and Southern Africa, Asia, North, Central and Southern America.

Bethan Simes, Project Coordinator 

Beth was born and raised in Pembrokeshire. After graduating from Swansea University with a BSC (Hons) in Geography, she went on to develop her project management skills working for a software company. Wishing to transfer into the renewable industry, she joined the team in 2018 to co-ordinate the Marine Energy Test Area project. Away from the office, she can usually be found walking the beaches and coast path with her dog, Dewi.