Marine Energy Wales


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



World class research taking place in Wales

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Consenting Guidance


To assist with the application process for marine licences

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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.  

Ceri Crichton, Business Manager

Ceri has a BSc (Hons) in Business Management and has a strong record of creating sustainable and long term growth opportunities in global companies and the third sector. She brings with her long standing experience in business development and is integral to the development of business planning, financial and marketing strategies. Key successes include delivering the best financial performance to date and Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum / Marine Energy Wales being voted Cynnal Cymru Sustainable Social Enterprise, awarded at the Senedd in 2016. Outside of the office, Ceri enjoys property renovation. Alongside this, she spends most of her time on the beach with her family, enjoying yoga, stargazing, running, cycling or walking the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

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.

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.

Holly Pretious, Project Coordinator

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.