Chair – Martin Murphy
Martin is a Chartered Engineer who has spent the great majority of his career in the marine sector, firstly serving as a Marine Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy for 12 years and since then, 25 years in managerial positions in industry. Martin joined Tidal Energy Ltd as Managing Director in 2009, the company who developed, built and commissioned DeltaStream in Ramsey Sound in Pembrokeshire. Martin is an non-executive director of Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, the company behind Marine Energy Wales. Martin served as President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) in 2015 -2016, is now the Honorary Treasurer and remains a member of the Board of Trustees. He is active as an independent consultant in the marine renewable energy sector.
Vice Chair – Joseph Kidd, Marine Energy Wales
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.
Sue Barr, UK Marine Energy Council
Sue has 18 years’ experience in the offshore wind, wave and tidal industries, including 11 years at OpenHydro, a tidal technology developer in senior management, project development, policy and developing marine energy markets. She supported the UK Government delivering the first offshore wind arrays including revision of primary legislation, administering regulatory controls and advised UK Ministers on the first marine energy projects. On the board of all three industry associations (RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables and Marine Energy Wales) and chair of the UK Marine Policy Forum & Council, Sue plays a key role in driving renewable industry policy in the marine area, in the UK and internationally.
Andy Billcliff, North Wales Tidal Energy
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 North Wales Tidal Energy. Andy is a director of the British Hydropower Association and North Wales Tidal Energy, and a member of the governing body of Grwp Llandrillo Menai.
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.
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.
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.
David Jones, Marine Energy Wales
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.
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.
Dr Kate Smith, Nova Innovation
Kate brings nearly twenty years’ practical experience of delivering sustainable development in the marine environment to her role as Nova Innovation’s Environmental Manager. She is passionate about the need for pragmatism in balancing the protection of the marine environment with the needs of those who use the seas. She has spent the last decade applying this philosophy to consenting, strategic planning and policy development for marine energy, at NRW and now Nova. Kate is helping Nova build on the success of deploying the world’s first tidal array in Bluemull Sound, Shetland through the delivery of their portfolio of projects in Wales.
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.
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.