Marine Energy Wales

 

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

WELSH PORTS

 

World class deep water port facilities and support provided by 7 major Welsh ports

Demonstration Zones

 

Home to Pembrokeshire Wave Demonstration Zone and West Anglesey Tidal Demonstration Zone

World Class Supply Chain

 

World class deep water port facilities and support provided by 7 major Welsh ports

The Team

Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson, Marine Energy Programme Manager

After studying Marine Biology and Oceanography, I went into the field of commercial marine aquaculture and have worked in fisheries and conservation for many years, seeing the interaction of rapidly developing offshore wind power generation with other activities. I’m experienced with stakeholder engagement across the spectrum and have always been driven by a commitment to true sustainability – ecological, social, economic and legislative.

With strong links to Pembrokeshire, I am really looking forward to the opportunity of living here again while I cover for Jess Hooper on maternity leave.

 

Jetske Germing

Jetske Germing, Managing Director

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 European Tourism Management, and has experience across a number of areas such as Open Government, 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 she gets involved in campaigns against Marine Litter, to protect waves and for cleaner seas.

James Dyer, Finance Director

James was born and raised in North Pembrokeshire, and after fifteen years away studying, travelling and working, Pembrokeshire finally called him home. He 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 PCF, 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.

Tim Brew, Education Programme Manager

Tim qualified as a Maths and Science teacher at St Lukes College, Exeter University. He then taught in 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.

Jay Sheppard, Marine Energy Project Manager

Jay has a background in interdisciplinary environmental sciences, having studied and undertaken research addressing contemporary environmental challenges in the UK, Canada and Denmark. Over the years he has also built up a diverse range of project management experience spanning hospitality and live events, community radio, an environmental non-profit and a green tech start-up. One of his main areas of interest is the merger of sustainability with business management, which has now drawn him into the world of marine energy where he hopes to apply his diverse set of skills and experience towards advancing the interests of this growing sector.

Outside of work Jay can be found pursuing outdoor adventurous sports such as rock climbing and surfing, playing his guitar around a campfire, or just generally soaking up the amazing scenery Pembrokeshire has to offer.

Saul Young, META Operations Manager

Saul joined the META Project as Operations Manager in 2020. Saul was previously Project Officer at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). In this role he brings EMEC expertise developing wave and tidal test sites to META and supports the following tasks: SOP development; Client Management; and Environment and Consents. Saul has worked in various practical roles related to the marine environment as a marine science research assistant and outdoor education facilitator. Saul has a Masters in Marine Renewable Energy. Through his MSc study in Orkney and especially working for EMEC Saul has gained a thorough understanding of the technical, operational, environmental and commercial aspects of marine renewable energy projects.

Tom Hill, META Project Delivery Manager

Tom grew up in Pembrokeshire and completed a Marine Geography Bsc (Hons) Degree at Cardiff University, before spending seven years working in the nearshore marine survey industry. During that time he collected metocean and hydrographic datasets on projects all around the UK, and overseas in Africa, Tajikistan and Micronesia. A qualified skipper and rescue diver, Tom enjoys spending time on and in the water, but confesses he has only ever dived in tropical seas! Tom is a keen traveller and has explored places in Europe, Asia and Central America. In 2017 he swapped his backpack for a campervan and decided to move back to Pembrokeshire, taking up a Marine Operations role with Bombora Wave Power. He joined the META team in 2021 as the Project Delivery Manager, bringing a wealth of experience from a range of marine sectors. ​

matt telfer

Matt Telfer, MEW Project Coordinator

Matt moved to Pembrokeshire at the end of 2020 with his fiancée – a local to the county, and their two young children.  Prior to relocating to West Wales, he was based in Bristol, working within account and partnership management. Matt has considerable experience engaging and managing relationships across a broad range of stakeholders, including both public and private sectors.  Matt has a Ba(hons) in Music Industry Management and holds a Post Graduate Certificate (PGCE) in Primary Education.

Matt joined the team in July 2021 taking on the Selkie Project Coordinator position.  The Selkie project aims to develop the commercialisation pathway for the marine renewable energy industry in Ireland and Wales. He also supports the wider work of Marine Energy Wales. Outside of work, Matt enjoys surfing, cycling and exploring the scenic coastline with his family.

Abi Beck

Abi Beck, Communications Manager

Abi joins our team after a long-standing career in journalism for BBC Wales. A highly skilled multimedia professional, with an MA in Broadcast Journalism and a wealth of experience across television news, radio and digital media, she is nonetheless probably best known for being a wind-swept patch reporter covering West Wales!
After taking a year’s sabbatical with her young family to travel around Europe in a camper van, Abi returned determined to explore the positive impacts we can make towards a more sustainable, ethical future. There has never been a more exciting time to work in marine renewable energy with the growing momentum behind the net zero carbon ambition. Abi will focus on pushing the key messages of opportunity and sustainable growth for future generations.

Holly Skyrme

Holly Skyrme, FLOW Project Coordinator

Holly has been passionate about green energy ever since she was in school and for many years has aspired to help Wales achieve its renewable potential. Holly graduated from the University of Leeds with a First-Class (BA) Geography Industrial Degree at the beginning of the pandemic and joined Marine Energy Wales in June 2022. She is especially interested in helping to build upon the potential that floating offshore wind offers, creating tangible positive impacts on the local and wider community.

Outside of work, Holly spends the majority of her time in the ocean, beach lifeguarding, surfing, scuba diving and running a surf instructing business.