Jess Hooper, Marine Energy Programme Manager
Jess leads the MEW programme at Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, which includes the META and Selkie projects as well as the overarching MEW deliverables.
Having grown up on a Pembrokeshire farm, she and her husband have returned to the area to pursue an interest in local, sustainable food production on the family farm.
She has been working at MEW leading the META team for three years and has worked in the renewable energy industry for 15 years, including eight years in marine renewables having worked at Siemens MCT in the development team charged with consenting the Skerries project off Anglesey.
Outside of the office she can usually be found outside up to her knees in mud on the farm with Luna the dog.
Steve Hall, CEO
Steve is an experienced marine science, technology & policy professional (CMarSci FIMarEST) he has worked for over 30 years in industry, governance and research including service as Vice Chair of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, an advisor to UK & overseas governments, and participation in innovative marine technology projects that push the boundaries of underwater robotics, environmental survey and data collection.
Joining at the end of 2020, Steve brings that knowledge and experience to PCF, with a key interest in the sustainable use of ocean resources including offshore renewable energy, sustainable fisheries, tourism and the all-important regular intake of ‘Vitamin Sea’ to all who live, work, and visit Pembrokeshire and hold dear the need to balance growing our economy with protecting and enhancing the natural environment.
Jetske Germing, Executive Director | 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 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, Executive Director | Finance and Policy Manager
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 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.
Bethan Simes, META Project Manager
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 PCF team in 2018 to co-ordinate the Marine Energy Test Area project, and became META Project Manager in 2020.
Away from the office, she can usually be found walking the beaches and coast path with her dog, Dewi.
Manon Kynaston, Marine Energy Project Coordinator
Manon has a BSc in Biology, a MSc in Environmental Leadership and has worked in the education and international sectors on climate change projects, sustainable business and environmental policy. Manon returned to Wales and joined PCF in 2019 after living and working in New Zealand and more recently completing her Masters’ degree in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. There, her main research priorities included Marine Spatial Planning and Policy and Sustainable Natural Resource Governance. Combining her experience of project coordination and management with interest in renewable energy, she leads on the Selkie project which aims to develop the commercialisation pathway for the marine renewable energy industry in Ireland and Wales. She also supports the wider work of Marine Energy Wales. Out of the office, Manon loves anything that gets her near the sea –walking the coastal path, travelling with her husband in their little campervan, kayaking, learning to surf, yoga, and exploring the wild and beautiful beaches of Pembrokeshire.
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.
Ruth Lovell, Marketing and Communications Manager
Ruth joined MEW in 2020 and leads on marketing, communications, as well as delivering stakeholder engagement events, including the annual Marine Energy Wales conference. In her previous role Ruth was Communications Coordinator at PLANED supporting community led projects based across Pembrokeshire. Ruth has worked in the field of policy and communications for over fifteen years, including positions with Cardiff University, RSPB Cymru and the National Trust. She has worked in practical conservation roles, setting up community environmental projects in Wales, and international conservation projects in Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania and Greenland. Away from the office Ruth loves running, swimming and yoga, and is a Voluntary Director of Community Energy Pembrokeshire.
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.