OWGP appoints new Programme Director

The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership is delighted to announce the appointment of Anil Sayhan as its new Programme Director. Anil joins from Shell where he held frontline and corporate roles in products marketing, exploration and production and renewables and energy solutions in the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, and the UK.

He will take on the role from Andrew Macdonald, Director of Offshore Wind Development and Operations at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, but Andrew will continue his involvement in the OWGP board.

Speaking about Anil Sayhan’s appointment, Andrew Macdonald said: “The opportunities for UK supply chain companies are increasing due to the combined drivers of net zero, energy security and economic growth. OWGP is in a great place to expand and enhance the supply chain and Anil brings a wealth of experience to ensure it is successful.”

Anil Sayhan, Programme Director for OWGP said: “It is an extremely exciting time to be joining OWGP. Building on the foundations of this successful programme, I look forward to contributing to the accelerated development of the UK offshore wind supply chain and supporting UK companies to maximize the economic value and highly skilled jobs they will generate.” 

In his career spanning two decades, Anil has developed expertise in production planning, business development, and procurement and supply chain management. He is particularly recognised for achieving strong business results through multi-disciplinary teams, stakeholder management, new capability building, and leading change management initiatives.

Anil graduated from METU in Turkey with a BSc in Industrial Engineering and received his MSc degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Warwick University. He is a Chartered Member of CIPS.

OWGP has supported 168 UK supply chain companies with a combination of funding and business transformation services worth over £12m.  Companies on the OWGP programmes have so far reported increased turnover of over £15m and contracts won and retained of over £27m. Funded by members of the Offshore Wind Industry Council, OWGP and its main delivery partner ORE Catapult develop tailored programmes to increase competitiveness, capacity and capability of the UK supply chain.

OWGP currently has live funding and business transformation opportunities for companies wanting to tap in to growth potential offered in offshore wind.  Registrations can be made here: https://owgp.org.uk/register-interest/


Notes to Editors

About the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership

Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) is a long-term business transformation programme that will promote closer collaboration across the supply chain, implement structured productivity improvement programmes and facilitate shared growth opportunities between developers and the supply chain.

Over the next ten years, delivery will focus on direct support to supply chain companies through a combination of strategic capability assessment, advisory services and grant funding. ORE Catapult will be a main delivery partner with support of other companies in particular advisory strands.

OWGP plays a key role in delivery of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal and is funded by members of the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC), with a budget of £100m over ten years.  The programme supports the growth of UK businesses looking to capitalise on the huge opportunities offered by the global offshore wind sector.

Over 1200 companies have now registered an interest with OWGP programmes to date.  For more information and to apply, visit the OWGP website: https://owgp.org.uk/register-interest/

About the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

ORE Catapult was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is part of a network of Catapults set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries. It is the UK’s leading innovation centre for offshore renewable energy.

Independent and trusted, with a unique combination of world-leading test and demonstration facilities and engineering and research expertise, ORE Catapult convenes the sector and delivers applied research, accelerating technology development, reducing risk and cost and enhancing UK-wide economic growth.

Active throughout the UK, ORE Catapult has operations in Glasgow, Blyth, Levenmouth, Aberdeen, Hull, the South West and Wales.


About the Offshore Wind Industry Council

A senior Government and industry forum, OWIC was established in 2013 to drive the development of the world-leading offshore wind sector in the UK.

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