Core Programme Team

Andrew Macdonald

OWGP Programme Director

Andrew is the Programme Director of OWGP and Senior Innovation Manager at ORE Catapult. With experience in both technology and commercial roles, Andy excels at identifying innovation opportunities and routes to commercialisation.

Prior to joining ORE Catapult, Andy worked in the tidal energy sector and he has hands-on experience of project development and supply chain optimisation. He has cross-sector innovation expertise having worked on the development and introduction of new technologies across telecoms, IT and energy industries.

Andrew Macdonald
OWGP Programme Director

Andrew is the Programme Director of OWGP and Senior Innovation Manager at ORE Catapult. With experience in both technology and commercial roles, Andy excels at identifying innovation opportunities and routes to commercialisation.

Prior to joining ORE Catapult, Andy worked in the tidal energy sector and he has hands-on experience of project development and supply chain optimisation. He has cross-sector innovation expertise having worked on the development and introduction of new technologies across telecoms, IT and energy industries.

Dr. Claire Canning

OWGP Programme Manager

Claire joined ORE Catapult in 2017 and is a Programme Manager for the OWGP. Her key responsibilities involve developing and delivering support programmes that will enable UK offshore wind supply chain companies to grow and become more competitive. Claire’s previous role as Project Development Manager enabled identifying innovative technologies, products, and services with the potential to reduce the costs of operating offshore wind farms and contribute to economic growth.

Claire recently completed her Engineering Doctorate with the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) and also has a background in marine biology and conservation. Claire is deeply passionate about the UK offshore wind sector and creating growth opportunities for the supply chain.

Dr. Claire Canning
OWGP Programme Manager

Claire joined ORE Catapult in 2017 and is a Programme Manager for the OWGP. Her key responsibilities involve developing and delivering support programmes that will enable UK offshore wind supply chain companies to grow and become more competitive. Claire’s previous role as Project Development Manager enabled identifying innovative technologies, products, and services with the potential to reduce the costs of operating offshore wind farms and contribute to economic growth.

Claire recently completed her Engineering Doctorate with the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) and also has a background in marine biology and conservation. Claire is deeply passionate about the UK offshore wind sector and creating growth opportunities for the supply chain.

Lynne McIntosh

OWGP Programme Manager

Lynne is a Programme Manager for the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership, focusing on Business Transformation Programmes, supporting companies to increase competitiveness and productivity in the Offshore Wind Sector. She is passionate about improvement and helping supply chain companies realise their full potential and meet their ambitions.

Prior to joining OWGP, Lynne accrued extensive experience working in the manufacturing sector, leading process improvement, new product introduction and research and development projects in the Aerospace industry. With an eye for detail and lean process development, she transitioned from industry into the High Value Manufacturing Catapult where she led forging, powder metallurgy and general manufacturing research projects in the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Nuclear and Automotive sectors. Lynne is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and takes pride in mentoring developing engineers and encouraging the next generation of engineers and scientists as a STEM ambassador.

Lynne McIntosh
OWGP Programme Manager

Lynne is a Programme Manager for the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership, focusing on Business Transformation Programmes, supporting companies to increase competitiveness and productivity in the Offshore Wind Sector. She is passionate about improvement and helping supply chain companies realise their full potential and meet their ambitions.

Prior to joining OWGP, Lynne accrued extensive experience working in the manufacturing sector, leading process improvement, new product introduction and research and development projects in the Aerospace industry. With an eye for detail and lean process development, she transitioned from industry into the High Value Manufacturing Catapult where she led forging, powder metallurgy and general manufacturing research projects in the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Nuclear and Automotive sectors. Lynne is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and takes pride in mentoring developing engineers and encouraging the next generation of engineers and scientists as a STEM ambassador.

Board of Directors

Martin Whitmarsh

Board Chair

Martin is best known for his roles as CEO of McLaren Racing and Team Principal of the McLaren Mercedes Formula One team. Over 25 years, Martin led the successful development and diversification of McLaren from a Formula One racing business to a respected and successful technology and automotive group with a turnover of around £700m. In 2018, Martin was commissioned by the Offshore Wind Industry Council to lead a review of the UK offshore wind supply chain. Throughout this review, Martin gained an independent perspective on the UK offshore wind supply chain, examining the opportunities and barriers to growth. He published a series of recommendations to industry and Government that will be implemented as part of the Sector Deal. Martin recognises the significant success of the UK’s offshore wind sector and is passionate about supporting UK businesses to play an even bigger role in its development and seize the growing opportunities. In his new role as Chair of the OWGP Board, Martin is hopeful that his work will facilitate the continued growth of the sector and its associated supply chain.

Martin Whitmarsh
Board Chair

Martin is best known for his roles as CEO of McLaren Racing and Team Principal of the McLaren Mercedes Formula One team. Over 25 years, Martin led the successful development and diversification of McLaren from a Formula One racing business to a respected and successful technology and automotive group with a turnover of around £700m. In 2018, Martin was commissioned by the Offshore Wind Industry Council to lead a review of the UK offshore wind supply chain. Throughout this review, Martin gained an independent perspective on the UK offshore wind supply chain, examining the opportunities and barriers to growth. He published a series of recommendations to industry and Government that will be implemented as part of the Sector Deal. Martin recognises the significant success of the UK’s offshore wind sector and is passionate about supporting UK businesses to play an even bigger role in its development and seize the growing opportunities. In his new role as Chair of the OWGP Board, Martin is hopeful that his work will facilitate the continued growth of the sector and its associated supply chain.

Zoe Barnes

Board Director

Zoe has over 18 years of experience in the wind industry, initially in manufacturing and new technology development within a large turbine manufacturer and latterly in consultancy. As a consultant, she has led a wide range of strategic engagements for both public and private sector industry participants, specialising in wind technology, technology commercialisation, innovation policy and supply chain development.

Zoe Barnes
Board Director

Zoe has over 18 years of experience in the wind industry, initially in manufacturing and new technology development within a large turbine manufacturer and latterly in consultancy. As a consultant, she has led a wide range of strategic engagements for both public and private sector industry participants, specialising in wind technology, technology commercialisation, innovation policy and supply chain development.

Stephen Burgin

Board Director

Steve, an electrical engineer, has worked in the world of energy for over 35 years and has held executive level roles in major, international engineering companies. Born in Stoke and living in Stafford, Steve started as a student apprentice at GEC locally. His career was built in technical and manufacturing roles, leading into senior commercial, general management and executive posts, both in the UK and overseas. Most recently, Steve led the commercial activities of GE Power in Europe, supplying power plants and transmission systems, and was previously the UK Country President for the Alstom Group supplying projects and equipment for electricity generation, transmission and distribution, and also rail transportation. Throughout his time with ABB, Alstom and GE, Steve has worked on the development of renewable energy activities including onshore and offshore wind, concentrated solar, wave and tidal power. Steve has also always been active in his local community, having held a number of posts including the Chairman of the Board of Staffordshire University, Deputy Chair of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Interim Chair and Non-Executive Director University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. Today Steve is Chairman of South Staffordshire FE College. Additionally, Steve is an Advisory Board Member to Strategy International Ltd, a Non-Executive Director of Off-Grid Energy Ltd and has just completed a term of office as Deputy President of the French Chamber of Great Britain.

Stephen Burgin
Board Director

Steve, an electrical engineer, has worked in the world of energy for over 35 years and has held executive level roles in major, international engineering companies. Born in Stoke and living in Stafford, Steve started as a student apprentice at GEC locally. His career was built in technical and manufacturing roles, leading into senior commercial, general management and executive posts, both in the UK and overseas. Most recently, Steve led the commercial activities of GE Power in Europe, supplying power plants and transmission systems, and was previously the UK Country President for the Alstom Group supplying projects and equipment for electricity generation, transmission and distribution, and also rail transportation. Throughout his time with ABB, Alstom and GE, Steve has worked on the development of renewable energy activities including onshore and offshore wind, concentrated solar, wave and tidal power. Steve has also always been active in his local community, having held a number of posts including the Chairman of the Board of Staffordshire University, Deputy Chair of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Interim Chair and Non-Executive Director University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. Today Steve is Chairman of South Staffordshire FE College. Additionally, Steve is an Advisory Board Member to Strategy International Ltd, a Non-Executive Director of Off-Grid Energy Ltd and has just completed a term of office as Deputy President of the French Chamber of Great Britain.

Richard Turner

Board Director

Richard currently holds a number of non-executive and board positions in the energy sector via Elan Solutions, which is a business advisory & management training organisation. Before embarking upon his portfolio career Richard was COO and then President and CEO of JDR cables and member of the Offshore Wind Industry Council. During his time at JDR he led the organisation through a period of significant investment and growth as well as leading the transition and integration of the business after its change of ownership. Prior to JDR Richard worked for Technip Umbilicals, where he was Vice President of Global Manufacturing. Earlier in his career Richard worked in the construction equipment industry with Komatsu and Terex. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA from Durham.

Richard Turner
Board Director

Richard currently holds a number of non-executive and board positions in the energy sector via Elan Solutions, which is a business advisory & management training organisation. Before embarking upon his portfolio career Richard was COO and then President and CEO of JDR cables and member of the Offshore Wind Industry Council. During his time at JDR he led the organisation through a period of significant investment and growth as well as leading the transition and integration of the business after its change of ownership. Prior to JDR Richard worked for Technip Umbilicals, where he was Vice President of Global Manufacturing. Earlier in his career Richard worked in the construction equipment industry with Komatsu and Terex. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA from Durham.

Dan McGrail

Board Director

Dan McGrail took up his post of Chief Executive at RenewableUK in May 2021. Previously he was the CEO of Siemens Engines. He joined Siemens UK in 2004 and has worked in a variety of roles across the energy industry. 

Between 2010 and 2014 he led Siemens plans to develop and invest in offshore wind turbine manufacturing in the UK, securing the world-class offshore wind turbine blade factory and port facility in Hull, negotiating with the UK government and overseeing one of the company’s most significant factory investments in its recent history. The Final Investment Decision of £160m was announced in 2014, alongside a £150m investment by Associated British Ports to revitalise Hull’s Alexandra Dock. 

As Managing Director of Siemens Power Generation from 2014-2017, he expanded Siemens UK’s activities in the thermal power market. He became CEO of Siemens Engines in November 2017, leading the rebranding of the company and helping to secure significant growth. 

He served as Chair of the Association of Decentralised Energy from 2016 to 2019 and was Vice Chair until February 2021. He set up the Heat Network Industry Council to engage politicians and drive policy reform to build zero carbon heat networks.

He graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2003 with a degree in International Business Studies and Spanish. During his studies he spent a year at the University of Alicante and is fluent in Spanish. After graduating, he qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. More recently he completed the CBI Leadership programme, in London, Brussels and Washington DC.

Dan McGrail
Board Director

Dan McGrail took up his post of Chief Executive at RenewableUK in May 2021. Previously he was the CEO of Siemens Engines. He joined Siemens UK in 2004 and has worked in a variety of roles across the energy industry. 

Between 2010 and 2014 he led Siemens plans to develop and invest in offshore wind turbine manufacturing in the UK, securing the world-class offshore wind turbine blade factory and port facility in Hull, negotiating with the UK government and overseeing one of the company’s most significant factory investments in its recent history. The Final Investment Decision of £160m was announced in 2014, alongside a £150m investment by Associated British Ports to revitalise Hull’s Alexandra Dock. 

As Managing Director of Siemens Power Generation from 2014-2017, he expanded Siemens UK’s activities in the thermal power market. He became CEO of Siemens Engines in November 2017, leading the rebranding of the company and helping to secure significant growth. 

He served as Chair of the Association of Decentralised Energy from 2016 to 2019 and was Vice Chair until February 2021. He set up the Heat Network Industry Council to engage politicians and drive policy reform to build zero carbon heat networks.

He graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2003 with a degree in International Business Studies and Spanish. During his studies he spent a year at the University of Alicante and is fluent in Spanish. After graduating, he qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. More recently he completed the CBI Leadership programme, in London, Brussels and Washington DC.

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