Andrew Macdonald

OWGP Head of Programme

Andrew is the Senior Innovation Manager and Head of OWGP at the 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 is the Senior Innovation Manager and Head of OWGP at the 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.

Claire Canning

OWGP team member

Claire is the Project Development Manager in Operational Performance. Her role involves identifying technologies with the potential to reduce the costs of operating offshore windfarms and contribute to economic growth. Claire is leading the Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR) supply chain initiative in Scotland. In 2018-19 Claire directly supported Martin Whitmarsh in his Offshore Wind Supply Chain Review, on behalf of the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC). Claire has further engagement with supply chain through the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub and the Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange (OWiX), seeking companies who can address industry challenges through technology innovation.

Claire is the Project Development Manager in Operational Performance. Her role involves identifying technologies with the potential to reduce the costs of operating offshore windfarms and contribute to economic growth. Claire is leading the Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR) supply chain initiative in Scotland. In 2018-19 Claire directly supported Martin Whitmarsh in his Offshore Wind Supply Chain Review, on behalf of the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC). Claire has further engagement with supply chain through the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub and the Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange (OWiX), seeking companies who can address industry challenges through technology innovation.

Kacper Stefaniak

OWGP team member

Kacper Stefaniak – Kacper is ORE Catapult’s Strategy Analyst. Working within the Research & Disruptive Innovation team, he is responsible for offshore wind technology and policy road mapping activities. Kacper is also developing strategic initiatives (like OWGP or energy systems activities) and contributing to internal business planning cycles. Prior to joining ORE Catapult, Kacper worked for management consulting (McKinsey & Company) in a variety of projects.

Kacper Stefaniak – Kacper is ORE Catapult’s Strategy Analyst. Working within the Research & Disruptive Innovation team, he is responsible for offshore wind technology and policy road mapping activities. Kacper is also developing strategic initiatives (like OWGP or energy systems activities) and contributing to internal business planning cycles. Prior to joining ORE Catapult, Kacper worked for management consulting (McKinsey & Company) in a variety of projects.

Heather McLarty

OWGP team member

Heather McLarty is a Junior Project Manager at ORE Catapult and is also working as part of the OWGP team. Heather has a BEng Honours in Aero-Mechanical Engineering which she completed in University of Strathclyde in 2016 and more recently her MSc in Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment, again at the University of Strathclyde in 2017. Following this, she took a Graduate Engineer position at Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, Scotland.

Heather McLarty is a Junior Project Manager at ORE Catapult and is also working as part of the OWGP team. Heather has a BEng Honours in Aero-Mechanical Engineering which she completed in University of Strathclyde in 2016 and more recently her MSc in Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment, again at the University of Strathclyde in 2017. Following this, she took a Graduate Engineer position at Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, Scotland.

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 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 Member

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 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 Member

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.

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 Member

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 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.

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