Announcement

Members appointed to Offshore Wind Programme Board

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Secretary of State Edward Davey today announced the membership of the industry-led Offshore Wind Programme Board which is chaired by Adam Bruce…

Secretary of State Edward Davey today announced the membership of the industry-led Offshore Wind Programme Board which is chaired by Adam Bruce, the Global Head of Corporate Affairs at Mainstream Renewable Power.

The Offshore Wind Programme Board has been established following the recommendations in the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force report. It brings together senior representatives from industry (including developers and supply chain), Government, The Crown Estate and Statutory Nature Conservation advisors and is based on successful models used in other sectors such as the Oil and Gas PILOT group.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey said:

“In the coming decades, offshore wind will play an increasingly important role in our energy mix, delivering secure and clean energy and supporting jobs and growth.

“The UK is the biggest market in the world for offshore wind and we are determined to continue that success and reap the economic benefits.

“Today I am appointing members to the Offshore Wind Programme Board with the skills and experience to drive down costs, tackle barriers to offshore wind and develop the UK supply chain.”

The Programme Board members are:

Name Company & position Sector

Industry members

Adam Bruce: chair Mainstream Renewable Power, Global Head of Corporate Affairs Offshore developer

Jonathan Cole ScottishPower Renewables, Offshore MD Offshore developer

Benj Sykes DONG Energy, UK Country Manager Offshore developer

Clark MacFarlane Siemens, MD UK Offshore Windpower Turbine manufacturer

Steve Burgin Alstom UK - UK President Turbine manufacturer

Ron Cookson Technip - Senior Vice President, Technip Offshore Wind Offshore contractor

Stephen Trotter ABB, MD Power Systems Electrical, cables and Transmission &Distribution

Ian Farquhar David Brown Gears, Offshore Wind Development Director Supply Chain

John Robertson Burntisland Fabrications (Bi-Fab) - Managing Director Fabrication

Maf Smith Renewable UK, Deputy CEO Trade Association

Andrew Jamieson Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, CEO Chair of Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task force

Government / public bodies

Hannah Brown: co-chair DECC - Office of Renewable Energy Deployment Head Industry and Investment

Alastair Dutton The Crown Estate Programme Manager (Wind Development)

David Stevenson The Scottish Government Senior Policy Officer, Offshore Wind

Chris Pook BIS Deputy Director, Green Economy

Will Armitage DEFRA Head of Major Infrastructure and Environment Unit

Keith Waller HMT Senior Adviser, Infrastructure UK

John Goold JNCC Statutory Nature Conservation Advisors representative

 


Notes for editors

  1. A Press Notice announcing the appointment of Adam Bruce was issued on 18 October, reference 12/126.
  2. Industry members have been appointed in a personal capacity. The role is voluntary and not paid and each appointment is for an initial one year period after which time this will be reviewed with an option to extend.
  3. As announced in the UK renewable energy roadmap in July 2011, the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force was established to set out a path and action plan to reduce the costs of offshore wind to £100/MWh by 2020. It reported to DECC & Devolved Administration Ministers in June 2012, with a number of recommendations. The establishment of an offshore wind programme board was one of the key recommendations.
  4. The OWPB will report to the Offshore Wind Developers Forum, which is jointly chaired by Keith Anderson of Scottish Power and the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate change, Edward Davey. The Offshore Wind Developers Forum brings together Government and industry to identify barriers to offshore wind and to work on solutions.