The first SUT Evening Meeting in the South West – Theme Marine Renewable Energy

The Met Office, FitzRoy Road, Exeter EX1 3PB

30 November, 2017



Exciting SUT SW inauguration meeting, on the theme of Marine Renewable Energy, at The Met Office, Exeter.

The theme of the session is ‘Renewable Energy’ covering the following topics.

Market overview / recent developments speaker Kerry Hayes – Regen

Kerry is the marine energy sector lead at Regen and is one of our team of analysts. She has a broad range of experience in marine and offshore energy, focusing on data analysis, supply chain development and takes a lead in planning, consenting and energy policy.
Kerry left Regen for a project coordinator role in a technology development company. She has since re-joined Regen having honed her practical industry knowledge. Alongside her work at Regen Kerry is also an associate lecturer and works as a freelance project developer.
Kerry has a BSc in Ocean Science and an MSc in Marine Renewable Energy, both from the University of Plymouth.

Logistics planning speaker Adam Leonard-Williams, Marine Operations Consultant   – James Fisher Marine Services

An experienced metocean consultant specialising in the simulation and analysis of complex marine operations. Primary role is technical sales, training, consultancy and development of James Fisher Marine Services Mermaid® Software.  Mermaid is used widely across the various offshore industries, it is one of the most advanced pieces of software available to model marine operations to help minimise weather downtime and reduce risk.

Operational/Energy forecasting speaker Joana Mendes   – The Met Office

Joana is a post-processing scientist at the Met Office. As part of her role, Joana applies scientific and technical expertise to contribute to the definition and delivery of value-added solutions that most optimally meet evolving customer needs.

Joana’s academic background combines theoretical physics, statistics, computing and meteorology. She has studied Physics at the University of Porto in Portugal, completed a Masters degree in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading, then started a PhD in ‘Very-short term wind power forecasts under extreme weather conditions’.

Since the start of her career in 2010, Joana has been focusing in Energy Meteorology within the Renewables sector. In the past, this involved the development of wind power prediction tools based on machine learning, as well as the delivery of wind resource assessments for a range energy stakeholders around the world. Recently, Joana has been working in the provision of bespoke weather services for Renewables, developing tailored products and improving the Met Office’s site-specific wind and solar forecasts.

Devices  speaker Peter Child, UK Representative – Waves4Power Ltd 

Peter runs a consultancy business in Marine, Renewables and Management and joined Waves4Power in 2015. Prior to this Peter was Managing Director of A&P Falmouth Ltd, better known locally as Falmouth Docks, one of the largest ship repairers in Europe and where he first met W4P. Peter was also on the A&P Group UK main board.

Brought up in Cornwall Peter went to Truro School and then joined ECCI in 1974 where he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant and was made a Fellow in 1985.

At ECCI Peter became Divisional Controller reporting at Board level on performance, strategy and planning and worked in Europe, America and the Pacific. He joined A&P Falmouth as Finance Director in 1994 and was appointed Managing Director in 2003 where he worked with the management team to restructure the business, refocus on the customer, change working practices by working with the Unions and develop long term partnerships with customers and suppliers. Peter is also on the COIS LEP Employment and Skills Board, a Director of Cornwall Marine Network and became a Cornwall College Governor in 2012 and is currently Vice Chair on the Board.

Married to Heather, they have three children, twin girls Brittany who works in Marketing and Nicola, a Physiotherapist, and a son Tom who works as an Environmental Engineer in Bristol. Peter’s interests include most sports and enjoys playing golf and walking his two boxer dogs around Cornwall.

WaveHub  speaker will be Stuart Herbert, Business Development Director – Wave Hub Ltd

Stuart joined Wave Hub in 2013 to lead negotiations with companies planning to use the test site and identify new business opportunities.    Prior to joining Wave Hub, Stuart worked as commercial and operational manager for the SGS Renewable energy services division and as business development manager for the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in the North East of England, focusing on marine energy device and wind turbine testing.

The event will start at 6.30pm and will be Chaired by Brian Green.

Brian,  B.Sc. Aberdeen University, 40 years oil & gas and subsea engineering, living and working in 22 countries,  he is a long-time member and now Fellow of the SUT.  A long-time supporter and Board Member of Subsea UK since 2010,  A subsea business development and management consultant now specialising in marine renewables

Parking is available

This is a free event however pre-registration is essential.

Exeter is a great location for travel, only 2 hours by fast direct trains from Paddington (it’s closer but a bit slower from Falmouth and very picturesque!).   There are also daily FlyBe flights from London City and Southend.  It is also only 90 miles from Bristol or Truro via the M5 or A30 and 110 miles from Southampton via the A35 or A303, if you prefer.  The Premier Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels are just around the corner from the Met Office, if you want to stay over.