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Our staff


Oliver Wragg  Donna Ritch (Credit Orkney Photographic)

Neil Kermode

Managing Director

Neil was appointed as Managing Director in November 2005. He is directly accountable to the Board for all operations and is responsible for meeting the Board’s objectives for EMEC’s operational, environmental, financial and commercial performance.

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Oliver Wragg

Commercial Director

Oliver supports the Managing Director to enable the vision for EMEC growth, providing a business development regime that establishes a firm commercial approach; liaises with developers, funders, and partners; and participates in new initiatives driving growth and revenue.

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Donna Ritch

Finance Director

Donna is responsible for finance, HR, administration and facilities; managing forecasting, monthly accounts, invoicing and cash flow; facilitating HR processes and activities for the organisation; and managing administration processes and EMEC’s office facilities.

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Lesley Howard Andrina Wick, Administration Officer Cath Russell, PA to the Executive Team

Lesley Howard

Quality Manager

Lesley’s role is to manage EMECs Integrated Management System and assist the organisation in maintaining compliance with ISO 17025, EMEC’s accreditation with UKAS. She works with all staff to maintain a system that promotes a culture of compliant working practices and leadership behaviours across the organisation.

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Andrina Wick

Administration Officer

Andrina supports the Finance & Administration Manager and other members of staff by providing key administrative services to the organisation. This includes providing ‘front of house’ services for visitors, booking travel and accommodation for members of staff, and processing invoices.

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Cath Russell

PA to the Executive Team

Cath supports the Executive Team, and in particular the Managing Director. This involves providing a high standard of confidential administrative support, and includes arranging meetings and travel.

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Eileen Linklater

Commercial Manager

Eileen manages contracts with developers, ensuring Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental standards are met. She is the first point of contact for prospective clients and works with them from initial contact through to arrival on site. Eileen is also responsible for maintaining communications, seeking feedback from stakeholders and marketing EMEC’s services.

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Lisa MacKenzie

Marketing & Communications Manager

Lisa is responsible for promoting EMEC, its facilities and services, its clients, and wider industry development. She manages EMEC’s website and social media channels, develops marketing resources, liaises with international media, and hosts visitors to EMEC.

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Catrin Sutherland

Graduate Marketing Officer

Catrin is working with EMEC as part of a one-year graduate placement (sponsored by Orkney Islands Council). Catrin will support the marketing team with the implementation of EMEC’s marketing strategy, help develop work packages for delivery to external projects, as well as undertake market research activities.

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 Nic Wallet  Danielle Moodie

Matthew Finn

Senior Business Development Manager

Matthew works with a range of leading organisations to establish new areas of business development in the marine renewables sector. He manages the bid development process within EMEC and works in close collaboration with in-house experts across a variety of technical disciplines.

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Nicolas Wallet


Nic is project managing the €11m Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action (FORESEA) programme.

He is responsible for managing the FORESEA consortium (which alongside EMEC includes SmartBay, SEM-REV, TTC and Ocean Energy Europe) and liaising with EU funders (particularly INTERREG).

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Danielle Moodie

FORESEA Project Officer

Danielle will work closely with the FORESEA Project Manager and the FORESEA consortium partners (SmartBay, SEM-REV, TTC and Ocean Energy Europe) to support the delivery of the FORESEA programme to provide technology developers with subsidised access to real-sea testing across the North West Europe region.

She is responsible for day-to-day administration and ensuring that the project is integrated into EMEC’s UKAS accredited integrated management system.

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 Dave Wakefield

Dave Wakefield

ETV Manager

Dave’s role is to manage EMEC’s involvement with the European Commission’s pilot Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) scheme which is a new tool to help innovative environmental technologies reach the market. He is also responsible for ensuring the organisation maintains its compliance with ISO 17020 and its UKAS accreditation.

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 John Skuse  Elaine Buck Donald Sinclair

 John Skuse

Operations & Maintenance Manager

John is responsible for leading the Operations & Maintenance team, to ensure assets are fit for purpose, and to ensure all day to day operations are planned and executed safely and in accordance with requirements of EMEC’s Integrated Management System and polices.

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 Elaine Buck

Technical Manager

As Technical Manager, Elaine is responsible for managing the project team who work across EMEC to deliver wave and tidal developer R&D projects. She provides support to the Operations Director and from her technical perspective initiates testing programs to build on EMEC’s experience in real sea testing for the wave and tidal sector. In her time at EMEC, she has worked and delivered on key European funded projects and actively works alongside developers in supporting them in their technology development programmes.

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Donald Sinclair

Engineering Technician

Donald assists in maintaining availability and proper functioning of all HV electrical connections and SCADA system associated with the test sites. He also works with developers to solve operational problems of a technical or data-related nature and provides first line technical support at substation sites (wave and tidal) including ‘engineer level’ maintenance of SCADA system.

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 Rob Ionides  Alistair Cameron

Rob Ionides

Engineering Technician

Rob is working on various projects and general maintenance roles, and Lyness looking after the EMEC-owned P2-002 wave energy converter.

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Chris White

Senior Test Engineer

Chris works with developers to manage electrical connections issues and to solve operational problems of a technical and electrical nature. He provides first line technical support at substation sites.

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Alistair Cameron

Electrical & Test Engineer

Alistair assists with acquisition and reporting of electrical performance data and management of client’s electrical connections. He also assists with the maintenance and record keeping of the EMEC 11kV system.

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 Florence Ungaro (Credit Colin Keldie)  Andy Shanks (Credit Colin Keldie)  Caitlin Long

Florence Ungaro

Project Manager

Florence is working with developers and other project partners, managing the progress and delivery of EMEC’s projects and ensuring outputs are delivered on time, and within budget.

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Andy Shanks

Project Manager

Andy joined EMEC in 2016, with a background in tidal site marine operations. Andy’s role within EMEC is to provide support and direction to the various projects that EMEC are involved with in their day to day operations.

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Caitlin Long

Project & Consents Officer

Caitlin works with developers and clients deploying at EMEC to ensure that all the necessary licences and consents are in place, and supports developers in adopting an appropriate environmental monitoring programme for their planned development. Caitlin is also involved in the management and delivery of EMEC’s projects.

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Steven Pyke

Systems Developer

Steven joined EMEC in a knowledge transfer partnership with the Strathclyde University. The role will support the development of EMEC’s ocean energy assessment processes which will form part of an integrated evaluation and development pathway for wave and tidal energy companies.

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Joe Thompson

Metocean Data Manager

Joe oversees EMEC’s data management. He manages the collection, manipulation, quality control and dissemination of data, and is also responsible for assisting the development of EMEC’s Data Management and Dissemination Strategy.

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Marlène Moutel

Engineer Intern

In the scope of her internship at EMEC, Marlène will integrate major testing equipment to EMEC’s Integrated Management System.

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