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Our staff


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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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Jonathan Lindsay

Operations and Technology Director

Jonathan has responsibility for ensuring that our operations are planned and executed in a safe and professional manner to meet agreed client objectives. He also deputises for the Managing Director in his absence and provides support in all operational aspects of our work.

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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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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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Susan Learmonth

Contracts & Grants Administrator

Susan ensures that the administration of contracts and grants is carried out in an accurate, timely, efficient and transparent manner, and supports the delivery of financial and management reports on EMEC’s grant funded projects.

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Glenn Mauchline

Administration Officer

Glenn supports the organisation by providing key administrative services including travel management, visitor organisation, accounts support and database management.

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Molly Harris

HR Officer

Molly’s role is to support and assist the Finance Director with implementing the company’s HR strategy. Undertaking HR processes and activities including recruitment of staff to the organisation, staff development, organise and maintain training events and assist the Quality Manager to ensure the quality system is adhered to.

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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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Lisa MacKenzie

Commercial & Marketing 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. Lisa also leads communications and dissemination work packages for grant funded projects.

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Sheila Shearer

Contracts Manager

Sheila’s role is to help ensure that appropriate legal agreements are implemented to facilitate the execution of contractual obligations. She is also involved in developing and maintaining effective contractual processes and management.

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Nicolas Wallet

FORESEA Project Manager

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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Catrin Sutherland

Commercial Development Officer

Catrin supports the implentation of EMEC’s sales and marketing strategies. She assists the Business Development Manager with EMEC’s business development activities, as well as contributing to the delivery of marketing services to external projects and market research.

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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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Jon Clipsham

Hydrogen Development Manager

Jon joins EMEC from the chemical industry, where he has a long experience of international business development and consultancy in the petrochemical, fine chemical, and pharmaceutical sectors. He gained an MSc in Managing Catalytic Technology from Liverpool University, and is responsible for identifying, developing, and implementing opportunities for EMEC’s rapidly evolving Hydrogen business.

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James Ferguson

Energy Storage Development Officer

James is working towards an EngD through the iDCore programme, and will be based at EMEC for three years looking at energy storage solutions, with a strong focus on hydrogen.

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Erica Mathers

Marketing Officer

Erica supports 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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Carly Tait

Marketing Officer

Carly is involved in the delivery of communication and dissemination work packages for a number of EMEC’s external projects. She also supports the promotion and implementation of EMEC’s marketing strategy.

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Sarah Jessen

Marketing Officer

Sarah supports the promotion of EMEC, as well as marine energy progress as a whole, helping implement EMEC’s marketing strategy. She also aids delivery of communication and dissemination project work packages.

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Eileen Linklater

Eileen is currently on maternity leave

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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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

Operations Engineer

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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Anna Southall

Performance Test Engineer

Anna supports EMEC’s services into collaborative R&D projects focussed on marine energy device testing and performance assessment.

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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

Marine Operations Specialist

Andy joined EMEC in 2016, with a background in tidal site marine operations. Andy is part of the operations team, delivering support and oversight to the various marine operations that EMEC are involved in, both locally and internationally.

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Caitlin Long

Environment & Consents Specialist

At EMEC we ensure that our operational and delivery support covers our customer lifecycle from funding through to deployment at our wave and tidal sites. Fundamental to this is our consenting process and environmental monitoring capabilities, making it easier to inform or frame a deployment campaign at our sites. Caitlin is our specialist in all aspects of consenting and environmental monitoring.

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David Darbinyan

Metocean Engineer

David oversees EMEC’s metocean data collection, quality control, criteria development and provides support to various stakeholders with regards to metocean information. With a background in physical oceanography, David worked as a metocean specialist for over 10 years, on offshore industry projects around Russia and South East Asia.

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Steven Pyke

Systems Developer (KTP Associate)

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

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Angus Brown

Maintenance Technician, Eday

Angus carries out preventive and corrective maintenance at the Eday substation and Flaughton Hill. He helps to manage the facilities within the substation, laydown area and grounds, assisting with first line technical support across EMEC’s infrastructure including its newly installed hydrogen plant.

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Myles Heward

Performance Test Engineer

Myles’ role is to deliver EMEC’s services into collaborative R&D projects focussed on marine energy device testing and performance assessment.

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Gary Clanachan

Engineering Technician

Gary supports the provision of testing services for wave and tidal devices owned by EMEC’s clients and to ensure high availability of all EMEC’s facilities and equipment.

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 John Griffiths

Chris White

Chris retired from his post as Senior Electrical Test Engineer in 2017. He now works as a consultant for the company, supporting the management of EMEC’s electrical infrastructure and feeding his experience into various projects.

John Griffiths

John is a chemical engineer, with over 40 years experience, including 30 years in the offshore industries, as a General Manager, Consultant, Project Manager and Engineering Manager as well in a range of Operational and Technical roles. John acted as non-Executive Director of EMEC from the company being established until 2017, and now provides consultancy support on various projects.








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