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Our staff

If you’d like to contact any member of the EMEC team, please email info@emec.org.uk or call +(0)1856 852060.


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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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852061
E: neil.kermode@emec.org.uk

Matthew Finn

Commercial Director

Matthew 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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852064
E: matthew.finn@emec.org.uk

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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852040
E: donna.ritch@emec.org.uk

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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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852009


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Lesley Bews

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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852234
E: lesley.bews@emec.org.uk

Corrine Sinclair

Contracts Manager

Corrine provides support across the business by ensuring that the appropriate legal agreements are implemented to facilitate the execution of contractual obligations. Corrine develops and maintains the effective contractual processes and management to support the company’s commercial goals.

T: +44 (0)1856 852003

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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852240
E: cath.russell@emec.org.uk

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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, organising and maintaining training events and records, and assisting the Quality Manager with tasks relating to quality management.

T: +44 (0)1856 852047
E: molly.harris@emec.org.uk

Karen Flett

Finance Officer

Karen provides administrative support to the finance team by assisting with the tracking of budgets, processing invoices and payments, assisting with the annual audit process and assisting with the development and maintenance of all necessary systems, policies and procedures to ensure effective, efficient financial management within the company.

T: +44 (0)1856 852065
E: karen.flett@emec.org.uk

Pete Donald

Administration Officer

Pete provides administrative support across the organisation by providing reception cover, undergoing office health and safety checks, record keeping, liaising with suppliers, travel booking, proofreading and formatting services and general day to day admin tasks.

T: +44 (0)1856 852060
E: pete.donald@emec.org.uk

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Ray Banks

IT Systems Officer

Ray helps to maintain EMEC’s IT systems and software ensuring consistency across the organisation. In conjunction with the project management team, Ray also creates and maintains project information tools using appropriate software, and ensures relevant staff are adequately trained to use them. Ray manages the provision of telecommunications equipment and liaises with external IT providers to ensure services are delivered as required.

T: +44 (0)1856 852046
E: ray.banks@emec.org.uk

Patricia Casey

Project Administration Officer

Patricia will be taking over Carly’s role whilst she is on maternity leave, providing support to the business with timesheet processing, travel booking, supplier management and assisting with project claims. Patricia will also be based in main reception as the first point of contact for EMEC’s office.

T: +44 (0)1856 852000
E: patricia.casey@emec.org.uk

Carly Banks

Carly is currently on maternity leave

Carly provides administrative support to the company by managing travel bookings, meetings and events, keeping accurate records, assisting with project costs and ensuring procurement is carried out in adherence with EMEC’s procedures.


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Rob Flynn

Commercial Manager

Rob identifies, secures and manages new commercial opportunities to support the long term growth of EMEC. Rob focuses on EMEC’s international collaborations, and building a portfolio of clients and partners from around the world. He maintains EMEC’s presence globally as a trusted partner in the energy sector.

T: +44 (0)7984 078414
E: rob.flynn@emec.org.uk

Lisa MacKenzie

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

T: +44 (0)1856 852207
E: lisa.mackenzie@emec.org.uk

Dernis Mediavilla

Marine Energy Development Manager

Dernis supports the Commercial Manager in identifying, developing and securing opportunities for EMEC to grow its portfolio of wave, tidal and floating wind projects. Dernis leads on engagement with new developers of offshore renewable energy technologies and develops opportunities for testing on EMEC sites and builds and maintains strong networks in the sector, encouraging collaborations between EMEC and key supply chain partners.

T:+44 (0)1856 852060

E: dernis.mediavilla@emec.org.uk

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Eileen Linklater

External Relationship 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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852249
E: eileen.linklater@emec.org.uk


Maud Ezel

Commercial Project Assistant

Maud works in the commercial team supporting business development, working in partnership with EMEC clients and stakeholders. Maud gathers technical intelligence, identifies funding and commercial opportunities and prepares proposals, plans and cost estimates, supporting the transition of projects from concept through to delivery.

T: +44 (0)1856 852235
E: maud.ezel@emec.org.uk

James Ferguson

Hydrogen Research Engineer

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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852230
E: james.ferguson@emec.org.uk

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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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852202
E: erica.mathers@emec.org.uk

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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852204
E: carly.tait@emec.org.uk

Caron Oag

Hydrogen Marketing Officer

Caron supports the development and implementation of EMEC’s hydrogen marketing strategy and is responsible for the delivery of the communications work package for the ITEG (Integrating Tidal energy into the European Grid) project.

T: +44 (0)1856 852219
E: caron.oag@emec.org.uk

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Sarah Jessen

Hydrogen Development Officer

Sarah supports the development and delivery of the commercial aspects with EMEC’s hydrogen strategy. Sarah prepares and monitors project deliverables and activities in communication, dissemination, exploitation and writing commercial reports. Sarah initiates, develops and maintains contacts with identified commercial partners for hydrogen projects, including the supply chain.

T: +44 (0)1856 852049
E: sarah.jessen@emec.org.uk

Catrin Sutherland

Commercial Development Officer

Catrin supports the implementation 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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852225

 James Walker

Hydrogen Development Manager

As part of the commercial team, James identifies, develops and contracts opportunities for EMEC to enable growth of the hydrogen-related R&D and business streams, expanding EMEC’s green hydrogen production, transportation and utilisation capabilities. James liaises with government and key stakeholders to address market mechanisms and business models to allow development of the sector.

T:+44 (0)1856 852060

E: james.walker@emec.org.uk


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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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852231
E: john.skuse@emec.org.uk

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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852224
E: elaine.buck@emec.org.uk

Nick Wyatt

Senior Electrical & Performance Test Engineer

Nick ensures that EMEC’s electrical systems meet client requirements and are operated to relevant standards in a safe and efficient manner, ensuring availability of HV electrical connections and a range of electrical measurement equipment.

T: +44 (0)1856 852244
E: nick.wyatt@emec.org.uk

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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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852201
E: donald.sinclair@emec.org.uk

Florence Ungaro

Mechanical Engineer

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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852005

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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852001
E: andy.shanks@emec.org.uk

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David Darbinyan

Senior 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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852200
E: david.darbinyan@emec.org.uk

Caitlin Long

Caitlin is currently on maternity leave.

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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852044
E: caitlin.long@emec.org.uk

Richard Kilpatrick

Electrical Engineer

Richard assists with the management of electrical safety across EMEC’s sites, including facilitation of new client’s electrical connections, and the maintenance and record keeping of our 11kV electrical system. Richard works closely with the Operations Team and assists with maintaining the availability and correct functioning of electrical systems whilst ensuring HSE policies and procedures are followed.

T: +44 (0)1856 852069
E: richard.kilpatrick@emec.org.uk

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Jerry Gibson

Operations Technician

Jerry supports the final assembly, installation, commissioning, service and maintenance of all EMEC’s hydrogen assets. Jerry ensures that all executed service activities are based on hydrogen and electrical safety standards working according to EMEC’s health and safety processes on all sites; as well as managing large and small equipment improvement projects in the plant.

T: +44 (0)1856 852243
E: jerry.gibson@emec.org.uk

Dave Wakefield

Operations Technician

Dave’s role is to maintain and operate EMEC’s assets to a high standard, assist the management of site operations and support the delivery of EMEC’s technical verification services.

T: +44 (0)1856 852233
E: dave.wakefield@emec.org.uk

Scott Crawford

Instrument and Controls Engineer

Scott is developing the instrument and control system for EMEC’s hydrogen and electrical assets within the ITEG project.

T: +44(0)7701 368650
E: scott.crawford@emec.org.uk

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Richy Ainsworth

U.S Project Engineer

Richy has responsibility for project managing a range of EMEC Hydrogen projects and works closely with the hydrogen team to support the development of hydrogen infrastructure.

T: +44 (0)1856 852045

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.

T: +44 (0)1856 852205
E: angus.brown@emec.org.uk

Cristina Lozano

Data Technician

Cristina provides support to the Metocean Engineer to develop EMEC’s metocean and oceanographic data management, infrastructure and dissemination strategy. Cristina maintains awareness of industry data standards and proactively improves EMEC’s internal data management. In addition, Cristina provides data, surveys and reports to developers and other authorised bodies to assist them with the design and operation of devices.

T: +44 (0)1856 852247
E: cristina.lozano@emec.org.uk

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 Ana Couto

Environmental Engineer (MASTS)

Ana is working towards a PHD in Ecology and will be based at EMEC for one year looking at the distribution and behaviour of marine animals (mainly fish and seabirds) in tidal stream areas and how best to monitor their interactions with marine renewable energy devices.

T: +44 (0)1856 852060

E: ana.couto@emec.org.uk

Yann Corlay

Performance Test Engineer

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

T: +44 (0)1856 852217
E: yann.corlay@emec.org.uk

Donald Leaver

Environment & Consents Officer

Donald supports the acquisition, maintenance and streamlining of all statutory consents required at EMEC or other identified sites. Donald contributes to EMEC projects by providing environmental technical expertise.

T: +44 (0)1856 852245
E: donald.leaver@emec.org.uk

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Alyona Naberezhnykh

Research Engineer (iDCore)

Alyona is currently working towards an EngD through the EPSRC Industrial CDT in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) programme and will be based at EMEC for three years. The work will consist of development of data driven turbulence models for tidal site characterisation as well as assessment of turbulence impacts on turbine performance.

T: +44 (0)7584 434418

E: Alyona.naberezhnykh@emec.org.uk


 Luke Evans

Research Engineer (iDCore)

Luke is currently working towards an EngD through the EPSRC Industrial CDT in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) programme, and will be based at EMEC for three years. The work will consist of development of the power performance assessment for IEC guidelines in conjunction with real-time data capture to aid control systems.

T: +44 (0)7563 146480

E: luke.evans@emec.org.uk

 Paul Tait

Environment & Consents Officer

Paul provides additional support to the Environment and Consents Specialist regarding the acquisition, maintenance and streamlining of consents required across EMEC and other test sites. Paul also delivers into environmental projects that EMEC manages.

T:+44 (0)1856 852060

E: paul.tait@emec.org.uk


 Craig Dibb

Performance Test Engineer

Craig supports EMEC’s services into collaborative R&D projects focussed on marine energy device testing and performance assessment, adhering to standards and assisting with accreditation audits. Craig also works 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.

T:+44 (0)1856 852060

E: craig.dibb@emec.org.uk

 Rhoy Philby

Hydrogen Engineer

Rhoy is responsible for the design, development, operation and continual improvement of hydrogen production and fuelling infrastructure at both company and customer owned locations. Rhoy acts as a subject matter expert for all hydrogen systems and provides guidance and technical expertise to projects relating to hydrogen.

T: +44(0)1856 852060

E: rhoy.philby@emec.org.uk


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Programme Manager

Nic manages the progress and delivery of a portfolio of projects such as the €11m Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action (FORESEA) programme and €11m Integrating Tidal Energy into the European Grid (ITEG) project.

T: +44 (0)7495 817606
E: nicolas.wallet@emec.org.uk

Chris Ward

Project Manager

EMEC is leading the £28m Innovate UK ReFLEX project, which aims to develop a smart local energy system across the Orkney Island Communities and beyond. Chris coordinates and supports the large team across the various work packages, ensuring the delivery plan is implemented, targets are met and the budgets are on track.

Chris also manages the European funded ITEG project, ensuring outputs are delivered on time, on budget and to a high quality.

T: +44 (0)1856 852241
E: chris.ward@emec.org.uk

Susan Learmonth

Programme Officer

Susan supports the delivery of the FORESEA programme to provide technology developers with subsidised access to real-sea testing across the North West Europe region. Susan also manages the implementation of EMEC’S procurement process and executes the finance and claim procedures for all of EMEC’s funded projects.

T: +44 (0)1856 852006

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Lisa Fitzpatrick

Project Manager (OceanDEMO)

Lisa manages the multi-million pound OceanDEMO project to ensure outputs are delivered on time, to a high quality and standard. Lisa oversees the work of the Project Team and liaises and leads engagement with the INTERREG Joint Secretariat.

T: +44 (0)1856 852246
E: lisa.fitzpatrick@emec.org.uk

Danielle Moodie

Project Manager

Danielle manages several EMEC projects, ensuring they are delivered on time and to a high quality. As part of the Project Management Team, Danielle reports on budget planning, cash flow projection, monitoring and control. Danielle supports the Programme Manager and Projects Owners in providing delivery reports on EMEC’s activities at internal and external events.

T: +44 (0)1856 852041
E: danielle.moodie@emec.org.uk

Pierre-Olivier Azémar

Energy Systems Development Officer

Pierre-Olivier supports the development and delivery of EMEC’s activities in the Energy Systems field by developing detailed scopes of work, budgets and schedules for the delivery of projects. Pierre-Olivier provides technical analysis and review for new Energy Systems opportunities, feeding into business cases, risk assessments and technical reports.

T: +44 (0)1856 852248
E: pierre-olivier.azemar@emec.org.uk

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Saul Young

Project Officer

Saul’s role is to support the Programme Manager with planning, resourcing, delivering and monitoring projects as part of the Project Management Office team. Saul monitors EMEC’s project portfolio and collects data to inform decisions on budget, resource and prioritisation.

T: +44 (0)1856 852042
E: saul.young@emec.org.uk

Sarah Purdue

Project Officer

Sarah provides support to the project management team with planning, resourcing, delivering and monitoring projects as part of the project management office. Sarah collects data to inform decisions on budget, resource, prioritisation or other relevant topics and manages the annual project peer review process, integrating efficient and effective project management tools.

T: +44 (0)1856 852007
E: sarah.purdue@emec.org.uk

 Adele Lidderdale

Hydrogen Project Manager

Adele supports the Project Management Office by managing EMEC’s hydrogen projects, ensuring they are delivered on time, within budget and to the highest standards. Adele also manages key project partners and contributes to the EMEC hydrogen business plan, furthering our expertise in hydrogen demonstration and testing.

T:+44 (0)1856 852060

E: adele.lidderdale@emec.org.uk


Ingrid Ritch

Project Administration Officer

Ingrid provides administrative support to the project management office with staff timesheet processing, contract management, supplier management and assisting the PMO with project claims and any other tasks as directed by the Programme Manager.

T: +44 (0)1856 852060
E: Ingrid.ritch@emec.org.uk


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Chris White

Chris joined EMEC in 2007 as a Senior Electrical Test Engineer. He now works part-time 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.

Peter Fraenkel

Peter is a mechanical engineer with broad experience in renewable energy systems. He has been involved with marine renewable energy projects since the 1990s. Pete is also a founder and technical director of Marine Current Turbines and was involved in developing the 1.2MW SeaGen tidal turbine. He has also had some involvement as an advisor on wave energy projects. He now works with EMEC providing consultancy support.


Andrew Baldock

Andy is a Chartered Engineer and has a Masters in Renewable Energy. Over the past 15 years, Andy has directed over 100 person-years of marine energy consultancy activity. He has an extremely broad and detailed understanding of all aspects of the challenges involved in taking marine energy concepts to first arrays.

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