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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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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.

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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.

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Carly Banks

Project Administration Officer

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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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.

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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. Email Corrine


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Matthew Finn

Commercial 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

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.

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Rob Flynn

International Development Manager

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.

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Jon Clipsham

Hydrogen Manager

Jon joined 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

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.

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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

Sarah is currently on maternity leave
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kim Hamilton

Hydrogen Development Officer

Kim supports the development and delivery of the commercial aspects with EMEC’s hydrogen strategy. Kim works in partnership with EMEC clients and external stakeholders to gather market intelligence, identify funding or commercial opportunities, attends meetings and contributes to business development proposals.

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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.

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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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Nicolas Wallet

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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. Email Donald

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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.

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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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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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Richy Ainsworth

Hydrogen Project Specialist

Richy has responsibility for project managing a range of EMEC Hydrogen projects and works closely with the hydrogen development team focused on future hydrogen infrastructure and use

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Ray Banks

Project Officer

Ray assists the ITEG project manager and Programme Officer to engage with the ITEG partners and the INTERREG Joint Secretariat. He also monitors EMEC’s performance against targets and KPIs, and produces financial and progress reports.

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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.

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Chris Ward

Project Manager

Chris leads the European funded ITEG project, ensuring outputs are delivered on time, on budget and to a high quality. Chris oversees the work of the ITEG project team and external partners, liaising with key stakeholders of the project.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ruari Brooker

Performance Test Engineer

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

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Scarlette Lesma

Project Officer

Scarlette provides high value project management support for EMEC programmes and projects. She also provides support in the consenting process, a statutory licensing requirement for clients testing at EMEC’s facilities.

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John Griffiths

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.







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