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Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult advisory group names new chairman

Jonathan Cole, Iberdrola’s offshore managing director, brings wealth of energy industry experience.

Mr Cole, a qualified solicitor who joined ScottishPower after several years as part of a large energy practice advising major energy companies, became the managing director for Iberdrola’s offshore wind business in July 2011. In 2012, he was appointed to the Offshore Wind Programme Board to lead its Operations & Maintenance Workgroup. In his current role, he is responsible for the development, supply chain, construction, operation and maintenance of Iberdrola’s worldwide offshore portfolio from its global headquarters in Glasgow.

“I welcome Jonathan’s appointment to the role of chairman of our Industry Advisory Group,” said Andrew Jamieson, chief executive of ORE Catapult. “His years of experience in the energy sector — coupled with the high regard in which he is held throughout the industry — will be crucial in helping to grow ORE Catapult’s reputation and in allowing the Industry Advisory Group to continue to drive ORE Catapult’s innovation efforts.”

The Industry Advisory Group, 1 along with its sister Research Advisory Group, is integral to the way ORE Catapult operates and plays a vital role in helping the group identify the major challenges to the development of more affordable energy from offshore renewable resources. Cole — who said he looks forward to taking on the role of chairman of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult Industry Advisory Group at this important time for the sector — seems poised to address the challenges.
“This is a critical time for the development of offshore wind in the UK as we begin the process of developing larger, more challenging projects,” Cole said. “Across the industry we have seen a great deal of innovation in the development and delivery of offshore wind projects, and this process will continue as we seek to reduce costs and make projects as efficient as possible. I look forward to continuing the excellent work that ORE Catapult has been part of in recent years.”
  1. The Industry Advisory Group is made up of senior representation drawn from across the offshore renewables sector, including utilities, manufacturers, supply chain and marine organisations. It provides clear, consistent and representative industry advice to ORE Catapult, which was established to help the UK seize the opportunity to lead the world in offshore wind, wave and tidal energy production. It helps the Catapult identify critical areas where innovative approaches and technological development can accelerate industry to deliver at a lower risk and cost.

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