The new advisory board for the Wave Energy Scotland quango has been appointed with members from academia, analysts, the marine power industry – and a manager from Ireland’s electricity supply board.
Parent quango Highlands and Islands Enterprise has appointed Steve Thomson as chairman of the advisory group – he is also already chairman of the its Risk and Assurance Committee. Other board members appointed are:
- Barry Carruthers – Scottish Power Renewables
- Bjorn Bolund – Vattenfall
- Stuart Bradley – ETI
- Professor Ian Bryden – Highlands and Islands University
- Andrew Buglass – Buglass Energy Advisory
- Michael Bullock – Renewable Risk Advisers Ltd
- Joao Cruz – Wavepower Technologies Ltd
- Clare Duffy – ESB (Electricity Supply Board, Republic of Ireland)
- Peter Frankael – Frankael Wright Ltd
- Andrew Mill – EMEC
- Alan Mortimer – Sgurr Energy
- Jason Schofield – Green Marine
- Richard Watson – EDP Renewables
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing emphasised that “there is still scope for representatives of original equipment manufacturers to join the advisory group.
“I would particularly encourage applications from women who might be interested – the Scottish government supports 50% of public, private and third sector boards to be women by 2020.”
(By gender, only 7% of the above board is female)
Tim Hurst, Director, WES, said: “It is important that WES benefits from the experience of other industries as we seek to find innovative solutions for the wave energy sector. To that end, the advisory group does include representatives from a number of sectors and also academia, with a range of expertise and a considerable body of experience.”
Members are appointed for a three-year term and are expected to meet up to six times a year.