Glasgow-based Offshore Energy Catapult appoints new strategy director

TDr. Steve Wyatthe Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the Glasgow-based innovation centre established by the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board to accelerate the growth and cost reduction of offshore wind, wave and tidal technologies, has appointed a new strategy director to its management team.

Dr. Stephen Wyatt, who takes up his new post next month, brings considerable experience in the low carbon arena, most notably in his previous role as director of innovation at the Carbon Trust, where he played a key part in writing the business plan and strategy for ORE Catapult.

At the Carbon Trust, he was responsible for managing a portfolio of innovation activity in offshore renewables, biomass heat and industrial energy efficiency, and managed issues relating to both government and industry.

His other roles within the Carbon Trust, where he spent seven years, included head of technology acceleration, where he was responsible for the delivery of a portfolio of innovation activity, including the offshore wind accelerator and other major marine energy initiatives.

Wyatt was also previously the head of marine energy, leading a team that designed the Carbon Trust’s wave and tidal energy activity via a series of programmes to prove and develop marine energy and shape government thinking.

Andrew Jamieson, ORE Catapult Chief Executive, said: “Steve’s appointment brings a potent mix of engineering and business acumen, as well as a background in finding and commercialising innovative solutions to industry challenges.”

Wyatt joins recently-appointed  Chris Hill, the former Chief Operating Officer of offshore operations at wind farm developer Mainstream, as Innovation Programmes Director, at ORE Catapult.

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