North East England's Offshore Wind Cluster

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NOF is a national business development organisation with over 400 members involved in the offshore wind, oil & gas and power sectors. Our range of services include Business Development, Industry Introductions and Events & Networking. Membership of NOF is open to both UK and International companies.

In 2011 NOF brought together offshore wind leaders in North East England to develop Energi Coast. NOF continues to play an active role in the Cluster and delivers its comprehensive plan of activities around cluster meetings and events. In addition NOF drives a very ambitious regional marketing campaign on behalf of Energi Coast to ensure the North East of England is recognised as a leading offshore wind hub and a centre of excellence for the industry.

NOF also plays an important role in the provision of offshore wind market intelligence. Our UK and Global Offshore Wind Projects Database (OWPD) gives members sight of the project pipeline, key players along with market and supply chain forecasts.

Joanne Leng MBE, Deputy Chief Executive, NOF (Deputy Chair, Energi Coast )

Welcome from Tony Quinn, Chair of Energi Coast

I am very proud to be chair of Energi Coast, which champions a passionate, experienced, and highly collaborative cluster of supply chain companies.  The cluster’s commitment to develop and apply innovative solutions to the industry is world-renowned and a reputation we continue to grow in our support of global offshore wind projects.

About

Energi Coast is the North East of England’s Offshore Wind Cluster. 

Made up of more than 30 key regional businesses and stakeholder organisations involved in offshore wind, the industry group works to showcase the vast supply chain capabilities in this sector within North East England, promote the region as a key hub for servicing both the UK and International offshore wind markets and address the themes arising from the sector deal announced in early 2019. 

The industry group is made up of Developers, Ports, Supply Chain, Skills & Academia, Innovation & Research Organisations and the two Local Enterprise Partnerships. 

The wider Energi Coast cluster is made up of circa 400 North East England suppliers who are either active in the market or have the transferrable skills along with the ambition to move into offshore wind.

Each Energi Coast Industry Group participant acts as a regional Ambassador for offshore wind and is committed to ensuring the cluster has a strong voice to represent the supply chain and this vibrant industry which has huge economic benefit for North East England. 

The North East of England region has been active in the offshore wind sector since the inception of the industry. The first UK offshore wind farm built in 2000 and subsequently the first successfully decommissioned in the UK is located off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland and, to date, supply chain companies from within the region’s cluster have been involved in the vast majority of offshore wind farms globally. 

Meet our Offshore Wind Ambassadors

Tony Quinn

Tony Quinn

Chair

Joanne Leng

Joanne Leng MBE

Deputy Chief Executive, NOF

George Rafferty

George Rafferty

Chief Executive, NOF

Caroline Lofthouse

Caroline Lofthouse

Head of Commercial & Partnerships, NOF (Cluster Manager, Energi Coast)

Jess Wright

Jess Wright

Lead Coordinator, Energi Coast

Developers

Halfdan Brustad

Halfdan Brustad

Vice President Offshore Wind (Equinor)

Tom Nightingale

Tom Nightingale

North East Stakeholder Manager (Equinor)

David Hinshelwood

David Hinshelwood

Project Manager Offshore Developments (SSE Renewables)

Rachel Lawrence

Rachel Lawrence

Community Engagement Manager (SSE Renewables)

Matthew Swanwick

Matthew Swanwick

Project Director

Graham Wright

Graham Wright

Sofia Supply Chain Plan Manager

Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent

Senior Communications & Stakeholder Relations Manager

Ports

Neil Etherington

Neil Etherington

Business Development Director

Keith Russell

Keith Russell

Business Development Manager

Emily Bulmer

Emily Bulmer

Communications Coordinator

Tom Chaplin

Tom Chaplin

PR & Communications Manager

Richard Hodgson

Richard Hodgson

Commercial and Project Manager

Anthony Suddes

Anthony Suddes

Marketing & Communications Manager

Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster

Business Development Manager

Karen Lindsay

Karen Lindsay

Commercial Officer

Simon Brett

Simon Brett

Commercial Director

Melissa Collins

Melissa Collins

Marketing & Communications Manager

Supply Chain

Paul Lamb

Paul Lamb

Commercial Director - North East

Alison Ibister

Alison Ibister

Senior Account Manager

Charlie Guthrie

Charlie Guthrie

Group Marketing Manager

Robin Comrie

Robin Comrie

Co Managing Director, Cathie

Sophie English

Sophie English

Group Marketing & Events Manager, Cathie

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Director

Sophie Wilson

Sophie Wilson

Business Development Manager

Paul Deaton

Paul Deaton

Supply Chain Localisation Leader

Nathalie Bourge

Nathalie Bourge

Communications Manager

Mark Braybrooke

Mark Braybrooke

Production Director

Mandy Mariner

Mandy Mariner

Marketing & Events Specialist

Matthew Ord

Matthew Ord

Ambassador

Katie Hitchen

Katie Hitchen

Marketing and Communications Executive

Geoff Briggs

Geoff Briggs

Operations Director

Alex Wells

Alex Wells

Group Media & Marketing Manager

Ryan Reilly

Ryan Reilly

Sales & Business Development Manager

Guy Lainchbury

Guy Lainchbury

Luke Barnes

Luke Barnes

Commercial Manager

Ben Robinson

Ben Robinson

Head of Engineering

Roy van  Loveren

Roy van Loveren

General Manager

Brendon Hayward

Brendon Hayward

Managing Director

Lucy Gardiner

Lucy Gardiner

Marketing & Communications Lead

Pete Fletcher

Pete Fletcher

Director

Helen Batt

Helen Batt

Marketing Lead

David McColgan​

Dave McColgan​

Regional Solutions Manager, RelyOn Nutec

Jenny Davidson

Jenny Davidson

Marketing

Mark Gillespie

Mark Gillespie

Executive Commercial Director

Paul Davison

Paul Davison

Deputy CEO, Sales & Marketing

Laurie Thomson

Laurie Thomson

Marketing and Communications Manager

Russell Edmondson

Russell Edmondson

Managing Director

Tom Howard

Tom Howard

Group Marketing Manager

Mick Flyn

Mick Flyn

Managing Director

Bill Scott OBE

Bill Scott OBE

Chief Executive

Innovation, Research & Academia

Simon Hogg, Innovation Group Lead

Simon Hogg, Innovation Group Lead

Head of Department of Engineering (Ørsted Professor in Renewable Energy)

Evelyn Tehrani, Innovation Group Coordinator

Evelyn Tehrani, Innovation Group Coordinator

Research Information & Impact Officer

Nashwan Dawood

Nashwan Dawood

Professor of Digital Construction

Tony Quinn

Tony Quinn

Chair

Simon Williams

Simon Williams

Supply Chain Manager

Ben Moore

Ben Moore

Marketing Manager

Local Enterprise Partnerships

Helen Golightly

Helen Golightly

Chief Executive

Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark

Energy Programme Lead

Nicola McIntosh

Nicola McIntosh

Senior Communications Adviser

Guy Currey

Guy Currey

Director

John Leer

John Leer

Senior Business Investment Manager

Jenny Ivison

Jenny Ivison

Senior Marketing Officer

Peter Shields

Peter Shields

Business Investment Manager

Cluster Facts

£2.2bn

Turnover expected by 2025

Cluster turnover for offshore wind is currently £1bn

4300 people

Employed in offshore wind

in North East England

4500 new jobs

Created by 2025

1200 women, 1000 graduates, 600 apprentices and 550 ex-armed forces

The region has vast experience in offshore wind exports

Key future export markets: USA, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Taiwan, China, Belgium, Ireland, France, Japan, Vietnam and South Korea

The region leads the way in R&D investment in offshore wind

and is actively and is actively engaged in cross-sector innovation driving industrial diversification

Supply chain strengths

Project Lifecycle:

Installation & Commissioning | Balance of Plant | Operations & Maintenance | Decommissioning

Supply chain strengths

Specialisms:

Subsea engineering and equipment | Cables and related services | ROV’s and AUV’s | Electrical works | Trenching equipment | Engineering & Consultancy | Fabrication of small to large structures | Machining | Port services and logistics | Vessels | Handling equipment | Access systems | Installation equipment | Project management | Construction management | Operations management | Inspection and repair | Drones | Tooling | H&S | Safety planning | Training | Maintenance services | Commissioning

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