As a Chartered Marine Technologist working full time in the Offshore Renewable Energy sector, I am delighted to have joined the MLA as their offshore renewables specialist.

Having gained a first degree in Applied Mathematics & Physical Oceanography at Bangor University, and worked for a short time as an oceanographic consultant, my first career was with the Royal Navy, and included service as a seaman officer, ships diving officer, carrier aviator and underwater warfare specialist. I commanded 4 ships, a destroyer squadron, and was the lead command sea trainer at Flag Officer Sea Training in Plymouth. My final operational appointments were as Commodore Fleet Air Arm and then Strategy Director in the British Embassy in Kabul.

In 2010, I started my second career, in offshore renewables and initially through a start-up focusing on tidal turbine foundations and tidal energy resource assessment; then with Mojo Maritime Limited, one of the world’s leading marine renewable energy consultancies, where I now work full time. My specialities are offshore renewable energy resource analysis and array design, and marine operations analysis for installation and operations & maintenance. The UK leads the world in offshore renewable energy, and this a fascinating and exciting time to be working at the heart of these pioneering sectors.

In addition to my first degree, I have an MPhil in International Relations (including International Economics) from University of Cambridge, a Diploma in Financial Management from the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and am the author of Strategy for Action: Using Force wisely in the 21st Century, I am also a Fellow of both the Nautical Institute and of the Institute of Marine Engineers, Scientists and Technologists. I live in Falmouth, with my (Zimbabwean) wife Catherine, with the sea in sight from home.