SafetyOn is the health and safety organisation for the Onshore wind sector.

Providing leadership in health and safety for the dynamic and innovative onshore wind industry, we ensure transparency about the industry’s H&S performance, as well as assisting industry stakeholders to see that key emerging risks are mitigated through co-operation and shared learning.

We work to:

  • provide health and safety leadership across the onshore wind sector;
  • seek participation of companies from across the onshore wind sector and partner with relevant trade organisations, consultancies and others;
  • monitor and gather data on the health and safety performance of the sector;
  • make use of and ensure effective communication of new and existing good practice and experience both from the UK and internationally;
  • seek to share knowledge and good practice with associated sectors, including offshore wind, conventional generation and power networks, in the UK and beyond as appropriate

Working through the Energy Institute we will establish an open network of safety and health experts, professionals and stakeholders to promote a strong, sustainable and continually improving health and safety culture. Thousands are employed in the UK’s onshore wind industry, and SafetyOn is playing a part in making sure they go home safe.

Chair

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Lindsay McQuade is Chief Executive Officer of ScottishPower’s Renewables Business.  She is responsible for the operation of over 2 GW of onshore wind and the development, construction and operation of future developments and storage plant across the UK and Ireland.

Under the direction of Lindsay, Health and Safety is the priority consideration in the conduct of our operations as the company remains fully committed to the achievement of a safe, healthy and enjoyable work environment that causes no harm to employees, contractors, visitors and members of the public.

Prior to her appointment as CEO, Lindsay was the Policy & Innovation Director of ScottishPower Renewables, having held a number of strategic roles across ScottishPower over the last 20 years.

Lindsay is a board director at Renewable UK and former director at Scottish Renewables, helping to shape and inform the policy and regulatory environment for deployment and integration of renewable generation across the UK.

She holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Strathclyde, qualified as an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and took part in the fourth edition of the Energising Leadership Programme in conjunction with ESADE Business School.

Vice Chair

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Keith has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Leeds University, is a Chartered Engineer and has had a 33 year career within the global power generation and oil and gas industries in various technical, sales and leadership roles. Keith held a number of engineering and sales position with Cooper Energy Services and Rolls-Royce’s Energy Business covering gas turbines and rotating machinery before progressing into various leadership positions. Keith led the Rolls-Royce Energy division’s Service Sales in  Europe, Middle East & Africa then was promoted to Regional Director leading both operations and sales.

He took over as Global Field Operations Director leading the development of service operations in various emerging markets. Keith moved into Onshore Wind in 2008 as Service Director for Vestas in UK & Ireland. In this role he led the transformation of the business in the early years and progressed onto to develop the business through a continued period of successful expansion with 2.3GW currently under contract and ambitions for further growth in the wider service sector

Leadership Board

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Andrew joined the Banks Group as a Design Engineer in 2002. Andrew has held senior roles across all of the group’s business areas, Renewables, Property, Mining and Energy from Waste, in various roles; Project Manager, Senior Technical Manager (Scotland), Regional Manager (Scotland) and now Renewables Technical Director (UK).

Currently his time is focused on management of the Renewables Health and Safety Plan, running the Renewables Technical Team (Operational and Development projects), helping guide new business opportunities and resolving radar and aviation issues.

Banks Renewables currently has over 220MW of operational onshore windfarm projects in the UK across 10 sites with a strong pipeline of onshore windfarms and other renewable energy technologies.

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Clark MacFarlane is the Managing Director of SGRE’s UK business, a position he has held since 2014, having joined Siemens Wind Power as Managing Director, Offshore in 2012.  Since joining Siemens in 1997, Clark has been the CEO or MD of 5 Siemens UK Businesses covering Power Generation and Services, Defence, Building Technologies and IT Solutions | Services.

Clark is a board member of Renewable UK and is as part of the G+ Industry Strategy Group and SafetyOn Group demonstrating a commitment to Safety in the Industry. In the past Clark has been responsible for Siemens UK’s Zero Harm drive.

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David Brunt is the Chief Executive Officer for Fred. Olsen Renewables AS and UK subsidiary Fred. Olsen Renewables Ltd. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bonheur ASA, a company listed on the Oslo stock exchange. Fred. Olsen Renewables is responsible for the group’s renewable energy activities and owns and operates wind power assets across Scandinavia and the UK, with activity also in France, Ireland and USA.

David is an experienced executive with over 34 years international experience from renewables and oil & gas industries with a track record of delivering results and leading diverse and lean teams.

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Don has 20 years of experience in a variety of roles in the renewables sector delivering onshore and offshore windfarms. Presently responsible for the delivery and operations of EDF Renewables on and offshore wind portfolio. Passionate about driving improvement in safety, whether in the delivery or operational phases, for on or offshore renewables projects.

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35 years in safety and Environmental related work across military and Renewable work streams which has placed me throughout the world dealing with a multitude of expectations and experiences which have shaped my Safety and Health outlook. I’m excited to be working with the progression of the Onshore Wind Safety development and hope to see the benefits of working closely with such a wide spectrum of companies and businesses.

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Hugh McNeal has been Chief Executive of RenewableUK since April 2016. He was a senior civil servant from 2006, including spending almost 5 years as the Chief Executive of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment, and leading work on the development of the UK’s first Low Carbon Industrial Strategy as Deputy Director of Low Carbon Business from 2008 to 2010 at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.  Hugh is a Board member of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

Hugh was educated at the London School of Economics and Harvard University where he also taught from 1995 to 2000.  He was on the Board and then Chair of Equinox, a charity providing services to people seeking to overcome alcohol, drug and mental health problems, from 2002 until 2012.  Hugh lives in South London with his wife and young son.

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Ian joined RES in February 2007 and has held various roles across the Group, including support services, commercial, project development and engineering. From 2017 to 2018 Ian was Commercial Director for the UK&I business where he was responsible for asset sales, PPAs and business development.

In Dec 2018, Ian was appointed Managing Director of UK&I Support Services and is responsible for all Asset Management and Operations and Maintenance activities in the UK, leading a team of 130+, including operatives, 24/7 control centre support, HV senior authorised persons, asset managers and optimisation engineers. Ian is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Jerry is responsible for the operation and maintenance of SSE’s renewables business, covering Offshore Wind, Onshore Wind and Hydro assets across the UK and Ireland.

Jerry has been passionate about the need to constantly improve safety standards throughout his career, from his early experiences as an operational SAP through to his subsequent involvement in renewables for over 15 years.

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Leading a pan-European team delivering Operations and Maintenance to >100 wind farms across 7 countries.

10+ years experience in the Renewables industry, with a history in Technical Performance Management and Mechanical Engineering.

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Jill is a senior executive and strategic engineer specialising in the energy sector.  With over 30 years in the energy sector, she is an experienced leader of transformational large-scale engineering projects both in the UK and abroad that have successfully improved commercial outcomes and reduced environmental impact.

Jill is currently Director, Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability across E.ON Renewables globally. The business develops, builds, and operates large offshore and onshore wind farms as well as solar farms and energy-storage systems across 7 countries in Europe & North America.  E.ON is an international, privately owned energy supplier based in Essen, Germany, with a clear focus on Energy Networks, Customer Solutions, and Renewables.

Jill is a Chartered Engineer and an active Fellow of the Energy Institute. With a first degree in chemistry and a PhD in Material science, Jill is a strong believer in encouraging more women to progress in engineering and technology.

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Jon became the Director of Vattenfall’s UK operational wind assets and Head of the Onshore O&M UK team in July 2015.

Jon is passionate about renewable energy and leading teams to safely optimise performance/results. He has worked for Vattenfall for the past 8 years in a variety of onshore/offshore wind construction and operational management roles. Prior to this Jon worked at BP for 11 years with a focus in BP Alternative Energy – including wind, biofuels and solar projects.

Vattenfall’s onshore UK portfolio currently includes around 400MW of renewable production including wind, solar and battery assets - of which the Pen Y Cymoedd wind farm in Wales is the largest asset at 228MW).

On a personal level, Jon is married with two children, lives in North London, has an MSc in Management from the University of Bath and is currently fulfilling a long held ambition by studying for an MBA at the University of Exeter.

Jon is a strong supporter of the value that SafetyOn organisation can add by collaborating across the value chain.

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Julian has been involved in the UK onshore wind market since 2006. Initially working in the sub MW Medium Wind Turbine space he is now active in the multi-MW sector leading UK Operation & Maintenance service provision for ENERCON.

He is a Board Member on the Safety On H&S Leadership Organisation; Committee Member on the PEL/088 UK Wind Turbine Shadow Group; UK representative on the IEC61400-28 Through Life Management & Life Extension of Wind Farms Project Team; and was a UK representative on IEC61400-1 Ed4 Maintenance Team MT01.

As a supplier of system solutions for renewable energies, ENERCON develops efficient onshore wind energy converters and innovative technologies in the integrated energy sector. ENERCON Services UK Ltd provide Commissioning, Operation & Maintenance Services in the UK Onshore Wind market for over 1.25GW installed capacity.

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Lisa is an Environmental, Health and Safety Manager with 20 years’ experience specialising in project and services. She received her Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree from the University of Strathclyde in 1994 and after pursuing her career as a projects engineer in manufacturing, she transitioned to the role of safety engineer and began a career in the energy sector.  She has held various EHS advocacy roles within the UK and led the introduction of an offshore wind training standard for the UK.

In 2005, she was awarded a MSc degree in Environmental & Safety Management from the University of Paisley and is a Chartered Member of IOSH in the UK.  She joined GE in 2009 and is currently leading EHS in the Wind Projects and Service business.

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Martin Maeso is the Technical Director for the Energy Institute responsible for the EI’s technical programme developing good practice across the energy sector, and for the EI’s publishing activities.

Previously Martin was the Environmental Policy Advisor for the Automobile Association, and before this worked for the Department of the Environment on Air Quality policy.  A Chartered Environmentalist, with a degree in Environmental Biology from Liverpool University

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Nigel Hayes has been active in the wind industry since 2007, working for 8 years in project development of onshore wind parks before joining Nordex Acciona Windpower in 2015.  In 2018 he was appointed Managing Director of its UK and Ireland business.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork, Ireland, along with a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Energy.

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Stephen is the Managing Director for Natural Power, an independent, international, renewable energy consultancy and service provider.  The business has its headquarters in Scotland with offices in France, Ireland, the US and activities in more than 40 countries.  It operates through all phases of the project lifecycle - development, construction and operations.

Stephen joined the business in 2017.  Prior to that he was Managing Director for ABB’s Power Systems business for UK and Ireland for more than 15 years.  As part of this role he represented ABB on a number of industry associations including the Offshore Wind Programme Board.
Stephen is a chartered electrical engineer by background with experience in consultancy, service and project construction.

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Steven White is General Manager for Senvion UK. Steven joined Senvion in 2006 and has held various roles within the Service and the Engineering functions, latterly as the Head of Engineering in the Northern European hub.

Steven has over 12 years’ experience in the wind energy sector and spent more than 10 years in engineering and scientific research and academic teaching environments. He has a PhD in Optoelectronics, a Masters in Renewable Energy Systems and an MSci in Physics.