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.
Lindsay McQuade, CEO, ScottishPower Renewables
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.
Keith Wallace, Service Director, UK and Ireland, Vestas Celtic Wind Technology Ltd
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
Anders Falkfjell, Head of Operations, Fred. Olsen Renewables
Anders joined Fred. Olsen Renewables in 2002 and has since managed operation of the Company’s wind farms. Anders has experience from Industrial Operation & Maintenance both as Technical Manager with Elkem and Business Manager with ABB prior to joining Fred. Olsen Renewables.
Anders holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).
Billy Stevenson, Managing Director, Deutsche Windtechnik
Billy Stevenson joined Deutsche Windtechnik in March 2016, with 35 employees and 2 wind farms under contract, to manage and grow the new UK division. Implementing strategy, installing a new management team and forming the necessary structures were the first priority, with in-house training also established for the fast growing operations and technical teams. The company now has more than 110 employees working both onshore and offshore, with thirty five wind farms and 745MW under O&M contract.
Prior to joining Deutsche Windtechnik, Billy spent six years as Managing Director of ENERCON Services UK, during which time the company grew from 25 people to over 200, installing and maintaining close to 1GW of power.
Dan Thomas, Operations and Grid Director, Banks Renewables
Dan is responsible for Banks Group’s operational portfolio of renewable generation projects and the delivery of new grid connections for projects in development. The present Banks Group operational portfolio totals 220MW of onshore wind generation in Yorkshire, Scotland and the North of England. His responsibility includes Health and Safety management, asset performance and management of grid risks on transmission and distribution connected projects. Dan has worked in the power industry for twenty four years in roles with Alstom, Econnect, EDF Energy Networks and Midlands Electricity. Dan is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and is a member of the Renewable UK Grid and Systems group.
Dan lives in Hexham with his family.
David Flood, Managing Director, Statkraft UK
David is Managing Director at Statkraft UK and is responsible for the ownership and management of Statkraft’s wind, solar and grid services activities in the UK. This includes operational onshore wind assets, portfolio of onshore wind and solar projects in development, and further business development within the UK market. David has 15 years’ experience in the power sector, including the last ten years with Statkraft. David’s background is in mechanical engineering.
Don Mackay, Director of Operations, EDF Renewables
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.
Ed Walters, HSQE Manager, Ventient Energy
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.
Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive, RenewableUK Association
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.
Ian Hunter, Managing Director of UK&I Support Services, Renewable Energy Systems Ltd
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.
Jerry Williamson, Director of Operations, SSE Renewables
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.
Jill Lees, Director, HSE & Sustainability, RWE Renewables
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.
Jon O'Sullivan, Director of Onshore Wind O&M, UK, Vattenfall UK
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.
Julian Martin, Managing Director, Enercon Services UK Ltd
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.
Lisa Mallon, EHS Executive, GE Energy (UK) Limited
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.
Martin Maeso, Technical Director, Energy Institute
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
Nigel Hayes, Managing Director, UK and Ireland, Nordex Acciona Windpower
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.
Robert Bryce, Head of Onshore Operations, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Ltd
Robert Bryce is Head of Onshore Operations for SGRE and is responsible for a 16GW fleet across Northern Europe and the Middle East. He has been in the business for nine years following a decade in construction. Being a member of the SafetyOn leadership board is a privilege for Robert and he welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with peers to raise the standards of the industry.
Robert studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of the West of Scotland before completing a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Strathclyde University. He lives in Perthshire with his young family.
Stephen Trotter, Managing Director, Natural Power
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.