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The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership appoints three new non-executive directors to help grow the UK supply chain

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The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) has today (Thursday) appointed three new non-executive directors to its Board to help guide its £100 million offshore wind supply chain development programme in the UK.

(L-R) Tim Pick, Isobel Sheldon OBE, Professor Simon Weeks
(L-R) Tim Pick, Isobel Sheldon OBE, Professor Simon Weeks

The new board members – Tim Pick, Isobel Sheldon OBE and Professor Simon Weeks – bring decades of experience across several strategically important sectors including offshore wind, energy, battery research and development, electric vehicles, and aerospace.Current OWGP Board Chair Martin Whitmarsh and Director Stephen Burgin will retire from the Board at the end of July.

OWGP Programme Director Anil Sayhan said: “We are immensely grateful to Martin and Stephen for their guidance over the last four years. Under their leadership, OWGP has established itself as the UK’s flagship growth funding and business support organisation dedicated to offshore wind. I also would like to congratulate Tim, Isobel and Simon on their appointments as we get ready to take OWGP to its next phase of growth.”

Tim Pick, outgoing Offshore Wind Champion, said: “Since my former role as Offshore Wind Champion, I’ve become a passionate advocate for the offshore wind sector as it continues its evolution from a niche activity to a core component of the UK’s future energy system. I’m excited to help unlock the opportunities of this high-growth sector for UK supply chain companies, who are well-placed to make the most of our engineering and industrial heritage right across the country.”

Isobel Sheldon OBE said: “I’ve been passionate about climate and sustainability from a very young age, having devoted much of my career to helping UK Companies use green electrons to power transportation. I’m very excited to apply my business development experience to help bring new players into the supply of green electrons through offshore wind, an area the UK can lead the way in.”

Professor Simon Weeks said: “Having been involved in the UK’s strategically important aerospace sector for many years, I’m delighted to help the UK take its next steps in the development of offshore wind. I’m excited to help the UK to take full advantage of the opportunities ahead, ensuring UK expertise, companies and communities can benefit from the growth of this clean energy source.”

Since its inception in 2019, OWGP has allocated approximately £15 million to over 200 projects. OWGP’s supported companies are working towards their 2030 ambitions, which add up to more than £3 billion in increased turnover and 8,500 additional jobs. 

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