Robotics & Autonomous Systems

Find out more about our robotics and autonomous systems testing and validation facilities.

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Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub

The Catapult has appointed the University of Strathclyde and the University of Manchester to form the Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub.

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Automation & Engineering Solutions

Find out more about our work in robotics, autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

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Stay Current

Dig deeper into the biggest issues facing offshore wind, wave and tidal energy with our series of Analysis & Insight papers.

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Live Innovation Opportunities

There are a number of programmes identifying the key technology innovation challenges faced by the offshore renewables industry. Solving these challenges will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, with positive effects for the industry and UK economy. Visit our Live Innovation Opportunities page to find out if your technology has the answer.

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Research & Innovation

Tom Quinn

Tom Quinn joined ORE Catapult in 2019 as our Analysis and Insight Manager. Tom carries out in-depth economic analysis to support innovative projects, providing insight for industry players and policy makers. Prior to his move into clean energy, he was Senior Research Analyst for Wood Mackenzie, focusing on the Middle East oil & gas sector. Tom holds an MSc in Petroleum Geology.

Board of Directors

Alex Smith

Alex is currently Group Financial Controller, Risk and Insurance Manager of Forth Ports Limited, a large privately-owned UK ports group.  She qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked in a variety of roles within PricewaterhouseCoopers, including assurance, listing and transaction services serving a wide range of industry sectors.  Prior to joining Forth Ports, she was seconded to the Scottish Government’s Energy Directorate to support the team which created the Renewable Energy Investment Fund.

Outside of work, Alex is an active member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland Business Policy Panel and is a non-executive director for a number of local charities.

Marketing & Communications, People

Amy Needham

Amy graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA Hons in Russian Studies in 2001. Part of her studies and research for her dissertation were completed at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), an academic institution run by the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Over the next decade, she worked in communications and marketing roles in Moscow, including at the Association of European Businesses in the Russian Federation and cybersecurity developer Kaspersky Lab. At AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW), she coordinated communications activities across nine countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, focussing upon health and human rights projects in the region’s prisons and healthcare systems.

Since returning to the UK, she has worked as part of AXA Insurance’s digital marketing team with a B2B and media relations brief. She has also undertaken a variety of freelance translation and content creation projects with a Russian focus.

Amy joined ORE Catapult in March 2019 and is responsible for managing and coordinating communications for the organisation’s diverse project portfolio.

Executive Management Team, People, Professional Services

Pamela Nichol-Littlejohn

Pamela joined ORE Catapult at the beginning of 2020 into a new position responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of HR activities.

Pamela has over 20 years’ experience working within the Human Resources and Corporate Services field having held responsibility for HR, IT, Finance, Governance, Strategy, Organisation Performance, Legal and Communications functions in both private and public sector organisations. Prior to joining ORE Catapult, Pamela was Chief Services Officer for Mary’s Meals International.

Pamela has served as a Non-Executive Director of Home Link Family Support and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Board of Directors, People, Professional Services

Steven Beattie

Steven has worked on major infrastructure projects for over a decade, having commenced his career with international law firm DLA Piper, where he advised on projects such as the Forth Replacement Crossing and transport infrastructure for the London Olympics.

Steven then joined the PPP investment arm of the Royal BAM Group, leading legal/commercial negotiations on a variety of national and international infrastructure projects within the BAM portfolio.

Since joining ORE Catapult in early 2019, Steven has been responsible for shaping legal and commercial strategy and the delivery of legal services across the business.

Electrical Infrastructure

Stephen Thompson

Stephen takes up the role of HV Sales Manager, based in Blyth where we are rapidly growing our client base and diversity of testing within the HV laboratory.

Stephen started his career as a Process Technician for Atmel North Tynside before moving into sales whilst working for NCJ Media, where he was a Motors Advertising Field Sales Executive. He subsequently moved on to work for Raytec, where he held the position of International Sales Executive & Territory Manager before more recently working at I-Evo Ltd as the Export Sales Manager where he was tasked with building the export strategies and markets for both respective companies and currently has over 15 years of sales experience.


Carla Shearer

Carla joined the Data and Digitalisation team at ORE Catapult as an intern over summer 2019. She’s contributed to writing reports and deliverables with the team, as well as giving a hand where needed in creating data visualisation dashboards and cleaning up MATLAB and python code.

As a 4th year student in mechanical engineering at the University of Strathclyde, the work at the Catapult and her studies complement each other well. Her dissertation is a practical application of machine learning, and during the last few month at the Catapult she has worked on compiling resources for the team to learn more about machine learning.

Marketing & Communications

Fiona Smyth

Fiona graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2019 with a BA(Hons) degree in Marketing with Economics. She joined the Catapult in May 2019 as a summer intern in our Marketing and Communications team to assist with the organisation of ORE Catapult’s presence at Global Offshore Wind 2019. She was then given a permanent role in August, taking on the responsibility of digital content and marketing.

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