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ORE Catapult’s Andrew Macdonald running for Scottish Renewables Board

Published 23 January 2020

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is supporting a bid by Andrew Macdonald for election to the Board of Scottish Renewables.

Andrew is our Senior Innovation Manager, working within our Research & Disruptive Innovation team. He is also the Programme Director for the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP).

With over 10 years’ experience working in wind and marine energy, Andrew was previously a director of the Islay Energy Trust and worked on the commercial project development, along with ScottishPower Renewables on the Sound of Islay tidal project. He has led big industry initiatives, such as the Cost Reduction Monitoring Framework and, most recently, the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership, supporting the growth and success of innovative companies and the UK supply chain.

We believe the Scottish Renewables board would truly benefit from Andrew’s extensive expertise and the innovative approach that characterises everything we do at ORE Catapult.

Voting closes Friday 31st January, so please: vote now, and vote Macdonald!

Andrew’s supporting statement is as follows:

“I have worked in the renewables sector in Scotland for over ten years in marine and wind energy. This includes community energy as a director of the Islay Energy Trust and commercial project development together with ScottishPower Renewables on the Sound of Islay Tidal project.  With ORE Catapult, I led the Cost Reduction Monitoring Framework (CRMF) and I am the Programme Director for the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP).  In all these roles, my focus is on the growth and success of innovative renewable energy companies.

“The £100m OWGP supply chain development programme is at the heart of the offshore wind sector deal.  It will make companies more competitive and increase local content in UK projects along with growth in jobs and exports.  I also lead the ORE Catapult’s SME Team and with initiatives such as the recently announced Launch Academy bring expert commercial support to high growth organisations.  There are significant opportunities for these kinds of activities to benefit SR members and I would encourage SR to have an active role in the development of future programmes with all of Scotland’s innovation centres.

“The growth of the renewables sector in Scotland requires a strong and active trade association to enable Scottish companies to fulfil their potential in the drive to a net zero economy. I would be delighted to join the board of Scottish Renewables and help it continue its excellent work.”