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New UK business growth programme seeking Chair and Board members

Published 3 April 2019

The newly-announced Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) is recruiting for a Non-Executive Chair and two additional Non-Executive Directors who have a passion for growing UK businesses and want to play a key role in building on the UK offshore wind success story.

Announced as part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, the OWGP is part of a £250 million investment by the offshore wind industry that will support improvements in productivity and competitiveness to build a stronger UK supply chain.  The aim is to drive increased UK content into offshore windfarms to meet a target of 60% by 2030, and to increase exports fivefold to £2.6bn a year.

The OWGP is seeking three business leaders with experience of the offshore wind sector or the ability to bring new experience of supply chain management from other sectors to serve on the OWGP Governance Board.

Dr Stephen Wyatt, Research and Innovation Director at ORE Catapult, said: “The OWGP is a long-term programme backed by the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) and is based on successful models used in the aerospace and automotive sectors that have demonstrated the value that can be created from growth partnerships.”

“The OWGP activities will initially focus on helping supply chain companies with strategy and leadership, project management, people excellence, process excellence, health and safety culture, and quality management. It will also work with the offshore wind developers to provide greater long-term visibility of project pipelines that will help supply chain companies to plan and, if necessary, to invest in new capability or capacity.

“The Governance Board will play a key role in providing oversight for the OWGP’s activities.”

Over the next decade, there will be a huge global expansion of offshore wind capacity with some estimates envisaging a 17% annual growth from 22GW to 154GW in total installed capacity by 2030.  The domestic opportunities are significant too. Building at least 30GW of offshore wind by 2030 will see a £48bn investment in UK infrastructure over the next decade, generating 27,000 jobs.

Visit the OWGP webpage for more information. Closing date for applications is Tuesday 23 April 2019.