Board of Directors
Orbital Marine Power shareholding is led by the McGrath group, under entrepreneur Matt McGrath, along with the Energy Investment Fund (EIF) of Scottish Enterprise; the economic enterprise agency of the Scottish Government.
Orbital Board of Directors:
Sian George – Chair of Orbital Marine Power Limited
Sian is a highly experienced senior manager who has helped raise over £90 million for SMEs in the life-sciences and renewables sector and is currently a strategic advisor to a number of renewable energy companies. As well as chairing the board of Orbital since 2016, Sian is an investor in the company.
In her role as interim CEO of Ocean Energy Europe, the European trade body for marine energy, Sian delivered an award-winning growth strategy for the sector. Prior to this Sian spent 7 years as Head of Commercial Development at Aquamarine Power Ltd.
Sian is an internationally recognised regulatory expert who has chaired several European and UK government advisory boards. Before moving to the private sector, Sian worked for the UK Department of International Development and the Financial Services Authority Merger Task Force.
Sian has held several board and advisory positions including President of the board of Ocean Energy Europe. She has a PhD from Edinburgh University; her thesis investigated policy networks and sustainable economic development.
Matt McGrath – Lead Investor & Director of Orbital Marine Power Limited
Matt was welcomed as a new board member in Orbital in 2018 bringing significant technology and business experience. Matt built and operated his own equipment manufacturing business, Scotland and Hong Kong based Aircraft Medical, with operations in over 50 countries before its US$110m sale in 2015. Matt holds investments in a number of technology companies and was joined by McGrath family investors including Sian George (née McGrath), industry expert Mattias Hagg and the Scottish Government’s Energy Investment Fund in the most recent funding into Orbital.
Matt is an advisor to the Royal Society of Arts, sits on The Wellcome Trust’s Expert Review Group and previously worked at the UN Centre for Design Research. He twice won the coveted Royal Society of Arts design award and was awarded the title of Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by Scotland’s Entrepreneurial Exchange. With an increasing involvement in the renewable energy sector, Matt has developed a strong belief in ﬂoating tidal turbines and that the recent records achieved by Orbital are a demonstration of a technology that works.
Matthias Haag – Director of Orbital Marine Power Limited
Matthias is Project Director of EDF Renewables’ owned Neart na Gaoithe offshore windfarm, having previously been CEO of Gemini Windpark – a 600MW offshore windfarm located off the Dutch coast. Matthias is highly experienced in the field of renewables and has also held senior positions with Shell WindEnergy, in marine energy companies and Oil & Gas. Having recently been appointed as a director of Orbital, Matthias will apply his knowledge and experience to the progress of the company and the delivery of our future projects.
Paul Smith – Non-Executive Director
Paul currently has a portfolio of Non-Executive and Advisory roles across the Energy, Infrastructure and Utility sectors. He chairs the board of Capstone Infrastructure Corporation – an independent power producer in Canada, is a Non-Executive director of Scottish Water, and also a Non-Executive director of South East London CHP – a waste to energy and district heating business. He is also Senior Advisor to Icon Infrastructure LLP – an investor in Infrastructure businesses in the UK, Europe and North America.
Prior to this Paul was Managing Director of Generation at SSE Plc. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer from Edinburgh University with an MBA from Henley Management College. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Energy Institute.
Andrew Scott – CEO and Director.
Andrew leads the team at Orbital Marine Power having joined the business as CEO in 2015 and has accrued over 15 years in the Scottish marine industry sector; active at the leading edge of multiple pioneering Scottish R&D programmes which have seen more than £100m invested in technology innovation.
Andrew has been, and remains, closely involved across all aspects of technology development as well as working extensively with external parties and stakeholders to progress the development for the tidal sector. Andrew has a degree in mechanical engineering from Strathclyde University and a postgraduate MSc in Energy from Heriot-Watt University.
Chris Milne – CFO and Director of Orbital Marine Power (Orkney)
Chris joined Orbital as CFO in October 2016 where he leads on finance, reporting and funding as well as supporting Andrew on corporate strategy and business planning. Chris has led or managed financial transactions ranging from seed capital investments to multi-billion infrastructure deals across the energy space.
Chris was previously Vice President of an oil and gas services focussed private equity fund managed by Simmons and Company International after holding a number of senior finance leadership positions at SSE plc (previously Scottish and Southern Energy plc). This included sitting on the board of its generation business as Head of Finance for all generation, gas storage and exploration and product activities, as well as various other non-executive director roles. Prior to joining SSE, Chris was a manager in KPMG’s Private Equity M&A team in London.
Chris graduated from the University of Dundee in 2001 with a first-class honours degree in Business Economics and Marketing with Psychology, is a chartered accountant (ICAEW) and holds the CFA UK Level 4 Certifcate in Investment Management.