Over the past 15 years, Orbital Marine Power has built up a highly motivated, experienced and dedicated team to tackle the engineering and commercial challenges of tidal energy. Initially led by Barry Johnston, founder and company director, the company has expanded from a two man team to approximately 25 staff spread between Orkney and Edinburgh offices. The teams capabilities cover core functions of: design engineering (mechanical, structural, electrical, control and systems), hydrodynamics, offshore operations, manufacturing and assembly, environmental and consenting, health & safety and business development.
Andrew Scott - CEO
Andrew has worked in the marine renewables sector for over 15 years within 2 pioneering Scottish R&D programmes which have seen more than £100 million invested in technology innovation, marine engineering and product commercialisation. He worked with Pelamis Wave Power for over 10 years prior to joining Orbital as CEO in 2015 where he leads on corporate strategy and business planning as well as overall management of the Orbital team.
Throughout this time Andrew has contributed extensively to trade associations and representative bodies for the marine renewables sector to help evolve public and private sector initiatives required to sustain, grow and commercialise these innovative industrial sectors. Andrew is currently a board member of the Ocean Energy Europe trade association. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Strathclyde University and a postgraduate MSc in Energy from Heriot-Watt University
Chris Milne - CFO
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.
Daniel Wise - Operations Manager
Daniel is a chartered marine professional, with over 15 years experience in a wide range of projects spanning commercial diving, marine renewable energy and the oil industry. He joined Orbital Marine Power in 2016 and is responsible for managing the operations associated with the development and testing of the technology at EMEC, as well as feeding back into the design of future units.
Trevor Walls - Engineering Manager
Trevor joined the company in 2007 with previous experience in DP vessel electrical design and construction. His role involves specification of electrical hardware and software, contractor and personnel management, commissioning of all onboard electrical systems, and has responsibility for all electrical works during testing operations.
Calum Miller - Hydrodynamics & Moorings Manager
Calum joined the company in 2009. Since then he has had several roles in the company including Senior Hydrodynamicist, Marine Operations Manager and Offshore Engineering Manager. Currently Calum manages the Hydrodynamics and Moorings department which includes turbine design, performance validation, foundation design and associated procurement and project management.
Lorna Slater - Engineering Project Manager
Lorna joined Orbital in 2016 following roles as project & systems manger at Atlantis Resources and lead C&I Engineer at Aquamarine Power. She is responsible for the Orbital O2 turbine delivery and for quality assurance on the project. She holds a degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering.
Angel Rua Santaclara - Control & Instrumentation Manager
Angel joined the company is 2009 to assist with the development and implementation of control systems for the company's first large scale prototypes. He is now responsible for the C&I systems and communications from design to installation and maintenance throughout testing. He has a background in PLC programming, automation and robotic systems.
James Murray - Business Development Manager
James joined the company in 2013. His responsibilities include liaising with future customers, utility companies, commercial tidal site developers, government departments, consenting authorities, and other stakeholders to identify, develop and secure new market opportunities and promote the successful and sustained growth of the company. He also represents the company at conferences, stakeholder meetings and events and is responsible for all marketing and PR activities. He holds an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology from Loughborough University.