Alan has over 30 years’ experience working in the international energy and utilities sectors, specialising in research, development, innovation and intellectual property commercialisation. Alan has held senior roles in major corporations such as NEI/Rolls Royce, British Gas, Suez, Shell, Mott MacDonald and Jacobs. Alan was awarded an OBE for services to U.K.-US offshore wind collaboration.
He has also held the positions of Director of Technology & Innovation at the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) – now part of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult which he helped to establish and lead as interim CEO in 2012 on behalf of the then Technology Strategy Board. Alan is a Professor in Practice & Member, Durham Energy Institute Advisory Board, as well as holding non-executive director positions at HR Wallingford (Oxon), Leeds University spin-out, Acuity Robotics, and Hartlepool-based, CFB Risk Management. Alan is also an offshore wind advisor to the North of Tyne Combined Authority, and splits his time between the UK and the USA where he acts as Director of Strategic Development for the National Offshore Wind Institute in New Bedford, Massachusetts. His technical specialism is fluid-structure interaction, and he is a Professional Mechanical Engineer and a Fellow of the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers.