Ports for Future Offshore Wind 2014


  • Sean Matthews, Project Engineer, Navitus Bay Wind Farm
  • Kenneth Svendsen, Head Of Construction (EMEA Offshore),  Siemens Wind Power
  • Bob Seedhouse, Technical Director & Chief Geotechnical Engineer, Wardell Armstrong LLP
  • Niels Brix, Vice President,  Seatower
  • David Shepherd, Group Development, Able UK
  • Sven Lehmann, Head of Marine Operations& Installations, Senvion
  • Petter Søyland, Engineering Manager , Fred. Olsen Windcarrier
  • Peter Robert, Business Development Manager, Damen Shipyards
  • Joanna Law, Service Sales Manager, AREVA UK
  • Andrew Bellamy, Head of Industrial Development, AREVA UK

FeatureD Speaker Biographies

Chairman: Andrew Bellamy, Head of Industrial Development,  AREVA UK

Andrew has a background of over 12 years establishing and managing industrial capacity for wind, especially major components such as rotorblades. Having graduated as a Naval Architect and tried his hand in the marine world for a while, a chance meeting with a rotorblade designer led him into the wind market and he hasn’t found a reason to leave yet! Andrew has lived and worked extensively overseas leading development and installation of new manufacturing capacity in North and South America, Asia and Europe to meet demands for emerging renewables markets. Andrew moved back to the UK from Germany in 2011 to join AREVA and develop the UK industrial operations and supply chain for offshore wind. 

Sean Matthews, Project Engineer,  Navitus Bay Wind Farm

Sean has managed the engineering input into Navitus Bay’s recently accepted planning application. He leads on onshore and offshore aspects of the project’s design as well as engaging with key potential future suppliers to the project. This includes several years working alongside local ports to develop options for construction and operation of the 1GW offshore wind farm.

He is currently working on studies with Poole, Portland and Yarmouth ports to identify opportunities for turbine assembly, foundation manufacture and storage as well as requirements for setting up a 25 year operations and maintenance base with associated transfer vessels and equipment.

Sean is a Chartered mechanical engineer with an MSc in renewable energy with over 10 years experience across consultancy, manufacturing, development and construction of major projects. This includes offshore wind, wave and tidal energy as well as coastal flood defence and water infrastructure. He has also authored reports for RenewableUK and The Crown Estate on the offshore renewables market and supply chain.

David Shepherd, Group Development, Able UK 

David is responsible for activity across all divisions of the Able Group mainly focussing on the Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) port development on the Humber and collaborating with renewable project developers on UK supply chain plans. David acts as a liaison between AMEPs potential inward investors, UK Government and other key stakeholders regionally and nationally.

After studying European Business at Universities in Leeds and Helsinki David held a variety of roles in the private sector before heading up the Inward Investment and Trade department at Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward. David was instrumental in developing the Humber’s strategy for attracting inward investment from the offshore renewables sector.

Niels Brix Seatower

  • Niels Brix, Vice President,   Seatower

Niels Brix from Seatower AS has for several years worked with key players in the wind energy sector such as Siemens Wind Power and Skykon, DONG and as key advisor to P/E funds. He founded the offshore wind testing facility LORC in Denmark,. He served on the Board of the Danish Wind Energy Association (DWIA), and is currently on the Boards of the wind related businesses Clean World Capital Ltd. and Logistics A/S. Brix is educated at INSEAD, holds a master in law and is a trained Attorney-at-law.

Peter Robert, Business Development Manager, Damen Shipyards

Peter Robert has built up an extensive maritime background in the last 20 years, amongst that sailing as a Naval Officer for more than 10 years. He joined the Damen Shipyards Group in 2011 as Business Development Manager to grow the business in the offshore wind market. Before Peter Robert joined Damen he held various commercial and managerial positions in the maritime supply chain.

Damen has sold over last 3 years about 30 Crew Transfer Vessels. In the meanwhile Peter Robert has also been the driving force behind the launch of quite some portfolio additions, the introduction of the Twin Axe 2008, Cable Layer and Walk 2 Work vessel.