The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) said it elected two new board members as it looks to expand its capabilities in the growing sectors of renewables, mining, defence and aquaculture.
Following a strategic review, NSRI identified the need to restructure in order to reflect the global energy transition. Although still heavily focused on the oil and gas market, the organisation will be looking to enhance its offerings to better support other offshore sectors, the company said.
Simon Cheeseman, of the ORE Catapult and Claus Hjoerringgaard of Wood Clean Energy have joined the board of NSRI to support the organisation’s plans to support UK companies break into multiple energy markets.
A former marine engineer, Cheeseman joined the ORE Catapult in February 2014. He is responsible for managing the organisation’s marine renewables strategy, identifying the wave and tidal technology innovation needs.
Previously, he worked with the Energy Technologies Institute, where he was marine programme manager for a range of high profile wave and tidal development projects.
Hjoerringgaard, currently managing director of Wood Clean Energy brings more than 25 years of experience having been involved in all aspects of commercial, technical and legal issues within the energy sector. Prior to joining Wood Clean Energy, he held a number of senior roles at Mott MacDonald, heading up its renewable and power distribution divisions.
Under the leadership of NSRI chairman, Peter Blake, the newly elected board members will ensure the organisation continues to foster strong links with the UK supply chain and academia to address the technology needs of the current and future energy mix.
Blake, said: “The energy industry is in constant motion and in order to support the sector’s demands, advances in technology must keep up. It’s vital that the UK supply chain is aware of the opportunities, and in turn develops suitable and cost-effective solutions.