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UK Offshore Wind 2023

7 December 2023
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The Danish Embassy and the Danish-UK Association are proud to announce the 11th Annual UK Offshore Wind Seminar

7 December 2023
10:00 – 15:30
The Royal Danish Embassy
55 Sloane Street
United Kingdom
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Member Admission* £156.00 inc VAT General Admission £180.00 incl VAT +EventBrite fee *DKUK members, OES Members, Nautical Institute Members, and members of Humber Marine & Renewables
Cancellation Policy
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Post event write-up (Event narrative further down)

Thank you very much to all who contributed, attended and supported this year’s UK Offshore Wind summit at the Danish Embassy 8th December 2023!

We anticipate some presentations will be made available by some of the speakers to be shared with all attendees. When they have been made available, they can be found at the following password protected link. All attendees will in due course be emailed the password directly. If you did not get it please contact us.

Link to presentationonly accessible with password!

Your comments

Did you attend the event and found it of use and interest? Please do take a moment to leave a testimonial at the link at the bottom of this page. Any kudos to the speakers are most welcome and encouraged. It always warms if you are being told you did a good job.

If you have comments to the programme, ideas for next years event, wish to sponsor, maybe you feel things could have been done better, we are of course also very keen to hear that and in that case please do connect with with us directly Gunnar P Larsen, Managing Director, Danish-UK Association [email protected], or phone +44 207 259 6795, or Rasmus Leth Traberg, Sector Lead, Danish Embassy, [email protected]

The UK continues to drive investment and innovation in its thriving offshore wind sector, and by its sheer scale is leading ambition and deployment of new technologies. Naturally it has the attention of the Danish-UK community of businesses and business leaders.

This year’s conference takes place on Thursday 7th December, at the Danish Embassy, and with a strong following of key industry leaders, this is the place to refresh established contacts and make new relevant relations.

We are here for updates on specific projects, updates on current state of affairs, and latest innovative initiatives – delivered by key stakeholders including governments, developers and OEMs.

The place for the Danish-UK-international wind energy industry and its supply chain to meet.

To ensure most relevant and up to date content the details of event is always revealed late. But like every year, we are pretty confident we will get content together that will attract an audience of regular as well as new attendees. We typically sell out the 70 tickets, so you may consider buying you ticket now to avoid dissapointment.

This year the programme includes sessions on:


Confirmed speakers:

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  • Agenda
  • * Fee
  • Bios
  • Cancellation
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10.00Arrivals and registration w. tea and coffee  
10.30Welcome H.E. René Dinesen, Denmark’s Ambassador to the UK and Rasmus Leth Traberg, Senior Advisor – Energy, Royal Danish Embassy in London  
Offshore Wind Landscape in Scotland Michelle Quinn, Director for Offshore Wind, Scottish Government  
Flora – Floating Innovation Project Alex Argyros, Senior Floating Engineer, BP  
Ports to facilitate offshore wind expansion – examples from Scotland and Denmark Ian Mockett, Director, COWI  
11.35  Short comfort break  
Standardisation and upscaling of floating wind – developers perspective Anne-Charlotte Gaillard, Project Manager – Offshore Developments, SSE Renewables  
Floating substations Jannick Elmbæk Olsen, Director, Semco Maritime  
Foundations for floating wind Gregory Campbell-Smith, Senior Business Development Manager, Principle Power  
Rhys Wyn Jones, Director of Regulation, Policy, and Communications, COP UK
How Ørsted is working with early-stage companies and innovative solutions David Bould, Head of UK&IE Ventures & Open Innovation, Ørsted  
How the industry benefits from innovation Dr. Miriam Schwarz, R&D Partnership Manager, ORE Catapult  
LASSIE – Lightning Surveillance Service Anders Røpke, CEO & Founder, Wind Power LAB  
Liftra Blade Lifting Solutions Alexander Becsei Christiansen, Product Group Manager, Liftra  
VR-training and its benefits Lene Thirup, Chief Commercial Officer, Kanda  

Panel discussion moderated by ORE Catapult
15.00Short comfort break  
Celtic Sea Power-project Steve Jermy, CEO, Celtic Sea Power  
Port Talbot Andy Reay, Head of Offshore Wind, Associated British Ports  
15.45Looking into the Crystal Ball – the future for offshore wind
Meredith Annex, Head of Clean Power, BloombergNEF  
16.00Final remarks
Rasmus Leth Traberg, Senior Advisor – Energy, Danish Embassy in London   
16.05Networking and refreshments
17.00End of programme

Note! The programme is subject to change and updates to make sure it is as relevant as possible.

General Admission: £180 plus EventBrite Booking fee including VAT

Member Admission: £156 including VAT

* Members of the following organisations qualify for the member concession fee:

For any bookings wishing to pay by BACs please email [email protected] to make your booking, indicating full name of each attendee, job title and company, and if required a purchase order made out for the Danish-UK Association (see contact page for details)

Cancellation policy: Cancellation made 30 days prior are fully refundable. After this date a suitable replacement at the descretion of the organisers is acceptable.
Terms & Conditions: Sign up and attendance is subject to the general terms and conditions posted under Policies.

HE Ambassador René Dinesen

René Dinesen arrived to his post as Ambassador of Denmark to the United Kingdom on 1st September 2022.

Prior to this, he was Ambassador to Austria and the Permanent Representative to the OSCE and UN in Vienna. Earlier in his career, Mr Dinesen served as Ambassador to South Africa and to Afghanistan, and served as Deputy Permanent Representative at the Danish UN Mission in New York and as Deputy in Romania. He has also held several senior positions in capital within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, latest as Under-Secretary of State from 2016 to 2018 and before that Director for Strategy and Policy Planning.

He has extensive experience with international relations, working with bilateral relations and several international organisations including EU, NATO, United Nations, OSCE, WTO, and OECD.
Alexander Becsei Christiansen
Product Group Manager, Liftra

Alexander has worked for Liftra for 7 years and currently holds the position of Product Group Manager, leading the development and management of Blade Handling Equipment. Alexander has a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Electro-Mechanical System Design.
Anders Røpke
CEO & Founder, Wind Power LAB

Anders Røpke is the CEO and Founder of Wind Power LAB(WPL), a global wind turbine expert company addressing wind turbines failure modes all over the world. After a decade in Ørsted building and operating offshore wind farms, Anders established Wind Power LAB in 2016 – today WPL’s forensic teams are available for deployment worldwide to investigate blade and drivetrain failures.
David Bould
Head of UK&IE, Ørsted

David is Head of UK&IE Ventures & Open Innovation for Ørsted. He is responsible for establishing collaborations between Ørsted and external innovation ecosystems in the UK and Ireland, including with universities, research organisations, start-ups, other green energy developers, public funding organisations, and private investors in innovation.
Graeme Power-Hosking
Head of Programme – Future Port Talbot, Associated British Ports

Graeme is Head of Programme for Future Port Talbot which is a major transformation of the ports at Port Talbot and potentially Swansea to a provide a dedicated hub for renewable energies towards the UK Net Zero targets. The programme provides major new manufacturing for Floating Offshore Wind (FLOW) as well as facilities for other renewable energy opportunities. The first project within this transformation is a new SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) production facility.

He has held senior roles in several global consultancies and contractors on major programmes where much of his career has been spent gaining a detailed understanding of the key drivers behind the development, design, and delivery of infrastructure.
Greg Campbell-Smith
Senior Business Development Manager for Northern Europe, Principle Power

Greg Campbell-Smith joined Principle Power in 2022 as Senior Business Development Manager for Northern Europe, where he is the main client manager for existing and new projects located in the region.

He counts over 10 years of experience working in floating offshore wind, providing technical and innovative advancements in subsea technologies, which have been patented and commercialised. With 20 years’ senior management and project experience in fixed wind, O&G and MRE markets, he has a wealth of knowledge in offshore construction, mooring, SURF, power cables and subsea engineering.

Greg holds a Honors Degree in mechanical engineering, Masters in manufacturing systems and is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Ian Mockett
Energy & Marine Market Director, COWI UK

Ian is responsible for the direction and development of COWI’s role in the energy sector in UK & Ireland. COWI is a strong presence in the global offshore wind and green fuels sectors with numerous major projects successfully delivered worldwide.

Ian’s technical background is based around civil engineering hydraulics with a core interest in coastal and marine engineering. With over 25 years’ experience, he has worked on a range of international projects in the energy sector, from bases in Europe, Asia and America, with a strong focus on renewable energy and decarbonisation.
Lene Thirup
Chief Commercial Officer, Kanda

Kanda, is a Danish startup with an ambition to disrupt the training industry by offering digital GWO courses on subscription. With 20 years of experience from international digital agencies, she is an experienced business developer with a great passion for digital product innovation in complex industries. Lene holds a master in Anthropology and Media science.
Jannick Elmbæk Olsen
Director, Product Line Management, Semco Maritime

Jannick Elmbæk Olsen is Director of Product Line Management within Semco Maritime, a world leading EPCI supplier of wind farm substations. With 10 years of experience in various roles in Semco and Ørsted, Jannick is now leading a team that is making it possible to configure the future Offshore Substation based on 20 years of know how and frame work agreements. This will also cover Floating Substations in the near future.
Michelle Quinn, Director of Offshore Wind, Scottish Government

The Director of Offshore Wind oversees the Offshore Wind Directorate, which is responsible for the development of offshore renewables policy.

Michelle has held various policy and delivery posts across the Scottish Government. While working at Transport Scotland, she held the post of Director of Major Projects and was responsible for the design, development, promotion and construction of the motorway and trunk road programme. More recently, Michelle has held the posts of Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister and interim Chief Executive at Transport Scotland.
Michelle is a graduate of Queens University Belfast, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has completed the Major Projects Leadership Academy at Oxford University’s Business School.

Cancellation policy: Cancellation made 30 days prior are fully refundable. After this date a suitable replacement at the descretion of the organisers is acceptable.
Terms & Conditions: Sign up and attendance is subject to the general terms and conditions posted under Policies.


Representatives from the following companies have to date signed up to attend this years conference. Is your company there? If not and it should be, do sign up today.

  • 4COffshore Ltd
  • Aarsleff Ground Engineering
  • Acteon Group
  • Aker Solutions
  • Associated British Ports
  • BloombergNEF
  • BP
  • British Embassy Denmark
  • ClimateRock
  • CNC Onsite A/S
  • COWI
  • CPower Energy Ltd
  • Crondall Energy
  • Danish Wind Export Association
  • DNV
  • EGS International Ltd
  • EPConsult Energies (EP)
  • Equinor UK
  • Foot Anstay
  • Fugro
  • Geolabs Limited
  • Hexicon
  • Howden Specialty
  • Kanda
  • Matthews Daniel International
  • Moffatt & Nichol
  • NERA Economic Consulting
  • North Star Shipping
  • Octopus Energy Generation
  • OWC
  • Pentagon Marine Ltd
  • Potter Clarkson LLP
  • ProCon Wind Energy A/S
  • Principle Power
  • Ramboll
  • Royal Danish Embassy
  • Scottish Government – Offshore Wind
  • Semco Maritime
  • SSE Renewables
  • Stockton Drilling Limited
  • Terma AS
  • Tryg Garanti
  • Waves Group
  • Wind Multiplikator
  • Wind Power LAB
  • Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) Llp
  • Ørsted

For further information about the programme please contact Rasmus Leth Traberg, Sector Lead – Energy and Environment Tel: +44 (0)20 7333 0232,  email, at the Danish Embassy in London.

For any futher information regarding practical matters, attending, sponsoring etc please contact Gunnar P. Larsen at The Danish-UK Association in London on +44 (0) 207 259 6795 or email.

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