Commodore (Rtd) Steven Jermy RN
Non-Executive Director and Chair
Steven is an offshore renewable energy professional and Master Mariner, working with James Fisher Marine Services and as a Non-Executive Director on the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership. His 35 years’ offshore sector experience includes ships’ diving, fishery protection, sea command, offshore aviation and offshore renewable energy. Steven has led three major tidal energy R&D projects, and now heads up the regional task force created to take forward floating offshore wind in Cornwall and the South West. Steven is a Chartered Marine Technologist, and a Fellow of both the Nautical Institute and the Institute of Marine Engineers, Scientists and Technologists.
John Betty was Cornwall Council's Strategic Director Economy Growth and Development and is now a Consultant Advisor. Born and educated in Bristol, John has been in the construction and development industry since leaving university. He has directed a number of multi-million pound projects, both in the UK and overseas, in a career working for John Laing Construction, Geo Wimpey, MACE, Westminster City Council. John held Director level posts in the Public Sector since 2005 as Director of Development at Bath & North East Somerset and Strategic Director of Place at Stoke County Councils and working on Garden Town at Didcot.
John has advised clients as director of a major strategic consultancy and having been involved in both the private sector as a contractor, consultant and advisor, and in the public sector John has a wide experience of the sector of both project and programme delivery and acting as strategic client across major infrastructure programmes.
Managing Director & Executive Director
Claire led the development of Wave Hub from its inception in 2003 through to construction in 2010 and now has overall responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the test facility and managing the business, Wave Hub Ltd.
Claire’s previous role was Director of Sustainable Resources at the South West RDA where she led the Agency’s low carbon activity from 2002 – 2011, acting as the sector lead for environmental technologies and managing a multi-million pound investment programme in renewable energy demonstration projects, business resource efficiency and low carbon leadership. Before moving to the South West, Claire worked for two leading consultancies in London.
Professor Deborah Greaves
Deborah Greaves is Head of the School of Engineering and of the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, Professor of Ocean Engineering and Director of the COAST Laboratory at the University of Plymouth with previous appointments at Oxford, UCL and the University of Bath. Her research interests include marine and offshore renewable energy, and physical and numerical modelling of wave-structure interaction. She has led many national and international research projects concerning offshore renewable energy (ORE) in collaboration with industrial and academic partners and is Director of the EPSRC £9 million Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub. She recently published with Wiley an edited book on Wave and Tidal Energy (2018) and in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2018, she was awarded an OBE for services to Marine Renewable Energy, Equalities, and Higher Education.