Bill Russell is a vastly experienced CEO/Managing Director with over 30 years in the energy industry - gained through a number of senior roles for National Grid (NG), Transco, British Gas and BG Group spanning gas and electricity, markets/networks, commercial frameworks, infrastructure, stakeholder consultation, EU and UK Government liaison, corporate affairs and large project management.
Working across international energy markets. He was recently Managing Director of BritNed Ltd, a JV company set up to build commission, commercially operate the 1500MW Interconnector between UK/Netherlands via the largest Global Market Coupling model. Previous roles; Director National Grid MD of NG Australia, Director Scotland Transco, Director Operations BG Group.
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.
Colin completed a BSc and MA degrees at Exeter and Canterbury Universities and spent 25 years in the financial services and aviation sectors, retiring in 2014 as major shareholder, Chairman and Group MD of one of the UKs largest privately owned aviation services business, based at East Midlands Airport.
From 2014 Colin has served as non-executive director and chairman on several boards within the NHS, Social Housing and Local Authority trading companies. In 2016 Colin was appointed Group Chair of Cornwall Council's group of trading companies and in that capacity, sits as Chair of the Group Board and either as a non-executive or as Chair of the various subsidiary companies within the group. Colin has a home in the Midlands and one on Cornwall's North Coast. He now spends most of his time in the South West.
Dr Sandra Rothwell is chief executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, which drives economic growth and job creation. Since November 1 last year she also has responsibility for Economic Development and Culture at Cornwall Council, in a move designed to foster closer working between the council and business. Sandra started her career as an academic, lecturing in European politics and economics before working in a variety of roles leading on the delivery of EU and National programmes across the UK as well as in Finland and Hungary.
John Betty is the Strategic Director for Economic Growth & Development at Cornwall Council and has been in post since October 2016. 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.
John has always been at the forefront of change and innovation and with experience of both contracting and consultancy has been closely involved with the Rethinking Construction Initiative through working with the Treasury Advice Unit and in major regeneration initiatives. Whilst at Bath & North East Somerset he has published the Combe Down Stone Mines Best Practice Book for public sector project delivery.
John has been at the forefront of promoting change within the industry through promotion of the Latham and Egan agendas, and has been a Board member of the Construction Clients Group.