The PWS team
Dan is a degree qualified Engineer with extensive commercial and contract senior management experience. Dan started his career in the oil and gas industry working around the world as an engineering consultant. In 2012 Dan embarked on his offshore wind career, working as part of the development management team for Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm. Dan’s offshore construction experience was found to be useful as he then worked as Installation Manager on many of the UKs offshore wind farm projects. In 2014 Dan was asked to head the marine construction division of the UKs nuclear new build programme before then returning to offshore wind sector 3 years later. Latterly Dan was the Head of International Development for James Fisher PLC where he successfully took the James Fisher Marine business into both the APAC region but also North America. Dan is a member of the Chartered Institute of Leadership and Association of Project Management. Dan founded PWS in 2017 and gained fully granted patent status for 2 of the companies products in 2019.
John Best worked as Head of Sustainable Energy before moving within the James Fisher Group as a Consultant, Best Proactive, to focus on a wider range of activities including Strategic Relations for James Fisher Marine Services. This allowed him to help develop initiatives which will evolve through Offshore Wind Sector Deal.
John formed and ran EEEGR, East of England Energy Group, a not for profit membership organisation as CEO, from April 2001, leaving in March 2012 after 11 years. In that time, it grew to over 370 members. Skills for Energy was a central theme of the work. In September 2016, John’s contribution to the Energy Industry over the past 20 years was recognised through a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by EEEGR on behalf of its members and stakeholders. In October 2017, John was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Suffolk, which in part recognised his work with The Ogden Trust in building The Coastal Energy Internship.
John left school in 1971 at 16 and trained as a navigator. From 1980 to 1986 he worked in the offshore oil and gas industry with Wimpey Marine, ending as Marine Manager. In early 1990’s he joined UK Waste. Over the next nine years he rose to become General Manager – UK for the Industrial Services Division.
Scottish Regional Business Consultant (Scotland)
Track-record of delivering paid work for a prominent UK-based cable manufacturer seeking growth within the European offshore wind sector. Support included customer engagement facilitation, value proposition development and 66kV cable product qualification planning.
Expert-level understanding of the UK renewables sector across all tiers of the supply chain
Detailed knowledge of main developers and tier one companies within Europe and possesses a strong network of functional industry contacts.
Detailed understanding of main supply chain levers, local content aspirations and prevalent contracting methodologies within the offshore renewables sector.
Hands-on experience of delivering paid management consultancy support via a number of socio-economic, market forecasting and value proposition development commissions.
Lead national offshore wind consultant for Scottish Enterprise and Enterprise Ireland having delivered almost 100 bespoke company supports and facilitating more than 15 national and international workshops.
Specialist knowledge of the challenges surrounding oil and gas diversification into offshore wind; track-record of leading workshops in UK, Ireland and Norway Read more and authoring published pieces on the subject Read more.
First-rate knowledge of the renewable energy sub-supply chain, particularly within Scotland and Ireland, and a wide network of contacts within companies already active in the sector, seeking to grow within the sector or companies seeking collaboration opportunities.
Excellent contact network within the enabling community including civil servants, enterprise agencies, and technology innovation and funding centres.
Track-record of supporting the development of renewable energy supply chain plans and managing tendering projects; solid working knowledge of industry-specific commercial considerations.
Experience working with offshore wind developers and tier ones alike.
Significant track record of providing pro-bono strategic offshore wind advice to the Scottish Government including holding the role of Supply Chain & Cluster Lead on the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council.