Board of directors

The Board comprises two executive directors and three independent non-executive directors

James Ritchie

Chief Executive Officer

James has 10 years’ experience as an executive manager and is one of the first and founding employees of Tekmar Energy. In 2009, James became Operations Director and led the business through substantial growth. He then subsequently led the management buy-out of Tekmar Energy in September 2011 with Elysian and Opera Finance and, consequently, became Chief Executive Officer. He is also a committee member of Subsea North East and Chairman of Energi Coast. Energi Coast is the representative group for the North East of England’s offshore renewables sector.

Entrepreneur of the Year, Insider Media North East Dealmakers Awards 2018

Alasdair MacDonald

Independent Non-executive Chairman

Ally has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He has held senior executive positions at Wellstream International Limited and Wellstream Holdings plc, a FTSE 250 designer, manufacturer and supplier of flexible pipeline product to customers in the offshore oil industry. He was then CEO of Seanamic Group, an engineering and equipment manufacturer in the energy, defence, oceanographic science and seismic industries. He spent 19 years with Technip UK, acting as Managing Director of Technip Umbilicals Limited between 2005 and 2008, a leader in its global markets. Ally is currently Group CEO of Benbecula Group, a privately funded engineering based buy and build business. An engineer by trade, he graduated with an honours degree in mechanical engineering.

Sue Hurst

Chief Financial Officer

Sue has gained over 25 years’ experience in executive finance roles at large companies, including Serco, ICI and Electrolux, covering sectors from oil and gas and transportation through to information technology and outsourcing. A CIMA qualified accountant, she has significant experience of managing finance and commercial teams, change management programmes and board level finance roles. Sue has a strong, highly relevant background in manufacturing and process driven industries.

Christopher Gill

Non-executive Director

Chris, a Chartered Accountant, has extensive private and plc experience in the engineering, fast moving consumer goods, manufacturing and energy sectors. He was Finance Director at Domnick Hunter Group plc, an international filtration business, for 7 years before moving to become Finance Director at Wellstream Holdings plc, the FTSE250 designers, manufacturers and supplier of flexible pipeline product to the offshore oil industry. Subsequently, Chris was director and CFO of SMD Limited, a designer, engineer and assembler of remotely controlled subsea equipment to the oil and gas, offshore renewables, telecommunications and mining industries. Chris’ experience also includes being CFO of Seanamic Group, a private equity backed buy and build sub-sea engineering business, and Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chairman of AIM quoted Stadium Group plc.

Julian Brown

Non-executive Director

Julian is a prominent figure within the UK Renewables market, with a wealth of experience in the sector. He is currently Vice President and UK Country Manager for MHI Vestas Offshore, the leading wind turbine manufacturer. He is former Chair of RenewableUK, the UK’s leading renewable energy trade association. Other former roles include co founder and Chair of 8.2Aarufield, UK Director of AREVA Wind, a founding partner of the globally respected renewables consultancy BVG Associates Limited, and Managing Director of Vestas Blades UK (formerly NEG Micon Rotors Limited), which was the largest renewables manufacturing supply chain employer in the UK during his employment.