Meet our highly experienced offshore renewable project management team
Our team brings many decades of engineering and offshore operational experience across oil & gas and marine renewables sectors.
Through the diversity in our teams skills we provide our customers with detailed, accurate and holistic solutions to the range of marine energy problems.
Class 1 Master Mariner
Company founder and CEO I help formulate offshore operations methodologies and take charge of all operations offshore as well as overseeing and providing my knowledge and experience to drive the development of the HydroWing device which I conceived.
My offshore career started in 1984 working initially on BP Tankers, progressing to Master on Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels, heavy lift/ construction barges in the offshore oil industry- North Sea, SE Asia and West Africa.
I progressed into senior management roles and in 2004, I acquired Mojo as an ongoing marine contracting business. Over the next 10 years I developed the business into a very successful marine project management company specializing in the installation of offshore renewable energy projects (wind, wave and tidal) before selling in 2015.
I founded Inyanga Marine in 2017 with the goal to develop the HydroWIng device through to commercilisation by striving to increase the reliability and ease of maintenance compared with devices being developed in the industry. Whilst continuing this development I expanded the business to provide to include offshore management services due to sector demand for cost effective and reliable offshore management solutions.
I started my career in the Audit and Assurance industry, studied my professional qualifications in London with a top 10 firm PKF.
Later moving on to industry where I awarded my first Financial Controller role in 2010 within the music sector, South West London.
By 2012 I was Finance Director and Co Sec in Commercial Property. I oversaw a mixed use development in East London, regenerating 1.8 acres of Prime Real Estate valued at £150m.
In 2018 I relocated to the South West, contracting as a Business Recovery specialist.
2022 I joined the Inyanga Group as Group Finance Director, working closely with Richard within strategy and funding requirements.
Project Manager & French office manager
Meng Energy Systems, MSc Sustainable Energy Systems, MSc Marine Renewable Energy
Working in ocean and tidal energy for a decade, I joined Inyanga at the beginning of 2021 as a project manager and opened Inyanga’s French office, based in Rennes. I am supporting both Inyanga and Hydrowing’s business development in France and I am in charge of managing Inyanga’s projects in France. With an extensive experience on tidal energy projects, I am supporting Hydrowing projects development.
I have been previously working for close to 10 years for a major tidal technology developer which gave me a deep understanding of the tidal energy sector and its challenges as well as an extensive experience in project management and tidal projects development.
MEng Energy Systems, MSc Marine Renewable Energies
As a commercial manager, I’m supporting development of our activities in offshore services and operations in France and I’m responsible for the business development and marketing for HydroWing globally.
Being involved in the sector for the past 15 years, my network and my technical knowledge of the sector have resulted in growing HydroWing brand and commercial opportunities in Europe, South-East Asia and Canada.
Previously working as a Project Manager and then Commercial Manager for a leading tidal technology developer, I share my understanding and strategic vision of the tidal energy market with the team, contribute to identification of public support available for our projects and promote HydroWing solution in growing and promising areas.
Commercial Manager - HydroWing
With 20 years of professional experience, I have developed business and projects in the renewable energy and low carbon energy sector in the UK and Europe. My responsibilities have included leading commercial and business development strategy & operations, business case development and validation, capital raising, stakeholder relations and contract negotiation.
I am based at the Inyanga Energy Group office at M-SParc on Anglesey, Wales
and I am leading the commercial development of the HydroWing project at Morlais.
My previous experience working across both public and private sectors has included
securing and delivering a number of funding contracts in excess of 90M EUR. I have advised on Marine Energy policy and commercial development across all levels of government and industry, including to Welsh/ UK/ EU & French Ministers, Secretaries of State and C-Level executives (EDF, Schneider Electric, SEV – Faroe Islands Energy).
I have attended and spoken at conferences and events including Ocean Energy Europe, Marine Energy Wales, SeaEnergy, Swedish Chambre of Commerce and the Houses of Parliament as well as being a board member for marine energy industry groups in Wales.
Born and raised on the Isle of Anglesey, I am a fluent (first language) Welsh speaker. As an Islander, I spend a lot of time on the water and am a qualified RNLI Search & Rescue Helmsperson for Moelfre Lifeboat Station.
My other (very keen) interest is to try to visit as many as possible of an almost endless list of restaurants around the world.
Project Manager & Design Engineer
BSc (Hons) Design Engineering - Bournemouth University
As project manager I am responsible for the team developing of our HydroWing device as well as projects for our engineering consultancy clients.
Having worked for over 10 years in offshore design and operations for a leading OEM I gained extensive experience in design, manufacture and utiilisation of large offshore tools, equipment and infrastructure. With my background experience and desire to develop new and innovative ideas Inyanga fitted this perfectly and a made the move in November 2018.
Since making the move to Inyanga I have enjoyed exploring Cornwall with my family and have got back into with my hobby of mountain biking.
BSc (Hons) Design Engineering
Responsible for total project management including controlling budgets, negotiating subcontracts, and providing day-to-day communication with the project team to ensure jobs remain on schedule and within budget. A team player, I hold a proven track record of strong working relationships with customers and supply chain.
With a BSc (Hons) degree in Design Engineering from Bournemouth University and APM project management qualification. I have over 15 years' experience overseeing a diverse range of large, fast track and complex projects in a number of challenging locations.
Outside of work I enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits including surfing, cycling and sailing.
Naval Architect & Structural Engineer
Responsible for offshore methodology creation and analysis through OrcaFlex as well as performing engineering analysis for of engineering for clients and the HydroWing development.
I initilised my professional life working for a leading classification society in both London and Aberdeen. This enabled me to progress in both my technical abilities as well as project management and communication skills.
A hardworking and proactive engineer I joined Inyanga to use these skills to help drive forward this new and innovative company whilst contributing to the development of the marine energy industry as a whole.
Having spent most of my childhood in France, I am fluent in both French and English. In my free time I am a keen sailor having lived near the coast most my life and joining Inyanga in Cornwall has allowed me to get out on the sea much more often. When there’s no wind I am a keen runner and cyclist and enjoy getting out and about.
Senior Project Engineer
BEng (Hons) Robotic and Electronic Engineering
Based on Anglesey, my role encompasses the engineering design, manufacture and testing of various sub-systems for the HydroWing tidal stream technology. I bring with me over 18 years of experience in the renewables industry, both on and offshore. After graduating with a degree in Robotic and Electronic Engineering, I went on to work in various roles ranging from Subsea Engineer on cable laying ships, to Site Manager on onshore windfarms and most recently, tidal energy project engineering.
Outside of work, my hobbies include landscape photography, vehicle restoration, hill walking and indoor climbing. I also head up a team who compete annually in an annual raft race along the Menai Straits in North Wales.
Naval Architect, MEng, MRENA
Involved in engineering, design, analysis, project management, planning and methodologies.
From the Roseland, Cornwall and recently completed study of MEng Ship Science at the University of Southampton, I joined Inyanga Maritime Ltd in April 2019.
Keen watersports enthusiast regularly going windsurfing, sailing and surfing. Previously competed for Great Britain in windsurfing World and European championships.
Recent projects with Inyanga:
- Design and planning of Minesto DG100 launch and recovery system.
- Planning of Minesto DG500 launch and recovery upgrade.
MEng (Hons) Renewable Energy Engineering
My primary role involves engineering analysis and design work using a mix of mathematical modeling, finite element analysis, and data analysis for turbine and Hydrowing design. Currently, developing skills in CAD and Python coding for further development of models with an interest in control engineering.
I started my engineering career in the Royal Navy working in military aviation engineering undertaking a variety of associated tasks in deployments from the North Sea to the Middle East working on rotary wing aircraft. I made my transition upon leaving the military to study Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of Exeter focusing on engineering design, BEMT, and data analysis primarily in tidal energy.
Having lived in Cornwall for the past 13 years, I have picked up surfing as a hobby alongside hiking, camping, sea swimming, powerlifting, and tabletop games.
With a background in Maritime Engineering, I am a design engineer and hydrodynamics analyst.
I have worked on wide variety of projects including wind energy, tide energy, speed sailing, and subsea sensors carrying out design, research and development.
I prefer design using first principles engineering and use a variety of in house design tools. I also have expertise in design for composite and steel structures and use FE where required.
Proudest achievements include working on the Sail rocket design team winning the outright world speed sailing record, design and build of a kite boat racing craft, design and build of tidal energy rotors and solo transatlantic crossing in 38ft Ketch.
Brandon Kenley Verkerk
Senior Electrical Design Engineer
BSc(Eng) (Hons) Electrical and Information Engineering
As Senior Electrical Design Engineer for Hydrowing Ltd., my main focus is on the design and integration of all the power electronic componentry and ancillary systems for delivery of grid compliant power from our tidal turbines, as well as oversight on the development of the various control strategies employed for safe and efficient operation of the turbines under all tidal conditions. I also play a role in providing electrical based support and consultancy towards the various projects and mobilizations our Vessel – the Entsha - is a part of, as well as towards a number of projects serviced by our team within the Inyanga Maritime Ltd. group.
Born and bred in South Africa, I currently hold a BSc(Honours) degree in Electrical and Information Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Prior to my work here at Hyrdowing, I spent time working as an Industrial Internet of Things Systems Engineer, in which I designed and deployed internet connected devices for the continuous, on-line monitoring of Partial Discharge in Medium Voltage Equipment within the mining and manufacturing sector.
In my spare time I enjoy playing Tennis and Squash. I am an avid blockchain enthusiast and have a keen interest in IoT development. I also enjoy focusing time and energy into the research of renewable power generation, as well as integrating High Voltage Engineering with an ever Internet orientated world.
I’m a Project Engineer whose primary focus is the technical and commercial management of offshore design projects. I have a broad range of technical skills such as data and structural analysis, mechanical engineering and electrical design. Project work to date has focused on offshore and subsea design for renewable energy applications such as tidal and wind. I am also involved with the operation and management of the Tocardo OTP array in the southern Netherlands.
Prior to this role I received an MEng in Renewable Energy Engineering at Exeter University, studying on the Penryn campus just up the road. As well as exploring the local area by foot or bicycle, I am a keen squash, tennis and football player.
Engineering design and analysis, project management, planning and methodologies.
I’ve rejoined Inyanga following a Year in Industry (YiI) placement I undertook here in 2019 as part of my master’s in mechanical engineering at Cardiff University.
Having grown up in Cornwall most of my hobbies are watersports based, regularly sailing, windsurfing and rowing. I also love to travel, taking any chance I can to see new places.
Recent projects with Inyanga:
- Planning and installation of Sabella’s D10 tidal turbine.
- Planning and installation of Minesto’s DG100 tidal kite system.
EngD student with the Industrial CDT for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE), a partnership between HydroWing and the Universities of Exeter, Edinburgh and Strathclyde. The IDCORE programme seeks to strengthen collaboration between academia and industry in order to support the green energy transition.
My background is in aeronautical engineering and composite materials. My role at HydroWing is focussed on the performance of the Tocardo rotor blades. I am interested in fluid-structure interaction, exploiting the anisotropic properties of fibre-reinforced polymers in order to improve turbine performance, and design for manufacture and maintenance.
I am happiest when I am outside, and I enjoy making the most of the spectacular nature that the Southwest has been blessed with.
BEng and MSc in Mechanical Engineering
I’m an IDCORE student and graduated in 2020 from Swansea University with a BEng and MSc in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, I gained a variety of industrial experience in the renewable energy sector completing work on policy research and CFD. Over this time, I developed a keen interest in expanding my skills with more experience in the ORE sector and am now starting my 3-year IDCORE project based with HydroWing working on the optimisation of their tidal turbine device and array scale layout using CFD. I am conscientious and ambitious, fluent in Welsh, active, and love hiking and climbing outdoors.
In charge of the day to day running of the office, including all areas of administration, travel, website, and assisting the finance team when needed.
I have over 20 years of experience working in a variety of different companies including Solicitors, Accountants, Architects and Marine Consultants.
I enjoyed travelling in between these jobs and spent 2 years living in New Zealand with my husband.
I love working in a busy environment and we have a great team at Inyanga so this job is perfect.
Outside of the office I enjoy spending time exploring Cornwall with my family, eating out, and BBQ’s in the summer with family and friends.
Admin & Accounts Assistant
Responsible for the day-to-day office and financial administration for Inyanga, including bank reconciliation, posting invoices, purchasing, processing staff pay and expenses, assisting with flight and accommodation bookings for the staff and crew plus general office administration – and ensuring that the office never runs out of coffee!
Previously, I have had an extensive career in IT software implementation & business transformation, both as a Project Manager and Business Analyst for a variety of companies and organisations both in the public and private sectors, including policing, criminal justice, education, manufacturing and retail.
Since taking early retirement and moving down to Cornwall, we have had the great opportunity of embracing the wonderful Cornish way of life and enjoy sailing our boat, kayaking, walking, and eating out at various local bars and restaurants to enjoy the fabulous seafood that Cornwall has to offer.
Recent projects with Inyanga:
- Assisting with the purchasing requirements in preparation for the successful launch of our new vessel the Inyanga Entsha.