Bob MacDonald is the Chief Executive Officer for Wood’s global business unit focused on specialist technical solutions (STS) and a member of the Wood Executive Leadership team.
STS is responsible for the global delivery of services that solve complex technological challenges across the energy and industrial sectors.
Located in more than 60 countries, Wood is one of the world’s largest solution-independent providers of specialist engineering, consultancy and management services. With more than 55 years of engineering history, the company continues to drive innovative techniques and proven methodologies throughout a project’s life cycle; ensuring life-of-field solutions are optimised.
Bob joined Wood in 2003 and has more than 25 years of technology expertise, engineering experience and industry leadership. Bob manages STS’s corporate direction and is responsible for creating and delivering Wood’s digital strategy.
Bob is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IMarEST and holds two Masters Degrees – one in offshore engineering and the other in construction law & arbitration. In addition, he is a council member and Fellow of the Society of Underwater Technology [SUT], and was presented with the SUT Award of Merit in 2011. Bob is on the board of the government led ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ initiative.
Bob is an active mentor – supporting various start-up companies, post-graduate students and mentoring within Wood.
Bob is married with two young sons.
Kate is a Chartered Engineer with extensive experience across Atkins offshore Oil and Gas and Offshore Wind business. Her breadth and depth of experience extends from engineering management and design experience gained as contractor, consultant and operator; bringing together multidiscipline engineering designs and driving to conclusion. Kate’s career commenced in academia then moved offshore into Brownfield Structures and Projects followed by Oil and Gas consultancy before transitioning her experience to offshore wind consultancy including Design Assurance Manager and Deputy Package Manager (Foundations) for EDF’s Blyth Offshore Wind Farm. More recent projects have included secondment into a client to develop O&G Decommissioning Plan (working with EPC contractors & consents and environment teams) as well as supporting life extension and O&M activities on offshore wind farms.
Kate has led and taught on academic – industrial partnerships including University of Aberdeen’s Oil And Gas Structural Engineering MSc www.abdn.ac.uk/ogse
Brian is a Partner and Head of Equity Finance at AAB. He advises clients on delivering equity fundraising projects across a range of sectors.
In line with the AAB Plus Factor, Brian helps clients make money by using his skills, knowledge and expertise to identify the appropriate source of funds for his clients and works closely with them to ensure the right funding structure to achieve successful growth. Brian saves his clients time by project managing the fund-raising process and allowing clients to focus on running their business.
Dr James Dyke DPhil FRSA is a Senior Lecturer in Global Systems and Director of the MSc Global Sustainability Solutions at the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Earth System Dynamics and is a member of the European Geophysical Union. His research, teaching and outreach is motivated by attempting to understand how the Earth system works, how humans interact with it, and what this means for human wellbeing now and potentially far into the future.
Dr Nazmi Sellami is a lecturer at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen in the UK. He received his MSc in Renewable Energy and PhD in solar energy engineering from Heriot-Watt University, UK in 2009 and 2013 respectively. He has 9 years research experience in solar energy technologies and holds one patent on solar technology. Dr Sellami has been awarded with a group of research for “Outstanding Impact award in Sustainable Future” at the University of Exeter. His research interests include the characterisation and design of thermal and photovoltaic solar devices for various types of applications such as building integration and water treatment.
Dr Nazmi Sellami is the founder and director of the MSc Solar Energy Systems at RGU, the first and only course of its kind in the UK focusing on solar energy as a renewable energy in postgraduate study.
Bob Keiller is an entrepreneur and businessman with a passion for inspiring others – he mentors CEOs, coaches entrepreneurs and trains teams from the third sector on change leadership and business storytelling. He works 4 days each week (unpaid) and uses fees from profit-making clients to fund the work he does with others.
Bob is a chartered engineer. He was previously Chairman of the Offshore Contracting Association (OCA) and co-chair of the cross-industry trade body Oil and Gas UK. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering Technology.
Bob is former Chair of Scottish Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Scotland. He was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2008, he was also named Scottish Businessman of the Year in 2007. In 2011 Bob was voted “Scottish Male Business Leader of the Year”. In 2012 he was inducted into the Entrepreneurial Scotland Hall of Fame and in 2017 was awarded a CBE for services to business and entrepreneurship.
Bob was an Asset Manager for Hess, Managing Director of KBR Production Services, CEO of PSN, CEO of Wood Group PSN and CEO of Wood Group.
Bob is married with three children and lives in Aberdeen.
David’s team deliver market and technology assessments and follow on support for key energy and low carbon tech sectors. This work proactively identifies opportunities and threats facing these sectors and assists SE develop its strategic responses to these issues to maximise economic benefits for Scotland. Prior to joining SE I worked for 12 years in business development, strategy and other roles in the power sector in EdF and 4 years for Ian Pope Associates and ITI Energy. I have an MSc and an MBA.
Graduate mechanical and electrical engineer with 34 years in the energy industry with the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board (SSE).
My career included conventional engineering roles through senior project and commercial development positions ,energy trading, and ultimately new technology investment and corporate venturing as the Technology Development Manager of SSE Venture Capital Limited.
Through privatisation, M&A, business separation and innumerable market reforms and energy trading mechanisms, it is fair to say my career can be characterised by the need to adapt to change in technical, economic and political factors.
More recently, the environmental, security and affordability issues faced by the energy sector (the Trilemma) has highlighted the need to encourage the development of more disruptive technologies and new business models to address the need to provide new sustainable energy solutions…hence Dunelm Energy.
Dunelm can provide investment, industry knowledge and a unique network of industry contacts to assist our clients achieve their ambitions in the energy sector.
Alison is Director of Aberdeen Climate Action. She set up ACA, with Erik Dalhuisjen in 2014 to raise awareness of climate change and prompt action on reducing carbon emissions and living sustainably. Alison is a qualified solicitor and legal academic. Having been a lecturer in Law, in the Law School at Robert Gordon University for 12 years, she is currently managing Aberdeen Climate Action full time, alongside being an external examiner for the University of Westminster.
Ahmad Ayub is a Lecturer at the RGU School of Engineering. Previously, he worked as a lecturer at Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands and as a researcher in High Voltage Technologies (HVT) Group at the University of Strathclyde. His areas of research interest include lightning, lightning protection, cable diagnostics, renewable energy (wind and solar).
Prior to joining academia, he was a technician for Intel Technology based in Kulim, Malaysia.
“Stuart is Chief Executive of the EIC, the Energy Industries Council. Prior to joining EIC in 2016, Stuart enjoyed a successful 25-year career leading global O&M businesses in oil & gas, power and renewables, with Rolls-Royce, Wood, Senvion and Hoerbiger. Stuart also has various non-executive director roles including with the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in UK and the Nuclear Innovation & Research Advisory Board.
The EIC is the UK’s largest energy supply chain trade association, a not-for-profit with 650 member companies, across oil & gas, power, nuclear and renewable markets that, for 75 years, has helped companies to grow at home and around the world. Their real passion is helping companies to grow internationally – and their members benefit from EIC’s unique suite of CAPEX & OPEX databases, 130 events p.a., industry & government networks, international launchpad offices and extensive market insight.”
Dr Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki has been an active researcher and is currently a Lecturer in Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom. His research interest is in designing optical concentrator, which can be used in many applications including creating a low cost solar photovoltaic system, illumination, heating and cooling of buildings, energy harvesting, desalination, medical devices, waste water treatment etc. Prior to joining the academia, he was a communication engineer in Malaysia’s largest telecommunication company. Dr Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki is the co-founder of the MSc Solar Energy Systems at RGU, the first and only course of its kind in the UK.
Dr Sheikh Islam is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Team Lead in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering of the Robert Gordon University. Dr Islam gained his PhD from Robert Gordon University through research on computational fluid dynamics modelling of Proton exchange membrane fuel cell. His research interests include PEM fuel cell as an energy storage device, CFD modelling of multi-phase flows, CFD modelling of wind turbine & heat transfer from finned tube banks, Thermosyphon & fluidized bed heat exchanger for industrial application. Dr Islam is involved in applying computational modelling techniques and optimization to solve some of the most challenging and interesting problems related to emerging energy sources such as fuel cell and wind/ tidal turbine.