The HydroWing Team
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 HydroWing Ltd in 2017 with the goal to develop the HydroWing device through to commercialisation by striving to increase the reliability and ease of maintenance compared with devices being developed in the industry. Since devising HydroWing it has gained ever growing momentum with the team growing 10-fold and project interest from around the globe.
Chief Technology Officer
I lead the development and commercialisation of the Tocardo T2Si series of tidal turbines.
My engineering career began developing electrical hardware and cooling systems for aerospace, traction and defense applications. Five years later I joined an amazing team pioneering the use of power electronics to feed locally generated power into the electricity network.
After seven exciting years, I joined Marine Current Turbines; progressing to Engineering Director I played a leading role in the design, build, installation, commissioning and maintenance of SeaGen, the world’s first grid connected tidal turbine…. thirteen exceptionally fulfilling years!
I then started a consultancy business and spent the next five years providing technical and managerial support to many leading emerging technology companies within the renewable energy sector. Technologies included wind, wave, tidal and energy storage.
I’m a keen runner and enjoy the occasional 10k or half marathon race (often followed by a pub lunch). I have battled to achieve a single digit golf handicap…alas, despite my increasingly expensive swing, I’ve been stuck at 16 for many years.
Recent projects with Inyanga:
- Developing Hydrowing’s electrical system
- Leading development of T2Si Turbine
- Operational support of OPT tidal array
Junior Project Engineer
MEng (Hons), MIMarEST
Involved mainly in project management and development of the HydroWing, from grant applications to project feasibility assessments.
Born and raised in the fielded confines of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire I only witnessed the sea on summer holidays in Cornwall. A passion for surfing thrown in with my renewable energy engineering masters at the University of Exeter naturally saw me specialise in Marine renewables and tidal energy.
Having undertaken a summer internship and several projects with HydroWing during my final Masters year I joined the team in May 2019.
Outside the office I enjoy the Friday team pub visits, rock-climbing, football and am a keen skier and snowboarder.
Project Manager & Design Engineer
BSc (Hons) Design Engineering
As project manager I am responsible for the team development of our HydroWing device.
Having worked for over 10 years in offshore design and operations for a leading OEM I gained extensive experience in design, manufacture and utilisation of large offshore tools, equipment and infrastructure. With my background experience and desire to develop new and innovative ideas HydroWing fitted this perfectly and a made the move in November 2018.
Since making the move to HydroWing I have enjoyed exploring Cornwall with my family and have got back into with my hobby of mountain biking.
Naval Architect & Structural Engineer
Responsible for offshore methodology creation and analysis through OrcaFlex as well as performing engineering analysis for HydroWing development.
I initialised my professional life working for leading classification society DNV-GL 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 HydroWing 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 HydroWing in Cornwall has allowed me to get out on the sea much more often. When there is no wind I am a keen runner and cyclist and enjoy getting out and about.
Naval Architect, MEng
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 HydroWing Ltd in April 2019.
Keen water sports enthusiast regularly going windsurfing, sailing and surfing. Previously competed for Great Britain in windsurfing World and European championships.
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.
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.
Knowledge Transfer Partnership
A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) associate with the University of Exeter, my role sees me responsible for microgrid design.
With a passion for learning and clean energy, I have come all the way from Thailand to achieve my Master in Renewable Energy Engineering from the University of Exeter. As a recent graduate, I joined Inyanga to apply what I have learnt in the real world industrial innovation, being the bridge transferring crucial microgrid related knowledge to the company and learning new and fascinating knowledge as I have always enjoyed doing.
In my free time I enjoy photography and having been in the UK for 7 years (4 years in Cornwall) allowing me to capture many beautiful sceneries and enjoy the out of city life. Most of my photos are posted on my photo Facebook page and some was turned into jigsaw puzzles.
HND in Mechanical Engineering
As a Project Design Engineer my main role is undertaking CAD design, taking concepts through detailed design to manufacture and producing detailed manufacturing drawings.
My main field is in mechanical/structural design, having spent the last 10 years working in the marine environment from marine renewables, ship/ vessel new builds and refits to working on the designs of a number of steel fabricated sea transport/ berthing structures and LARS frames for the installation of tidal turbines, along with developing a fast turnaround Cargo Sea-fastening design system.
I have an HND in Mechanical Engineering, I am a highly motivated engineer, very keen on personal development, constantly looking forward to developing new innovative forward-thinking products here at HydroWing. I like to study a ship science / naval architecture program in the future, to further boost my skills.
I moved to Cornwall 12 years ago to surf and have travelled the world doing so, I play the Bass guitar in a classic rock covers band and we play the pubs in and around Cornwall.
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.
I have over 20 years experience working in administration for a variety of different offices, including Solicitors, Accountants, Architects and Marine Consultants.
I have enjoyed travelling in between these jobs and spent 2 years in New Zealand with my husband.
Outside of the office I enjoy going on long walks with my family and small dog, baking and when the sun shines a BBQ is always on agenda with our friends and family.
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.