Suffolk County Council

Orbis is owned by Suffolk County Council in recognition of the big opportunities posed for Suffolk by the growing offshore wind industry.

Suffolk County Council supports offshore wind and has ambitions for Suffolk become the greenest county in the UK.

It recognises the economic importance of this industry with many Suffolk jobs, especially in Lowestoft, already depending on it. Current estimates of the value of offshore wind and maintenance locally is £3bn to 2020, and the industry is seen as sustainable for 60 years.

By 2030, offshore wind could secure 2,300 direct operations and maintenance jobs, and 1,500 supply chain jobs.

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OrbisEnergy is managed and operated by Nwes Property Services Ltd, part of the Nwes Group, one of the UK’s largest and most successful enterprise agencies.

Nwes Property Services is a specialist in supporting business growth, acceleration and incubation within 22 centres across the East of England. It provides the infrastructure and conditions for businesses to thrive and works closely with local and national government bodies on economic development.

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Waveney District Council

Waveney District Council is a supporter of the renewables sector recognising the importance of wind energy to the future of its local economy with the employment opportunities and potential of having two of the worlds biggest potential wind farm developments on its doorstep.

As well Lowestoft being the home to the operations and maintenance base for the 140 turbine Greater Gabbard windfarm, its port supports a fleet of helicopters and high-speed offshore catamarans capable of travelling from Waveney Dock to the wind farm in about one hour.

All of these developments have further emphasised the East of England’s role, and in particular Lowestoft, at the forefront of the offshore renewable energy industry.

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Nautilus Associates

Nautilus Associates is specialist consultancy in the low carbon and offshore renewables industry across the UK and Europe.

It provides the industry expertise behind OrbisEnergy, supplying specialist services in the areas of business strategy, innovation and technology commercialisation, supply chain management, cluster development and high growth sector support.

Nautilus has an extensive track record in supporting offshore renewables research and technology development.

Nautilus is a strategic delivery partner for OrbisEnergy and NWES, and having its core team based within OrbisEnergy.

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The Team

Katie Snell

Having worked within the property department for 9 years, I have had the pleasure of working within the majority of the Nwes sites in the Norfolk and Waveney area. For the last 2.5 years I have been based at OrbisEnergy and more recently as Senior Coordinator overlooking the renewable hub and team.

Devon Mills

Devon has joined the team at OrbisEnergy as an Administration Coordinator in November 2014 and more recently a Centre Coordinator in January 2016. Having previously worked within various customer service roles she is pleased to be able to apply her skills and knowledge to her position at OrbisEnergy.

She is keen to build a strong understanding within the Offshore Renewable industry, whilst being able to develop a good mind for business and sales.

Johnathan Reynolds

Johnathan is responsible for all aspects of business and supply chain development for the flagship innovation and incubation centre for offshore renewables in the east of England, OrbisEnergy.

Matthew Holden

Matt’s role is Technical Support Manager, his main duty is leading the European Clusters for Offshore Wind Servicing Project (ECOWindS, on behalf of Nwes. In addition to ECOWindS Matt’s role is provide support for the property team and to carry out specific project work.

John Balch

John is Managing Director of Nautilus, Director of Nwes and Hub Director of OrbisEnergy and Beacon Innovation Centre. He is a mechanical engineer and has broad experience gained over 40 years in the international offshore industry.

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