A leading figure among offshore wind developers and operators is to join 3sun Group as its Chief Operating Officer.
Stephen Rose, head of wind operations for SSE for the last three years and a Director of G+, the global offshore wind health and safety organisation, will join the company in June to drive its further growth as a major services supplier to the UK and international wind sector.
His appointment comes as the Great Yarmouth-based company, which employs more than 300 people, enters a new chapter in a maturing offshore wind market with huge potential to widen its portfolio of services at home and abroad.
3sun Group CEO Graham Hacon said: “Steve has a vast amount of renewables operational experience and expertise both offshore and onshore and is hugely respected across the industry. His roles with developers and operators means he brings a new perspective to the business.
“Steve will be key to supporting us refine our product and service offers while looking for new opportunities. This is an exciting appointment for 3sun Group as we move forward preparing for even busier times.
Mr Rose’s contacts and networks were “hugely impressive, along with his standing in an industry that he has contributed hugely to in terms of its growth and development,” he said.
“Steve is renowned for his inspirational leadership, proactive management style and shaping and leading motivated teams that deliver outstanding service to clients and stakeholders. 3sun Group people across the company are excited to have him on board.”
As well as the company’s extensive offshore wind operations, Mr Rose will head operations for 3sun Group’s oil & gas division RRC Controls near Aberdeen and its new bigger Denmark base in Esbjerg.
3sun Group currently employers 5% of all people working in offshore wind in the UK and has helped construct, maintain or inspected more than 70% of the UK’s offshore wind turbines.
Mr Rose joins the Great Yarmouth-based company board three months after the appointment of wind industry veteran and chair of RenewableUK Julian Brown to the board to help shape its further growth.
He said; “I have watched 3sun Group grow under Graham Hacon since its first steps into wind from oil & gas and I’m proud to have helped them take those first steps.
“My current responsibility with SSE is for more than 1000 turbines across 45 sites in the UK and Ireland, both onshore and offshore, so I look forward to leveraging some of my knowledge to further help 3Sun grow and be a success, whilst, at the same time, ensuring that the team is well motivated and happy with a secure future as well as supporting 3Sun’s customer growth through safe and cost-effective project execution.”
Mr Rose joined the wind industry since 2004 when he helped commission and mobilise the Arklow offshore project for GE in Ireland.
Previously, he worked in gas-fired and biomass generation and electricity distribution with has an electrical engineering background.
He joined the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind team in 2008 and has led SSE’s Wind Operations since 2015.
3sun Group has grown its business to 85% renewables from 50% renewables, 50% oil & gas two years ago, offering clients creative solutions and cost reductions across its scope including pre-assembly, installation, inspection and operations and maintenance services.
Currently, it has more than 200 technicians and engineers on sites around the UK and Europe.
Its engineers have installed more than 4,300 turbines, completing 281 in 2017 and currently carry out Statutory Inspection Services as part of its UKAS 17020 Part C accreditation on more than 75% of the UK’s offshore wind farms.
Stephen Rose is to join 3sun Group as Chief Operating Officer to drive its further growth.
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