Our Team

Frank Moloney - Managing Director

Frank has a history of bridging private and public sectors through an understanding of mutual agendas. He has been involved in various business interests This led to him being appointed to the board of the Chamber of Commerce, which he chaired for 3 years during which time the city saw some of its greatest growth in nearly 80 years. The organization at that time saw:

  • Integration of business in the City with government
  • Extending the network of business helped by government agencies.
  • Platforming, facilitating and influencing one of the biggest public/private peacetime city center redevelopments in Europe in the last 100 years.

This was followed by a spell as chair of Cardiff Initiative during which time it achieved some of the most intense coverage achieved up to that point for Cardiff in the London and international media.

Through all this Frank’s main focus has been developing and running a successful optometry and audiology business under the Specsavers banner, taking it from a single location with a handful of employees to a multi site operation, employing over 120 people and turning over in excess of £7million per annum. This organisation has recently been complimented by the re-accreditation of Investors in People Gold award.

He was on the advisory board of XFM which achieved the last commercial radio licence issued in South Wales. He currently supports the Waterloo Foundation and Adoption UK as chosen charities.

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Ross Cavill - Head of IP (CPA, EPA, BSc)

Ross is a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney and former Senior Patent Examiner at the UK Patent Office. He trained as a Mechanical Engineer. That background provides RE with solid analytical and technical support. Ross was employed for 9 years by General Electric Life Sciences Division (now Cytiva) which supplies laboratory equipment and consumables, and so his experience in that field will guide the setting up the innovative ongoing design process. As part of a legal team at GE, Ross supported many new product introductions, and business acquisitions and divestitures, including most recently, the $21 Billion sale of GE’s Life Sciences Division. That experience is invaluable for steering this project.

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Mike Ridgill

With a background in physical oceanography, Mike is working towards a PhD at Bangor University. Past research has been related to sub-surface wave phenomena, modelling coastal trapped waves and identifying the internal seiches present in lakes. His current research is focused towards achieving large-scale resource assessments, relevant to hydrokinetic energy conversion, using remote sensing and big data.

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Dr Alan Kwan - Technical Advisor ( BEng(Hons), PhD, CEng, FICE School of Engineering. Cardiff University )

Alan is a Professor in Structural Mechanics and member of the BRE Institute of Sustainable Engineering in the School of Engineering. He has over a hundred publications in engineering, including a chapter in the SCI Steel Designers’ Manual, with more than 500 citations altogether.

Since 2010, Alan has also been active in the field of “sustainability informatics”, with research grants and publications in this area, although he continues to work in the field of structures with mechanisms (e.g. recent work on structural morphing for aerospace applications), which also led into work on under-water structures and hydro-turbines. Alan has supervised 19 doctoral and 2 MPhil students to completion and has been external examiner/assessor of higher degrees, undergraduate and MSc programmes, both in the UK and overseas.

One of Alan’s KTP projects has led to the development and subsequent commercialisation of a deployable lifting product for Reid Lifting Ltd. This product has led to the double award of the ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2013’, and the ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2013’.

Alan obtained his BEng(Hons) from Sheffield and PhD from Cambridge.

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Dr Matthew Lewis

He is a Research Fellow at Bangor University in physical oceanography, with applications to blue economy industries and coastal flood risk. My research uses computer models to numerically simulate marine processes, including how these processes interact and how they may change in the future. For example, how to downscale climate model information to impact, future changes to hazard in estuaries, or ocean-atmosphere exchange processes (e.g. wave-tide interaction).

He is also a member of the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College and he is also part of the Digital Environment Expert Network and the UKRI ECR network & Researcher Forum.

Matthew have worked with many research partners and hold visiting researcher status through a number of collaborative projects: e.g. UK Met Office, Deltares – Delft, CSIRO Australia, NIWA New Zealand. He is a STEM ambassador and have collaborated with historians (oral history/traditions to inform environmental science), local artists and wild swimming enthusiasts (predicting the movement of water); outreach examples include the CwmniDaTv and BBC 2 “Harnessing the Tide” and school STEM activity.

Associate Editor for Frontiers in Marine Science, and Guest editor in VSI for Elsevier’s Renewable Energy. Reviewer for Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) and IPCC. Session convenor at the EGU conference for 4 years, Chair of PRIMaRE2021 conference.

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Dr Miles Willis - Industry Advisor

Miles is a Chartered Engineer, Prince 2 Practitioner and a member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He has spent most of his 25 year research career in power generation.

He managed or chaired various groups including the marine energy research group at Swansea university, the welsh energy research centre, the low carbon research institute and also the marine energy Pembrokeshire working group (MEP) which has become the primary group of facilitating tidal research in Wales.

He is currently one of the project managers on the construction of the new £450M Swansea University Bay Campus, including The Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI). The emphasis of research in ESRI will include marine energy, nuclear, tidal, advanced water treatment, materials, crisis management and more novel areas such as photovoltaics and nanotechnology.

The building will also house a 30m Wave tank for research, testing and development of products including wave powered electricity generators.

 

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Professor Kevin Haas - Resource Advisor

Kevin is an Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His area of expertise includes tidal stream power resource assessment and detailed site characterisation of potential tidal turbine deployment sites using numerical modelling and boat-based measurement devices.

Kevin has done extensive work for the US Department of Energy. He has led the team which was commissioned to assess and characterize the tidal resource of the entire US coast.

This gives him invaluable international reach in assessing resources.

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Tony Nicol - Technical Advisor

Tony Nicol is the Managing Director of Meritor HVBS in Cwmbran, the multi-national company’s global centre of excellence for Air Disc Braking systems. He is currently leading the complete regeneration of the Cwmbran site and the European Brake business model. Included in Tony’s 25 year history of global manufacturing experience are diverse roles, most recently as General Manager for Meritor’s Manufacturing Operations in Europe.

Prior to joining Meritor, Tony was an entrepreneur and President of a mid-size Canadian company specializing in manufacturing of automotive and commercial vehicle components. Tony, a Canadian national, has recently re-located with his family to southeast Wales from Stockholm, Sweden.

Additional Interests:

Tony is the Board Vice Chairman of Turkish manufacturing company, Ege Fren as well as Angel Investor and member of the advisory board of Perpetual V2G Systems, a welsh renewable and clean technology company. He is also a current member of the Governance Board of Coleg Gwent, the largest education college in Wales.
Tony is currently working closely with local and national government to improve the provision of technical skills training in the Eastern Valley.

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Luis Priegue Molinos - PhD Student

Luis Priegue Molinos is currently a postgraduate research student in Cardiff University’s School of Engineering. Luis obtained his Master in Civil Engineering degree from the University of A Coruna, Spain. In 2011 he began his engineering career as a coastal engineer in the Hydraulic Research department at A Coruna University, where he carried out investigations and managed projects related to maritime and offshore structures. In 2013 Luis joined the Hydro-environmental Research Centre at Cardiff University to research the hydrodynamics and performance of vertical axis tidal turbines in highly-turbulent blocked and unblocked environments.

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Professor Roger Falconer - Environmental Advisor

Roger is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and President of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR).

Roger has 20+ years of experience in the tidal energy sector and has been advising all tidal range energy projects in Wales.

Roger is the Venezuelan and Malaysian government advisor on flooding.

He is one of the primary and most passionate scientific advisors on the Severn Barrage as one the most significant sustainable power contribution to the UK economy

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Peter Bromley - Technical Advisor

Peter is a competitive and experienced Chartered Marine Engineer with a background in System Design and commissioning in Marine Renewables and Defence. Experienced in technology development for surface and subsea applications, site development and continued professional development in Underwater Acoustics and Sonar Systems. Over 18 years’ experience in the maritime engineering industry.

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Rob Grimmond - Offshore Marine Management

Rob is an ex-Marine in the Australian military working in the area of communications for 7 years. He subsequently worked in hospitality and banking in Australia moving to the UK in 2000 he worked on the operational side of an off shore cabling project.

In 2003 he set up his own Off Shore Marine Management business which he is still the Managing Director and sole share holder of.

OMM serves the full offshore project life cycle and delivered £41million turnover in 2011.

Rob has developed Floating Cable Tanks Ltd (ct) which was born from an idea to improve the offshore industry’s conduit storage and transport solutions. It also helps to achieve the expectation of price reduction in the cable transport and storage markets. He has worked a strategic level with both Renewable UK and EWEA offshore delivery groups.

His current business interests operate in the UK Middle East and South American Markets which provides an excellent network to further expand his interests.

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