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Wind Energy - Past, Present and Future, Abergele

  • Lecture
  • Abergele
  • 11 October 2018
  • 18:00 - 20:00
Wind Energy - Past, Present and Future, Abergele

About this event

Four speakers - will talk about renewable energy resources, in particular, wind energy. Some of the subjects covered will be:
  • History of renewables.
  • Evolution of design and construction.
  • Storing energy.
  • Safety factors.
  • Keeping costs down.
  • Challenges faced by the industry.
  • Current and future plans for development.
The speakers are:
  • John Dielhof - Managing Director, Jones Bros
  • Andy King - Director of Energy, SWECO
  • Matthew Gardner - Senior Project Manager, Vestas Celtic Wind Technology Ltd
  • Alex Murley - Head of Development, innogy Renewables UK Ltd

A hot buffet will be served before the lecture, which will start at 6.30.  A Q & A session will follow the lecture.

The President of ICE, Professor Lord Robert Mair, will be attending the lecture.


John Dielhof CEng FICE

Managing Director, Jones Bros

John Dielhof

John has over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has worked on major highway, land remediation, renewable energy, waste management and quarrying projects. Having been the client and contractor he has an excellent understanding of both sides of the business.

He qualified in his native Australia before joining Costain in their joint venture with Tarmac to construct the first immersed tube road tunnel in the UK across the river Conwy in North Wales. He then joined DJ Construction to project manage the construction of the first wind farm in Scotland before joining Conwy County Borough Council as a Principal Engineer.

He joined Jones Bros in 2000 and helped them develop their expertise in waste remediation and handling. He was also instrumental in developing the firm’s niche in the construction of wind farms.

John has achieved significant recent success in winning the ECI contract in partnership with Balfour Beatty for the A487 Caernarfon and Bontnewydd Bypass (Welsh Government £75m) 2015, another joint venture with Balfour Beatty has handed over the final phase of Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy project, which is the largest land based in England and Wales, to the client and Jones Bros have also been included on the highways framework for work on the new Wylfa development on Anglesey.

Andy King Msc Bsc (Hons)

Director of Energy, SWECO

Andy King

Andy leads the UK Energy business. With operational responsibility for 80 multi-disciplinary engineers and consultants working across the Energy Market in Offshore and Onshore Wind, Waste Management and Waste-to-Energy/Biomass, Thermal Generation, District Heating, Gas-to-Grid, Solar, Hydro and Grid Services.

With over 20 years’ experience, Andy assumes full P&L responsibility, and oversees pipeline and bidding activity, developing strategy, business planning, resourcing and recruitment. Acting as Project Sponsor and Director for strategic bids, projects and programmes, he is experienced in forming and leading teams deliver a wide range of projects.

Alex Murley

Head of Development, innogy Renewables UK Ltd

Alex Murley

Alex is the Head of Development for Innogy Renewables UK Ltd’s onshore wind business. He manages a team of ~20 wind developers, across 5 UK offices, charged with expanding and delivering a development pipeline of +700MW.

Alex has been with Innogy/RWE for over 5 years, prior to joining the development team he worked in Strategy+Regulation, and Government affairs. Alex previously worked for the International Energy Agency where he advised developing economy governments on matters of energy policy and market design, RenewableUK Trade {the country’s wind industry association}, and ELEXON [the UK’s Balancing and Settlement Code company). He holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Bath University.

Matthew Gardner

Senior Project Manager, Vestas Celtic Wind Technology Ltd

Matthew Gardner

Matthew joined Vestas in 2007 first as a Project Manager, before becoming Senior Project Manager in 2017.

He worked for Atkins between 2000 and 2007 during which time he gained a NVQ (level 4) in Project Management.

Matthew graduated from Edinburgh University in 1994 with a BEng (Hons) and he became a Chartered Civil Engineer in 2000, a European Ingeniur in 2011 and a practitioner member of Association for Project Management (APM) in 2014.

Matthew has subsequently acquired qualifications in:

  • Safety Awareness Training
  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • CSCS Black & Silver Card – Designer and Project Manager
  • CDM Awareness
  • GWO Working at Heights Climbing course
  • Appointed Persons (Safe Use of Cranes)
  • Construction Projects - Health & Safety Legislation (Ireland)


Event venue

Kinmel Manor Spa Hotel
St George's Road
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Felicity White

e: felicity.white@ice.org.uk