Key Contacts

Nigel Tate

CEO

Nigel has been with TNEI since it’s inception and has been a constant member of the management team which has seen TNEI transform from a fledgling...

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Nigel Tate

CEO

Nigel has been with TNEI since it’s inception and has been a constant member of the management team which has seen TNEI transform from a fledgling renewables operation in the north east of England to the multi-site, thriving and diverse specialist consultancy that it is today. He is delighted to be leading such a talented team of specialists and experts in their fields. 

Nilanga Jayawarna

Resources & Operations Director

Nilanga is the Resources and Operations Director of TNEI Services Ltd. She is an Electrical Engineer who is based in our Manchester office and has...

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Nilanga Jayawarna

Resources & Operations Director

Nilanga is the Resources and Operations Director of TNEI Services Ltd. She is an Electrical Engineer who is based in our Manchester office and has a broad range of experience in people and project management, power system studies and grid code compliance. Nilanga gained her BSc (Hons) in Engineering from University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka and her PhD from University of Manchester.

She worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at University of Manchester for four years before joining TNEI. She joined TNEI in 2009 as a Technical Consultant and took the Operations Manager role in 2014 leading to being appointed as the Operations Director in 2016.

She enjoys the daily operational challenges of leading a team of 50+ consultants whilst still being involved in the varied technically challenging projects as a project director. Nilanga has 17 years of experience in the power industry including the time she spent on her PhD on Microgrids. At TNEI she has been predominantly working on onshore renewable projects.

Dieter Gütschow

Director of Client Strategy & Policy and Director of TNEI Africa

Dieter joined TNEI in 2018 and has more than 20 years of electrical engineering-, international project management- and consulting experience in...

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Dieter Gütschow

Director of Client Strategy & Policy and Director of TNEI Africa

Dieter joined TNEI in 2018 and has more than 20 years of electrical engineering-, international project management- and consulting experience in various areas of the electrical industry.  He is passionate about making energy systems smarter and cleaner. 

He has led several technical and management assignments in Africa and Europe including the development of operational strategies, policies and standards, network planning and substation design, telecommunications and SCADA systems, smart grid innovation projects, techno-economic feasibility modelling and due diligence studies. 

Recently Dieter worked as a project and programme manager overseeing the design, engineering and construction of 400kV to 33kV electrical balance-of-plant for wind farms.   He has also led TNEI’s contribution on the Distributed ReStart project - a UK innovation project exploring the use of Distributed Energy Resources for black.  

Dieter is the main contact for companies looking to discuss collaboration on large projects and strategic partnerships.

Jason McGray

Corporate Development Director

Jason has 11 years’ experience in the environmental consultancy sector working on Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Safeguarding and...

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Jason McGray

Corporate Development Director

Jason has 11 years’ experience in the environmental consultancy sector working on Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Safeguarding and Environmental Due Diligence projects for energy related developments of varying scales.

Jason has extensive experience of coordinating Environmental Impact Assessments, technical review of a range of environmental assessments, production and review of Environmental Statements and consenting documents and undertaking a range of topic specific assessments. 

Mustafa Kayikci

Director of Connections

Director of Connections, Mustafa has been with TNEI since 2007 and specialises in the modelling of power system equipment and network analysis. He...

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Mustafa Kayikci

Director of Connections

Director of Connections, Mustafa has been with TNEI since 2007 and specialises in the modelling of power system equipment and network analysis. He has experience in load flow, fault level, harmonic analysis, traction networks, dynamic models, and the transient behaviour of transmission and distribution systems.

Mustafa is the main contact for power systems design and studies, engineering design, offshore renewables, protection studies and power generation services.

Stephanie Hay

Director of Networks & Innovation and Director of TNEI Ireland

Stephanie is Director of the Networks & Innovation Team at TNEI.  She is a Chartered electrical engineer with 13 + years of experience in the...

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Stephanie Hay

Director of Networks & Innovation and Director of TNEI Ireland

Stephanie is Director of the Networks & Innovation Team at TNEI.  She is a Chartered electrical engineer with 13 + years of experience in the power industry, including a 4-year PhD on active network management and control of distribution networks and 8 years as a power system consultant.

Her experience spans power system planning, design and operation, with expertise in modelling and performing system studies.

In her 6 years at TNEI, Stephanie has been supporting clients through the energy transition, providing technical and market advice on emerging technologies and delivering concept, innovation and strategy projects for utilities and other industry organisations.

She recently delivered the “Black Start from Non-Traditional Generation Technologies” NIA project to National Grid ESO, and is actively involved in the Distributed ReStart NIC project, where TNEI is a project partner.  Stephanie drives the development of the work of the N&I team, such that TNEI are well-placed to support the ambitions of the energy industry.

She is the main contact for companies wishing to discuss innovation, strategy, regulation, network design and modelling solutions.

James Mackay

James Mackay

Director of Environment & Engineering

James is the Director of the Environment & Engineering team, which provides a range of services including EIA, planning, noise assessments,...

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James Mackay

Director of Environment & Engineering

James is the Director of the Environment & Engineering team, which provides a range of services including EIA, planning, noise assessments, GIS / CAD mapping, shadow flicker assessments, civil engineering, geotechnical assessments, and soil resistivity measurements.

Since joining TNEI in 2006 James has worked on over 4.5 GW of onshore renewable energy projects. Project support includes initial site finding and feasibility assessment, planning applications / EIAs, appeals (where required) along with post consent services including due diligence, compliance monitoring and complaints investigations. James has developed a particularly detailed knowledge of wind farm noise assessments and in 2013/2014 was involved in the drafting of Good Practice Guidance for wind farm noise assessment for the Institute of Acoustics (IOA GPG).

Our team of specialists support a variety of clients including project developers, operators, Local Authorities and Government departments. We work on projects in the renewable energy, transmission and distribution, oil and gas, transportation, residential and industrial sectors.

James is the main contact for EIA, planning, noise assessments, GIS / CAD mapping, shadow flicker assessments, civil engineering, geotechnical assessment and expert witness services.

Johan Smith

TNEI Africa Lead

Johan Smith is a senior consultant with over 10 years of experience in power systems analysis. His experience includes transmission and...

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Johan Smith

TNEI Africa Lead

Johan Smith is a senior consultant with over 10 years of experience in power systems analysis. His experience includes transmission and distribution system modelling, network planning and feasibility of integrating power plants into electrical grids, HVAC/HVDC interconnections and grid code compliance. During his career Johan has developed system models for electrical power networks both in Africa and internationally.
 
Since 2012, he has been performing steady state and dynamic grid integration and compliance studies for independent power producer renewable energy projects. His experience includes interconnected systems as well as mini grids and the influence of Variable Renewable technologies. He holds a M.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and is professionally registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa. Johan is the main contact for companies looking to discuss projects or strategic partnerships in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

Nathaniel Cowton

Principal Consultant and Director of TNEI Ireland

Nathaniel is a commercially aware engineer and project manager, with experience of HVDC schemes at all stages of the project lifecycle. He works...

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Nathaniel Cowton

Principal Consultant and Director of TNEI Ireland

Nathaniel is a commercially aware engineer and project manager, with experience of HVDC schemes at all stages of the project lifecycle. He works well within multi-disciplinary teams, including interfacing with planners, EIA coordinators, lawyers, procurement specialists and land agents.

Nathaniel takes an active interest in energy regulatory and policy matters and has acted as a Senior Policy Advisor to the National Infrastructure Commission.

Dearbhla OBrien

Dearbhla O’Brien

Country Manager and Director of TNEI Ireland

Dearbhla is Country Manager and Director of TNEI Ireland. She has over 13 years experience within the energy industry in Ireland.

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Dearbhla O’Brien

Country Manager and Director of TNEI Ireland

Dearbhla is Country Manager and Director of TNEI Ireland. She has over 13 years experience within the energy industry in Ireland.

Her experience spans power system planning and operation, with expertise in network modelling and power system analysis. Dearbhla has worked in a diversity of roles, both technical and commercial, leading numerous detailed technical and economic analysis of some of Ireland’s largest infrastructure developments. She has also worked on developing connection policies and methodologies as well as identifying and assessing connection method options for generator and demand applications. 

She has significant experience managing and supporting connecting parties, from the project concept stage, through the connection process and continued to support them post-energisation. Dearbhla has considerable experience managing client issues, some sensitive and complex, relating to connection methods, contracts and commercial concerns, deliverability as well as Grid Code compliance and outage management.

Meet the Team

Jim Singleton

Environment & Engineering Team Manager

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Jim Singleton

Environment & Engineering Team Manager

Jim is the Environment & Engineering Team Manager and carries out environmental noise propagation modelling, assessment and reporting for a wide range of sectors, with particular expertise in industrial, commercial and energy projects.

He leads projects for IPPC permitting, planning applications, conditions discharge, EIA, and noise control and management. He is also experienced in noise and vibration monitoring (including blasting), construction and decommissioning work, occupational noise assessments and architectural acoustics.

Laura Brown

Networks & Innovation Team Manager

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Laura Brown

Networks & Innovation Team Manager

Laura is a Chartered engineer with 26 years of experience in the industry and academia with 6 years as a renewable energy systems consultant at Narec (now the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult) and 5 years as Technical Programme Manager for the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration. Her expertise is within energy system policy, planning, renewable energy systems design and future energy systems including integrated networks. Laura is investigating the role of hydrogen within the energy and transport sectors and sits on the ENA Gas Goes Green Advisory Board and the Northern Gas Networks Customer Engagement Group.

Gary Preston

Gary Preston

Connections Team Manager

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Gary Preston

Connections Team Manager

Dr Gary Preston is a Power Systems Engineer with extensive experience in power system modelling and analysis. Gary specialises in the area of electromagnetic transients and has carried out numerous fault, switching, and lightning studies using EMTP-ATP and PSCAD software to investigate fast and very fast transient phenomena. Gary has managed a wide range of technical projects, ranging from detailed power systems studies to innovation projects. He produces excellent reports and ensures that deliverables are produced on time, within budget, and to the highest standards in terms of quality.

Stephen Dixon

Specialist Consultant & Offshore Renewables Lead

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Stephen Dixon

Specialist Consultant & Offshore Renewables Lead

Steve leads the Offshore Renewables work at TNEI and has exceptional experience in large projects and offshore wind.

He a Chartered Electrical Engineer with over 25 years experience in the design, installation and commissioning of projects within the power industry and has a broad range of experience in power systems studies, grid code compliance, technical strategy and project management for the power sector, including offshore transmission and offshore wind. 

Jeff Kelliher

Jeff Kelliher

Specialist Consultant

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Jeff Kelliher

Specialist Consultant

Jeff has 21+ years’ experience as a Senior Network Planning Specialist at EirGrid and with his extensive knowledge of the all-island transmission system, has led some of EirGrid’s biggest challenges.

Most recently he was responsible for carrying out the grid analysis and project identification that underpins the Shaping our Electricity Future publications – designing a new analysis framework based on automation. Previously he developed the approach for the Tomorrow’s Energy Scenarios System Needs Assessment publications.

Jeff has been at the forefront of influencing how EirGrid develops the power system. Authoring and navigating governance requirements for numerous EirGrid transmission investment policies - including overhead lines, underground cables, substations (earth grid, transformer, busbar configuration) and economic appraisal. The most recent EirGrid planning (TSSPS) and operations (OSS) standards publications resulted from review work led by Jeff.

Yun Tiam Tan

Specialist Consultant & Onshore Renewables Lead

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Yun Tiam Tan

Specialist Consultant & Onshore Renewables Lead

Tan has over 15 years professional experience in both power system consultancy and software development.

He is experienced in power system analysis including load flow, fault level, power quality, harmonic and dynamic studies for various onshore renewable generations.

He is also expertise in undertaking other specialised studies such as wind farm constraint analysis, generation planning and distribution pricing. He is also involved in developing custom software to perform more complex studies e.g. planning tools for DNOs), wind farm annual curtailment and generation incremental transfer capability studies.  

Xuecheng Zhang

Specialist Consultant

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Xuecheng Zhang

Specialist Consultant

Xuecheng is is a power system specialist with over 30 years experience in power systems computation and analysis including bulk power systems modelling and simulations, power system steady state and dynamic analysis, power system security and stability assessment, network planning and strategy development, planning and security of supply standards and grid code compliance.

He has published several papers for IEEE transactions and conference, and has been involved as a regular reviewer in reviewing papers for IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution Journal. 

Muhammad Ali

Principal Consultant

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Muhammad Ali

Principal Consultant

Muhammad is a power system engineer with over nine years of experience. He has been involved with power system studies including load flow, fault level, P28 power quality (transformer inrush, flicker, voltage step change), harmonics, fault-ride through, dynamic reactive power and voltage control, load rejection and frequency control studies for a number of onshore and offshore wind farms.

His varied professional experience includes performing electrical studies on industrial and renewable projects, and calculating network use charges for distribution companies.

Joanne Plant

Joanne Plant

Principal Consultant

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Joanne Plant

Principal Consultant

Jo brings 20 years of consultancy experience and is responsible for providing planning support and advice to clients and driving the growth of the company’s environmental and consenting services.

She is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute with considerable planning and environmental experience gained primarily within the private sector.

Jo is involved in all aspects of planning consultancy including: site finding and initial feasibility studies; pre-application consultation with planning officers, statutory consultees and the wider public; EIA co-ordination and preparation of robust supporting documents such as Planning Statements and Pre Application Consultation Reports; advising on developer contributions and the content of legal agreements; and, purification of planning conditions. She also has experience of undertaking due diligence work for both developers and lenders.

Gordon McFadzean

Principal Consultant

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Gordon McFadzean

Principal Consultant

Gordon leads the delivery of projects relating to electricity strategy and regulation. He has a good technical overview of the network planning and system operation challenges facing the energy industry, particularly in GB and Ireland, and regularly advises generation clients on strategies for getting connected to the grid.

He has a strong technical background in power systems analysis and power systems modelling and a good understanding of wholesale energy markets, ancillary service markets and network regulation, with a particular focus on use of system charging.

Kenneth Conway

Kenneth Conway

Principal Consultant

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Kenneth Conway

Principal Consultant

Kenneth works across TNEI’s practices in the UK and Ireland. He has over 6 years’ experience within the energy industry, including the completion of over 150 shifts as a Grid Control Engineer in EirGrid’s National Electricity Control Centre. Kenneth has extensive power system analysis knowledge developed through his time as an outage planner in EirGrid and also through his work in the National Control Centre. He has a proven track record in the delivery of complex strategic projects, which includes leading the delivery of the System Operations aspects of the Shaping Our Electricity Future consultation in EirGrid. Kenneth has also got detailed project management experience from his time with PwC, including successfully managing the setup of a new central monitoring solution for a large energy client with a budget in excess of €1.5m.

Andrew Oliver

Principal Consultant

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Andrew Oliver

Principal Consultant

Dr Andrew Oliver’s core skills are in power systems analysis and developing tools to perform complex studies using Python, with over 10 years of experience.

He has more than ten years of experience including load flow, fault level, harmonics, filter design, reactive power, transient analysis and network planning studies amongst others. Since joining TNEI in early 2009 Andrew has been involved in varied projects including studies for wind farms (on and offshore), PV connections and for transmission and distribution network operators.

Etienne du Preez

Principal Consultant

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Etienne du Preez

Principal Consultant

Etienne is a Principal Consultant employed by TNEI Africa since 2017 and is based in the Cape Town office in South Africa.

Etienne has a BEng (electrical and Electronic) degree from the University of Stellenbosch and has 10 years working experience in the power generation industry.

Etienne previously worked for the South African utility, Eskom for 5 years and AECOM one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering firms for 3 years. 

Diptargha Chakravorty

Principal Consultant

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Diptargha Chakravorty

Principal Consultant

Diptargha specialises in modelling and analysis of transmission and distribution networks. His core expertise includes power system stability analysis, grid integration of renewable energy and dynamic demand response.

He has a strong academic background coupled with good understanding of new concepts in power networks e.g. microgrids, active network management, dynamic frequency support, point-of-load voltage control. 

Gemma Clark

Principal Consultant

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Gemma Clark

Principal Consultant

Gemma has over 14 years’ experience working in the Environmental Consultancy Sector. Since joining TNEI in 2007, Gemma has primarily worked on wind farm noise projects.

She has been involved with all stages of development for initial feasibility assessments, base-line surveys, impact assessments through to assisting with collating information for Appeals and compliance monitoring.  

Zoe Lincoln

Senior Consultant

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Zoe Lincoln

Senior Consultant

Zoë has a utilities background in generation and distribution, totalling 12 years. Zoë is able to draw on plant operations and asset management experience, as well as network planning, power systems analysis and generation integration.

With a passion for renewable energy and a post graduate qualification in sustainable energy systems, Zoë has been closely involved in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme and has experience in strategic and optimal grid integration of renewable generation at all voltage levels. 

Gruffudd Edwards

Senior Data Scientist

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Gruffudd Edwards

Senior Data Scientist

Gruffudd is a data scientist with considerable experience in mining, analysing, interpreting, predicting and visualising data. His academic background spans statistics, electrical engineering and physics, and his research has often bridged these disciplines.

This includes a PhD on the development of advanced time series models to reproduce the dynamics of wind resource availability on multiple spatial and temporal scales. He has strong expertise in stochastic power system modelling and the application of operational research methods to power system problems.

Vijay Krishna

Senior Consultant

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Vijay Krishna

Senior Consultant

Vijay is a senior consultant with over 10 years’ experience in the power sector. His experience includes network compliance studies, industrial studies and project management.

At TNEI Vijay has managed a vast number of renewable & conventional generations, Oil & Gas, STOR & battery storage sites and metro station projects.

His professional experience includes various power systems analysis studies- load flow, short circuit, transient stability, protection coordination, harmonics, arc flash studies.

Gordon Watson

Senior Consultant

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Gordon Watson

Senior Consultant

Gordon has eight years’ experience working in the fields of power systems, power electronics, and renewables. 

Gordons’ work at TNEI is primarily focused on the design and grid integration of innovative network projects such as; electrical vehicles, battery storage, and marine renewables. 

Since achieving his PhD Gordon has worked in renewables and innovation; specialising in the power systems and conversion technology of solar farms, wind farms, offshore wind farms, as well as battery storage, hydro, tidal, and wave projects.

Rashid Shaikh

Senior Consultant

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Rashid Shaikh

Senior Consultant

Rashid is an electrical engineer with over 16 years professional experience in working in the field of power systems both in the UK and Internationally.

He has been involved with power system studies including load flow, fault level analysis, harmonic studies, P28 and reactive power capability studies for a number of wind farms and solar parks. He also has experience of carrying out fault-ride through and dynamic reactive power and voltage control studies for a number of onshore and offshore wind farms using DigSilent and PSSe.

Alex Ikonic

Senior Consultant and Grid Connections Lead

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Alex Ikonic

Senior Consultant and Grid Connections Lead

Alex is involved in grid connections projects, regularly advising developers on grid connection strategies, and project construction timescales and costs for both distribution and transmission connections. 

She has worked on a number of capacity searches across DNO areas, covering different technologies and connection capacities. She often liaises with DNOs and NGET to help progress projects and has helped clients with connection applications.

Her focus has primarily been on onshore wind but she has worked on solar, battery storage, marine energy and EV projects.

Jean Louis Rasolonjanahary

Senior Consultant

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Jean Louis Rasolonjanahary

Senior Consultant

Jean-Louis has a broad range of experience in power systems studies including grid code compliance, insulation coordination and transient recovery voltage study.

Prior to joining TNEI, he spent more than twenty years professional experience in Electrical engineering including with ALSTOM, AREVA T&D and ALSTOM Grid where he held the position of Principal Research Technologist and gained the title Senior Expert in Power System and Electrical Machines. 

Gorby George

Senior Consultant and IPSA Lead

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Gorby George

Senior Consultant and IPSA Lead

Gorby has over four years of experience working closely with Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) across the UK on many innovation & Business-As-Usual (BAU) projects.

He has a diversified skillset which in-cludes experience and expertise in project management, power systems studies and analysis and scripting in multiple coding languages.

David Padayachee

Senior Consultant

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David Padayachee

Senior Consultant

David has 10 years experience within the energy sector from having worked for an energy organisation both in Southern Africa and in the United Kingdom.

His unique experiences in engineering design, installation and commissioning of projects, have afforded him the opportunity to enable practicable, technical and innovative solutions within the electrical distribution and power engineering discipline. 

Jason Baldwin

Senior Consultant

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Jason Baldwin

Senior Consultant

Jason works on noise related assessments for renewable energy developments. Since joining TNEI in 2013, he has primarily worked on wind farm noise projects (specifically site assessment, layout design, and noise and shadow flicker assessments), and his role involves the development of noise models, and the analysis of operational turbine data during compliance exercises (to understand better the conditions in which noise is an issue).

Chris Corney

Chris Corney

Senior Consultant

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Chris Corney

Senior Consultant

Chris is a Chartered Engineer, with 40 years experience in the electrical power industry, initially for 10 years with a large generator manufacturer, then including design of power station electrical distribution systems. He has particular experience in the design and setting calculation for power station and industrial protection systems and providing support for site commissioning teams. He is also experienced in the design of underground earthing systems for substations and other electrical installations using CDEGS software.

Derek Fyvie

Senior Consultant

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Derek Fyvie

Senior Consultant

Derek has over 4 years of technical experience primarily within the Transmission and Distribution sectors, but encompassing other industries such as water and oil and gas (O&G). Derek has specialist experience in the design and specification of HV substations. He has also worked on innovative projects developing novel solutions for the electrification and connection of O&G platforms to mainland utilising his knowledge of HVAC and HVDC transmission techniques. He has also contributed his expertise to a number of successful NIA and NIC projects. Derek specialises in advisory and regulatory projects, including reviews for RIIO-T2 and audits into low performance on behalf of Ofgem, as well as DNO business plan support for RIIO-ED2.

Rieghard Vermaak

Rieghard Vermaak

Senior Consultant

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Rieghard Vermaak

Senior Consultant

Rieghard is an electrical engineer with 10 years’ experience in the electrical utility and renewable energy consulting industry. He spent 7.5 years working for the South African utility, Eskom Distribution’s Operations and Maintenance department where he fulfilled various engineering and management roles. He was involved in initiating and implementing various maintenance and network improvement projects, network analysis, fault investigations, technical audits, compliance management and establishing and managing maintenance contracts. Rieghard also has more than 2 years’ experience performing and overseeing multidisciplinary owner’s engineering, technical due diligence and design services for renewable energy clients, including developers, investors and EPC Contractors across Sub-Saharan Africa and Australia. Rieghard is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and holds B.Eng and PhD(Eng) degrees in Electrical Engineering and an Electrical Engineer’s Government Certificate of Competency (Factories).

Mark Friese

Technical Consultant

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Mark Friese

Technical Consultant

Mark has a proven track record of Network Modelling and since joining TNEI has become proficient at using DIgSILENT PowerFactory.

In addition to Mark’s power system modelling experience he has also been involved in a wide variety of innovation projects.

His most recent projects have allowed him to research area’s such as Blackstart via distributed energy resources (DER); the impact of high penetration renewable energy integration onto the electricity network and the use of non-synchronous renewable generation for ancillary services.

Sarah Sheehy

Sarah Sheehy

Technical Consultant

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Sarah Sheehy

Technical Consultant

Sarah is primarily focused on the statistical modelling and analysis of power systems. Her academic background includes engineering, statistics and operational research, and her research has combined elements of each discipline to investigate a variety of power and energy systems problems.

Sarah has also spent time working in policy, undertaking a secondment to the Cabinet Office to work on academic collaborations with policy makers for data science projects within government.

Max McFarlane

Technical Consultant

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Max McFarlane

Technical Consultant

Max is primarily focused on mathematical modelling and data analysis. Max has developed a wide range of subsequent skills to contextualise and convey the impact of the subject under analysis through various mediums.

This is enveloped by his experience in full-stack development, providing a foundation to design and launch interactive and intuitive means of data visualisation. 

Kevin Dowling

Technical Consultant

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Kevin Dowling

Technical Consultant

Kevin has been involved in network planning projects through secondment with Scottish Power Distribution as well as a number of business plan assurance work with a transmission operator.

His key experience includes fault level and load flow analysis of connecting generators, fault level studies of distribution networks, distribution network modelling using DigSilent and business plan assurance. 

Ewan Watson

Technical Consultant

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Ewan Watson

Technical Consultant

Ewan joined TNEI in August 2016. Since graduating from his academic studies and joining TNEI, Ewan has specialised in Environmental Acoustics work but has also drawn on a range of environmental and engineering experiences including environmental impact assessments, site finding and feasibility assessments and GIS mapping.

Ewan has worked on projects in sectors including onshore wind, offshore wind, oil & gas, residential, port services, conventional energy and low carbon transport.   

Anrich Steyn

Technical Consultant

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Anrich Steyn

Technical Consultant

Anrich is an electrical engineer specialising in the field of power systems. He holds a Bachelor’s (BEng) degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and a Master’s (MEng) degree (Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering. He is registered as a PrEng Candidate with ECSA and is also a SAIEE member.

His knowledge areas span the fields of power generation, transmission and distribution, with a specialised focus in the renewable energy domain. Anrich pursued his Master’s degree in alignment with his passion for renewables and the grid integration thereof. His work has led to the publication of multiple conference papers. He has previous working experience as a consultant and has served multiple South African municipal power utilities as clients. He is proud to be joined with the team of power systems experts at TNEI in providing specialist energy consulting services to the international renewable and conventional energy sectors.

Hugh Mulholland

Hugh Mulholland

Technical Consultant

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Hugh Mulholland

Technical Consultant

Hugh is a Technical Consultant having joined TNEI in March 2021 and provides technical advice to clients on energy related projects. Hugh holds a MEng in Civil & Transportation Engineering. Prior to joining TNEI, Hugh gained experience in the Construction & Civil Engineering sectors. Over Hugh’s 10 years in the Construction & Civil Engineering industries he has gained substantial site-based experience in construction management, project coordination, health & safety management, quality control and commercial management. Hugh has worked on some big projects over Scotland and Northern England, including as a construction site manager on a 22.5MW onshore wind farm and as a package engineer on the conversion of a coal fired power station to biomass.

Jack Reay

Technical Consultant

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Jack Reay

Technical Consultant

Jack has experience in GIS and CAD, producing figures and plans for a range of projects for submission as part of planning applications, including onshore wind, offshore wind, gas peaking plants, battery storage, solar and electric vehicle charging.

He has conducted a number of site finding and feasibility assessments, as well as inputting into Environmental Impact Assessments

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Obinna Unigwe

Technical Consultant

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Obinna Unigwe

Technical Consultant

Obinna is involved in various power system studies including load flow, short circuit, P28 power quality (transformer inrush, voltage step change, flicker) reactive capability, network capability assessment, wind farm constraint analysis and calculating network use charges for distribution companies.

He also has expertise in scripting in multiple languages for automation of power system studies, and therefore is involved in developing and adapting software tools for more complex power system studies. Obinna holds a PhD in Power Systems Engineering.

Mohamed Galeela

Technical Consultant

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Mohamed Galeela

Technical Consultant

Dr Mohamed Galeela is a Technical Consultant within the Networks & Innovation Team and has a 5 years of experience in electric power system research with main interest in reliability and resilience analysis of renewable rich power systems. Mohamed has a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester. The focus of his PhD was on advancing the current modelling of smart grid technologies from demand response (DR), OHL flexible ratings and Battery energy storage systems (BESS) to improve their impact on transmission network reliability.

Calum Brook

Calum Brook

Graduate Consultant

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Calum Brook

Graduate Consultant

Colum Breslin

Gradaute Consultant

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Colum Breslin

Gradaute Consultant

Colum is a graduate technical consultant for TNEI Ireland with 1 years experience working on noise related assessments. Colum holds a Bachelors of Science in Geographical Planning & Environmental Policy and a Masters in Environmental Engineering.

For a given project, Colum will become involved during feasibility assessments, baseline surveys, impact assessments, in addition to compliance and complaints investigations. Since joining TNEI, Colum has primarily worked on wind farm noise projects (specifically site assessment, layout design, and noise and shadow flicker assessments), and his role involves the development of noise models, and the analysis of operational turbine data during compliance exercises. The purpose of this is to better understand the conditions in which noise is an issue.

Luke Hart

Luke Hart

Software Engineer

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Luke Hart

Software Engineer

Luke is a software engineer focussing on the development, testing and deployment of our IPSA package. He has experience writing code in a wide variety of languages, primarily focussed on C++, Python and Fortran. He also has experience in academic writing software such as LaTeX and other scripting software such as Mathematica.

Luke attained his PhD at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophsyics with Prof. Jens Chluba and completed a year as a postdoctoral researcher, focussing on forecasting for future space missions. His experience includes numerical simulations and solving differential equations, building on and producing Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulations as well as building his own software for variance reductional techniques known as principal component analysis.

Kaviya Sivaraman

Junior Software Engineer

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Kaviya Sivaraman

Junior Software Engineer

Kaviya Sivaraman is a Power System Software Engineer working for the IPSA Software Team.She has over 2+ years of professional work experience in Java Development followed by six years of Academics Experience in the field of Power Systems and Smart Grids with a good understanding of the European Energy Markets. She also has significant experience working with developing tool kits and software required for Power System Engineering Domain.

Victor Mulimakwenda

Graduate Consultant

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Victor Mulimakwenda

Graduate Consultant

Victor works in TNEI's Grid Connection team on a variety of projects ranging from capacity site searches, feasibility studies and distribution and transmission applications, offer reviews and connection costs. 

He graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with BEng Electrical and Electronics Engineering, focusing on the impact of integrating large scale embedded generation in the Great Britain Transmission and Distribution System. Victor also has an MSc in Finance and Investment Degree.

Sarah Lightfoot

Sarah Lightfoot

Graduate Consultant

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Sarah Lightfoot

Graduate Consultant

Sarah has an MPhys in Physics from the University of Durham and is based in TNEI’s Glasgow office. Here she helps to support project developers, working with a range of renewable technologies. Sarah has a strong Physics background to underpin her knowledge and has a working understanding of Smart Local Energy Systems. She has excellent report writing skills and is proficient in data analysis and graphing. Sarah is also well practiced in communicating and presenting technical information. 

James McBride

James McBride

Graduate Consultant

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James McBride

Graduate Consultant

James joined TNEI in August 2021 having graduated with a MSc in Urban and Regional Planning as well as a PgCert in Zero Carbon Engineering. James also holds a BA in History and Political Science and is currently a Licentiate of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

James has 1 years professional experience within the field of Planning and Development, providing assistance for a range of Development projects within Vancouver, CA, as part of a Planning Consultancy and Property Development Firm. He has begun to produce figures and planning documents as part of planning submissions and preliminary screening reports for a variety of projects being undertaken by the Environment and Engineering Team at TNEI.

Alex Dell

Alex Dell

Graduate Consultant

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Alex Dell

Graduate Consultant

Alex is primarily involved in wind farm noise projects at all stages of development; from initial feasibility assessments, baseline surveys to impact assessments. Some of the work he does involves site assessments, layout design, and noise and shadow flicker assessments.

He has an MEng in Mechanical Engineering and is currently in the writing up phase for a PhD in Acoustics. He has several publications on the use of Helmholtz resonators for sound absorption and their implementation within acoustic metamaterials.

Ingzhe Wong

IngZhe Wong

Graduate Consultant

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IngZhe Wong

Graduate Consultant

IngZhe holds an MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is currently working within the Networks and Innovation team in the TNEI Manchester Office. He is involved in the initial designs for the network connection of new loads and distributed generators for the Distributed Network Operator. IngZhe has experience in power system modelling and analysis projects during his degree studies and he enjoys applying the knowledge he has in real-world applications.