Chair,  Nick Ainger

Nick Ainger – Chair

Before his election as Labour MP for Pembroke in 1992, Nick worked in Pembrokeshire’s energy industry from 1973, initially as deputy operations manager of an offshore oil exploration base in Pembroke Dock, then later as a contractor on the Milford Haven oil terminals, berthing and connecting ships.  A branch secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, he was elected to Dyfed County Council in 1981 and served until 1993. After Labour’s victory in 1997, he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to three Welsh Secretaries until 2001 when he was appointed a Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury and government whip at the Wales Office and DEFRA, where he was responsible for the Commons stages of the Hunting with Dogs Act.  After the 2005 election, he served as Minister at the Wales Office and piloted the Government of Wales Act through the Commons.  In 1996 he won the BBC Environment Campaign of the Year Award for his fight to get an independent inquiry into the Sea Empress disaster. He left government in 2007 and served on the Treasury Select Committee until 2010, taking part in the major inquiries into the banking crisis. He now volunteers with the South and West Wales Wildlife Trust.

Martin Murphy

Martin Murphy

Martin is a Chartered Engineer who has spent the great majority of his career in the marine sector, firstly serving as a Marine Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy for 12 years and since then, 25 years in managerial positions in industry. Martin joined Tidal Energy Ltd as Managing Director in 2009 and is leading the company in the development, build and commissioning of its full scale prototype DeltaStream device in Ramsey Sound in Pembrokeshire. TEL is based in Cardiff, but the company’s work in Pembrokeshire is at the vanguard of the development of marine renewable energy in Wales. Within the Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, Martin is Chair of the Marine Energy Pembrokeshire (MEP) Forum. Martin was appointed President Elect of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) in March 2014.

Sue Davenport

Sue Davenport

Sue is a successful business entrepreneur based locally in Pembrokeshire. She has over 30 years experience in sales and marketing of services and products to both the public and private sector. Sue holds a number of Board Directorships in a variety of industry sectors. She is currently Non – Exec Director of Milford Haven Port Authority and is a member of both the Audit and Remuneration Committees. Sue has a strong record of investing in the local community not only as a Coastal Land Farm owner but through investing and mentoring innovative local entrepreneurs.

Sue is a Chartered Director, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and an alumni of Harvard Business School.

Kath Wellard

Kath Wellard

Kath works for Atkins and has 19 years’ experience in environmental management and assessment, specialising in marine, fisheries and coastal issues. Kath has both managed and worked on coastal and maritime EIAs, policy reviews and coastal and marine planning projects since joining. Previously, Kath was in a marine and coastal policy and legislation role in the Welsh Assembly Government, developing the Marine and Coastal Access Act. She has also worked as a fisheries consultant and within the Assembly Parliamentary Service, gaining experience of policy and legislation from both sides – political and civil service.

Kath loves the sea, the people that use it, the things that live in it and wants to make the way we manage and regulate it better in whatever she does. Kath joined as Director of Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum (PCF) to help support an organisation that does good things for marine and coastal management in Wales.

Dave Tudor

David Tudor

David Tudor is the Marine Infrastructure Development Manager for The Crown Estate. He has gained a wide range of experience from working in marine management matters as a consultant and within a diverse range of organisations – including NGOs, universities and government agencies. David leads the delivery of a number of key aspects of Crown Estate business and advice across the UK, including: marine planning, consenting, input to marine conservation initiatives, and advice on government legislation and marine policy. David also leads the development team working to realise new initiatives on the seabed, such as Tidal Range and innovative coastal management projects.

John Jenkins

John Jenkins

John is a Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years’ experience with leading consultancies, banks and advisory firms.  He specialises in providing support for offshore renewable energy projects, and early stage technology companies. This includes work for the UK’s first commercial scale tidal energy project, wave energy projects and several large (1 GW+) offshore windfarms. He has also worked on the Offshore Wind Accelerator programme identifying future improvements that could reduce the costs of marine energy. Among his other roles, he is a member of the ICAEW Strategy Board for Wales. John has strong family links with Pembrokeshire having been born and raised here.