Scottish Offshore Wind Industry Group appoints John Best as chair of supply chain forum.

The OWIG - Scottish Offshore Wind Supply Chain Forum (OWIG - SOWSCF) has appointed John Best as chair. 

John previously held the role of head of sustainable energy at James Fisher and Sons plc before moving within group to focus on special projects for James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS).

The SOWSCF will provide the Scottish supply chain with a forum to contribute their ideas and views to develop various areas. The first of these will be to consider an offshore wind supply chain code of practice and how to work together to raise the profile the industry through one common voice whist remaining competitive on an individual basis.  

At its core, the group will encourage inclusive and innovative collaboration and provide a strong voice for the Scottish supply chain.

John Best said:

“I was delighted to be asked to undertake this role. It plays to my past experience of conceiving and developing the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR), which I started in 2001 and left in 2012 to join James Fisher and Sons plc. Over the years since, I have been part of a very deliberate strategy of seeking to deliver our operations with a strong local ethos, through employment, working with other group companies and, importantly, the wider supply chain.

“I believe that was a vital element in helping to secure JFMS’ role in delivering the Innogy Galloper Offshore Wind Farm (394 MW) construction on time and on budget. JFMS supplied a range of services and skills under a contract value of circa £25 million.

We were able to demonstrate a collaborative approach, sharing ideas and processes to discover best practice, common issues and find opportunities for innovation, daily. The value of this has been reinforced through recent success with Scottish Power Renewables (Iberdrola), who awarded JFMS a contract to supply a range of services in support of the building of the East Anglia ONE Offshore Wind Farm.”

The OWIG - SOWSCF initiative was proposed to OWIG in November 2017 to provide a forum for the offshore wind developers, supply chain, public sector, academia and other relevant bodies to help Scotland capitilise on its offshore wind energy potential. This is estimated to be around 25% of the whole European resource – which represents the biggest opportunity for sustainable economic growth in the country for a generation. 

Backed by Scottish Renewables, AREG, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Government and many others, the forum plans to establish itself as an industrial resource and grow the available business opportunities in Scottish, UK-wide, European and Global Markets.

Gillian Morrison, senior development manager – large scale renewables at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said:

“We are really encouraged by industry recognising the opportunity and coming together to participate in this forum. It is an excellent example of private and public sector collaboration and look forward to this forum and the objectives making exciting progress throughout 2018.”

The SOWSCF has invited a number of potential key partners to its first workshop, which takes place in Glasgow on Monday 29 January.