About GWO


Executive committee

Paul Robbins

Chair, Global Wind Organisation
Chief H&S Specialist Vestas Wind Systems
Paul was elected chair of GWO in 2020 and has been involved with the association since 2014. Paul supports the GWO membership as it aligns training and safety requirements in the global wind power sector.

Jill Lees

Vice Chair, GWO Executive Committee
Director of HSE and Sustainability; RWE Renewables
Jill has over 30 years’ energy sector experience, leading transformational engineering projects globally. A chemistry graduate, she also has a PhD in material science and believes passionately in encouraging women to progress in engineering and technology.

John Barrie

Chair of the GWO Training Committee
Global Head of Technical & Safety Training Vestas Wind Systems A/S
John has worked in senior training roles within the renewable energy and industrial sectors for a number of years. At GWO he helps co-ordinate the development of new standards alongside the secretariat.

Neil Pickthall

Vice Chair, GWO Training Committee
Renewable Operations Competency & Development Team Manager: SSE
Neil had a long and distinguished career in the Royal Air Force before working first in academia and today as Competency and Development Team Manager at SSE. His key focus areas are recruitment, development and mentoring of trainees.

Lisa C Mallon CMIOSH

Chair of GWO Audit & Compliance Committee
EHS Executive, GE Renewable Energy
Lisa has 20 years’ EHS experience having held various advocacy roles within the UK. She joined GE in 2009 and is currently leading EHS in its Wind Projects and Service business.

Jesper Hansen

Vice Chair, GWO Audit & Compliance Committee
Head of Safety Assurance & Improvement, Ørsted
Jesper is a specialist in incident management and compliance in the wind industry. Before joining the sector, Jesper worked with the Danish Safety Technology Authority as a specialist, with focus on compliance and auditing against EU standards and directives.

Wesley Witt

Chair, GWO North America Committee
Head of Quality Management and HSE, Americas region: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)
Wes is an experienced HSE professional and has been in his role at SGRE since 2015. Wes earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in safety, security and emergency management from Eastern Kentucky University.

Qin Haiyan

Chair, GWO China Committee
General Secretary, China Wind Energy Association and Director of China General Certification
Qin Haiyan was elected Chair of the GWO China Committee in 2017. He is General Secretary of Chinese Wind Energy Association, vice-chairman of IECRE, Vice Chairman of WWEA, and Director of China General Certification Center.