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Jill Lees

Acting Co-chair, GWO Executive Committee
Director, Health, Safety and Environment at RWE Renewables GmbH
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

Acting Co-chair of the GWO Executive Committee
Global Head of 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 has previously helped co-ordinate the development of new standards alongside the secretariat as chair of the training committee, and is now vice-chair of the executive committee.

Jesper Hansen

Chair of GWO Audit & Compliance Committee
QHSE Leader and Incident Investigator, 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.

Ann Duedahl

Chair of the GWO Training Committee
Global Learning Leader, GE Renewable Energy
Ann has been working with GWO actively in the Training Committee since 2014 with SGRE, and has been Chair of the Training Committee since 2022

Thor Inge Throndsen

Vice Chair, GWO Training Committee
HSE Manager for North Sea Offshore Wind Operations, Equinor.
Thor has more than 30 years' experience in different HSE roles in the energy industry. He joined Equinor (Statoil) in 1996 and started in offshore wind in 2018. He worked for the Norweigian Petroleum Safety Authorities from 1990-96.

Peter Lloyd

Vice-chair of GWO Audit & Compliance Committee
Senior Health and Safety Specialist – Special Projects Vattenfall
Peter brought his 3 decades experience as helicopter pilot, risk manager, trainer and auditor into the renewable wind industry in 2011, he currently is a strategic specialist in Vattenfall and joined the Audit and Compliance committee in 2021, becoming vice-chair in 2022.

Kristy Abel

Chair, GWO North America Committee
Head of HSE, North America Region, Vestas
Kristy is a skilled health and safety and technical training leader with expertise in strategic planning change management and project administration. Kristy also brings a combination of experiences gained in the renewable energy and electric utility industries.

Qin Haiyan

Chair, GWO China Committee
General Secretary, China Wind Energy Association, vice-chairman of IECRE, Vice Chairman of WWEA and Director of China General Certification
Qin has over 25 years experience in the field of renewable energy certification, testing and inspection, and has been engaged in wind, solar and other renewable energy policies development and technology research.