Following completion of its Annual General Meeting, the GWO General Assembly has elected and confirmed the nominations of its new Executive Committee.
Several new faces have joined the committee which is under new leadership in the form of Lisa Mallon GE Renewables Global Executive Leader for Onshore Wind, who has been elected Chair for a two year term running until March 2024.
Lisa is joined by new Vice Chair John Barrie, Global Head of Training at Vestas who steps into his role having led the Training Committee as Chair since 2014. Jill Lees, Director HSE at RWE Renewables remains as Vice Chair, with her term renewed until 2024.
The ExCo is also comprised of Chairs and Vice Chairs from each of GWO's Standing and Regional Committees.
Ann Duedahl, Global Learning Leader, GE Renewable Energy, has been confirmed as Chair of the GWO Training Committee, helping to support the development and standardisation of critical safety training for the wind energy workforce. Ann has considerable experience with GWO, having represented her previous employer on the same committee since 2014. Her skills and knowledge will be an asset to GWO and the industry, helping to prioritise training where it is needed most.
Peter Lloyd, Senior Health and Safety Specialist (Special Projects), Vattenfall, has been confirmed as Vice Chair of the Audit & Compliance Committee. Peter has represented wind industry OEMs and Owner Operators at GWO since its foundation in 2012 and will bring his knowledge and experience to support the organisation's Governance, Risk and Compliance projects.
Will Kenyon, Project HSE Manager, Ørsted, has been confirmed as Vice Chair of the GWO North America Committee. Will brings significant cross industry experience to the committee and will support the region's growth and adoption of GWO standards.
GWO is also saying goodbye to some of its committee representatives.
Paul Robbins, Corporate Head of HSE at Vestas, has occupied the position of Chair at ExCo for a two year term between 2020-2022. Paul is one of GWO's founding members and was intimately involved in the creation of training standards for wind turbine technicians. He leaves following several years in leading positions, initially within Audit & Compliance, followed by a Vice Chair 2018-2020 and Chair of Exco.
Jan Laugesen, HSE Senior Specialist at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has vacated his position as Vice Chair of the Audit & Compliance Committee. Another representative with intimate knowledge of GWO's history, Jan has participated in the creation of training standards from their first publication in 2012.
Throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic, the GWO Audit & Compliance committee has issued advisory notes communicating agreed advice, guidance and exemptions from our regular governance (requirements and standards).
Global Wind Organisation (GWO) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) have signed a two-year partnership agreement to highlight the importance of safety, training and job creation to power wind energy development and the global energy transition. The wind energy industry is a major opportunity for countries to create high-skilled, local jobs to boost economic growth and reach their Paris Agreement goals.
The taxonomy establishes a transparent and coherent framework to describe safety training characteristics, allowing for a better understanding of “what good training looks like”.
The modules are reviewed in response to feedback from GWO members and 2020 workplace data from G+ which places manual handling incidents in the top three most reported injury processes.
The new standard focuses on risk management when working with or close to hazardous energies in the wind industry.