Offshore Wind Connections takes ‘theatrical’ approach to careers and innovation

Two ingredients vital to the future success of the Humber’s offshore wind and maritime sectors will be in the spotlight at OWC2022.

The conference, at The Spa Bridlington on April 27 and 28, is launching a Skills Theatre and Innovation Theatre to create a stronger focus on helping prepare for careers and to encourage companies to bring new ideas to market.

Leading businesses and organisations are involved in the two ‘theatres’ which take the format of interactive workshops and panel discussions.

Ben George of conference sponsor Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is organising the Innovation Theatre and said that the aim was to help ‘demystify’ the concept of innovation. “It is not a mythical beast and should not be intimidating,” he said. “We will demonstrate that it’s more often about improving products and services than inventing something radically new.

“Innovation is critical if we want to stay ahead and leverage the Humber’s position as a world leader, particularly in operations and maintenance,” he added.

The Innovation Theatre will be presented by the ideas sub-group from the Humber Offshore Wind Cluster.

The Skills Theatre is being led by Iain Elliot of HETA who chairs the Team Humber Marine Alliance Maritime Skills Group, with support from Kerrie Jaquest of the Careers and Enterprise Company. Major employers and education providers are taking part along with students from regional schools and colleges.

Kerrie Jaquest said it was essential that influencers of young people were given the latest information on emerging and maturing sectors. “If we don’t educate influencers, which include careers advisors and many more, we won’t encourage a new generation, particularly with so many competing sectors to attract them.

“It’s also about learning what is specifically needed by industry. We’ll have an open dialogue about the difficulties in recruiting, and about the need for businesses to proactively engage with education providers.

Iain Elliot said: “Given that the region is home to the largest ports complex in the UK and a big stretch of coastline, the idea was to use OWC to engage better with careers advisors and show them the broad range of opportunities there are in the offshore wind and maritime sectors. It’s excellent that so many employers are keen to be involved and we are very grateful to them.”

Businesses and organisations involved in the Skills and Innovation Theatres include headline sponsor Ørsted, ORE Catapult, RWE, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, CarnaudMetalbox Engineering, Maritime UK, HETA, Whitby Fishing School, University of Hull, University of Lincoln and HEY LEP.

Both ‘theatres’ are being held on April 28 and are open to invited guests and ticket holders. Interested parties are being asked to contact Mary Green at

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About OWC2022

Organised by Team Humber Marine Alliance, Offshore Wind Connections is a two-day conference featuring high-profile industry speakers, an exhibition and networking.


With headline sponsorship from Ørsted, the platinum sponsors are ORE Catapult, Associated British Ports and RWE, with the maritime logistics sponsorship being provided by Kestrel. The gold sponsors are Carlbom Shipping, Andrew Jackson Solicitors and Wilkin Chapman Solicitors, and the silver sponsor is IRISNDT. RSM will once again support the conference through funding the networking drinks.


OWC is also being supported by the Department of international Trade and by RenewableUK which will host its popular Connect event on the evening of April 27. Grimsby Renewables Partnership, which announced last year that it will be merging with Team Humber Marine Alliance, is a conference partner.


About Team Humber Marine Alliance

Team Humber Marine Alliance is a membership group of businesses working in the marine and offshore sectors.


With unsurpassed knowledge of capabilities in the region, Team Humber Marine Alliance has become a driving force in the Humber’s growth as an offshore wind player. Its influence extends to British and international governments and world-leading developers and OEMs


Its 200+ member companies have full supply chain capabilities including in commercial shipping, marine engineering, support vessels, specialist health & safety and ports & logistics.

The organisation works in support of this vast array of skills and expertise, promoting it regionally, nationally and globally and generating major opportunities and business for members.