Q. How long have you been at Ventient and what made you want to join?
A. I’ve been at Ventient since summer 2022. Moving on from a career with a wind OEM I was curious to see the industry from an operator perspective and I could see that the Ventient portfolio of wind farms was curated to maximise the value of the older operational fleet. This, together with the ambition to apply foundational engineering understanding to both enhance the turbine performance and manage the later life operations and maintenance well, was an offer too good to refuse.
Q. What’s the most interesting thing you’re working on at Ventient?
A. Alongside my day-to-day responsibilities for maintaining blade structural integrity, I also want to improve blade performance. Quantifying and then reducing performance losses due to erosion of the leading edge of blades is an industry focus and is a hard problem to tackle. Developing an evidence-based strategy for the Ventient fleet is stretching, but we’re working with some great partners in both academia and industry to demonstrate what is possible. And it’s a great opportunity for projects with Mechanical Engineering students at Edinburgh University to give them exposure to working life in an engineering firm.
Q. In your time at Ventient, what achievement are you most proud of?
A. When I joined Ventient I was conscious that we were growing rapidly, and it was stretching the internal informal networks of ‘old hands’ to help everyone understand how stuff is done. I introduced a simple idea for company-wide informal coffee meetups which was enthusiastically received and introduced.
Q. What does diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) mean to you?
A. It means that it’s not ‘who you know’ and where you are in the hierarchy or in which location you are based, but everyone has chance to speak and share ideas.
Q. What’s the best thing about working at Ventient?
A. People are responsive and willing to listen and help and there’s a lot of respect for one another’s time and responsibilities.
Q. What does the Ventient Way mean to you?
A. Leading by example in reducing our impact on the planet with how we travel and conduct business, as well as providing good value renewable electricity to support societies and communities across Europe in their decarbonisation efforts.
Thanks for sharing, Clare!