Simply Blue Energy Team

Sam Roch-Perks  Co-Founder & CEO

Sam is a civil engineer who, with his Swedish wife, established Swirish International Ltd. This group of companies has interests in real estate in Western Sweden and Eastern Germany along with investments in the Food and Beverage, Agriculture and Renewables sectors. Sam has founded and developed a number of companies in the EU, Asia and the US including Delaney’s Irish Pub Chain in Asia and Swirish Property AB in Sweden.

Hugh Kelly, (COO and Director), MA BAI (Civ Eng) MBA MIEI AMICE Dip IOD

Hugh is CEO of Associated Marketing Ltd., an export management company. Previously, he worked with Atkins, specialising in water and environmental engineering. He has significant international business experience in the Middle East, Asia and Australasia. In 2016 Hugh was President of the Irish Exporters Association and holds a number of non-executive board positons in Irish and international companies.

Ronan Costello, (Head of Wave), BEng, PhD

Ronan is founder and CEO of wave energy consultancy company Wave Venture and through Wave Venture Ronan continues to provide wave energy related expertise to Simply Blue Energy. Ronan is a Mechanical Engineer whose career to-date has comprised work at wave innovative technology development companies interspersed with university-led applied R&D projects. Ronan has 12 years’ experience in the wave energy industry. Ronan has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, has worked at Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd. and Wavebob Ltd. and until founding Wave Venture was Assistant Director at the Centre for Ocean Energy Research at Maynooth University where he developed novel wave energy techno-economic analysis software.

Ben Gowers, (Head of Offshore Wind), BEng, MSc, CEng MEI

Ben is a Chartered Engineer with the Energy Institute with over 20 years offshore experience, including 15 years specific to renewable development and delivery. Ben has acted at senior management level for major European utilities including formative involvement in all of the UK offshore wind rounds. Subsequently Ben has advised new and established entrants to the offshore and renewables markets covering wind (onshore and offshore), solar, marine and floating wind, including advisory services to major international investors on utility scale renewable projects and acquisitions.

Christoph Harwood (Director, Simply Blue Aquaculture Ltd).  MA (Oxon), MBA

Christoph started working in environmental finance over ten years ago, which led him into the blue economy via a tidal energy company, Sustainable Marine Energy, and other low carbon projects.   He has brought together his experience from these and other sectors to develop the new model on offer to the salmon farming sector by Simply Blue Aquaculture.

Des Quigley (Financial Controller)

Des Quigley is Managing Director of Assetbase, a property sourcing and management company. He is a qualified auctioneer and valuer, and a full member of The Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (MIPAV). Des has 15 years management experience in the investment property market, having founded his business in 2003. To date, this has predominantly been in the U.K., German and Swedish markets. Prior to this, Des was manager in a number of national businesses involved in agri-business, waste management and oil distribution.

Anthony Gurnee, (Non-Executive Director)

Anthony is Founder, CEO, President and Director of Ardmore Shipping Corporation ( Anthony founded Ardmore Shipping in 2010 and has built the company to a fleet of 27 high quality, modern products and chemical tankers with a further 9 vessels on order. Anthony oversaw a public floatation on the New York Stock Exchange in 2013. Anthony has a long track record as a senior executive in the shipping industry including acting as CEO of Industrial Shipping Enterprises Inc., COO of MTM Group and CFO of Teekay Shipping Corporation

James Astor, (Non-Executive Director) UK company director and renewable energy entrepreneur.

James is chairman of reGen Holdings Ltd (a TPG portfolio company operating in the UK waste and renewable energy industry); and of Glenfarg Energy, an anaerobic digestion and composting company in Scotland owned by Albion Capital.  He spent the previous 6 years in the UK organic waste recycling sector as managing director of Agrivert.  In his earlier career, he has milked cows, brewed beer, baked bread and blended ingredients.  He has lived in Russia and Cambodia and worked in the Far East, the Middle East and across Europe; but he and his American wife currently call the UK home. An ardent Europhile, he is still coming to terms with the result of the EU referendum in June 2016.

Don Brockie, (Non-Executive Director), B. Comm FCA

Don is a Chartered Accountant who, having trained at E&Y, has spent many years at Finance Director / CFO level in various companies both in Ireland and abroad. Don worked for a number of international companies, most notably spending 10 years as CFO with GSK. He also served for 13 years as Group Finance Director of the Bowen Group – an Irish group of companies primarily involved in construction and property development.



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