Judging the Wind Investment Awards

The judging process

The awards are judged by a panel of industry leaders and experts.

The judging is a rigorous two stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

Stage 1 – Pre-scoring

Judges will access online a selection of entries and supporting material and will read and score each entry as per the judging criteria. All pre-scores will be returned and then collated by our events team. The highest average scoring entries in each category will create the shortlist.

Stage 2 – Judging Session

There will be an online judging session hosted via video conference to select the winners. The panel will discuss the top scoring entries (the shortlists) and will identify a winner for each category.


Judging criteria

Judges pre-score each entry on the basis of the provided details as well as any websites or supporting materials included. Scores are assigned based on a number of criteria, including but not limited to:

  • Organisation / team / project objectives
  • Recent work examples / case studies
  • Recent achievements
  • Details of any challenges faced and how these were overcome
  • Demonstration of exceptional commitment to delivering the very best
  • Demonstration of best practices
  • Demonstration of an innovative and creative approach to delivered work

Specific criteria for each category can be found on the Categories page.

2022 Judges

If you know somebody you think would be a good fit to be part of our independent judging panel, please get in touch at events@tamarindogroup.com. We're always interested to recruit new industry leaders with a diverse range of backgrounds and experience to participate on our judging panels across multiple initiatives throughout the year including the Wind Investment Awards, the Top 100 Power Lists, and more.

Jenny Blackford

Head of Specialised Finance

Siemens Financial Services

Jenny is the Head of Specialised Finance in SFS’s Project & Structured Finance Debt Business Unit for EMEA, Asia & Australia. In this role she leads an experienced cross-border team focussed on the identification, origination and structuring of complex transactions in a multitude of sectors, all of which focus on supporting clients with their sustainability transition strategy.

Prior to this latest role, Jenny amassed more than 20 years of lending and debt advisory experience in the energy sector at SFS and BNP Paribas, with a focus on renewable energy.

Jenny Blackford

Jonathan Cole

CEO

Corio Generation

Jonathan Cole is the incoming CEO of Corio Generation, recently launched by Macquarie Group to lead their investments in offshore wind. In this role, Jonathan will be responsible for a global portfolio of over 15GW of Offshore Wind capacity, with an investment potential of around $50bn.

Prior to joining Corio, Jonathan helped create and then ran Iberdrola’s Offshore Wind Business from its inception in 2010 until late 2021. Under Jonathan’s leadership, Iberdrola’s Offshore Wind Business grew to a market leading business, with ~€14Bn invested in a >30GW pipeline of projects and ~800 professional staff, located in 4 continents and 11 countries.    

Jonathan has also held a number of industry positions, including Chairman of the Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation, Chairman of the UK’s Offshore Wind Programme Board (appointed by the Secretary of State) and member of the UK’s Offshore Wind Industry Council.

Jonathan is also a regular keynote speaker and panellist at various industry conferences.

Jonathan Cole

Tanya Davies

Project Director

Northland Power

Tanya is Project Director for Northland Power's offshore projects off the Western isles of Scotland. She is a Chartered Town Planner with nearly 20 years experience of developing wind farms.  Before joining Northland in 2021 Tanya played a key role in securing Innogy’s financial investment for five onshore wind farms across the UK; the capital investment of which amounts to over £400 million. This investment secured green jobs within the business and created or supported thousands of construction role opportunities. Tanya was shortlisted as Business Green Leader of the Year 2018 and nominated for the Powerful Women Campaign in 2019.

Tanya Davies

Marie de Graaf

Senior Advisor

The Count and Ashbridge

With her background in (business) development and structured finance in the renewable energy sector, Marie is now assisting various stakeholders in the industry as independent consultant providing strategic, financial structuring and sell-/buy-side support.

Marie is one of the founders of Green Giraffe, where she advised stakeholder such as developers, investors and supply/construction companies on various strategic and financial structuring mandates. Majority of her advisory work was focussed on early stage (offshore) wind development projects where she led the financial structuring, debt and equity raising and project management up to financial close. Before her latest role, Marie held various senior positions at Ørsted where her responsibilities included origination, structuring and executing strategic partnerships and acquisition of early stage development projects to further expand Orsted’s global pre-construction portfolio.

Marie de Graaf

Jo de Montgros

Partner

Everoze

Jo has been working in the field of renewable energy transactions since 2001, and specialises in providing technical and strategic advice to project investors across multiple technologies. Prior to co-founding Everoze, Joanna was the global technical lead for Project Engineering Services and a member of the Renewables Advisory Board at DNV. Alongside her work at Everoze, Jo is a Non-Executive Director of the DORE trust, a Director of the Ripple Energy Co-Pilot Project and a Senior Adviser to offshore wind developer Quaybridge. Jo is a regular panel member or presenter at industry association and other insight conferences.

Jo de Montgros

Laura Fleming

Business Development Director

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Laura has worked in the development and renewables industry for over 20 years and for the past 10 years with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy where she is currently in a global role leading the delivery of hydrogen and hybrid applications.  In her role she is responsible for the commercialisation of new applications and business models that enable the production of green hydrogen utilising SGRE on and offshore wind turbines. The climate emergency has gained a lot of traction in recent times not only in the UK but right across the world which bring challenges but also new opportunities for developers, investors and the supply chain.

Laura Fleming

Elodie Geffray

Partner

Envinergy

I have worked for more than 17 years in the renewable energy sector, as onshore windfarm developer first and then as M&A and financing officer in Central European countries and in France. I am now working at Envinergy, an advisory company in M&A and financing dedicated to the European RES sector.

Elodie Geffray

Stephen Jennings

Head of Energy, Structured Finance Office for EMEA and Head of Sustainable Business Division EMEA

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Stephen is the Head of Energy in MUFG’s Structured Finance Office for EMEA based in London. As such he leads the entire Energy sector including Power & Renewables and Natural Resources. The MUFG team is highly regarded for lending and providing market leading Financial Advisory services especially to the wind industry.

Stephen also leads the Sustainable Business Division, coordinating MUFGs ESG strategy for the EMEA region. Having trained as a lawyer before entering banking he has over 21 years of project finance and syndications experience with a focus on structuring and arranging project financings across a variety of sectors and geographies.

Stephen Jennings

Stewart Mullin

Chief Operating Officer

Global Wind Energy Council

Stewart has over a decade as a senior executive in the wind industry, where he held executive management positions at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (now Vestas) from 2014-2021 and Siemens Wind Power (now SGRE) from 2008-2014, where he oversaw the company’s strategic relationships with governments, international institutions and trade associations.

As COO, Stewart oversees all commercial operations and expansion of GWEC. He specializes in establishing wind in emerging and next generation markets; expanding wind’s impact in the green energy transition (Power2X); unlocking the potential of floating offshore wind and other innovations; and advocating the transformational socioeconomic value of wind.

Stewart Mullin

Amisha Patel

Head of Public Affairs and Policy

Mainstream Renewable Power

Amisha Patel is Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Mainstream Renewable Power, responsible for shaping policy positioning and leading engagement with decision-makers and stakeholders. Prior to this, she led public affairs and communications for Principle Power, the market leader in floating offshore wind. She has worked in the energy sector for over 15 years holding positions within the government, developers as well trade bodies, shaping renewable energy policy. Amisha has a MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics.

Amisha Patel

Yves Rannou

President & Board Member

Kentel Associates

Yves Rannou is President and Co-founder of Kentel Associates, a consulting firm specialized in Clean & Green solutions for decarbonizing the planet. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Senvion Wind, GE Hydro and Alstom Wind. Experienced running global businesses, EPC and large infrastructure projects, Yves is in the Green economy for more than 25 years, working across 5 continents.

Yves Rannou

Carla Ribeiro

Head of Department and Associate Director

Wood Thilsted

Carla is a senior manager and renewable energy expert with more than 16 years of experience in the wind industry.

During those 16 years Carla held a number of technical and managerial positions, and oversaw countless technical projects and teams undertaking a variety of consultancy work across the world. Her expertise lies in wind resource assessment, however, she has been responsible for the management of teams offering a wider range of related analytical services.

Her focus is now turned to the offshore wind resource and metocean site conditions disciplines, managing a team of experts in these fields.

Carla Ribeiro

Mary Thorogood

Government Affairs, External Relations and Communications Director

Net Zero Technology Centre

Mary joined the Net Zero Technology Centre from Vestas, the world leading wind turbine manufacturer, where she led Public Affairs for Northern & Central Europe. Mary has spent over 10 years in the wind industry, previously at the Swedish utility Vattenfall, building support in governments and society for sustainable, long term growth in wind and renewables to drive the journey to Net Zero. She holds a number of Board positions, including at Renewable UK and the Aldersgate Group, and participates in a number of initiatives such as Women in Wind, to support the long term strategic direction of the industry.

Mary Thorogood

Helen Wade

Founder

Andaman Energy and Infrastructure Limited

Helen is a project finance professional specialising in renewable energy for 20 years. She has completed over $3.5 billion deals globally including ground-breaking and award-winning transactions.

Having closed so many projects she understands what is needed to deliver a robust and long-term commercially viable project. Her use of project finance risk mitigation disciplines ensures that projects are resilient to potential impacts on performance.

Helen runs her own business where her clients benefit from her experience. She works alongside project developers to ensure every part of a project is structured to attract investment or investors originating projects to meet their investment parameters.

Helen Wade

Fintan Whelan

Co-Founder & Director

Source Energie

Fintan has been active in renewables development since joining Airtricity in 2000 as Corporate Finance Manager. He co-founded Mainstream Renewable Power with Eddie O’Connor - leading the fund raising activities across the Group.

Along with Diarmuid Twomey, he co-founded Emerging Markets Power in 2015 with an initial focus on renewables project development in sub-Saharan Africa, since pivoted to Ireland and Scandinavia.

In 2020, Fintan was one of the 4 founding partners at Source Energie, a developer that is building a pipeline of greenfield Offshore Wind projects ( Ireland, UK, Norway) and Onshore SolarPV, Battery & Green Hydrogen projects (UK). Source Energie has received early stage backing from HRL Morrison ‘s European Platform - Galileo Green Energy.

Fintan Whelan

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