About us

The Grimsby Renewables Partnership was established by a group of local businesses which anticipated the arrival of the offshore wind market.  By gathering together, the area has had a stronger voice for attracting new investment and providing new opportunities in the supply chain for local business.

Today the Partnership has around 100 local businesses registered, growing month on month, regularly attending events for just this purpose.

Katharine York (Chair)

Katharine York (Chair)

MARKETING

Katharine works full time for Siemens Gamesa, runs the GRP website and manages the GRP LinkedIn presence. She moved to work in the Offshore Wind Industry in Grimsby in 2012, and GRP helped her to make connections locally. Katharine is excited to see the prominent role that the Humber region is playing in this rapidly accelerating and essential industry. She is an advocate for WiME and the skills opportunities within the offshore wind industry.

Maggie Johnson

Maggie Johnson

CO-ORDINATOR

Maggie works full time for NE Lincs council as a Lead Investment Officer for renewables, supporting the sector to promote growth and job creation, and is the main point of contact for businesses growing or investing in the area. Maggie supports GRP and its members through the coordination of events and membership, masterminded the 2019 conference and designed the famous #docksocks

Dave Laister

Dave Laister

MARKETING

Dave works full time as Business Editor of the Grimsby Telegraph, manages GRP marketing and the GRP Twitter account. Dave is an experienced regional business journalist, reporting on capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, news products or services, innovation, expansions and awards. He keeps our members up to date with all news articles and opportunities.

Linda Anderson-Smith

Linda Anderson-Smith

MEMBERS

Linda runs three successful businesses in construction and short-term accommodation, as well as being on the boards of the Visitor economy, Service & Retail sector group and Hull & Humber Chamber. Linda is a people person, motivator and networking guru, raising the profile of GRP on her travels and makes new members feel at home from day one.

Corinne Barry

Corinne Barry

SCHOOLS

Corinne works full time as Business Development Manager James Fisher Marine Services and EDSHV. As main suppliers to the industry, Corrine joins the bridge between business and supply chain. Corrine is a Careers Enterprise Advisor at John Whitgift Academy, and provides GRP with a link to local schools as a renewables ambassador.

Kimmie Davies

Kimmie Davies

FINANCE

Kimmie is owner of Kimmikleen Domestic & Commercial cleaning services, which has been established since 2009. She has lived and worked in Grimsby & Cleethorpes all of her life and likes to think of herself as an advocate for using small local businesses. Kimmie manages payments, invoices and accounts for GRP

Andy Goudie (Vice Chair)

Andy Goudie (Vice Chair)

EDUCATION

Andy's day job is Executive Director of Projects and Partnership at the Grimsby Institute, and he leads on strategic development and funding for the college, and its subsidiaries and associate companies such as Modal Training and e-factor. Being part of GRP assists in gathering intelligence to understand business needs to fulfil that role, and enables him to support the development of education and training required for the sector. Andy provides governance support for GRP.

Helen Thompson

Helen Thompson

PLACE

As part of the Economy & Growth team at NE Lincs Council, Helen is an Investment Manager responsible for Partnership & Engagement, including 'place' and tourism related activities in the area. Helen has a key role in redevelopment activities across the borough, making the area a great place to 'work, stay and play'

Jonathan Goolden

Jonathan Goolden

LEGAL

Jonathan is a solicitor, and a regulatory and public sector partner at Wilkin Chapman LLP, a top 200 law firm headquartered in Grimsby. He has a keen interest in the maritime sector and sails regularly on the Humber and East Coast. Jonathan is the Honorary Consul for Iceland in Grimsby and Clerk to the Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby, a charity dating back to pre-Norman times which is revitalising Freeman Street, including plans for a sustainable local area energy network. Jonathan’s firm advises a range of clients connected to the renewables, offshore wind and fishing sectors.

Tony Appleton

Tony Appleton

INTERNATIONAL LINKS

Tony is the Director of Offshore Wind at Burns & McDonnell, the No. 1 firm in Power, T&D in the USA. A chartered mechanical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in the energy sector, Tony has worked across conventional thermal power, gas and nuclear generation markets. Previously a consultant for Burns & McDonnell, he has spent the last 15 years leading organisations and teams in the Offshore Renewables and Interconnection global markets, working on more than 20 offshore wind farms across the globe.

Our board members offer their time voluntarily, and our core objectives are to;

  • Encourage local growth by raising the profile of the Grimsby area to develop it as a centre of excellence and a renewable cluster 
  • Deliver an informative programme of activities and events to our members. 
  • Encourage engagement between business, education and skills to promote local career opportunities 
  • Keep members informed of local developments 
  • Position the partnership and provide a local voice into the LA and Stakeholders for the renewable industry into local strategies 
  • Increase membership, develop our services and sustain the GRP 
  • To operate as a public/private body to support the development of Renewables