Management Team

Sam Roch-Perks – Co-Founder and Managing Director.

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 – Co-Founder and Commercial Director. MA BAI (Civ Eng) MBA MIEI AMICE Dip IOD

Hugh is CEO of Associated Marketing Ltd. 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 positions in Irish and international companies.

Christoph Harwood – Director of Policy and Strategy, Managing Director of Aquaculture. 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. Christoph is also a Director of Policy and Strategy at Simply Blue Energy working with the sector and UK governments to develop viable blue economy industries.

Des Quigley – Financial Director

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 16 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.

Julius Besterman – Head of Engineering and Operations

Julius is a Mechanical Engineer with over fifteen years’ experience in the renewable energy sector, responsible for delivering a broad range of technically challenging schemes. Julius has a strong foundation of project and safety management and hands-on technical experience in both onshore and offshore renewable energy projects. In marine renewables, Julius has worked on the consultant team developing Wave Hub from concept through consenting, as Site Manager and Marine Supervisor for the deployment and subsequent three years of sea trials of a commercial scale prototype wave energy device off Cornwall, and more recently as Head of Engineering and Operations for the Wave Hub sites and high voltage infrastructure.

Ben Huskinson – Head of Planning and Environment. CEnv, BSc.(Hons). MIEnvSc

Ben is a Chartered Environmental Scientist with over 12 years’ experience in the planning and environmental management of medium to large scale engineering projects. His experience extends to both onshore and offshore renewable energy projects, as well as projects in the transportation and utilities sector. Ben is technically proficient in the management and coordination of the Environmental Impact Assessments Process and production of planning and environmental reports.

David Jones– Stakeholder Director

David has worked in marine and coastal cross sector partnerships for 20 years, mediating between a wide range of interests and providing stakeholder engagement solutions. David was the CEO of Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, a multi-award winning CiC voted the “most suitable social enterprise” in Wales. He has worked specifically on marine energy for over 12 years, developing Marine Energy Wales from inception to a collaboration that is viewed as global best practice. He has also worked directly for Government Ministers and shaped supportive marine energy policy in Wales.

Mark Shotter – Project Manager & HSEQ Manager

With a background in biological sciences, energy and the marine environment, Mark has managed engineering operations around the world in often challenging environments since leaving the Royal Navy in 2013. He started work with Simply Blue Aquaculture in January 2019 as Project Manager responsible for the delivery of a number of new projects in Scotland.

Alfie Wisdom – Project Engineer

Alfie is a Mechanical Engineer with a specialisation in sustainable energy systems, maritime transport emissions and renewable exposure in energy markets. His experience working with the offshore industry includes operations support for umbilical, riser and flowline system, hardware, and FPSOs, as well as engineering analysis for offshore wind farm inter-array cables, export cables and cable routing.

Sam Bouma – Energy Resource Modeller

Sam studied Theoretical Physics/Mathematics at Trinity College, before later doing a H.Dip and Grad. Dip in Economics.  Sam has done fundamental research in Physics, and has experience in physical and economic modelling.  He is passionate about sustainability and complex systems.

Louise Quigley – Administrator B.Sc (Hons)

Louise is an Administrator with Simply Blue. Having gained a B.Sc (Hons) Computer Information Systems, she worked in Corel Corporation for a number of years. Since then, she has worked with Burex Ltd. and in the I.T. Support Department of the HSE.

Non-Executive Directors

Anthony Gurnee

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

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

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.