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Tuesday 4 June | 10.30am – 12.30pm

RenewableNI and A&L Goodbody’s June session of the renewable energy seminar series focused on the renewable electricity supply chain and skills.

Discover how your business can become part of the renewable electricity supply chain and the green skills needed for Northern Ireland to achieve 80% by 2030.

Attendees heard from Will Apps, The Crown Estaste ahead of their publication of the Supply Chain Accelerator.  He was joined by Gordon Parkes, Executive Director – People & Culture, NIE Networks, and Chair of the Department for the Economy’s Green Skills Delivery Group.

There was a legal update from Rob Tubman, A&L Goodbody, on skills and apprenticeships including ESG in recruitment, TUPE inherited rights and cyber security.

Chair of RenewableNI, Tamasin Fraser, provided an introduction and facilitate an audience Q&A session.

Slides and a video available below.

Supply Chain and Skills speakers

will apps sitting at desk

Will Apps
Offshore Wind Strategy Director, The Crown Estate

Will is responsible for the offshore wind strategy of The Crown Estate, the business that is responsible for the seabed rights of England, Wales & Northern Ireland, alongside supporting nature and the rich biodiversity of our seas and helping to rejuvenate local economies and communities.

With 20 years experience in the sector, Will has directly contributed to the strategic evolution of the UK market, working alongside governments, stakeholders and the industry. Will oversees The Crown Estate’s enabling and derisking activities focussed on securing the sustainable and coordinated growth of the pipeline and the industry. Will is a Chartered Civil Engineer.

gordon parkes speaker at green skills

Gordon Parkes
Chair of DfE’s Green Skills Delivery Group and Executive Director – People & Culture, NIE Networks

Gordon Parkes has worked for NIE Networks for 23 years.  He has over 40 years’ experience in Human Resources across several organisations and sectors.  He is a Board Member of the Board of Trustees of the Grand Opera House Trust and of the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.

He is currently Chair of the Green Skills Delivery Group established by the Department for the Economy.  He has been a Board member at the Labour Relations Agency and a member of the CBI Employment and Skills Committee.  Since 2013 he has been a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and, in 2019, was awarded Chartered Companion status by the CIPD Board.  He holds a Masters in Business Administration, is a member of the Institute of Directors and holds a Diploma in Company Direction (DipIoD).  In 2023 he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building Fellowship Programme.

Head and should of Rob Tubman, ALG, speaking at RenewableNI skills and supply chain seminar

Rob Tubman
Associate, A&L Goodbody

Rob Tubman is an associate in A&L Goodbody’s Employment group in Belfast. He advises public and private sector employers on a wide range of employment issues and has particular expertise in the UK retail sector.  Locally, Rob has successfully defended complex Tribunal claims on behalf of listed clients and regularly advises employers on day-to-day workplace matters. He also delivers bespoke training to clients and professional bodies on a wide range of employment law topics. Outside of more traditional employment law matters, Rob routinely advises clients on the full-spectrum of business immigration matters, including sponsor licence applications, right to work audits and complex visa issues.