Our local team

From our base in Ramsgate Harbour, we now have 75 people working at our wind farms in Kent. These local team members have developed and honed their skills working on our projects.  

Stephen Watkins, Service Leader

Steve has climbed the ranks having started his career at Thanet Offshore Wind Farm as a technician 7 years ago. Educated and living in Broadstairs, Steve is also a keen Morris Dancer and participates in Broadstairs Folk Week. “Working for Vattenfall has the advantage of providing benefits and opportunities associated with a large company, but I love the fact that it is also close to home”.

Jennifer Munns, Marine Co-ordinator

Jennifer has been working in her role for 18 months and is in charge of ensuring our vessels and staff are safe at sea and are where they should be. A former King Ethelbert’s School/Sandwich Tech student, Jen really is a local girl. Being a local sailor gives her a bit of ‘on the water’ experience too. “My job is exciting, challenging and rewarding ...for these reasons I love it!”.

Molly Rattenbury, Team Assistant

Team Assistant seems a simple description of what is a pretty full on role. Molly lives in Palm Bay, Margate and was educated at Holy Trinity, Ramsgate before going onto Clarendon House Grammar School. “I really do enjoy my job. I have learnt a lot and have been given opportunities I wouldn’t have had anywhere else – it’s such a unique working environment”.

Thomas Evans, Turbine Technician/Blade Specialist

Tom has been working in this role for five years and lives just outside Canterbury, having been educated in Folkstone. He is a true specialist, one of a few in the industry with advanced blade repair capability. “Trained as a service technician, I had the opportunity to develop my skill set across multiple disciplines. I am now lead technical support relating to any blade issues at the Kent cluster and have been working on blades for 5 years now. However I still have the opportunity to go offshore and support teams with other work on the wind farms“.

Stewart Box – Operations and Maintenance, Europe

Stewart Box has worked at Vattenfall for five years having previously worked as an Electrician. He is an ex-Hereson Secondary School pupil and joined our company as a technician. He was promoted to Service Leader two years ago and is now working on a very important harmonisation project for operations and maintenance Europe-wide. “I am so lucky working in a relatively young and forward thinking industry and never dreamt that I would have so many varied opportunities and experiences working locally – not to mention a job which could last for the lifetime of our wind farms.”

Daryll Hall, Marine Operations Manager

Daryll Hall was born in Dover and started working as a Marine Supervisor for Vattenfall in July 2011. Darryl held this post for three years before working his way up to a Marine Operations Manager. “In this role I work across a number of different sites and projects covering the whole of the wind farm lifecycle from development to decommissioning. Working for Vattenfall has provided me with career and personal development, the opportunity to work with different cultures and visit places in Europe I wouldn’t necessarily have had the chance to visit otherwise. It’s also an opportunity to contribute to renewable energy production within my local community and further afield.“

Working with fishermen and new technology

In conjunction with Thanet Fishermens Association, we have set up ‘Succorfish’ hardware on a number of vessels in the local fleet. The associated software has been specifically designed to meet a growing need for much improved data collection and recording methods within the commercial fishing industry. Modern online technology, used in conjunction with intelligent hardware, has dramatically improved traditional data collection methods for both fishermen and marine authorities. The data collected will help us understand fully the way in which our fishermen work.

Last updated: 2018-08-06 13:22