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Robert Speht CV May 2013
Robert Speht CV May 2013
Robert Speht CV May 2013
Robert Speht CV May 2013
Robert Speht CV May 2013
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  1. Robert SpehtBEng MSc CEng PGCert MEI AMIMechECompton Lodge, Mill Lane, Swansea, SA3 5BD, UKEmail: robertspeht@googlemail.comMobile: 07971 635290PROFILEA successful Chartered Engineer and Project Director, working in the renewable energy andfinance sector and specifically wind energy. A professional and manager with over 15 yearsexperience in renewables and wind power. To date Rob has been involved in renewableenergy projects with a combined total of over 8GW of installed capacity and an investmentvalue of more than US$13 billion. Thats enough renewable energy to power more than 6.5million homes.His skills are building up and managing/directing teams and projects, winning new business,working with Planning Authorities & other regulatory bodies and structuring project/privatefinance for renewable energy projects particularly wind and offshore wind. He is fluent inEnglish and German, and recent work in UK, Europe, China and the USA give him a goodunderstanding of the renewables sector today across the World. He has a background insuccessful business start-up in challenging markets over many years and 11 years ofexperience serving as Director, Chairman, Non-Executive Director.CAREER HISTORYAug 11 – Date Business Development Manager – Renewables Due DiligenceGlobal, SGS UK Ltd the World’s leading testing, verification andcertification company with over 75,000 employees and offices in 160countries. His role is the UK lead for business development for DueDiligence services in the financing of large scale renewable energyprojects. Services include; project/private finance, due diligence,acquisition & construction monitoring, project management.Rob works out of offices in London, Camberley, Swansea and Hamburg.http://www.uk.sgs.com/Jan 08 – Aug 11 Wind Energy Manager & Project Director, Mott MacDonald Ltd,Renewables Team Leader for the global wind group at Mott MacDonald– a World class technical advisor with 15,000 staff in offices in 140countries. He has worked on many large renewables and wind powerprojects both onshore and offshore including in the fields of permitting,project/private finance, due diligence, acquisition & constructionmonitoring, project management on offshore wind power projects up to£2Billion (US$3Billion) in value.Based in the Brighton and Glasgow offices, Robert regularly travelledaround the UK and to Germany, USA and China to work on wind and
  2. offshore wind projects and understands the need to be flexible in worklocation to suit the client’s requirements.www.mottmac.comRecent projects include;Crucea I and II Onshore Wind Farms, Romania - for European Bank for Reconstruction &Development acted as the Project Director, leading the due diligence for financing the Cruceawind farm in Romania. The role included assistance in providing advice as precursor to full duediligence including contract review and review of financial model inputs prior to financial close.Gode Wind II Offshore Wind Farm, Germany - for Plambeck Emirates – Adviser to thepotential Eur400 million equity investment. Robert was Project Director for the Due Diligenceprocess.Huaneng (Wind Farm Portfolio) IPO, China – For the potential flotation on the Hong Kongstock exchange of the large Chinese wind power developer Huaneng New Energies, MottMacDonald provided the services of independent engineer. Robert acted as Project Directorfor the team providing the independent verification of assets.Shepherds Flat Wind Onshore Farm, Oregon, US - for GE Energy Financial Services - thelargest wind farm in the world at the time of construction (845MW) acted as the ProjectDirector, leading the due diligence for equity investment at the Shepherds Flat wind farm inOregon, USA. The role was as Project Director and tasks included assistance in providingadvice as precursor to full due diligence including contract review and review of financial modelinputs prior to financial close.Long Yuan (Wind Farm Portfolio) IPO, China – For the flotation of the Long Yuan companyon the Hong Kong stock exchange, China’s largest wind power developer. Mott MacDonaldprovided the services of independent engineer. Robert led the wind team providing theindependent verification of assets for the flotation prospectus.4 Offshore Wind Farms, Germany – For EnBW, a Germany utility company. The 4 offshorewind farms all in German waters - Baltic 1, Baltic 2, Kriegers Flak & Nordsee wind farm. Therole was as Project Director for the owners engineering services provided to EnBW for fouroffshore wind farms in German waters. Tasks include contract negotiation, design specificationand many other owners engineering services.Darlowo Wind Farm, Poland - for the European Investment Bank (EIB) he was ProjectDirector, leading the due diligence for financing the Darlowo wind farm in Poland. Tasksincluded assistance in providing advice as precursor to full due diligence including contractreview and review of financial model inputs prior to financial close.Orites Wind Farm, Cyprus - for Platina Partners / EIB. Robert led the LTA Services for thedue diligence for financing the Orites wind farm in Cyprus. The role was as project managerand tasks included assistance in providing advice for the pre-construction due diligenceincluding contract review and review of financial model inputs prior to financial close.Beicheng Wind Farm, China - for HSBC acted as the Project Manager, leading the duediligence for financing the Beicheng wind farm in China. The role was as Project Manager andtasks included assistance in providing advice as precursor to full due diligence includingcontract review and review of financial model inputs prior to financial close.Suvorovo Wind Farm, Bulgaria – for European Bank for Reconstruction & Developmentacted as the Project Director, leading the due diligence for financing the Suvorovo wind farm in
  3. Bulgaria. The role included assistance in providing advice as precursor to full due diligenceincluding contract review and review of financial model inputs prior to financial close.Cote d’Albatre Offshore Wind Farm, France – For NordLB, a German bank, led the duediligence for financing the Cote d’Albatre offshore wind farm in French waters. Role was asproject manager and tasks included assistance in providing advice as precursor to full duediligence including contract review and review of financial model inputs prior to financial close.2 Portfolios of Onshore Wind Farms, Germany – For NIBC, a Dutch/German bank, actedas Project Director and led the due diligence for the potential acquisition of the onshore windfarm portfolios. Tasks included assistance in providing advice as precursor to full due diligenceincluding contract review and review of financial model inputs prior to financial close.Sandbank 24 Offshore Wind Farm, Germany – For ENBW, a German utility company ledthe due diligence for the potential acquisition of the German offshore wind farm, Sandbank 24.Tasks included assistance in providing advice as precursor to full due diligence includingcontract review and review of financial model inputs prior to financial close.Co-Ver Energia, Italy – For the investment company Lexicon Partners Ltd and bank ArcapitaBank BSC, recently led the due diligence for the acquisition of a portfolio of wind power, solarpower and hydro power assets across Southern and Eastern Europe. Tasks includedassistance in providing advice to Sponsors on behalf of lenders during contract finalisation asprecursor to full due diligence including contract review and review of financial model inputsprior to financial close.OTHER EXPERIENCEJune 12 – Date Community Councillor, Mumbles Community Council. Representingthe residents of Mayals Ward.June 04 – May 12 County Councillor, City & County of Swansea. Elected to serve theresidents of Landore Ward (Hafod, Landore, Plasmarl & Cnap Llywd).May 10 – Date Chairman, Overview & Scrutiny Business Committee, City & Countyof Swansea. The Overview and Scrutiny Business Committee has across cutting and coordinating role in respect of the work of the overviewand scrutiny boards at the Council. The Committee has many rolesincluding: Agreeing the overview and scrutiny strategic work programmereport and monitoring the delivery of the overview and scrutiny workprogramme. www.swansea.gov.ukApril 08 – May 10 Chairman, Environment & Regeneration Overview Board, City & Countyof Swansea. Policy making committee of the City & County of Swansea.Policy projects include: New Tram Scheme, New Cycling Strategy, LocalProcurement Strategy. www.swansea.gov.uk2007 – 08 Independent Renewable Energy Consultant, Seren Energy Ltd,Renewable Energy Consultancy based in South Wales. Projects includewind and hydro power projects planning applications and projectmanagement. www.serenenergy.co.uk
  4. May 06 – Feb 07 Chairman, Education Scrutiny Committee, City & County of Swansea.Scrutiny committee of the City & County of Swansea. Scrutiny Projectsinclude: Healthy Eating in Schools, Schools Reorganisation Strategy.www.swansea.gov.ukMay 04 – May 06 Chairman, Economic Development Cabinet Advisory Committee, City &County of Swansea. Policy making committee of the City & County ofSwansea. www.swansea.gov.uk2000 – 2007 Director, EnergyTech Ltd, Swansea. A company working in therenewable energy (wind power, solar power etc) and energy efficiencysector, providing services and products. Projects included wind farmplanning applications and installations, hydro and solar power projects,energy auditing and renewable energy feasibility work and consultancy.Worked on TAN8 for WDA National Assembly for Wales).1998 – 2000 Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Energy Ltd, Swansea. Acompany working in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector.Projects included wind power and solar power installations and energyaudits. www.sustainable-energy.co.ukSECTOR EXPERIENCESince graduating from Loughborough University with an MSc in Renewable Energy SystemsTechnology Robert has gained experience over 15 years in the power & renewable energy(especially wind power) sector. To date he has been involved in renewable energy projectswith a combined total of over 8GW of installed capacity and an investment value of morethan US$ 13 billion. Thats enough renewable energy to power more than 6.5 million homes.His experience is in the following areas:• Structuring Project/Private Finance for renewables power projects up to £2 Billion invalue.• Good experience as Project Director for the Lenders Engineer / Independent Engineerrole on a number of wind power projects.• Managing a team of technical specialist across the world to meet project timescalesand budgets on power projects financed via the project/private finance route.• Analysis of renewable technologies, assessing social, environmental and economicimpacts, Assessment of energy loads and consumption profiles at developments.• Permitting for integration of renewable energy technologies. Preparing energy & otherstatements to accompany planning applications.• Managing projects from initial customer enquiry through to completion.• Advise clients on risks & rewards associated with renewable energy sources andpotential income streams.
  5. • Designing, seeing through the consenting process and project managing theinstallation of small and medium sized wind turbine/farm schemes.• A strong project management track record and have substantial experience in reportwriting and editing, project management and delivery and liaising with clients.• Experience of the due diligence process for the financing and for the acquisition ofwind power projects and portfolios of other renewable energy technologies.• Acting as Independent Engineer to verify assets for IPO (floatation) of renewableenergy companies on stock exchanges.• Robert has excellent skills in communication, business development and client/teammanagement and work well with demanding deadlines.• Experienced business development skills, bringing in major projects including theworld’s largest wind farm, the USA’s first offshore wind farm and 4 German offshorewind farms.• Experienced at growing a business and a team of professionals to meet ambitiousgrowth targets.Robert has over 10 years of experience in negotiating with Local Planning Authorities andother consenting bodies on energy and planning issues, and has an awareness of UK/EUenergy policy, including:• Producing Environmental Impact Assessments and all aspects of Additional PlanningStatements to accompany wind power planning applications.• He has a very good understanding of the UK (England, Wales & Scotland) EIA andplanning (permitting) regulations and a good general understanding of UK/Europeanenvironmental legislation.• Has 10 years experience of producing EIAs and Environmental Statements, includingnon-technical summaries and detailed technical reports, across a variety of projects.• He is experienced in UK planning (permitting) law and general development controland have experience of giving evidence at Planning Inquiry, and making PlanningAppeals including Appeal on Ground of Non-Determination.DIRECTORSHIPS• Environment Centre Swansea an independent charity (Charity no. 1039378, Non-execDirector), whose focus is environmental information, education and activity in SouthWest Wales (2011-2012)• Swansea & Mumbles Railway Company Ltd (current, Director) - working to bring atram system to the city of Swansea
  6. • Bay Leisure Ltd (2009, Non-exec Director) - runs the LC, Swanseas main LeisureCentre with 700,000 visits per year it is Wales most visited attraction• Swansea City Waste Disposal Company Ltd (2004-2008, Non-exec Director)-manages all the domestic and commercial waste in the County of Swansea, foraround 250,000 people• Balanz CO2 Ltd (2007-2009, Director) - a carbon trading company• Melyn Gwynt Ltd (2005-2007, Director) - special purpose vehicle company for windfarm development• Swansea Bay Energy Partnership Ltd (2004-2006, Director & Secretary) - specialpurpose vehicle company for wind farm development• EnergyTech Ltd (2000-2008, Managing Director) - renewable energy company• Fresh Approach To Ltd (2006-2009, Director) – ethical & environmental cleaningcompanyEDUCATION2012 – 2013 Middlesex University, London, UK2000 – 2002 Institute for Energy & Sustainable Energy, De Montfort University, UK1997 – 1998 Centre for Renewable Energy Systems, Dept. Electrical & ElectronicEngineering, Loughborough University, UK1995 - 1996 Fachhochschule Mannheim, Dept. for Sustainability & EnvironmentalTechnology, Mannheim, Germany1991 - 1997 Swansea University, Dept Mechanical Engineering, UK1989 - 1991 Selby Tertiary College, North Yorkshire, UK1984 - 1989 Selby High School, North Yorkshire, UKQUALIFICATIONSPostgraduate: P.G.Cert. The Mechanics of Project FinancePostgraduate: Ph.D. Grid connection of small renewables in the UK (unfinished)Postgraduate: M.Sc. Renewable Energy Systems TechnologyDegree: B.Eng. (Hons.) Mechanical Engineering with GermanLANGUAGES English - Mother LanguageGerman - FluentHOBBIES & INTERESTSRobert enjoys training in the gym, cycling, walking the dog andswimming. When at home in Swansea he loves to walk and swim inGower - a renowned National Park near by. He enjoys travelling, both at
  7. home and abroad. As a previous Governor and Chair of Governor’s at 3different schools in Swansea and as a former local County CouncillorRobert enjoys a strong sense of serving the community. His passion issustainability and making a difference in terms of “saving the planet”,and aside from promoting renewable energy he has been an advocatefor bringing trams back to Swansea and the Severn barrage scheme.PERSONAL DETAILSName: Robert SpehtQualifications: BEng MSc PGCert CEng MEI AMIMechEHome Address: Compton Lodge, Mill Lane, Blackpill,Swansea, SA3 5BD, UKEmail Address: robertspeht@googlemail.comMobile Phone: +44 (0) 7971 635 290General Health: ExcellentDate of Birth: 15th November 1972Driving Licence: Full, Clean and CurrentAffiliations: Member of the Energy Institute, Consultants list Institute of Energy,Associate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, member ofthe Liberal Democrats, life member of the Youth Hostel Association.

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