OWC turned 10 years old just before the end of 2021, but due to COVID, it took a few months before we could celebrate properly.
On the 16th of June, most of the global OWC staff met for an ‘away day’ (and evening) of workshops, bonding, and of course, celebration. They were joined by staff from Innosea and East Point Geo and the ABL onshore renewables team.
With the pandemic keeping us in our dining rooms or bedrooms for the best part of 3 years, the huge growth in OWC has meant that many of us had not met before. So apart from celebrating 10 years, it was so important to meet as a team, build relationships, and also look ahead with strategy and initiatives.
So where did those 10 years go? OWC was established as the Offshore Wind Consultants Limited in London by our late Chairman, Ian Bonnon, and Melanie O’Brien in November 2011. Now, as OWC, it is an internationally renowned renewable energy consultant with offices from Tokyo to Rio, and New York to Warsaw, with many locations in between (and more planned), filled with some of the most expert and passionate renewable energy consultants around and working on some of the most complex, and challenging offshore wind projects.
Will Cleverly joined soon after as a young engineer, and OWC, in the first half of its life, was mainly focused on project management and geotechnical engineering. In the second half of its first decade, it has grown into a global full-service energy consultancy adding the likes of yield and resource, grid and electrical, geophysical engineering, structural engineering, naval architects, T&I specialists, and strategy and policy advisors, amongst many other disciplines and deliver owner’s engineering, independent engineering, and project management across fixed and floating wind.
It was during this time that it was acquired by the ABL Group, back then called Aqualis. It was this support and belief by the parent that allowed the impressive growth and expansion.
The OWC ‘away day’ celebrated and recognised that we are different… but also the same. The same company with the deep core beliefs of family, ethics, and quality, so important to our founder Ian Bonnon, but taken on first by Will Cleverly, who succeeded Ian, and then by Katherine Phillips. But also different, now truly dominant and admired technical advisor in all global offshore wind markets supporting developers, investors, governments, and NGOs in strategy, policy, development, and construction.
The objective of this day was to help bed in these values, bond our global team, and also look ahead at what is next for OWC. We shared a new structure to help facilitate the next phase of OWC’s development… more on that in the months to come.
We also enjoyed our team bonding games, and the weather could not have been better. And in the evening, we celebrated, remembered, and got to know each other better.
Here’s to the next 10 years!
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