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Gavin Hawes


Gavin Hawes

Gavin Hawes

Gavin Hawes

Consultant - Development

Gavin joined LSP back in August 2022 as a Delivery Consultant. Gavin's recruitment focus is on all areas of project development within the renewable energy industry. This will include, but is not limited to: Onshore and Offshore Consents Managers, Environmental Consultants, Fisheries Managers, Stakeholder Managers, etc... 

Gavin Jobs

Offshore Wind

Land Transaction Manager

Swindon, Wiltshire, South West, England

JOB ID: #7035 Land Transaction Manager  Location: Swindon, UK This role is within our Clients Offshore Wind Development and Consents Team. There is a need to recruit a Land Transaction Manager (LTM) to manage land acquisition activity on current and future offshore wind projects. The role will deliver and maintain necessary land agreements with landowners and ensure the delivery of other required third party agreements with interested parties to the project. Key responsibilities of the Land Transaction Manager will include: Responsible for negotiation of all legal agreements to secure identified land for survey works, construction & operations activities including land for electrical infrastructure, habitat management and access. Includes securing any additional land requirements as a result of required infrastructure changes.Exercise the compulsory acquisition rights granted as part of the DCO as required at the construction phase.Oversee all external support for land acquisition and compulsory acquisition process, including real estate lawyers, CPO lawyers and external land agentsResponsible for novation of all relevant land agreements to the OFTOWork closely with the Onshore Consent Managers and Project Development Manager to provide land transaction advice that might affect onshore scheme definition/routing etc in order to minimise project risk.Work in collaboration with the agricultural liaison officers .Negotiate land and crossing agreements to maintain a project’s commercial position and minimise overall project risk.Responsible for ongoing relationship management with landowners throughout the development phase, through construction and subsequently operations.Liaises with National Grid (Electricity and Gas), Network Rail, UKPN, Cadent Gas, The Crown Estate, utility providers, Highways departments & local authorities.Reports functionally into the Project Development Manager for the project. General line management is through the Team Lead for Consents – North SeaTravel to site required for meetings with landowners and land agents. Attendance at public meetings as required by the project. Key pre-consent responsibilities of a Land Transaction Manager at our client include: Identification and implementation of an optimum land transaction strategy for the project.Work collaboratively with the project team to design the project, taking all relevant land considerations into account.Support the project’s external land agents and the real estate lawyers.Support the consent team to submit the DCO application, including for the compulsory acquisition rightsDeliver and maintain necessary land agreementsDevelop positive working relationships with landowners and their agents.Ensure HSE compliance by external parties visiting siteEnsure land risks are identified and appropriately controlledProactively share relevant lessons learnt and best practice between projects in the wider portfolioComplete land transaction input into the examination process, including responses to relevant exam questions and written reps    Knowledge and Skills: Degree or equivalent in relevant field, such as estate management, planning, legal or commercial negotiation;Appropriate qualification/ membership e.g. RICSExperienced manager (several years) with demonstrable experience in negotiating legal agreements for the acquisition of land preferably with first–hand experience of the CPO process;Demonstrable experience in management of people, budgets, programmes, risks and report writing;A thorough understanding of land transaction agreements and the consenting process and associated issues;Experience of renewable energy, utility, or offshore industries advantageous, particularly: electrical infrastructure issues associated with an offshore wind farm or linear development;Good communication skills in English and proven abilities in stakeholder management;Well organised and able to coordinate multiple people and work streamsExperience in working on projects and in teams where interfaces between a range of technical disciplines exist;Be highly motivated and have the ability to work to project deadlines;Have great communication and interpersonal skills.

Co-Location / Integration Engineer - BESS


JOB ID: #7003 Co-Location / Integration Engineer - BESS Location: Warsaw, Poland  Our client is looking for a proactive and driven BESS Co-location Engineer to join an expanding team of energy storage experts. In this role, you will be instrumental in supporting the integration of energy storage assets with our existing and forthcoming solar PV projects. Responsibilities will include assessing project feasibility, overseeingcolocation workflows, conducting cost-benefit analyses, and offering support acrossproject planning and implementation stages. Collaborating closely with cross-functional teams, you will spearhead the delivery of colocation energy storage initiatives, making a substantial contribution to the organisation's growth and success in the Polish energy storage market. Key Responsibilities Responsible for completing analysis of solar PV sites to assess the potential of BESS co-location.Collaborate with the legal, divestment, engineering, and financial teams to meet re-permitting milestones.Supporting with detailed site analysis with the Engineering team to optimise the site design according to BESS size and required equipment.Completing revenue modelling of BESS assets with pre-development and operational PV sites.Assist with documentation preparation of the Land Lease.Agreements, Grid Connection Acceptance, and Zoning Decisions.Prepare regular progress reports for higher management.Work with external companies to produce detailed financial reports for portfolio level re-permitting analysis.Support as an Analyst for the BESS Development and Project Managers when not at full capacity.  Requirements 1 to 3 years of work experience in BESS or Solar development projects regulatory documentation preparation.A bachelor's degree in energy engineering, electrical engineering, mechanicalengineering, environmental science, economics, mathematics, statistics, or a related discipline.Written and spoken fluency in English and Polish is requiredAn understanding of development considerations for BESS assets including electrical connection requirements, spacing, safety standards, and industry best practices.Knowledge of grid connection requirements, grid codes, and grid stability considerations specific to the Polish electricity grid.Comfortable reading and editing straight-line diagrams for battery energy storage systems.Confident in managing interactions with multiple Polish Distribution System Operators (DSOs), legal representatives, and other stakeholders.Proficient in delivering necessary grid and regulatory documentation to facilitate smooth BESS co-location processes.Organised and pro-active person, that is willing to lead and take on further responsibilities as the BESS team grows.A self-motivated, team player that is always looking for ways to help the team improve its processes.MS Office (advanced financial modelling with Excel is advantageous).BESS modelling software (Homer, StorageVET) AutoCAD.


Project Development Manager - Battery Storage

Berlin, Germany

JOB ID: #7001 Project Development Manager - Battery Storage Location: Berlin, Germany Our client is looking for a Project Development Manager in Battery Storage to play a pivotal role within the expanding BESS team. Responsible for all pre-development activities and new market assessments, they will guide towards the most promising projects in Poland, Hungary, and emerging markets. The primary focus of the Development Manager will be on identifying viable standalone BESS projects, while also providing support for re-permitting processes to enable co-location opportunities. They will report directly to the Head of BESS and will be supported by analysts, developers, and engineers. Key ResponsibilitiesWorking closely with Head of BESS to define strategy and implement and grow the BESS division with the various businesses.Sourcing potential BESS project opportunities in Poland, Hungary and emerging markets.Identifying opportunities for BESS development based on analysis, regulatory trends, and co-location opportunities within.Conducting feasibility studies and technical assessments to evaluate the viability of potential energy storage projects, considering factors such as site suitability, grid integration, economics, and permitting requirements.Working directly with and Spectris Engineering and third-party contractors to ensure BESS projects are on time, within budget, and meet regulatory requirements.Conduct comprehensive market research in collaboration with BESS analyst to identify and assess potential BESS projects in new markets. Qualifications 5 + years of work experience in BESS or Solar development projects.In depth knowledge of development considerations for BESS assets including electrical connection requirements, spacing, safety standards, and industry best practices.Excellent knowledge in the technical aspects of energy systems and solar + BESS co-location.A clear understanding of European energy markets and ancillary services.Comfortable adapting and appraising BESS financial modelsA good understanding of arbitrage markets and ancillary service opportunities for BESS assets in Poland.Motivated, pro-active person, that is willing to lead and take on further responsibilities as the BESS team grows.Ability and proven experience to develop and initiate new business units and deploy projects in new markets.Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.Experience with MS Office (advanced financial modelling with Excel is advantageous)Understanding of BESS modelling software (Homer, StorageVET)

Offshore Wind

Consent Discharge Offshore Lead

London, Greater London, South East, England

JOB ID: #6970Consent Discharge Offshore LeadLocation: London or Edinburgh Role Our client is looking for a high calibre individual to join their offshore wind consenting teams in order to support the project in the planning and preparing for the pre-construction phase. The Offshore Consents Lead/Advisor will work as a part of the consenting team, reporting to the Consent Manager/Lead. The candidate will also need to work with the Consents Optimisation Lead who is responsible for optimising the schedule and activities for the Project, including critical path pre-construction consenting and discharge activities.Responsibilities • Working closely with the Consents team, and Consents Optimisation Lead, responsible for scoping and planning all activities and surveys that may be required to facilitate the discharges of consent conditions (including Deemed Marine Licenses) in relation to pre-construction and construction programme, including all other necessary consents and licenses that may be required to facilitate the Project• Leading on contracting and procuring the relevant environment and other consultancy support to facilitate the pre-construction activities for responsible areas• Managing the programme of deliverables from the consultants in the responsible areas• Responsible liaising with the rest of the Project consents team to ensure that there is alignment across the Project• Responsible for liaising with other internal stakeholders in relation to the responsible area e.g. engineering, lands and commercial, where applicable. • Ensure strong cooperation within the Project between onshore, intertidal and offshore packages in relation to offshore consenting risk and deliverables• Develop and implement strategies (including risk management strategies) for relevant responsible areas• Contract and budget management in relation to responsible areas• Input to and support Consent manager on resource needs, programme, and risks in relation to the responsible areas• Provide updates on key showstoppers on the responsible areas to the Consent Manager, including updates to the Project risk registerRequirements • Degree in relevant environmental or consenting discipline• Experience of large-scale EIA and/or DCO projects, preferably offshore wind• Experience of pre-construction and discharge activities and processes• Preferably some experience of planning applications, and working with local planning authorities• Experience of other consents and licenses – e.g. EPS and marine licensing• Knowledge of understanding impact assessment for offshore and intertidal topic areas• Experience of developing strategies for high risk consenting topics• Experience with working in a multidisciplinary team and across different cultures• Experience with developing and implementing QA process• Experience with stakeholder and regulators, relevant to England and Wales, is an advantage but not essential• Preferably, with experience working with English and Welsh legislative frameworks• Experience of procurement activities would be preferable• Experience in planning for and discharging offshore and intertidal requirements and conditions, and Deemed Marine Licenses

Offshore Wind

Senior Consent Manager

Swindon, Wiltshire, South West, England

 JOB ID: #6969 Senior Consent Manager Location: Swindon, UK We are supporting our client who is seeking a Senior Consent Manager (SCM) to oversee Consenting activity on current and future offshore wind projects. The role will co-ordinate the many aspects of project development including delivering and maintaining the necessary consents for the project. The role will also deliver and maintain necessary land agreements with landowners and ensure the delivery of other required third-party agreements with interested parties to the project.  The SCM must ensure the consent and agreements obtained allow for the construction, operation and maintenance of all necessary project assets including the grid connection. They will also ensure approval and delivery of any required supply chain plans. All these activities should be delivered to programme and on budget.  Key ResponsibilitiesOverall responsibility for consents, consents compliance, fisheries, land transactions and environmental management.Overall responsibility for ensuring the delivery of the approved Supply Chain Plan.Overall responsibility for the management of commercial fisheries issues on the project.Member of the Senior Management Team attending bi-weekly meetings.Delivery of plans and discharge of consent conditions and requirements to enable the construction of the project to continue according to the programme.Responsible for weekly and monthly project reporting, creating relevant budget lines, and managing and tracking all relevant risks relating to consents, fisheries, land transactions and environmental management.Manage additional consent and licence applications and licence variation as required.Interface with package, legal, engineering and commercial teams as appropriate to ensure consenting requirements are understood and accounted for in all decision making.Lead on liaison with relevant package teams, ensuring compliance with necessary consent conditions, statutory reporting requirements and landowner agreementsSupport on the OFTO sale processManagement of team members, setting targets and undertaking annual reviews for performance on the project.Liaison with adjacent offshore wind project where required.Proactively share lessons learnt and best practice between projects in the wider portfolioSupport with preparing the project for the operational phase. Key pre-consent responsibilitiesIdentification and implementation of an optimum consenting strategyLead project team to deliver and maintain the necessary consents for the projectLead project team to deliver and maintain necessary land lease agreementsLead Project team to deliver and maintain necessary third-party agreements, including any Planning Performance AgreementsFunctional Management and motivation of project consent team personnelCoordinate and supervise project development activities and interface with other core project staff and other project teamsEnsure HSE compliance by project consents team and team interface to project HSE manager.Complete contracts with Lead EIA and Planning LawyersLiaison and co-ordination with project partners, key consultants and other supporting contractors, e.g. National GridLiaison activities with government and other key stakeholders (e.g. offshore regulators, Crown Estate, statutory consultees, relevant sea users), including support for PR messagingLocal stakeholder, political and media management working with internal press office and political affairs teamsLiaison with JV partners as appropriateEnsure consent and land risks are identified and appropriately controlledManage the consenting budget and deliver workstreams on scheduleDeliver an approved supply chain plan for the projectLead on project relevant consultation responsesProactively share lessons learnt and best practice between projects in the wider portfolioEnsure Consenting input into examination process, including responses to exam questions and written reps Knowledge and SkillsEnhanced people management skills including motivational and support skillsWell organised and able to deliver multiple work streams on a large projectProven competencies in project development including proven ability at project manager levelBe highly motivated and have the ability to work to various project deadlinesHave good communication and interpersonal skills at a range of levels internally and externallyLikely to have at least 10 years relevant experience of consenting, ideally in the offshore wind disciplineDetailed understanding of offshore and onshore planning issues and all stages of the DCO process including Examination.Ability to influence and persuade stakeholders Other informationReports to Team Lead Consents on a line basis and the Project Director on a project basis.The role will require travel to meetings in Swindon. Travel to other locations in the UK and Europe may be required.Essential that you have a driving licence


Head of Project Development

Greece, Greece, Greece

Job Overview: The Head of Solar Power Plant Development is responsible for leading and overseeing all aspects of solar power plant/battery storage development projects. This role involves strategic planning, project management, team leadership, stakeholder engagement, and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations and standards.Key Responsibilities:Strategic Planning and Execution: Develop and implement strategies for the successful development of solar power projects, including site selection, land securitization, grid availability, feasibility studies, and financial modellingProject Management: Oversee the entire lifecycle of solar power plant projects from conception to completion, including design, procurement, construction, and commissioning. Prepare all relevant application files, follow up the application processTeam Leadership: Lead and manage a multidisciplinary team of engineers, project managers, and other professionals to achieve project goalsStakeholder Engagement: Liaise with government bodies, local communities, investors, advisors, lawyers and other stakeholders to ensure smooth project progressionBudget Management: Oversee the budget and financial aspects of solar power projects, ensuring they are completed within the allocated resourcesRegulatory Compliance: Ensure all projects comply with local, national, and international environmental, health, and safety standardsInnovation and Sustainability: Promote the adoption of innovative technologies and sustainable practices in renewable energy sectorQualifications:Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering, Renewable Energy, or related fieldExtensive experience in solar power plant development or related renewable energy projects. Ideally 10 years’ experience in the Renewable Energy Business, 5 years’ solid experience in developing greenfield Solar PV projectsProven track record in project management and team leadershipStrong understanding of financial modeling and budget managementExcellent communication and stakeholder management skillsWillingness to travel frequently across ItalyGIS, PV Syst (or equivalent) knowledgeNative for local language and Fluent in English

Offshore Wind

Offshore Consents Manager

Remote work, England

Scope of WorksFull responsibility for offshore aspects of the EIA and HRA in order to deliver a robust and deliverable Development Consent Order and Marine Licence.Contribute to relevant aspects of the drafting of the project’s Development Consent Order and Marine LicenceResponsible for securing additional environmental consents and licences as may be required through the development processPrinciple liaison and negotiation with the fishing industry and third party offshore operators to secure necessary commercial agreements.Assistance in procurement for, and management of, EIA consultants and other contractors as required to progress development.Liaison with project engineers to define the offshore aspects of the project’s consent envelope.Interface management within the Project to ensure communication between the relevant work package managers, contractors, consenting consultants and key stakeholders. DeliverablesManagement of offshore surveys, survey methodologies and collection of offshore data suitable for EIA/HRA, ensuring that any offshore survey work procured by the offshore consents team is conducted in a safe and efficient manner.Development, implementation and day-to-day management of the offshore consents plan and programme, including delivery of key consents milestones in order to achieve consent.Develop strong working relationships across the Project to ensure consent requirements are integrated into all relevant contracts and project design.Engagement with key project stakeholders and statutory bodies in order to develop cooperative relationships and deliver consents.Ensure compliance with any consent requirements and licence conditions during development through liaison with statutory authorities, package managers and contractors.Programme reporting, risk management and budget management for relevant offshore workstreams RequirementsDemonstrable competence and experience of working in a major infrastructure project and management of stakeholder issues.offshore experience is required for this , please do not submit anyone who does not have this.SkillsA strong understanding of the DCO and Marine Licence process.Analytical skills – ability to work to a high level of accuracy and to produce a high standard of written workEvidence of success in forming and maintaining working relationships in a multi-disciplinary environmentStrong organisational skills with the ability to organise work to meet deadlinesThe ability to respond to changing priorities and demands and adopt a flexible approach to working