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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

PR Stakeholder Manager

Warszawa, Mazowieckie, Poland

Our client is looking for a PR Stakeholder Manager to join their team. ResponsibilitiesSupport communication efforts and coordinate CSR activities.Organize and oversee events and CSR programs.Gather and convey information to stakeholders, ensuring their needs are met.Overview of stakeholder management and engagement activities.Manage internal stakeholders.Follow up on local community engagement and maintain working relationships with community interest groups.Coordinate with other Work Streams on stakeholder-related activities.Develop strategies for proactive stakeholder engagement and issue resolution.Manage a Grievance Mechanism for stakeholder Major TasksOrganize and coordinate CSR activities, events, and conferences.Prepare press materials and multimedia content for communications activitiesMonitor and aggregate stakeholder needs and feedback.Support packages team with activities with the local community to create local acceptance for the project.Ensure the preparation of project information and public consultation material.Follow up on local community engagement and address local complaints issues relevant to the project.Develop and maintain a stakeholder register.Prepare and distribute stakeholder newsletters.Conduct regular meetings with stakeholders to address concerns and provide updates.Collaborate with communication teams to prepare materials for stakeholder engagement.Implement feedback mechanisms to capture stakeholder input.Monitor the effectiveness of stakeholder engagement activities.Coordinate with external agencies and consultants on stakeholder-related projects.Prepare reports on stakeholder activities and outcomes.Ensure stakeholder engagement aligns with the client’s CSR objectives.Develop and maintain a stakeholder communication feedback loop to ensure continuous improvement.Coordinate with legal and compliance teams to address any stakeholder-related legal issues.Maintain Grievance Mechanism to handle stakeholder complaints and issues.Regularly review and update the Grievance Mechanism to ensure its effectiveness.Other tasks supporting the work of the whole stream. Key DeliverablesSuccessful CSR events and programs.Comprehensive reports on CSR activities and events.A stakeholder register and database with their needs and feedback.Stakeholder management plan.Project press releases & media briefings.Local community events and engagements.Regular stakeholder newsletters.Feedback reports from stakeholders.Documentation of stakeholder meetings and interactions.Reports on the effectiveness of stakeholder engagement strategies.Risk register related to stakeholder engagement.Grievance Mechanism process documentation and records.Reports on grievances received and resolved. Qualifications3-5 years of experience in stakeholder engagement and management2+ years of experience within the energy industryLocal experience (Project location/ area) is desirable

Onshore Wind

Communities Manager

Scotland

JOB ID: #7116 Communities Manager Location: Scotland The Community Lead plays a pivotal role in fostering robust and dynamic relationships between our client’s company and the communities we serve. This position demands a proactive, strategic, and compassionate approach to community engagement, with a strong emphasis on transparent communication, financial stewardship, and the development of innovative funding and ownership models. The Community Lead ensures their community projects are not only well-communicated internally and externally but are also financially sustainable and align with their organisation's values and goals. Responsibilities Support the drafting and refinement of communications related to community-focused projects, ensuring clarity, engagement, and alignment with their organisation's goals, including supporting the preparation of internal briefing packs, updating website content, and creating promotional materials.Oversee community support budgets for individual projects and general company sponsorship opportunities, ensuring financial efficiency and effectiveness, enabling their projects to maximize their impact within the communities we serve.Organise and manage quarterly funding panels, including the preparation of internal briefing documents with funding recommendations, ensuring that funding allocation is strategic, transparent, and supports projects with the highest potential for community impact.Support the development and implementation of Community Investment Funds, Initial Investment Funds, and Shared Ownership Models to foster community empowerment, financial sustainability, and a sense of ownership over community projects.Coordinate and oversee community events, including meetings and drop-in sessions, to engage with community members, gather feedback, and build strong relationships to ensure their projects are community-driven and reflect the needs and aspirations of the communities we work with.Act as the primary liaison between their company and the communities across all projects which involves ensuring that communities are continuously engaged, informed, and heard, thereby building trust and fostering long-term relationshipsSupport discussions around Community Investment Funds, Initial Investment Funds, and Shared Ownership Models, which involves advocating for innovative funding and ownership structures that benefit both the community and the company.Support engagement efforts with community-based organisations such as Foundation Scotland, Local Energy Scotland, and Community Development Trusts in order to build strategic partnerships, leverage support, and enhance the impact of their community projects.Work closely with colleagues in the External and Corporate Affairs Team to ensure consistency and effectiveness in the preparation and distribution of briefing documents, presentations, and other promotional materials. Technical Competencies Project Management- Skilled in planning, executing, and finalizing projects according to strict deadlines and within budget, including acquiring resources and coordinating the efforts of team members and third-party contractors or consultants.Financial Management- Understanding of financial forecasting, and financial reporting, understanding the principles of financial stewardship and accountability, ensuring resources are used effectively to support community projects.Event Planning and Coordination- Demonstrates experience in planning, organising, and executing successful events and meetings, from conceptualisation to evaluation.Knowledge of Community Development Principles- Kowledge of community development strategies, principles, and practices, familiarity with concepts of shared ownership, investment funds, and social empowerment initiatives. Behavioural Competencies Strategic thinking- Demonstrates the ability to foresee, plan, and manage resources efficiently, ensuring that community engagement strategies are aligned with the company’s long-term goalsEmpathy and Cultural Sensitivity- Exhibits a deep understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse needs, cultures, and backgrounds of community members, ensuring that all engagement efforts are inclusive and equitableEffective Communication- Comfortable with both verbal and written communication, adept at conveying complex information in an understandable, engaging, and persuasive manner to a variety of audiencesCollaborative Teamwork- Shows a strong ability to work cooperatively with others, sharing knowledge, learning from feedback, and contributing positively to the team’s objectives. Values the input and expertise of colleagues and community members alikeProblem Solving- Demonstrates excellent analytical skills and the ability to solve complex problems creatively and effectively. Adapts to changing circumstances, challenges, and opportunities with a positive attitude and flexibility Experience & Qualifications Proven experience in community management, project management, or a related roleDemonstrated ability to lead and coordinate events and meetingsExperience working with community-based organisations and understanding of community investment strategiesUnderstanding of budget management, funding mechanisms, and financial reporting

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.

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

Solar

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