Diversity in STEM subjects is addressed with “you can’t be what you can’t see” as the key principle. We actively seek the involvement of women and minorities in prominent roles in this project. Our experience leads us to believe that this can be an excellent contributor to broadening access to STEM careers.
The achievements and outcomes of all activities will be made available to all e.g. designs, videos, educational resources etc.
Brian is an engineering consultant specialising in fluid mechanics with >10 years of experience in marine renewable energy. Brian’s motivation for OurTide comes from first hand experience of the worldwide recognition – we might even say fame – of the Severn Estuary, in the engineering community at least, as a potential tidal energy site. This is contrasted with a modest level of knowledge and engagement in the local community. We can do better than that, which will result in a better tidal energy development.
Originally a chemistry teacher, Iain retrained as a software engineer before co-founding a 3D printing company, Bits From Bytes. After successfully selling the business, he returned to teaching to become head of computing at Clevedon school. As a teacher with an engineering mindset, Iain gives us a great link both to the school and to how to work with young people.
A physics graduate who now runs a growing software and web development company (Nuvola), James has long felt like a frustrated engineer. This project has given him a chance to combine his interest in engineering and renewable energy with his experience in building and promoting a business.
Sally is a practicing electronics, control and instrumentation engineer in Bristol with a broad range of experience in renewables, control systems and medical technology. Her interest for tidal energy stemmed from completing environmental surveys of regions to study fish and mammal population and the effects of marine installations to these populations. This partnered with her passion for creating educational material and events suitable for all ages means that Our Tide is the perfect passion project for her.
For over 20 years Amy has been running a Water Hygiene business (Dantek Environmental Services). Amy’s interest in tidal power started many years ago when the Severn barrage project was proposed, all very exciting at the time but sadly yet to be proven viable. Amy brings enthusiasm,common sense and a wealth of practical business knowledge to the team and through Ourtide intends to increase awareness of the incredible source of clean, environmentally friendly energy right on our coast.