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“Inspired by over 20 years working within marine defence research using the latest numerical modelling and experimental methods and materials”

Who are QED Naval?

About us

An experienced management team who have a track record of delivering technology of global significance.

QED Naval was founded in 2008 after over a decade of working within the naval defence research developing state of the art, SMART stealth technologies. This helped formulate the basics of product development using CADMID, (Concept, Assessment, Detailed Design, Manufacture, In-service and Decommissioning) where each stage of the products life is carefully considered.

Small design teams are represented on the board who are all experts in their own domain and are qualified to make informed decisions and consider the impact quickly. This allows ideas to evolve rapidly and get to a design point quicker.

Steered by an experienced management team who have a track record of delivering technology of global significance

The QED Team

Gordon McIntosh

Chairman

Gordon McIntosh is Chairman of Aberdeen International Associates Ltd (AIA) and a Director of Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG). He was appointed Director of Economic Development for Aberdeen City Council in 1995, and retired as Director of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure in 2016.
In 2016, he accepted, on approach from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, to be their Deputy Minister of Natural Resources. In completing his term, AIA accepted a consultancy in early 2019 to provide energy advice to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. A keen promoter of both the oil and gas, and renewable energy industries, he has been involved in many projects and programmes to develop a joint supply chain since 1997. He was responsible for the establishment of AREG, and projects he has been involved with include the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm) of which he was a Director, and the Aberdeen Hydrogen Strategy including the Hydrogen Bus Project.

Gordon also holds an honorary Professorship from Robert Gordon University.

Jeremy Smith

Managing Director

Jeremy Smith, founded QED Naval in March 2008 and has raised nearly £2m to finance the Subhub project and manages business development. Jeremy is used to delivering large scale procurement projects in his previous role within the Structures’ Delegated Design Authority (DDA) on the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier project. This was built on over a decades’ involvement in marine structures R&D within the ship and submarine structures departments at QinetiQ and its forebears DERA and DRA.

Keith Murray

Chief Commercial Officer

Keith Murray is an experienced director and renewable energy business leader, having developed and grown organisations, large infrastructure projects and led industry change.
As a degree qualified, chartered, quantity surveyor with a Master’s Degree in Infrastructure and Project Management, Keith has worked across renewable energy, construction, FM / BPO, and health sectors, leading change, developing large teams, taking them to good then great. With experience in renewable energy and construction, Keith has led, funded, and managed startups, M&A's, strategic transformations, turnarounds, and large capex projects. This has included the acquisition of Tocardo Turbines and the Netherland’s OTP/ Oosterschelde Dam (largest turbine array in world) and UK Biogas projects.

Dr. Corey Badger

Lead Hydrodynamics Engineer

Corey is a Fluid Loading Engineer specialising in CFD methods. Her Ph.D was in multi-phase fluids and she applies her knowledge and learning from her studies to the tidal turbines and performance and extreme loading on the Subhub platform. Corey also supports QED Naval in the development of the TWEET modelling tools given her expertise in MatLab and numerical modelling methods.

Andrew Skocz

Engineering and Production Manager

Andrew formally ran his own mechanical design consultancy business alongside a engineering fabrication company that he partnered in for over a decade. He is also a qualified auditor for quality assessments.
His role at QED Naval is to lead the mechanical engineering and production outputs for the next generation, industrial scale Subhub-ID tidal platform. He has developed good analytical skills to utilise the ANSYS Mechanical FEA solver and supports the other engineering requirements for the Subhub.

Ivan Au

Project and Procurement Manager

Ivan joined QED Naval in March 2022 to assist in the day to day running of the office. His role has included assisting in the procurement stage within the TIGER Project between the engineering team and contractors. He also helps with Project Management; administrating staff timesheets, monitoring deliverables and completing project tasks. Additionally, he fulfills the logistical requirements of travel and subsistence.

Gonzalo Azqueta

Lead Naval Architect

Gonzalo is a well qualified Naval Architect formally working within the legal and insurance company to assess claims of marine incidents along with safety management systems. He completed his Masters in Naval Architecture at Strathclyde University and his thesis was on fuel cells for ferry.
His role at QED has been to support the operations of the Subhub-CD during its validation stage along with the development of the Subhub-ID platform in all its conditions including launch, transit, installation or dive and in-service conditions.
Gonzalo is a talented programmer and leads the development of QED's in-house design software for wave and tidal devices called TWEET using his Python programming skills.

Andy Burton

Operations Manager

Andy joins the QED Naval team as our Operations Manager. In a varied career spanning over 40 years, he originally served in the Royal navy, after which he transferred to the merchant navy where he qualified as a Master Mariner. Other roles have included conducting sea trials for new build ships for BAE Systems Maritime, marine coordinator in the wind industry and lately 6 years as Offshore Operations Manager on tidal systems, conducting installation and operations including subsea infrastructure. Andy is at the forefront of QED’s drive for the installation, and subsequent operation, of our Community Subhub Tidal Platform and he is very familiar with the many challenges of building and deploying marine structures, along with the day-to-day marine operations required to operate and maintain them.

Andy Green

Systems Integration Engineer

Andy joined the QED Naval team in early June 2023 from his role at Minesto as a Mechanical Engineer. His role is to manage the system integration of the Subhub-CD, community scale tidal platform and Tocardo T1 tidal turbines. This involves managing the Subhub Platform Management System (SPMS) which entails work packages for the platform (ballast systems control), turbines (SCADA), and environmental resource and impact monitoring systems.

Furthermore it is his responsibility to develop all these systems for the industrial size platform along with a self levelling system for the platform. He will be involved with the development of the blades and manufacturing processes used to produce the complex geometries and material properties required.

Graduating from the University of Strathclyde, Andy's interest in marine renewables was first established while working in Brazil and the Faroes implement the new and novel D4 Minesto Drago device. He is motivated to make a tidal part of the renewable energy mix.

Frederick Gibbs

Research Engineer (Electrical Machines Design)

Fred joined QED in June 2023 as an IDCORE Research Engineer. He is undertaking his EngD research with QED, focusing on the development of Tocardo’s electrical machines. Having graduated from the University of St Andrews with an Integrated Masters in Physics, Fred joined the IDCORE program to apply this knowledge to the renewables sector. To their mutual delight, Fred was matched with QED during the IDCORE matching event to work on the R&D of the utility scale turbines, where he will draw on his experience of numerical modelling of radar using Matlab and python to optimise the design.

Sam Harrison

Electrical Engineer

Sam joined QED in 2024 as a Part-Time Electrical Engineer. Outside of QED he is a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Strathclyde. His research surrounds the control and configuration of power converters, with specific focus on control to support power system stability and the development of multiport power converters. At QED, Sam supports the configuration of power take off components, develops control strategies, and is involved in modelling tasks to better understand the operation of the Subhub ID system.

Matthew Hodges

Tidal Analyst

Matt works as a tidal analyst for QED focusing on generating tidal models for our site locations using TELEMAC. These will be used in conjunction with the TWEET to produce accurate predictions of power generation. His MSC thesis at Bangor centred around the Morlias tidal test area which led him to QED. He is very passionate about tidal energy and its role in the energy transition.

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11 Castle St, Edinburgh EH2 3AH, UK

+44 (0) 131 202 0362

+44 (0) 778 000 6602

enquiry@qednaval.co.uk

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