Nova Innovation Expands Wales Team and Presence

Nova Innovation has opened a new office in Wales and appointed Dr Kate Smith as environment manager.

The opening of Nova’s office in Galeri community enterprise centre in Caernarfon is being supported by funding from Cronfa Cymunedau’r Arfordir (Coastal Communities Fund).

Simon Forrest, CEO Nova Innovation said: “We are delighted to be growing the Welsh side of our business, and excited about the opportunities here for a thriving and sustainable marine energy industry that is good for business and for the people of Wales. Our commitment to sustainable development, local investment and supply chain sourcing is at the heart of Nova’s vision.”

Simon added: “We’re extremely pleased to have Kate on board at Nova. She brings a wealth of local knowledge and environmental consenting and regulatory experience, from her previous roles, most recently at Natural Resources Wales. Kate is exactly the person we need to help deliver Nova’s projects in North Wales.”

Kate will be involved in several exciting research projects to improve the technical and environmental evidence base for tidal devices and arrays.

Kate Smith said: “Nova Innovation is a world leader in tidal energy, with a dynamic and talented team and is well-placed to succeed in this emerging new industry. I’m extremely excited to join the business, and very much look forward to playing my part in its future growth.”

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