Neil Kermode was appointed in 2005 as Managing Director of the European Marine Energy Centre in Stromness, Orkney. He has overseen the contractual filling of the test berths and is now overseeing the physical installation of the wave and tidal devices at the site. In addition the staffing and facilities at EMEC are being enhanced to meet the continuously developing needs of the developers coming to the sites.
Before EMEC, Neil worked as a project developer of a tidal scheme in Orkney following 6 years at the Environment Agency dealing with regulation and development issues, particularly relating to public participation in decisions on flooding, waste and water resources. He was a keen scuba diver and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Chartered Environmentalist.