Crown Estate Scotland appoints former Beatrice principal as renewables lead

Colin Palmer, head of Marine, Crown Estate
Colin Palmer, head of Marine, Crown Estate

A former project manager for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm development will take the lead on renewables for Crown Estate Scotland.

Colin Palmer, who worked on the massive Moray Firth wind development until consent in 2014, will join the Scottish Crown Estate from his director position at Kite Power Systems.

As head of marine, Mr Palmer will lead the development of offshore renewable energy and aquaculture for the public body that manages the leasing of Scotland’ seabed.

The role will will also include responsibility for carbon capture and storage and cables and pipelines.

The Crown Estate Scotland said it is currently developing a new leasing round for offshore wind to allow more projects to be built late 2020s onwards.

Crown Estate Scotland chief executive Simon Hodge said: “Research tells us that our tenants and partners really value the expertise of our people. As we develop our long-term approach to managing seabed, coastline and land for the benefit of businesses and communities across Scotland, Colin’s appointment further strengthens our ability to contribute to a ‘Blue Economy’ boom for Scotland.”

Upon leaving the Beatrice project, Mr Palmer joined SSE as asset manager on the Forewind consortium’s Dogger Bank offshore wind developments off the Yorkshire coast.

Mr Palmer said: “Scotland’s seas are hugely important to our economy and our environment so joining the organisation that manages seabed leasing, and a team that has real depth and breadth of expertise, is an incredibly exciting prospect.”