Tristan joined LR on our graduate scheme and is now our Clean Energy Market Sector Lead.
Tell us more about your role at LR?
My role is to essentially build market presence in this exciting and growing area of clean energy which includes the generation of clean renewable energy, but also the integration into existing systems, whether that's oil and gas or the shipping industry. Looking at all the new technologies there are these days, green hydrogen, offshore wind, floating offshore wind, they are all new areas which are due to grow hugely in the next few years due to the net 2050 zero carbon emissions that everybody is committing to around the world. I am building new propositions for LR to be part of those markets.
Why did you join?
I joined LR because they had this huge global footprint and were involved in so many different engineering areas so it was the first place I came to and got this really broad experience. The graduate scheme offered a brilliant training ground with practical experience in the offshore sector coupled with quality management and people skills development. LR also sponsored me to do a masters in sustainable energy technology in 2008, which I went off and did. When I came back I was the second employee in renewable energy and we worked on one of the first UK windfarms, and since then the team has grown. We are in a really good position in the UK, they were the first country to put 2050 net zero into law and we have great experience to take to the rest of the world.
Why did you stay?
I have stayed at LR because of the brilliant opportunities that this diverse and global business has provided. I have had the chance to travel the world, highlights include surveying superyachts in Falmouth, crossing the Atlantic 6 times on Queen Mary 2 and living in Malaysia for a couple of years. Being able to experience different cultures and different parts of the world has been great. What I am really interested in now are these new exciting areas. LR has such a strong part to play in new technology and we have always been involved in it. I am really enjoying the opportunity to work on this cutting edge technology which is all coming through and work towards that ultimate goal of making the world a better place through sustainability.
What qualifications did you need for your role?
I started off following the mechanical roots, so the pathway to becoming a chartered engineer. However I realised quite early on the importance of commerial and business elements of any decisions and found my comfort. I was able to take difficult engineering challenges and bring them to reality by bringing in the commercial element and the people element. In my role now you need to understand the technical bits, so you need a technical background and have to have spent time on the ground in the field, coupled with a commerical understanding and being able to manage people.
Can you describe a typical day at LR?
LR is split into 6 regions, and as I have a client facing global role I split my time accordingly. I start off by looking at what actions have happened in Asia. Often there are very immediate, short turn around questions for clients or bids to submit. I always try to carve out space in the day, to think about the bigger picture and the strategy, and then pick up with Europe and the US in the afternoon. My days are very pretty structured.
What has been your proudest moment?
It was when I was an engineering manager on one of the world's largest floating object and being able to follow that project from very early concept design to actual delivery in the field until it successfully got commissioned in Australia. It was hugely exciting to be involved in.
What is your favourite thing about LR?
The people! Our global footprint gives me the chance to work with people from across the globe who share in the same vision of making the world a safer and more sustainable place.