Orkney Sustainable Energy Ltd   www.orkneywind.com


Orkney Sustainable Energy

Orkney Sustainable Energy Ltd was established in 1995 to manage, design and develop renewable energy projects, and has succesfully enabled the construction of a range of wind energy developments throughout Scotland. Our portfolio covers all aspects of wind energy, including design and development, environmental impact,  construction, operations and site management.

Richard Gauld, MD and owner of OSE, joined the wind industry in 1987, beginning his career as the Senior Technician on the experimental LS1 3MW turbine at Burgar Hill, Orkney.  His knowledge, experience and proven track record in the wind energy industry has led the company to develop a constructive approach, designing solutions to closely match clients requirements. Wind energy is now a mature industry, and while the continued production of renewable power is vital to combat climate change, the local economic benefits of the technology should not be underestimated.



Richard Gauld  BSc(Hons)

IEng MInstMC   Dip Des Inn   Dip Geo Sci


Richard Gauld has had major roles in a range of important renewable energy projects over the last three decades, including the first UK built wind turbine, the first UK windfarm and the first offshore wind project.  Richard is a Member of the Institute of Measurement and Control,  is a professional design engineer, is registered with the UK Engineering Council and has been awarded a special commendation for technological achievement.

Richard worked closely on a range of projects with the internationally respected consultancy firm Garrad Hassan and Partners, and through continuing professional development has studied and is qualified in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Oceanography, Earth Sciences, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Design, Innovation, Environmental Impact and Resources.  Richard is an Honours Science Graduate, specialising in Engineering, Design, Environmental Studies, Innovation and Earth Sciences.

The Team


Andrew Upton, MA CANTAB, MSc

Andrew joined the company in 2003 after completing his MSc in Environmental Economics, Policy and Risk at ICIT (Herriot Watt) in Stromness.  He completes the Ecology (botanical, mammal and ornithological)surveys and reports .  His particular field of interest is in birds and plants.  He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment with a MA in Applied Biology, and is now working freelance on a range of projects throughout Scotland.

Maureen Halcrow, BSc

Maureen provides administrative support and has worked with the company since 2001.


Phil Clubley

Phil was once a partner in the Stromness boat yard, and has a financial role with the company. Phil has been part of the team since 1995. 


David Lynn, BA (Hons), MSc

David is a seasoned archaeologist with over 25 years experience.  He is based in Glasgow but with strong Orkney connections.  David currently works freelance and current projects include a wind energy portfolio as well as assignments for Glasgow University.  Previous experience includes the post of Director of Scottish Archaeology.  His special interests are the Broch architecture of Northern Scotland and integrating our responsibilities for the care of the historic environment with opportunities for community development and sustainability.


Heddle Construction Ltd.

Our preferred civil construction and cranage company is Heddle Construction Ltd, Hatston Industrial Estate, Kirkwall.  Heddle Construction have provided civil engineering, roads, foundations, haulage and heavy lifting services on all our Orkney projects.  Contact Derek Heddle on 01856 888666.


M T Austin, BSc (Hons), CEng FICE, FIStructE

A long established civil engineer based in Kirkwall, Mick Austin provided the engineering design of the wind energy projects operating in Orkney, and was site manager during the first stages of the Burgar Hill wind energy project. 

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