Grimsby graduate about to become the subject of her offshore wind thesis
Top left, Gareth Russell and Wendy Sheard of ABP. Below, Humberside-based helicopter provider CHC’s stand. Right, Lauren Little of North East Lincolnshire Council and Alison Mitchell of Wilkin Chapman at Global Offshore Wind 2018.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 20 Jul 2018
Grimsby graduate Lauren Little wrote her thesis on the impact offshore wind could have on her home town, and this past month was at an international conference and exhibition helping market the area in her inward investment support role with North East Lincolnshire Council.
She found herself embedded in the words that helped earn her a degree in geography from Newcastle University in 2015, and will soon be fully immersed as she prepares to join Orsted in the role of stakeholder advisor for the Humber.
Lauren said: “I found I was really interested in the impact the offshore wind industry was having in places across the UK after listening to a lecture at university back in 2013, focusing on the impact it was having in the North East. For me, it was a natural decision to undertake a research project on the impact of this exciting new industry on my home town of Grimsby.
“My family have always worked in the seafood sector and I wanted to understand more about the evolution of Grimsby and the new path it was taking.”
As she completed her secondary and further education at King Edward Grammar School in Louth, travelling from Grimsby, Lynn, Inner Dowsing and Lincs wind farms were emerging off the Lincolnshire coast.
Then as she headed up the coast to Newcastle, Westermost Rough and Humber Gateway were being realised off East Yorkshire.
Returning, Race Bank was about to be built, with the world-leading Hornsea proposals also on the drawing board.
“I felt really lucky I was able to talk to businesses large and small about the opportunities this new industry is bringing – I spoke to 17 key stakeholders and had a really valuable insight into the impact of offshore wind in Grimsby,” she recalled.
She secured a graduate placement with NELC after university, and after six months was offered a position in the economic development team. “I have spent the last two-and-a-half-years supporting businesses, aiding the growth of our key sectors and promoting North East Lincolnshire as a great place to work, stay, play and invest,” she said.
“It was fantastic to attend my first major event and promote North East Lincolnshire on a national stage. Grimsby has established itself as an O&M centre of excellence servicing some of the world’s largest offshore wind farms.
“It has been amazing to see the innovation, change and fast-pace of the industry since I first started my research, and I am excited for what’s to come and what further impact it will have.”
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