Chris Lewis – Profile

Chris’ electrical /mechanical background is in the maritime industry, firstly serving his apprenticeship in the Royal Navy as a Weapons Engineering Mechanic (Radio), servicing and maintaining electrical and electronic radar and radio equipment. After leaving the service Chris joined the Merchant Navy working in an electro/mechanical role on a number of vessels gaining a broad base of mechanical knowledge and obtaining engineering watch keeping status. In 2005 Chris joined Vestas Celtic UK working in  a construction/ commissioning and service role throughout the UK and Ireland, this gave him the opportunity to gain varied and extensive knowledge of all aspects of the wind industry from the ground up at the early stages of the UK ‘s  wind energy portfolio. Chris was then employed by Dong energy UK at the Burbo Bank offshore site in a multi disciplinary capacity including supervisory/ technical roles performing HV substation/turbine switching duties and watch keeping tasks, as a Nominated Competent Person (HV). As a director of AWS Chris brings and knowledge of the Wind Industry only readily available to those with long term ‘coal face’ credentials.

James Almond – Profile

Date of birth: 19/03/1982

Nationality: British


James has worked in the wind industry for over three years and has been a qualified Electrician to HNC standard for over Ten years.

James first worked in the Wind Industry as part of a servicing team for Burbo Bank offshore Wind farm in 2009; Burbo Bank was one of the first offshore Wind farms to be installed in the UK. Experience working on industrial sized 3+Mega Watt Wind Turbine Generators was gained and also gave an invaluable insight into how everyday tasks are achieved regarding coordination, task planning, logistical planning and execution of projects regardless of size.

James was also required to adhere to and complete extensive internal training programs consisting of many safety training units as well as Turbine specific knowledge based courses which are of the highest of standards, giving a detailed break down and assessment of how the various components and control systems function and also in-depth procedures for the rectification of malfunctioned systems.

Since working for Siemens, James has used his gained knowledge, to set up Advanced Wind Solutions Ltd, a Wind Turbine maintenance company for both offshore and onshore wind farms with two other colleagues, Gary Dunne and Chris Lewis, offering a range of services.

We have provided our services to Eon for over a year, and continue to do so. This enabled James to build on his knowledge within the Renewables sector and continue to progress in such an important developing industry.

Gary Dunne – Profile

Professional Profile
With many years trading as an electrician I joined the Wind Turbine industry in 2007 which has led me to become a Director and co-owner of Advanced Wind Solutions Ltd.

During my electrical career I worked on both domestic and commercial projects as well as high voltage contracts via Network Rail.  Team management, risk assessing, staff training and overseeing projects are all part of my career. This experience gave me the knowledge and capability to work in an extremely demanding industry such as the Renewable Energy Sector.

Joining Dong Energy UK in 2007 gave me the chance  to work alongside companies such as E.O.N, Siemens and Vestas turbines.  Here I have built my knowledge in the offshore wind turbine industry becoming a technician at all levels throughout the wind industry.