Introducing Chris Kearney

Tell us a little about you and your background? 

I’m originally from Ireland and have spent the last 8 years living in the Wild West aka Perth. Over the last six years I’ve worked in business development roles. I’m particularly passionate about renewable energy and this has been my main focus for the last four years. I first discovered this while working as a Principal Consultant and Business Development Manager for Spencer Ogden where I built the renewable energy team and supported clients across the industry with recruitment and consulting services. My most recent role was working as the Business Development Manager for Professional Wind Services. 

How did you come to be working at Optimate? 

While working for Professional Wind Services I worked closely with Francois and Optimate in setting up a partnership to provide customers with a full scope Operations & Maintenance offering. As my role was coming to a finish with Professional Wind Services an opportunity was presented to me by Francois to join Optimate as their Business Development Manager. Understanding the culture and values along with the opportunity to increase Optimates exposure to the renewable energy industry made this an exciting role to step into. 

What have the team had you doing so far? 

So far, I’ve been getting to know the rest of the team in Optimate. I’ve also been receiving training to get an in depth understanding of Optimates capability and how this is split into four key practices. 

Have you managed to visit any customers on site yet? 

I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in one customer meeting up to this point. I’m looking forward to visiting customers on site in the weeks ahead along with many coffee catch ups on the terrace.  

What do you think the future is for the industry? 

Companies are still in the early stages of truly understanding the value of their data. Industry 4.0 is bringing radical change and customers need to start embracing and adapting their operations accordingly to remain competitive. Innovation in renewable energy alongside operational data presents a great opportunity for Optimate.

DATE: Jul 14, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate