Safety & Training Awards 2024
The GWO Safety & Training Awards were created to shine a light on the teams of instructors and support staff who make safety in wind possible. The GWO Safety & Training Awards is the world’s first programme of its kind recognising the skills and impact of training providers and instructors keeping the wind energy workforce safe on site. The success of GWO’s community of training providers is always something to celebrate. Building on the initial Safety & Training Awards of 2021 and 2022, the 2024 will shine a light on the winning GWO training teams and individuals.
About the event
Safety & Training Awards returning for a new edition!
The 2024 GWO Safety & Training Awards celebrate excellence globally in all aspects of training. From the experience of the first and second editions of the awards, GWO and the judging panel have worked on improving the competition experience. Importantly, entrants will now be recognised for their impact on specific aspects of their GWO training.
About the event
Whats new in 2024: Instructor of the year
Training Team of the Year
Thank you to our sponsors
Eloy Jáuregui is an Industrial Senior Engineer and Executive MBA in Sustainable Global Business with more than 25 years in Health & Safety management. He has been working in the Renewable sector for the last 20 years. Since 2009 is Health & Safety Global Director of ACCIONA Energy. He was part of the first steps of the Global Wind Organization and during 2018/2020 took its Chairman position. Eloy is the Vice-Chair of GWO’s Board of Directors.
Josh Rogers is the Director of Safety, Workforce Training, and Operations at ACP. In this role, Josh leads the ACP team and committees focused on worker safety, workforce development, and operational excellence that will support the renewables industry growth. He brings over 15 years or operational industry experience. Josh spent several years as Director of Solar Operations for Duke Energy, which included responsibility for safety, organizational development, performance, and financial profits and losses at more than 60 facilities across the country. He has also developed standards, training, and operational leadership for at several leading companies such as: ABB, Sun Edison, First Solar, and most recently Fluence. Prior to joining private sector energy companies, Josh served in the United States Navy where he was certified as a nuclear operator and Master Training Specialist. Josh earned his Bachelor of Science in Technology from Excelsior University.
Peter Lukens is responsible for the management of the Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental activities pertaining to the Service business in North America. Having worked in various areas of the organization since 2007, Peter looks to utilize past experiences and relationships to continue to assist and improve Siemens Gamesa towards a greener tomorrow. Peter served as the O&M EHS Working Group Chair from August 2016 through March of 2020 and is currently the Vice Chair of the Wind Workforce Standards Committee and Vice Chair of the G+ North America Focal Group.
Mariana joined WindEurope as Senior Advisor in April 2023, where she leads the work on skills and education. She monitors policy in the areas of skills and education and she brings the sector together to address the skilled worker shortage through various projects. She has worked in the humanitarian, political, and educational sectors in Belgium and Canada, managing capacity building, training, and education programmes and projects.
Benjamin Ellehauge Madsen
Benjamin has honed his expertise in training quality and solutions as part of service operations both Onshore and Offshore. As the developer and owner of Vestas' quality management system and multi-site license, Benjamin has demonstrated his commitment to maintaining high training standards within Vestas. His passion for ensuring top-notch training quality is evident in his dedication to maximizing participants' learning experiences, aligning with state-of-the-art industry standards. Benjamin Ellehauge Madsen's experience of having worked on a wide variety of training solutions as well as building a quality management system from the ground up, means that he has extensive knowledge of what it takes to deliver high-quality, seamless GWO training.
Alex Øbel Nielsen
Alex is the Head of Sales for Global Wind Service’s Offshore and Service division. In this role, he oversees the commercial development and successful positioning of offshore installations, as well as services within existing onshore and offshore wind farms. Global Wind Service provides full-scope solutions for onshore and offshore installation and servicing of wind turbines, operating from 13 business units on 4 continents in over 40 countries. Previously, Alex served as the Head of Business Development at Maersk Training. During his tenure, he was responsible for Maersk Training’s global wind strategy and to establish Global Wind Organisation (GWO) training centers in emerging markets such as the APAC region, the Middle East, North and South America, through partnerships or consultancy services. Notably, his efforts led to the establishment of new GWO training centers in Taiwan, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the US (MA, NY, NJ, and DE). Alex brings 7 years of experience in the wind industry and over 20 years in business development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Copenhagen Business School and resides in Denmark with his wife and children.
A programme for everyone
The Safety & Training Awards Ceremony will take place on October 9th as a part of GWO's Annual Event. The GWO Safety & Training Forum brings together GWO's community for a heavyweight programme of inspiration, industry insight, networking and dialogue across a single day. Taking place in Orlando, Florida, the day comprises workshops, roundtables as well as plenary sessions, with opportunities to contribute your experience and understanding about the hot topics in safety and training in the wind industry.
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