Lucy Catt, a renowned specialist in geophysics and ground modelling, brings over 19 years of experience to her role as Chief Consultant in Geophysics at Wood Thilsted (WT). With a strong academic background and key positions at esteemed organizations like Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDG) and Reynolds International (RIL), Lucy has established herself as a prominent figure in the field of ground engineering, particularly in offshore wind projects.

Pioneering Risk Mitigation in Offshore Renewables

Lucy's career progression from Project Geophysicist to Principal Geophysicist at RIL demonstrated her exceptional leadership skills and delivery track record. Since 2010, she has been instrumental in de-risking engineering projects in the offshore renewables sector. By leveraging geophysical and geotechnical data, Lucy identified geohazards in major projects such as Crossrail and HS2. She specialized in developing high-certainty 3D ground models that integrated diverse datasets, aiming to reduce costs, minimize environmental impact, and enhance overall project outcomes.

Driving the Transition to Green Energy:

Lucy's contributions have been crucial in supporting the transition to green energy. She played a key role in reducing costs for an offshore wind geotechnical investigation by 15% through the implementation of a live geotechnical site investigation strategy. Lucy's expertise in ground modelling positioned RIL as industry leaders, driving further advancements in the field and solidifying their reputation for innovation and efficiency.

Recently while at GDG, Lucy took the lead on an Agile research project, funded by Enterprise Ireland, which revolutionised their ground modelling capabilities. This undertaking propelled the company to the forefront of the industry, gaining media attention and government support. As a result, the department expanded and eventually caught the attention of a larger organisation, leading to its acquisition.

At GDG, Lucy faced the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and successfully built a team of 12 skilled ground modelling professionals. Through her mentorship and guidance, she empowered her team to excel, leading to a seamless transition when she entrusted the department to a mentored team member who was subsequently promoted to Principal Consultant. Lucy's dedication to mentorship has consistently been a defining characteristic throughout her career, nurturing talent and fostering a collaborative and supportive environment.

Advancing Geophysics and Ground Modelling at WT

As the Chief Consultant at WT, Lucy remains at the forefront of technical development in geophysics and ground modelling. Her recent project focusing on the development of internal services in weight mapping and micro sighting of wind turbine layouts has yielded impressive results. These services provide clients with the ability to optimize turbine locations, considering ground conditions and cost estimates. The success of these innovations has garnered excellent feedback from clients, leading to repeat business and further establishing WT as a leader in the industry.

Lucy's commitment to leading by example extends beyond her technical abilities. As the only female Chief Consultant within the company, she places great importance on mentoring junior staff and empowering them to excel in their careers. Lucy actively fosters a supportive environment by providing mentorship and assistance, leaving a lasting impact on those she guides.


Lucy Catt's exceptional leadership skills, technical expertise, and dedication to driving innovation in geophysics and ground modelling have positioned her as an influential figure in the industry. Her contributions to ground engineering for offshore wind projects have been invaluable in reducing costs, minimizing environmental impact, and advancing sustainable practices. Lucy's commitment to mentorship and team building further highlights her ability to inspire and nurture talent.

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