Wood Thilsted, the leading offshore wind engineering consultancy, is pleased to announce the appointment of Carl Bates, former Managing Director of Detica and veteran Deloitte senior partner, as the Wood Thilsted Chairperson of the Board.

Carl has spent the majority of his career successfully scaling professional services organisations by driving sustainable, controlled growth that benefits clients and large-scale projects.

In the early 2000’s Carl was part of the Executive team that led Detica (now part of BAE Systems) from an organisation of 200 people to over 2000, through a combination of organic and inorganic growth, in only five years.

At Deloitte, Carl helped scale the Consulting business and led Deloitte Ventures, which focussed on using analytics and software to automate elements of the service delivery model. In addition, he was one of Deloitte’s Quality Assurance partners ensuring method and approach were consistent and delivering the very best for clients. His experience of managing risk in periods of major organisational growth through quality assurance and automation of tasks using technological innovation chime perfectly with Wood Thilsted’s focus on agility, technology, quality and cost management.

Carl Bates said: “I am particularly excited to be joining Wood Thilsted at such an exceptional moment. The world’s future depends on a successful transition to clean energy and Wood Thilsted is playing a key role in designing the foundations and infrastructure for offshore wind power that is such an integral part of this transition. I look forward to working with the team to ensure we continue to deliver the highest quality innovative services and advice for our clients.”

Wood Thilsted CEO and Co-Founder, Alastair Muir Wood said: “We are excited that Carl has agreed to lead Wood Thilsted’s board. His vast experience of scaling organisations whilst maintaining quality, continuing to drive innovation and building systems and processes that align to this growth, will be invaluable as we continue to work on the world’s most exciting and ambitious offshore wind energy projects.”

Carl will take up his role as Chair of the board effective this month.

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