Communicator award for Lisa

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The efforts of European Marine Energy Centre marketing and communications officer Lisa MacKenzie have been recognised at the Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards.

Lisa was awarded the ‘Communicator Award’ - given each year to an individual working in marketing, PR or communications who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to achieve positive results for the renewables industry.

She joined EMEC in 2011 as part of the ScotGrad Graduate Placement scheme sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. She quickly gained a permanent position and for the last few years has played a key role in making EMEC a world-leading brand in marine renewable energy.

Lisa said: “My role at EMEC has given me the most amazing opportunities – to be at the forefront of an incredible new innovative sector in my home islands is a privilege. 

“It also comes with a responsibility to tell the stories: spreading the word about the technological advances, achievements and learning that takes place on EMEC’s sites every single time something is tested in seawater. 

“Being from Orkney, I’m delighted to see the impact that the renewables sector – and particularly marine renewables – is having in my community.

“Historically young people moved away to study and build a career, but renewables is attracting young professionals from around the world to come and live, work and study in Orkney. And I feel incredibly honoured to be part of that.

“Orkney acts as a great case study for the benefits this new sustainable energy source could bring in terms of tackling climate change, creating jobs, and contributing to energy security by generating electricity from our own waters.”

Neil Kermode, managing director at EMEC, said: “It is hard to sum up how wide Lisa’s reach is because her work is in everything we do. She is steadfastly focussed on making marine energy a success - her support is unfailing and her drive remarkable.”

Calum Davidson, director of energy and low carbon at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, added: “This is great news for Lisa and we are absolutely delighted for her. The ScotGrad scheme is about providing opportunities for young people to gain valuable experience and at the same time allow employers to sample the fresh thinking and ideas that graduates can bring to a business. This in turn encourages them to consider graduate recruitment as and when openings arise.

“Lisa’s success in this, and EMEC’s, is a great example of what can come from graduate placements and recruitment.”

Contact Information

c/o Maureen Shearer, Development Manager, HIE, 14 Queen Street, Kirkwall
KW15 1JE Scotland

T: 01856888710