Cat McGinley

I joined Community Energy Scotland in March 2022 and my role is to provide technical, community and project delivery support to a portfolio of Orkney energy projects, including Net Zero Islands and ReFLEX.

I completed my undergraduate degree in 2017 in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Dundee. I then worked doing various jobs abroad, from teaching to project engineering. In 2020 I started my Masters in Marine Renewable Energy, at the Heriot-Watt University Orkney campus. During my Masters I worked part-time as a renewable heat consultant specialising in government subsidy schemes like the Renewable Heat Incentive.

For my dissertation I investigated within the subject area of skills and training for the Just Transition in Aberdeen. I believe that communities and people’s livelihoods should not be lost in the energy transition. My research work argues that the Just Transition concept should be a guiding principle for the growth of the wind energy sector in Aberdeen to ensure a fair and equitable transition for the city and its working communities.

I’m a keen environmental activist and I was involved in organising the UN Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY16), a side event of COP26, which was held in Glasgow early November 2021. COY serves as a space for capacity building and policy training, in order to prepare young people for their participation at COP.

I love the outdoors, if I’m not in the sea, you’ll find me looking out at sea for cetaceans as part of a citizen science project. If I am indoors you’ll find me cooking an Ottolenghi dish or watching some obscure world cinema.

catherine.mcginley@communityenergyscotland.org.uk

Phone no: 07919 492318

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