Operations and Maintenance Team Lead, Wind Turbine Generators
Joined in 2014
Ghent University & Vlerick Business School, Belgium
From Belgium

How has your role evolved at Parkwind?

In the beginning, I was mainly focusing on the technicalities of our fleet of turbines. Gradually, my job has become much wider, addressing challenges and interests of many different stakeholders. The skills one learns in an engineering education can be applied to so much more than to one would assume, and this has become clear during the past years at Parkwind. Now I am responsible for the team behind the O&M of 201 offshore wind turbines. We need to ensure maximum operability of our turbines while optimizing maintainability and keeping all our stakeholders in mind. From performance analysis and R&D projects to optimizing scheduled maintenance and joining offshore troubleshooting, we do a whole variety of tasks.

What is it like to work in the operations and maintenance team?

Our work is partially done onshore, partially offshore. Especially the offshore part leaves its mark on how we experience our work and our colleagues. An offshore working day can only be successful if it’s done as a team. You go out together, you come home together. The professionalism and skills of your colleagues will give you a safe and comfortable work environment, but only if you embrace them in your comfort zone and build a mutual trust relationship. As in the end, it remains a remote work environment. This collegiality is carried forward in our onshore work as well. The combination onshore-offshore enables this unique bond with colleagues which makes us more a ‘family’ than colleagues. The team spirit is incredible.

What is it like to work offshore?

I’m a passionate kitesurfer and each time I go out, I feel very humble because I taste the forces of nature. It’s a power that is beyond your imagination and control. When you’re out at sea and close to the turbines, it’s the same feeling. Even if it’s calm and a beautiful flat sea, you still are astonished by the power that is signed out by these giants. Then you take the elevator up, go into the nacelle, open the hatch, step out, look around you and think “This is an impressive setting in which I work.” That feeling and fascination never goes away.

What is life like at Parkwind?

There’s a great amount of trust from management to every layer in the organization to take on responsibilities, to take on new challenges, and to grasp good opportunities. This has given me the space and openness to grow the way I want while contributing to the companies goals. The company goals are not only about the business plan. There is room to work on the bigger picture, from building a sustainable relation with the environment to contributing to a stable energy supply the energy market. We work in renewable energy and we try contribute to the needs of all stakeholders.

What is challenging about your work?

In operations and maintenance, our production plant is remote. You cannot just walk from your desk to your machines and see what’s going on. You have to rely on the information that comes from offshore teams and find the optimum between building a trust relationship and supervising/controlling. That’s a true challenge.

How is Parkwind viewed in the industry?

I would say “Big enough to have impact, small enough to be swift and agile.” Parkwind is very respected as a small young company playing between the giant utility companies and being able to have an impact on the world of offshore wind. I don’t think there are a lot of companies of the size of Parkwind that are able to do that.


Maarten van der Horst

Head of Projects

Maarten joined Parkwind and more specifically the Oriel project team in early 2021. He brings 17 years of experience in the energy industry having worked at Engie's renewables arm first as an engineer, later as offshore specialist.


Wim Verrept

IT Services Manager

He joined Parkwind in 2016 as risk manager, during the installation phase of Nobelwind. Since then his responsibilities have expanded to include IT and the QHSSE department. Before joining the company, he worked as a risk manager at large financial institution in Belgium.


Ingrid Dony

HR Manager

Ingrid joined Parkwind in 2013 and manages the Human Resources department. Her expertise in corporate HR has created the foundations in Parkwind’s evolving and rapidly growing employee and consultant base. Her team manages everything from payroll to employee development and communications. She has been instrumental in preparing the organization for international expansion and the digitalization of numerous HR legal and administrative tools.


Dirk Dewettinck

Head of R&D

At Parkwind since 2015 he manages the engineering resources involved in project development, design and construction. He was closely involved in the technical management of the Nobelwind and Northwester 2 projects. Prior to joining Parkwind, he was involved in other offshore wind projects, working for a major wind turbine supplier, and prior to that he worked for more than 15 years with major engineering contractors in projects around the world, mainly in the conventional power generation construction and services (steam, gas, nuclear).


Clément Helbig de Balzac

Project Director Arcadis Ost 1

Joining Parkwind in 2011 as a project finance specialist and he was heavily involved in the financing and construction of Northwind and Nobelwind. Thereafter, as project finance manager, he led the financing process of Northwester 2 and the refinancing of three operational offshore wind farms of the Parkwind portfolio. He is also involved in business development projects for his expertise lies in financing processes, construction contract negotiation, contracting strategy and development and construction management.


Edward Van Melkebeek

Head of Technology

Since joining Parkwind in 2018, he has been leading the Technology team responsible for leveraging Parkwind’s know-how in civil, electrical and WTG packages to development of new projects. The team also performs a supply chain role, managing technical aspects of project contracts. Previously, he has built extensive practical and managerial experience in the offshore construction business for over 22 years at a global leading dredging and offshore contractor strongly active in the offshore wind industry.


Mathias Van Steenwinkel

Business Development Manager

He joined Parkwind in 2012 working on financial modelling, PPA negotiations and the overall financial close processes. Since 2016, he is heading the growing business development department playing a key role in the identification of new projects, global partnerships and tender preparations.


Kristof Verlinden

O&M Manager

With Parkwind since 2010, he is responsible for the asset management and production management of all of Parkwind’s offshore operational assets. The O&M organization plays a pivotal role in project development incorporating strategic insight to ensure frictionless O&M operations from the moment of first production. The team also supplies external support services, is involved in numerous R&D initiatives with universities and wind farm performance analysis using state of the art data systems. Kristof joined Parkwind with an engineering background in international service support business and wind turbine driveline design validation.


Pieter Marinus

General Counsel and Investment Relations Director

As a former Parkwind board member, he has been involved in the financial close and follow-up of every Parkwind project as well as in their acquisition and divestment processes. Prior to joining Parkwind’s management in 2017, he was also in charge of multiple other renewable energy investments and financings around Europe, notably as Investment Director at Korys.


Peter Caluwaerts

Head of Engagement Management

After years of building extensive experience in large construction works, he started his career in offshore wind in 2010 by taking up the role of CLO of Parkwind, responsible for regulatory, legal and contracting matters for Belwind and Northwind windfarms. Since then, as Project Director, he’s led the Northwester 2 project completed in 2020 and is now responsible for Parkwind’s Irish projects Oriel and Clogherhead. He plays an instrumental role in organizing Parkwind’s international expansion and growth.


Eric Antoons


Before joining the company in 2013, he worked for one of the largest power and gas suppliers in Belgium, in both operational and executive functions. Joining Parkwind in 2013 as COO, he supervised the construction of three wind farm projects and the considerable growth of O&M activities. Since becoming co-CEO in 2016, he has also developed Parkwind’s R&D activities to the forefront partnering with universities and several technology start-ups.


François Van Leeuw


He joined Parkwind as CFO in 2009 and has been leading the financing and development of Parkwind's first wind farms. In his role he’s particularly involved in new business and partnership development for Parkwind globally. He is also serving as the chairman of the Belgian Offshore Platform, the non-profit association of investors and owners of Belgian wind farms.


Paul Tummers


Arriving to Parkwind in 2019, after a broad career in energy and infrastructure, he has taken a leading role in Parkwind’s international expansion from both corporate finance and organizational restructuring.