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McAleese & Associates mission is to help key players in renewable energy to achieve transparency, understanding and insight around their critical energy development projects. The central ethos of our approach is to see this agenda as providing opportunity for growth and development rather than a set of threats. The company was established by Stuart McAleese, a leading renewable energy development expert, in 2016
By trade, I am an environmentalist. I began my professional career as an ecologist conducting mammal surveys on rivers and water courses as well as Phase 1 and NVC vegetation surveys. I then took my skills into SSE where I was an in-house environment expert for a range of technologies within the company’s generation portfolio. I worked here on onshore wind, offshore wind, carbon capture and storage, flue gas desulphurisation, hydro schemes, overhead power lines, pipelines and acted as an internal management consultant. I delivered a range of services including EIA’s, community engagement, regulatory assessments and social impact assessments.
From this, I transitioned into managing ever-more complex projects. I also began to manage teams of people. As I moved within the industry, I have managed projects, teams, business units and businesses across a variety of technologies and sectors. These elements have varied significantly in terms of complexity, scope and size.
During my time in industry, I gained an MBA (Distinction) from Warwick Business School where I won the Best Dissertation Award for work I did with RWE looking at how uncertainty can be managed in energy projects as project complexity increases.
My interest and drive for managing projects came from an entirely different arena than business. For a number of years, I was a professional mountaineer and expedition leader. My geographical focus was Scotland and East Greenland where I was involved in several notable, challenging routes. When organising an expedition to a remote Arctic range and guiding clients up a previously unclimbed peak, there is a distinct focus on project management, risk management and dealing with uncertainty every step of the way (literally!). These trips also brought home to me how beautiful our planet is and how incredible our biodiversity is.
Since then, I have found that the number of similarities between mountaineering, the environment and business exist as more than just metaphors. My thoughts, insights and experiences have been tempered in managing challenging environmental situations, complex projects and turning around business units and projects. This has been refined and focused by my academic studies and now I bring this into the market to help clients in effectively managing energy and environmental challenges in a pragmatic, rational way.
For fun, I enjoy challenging myself in the outdoors. I recently ran the 100 mile Fife Coastal Path in 24 hours. I have a number of challenges in the pipeline for the future. I balance this with as much time playing with my two children as I can and taking them into the great outdoors with my wife.