Davis Larssen: Why I am standing in the RenewableUK Board Election 2023
Davis Larssen, CEO, Proserv expands upon the reasons and thinking behind his decision to seek election to the Board of RenewableUK (RUK).
I would like to set out my motivations for standing in this election and to say more about my vision for the future of our industry and my regard for RenewableUK’s role at this key time.
I have the honour of leading Proserv, a global controls technology company, as its CEO and in my 13 years with the team, I have served as its Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. I have more than 25 years’ experience in the energy industry across various organisations and regions, but the past six years have seen a definitive shift in strategic planning as the transition has rightly become the central focus.
Proserv has a 60-year heritage within the energy supply chain. I have driven our proactive and on-going pivot into renewables – not only to recognise the need for radical change to the UK’s future energy system but to harness skill sets nurtured in control system integration and harsh subsea environments in oil and gas, and to enable the transfer of know-how from a mature industry into new areas of opportunity.
I think opportunity sums up where the UK energy sector currently sits. We have a chance to engage and safeguard expertise, we have a chance to create new industrial sectors powered by innovation, we have a chance to generate multiple highly-skilled jobs, we have a chance to become the global leader in floating offshore wind and we have a chance to transplant that knowledge around the world.
At Proserv, we have trusted in what we know best to grow a business in offshore wind, identifying its needs, listening to what stakeholders have to say and we are targeting its future challenges, from cable failures to life extension.
I firmly believe in the power of partnership and dialogue. This is how Proserv has developed disruptive technologies for offshore wind and how we are moving ahead with further innovation. A similar synergy between the supply chain and developers and operators is critical for the successful rollout of offshore wind in the coming decade and for us to grab hold of those opportunities. Drawing on my experience, I would advocate strongly for fostering ever greater communication if I were to join the RUK Board.
I currently sit on the Board of two UK based start-up entities – Synaptec and Intelligent Plant. These are technology businesses that Proserv is collaborating with and it is hugely satisfying to bring their expertise to fruition via the route to commercialisation we can provide. To pull enterprises through to growth, building footprints, is what generating local content is about.
RenewableUK plays an intrinsic role empowering our supply chain and galvanising the transformation of the UK’s future energy system and as a catalyst for new ideas, job creation and economic success. I believe I can advance that conversation. My background and my vision are built on pragmatism, on listening, understanding and taking action. It would be a privilege to be a representative and a voice for RUK members on the Board. For those reading this, please do get in touch if you have any questions, I’d be delighted to hear from you. I hope I can trust in your vote.