Dr Kate Smith

Dr Kate Smith, BSc (Hons) PhD

Expert Consultant

Kate has worked within the marine environmental sector for almost 20 years across a range of sectors in practical, technical and policy roles within regulatory bodies, industry and academia. Kate is passionate about taking a solutions-based approach to the sustainable management of marine natural resources and applies this positive philosophy to all aspects of her work. For the past 10 years Kate’s work has focussed on the marine renewable energy sector, in roles within the private and public sectors.

Kate has managed and provided expert advice on several marine energy projects in Wales, Scotland and Canada, from early planning and pre-application stages, through consenting, to discharge of post-consent responsibilities including designing and delivering environmental monitoring programmes. Her practical experience from a both a developer and regulatory perspective means Kate can bring a unique insight to regulatory and consenting processes. She is currently managing consenting, environmental assessment and stakeholder engagement processes for several tidal energy projects in the UK and overseas. Kate currently sits on the Marine Energy Wales Management Board and its Consenting sub-group.

Kate has extensive practical experience of environmental impact assessment and Habitats Regulations Appraisal for marine renewable energy and a range of other sectors. She is a strong proponent of the need for environmental assessment and consenting processes to be focused, proportionate and evidence based. She has provided significant strategic and practical advice on this issue, including to the UK and Welsh Government, regulatory bodies, The Crown Estate and other key stakeholders. She has coordinated significant programmes of work to create evidence to support strategic and project planning for marine renewable energy. This includes work to support The Crown Estate and the UK Government’s Offshore Energy Strategic Planning processes and most recently, advising Welsh Government on the the development of Wales’ first National Marine Plan.