BRISTOL, United Kingdom - 9 January 2017 – Dr Andrew Garrad, who retired from DNV GL on 23 December 2016, has been awarded a CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List. The CBE rewards contributions to the arts and sciences as well as work with charitable and welfare organisations.
In 1984, Andrew co-founded Garrad Hassan (GH) in Bristol. It grew to become the world’s largest renewable energy consultancy, employing 1,000 people in 29 countries. He became President of GL Garrad Hassan after Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and Garrad Hassan merged in 2009. He ran the new company until 2012, when he became Chairman. After the merger of DNV and GL, Andrew became a member of the DNV GL – Energy Supervisory Board on the invitation of former Group President and CEO, Henrik Madsen.
Andrew has been professionally involved in wind energy for almost four decades. He built his first wind turbine in 1971. From 2013 to 2014 he was President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and he is a past-Chairman of the British Wind Energy Association. He chaired Bristol’s year as European Green Capital in 2015. In 2006, he became the first British recipient of EWEA’s Poul la Cour prize, and in 2015, he became the only non-Greek recipient of the Hellenic Wind Energy Association’s Eolus prize. Under his leadership, GH twice won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise.
Andrew noted: “I am delighted to receive this honour. I have devoted my professional life to renewable energy all over the world. I have seen it move from the eccentric fringes of ideology to the mainstream of the electricity supply; last year, 25% of the UK’s electricity was produced from renewables – a tad more than nuclear, so quite an achievement. I am pleased to have played my own small part in that revolution!”
Prajeev Rasiah, Regional Manager for NW Europe, Middle East & Africa, DNV GL – Energy, noted: “the awarding of this CBE to Andrew is a testament to his dedication and tireless efforts, not only to promote renewable energy, but to continuously push the boundaries of technical excellence. His contributions to the field have long been lauded and this award puts him in a well-deserved category of distinction. We are all very proud to have worked alongside him and will continue building on the great work he laid the foundations for.”
Andrew has a BA from the University of Oxford, a PhD from the University of Exeter and was awarded an honorary DEng degree by the University of Bristol in 2009. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is an Honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford. He lives in Long Ashton, where his family have been for five generations. He is married with four grown-up children.