The James Watt Lecture 2022
with Lindsay McQuade

The James Watt Lecture
Our Speaker - Lindsay McQuade

Delivering clean, green electricity to homes and businesses is the key objective of ScottishPower Renewables, under the direction of Lindsay McQuade. Lindsay is responsible for ScottishPower Renewables’ fleet of renewable generation and future developments of its pipeline of wind, storage and solar plant across the UK and Ireland. ScottishPower is part of the Iberdrola group, one of the largest utilities in the world and a leader in wind energy, both onshore and offshore.


Prior to her appointment as CEO, Lindsay was the Policy & Innovation Director of ScottishPower Renewables, having held a number of strategic roles across ScottishPower over the last 20 years. In her early career Lindsay also held roles with British Energy, Stakis, and Clydesdale Bank.


Lindsay is a past board director of both Renewable UK and Scottish Renewables, helping to shape and inform the policy and regulatory environment for deployment and integration of cost-effective, low carbon, renewable generation, as well as promoting the industrial benefits delivered by investment in renewable energy generation across the UK.


She was also the inaugural Chair of SafetyOn, the health and safety organisation for the Onshore wind sector established in 2018, working with industry colleagues to provide leadership in health and safety for the dynamic and innovative onshore wind industry, ensuring that key emerging risks are mitigated through co-operation and shared learning.

She holds a BA(Hons) in Economics from the University of Strathclyde, qualified as an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, and has taken part in the 4th edition of the Energising Leadership Programme with ESADE Business School and the 7th edition of the Global Leadership Programme with IMD Business School.  In 2021, Lindsay was awarded a Strathclyde Executive Leadership Award and was ranked in the top 20 of A Word About Wind’s “100 Top Women in Wind”.

Scottish Power Renewables

ScottishPower Renewables is part of the ScottishPower group of companies operating in the UK under the Iberdrola Group, one of the world’s largest integrated utility companies and a world leader in wind energy.

ScottishPower Renewables is at the forefront of the development of the renewables industry through pioneering ideas, forward thinking and outstanding innovation.  Its ambitious growth plans include expansion of its existing onshore wind portfolio, investment in new large scale solar deployment and innovative grid storage systems including batteries. The company is also delivering the Iberdrola Group’s offshore windfarms in the Southern North Sea off East Anglia.