Subsea Expo — foreSEA Your Future

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foreSEA Your Future

foreSEA Your Future

More than 100 young people are expected to visit Subsea Expo 2023 at P&J Live where they can become enthused and inspired about the energy industry.

Organised by the Global Underwater Hub, the foreSEA Your Future event on Thursday 23rd February brings a new approach to the now traditional STEM day for senior pupils at Subsea Expo, and a parallel programme for college and university students.

Upon arrival at Subsea Expo pupils will be welcomed to the event before taking part in STEM activities. They will then be treated to a fantastic presentation from space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE who will be sharing her love of science with the next generation of subsea talent.

Known as the BBC’s ‘face of space,’ Dr Aderin-Pocock is the presenter of the astronomical institution The Sky At Night, With her characteristic enthusiasm and passion for presenting science to a general audience, Maggie will share her love of science and provide invaluable insights on how science and technology affect our lives. Her TV and radio appearances include regular pieces on BBC Breakfast, Doctor Who Confidential, BBC Radio 4, BBC 2: The Cosmos – A Beginner’s Guide (2007), Channel 5: Big, Bigger, Biggest Telescopes (2009) among many others. In 2009, she was awarded an MBE for services to science and science education.

The foreSEA Your Future event gives senior pupils who have an interest in the energy sector the opportunity to interact with global companies. Students will be touring the exhibition space to find out more about the underwater industry as well as taking part in a Q&A session with a range of young professionals who will be sharing their routes into industry and describing the roles available.

For college and university students the programme offers an excellent opportunity to hear first-hand from young professionals working in the industry and how their careers have progressed. Attendees will also be able to listen to engineer, space scientist and broadcaster Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE discuss the importance of science and engineering in industry, and explain how science and technology affect our everyday lives.

For more information please contact the organisers, Global Underwater Hub, on


The proposed programme for the day (23rd February 2023) is:


08:30 – 09:30 Welcome students from schools across the region to P&J Live. STEM activity to be provided while schools arrive.
09:30 – 10:00 Presentation from Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock
10:00 – 11:30 The school students tour the exhibition space to find out more about the underwater industry and experience hands-on/simulated experiences of real job roles
11:30 – 12:30 Young Professionals facilitated Q&A session. Young professionals working in the underwater industry will share their experiences with the school students and give them the opportunity to hear about routes into the industry, the variety of roles available, and the day-to-day life working in the sector
13:00 Ends


10:30 – 11:00 College and University students will be invited to hear from Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock
11:30 – 12:30 Young Professionals facilitated Q&A session. Young professionals working in the underwater industry will share their experiences with the school students and give them the opportunity to hear about routes into the industry, the variety of roles available, and the day-to-day life working in the sector
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch in the exhibition space. “Speed networking” for students and young professionals.

During the Young Professionals Q&A session (11:30 – 12:30), students will hear from:


Aaron Ellis is Technical Sales Manager for the Renewable product line at JDR Cable Systems Ltd, a leading provider of subsea umbilical and power cable products and services for the offshore energy sector. He joined JDR in 2013 as an Engineering Apprentice and has since worked throughout Engineering, holding positions at Senior and Lead. He then moved onto Costing Estimating Lead before joining Sales in 2021 and taking on technical responsibility for Renewables. Aaron is a Bachelor of Engineering within Mechanical Engineering.


Graceann has over six years of experience in the energy industry. A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Graceann holds a joint honours degree in Business Management and French. She joined Verlume, a leader in intelligent energy management and storage technologies, through an internship programme in 2016.

Following her first three-year stint at Verlume, she spent two years in the energy team of a communications and marketing agency working with clients across oil & gas and renewables markets. She returned to Verlume in July 2021 to drive the brand into wider energy markets. In the role of marketing manager at Verlume, Graceann is the focal point for managing product brands and developing Verlume’s image to support the company’s ambitious growth plans.

She has been co-chair of the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group Young Professionals network since December 2021.


Ryan Fernando is a Senior Quality Advisor and the Field Team Manager at Aker Solutions. Starting out his career in the industry, in 2013 as an Electronics Apprentice and winning multiple industry awards, has developed strong ties with industry bodies, local industry groups and currently represents the next generation in the North Sea Transition Forum. Achieving a BSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering through part-time study while coming up through the ranks to his current dual role has provided a robust technical background, now with a focus on developing strong leadership and commercial skills. Motivated and passionate about actively promoting the industry to the next generation, people development and being involved in the new and exciting opportunities the Energy Transition brings. Ryan has held previous roles as an Electrical Technician and Workshop Supervisor.


Bradley Savoldelli is the Projects & Engineering Manager for Proserv. Bradley first started in the energy industry in 2008 as an Apprentice Subsea Fitter. After completing his Modern Apprenticeship in 2011, he joined Proserv as an Assembly / Project Technician. He then went on to attain a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering whilst working full time. As a result, Bradley has enjoyed a diverse career at Proserv, with positions varying from Field Operator to Sampling Product Specialist, to Business Development Manager. This varied experience has culminated in the position he has today, where he runs the sampling and injection engineering department at Proserv’s sampling centre of excellence in Aberdeen.



Stephanie started her career as a manufacturing apprentice, who, after achieving an SVQ Level 3, moved into a Project Engineering role. Stephanie took a break in her career where she studied an IET accredited bachelor degree (with honours) in Engineering with Management from Edinburgh Napier University.
Stephanie then joined Baker Hughes as a Project Management intern in 2019, where she completed various rotations across the business. Stephanie is currently on the Baker Hughes ASPIRE Sales & Commercial leadership development program, where Stephanie has led various projects that focused on bringing new Energy Transition business pipeline and positioning Baker Hughes within the renewables sector.


Jamie has almost 10 years of experience within Subsea7,  a global leader in the delivery of offshore projects and services for the energy industry.

Originally starting as a Technical Clerk within the Drawing Office, He completed a three-year apprenticeship as a Trainee Designer, gaining a HNC and HND in Mechanical Engineering.
Alongside his daily responsibilities as a Designer, Jamie completed a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and in 2021 moved into his current role as an Automation Engineer, helping Subsea7 drive it’s digital transformation within the UK.