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Colin Palmer

Crown Estate Scotland appoints new lead for energy and aquaculture

Colin Palmer has been appointed to lead the development of offshore renewable energy and aquaculture for the public body that manages leasing of Scotland’s seabed.

As Head of Marine, Colin’s remit will also include carbon capture & storage and cables & pipelines.

Crown Estate Scotland manages virtually all seabed out to 12 nautical miles – covering shellfish growing and fish farms, and cables & pipelines for telecommunications and oil & gas – as well as the rights to renewable energy and gas storage out to 200 nautical miles.

The Crown Estate Scotland team are currently developing a new leasing round for offshore wind to allow more projects to be built late 2020s onwards, and also manage around 750 finfish farm leases and a programme of R&D to improve sustainability in aquaculture.

Colin, who is currently Delivery Director with Kite Power Systems, said, “Scotland’s seas are hugely important to our economy and our environment so joining the organisation that manages seabed leasing, and a team that has real depth and breadth of expertise, is an incredibly exciting prospect.”

Crown Estate Scotland Chief Executive Simon Hodge said, “Research tells us that our tenants and partners really value the expertise of our people. As we develop our long-term approach to managing seabed, coastline and land for the benefit of businesses and communities across Scotland, Colin’s appointment further strengthens our ability to contribute to a ‘Blue Economy’ boom for Scotland.”

Colin’s experience to date includes working for Airtricity, a renewable energy company which was acquired by SSE in 2008, undertaking a number of roles in onshore wind farm development.

He was Project Manager for the Beatrice offshore wind farm up until consent in 2014 then Asset Manager for SSE on the Forewind consortium’s Dogger Bank offshore wind developments off the Yorkshire coast, during a period in which 2.4GW was consented, as well as being Board Director on SSE’s JV with Aquamarine on the Brough Head wave energy development.

Colin has also worked in oil & gas as a Commercial & Development Manager for SSE Exploration & Production. 

He joined Kite Power Systems (KPS) as Delivery Director in 2017, focusing on the delivery of an innovative new airborne renewable energy technology that generates electricity from kite systems at high altitude. Colin has degrees in marketing and in engineering project management.


Contact: John Lang at Crown Estate Scotland 07741 801225 /

Notes to Editors

About Crown Estate Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland manages land and property on behalf of the Scottish Ministers. It works with people, businesses and organisations to ensure that the assets are managed in a sustainable way that creates prosperity for Scotland and its communities. The business started operating in April 2017 and pays all revenue profit to the Scottish Government.

Crown Estate Scotland manages:

  • 37,000 hectares of rural land with agricultural tenancies, residential and commercial properties and forestry on four rural estates (Glenlivet, Fochabers, Applegirth and Whitehill)
  • Rights to fish wild salmon and sea trout in in river and coastal areas
  • Rights to naturally-occurring gold and silver across most of Scotland
  • Just under half the foreshore around Scotland including 5,800 moorings and some ports and harbours
  • Leasing of virtually all seabed out to 12 nautical miles covering some 750 fish farming sites and agreements with cables & pipeline operators
  • The rights to offshore renewable energy and gas and carbon dioxide storage out to 200 nautical miles
  • Retail and office units at 39-41 George Street Edinburgh

Crown Estate Scotland is a public corporation which manages the assets on an interim basis until new legislation sets out permanent arrangements.