Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure

Though different people from different backgrounds have come to work for us, we have a common sense of purpose. On this page you'll find stories from people who work across our Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure portfolio, giving accounts of life in our business.

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Susan Kidd

Susan holds the position of our Marine Planning Manager. This role was created following legislation to map out a sustainable future for the UK’s coastal and offshore marine environment, and sees her working at the forefront of one of the newest branches of the planning profession.

She provides strategic advice, considers applications for leases for myriad offshore activities, and works closely with the UK’s devolved marine planning regulators in their dealings with potential developers.

“I remember feeling ecstatic at being given such a rare opportunity to get involved at the start of something so stimulating – and just a few years later I’m working with world leaders in marine planning, helping to shape a multi-billion pound industry.

“My own career in marine planning has developed alongside the industry itself. My background in terrestrial planning provided a solid foundation – but it doesn’t prepare you for deliberating on how close a vessel should be allowed to get to an offshore wind turbine!

“My role in The Crown Estate touches all of our Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure portfolio: offshore wind, wave and tidal, carbon capture and storage, marine aggregates… And I get the best of both worlds as The Crown Estate strikes a nice balance: we are commercial and we see the bigger picture. There’s nowhere else where the land ownership and development functions are together in one organisation.”