Samuel Knight Energy are pleased to announce the following strategic hires this October, adding significant strength to the business and enriching our capabilities to assist with wider expansion plans. 

Working closely with the senior management team, our new appointments will support Samuel Knight’s aspirations of becoming the world’s leading manpower provider for the global energy sector.

Adding real value to Samuel Knight Energy, our new hires bring forth combined expertise and market knowledge. It’s a testament to see how far Samuel Knight Energy has come in recent years, and with an exceptional calibre of talent joining the team, Harvey, Ernest, and Michael, additionally support our growth strategy. 

Their backgrounds speak for themselves, below is a brief introduction into their careers and how they will each add value to Samuel Knight Energy. 

 Michael Saxtoft 

A strategic and pragmatic international renewable energy executive with a thorough understanding of onshore & offshore wind service having operated at VP level for the likes of Alstom where he was employed as Global Head of Service – onshore and offshore. Michael was an executive member and one of the top 300 leaders in Alstom. He managed the group, overall service strategy, and business model, bringing the service business up to the highest level in the industry. Prior to this Michael worked for Siemens Wind Power employed as Head of Operations Europe, the Middle East, and Africa – onshore and offshore. He was responsible for developing and implementing an operational strategy to align organisations, set direction, and increase performance in one of the three Siemens worldwide wind turbine service setups. Michael advises our renewable clients with project manpower solutions and organisational structures that create business excellence. A great addition to the renewables team with his entrepreneurial flair and industry knowledge he adds huge value to the team. 

Harvey Bradnam

A specialist in the High Voltage, Transmission & Distribution sector with extensive business leadership, operational delivery (project & programme management) sales & business development experience, gained in the UK, Europe, North America, and the Far East. Harvey successfully implemented transformational change & turnaround projects both in SME & PLC/Multinational environments, including acquisition & disposal activity and new market entry. Harvey comes with 25 years of international experience working with alternative financing options including UK export finance, public-private partnerships (PPP), and design, build, finance, operate & maintain. Harvey will support our growth plans across the T&D sector in North America.

Ernest Jones 

Joins Samuel Knight Energy USA as VP of Operations & Construction activities. Ernest has operated at VP level across the onshore wind sector in North America working for some of the USA’s leading EPCs, With 25 years of experience in the construction industry, he has worked across the renewable energy, with key leadership roles for a number of major wind providers managing high-level operations projects across the U.S and further afield. To date he’s been responsible for building around 25 GW of wind power, Ernest is the most well-connected man in North America for crane solutions and has a network of over 1000 specialist top out crews and crane operators that now form part of the Samuel Knight Energy community. Ernest is a great addition to the USA team and forms part of the USA Board working closely with Steven Rawlingson (Group CEO and the Senior Management team).