Prof. Leithead is Head of the Wind Energy and Control Centre in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He is Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and is the Chair of the EPSRC Supergen Wind Hub. Prof. Leithead is a member of the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme Wind Steering Committee, the European Academy of Wind Energy Executive Committee, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Technology (Trondheim) and is Deputy Chair of the ORECatapult, Research Advisory Group.
Prof. Leithead has been conducting research into Wind Energy since 1988 when he founded the wind energy research group at Strathclyde. Its compliment is now approximately 10 academic staff and 70+ PhD students and Research Associates. His research interests include the conceptual design of wind turbines, the modelling and simulation of wind turbines and wind farms, and the dynamic analysis and control of wind turbines and wind farms. Prof. Leithead has been the recipient of more than 65 research grants and is the author of more than 250 academic publications.