Michael has a specialist understanding of financial risks and strategic issues associated with renewable energy projects, with experience in risk consulting to renewable energy industry clients. He has 20 years’ insurance broking experience in the London and Bermudian insurance markets including as founder-director of a Lloyd’s Broker, in which he established a specialist renewable energy underwriting unit. Currently, he sits on the Wave Energy Scotland advisory committee and is on the finance steering group of the Ocean Energy Forum.
John is a chartered member of the Energy Institute and worked in the electricity generation industry. He is very interested in finding ways of minimising climate change and renewable energy is an important part of the solution.
He has invested in over 50 renewable energy projects and is well informed about renewable energy and in particular, the technicalities of solar power. He has helped a community solar project with technical advice and helped a local business to purchase a solar power system. For ten years, he promoted the low carbon message by writing the green column in a local electronic newspaper.
Originally trained as an ecologist, Susan gained her Masters and PhD at the University of Birmingham studying biodiversity.
After a research career Susan became the Government Liaison officer for a Defra funded resource management organisation, and founded the BREW Centre for Local Government that advised and supported local government with commercial waste and sustainability pilot projects. Responsibilities included business planning, liaising with Government on policy and consultation and being an advisory member of the DEFRA Zero Waste project. She was a member of the West Midlands Regional Technical Advisory Board for waste planning.
For 24 years Susan served as a local councillor on Stratford on Avon district council and for ten years was a County Councillor. She helped to set up, then chaired, an energy efficiency charity, Act on Energy, and remain a trustee. She is also a trustee of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.
For the past ten years Susan has worked on a range of initiatives including advising universities on dissemination strategies for research, working with sustainable development projects and advising businesses on resource management and renewable energy projects. Susan was a long term adviser on the Urban Futures team for a consortium of universities and have served on a number of national policy development working groups, mainly on rural and sustainability themes. She has also carried out work looking at the effectiveness of fuel poverty pilots and have been a long-time advocate of community energy and using the benefits for local communities.
Founder of Graduate Planet CIC, an award winning Social Enterprise recruitment agency that reinvests 100% of profit into projects that create environmental sustainability. After 24 years’ experience in recruitment industry, Kate is using her passion for sustainability to create positive social and environmental impact within corporate supply chains and the community.
Dave was Technical Director and then Managing Director of a computer aided design software company. Since retiring he has been involved in running environmental and community projects in South Warwickshire. Dave has had a special interest in Community Energy Companies for the last 8 years and now manages a portfolio of investments in over 30 such companies. He has a degree in Engineering Design and has recently studied Energy for a Sustainable Future.
In 2016 Tony was Awarded the MBE for "services to scouting and young people in Warwickshire and Blackpool".
In 2002 GMC developed the concept of an electric light commercial vehicle and with London Taxi International built three demonstrators. Tony was then a founder Director of Modec Ltd, and as Sales Director and then Operations Director established Modec as a World Class producer of Electric Vehicles. Tony was awarded the “Green Fleet Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2005 “
In November 2017, Tony became a Directorof Heart of England Community Energy (HECE) located just outside Stratford-Upon-Avon. HECE is the UK’s largest community energy company by size of assets. The land on which the solar farms are built cannot be used for agricultural purposes which makes it a particularly appropriate location for solar farms.
Tony is the Managing Director of Climate Change Solutions Ltd (est.2003). He jointly organised the first Midlands Environmental Business Conference NEC, from which it was established and continues to date as the MEBC (Club).
He was involved in organising the Pledge to the Planet and Tree of Life campaign, with John Talbot, David Middleton Jonathon Porritt, leading to and featuring in the UN Earth Summit Rio 1992. He also participated in Coventry and Warwickshire Savers as a local Agenda 21 NGO.
Eric works in the Innovator Support Platform at the Energy Systems Catapult, helping small and medium businesses get clean energy innovations to market. He has a keen interest in digital platforms and how these can be used to unlock the potential of local energy systems. Eric has over 20 years’ experience in digital technology and telecommunications having previously held senior management positions BlackBerry, AT&T & BT, covering roles responsible for channel sales, software licensing, supplier and partner management, cost optimisation and governance.