The board of directors comprises a non executive chairman, three executive directors and up to 6 non-executive directors, one elected by the staff, three nominated by the community groups we work with and two seconded from the investors.
Sir Ed Davey – Ed is a trained economist and was a management consultant before being elected in 1997. He was the MP for Kingston and Surbiton for 18 years, serving on the front bench of the Liberal Democrats for most of that time. During the Coalition Government, he first served as a Business Minister under Vince Cable, where he was responsible for, amongst other things, Trade and Investment Policy, Corporate Governance and Competition and Consumer Affairs Policy. In February 2012, he became the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, where he oversaw the largest ever increase in renewable energy and published Britain’s first ever Community Energy Strategy.
Jan-Willem Bode – CEO. Jan-Willem is an experienced manager, consultant and project developer with strong financial structuring skills in the renewable energy and climate change field. He set up, re-financed and exited OneCarbon, a carbon credit company, and was responsible for various investment products in the carbon credit and renewable energy arena. He is also an informal investor in start up companies in the sustainability and new economy space.
Jeff Kenna – Commercial Director. Jeff has a PhD in solar energy from Cardiff University. In 1982 he co-founded Energy for Sustainable Development Ltd which spun out several successful businesses including Camco Clean Energy plc which was listed on the London Stock Exchange with Jeff as CEO. Since 2011 he has been MD of BWCE and is non-executive Chairman of Camco.
Peter Andrews – Non exec. Peter was a founding director of BWCE. He career spans from teaching to sales and he has a small publishing business
Simon Wilde – Non Exec Investor. Simon is an Investment Banker and has specialized in the energy sector. He is now part time at McQuarie Bank and teaches at University of West England.
Peter Medlock – Non Exec Investor. Pete is an Executive at SITEC and responsible for operations, project management and treasury management at group level.
Pete Capener – Non Exec. Pete was CEO of the Centre for Sustainable Energy, a founder of BWCE, Chair of BWCE, founding chair of Community Energy England. He was awarded an MBE in 2014 for his work on Community Energy.
Paul Thurston – Non Exec. Paul was a senior manager in the Probation Service taking early retirement in 2008 to set up a management consultancy business. He is a director of Low Carbon Gordano.
John Watson – Non Exec. John is an electrical engineer with 12 years public service in the military and over 30 years experience in industry commercial and public sector prime contracting. He is a director of Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy.
Iain Beath – Non Exec Investor. After earlier work in science and IT, Iain has 12 years’ experience in the renewable energy sector both in consultancy across all technologies and in project development. He has been involved in over 100MW of solar projects in the UK and West Africa, and is now focussing on large scale grid storage and high impact-low carbon investments in the UK and renewable energy projects in Asia. Iain also served for 4 years as a director of a renewable energy Community Benefit Society and is committed to community ownership of energy.
St. John Hughes – Non Exec Investor. St. John has a background in environmental consulting, working internationally on project impact assessment. More recently, he has been involved in developing and investing in renewable energy projects, particularly solar, including co-developing one of the largest solar projects in the UK. He is passionate about environmental stewardship, sustainability, and addressing macro-scale environmental issues in ways that result in systemic change for the better. Key investment interests are in the clean tech sector.
Miranda Cumberbatch – Affordable Warmth Development Manager, Nottingham Energy Partnership. Miranda is a senior manager at the charity Nottingham Energy Partnership working at the forefront of community regeneration and domestic energy efficiency in the private sector. Achievements include the successive delivery of domestic energy policy through a range of projects over the last 15 years and the installation of key energy saving measures for more than 20,000 households across Nottinghamshire.