Mark started his career in the clean energy industry in 2001. In 2004 he joined Turquoise Associates, a London based environmental finance specialist, to focus on advising and raising money for renewable energy businesses. In 2008 he stepped back from this role to focus on establishing his own business Ellergreen Hydro. The business had a singular ambition – to lead a renaissance in hydro power in the Lake District. Since its inception Ellergreen, assisted by its partner Gilkes, have brought forward close to 20 projects, overseeing over £10m of investment to date in Cumbrian hydro. Nearly all has been spent on local suppliers and created new sources of income in numerous valleys that will support their localities for decades to come. Mark is also non-executive chairman of the Burneside paper group and family business James Cropper plc.
Phil Davies serves as Company Secretary of CEC. He brings a wealth of practical renewable energy and project management experience to CEC. Having lectured in Rural Economics and managed a series of high profile European rural diversification programmes, Phil has also led very practical, multi million pound energy efficiency and renewable retrofit programmes on social housing in west Cumbria. Phil recently served as the Social Enterprise Manager for Impact Housing, where he delivered a number of self-financing projects with community benefit, similar to those proposed by CEC. Phil was also responsible for setting up the Cumbria Green Build Festival in 2005 which now attracts over 1,000 visitors to over 50 exemplar, low carbon projects across the county. Since 2003, he has been responsible for bringing regional and international funding to public and private renewable energy initiatives within Cumbria.
David first trained as a radio and electronic systems engineer before moving into training and on to Quality Management. Gaining qualifications in each area and culminating in a MA in Business & Management Practice. Before retiring, he worked for the Metropolitan Police Service where he was Head of Quality Assurance. Joining CAfS as a Trustee in 2012, David brought with him considerable business and project management, business change and governance skills and experience.
The exciting prospect of community involvement in the development of sustainable low carbon energy sources in Cumbria, along with the associated community benefits, was an opportunity which David felt must be seized. He readily accepted a role on the Community Energy working group established by CAfS. This activity increased his enthusiasm for this winning model to deliver some of the energy requirements of modern life without negative impact on future generations. David is excited and eager to see Community Energy Cumbria successfully established and operational as soon as possible.
Richard Scott was a plant scientist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology at Merlewood, Grange-over-Sands, working on coasts, moors and woodland; also part of a team assessing GB biofuels in the 1980s. Since Merlewood he has been involved in the Furness Energy Partnership, Furness Greenways project, Walking for Health, and Baywind Energy Coop at Ulverston, as Board member and currently vice-chair. Richard was on the Board of CoopsUK and the Coop College in Manchester and has wide knowledge of cooperative governance. He recently joined the trustees of CAfS and has helped found Community Energy Cumbria. He will bring his background and enthusiasm to the formation and running of new project groups.
Caroline specialises in charity project management and development, having over 14 years’ experience developing and delivering sustainability projects, mainly in the field of energy efficiency and renewables. Caroline works full time as Programme Manager for Cumbria Action for Sustainability, and has helped co-found Community Energy Cumbria as part of a long term funding strategy and delivery mechanism for the organisation. Previously the Climate Change Officer for South Lakeland District Council, she developed their carbon management programme driving a 5% annual reduction in CO2 emissions and overseeing the council’s first renewable installation.
Disclosure Statement Neither Community Energy Cumbria Ltd or its Directors have, at any point, been discharged bankrupt nor disqualified under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 or to an order made under Section 429(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986.