Board

Sharenergy is governed by a Board of Directors. All Directors except the staff are volunteers. Staff members of the Board are Eithne George and Jon Halle, joined by :

 

Adam Kennerley (Chair)

 Adam is a social entrepreneur who is currently:

  • Director at Local United
  • CEO, Light Foot Enterprises CIC
  • CEO, Cwm Harry Land Trust

Adam was previously Solutions Advisor at Greenpeace

 

Stephen Andrews

Stephen is an independent consultant and non executive director specialising in strategic, regulatory and commercial advice for companies operating in, or needing to understand, competitive energy markets.  He represents Energy4All on the Sharenergy Board

Stephen has worked for the Central Electricity Generating Board and for Friends of the Earth in its early days, has been involved in wave energy research and development and was managing director of the Fiat TOTEM co-generation business.

 

 

Kathy Smyth

Until 2004 Kathy  was a property litigation and planning solicitor but now works as a volunteer mainly in the area of renewable energy.  Kathy is one of the co-founders of the highly successful Wey Valley Solar Schools Energy Co-operative and one of the core team of Wey Valley Wood Fuel, one of the winners of the Co-operative Community Energy Challenge. She is a member of a total of 6 renewable energy co-operatives. Kathy was a founder Board member of Community Energy England, the trade body for community energy. She was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Years Honours List for services to the Community Energy Sector.

 

Staff

Sharenergy has six specialist staff working from its Shrewsbury office:

Eithne George – Administration Service lead

Eithne George is a co-founder of Sharenergy. She leads on our administration and operations service, supporting over 20 established community energy organisations across the UK to run their projects.

Eithne has worked in a number of roles for Sharenergy, being heavily involved in project development before taking over the administrative service in 2015. Her previous jobs include:

Energy4All 2009-2011. Employed by Energy4All, the UK’s leading developer of community owned wind projects on the Sharenergy project in the rural West Midlands, funded by Advantage West Midlands. This project lead to the founding of Sharenergy.

Sustainable Construction Coordinator, Cambridge City Council 2006-2009. Developed the Council’s leading Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 Policy for North West Cambridge and led local implementation of the Merton Rule policy (10% renewable energy for new developments) for Cambridge

MiniMills Project Officer, BioRegional Development Group. Assisted the Director of BioRegional in the development of ground breaking MiniMills, a patented technology able to produce virgin paper pulp from straw with minimal environmental impact

Co-Founder of The Hub, London 2001-2005. Took the idea of a shared working space for social enterprises from concept to opening.  Since opening in 2005, a further Hub has opened in London and another 24 in the UK and worldwide.

 

Kathy Symonds – Accountant

Kathy SymondsKathy is a Certified Chartered Accountant. She joined Sharenergy in 2016, working on management and annual accounts for our Administration Service clients and for Sharenergy itself.
Before joining Sharenergy Kathy worked as a senior level financial director and contractor:

2013-14 Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd  – Interim Financial Accountant. As a member of the GB/IE financial integration project team Kathy helped migrate the accounting for 3 key subsidiaries from Dublin to the Britvic Head Office.

2011-2014 Lumesse Ltd – UK Financial Controller. As a member of the senior management team, Kathy held total responsibility for the financial processes of the UK businesses.

2007-2011 Financial Contractor. Kathy worked across 6 varying industries with a varied range of briefs, including budgeting and forecasting, financial analysis, treasury management, foreign exchange exposure and ‘nuts and bolts’ accounting.

2004-2006 Match Group. Financial Controller – Operations And Performance

2002-2004 Chester Boyd Ltd. Financial Director

1990 -2002 Avenance Plc. Financial Director. Starting in 1990 as FD of a start-up contract catering business, Kathy progressed through a series of business amalgamations to the position of Group FC of a £200m turnover business.
1999. Kathy qualified as an accountant via the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA).

 

Liz Blundell – Bookkeeper

Liz BlundellLiz is an AAT qualified Bookkeeper. She joined us in 2015 and provides book-keeping and other core financial support to our Administration Services clients and to Sharenergy.

2005-2012 Liverpool John Moores University – Finance Officer

2004-2005 Liverpool John Moores University – Finance Assistant

2002-2004 Laura Ashley Lt. – Cash Book Assistant

2000-2002 Elliot Group Ltd – Wages Administrator

2006 Qualification as AAT Technician Level 4 at Liverpool Community College.

 

Joe Bentley -Member Services Coordinator

Joe began working with us in 2015 and joined us as a full-time member of staff in 2017. As our member services co-ordinator Joe is very often the first person you’ll speak to when calling us – he works to provide services to the 6000+ members of Societies for whom we provide administrative services. Joe also has a strong project management background in renewable energy and energy efficiency and works with Sharenergy on development of new projects.

2015-2017 Self-employed energy consultant working on a range of initiatives including Sharenergy’s InnovateUK-funded FARMERS research project.

2011-2015 Dulas Ltd and TGE Group Ltd. Developing new business and acting in technical capacity for 80+ decentralised energy schemes across the UK, including solar PV, biomass and district heating and the management of feasibility, design and procurement activity.

2007-2011 Marches Energy Agency. Project manager for a range of energy efficiency, carbon reduction and renewable energy projects for the community and business sectors, including co-delivery of the Ashden Award winning Project Carbon in 2009 and the bioenergy pilot project RADAR in 2011.

2006-2007 National Trust. Working on conservation projects in the South West, and developing new skills and qualifications including the forestry certifications which led to Joe’s deep interest in biomass and renewable heat technology.

2001-2006. A first career in management in the construction trade, during which time Joe was a specialist problem-solver who also managed multiple large trade relationships.

 

Jon Hallé – Project Development

Jon HalleJon is the other co-founder of Sharenergy. In this role he has a wide remit from detailed support of individual projects to a nationwide strategic involvement with public, private and third sector bodies. He is a previous recipient of a Community Energy Champion Award.

Before working at Sharenergy Jon had a varied career:

Energy4All 2008-2011. Employed by the UK’s leading developer of community owned wind projects to set up and run the Sharenergy project in the rural West Midlands, funded by Advantage West Midlands.

Director, Goldenfuels 2003-2012. Founder of a worker co-operative creating biodiesel from waste oil in Oxfordshire. Provided training courses to over 1000 people and co-wrote the UK’s best-selling book on grassroots fuel production.  Jon was the recipient of an Onians Award from the Royal Society  of Arts and a Level 2 award from Unltd for his work with Goldenfuels.

CTO, Citipages 2000-2003. Chief Technology Officer at major internet startup with £3m funding. Managed UK and overseas programming team creating over 100 websites.

Self-employed IT consultant 1995-2000. Making databases and websites for small and large businesses, charities and environmental organisations including Cambridge Training and Development, Alberon Software, British Heart Foundation, London Community Recycling Network, B&Q and many others.

 

Jeremy Thorp – Project Development

Jeremy Thorp Jeremy is an energy expert with a special interest in hydropower. He joined Sharenergy in 2012 and has worked on numerous solar, hydro and other projects and led our InnovateUk sponsored FARMERS research project. Previous to joining Sharenergy Jeremy worked on:

Robert Owen Renewables. Led on a voluntary community project in Newtown Powys to develop a 100kW hydro generator.

Marches Energy Agency. Worked as an energy advisor offering advice on energy efficiency and micro renewables to small businesses and third sector organisations and developing an online carbon footprinting and tracking website,

Household Energy Service. Worked both in a paid role and a voluntary role for this volunteer based organisation focussing on domestic energy efficiency. This work has involved training volunteers, carrying out home audit visits and writing energy reports.

Cwm Harry. In partnership with the recycling organisation, Jeremy initiated a house to house collection of used cooking oil, and helped Cwm Harry to set up a processing plant to convert this into biodiesel, which is now in use in their vehicles.

Prior to this, Jeremy spent several years working in the electricity industry, mainly on computer modelling of the transmission system. His qualifications include a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University, followed by modules in energy sustainability and environmental science through the Open University, and qualifications in domestic energy assessment through the NAEA.

Jeremy’s voluntary work was recognised in 2010 when he was awarded “Green Volunteer of the Year” by the WCVA. He is also a keen electric cyclist and built his own energy efficient house. He is on the local area committee of the Co-operative group, and is a councillor in Newtown Town Council.