Sharenergy People


Sharenergy is governed by a Board of Directors. All Directors except the staff are volunteers:


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.


Mary Rayner

Mary is currently Development Officer at Co-operatives UK, the UK trade body for Co-operatives.  Her past roles have included:

  • Policy & Research Officer at Co-operatives UK
  • Secondee at The Co-operative Group
  • Writer / Researcher at Ethical Consumer Research Association


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 and also works with Energy4All.



Sharenergy has four specialist staff in its Shrewsbury office:

Eithne George – project development support

Eithne George is a renewable energy expert, specialising in community owned enterprises.  She has worked closely with a variety of community groups in the West Midlands and across the UK, in developing medium scale wind, solar photovoltaic and anaerobic digestion projects.  This has involved technical feasibility work, project management, financial modelling and assisting groups in creating the correct legal structure for their enterprise.

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. Founding director of Sharenergy Co-operative.

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

Jon Hallé – project development support

Jon is a founder director and staff member at Sharenergy. In this role he has a wide remit from detailed support of individual projects through details of technical or planning matters to a nationwide strategic involvement with public, private and third sector bodies.

Jon has a wide knowledge of renewable energy and works alongside technical experts across the technologies. His key roles within Sharenergy are in financial modeling, co-operative and share offer creation, site finding, landowner agreements, marketing and outreach

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. Founding director of Sharenergy Co-operative.

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 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 support

Jeremy Thorp Jeremy is an energy expert with a special interest in hydropower.

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.

Jennie Dobb – co-operative administration and finance

Jennie DobbJennie provides expert administrative support for Sharenergy itself and a number of renewable energy co-operatives.

Accountancy practice. Jennie worked for an accountancy practice for 18 months whilst studying which helped her to gain a Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business.  She has experience in accounts, bookkeeping, VAT, payroll, company incorporation and tax returns.

Self employed bookkeeper. Jennie has provided bookkeeping services to small businesses.

Secondary school teacher, Mathematics.  Jennie began her career as a teaching assistant and then qualified as a teacher of Secondary Mathematics.  She was a teacher for 4 years.

Jennie graduated from The University of Leeds with a degree in International Studies.


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