People

Sharenergy was co-founded by Jon Hallé & Eithne George in 2011. Sharenergy is governed by a small Board of Directors:

Adam Kennerley

Chair

Adam is a founding Director at Sharenergy. He is a social entrepreneur who is currently Interim Chief Executive of the Development Trust Association Wales.

Adam was previously CEO of Light Foot Enterprises CIC, a director of the Cwm Harry Land Trust and Robert Owen Community Banking Fund, and Solutions Advisor at Greenpeace.

Jon Hallé

CEO

Jon is a co-founder of Sharenergy. As CEO 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 Sharenergy Jon worked for Energy4All and co-founded Goldenfuels, a recycled fuel co-operative, worked in the tech sector as CTO and freelancer, and was an activist with The Land Is Ours.

Joe Bentley

Operations Manager

Joe joined us as a full-time member of staff in 2017. Joe works to provide services to the 9000+ members of Societies for whom we provide administrative services.

Joe has a strong project management background in renewable energy and energy efficiency, having worked as an energy consultant with Dulas, TGE Group and Marches Energy Agency. He previously worked in management in the construction trade and for the National Trust.

Staff

Sharenergy has specialist staff in three teams:

Operations Team

Our Operations Team provides operational support to over 30 renewable energy societies across the UK.

Rachel Wood

Accountant

Rachel is a Certified Chartered Accountant. She joined Sharenergy in 2018, working on a range of accounting tasks including annual accounts, management accounts, tax returns, payroll & VAT for our Administration Service clients and for Sharenergy itself.

Before joining Sharenergy Rachel worked in an accountancy practice. When not crunching numbers Rachel is a keen runner.

Liz Blundell

Accounts Assistant

Liz is an AAT qualified Bookkeeper (Level 4). She joined us in 2015 and provides book-keeping and other core financial support to our Administration Services clients and to Sharenergy.

Liz previously worked as a finance officer at Liverpool John Moores University.

Andrew Shankland

Administrator

Andrew joined Sharenergy in 2021 as an administrator. He has a background in various support and service roles in Further Education, local authority and community services, and qualifications in accountancy and computing.

Before coming to Sharenergy Andrew worked for Herefordshire, Ludlow & North Shropshire College, County Training and Shropshire Council.

Development Team

Our Development Team works with community energy groups to develop and deliver new projects across the technologies

Dave Green

Development Manager

Dave Green is an experienced energy advisor who has worked with numerous community energy schemes. He joined us in 2019 to support the development of new community energy schemes.

Dave leads our Development department across the UK and across the technologies.

Previously Dave worked for a decade as a self employed energy advisor, assessor and trainer with clients including South Staffordshire Community Energy, the National Trust and the Central England Co-op.

From 2005-2010 Dave was Energy Officer for the award winning Household Energy Service in Bishop’s Castle. Dave was also founder Director of GDAM, a co-operative of energy advisors, a director of Midlands Energy Professionals, a director of Shrewsbury Hydro and a Training Partner with Climate KiC.

Jeremy Thorp

Community Energy Consultant

Jeremy joined Sharenergy in 2012 and has worked on numerous solar, hydro and other projects and led our InnovateUK sponsored FARMERS research project. He is a licenced Community Shares Practitioner, accredited to conduct Community Shares Standard Mark assessments.

Previous to joining Sharenergy Jeremy led on a voluntary community project in Newtown Powys to develop a 100kW hydro generator. He has worked as an energy advisor for Marches Energy Agency and in both paid and voluntary roles for the Household Energy Service.

Jeremy’s early career was in the electricity industry, mainly on computer modelling of the transmission system. His 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.

Fran Hunt

Development Project Officer

Fran started out as an IT programmer, becoming a Systems Development Project Leader, working for the Automobile Association and Canon Systems. She has since worked at a number of public and charitable organisations including Shropshire Council, Small Woods Association, Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Marches Energy Agency, before joining us in 2020.

Richard Lane

Community Energy Consultant

Richard joined us in 2022. An engineer by training and an environmentalist at heart, Richard holds an MSc Renewable Energy Systems from the University of Strathclyde and a MEng in Electronics from the University of York. He is a co-founder of York Community Energy.

Big Solar Co-op Team

Our Big Solar Co-op Team works mainly on the establishment of the Big Solar Co-op, a community solar initiative that was incubated by Sharenergy. Members of this team work closely with the wider Development Team

Chris Rigby

Solar Projects Lead
Chris Rigby

Chris joined us in 2021, and is the technical lead on Big Solar Co-op. He holds a degree in renewable energy and his is background is in solar PV and electrical building services engineering. Chris is also a Councillor in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, and has a keen interest in environmental activism, volunteering with Greenpeace as well as more local community groups. His previous roles include:

Projects Manager, ICB Projects 2009 – 2021
Responsible for the design and delivery of all projects including solar PV, green roofs, blue roofs, roof safety.

Noël Lambert

National Coordinator

Noël joined Sharenergy in 2019 and is the main point of contact for the Big Solar Co-op network across the UK. She has a background in community building, online systems configuration, digital strategy and technical communication. Noël also coordinates two local sustainability focussed community groups and has a keen interest in food security, renewable energy and gift economy systems. 

Noel’s previous roles include Learning and Community Coordinator, Zengenti (2016 – 2019)  and Online Submissions Consultant & Assistant Production Editor, Policy Press (2011 – 2016)