Who we are

Bath & West Community Energy is governed by an experienced and highly skilled board of directors that includes Non Executive Directors elected by the membership and BWCE’s Managing Director, Pete Capener who is a non-elected Executive Director. We also co-opt Directors onto the board to provide additional expertise (e.g. on financial and legal issues). The board is supported by a growing staff team, with further expertise being drawn in when needed.

BWCE Board

Rupert Atkinson

Position: Chair, Finance Sub: Coopted Member Director

Rupert is a finance professional and private investor in startup / scale-up technology companies – many of which are pioneering examples of the positive environmental change being initiated by the private sector. Rupert complements his investing activities with support for a number of university enterprise / entrepreneurship initiatives, including the Launch Lab of City University (Mentor, and member of the Advisory Board) and SETsquared Bath (Mentor)

Rupert Atkinson

Chair, Finance Sub: Coopted Member Director

 

Sonya Bedford

Position: Deputy Chair, BWCE Board: Coopted Member Director

Sonya is a Partner with Spencer West solicitors; a non-executive director at Regen; a director at Exeter Community Energy and South Dartmoor Community Energy and vice chair of Green Wedmore with 20 years’ experience of energy issues. Her strengths lie in dealing with all aspects of renewables development from feasibility through to construction and funding. Sonya has a particular expertise in accessing grid, development of alternative connections and licensed and local supply.

Sonya Bedford

Deputy Chair, BWCE Board: Coopted Member Director

 

Chris Crookall-Fallon

Position: Chair, BWCE Board: Elected Member Director

Chris is presently Head of Climate Action at a district council in Gloucestershire. Previously he’s worked for a specialist co-operatives and social enterprise business consultancy, run his own renewable energy consultancy business, and for many years worked in Corsham for a specialist climate, energy and sustainability consultancy which he helped to transfer into employee ownership. Chris was a member-elected director of BWCE early in the Society’s life

Chris Crookall-Fallon

Chair, BWCE Board: Elected Member Director

 

Pete Capener

Position: Managing Director

Peter is co-founder and Managing Director of Bath & West Community Energy, Deputy Chair of Community Energy England and a trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy. He is co-chair of the BEIS ministerial advisory group on community energy.

Peter has worked in the sustainable energy field and on community energy for over 35 years, having led the early development of the Centre for Sustainable Energy as Chief Executive, where he originally started in the mid eighties working with schools and communities. Since resigning from CSE in 2002 due to family illness, Peter has worked as an independent advisor on a range of energy efficiency, renewable energy and fuel poverty projects for various government, private and voluntary sector clients, with a strong focus on community action.

He has an MSc in Energy Resource Management.

Pete Capener

Managing Director

 

Louise Daniels

Position: Elected Member Director

Louise is Head of Communications and Marketing at Thrive Renewables, a renewable energy investment company which owns and operates a portfolio of onshore wind, hydro and battery storage projects across the UK. She is responsible for the company’s reputation and leads on communications with all stakeholders. Louise has been managing communications activity in renewables and not for profit sectors for more than ten years, including managing PR for Good Energy plc, the UK’s first dedicated 100% renewable electricity supply company.

Louise Daniels

Elected Member Director

 

Dr Dan Davies

Position: Elected Member Director

Dan has worked in the renewable energy sector for over 30 years. After completing his PhD in wind and solar technology he joined Halcrow’s energy team before helping to co-found Solarcentury where he was Chief Technology Officer. He set up Solarcentury Africa and built a team which delivered on grid and off grid hybrid power projects across the continent, and worked for SolarAid – a development charity supported by Solarcentury and other solar companies – helping them with product specifications and working with manufacturing partners in China.

Dr Dan Davies

Elected Member Director

 

Matt Harnack

Position: Elected Member Director

Matt provides strategic and operational management support to solar farm owners, asset managers and O&M providers through his business Harness Energy Consulting. His clients own, operate and develop around 5000MW of solar farms and battery storage facilities. Prior to consulting Matt was O&M Director at British Solar Renewables, held Interim Director positions within rooftop solar O&M and battery manufacture, has run Good Energy’s Feed-in Tariff payment business and was Associate Director at Ofgem where he ran the Renewables Obligation and set up the Feed-in Tariff scheme.

Matt Harnack

Elected Member Director

 

Fliss Jones

Position: Elected Member Director

Felicity (Fliss) is a partner at Everoze, a technical and commercial energy consultancy. She has a background in energy storage, flexibility and innovative business models. She brings a decade of experience in clean energy, including setting up Everoze’s battery storage business back in 2016. Felicity is a Trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and is Director of LiveDiligence, a software-as-a-service business enabling radically better due diligence, to accelerate investment in renewables and storage.

Fliss Jones

Elected Member Director

 

Barney Rhys Jones

Position: Elected Member Director

Barney is the Asset Management Director for Octopus Renewables’ 1GW sSolar portfolio, having spent nearly 14 years in the clean tech sector. He previously worked as Portfolio Director at Oxford Capital, overseeing £350M of investments in solar, anaerobic digestion and grid response. Barney also worked in Telecoms before moving into the renewables sector with Low Carbon Investors and subsequently as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Good Energy PLC, the UK’s first dedicated 100% renewable electricity supplier.

Barney Rhys Jones

Elected Member Director

 

BWCE Staff

Nick Bird

Position: Community Outreach & Engagement Co-ordinator

Nick co-ordinates BWCE’s community outreach and engagement work. He has over 30 years’ experience of managing community projects and events, promoting community engagement and delivering training. He has run community engagement projects in Wiltshire, London and Leeds, worked in a community arts centre and, in a voluntary capacity, helped to develop Larkhall Festival and Bath Co-operative Alliance. He has worked for Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation, Tenant Participation Advisory Service and London Voluntary Services Council.

Nick Bird

Community Outreach & Engagement Co-ordinator

 

Pete Capener

Position: Managing Director

Peter is co-founder and Managing Director of Bath & West Community Energy, Deputy Chair of Community Energy England and a trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy. He is co-chair of the BEIS ministerial advisory group on community energy.

Peter has worked in the sustainable energy field and on community energy for over 35 years, having led the early development of the Centre for Sustainable Energy as Chief Executive, where he originally started in the mid eighties working with schools and communities. Since resigning from CSE in 2002 due to family illness, Peter has worked as an independent advisor on a range of energy efficiency, renewable energy and fuel poverty projects for various government, private and voluntary sector clients, with a strong focus on community action.

He has an MSc in Energy Resource Management.

Pete Capener

Managing Director

 

Dinah Darby

Position: Admin & Networking Officer

Dinah is responsible for supporting the staff team in project delivery, supporting board meetings and developing and maintaining BWCE’s organisational systems. Dinah is providing maternity cover for Alex Jones, BWCE’s Operations Manager, who is on maternity leave until August 2023. Dinah has a wealth of experience in administration and events coordination having worked in both the education and charity sectors for over thirty years, most recently for the Life Project in Bath and before that at the University of Bath.

Dinah Darby

Admin & Networking Officer

 

Joe Hurley

Position: Renewable Energy Project Developer

Joe is responsible for developing BWCE’s rooftop solar projects in collaboration with John Rawlins. He has 15 years’ experience working on large EPC projects, leading procurement teams and expediting complex projects through to timely completion, all underpinned by a BEng Hons in Computer Aided Engineering. After volunteering with BWCE’s rooftop solar program for 6 months he took on a more permanent position with RenewEV, where he continues to support BWCE’s rooftop solar offer

Joe Hurley

Renewable Energy Project Developer

 

Alex Jones

Position: Operations Manager (Maternity Leave)

Alex has a decade of operations experience, and has managed complex projects for charitable and commercial organisations. Her background is in education, and she has worked in partnership with universities, embassies and cultural organisations to deliver academic courses in Latin America which explore the social impact of the conflict in Colombia and the recent peace process there. As well as a first class history degree from University of Bristol, Alex has also trained in data law, policy and regulation at LSE.

She currently serves as Non-Executive Director at One Housing Group, a G15 Housing Association with a strong social purpose and over 35,000 residents, and as a Trustee at Children Change Colombia, a charity that defends the rights of children through community-led programmes.

For BWCE, Alex will be helping us strengthen the operational systems and processes needed for this growing organisation.

Alex Jones

Operations Manager (Maternity Leave)

 

Alex Lockton

Position: Renewable Energy Development Co-ordinator

Alex leads BWCE’s asset development team and provides supply chain and technical support to BWCE’s innovation project, Flex Community. He has wide experience of developing new projects including renewable energy and low carbon technologies as well as strategic consultancy. He has worked in the renewable energy industry for 14 years, owning and running businesses which design, install and operate all forms of renewable energy including Solar, Wind, Biomass, Heat Pumps. With John Rawlins, Alex has set up the zero carbon consultancy RenewEV.

Alex Lockton

Renewable Energy Development Co-ordinator

 

Julia O’Connor

Position: Marketing & Communications Officer

Julia is responsible for delivering a programme of communication, marketing and outreach activities for the ReDream project and BWCE more generally. She brings over 20 years experience of working in Marketing Communications both in the private sector, but more predominantly within charity and not for profit organisations. She has worked for national charities such as RNIB, Penny Brohn Cancer Care, as well as Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling and Places for People Leisure.

Julia O’Connor

Marketing & Communications Officer

 

John Rawlins

Position: Renewable Energy Project Developer - Lead rooftop solar

John is responsible for developing BWCE’s rooftop solar projects, in collaboration with Joe Hurley. He has worked for a variety of well known companies, completing training as a Chartered Management Accountant and then an Executive MBA at the University of Bath and was awarded 1st Prize in a cross-discipline renewable energy project by the Royal Academy of Engineering.. More recently he has spent 2 years as the Chief of Staff to the CEO of a FTSE 250 energy retailer. He is a partner with Alex Lockton in their zero carbon consultancy RenewEV.

John Rawlins

Renewable Energy Project Developer - Lead rooftop solar

 

Alison Turnbull

Position: Innovation Projects Co-odinator

Alison manages BWCE’s innovation projects, with a current focus on Flex Community. She has worked in the renewable energy industry for 20 years at AEA Technology and at ESD as a renewable energy consultant. She has worked on the development of small-scale PV community schemes with BWCE, CoCoEnergy and Frome Renewable Energy Co, where she is on the Board and she managed BWCE’s first demand management programme, Empower.

Alison Turnbull

Innovation Projects Co-odinator

 

Operational Partners

Bright Renewables are a community owned asset manager with 83MW of renewable electricity capacity under management. BWCE are one of Bright Renewables founding members and owners.

Bright Renewables manage BWCE’s renewable energy projects.

RenewEV is a zero carbon consultancy set up by Alex Lockton and John Rawlins, members of BWCE’s team. RenewEV is committed to the development of community energy projects and donates 5% of its profits to BWCE.

RenewEV provides BWCE with renewable energy project development services.

External services provides specialist support services to a number of sectors including the renewable energy sector.

External Services provides BWCE with accounting, payroll and HR support.

Neville Registrars provide share registration services for a wide range of clients.

Neville Registrars manage BWCE’s share register and bond register for all bonds issued in 2016.

Ethex provide an online marketplace for positive investment and specialise in community offers. BWCE has run multiple fundraises through Ethex in the past.

Currently Ethex is managing BWCE’s bond register for all bonds issued in 2017.