Nick Bird

Nick is responsible for co-ordinating BWCE’s community outreach and engagement work. He brings a wealth of experience from over 30 years 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 organisations such as Larkhall Festival and Bath Co-operative Alliance. At a national level he has worked with community organisations to help them better engage with Government and local authorities (Urban Forum) and to network and share knowledge (The Quest Trust). 

Nick has extensive experience of delivering training, both as a freelance trainer and as an associate of Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation, Tenant Participation Advisory Service and London Voluntary Services Council. He has also taught for the College of North East London and the WEA. 

Peter Capener

Peter is co-founder and Managing Director of Bath & West Community Energy, a director 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, including many years as Chief Executive of the Centre for Sustainable Energy 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.

Dinah Darby

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.

Joe Hurley

Joe has 15 year's 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.

Since moving to Bath with his family, Joe reassessed his career and decided to utilise his experience in a more purpose driven environment. After volunteering with BWCE's Community Solar program for 6 months he took on a more permanent position with RenewEV, where he continues to support BWCE's Community Solar offer, working as a Project Developer to locate and progress community solar installations.

Alex Jones

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 Lockton

Alex Lockton has a wide experience of developing new projects including both new 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.

In the last 5 years Alex ran a local energy business which was responsible for the design and construction of a large number of community energy projects in the south west including some for BWCE. With John Rawlins, Alex has set up the zero carbon consultancy RenewEV.

For BWCE, Alex’s main focus is developing the new Community Solar PV campaign which identifies commercial and public buildings to host community owned solar systems as well as ground mounted solar arrays. In addition to this, he is providing supply chain and technical support to BWCE's demand side response pilot Flex Community and is keen to develop new projects involving renewable heat, battery storage and electric vehicle charging networks.

Julia O'Connor

Julia is responsible for delivering a programme of communication, marketing and outreach activities for the ReDream project. 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, Hft as well as Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling and Places for People Leisure.

She has a BA Hons in Literary Studies and Post Grad Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She is passionate about writing and creates engaging content, bringing the work of organisations to life so they can reach and benefit more people.

Julia is married with 2 young children, the family enjoy nature and adventures outdoors. They are currently restoring a formerly unloved Grade 2 listed building back into a family home and looking at ways to make their lives more sustainable.

John Rawlins

John’s first degree was in Aeronautical Engineering, where he was awarded 1st Prize in a cross-discipline renewable energy project by the Royal Academy of Engineering. 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. More recently he has spent 2 years as the Chief of Staff to the CEO of a FTSE 250 energy retailer.

On becoming a father John has sought to use the skills he has accumulated in a more purposeful way. This has brought John back to his roots as an aeronautical engineer, and a focus on renewables.

John is now a partner with Alex Lockton in their zero carbon consultancy RenewEV. For BWCE John works with Alex assessing new renewable energy project opportunities, carrying out financial analysis and liaising with site and landowners.

Alison Turnbull

Alison Turnbull is one of BWCE’s main project developers working on a freelance basis. She has worked in the renewable energy industry for 20 years, including at AEA Technology on the UK government’s biomass energy research and development programme and at ESD as a renewable energy consultant.

During the latter part of her career, she worked with Ambient Energy Ltd on the development of small scale biomass projects and more recently on the development of small scale pv community schemes with CoCoEnergy and Frome Renewable Energy Co.

Alison was responsible for the project development on a range of BWCE’s solar PV roof schemes and the project management of BWCE’s first demand management programme, Empower, an Innovate UK funded scheme operating in the Corsham community near Bath . She is currently project managing BWCE’s Flex Community and Solar Streets projects and helping BWCE identify and develop new solar roofs.