Barney Rhys Jones

Barney is the Asset Management Director for Octopus Renewables’ 1GW Solar 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.

After graduating with a first class civil engineering degree from Imperial College, London, Barney worked as a field engineer with Schlumberger before joining Bain & Company the global strategy consulting firm. Barney also worked in Telecoms before moving into the renewables sector as 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.

Pam Penkman

Pam began her career in a unit trust company in the City, followed by various administrative posts in major accounting and consultancy firms in London, Frankfurt and Tehran, and five years at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman.  

On returning to the UK, and while working in higher education in Bristol, she qualified as a company secretary. This led to a hugely interesting role as company secretary and ultimately partner at BuroHappold Engineering, a Bath-based international firm of consulting engineers.  There, her particular responsibilities were corporate governance, insurance, legal matters, HR and H&S.

Pam actively supports the Cleveland Pools Trust in its efforts to restore an outdoor Georgian swimming pool in Bath, and also a charity offering warm water swimming for children with special needs.  

Pam has a degree in Geography from Sheffield University.  She and her partner Fred, a civil engineer, have lived in Bath for 30 years.

Jolyon Orchard

Jolyon is a co-founder and director of Luminous Energy Ltd, a developer of utility scale solar and energy storage projects. Since 2013 the company has developed numerous solar farms and energy storage projects in the UK and several overseas markets. He participates in all aspects of the development process and has extensive experience of originating and developing greenfield opportunities through to construction.

 Jolyon initiated and formalised a co-development agreement with a community energy company which enabled two of Luminous Energy’s solar farms to be financed via a solar bond portfolio raised from community investors (£6m for a 9.2MW project in Kent and £5.8m for a 10.3MW project in Warwickshire).

 Jolyon holds a Masters of Environment and Sustainability from Monash University in Melbourne.

Peter Harvey

Peter is an environmental lawyer and legal editor with a long-term and practical commitment to mainstreaming community energy and tackling climate change.

Peter helped to set up BWCE back in 2010, particularly the schools solar PV projects. He was an early member/investor and its first Company Secretary from 2010 to 2012 and was also Chair of Trustees of the BWCE Community Fund from 2016 to 2018.

Peter’s work gives him an understanding of the way that the energy sector is changing and the opportunities that throws up for BWCE, particularly to innovate and develop. He has a Law Degree and a Masters in Environmental Law, and is closely involved in the UK Environmental Law Association.

Peter balances his voluntary commitments and day job by spending time with his children, on his allotment, cycling and sea kayaking.

Chris Crookall-Fallon

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 has been a long-standing member of Corsham’s transition group and worked on energy projects which contributed to the creation of BWCE.  He was a member-elected director of BWCE early in the Society’s life and in recent years he’s supported a variety of community-owned and social ventures from a community cinema to a food provenance tracking system to a retail co-op conversion.  He’s also provided consultancy services to the Next Generation project run by Power to Change, which BWCE is participating in.

Chris’s first degree was Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology, he also has a Masters degree in Business Administration, and is a Fellow of the RSA.