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.

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.

Fliss Jones

Felicity (Fliss) 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 sits on the Customer Engagement Group (CEG) for Western Power Distribution. She is Director of LiveDiligence, a software-as-a-service business enabling radically better due diligence, to accelerate investment in renewables and storage.

Matt Harnack

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, running a solar farm O&M business which managed 54 solar farms of 570MW capacity, including BWCE's Wilmington Farm Solar Array. He has also held Interim Director positions with Ecovision (a rooftop solar O&M provider) and Powervault (a domestic battery storage manufacturer), has run Good Energy's Feed-in Tariff payment business (providing payments to 138,000 renewable generators), and was Associate Director at Ofgem where he ran the Renewables Obligation and set up the Feed-in Tariff scheme.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration

Louise Daniels

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 including communities, investors and the industry. Louise has been managing communications activity in renewables and not for profit sectors for more than ten years, specifically managing PR for Good Energy plc, the UK’s first dedicated 100% renewable electricity supply company, and the National Development Team for Inclusion, a social change organisation working to support people at risk of exclusion.

With a total of more than 25 years’ communications experience, Louise’s background is working at a senior level in Public Relations consultancy for FMCG and business to business clients, from small ethical brands to global telecommunications companies. She has a degree in French from the University of Southampton, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, of which she is a member.

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.

Pete Capener

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. 

Peter has worked in the sustainable energy field and on community energy for nearly 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.

Peter has an MSc in Energy Resource Management.

Sonya Bedford

Sonya is a Partner with Stephens Scown solicitors where she heads up the energy team; a Non-Executive Director at Regen; a Director at Exeter Community Energy, Avalon Community Energy and South Dartmoor Community Energy and vice chair of Green Wedmore. Sonya has an MSc in Renewable Energy from the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Sonya’s legal work includes dealing with all aspects of hydro, wind, solar PV, biomass and anaerobic digestion projects from feasibility and grid connections through to construction and funding. Published papers include – green belt and solar development, local supply, solar thermal, asset management for renewables and optimising AD projects.

Her recent experience also includes acting for over 20 community energy groups – from set up/funding/site acquisition to development and subsequent generation.

Sonya was awarded an MBE in 2018 for services to Community Energy.

Rupert Atkinson

Rupert is a finance professional and private investor in start-up / scale-up technology companies – many of which are pioneering examples of the positive environmental change being initiated by the private sector.

Rupert had a 30-year career in financial services, as a corporate credit analyst. This experience spans working for a ratings agency (Standard & Poor’s), a long stint in investment banking (at Morgan Stanley), and latterly, a partner and advisor to a private debt fund, lending institutional money to lower mid-market UK and Nordic growth companies.

Rupert graduated from Bradford University in 1985 with a BSc in Geography & Politics, and from the Cass Business School, City, University of London in 1995 with an MBA.

He 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).