Ynni Cymunedol Cymru

Directors

Gareth clubb

Gareth Clubb

Gareth has worked in the sustainability sector in Wales for much of the last twenty years, and has been a forthright advocate for renewable energy in general, and community energy in particular. He’s a former Director of the Snowdonia Society and Friends of the Earth Cymru, former CEO of Plaid Cymru, and now Director of WWF Cymru. He is also a former Data Protection Officer. Gareth is a previous Board Member of Cynnal Cymru and Hafan Cymru.

Gareth Gwefan

Gareth Cemlyn Jones

Gareth was born on Ynys Môn, and after graduated enjoyed a career in the power generation industry, mainly on hydropwer installations. He worked on site construction, project management roles as well as being Technical director and projects director on high value international projects, including extensive overseas working. He is a Chartered Engineer (C Eng), Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE). Currently semi-retired he is a Chairman of Ynni Ogwen, a Community Hydro project in Bethesda.

Mel Gwefan

Meleri Davies

Meleri Davies is a founding director of Ynni Ogwen and continues to be an active member of the Ynni Ogwen board. In her daily job, she is the Chief Officer of Partneriaeth Ogwen, a social enterprise that develops economic, environmental, cultural and community projects in Dyffryn Ogwen. These projects include the establishment of Siop Ogwen, asset transfer projects such as the Bethesda Library, the development of the Ynni Ogwen community hydro scheme, Dyffryn Gwyrdd environmental project and more recently, ev community transport and sustainable tourism projects. She is also a member of the Cyd Ynni steering board and the board of the GwyrddNi project to develop climate change community assemblies in 6 areas of Gwynedd.

Sustainability is a silver lining throughout her work and Meleri won two awards - the Cynnal Cymru Sustainability Champion Award and the Green Energy Pioneer Award at the Regen UK Awards in 2019. In a short space of time, Partneriaeth Ogwen has grown into an innovative social enterprise with the foundational economy, community reinforcement and sustainable development at the core of their work. Meleri is also a volunteer Director with Siop Ogwen and a former director with Cwmni Tabernacl Bethesda Cyf which owns Neuadd Ogwen and the Fic in Bethesda. She is passionate about the language and culture, especially so in the context of community entrepreneurship in Welsh speaking communities.

Jeremy thorp

Jeremy Thorp

Through his work with Sharenergy, Jeremy has been involved with several community energy projects across Wales and England, focusing in particular on promoting the use of and raising awareness of the Registered Societies, financial planning and raising capital through community shares and the registration of projects for Feed in Tariff through OFGEM. His work has also involved managing and administering other aspects including obtaining planning permission, environment licences, obtaining landowner leases and managing the development phase of the project.

Richard clay

Richard Clay

“I am an economist by training and have worked in the energy sector since 2000. I was at the regulator Ofgem for more than a decade, largely in policy development roles on energy networks, but was also involved with some key electricity market design initiatives as well. Whilst there, I was fortunate to lead the Renewables Obligation team for 2 years in the mid 2000s, which is where I first became directly involved with the renewables industry – and I’ve not looked back since! I joined The Crown Estate in 2011, and currently lead on energy policy and regulation within our energy business, predominantly around the deployment of offshore wind. In this role I engage with Government, regulatory bodies and industry to both understand the policy environment and how we best position ourselves as it evolves. However, there’s no such thing as a typical day in what I do! Whilst the world of community energy is relatively new to me, I have a firm belief that maximising the deployment of renewables of all scales – coupled with driving forward energy efficiency – is essential if we are to minimise the impacts from a changing climate. Expanding greater community involvement and ownership is an essential way to get us all engaged with – and have a stake in – this energy transition. The work of CEW is vital to this in Wales and I can’t wait to get stuck in! In my spare time, I like to run, garden and go to gigs (not all at the same time though!)”

Cyrene

Cyrene Dominguez

Cyrene has been working in the community energy sector for ten years, with a number of years of experience in charge points and back-office infrastructure for fleet, councils or communities. Cyrene is currently working for TrydaNi as a Car Club and Chargepoint Operations Manager. She has experience of graphic design and web design, along with digital illustration and product branding.

Dan mccallum

Dan McCallum

Dan, one of the founders of Awel Aman Tawe, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organisation. He is also the founding Director of two community energy organisations Awel Coop and Egni Coop which have installed around 5MW of mainly wind and some rooftop solar. Egni is in the process of developing a further 2-3MW of rooftop solar in Wales. He has a degree in modern history from Oxford University. His work experience includes two years of teaching in Sudan, four years as a director of the Eritrean Refugee Scholarship Scheme, which he set up as a registered charity, two years as a Programme Co-ordinator for Oxfam in Iraqi Kurdistan, and two years as Middle East and Africa Programme Manager for the Minority Rights Group. He worked for Amman Valley Enterprise for two years managing Fforestwr, a sustainable woodlands project.

Dan was a finalist in the 2007 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is an enterprise role model for the Welsh Government Dynamo programme, undertaking frequent presentations to schools and FE conferences. Dan’s post is part funded by the Welsh Government’s Ynni’r Fro Programme, which uses European Structural Funds to offer social enterprises grant aid and loans, together with free, independent advice, to help them develop their own community-scale renewable energy schemes across Wales. His work involves advising other community groups in the South Wales area on wind and hydro projects.

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Oriel Price

Oriel is a bilingual project manager that has operated at senior account level with a proven ability to develop and implement detailed strategic projects. Having begun her career as a BBC Wales political journalist, she has worked both within Welsh Government and for the National Assembly for Wales. With a particular focus on sustainable development and energy, she has led multi-disciplinary programmes both in the UK and Internationally. As an environmental geologist, with an ongoing interest in sustainable decision–making and socially responsible business, she brings particular expertise to the sustainable development, large scale infrastructure, energy and regeneration sectors. Inclusive of behavioural change programmes. Joining Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd in 2013, responsible for the delivery and management of public affairs and engagement strategies in Wales. She has a detailed understanding of how national and local government works within Wales, the UK and at European Level. More recently she has worked operationally as a Senior Energy Officer UKAEE and towards the implementation of the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) standard. Oriel warmly welcomes the opportunity to proactively contribute to the future of community energy at this transitioning time. Community energy has a huge part to play in the future Welsh decarbonisation mix of energy technologies - Successfully investing and delivering on decisions that represent the unique environments and needs at the heart of the local community. Further work is critical to recognise the potential benefits of local community energy production, and that the current statutory system inclusive of the Welsh Government as well as local authorities, recognise the challenges, are regularly informed and engaged with the local community energy sector.

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Alun Jones

Alun has been working for Wales Council for Voluntary Action for 11 years now, and is currently Head of Social Investment. He’s got a background in commercial banking and has some experience in the finance of energy production, funding on-farm wind turbines and anaerobic digesters. One of his first community energy deals was the support of the installation of 100+ rooftop solar arrays on domestic housing. For several years Alun has worked in support of Energy Savings Trust on their Ynni Lleol project for the Welsh Government, providing oversight and preparation of funding applications to Development Bank of Wales.

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