Ynni Cymunedol Cymru

Directors

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!)”

Sioned haf

Sioned Haf

“I have been involved in the field of sustainability since 2008 – firstly as a campaigner for cultural sustainability, before studying environmental sustainability and management in Bangor University. I have been researching into aspects of the community energy sector in Wales, Scotland and parts of Ireland since 2011. My research has fed into lectures, academic articles and conference talks. In 2017, I developed a community energy teaching resource for schools in Wales and led a series of events introducing the sector to a wider audience in 2018. I am one of the directors of DEG (developing rural energy projects in northwest Wales), and will be working as a project development officer with Carmarthenshire Energy from the end of summer 2018. I look forward to working with the rest of the CEW directors in raising the profile of this exiting sector and supporting more projects across Wales.”

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.

Grant peisley

Grant Peisley

Grant has been supporting community owned enterprises in Wales for the past 5 years. As a freelance consultant delivering Gwynedd Werdd for Gwynedd Council Grant highlighted the value of locally owned renewable energy to Gwynedd’s economy and developed a support mechanism within Gwynedd Werdd for community energy groups. This work led directly to the founding of Datblygiadau Egni Gwledig (DEG), a community interest company and social enterprise in 2014. DEG initially concentrated on inspiring community groups to action and providing information to enhance the awareness of community energy potential in the region. DEG hosted a number of events to share knowledge and skills with community energy groups and, with others, developed a network for these groups to share their experiences. DEG has worked with over 40 communities in northwest Wales on energy projects and has completed research on the needs of the sector. Grant has been central to these developments. Grant has been keen to assist the community energy sector in Wales to develop and to this end has worked with colleagues across Wales to develop future plans, project ideas and access funding to facilitate the sectors success. He was invited by the Welsh Government to be part of the design group for Ynni Fro 2 and has been involved in the development of the Energy Local trial in Bethesda. Grant believes it is integral to the validity of Community Energy Wales that there is a strong voice on the Board of the organisation representing each of the regions of Wales.

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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.

Guy hopwood

Guy Hopwood

Guy has approx. 25 years’ experience working as an environmental consultant with a degree in Agriculture & Forestry and an MSc in Rural Resource Management both from Bangor University. Over 10 years’ experience in the commercial renewable energy sector working primarily on Wind & Solar PV projects in Wales and encompassing the entire development process from site finding, site assessment & technical feasibility, environmental impact assessment and planning through to construction. He is responsible for identifying several now operational wind farm, single turbine and large-scale solar PV projects in Wales. Guy is also a director of Grannell Community Energy since 2017, one of a team that has successfully developed a 500kW community wind project in Ceredigion using a refurbished turbine. This opportunity has provided significant insight and experience of the practical challenges of developing a community energy scheme and an understanding of the governance, dynamics & working of a community group.
Hu currently works part-time as a development manager for the Welsh Government Energy Service providing advice and support to community energy groups and projects therefore has a good knowledge of the UK energy market including government policy, financial support mechanisms, technology developments and ongoing structural changes I feel capable of contributing to strategic planning around the future & role of community energy in Wales and the UK.

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