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Directors

Our board of directors combines a high level of expertise and vast experience to ensure the effective management and development of the strategic direction of BEC. Together they bring core skills to the BEC board – finance, accountancy, strategic planning, project management, and business management and administration. These skills have been gained from high level posts in a diverse range of sectors – medicine, architecture, public sector, local government, property, further and higher education, telecommunications and renewables. As well as their individual expertise, each brings a passion for and a well-informed interest about renewable energy and sustainability.

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Andy O’Brien

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
chris speller

Chris Speller

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Staff

vicky wakefield-jarrett

Vicky Wakefield-Jarrett

ADMINISTRATOR
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Hugh Prentice

MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT / COMPANY SECRETARY
OPPORTUNITY

Director sought with finance expertise

Bristol Energy Cooperative is seeking a new Board member with an accountancy qualification and experience of working in the commercial sector, ideally at finance director level, to play an active role in BEC’s financial governance and help shape it’s financial strategy. This opportunity has arisen following a recent Director departure and is an unpaid role.

Peter Thompson

Chair

Peter brings a wealth of experience from high level appointments in the telecommunications sector to the role of chair of Bristol Energy Cooperative in order to ensure good governance and set its strategic direction.

Such roles include:

  • Chief Executive Director of Degree2 Innovations Limited
  • Chief Executive of U4EA Limited
  • Chair of the 1355 Association for over three years

Currently Peter is a consultant in the telecommunications sector.
From 2012 he has been chief technical officer at Predictable Network Solutions. In this role, he uses his expertise to link the technical and commercial aspects of the company, and provides advice, assistance and technology to the telecommunications industry

Academic background

With an academic background in Mathematics and Physics, including a first from University of Warwick and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics from University of Cambridge, Peter also successfully completed a qualification in sustainability from the Schumacher Centre.

His interest in renewables carries over to his personal life, and he has heavily insulated his loft and installed solar PV on his roof. But he sees community energy as bringing the significant change the environment needs.

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Andy O’Brien

Executive Director

Andy is a founder director of Bristol Energy Cooperative. He has 15 years’ experience in IT and project management, including work for Triodos Bank and Bristol City Council.

For the past 6 years, in addition to being an active Board member and Company Secretary, he has been the Coop lead for project development and management. During this time he has built considerable expertise in the financial, regulatory and legal aspects of the renewable and community energy sectors, as well as the management of a successful community energy business.

He is PRINCE2 trained, has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, and a degree in modern languages. He previously taught for 10 years in the secondary and FE sectors, and overseas. He also founded Sustainable Westbury-on-Trym.

Watch Andy in our video

Chris Speller

Executive Director

Chris Speller brings financial, project and business management skills to the board as well as a depth of experience of organisational governance, staff management and support, strategic planning, and functioning within complex systems.

Daniella Radice

Daniella is an environmental campaigner and politician. From 2013 to 2016 she was a Green Councillor for Bishopston Ward on Bristol City Council. She also was also cabinet member with responsibilities for Neighbourhoods.

She is a member of Bristol Women’s Commission and has been campaigning to increase women’s representation in public life.

Daniella has worked as an environmental advisor in both the waste and rail industries.

Bola Adebanjo

Bola is an ACCA Qualified Chartered Accountant (FCCA), MIT Certified Artificial Intelligence Strategy Professional with an ongoing Doctorate Degree in Data Science.

An IT Consultant with over 20 years’ Transformation / Process re-engineering, Mergers & Acquisition, Divestment & Project Management experience, partnering with business executives to shape enterprise-wide strategies and aligning Business & IT roadmaps to achieve corporate goals.

She has work experience spanning across 46 countries in Europea, Africa, Asia; LATAM, North America, ANZ and Middle East.

Andrew Lee

As an architectural technician, Andrew Lee brings his experience of construction, including knowledge of building regulations, to the BEC board.

Andrew works on both domestic and commercial schemes, and advises his architectural practice on the best ways of complying with the energy efficiency requirements when designing new dwellings as a qualified “SAP Assessor”. In his current role, he takes projects from design right up to final completion.

Degree educated, Andrew is also a qualified computer programmer. When the Feed-In-Tariff was introduced, Andrew was keen to get involved with installing solar panels and joined the BEC board.

Andrew is also the Treasurer (and a Trustee) of Portishead Town Band, and previously the Chairman of the Bristol East & Kingswood Band.

Kat Blacklaws

A passion for renewable energy and its social as well as environmental benefits led to Kat completing an MSc in Sustainability at Leeds University, focusing on the community benefits of two wind power projects.

Kat has spent over 5 years working in research roles within energy and environmental consultancy, and also has a passion for waste prevention, volunteering with food-waste prevention charities and writing about the benefits of reusable menstrual products.

Kat joined Bristol Energy Cooperative following a career break spent travelling in Asia, which included completing yoga teacher training in India.

Simon Pyne

Simon runs a consultancy advising organisations on how to decarbonise, and brings 10 years’ experience working on the identification and commercialisation of energy projects across multiple technologies and industry sectors.

At home, he practices what he preaches and acts as an ambassador for Bristol Green Doors, promoting low carbon homes.

Simon holds a degree in Environmental Science.

Vicky Wakefield-Jarrett

Administrator

Vicky has been working for Bristol Energy Cooperative since 2016 as our administrator, handling enquiries from investors, partners and the general public. She provides support to the directors and handles daily operational tasks managing our assets. Vicky’s previous career involved working for Natural England and South Downs National Park Authority, as well as being involved in local politics and environmental campaigning. She has an MSc in Climate Change & Policy from the University of Sussex.

Hugh Prentice

Management Consultant
/ Company Secretary

Hugh qualified at London Universities with degrees in Geology and Petroleum Exploration, and spent 5 years as a geologist working in south east Asia. Subsequently he returned to the UK, got married and after having children, changed his perspective on the world….

He has worked for small businesses for over 30 years, providing a mix of IT and accounting services for a range of different companies and organisations. After working with a homelessness charity in Bath for 12 years, for a short time he developed a “circular-economy” mushroom growing business re-using used-coffee-grounds, based in the centre of Bath. A great concept, which sadly didn’t work out. Latterly Hugh has turned his accounting focus to the community renewables sector.

Hugh has been Chair and Treasure of different charities, helped create, and is currently Treasurer of, Transition Bath, part of the Transition movement. For four years he was Chair of the Parish Council in his home village of Wellow. Interested in community resilience, growing food and natural beekeeping.

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