The Schools’ Energy Co-op’s Directors
Mike Smyth MA. Mike is a solicitor who lives in Milford, Surrey. He is the volunteer Chair of Energy4All and of Wey Valley Solar Schools Energy Co-operative. Previously he was a partner of Lawrence Graham, a major London based firm of Solicitors, for more than 20 years, specialising in corporate and commercial law; and he chaired Friends of the Earth Trust until 2012.
Rachael Hunter MSc. Rachael Hunter lives in Godalming. Rachael previously worked for the Environment Agency as a biodiversity officer where she managed a number of projects concerning river bank restoration. Rachael is employed by Energy4All and is the day-to-day manager of the Co-op.
Alan Simpson. Alan Simpson is a founder member of the MOZES community energy co-op in Nottingham and of the (current) Iona solar school project. For 18 years he was the Member of Parliament for Nottingham South.Alan was the architect of Feed-in-Tariff amendments in the Energy Act 2008 and left parliament in 2010 to concentrate on energy and climate policy. He works as a writer, campaigner and advisor on transformation policies. Alan and his family live in an eco-house they converted in Nottingham where they are a net exporter of electricity to the Grid. His daughter attends Iona School, one of the schools participating in the Co-op.
Richard Watson OBE. Richard Watson is the co-founder and director of Energise Sussex Coast, a community energy co-op set up to help residents of Rother and Hastings generate and save energy and Community Energy South, a network of Community Energy Groups in the South East. Prior to that he has been a renewable energy consultant and environmental journalist working for the Environmental Change Institute of Oxford University, the International Co-operative Alliance and the Wildlife Trusts.
Rod Edge BSc ACA. Rod is a Chartered Accountant who lives in Hambledon, Surrey. He founded and was the chief executive of Keepsafe Limited, a multi-site self storage business headquartered in Farnham, which was sold in 2007. Over ten years he built that business into one of the largest self storage businesses in the UK. He has particular expertise in property, property management and construction.