The Schools’ Energy Co-op’s Directors
Mike Smyth MA. MBE - Chair 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.
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.
Richard Watson OBE. Richard Watson is the co-founder and director of Energise Sussex Coast, a community energy co-op set up to tackle fuel poverty in Rother, Hastings and Eastbourne , Community Energy South, a network of Community Energy Groups, and Energise South Society, an Energy 4 All member co-op installing solar on schools, businesses and community buildings in the South East. Prior to that he has been a renewable energy consultant, Children’s author and environmental journalist working for the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University, the International Co-operative Alliance and the Wildlife Trusts.
Andy Rolfe Andy is a graduate in Electrical Engineering, holds a Master’s degree which focused on the social, environment and economic aspects of UK energy supply, and is a qualified electrician. Until recently he taught for the Open University, with a focus on renewable energy technologies. Andy was part of the management team that founded, grew and finally sold an IT business called Logical Networks plc. Andy is active in Ealing Transition and is a volunteer energy assessor for the South West London Environmental Network, carrying out energy assessments with a focus on schools.
Laura Moreno Laura is a Project Technician – Solar PV for Grupo Cobra, based in Madrid. Previously, Laura worked as a Project Manager for Energy4All and as the principal manager of the six existing E4A co-operatives in the south-east, working with the boards of those co-operatives to deliver their objectives. She was also responsible for the identification and assessment of potential renewable energy/carbon reduction projects suitable for community ownership across a range of technologies. Before that Laura worked for a solar installer, managing a range of installations within the community sector.
Eilish Kavanagh - Croydon
Eilish is an accountant, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and has held senior roles in both the commercial and charity sectors, including as Finance Director and Operations Director of Friends of the Earth until 2017. She is a graduate in Marine Biology and holds a Masters in Environment, Society & Policy. She is currently the Treasurer and Company Secretary of the Women’s Environmental Network, and on the Board of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.
Annette Heslop MBE - Secretary Annette has worked for Energy4All since it was formed in 2002 and became Finance and Administration Director shortly after. She is responsible for the professional management and administration of all the Energy4All family of co-ops. Her role includes finacial control, project costing, projections, banking and treasury. She is also a director of High Winds Community Energy Society. In Spring 2018 Annette was awarded an MBE for services to community energy.
Rob Kay Rob studied at Sheffield University and was an NHS National Management Trainee at Manchester Business School. He worked for 25 years in strategic change management and service development in the NHS, Social Work, and Voluntary Sector across the UK, living in Scotland since 1991. Since 2006 he has divided his time mainly between supporting his son, who has complex learning disabilities, and part-time employment as a social research interviewer.
Rob is a Fellow of the Centre for Welfare Reform. He served as a Trustee and/or Chair of three UK and Scottish charities in the fields of Arts and Disability and Carers advocacy, and was a co-founder and business director of a multicultural music and dance festival in his home town of Kilsyth. He is a recent General Secretary of the Electric Boat Association.