Hugh Wallace set up Glendevon Energy in 2005 to provide solar thermal and PV systems, ground and air source heat pumps and biomass boilers to both domestic and commercial customers. Prior to Glendevon Hugh spent 8 years after graduating from Durham University working for the investment manager Brewin Dolphin followed by three years working in various family owned small businesses and self-build projects. It was Hugh’s involvement with the local Community Council that led to the development of this Hydro project. Through Glendevon’s core business Hugh applied to the emerging CARES scheme, which funded the early project development. Glendevon has been instrumental in bringing this project to life.
Marna joined Energy4All in 2006 as its Chief Executive. She is a former partner in KPMG and has experience in corporate finance and project management. She leads the Energy4All team and in particular leads on the raising of debt and equity finance.
Rod Blunden is a Chartered Engineer with a long career at a senior level on major projects in both UK and overseas. For the last 23 years he has held a major position in the renewables energy industry firstly working for a major utility and more recently with his own consultancy specialising in development, procurement and construction of renewable energy projects. He was a founder member of the industry H&S Strategy Group.
He has brought his experience to Energy4All for nearly a decade acting as an adviser to several projects: as a Director at Westmill overseeing construction and operations for 8 years; as Chairman of Energy Prospects and as Director of Four Winds Energy Co-op, High Winds Community Energy Society and now Rumbling Bridge CHS.
Elsewhere he works on the Membership Panel at the Energy Institute and actively supports other industry wide committees whilst still finding time for conservation work in the Chilterns where he lives.
Paul has a degree in manufacturing systems engineering where he investigated the feasibility of domestic wind systems. Paul joined the renewables sector in 2003 with Vestas Celtic Ltd, then worked with community groups in Argyll before joining Energy4All in 2008. Paul has worked with many communities in Scotland across a range of renewables projects. He sits on several co-op boards and associations working with community renewables and is one of the sector’s foremost experts in Scotland.
Matthew has been involved with renewables from a young age, coming from a family who in the 1970s experimented with hot water solar panels, methane gas fuel and windmills. Having worked with a London firm of engineers and architects designing hydro schemes in the Mekong Delta, in the 1990s he was instrumental in setting up the 436kW Cauldron Linn Hydro electric scheme located immediately downstream from the new Rumbling Bridge Community scheme, and of which he is currently the managing director with responsibilities ranging from long term strategy, contract negotiations, day to day monitoring and management, to the occasional brushing out of the intake screens. He has directorships in related businesses including Alba Energy – a co-operative organisation of private Hydro energy producers in Scotland lobbying for common issues and a better regulatory framework for the sector – as well as two small-scale development companies, an architecture practice, and a local heritage Trust. He is a qualified Architect, runs a small farm, plays the piano badly, and somewhere has a medal for singing in Gaelic at the 1975 Mod.
Jamie brings a combination of 25 years’ business experience and a technical background. With a degree in Electrical Engineering, he is a management consultant specialising in innovation and corporate ventures. His clients in the energy sector include EDF Energy where he led the creation of Hoppy (the home management App). Over the years he has also provided strategic advice to United Utilities, EON and Bruntwood Energy. Jamie has also worked across 5 continents to set up over a dozen businesses for Virgin, British Airways, IWG/Regus and Vitality. The fields through which the Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme runs have been owned by his family for 4 generations. So, from the outset, Jamie has been a strong advocate for generating renewable power from the River Devon and delivering wider benefits for the local community.
Elspeth is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and holds a BSc (Hons) in civil engineering and an MBA. She has an extensive background in compliance, governance, performance auditing and process improvement in infrastructure and utilities. She has held a number of senior positions in both the private and public sectors including that of Scottish Road Works Commissioner. Elspeth lives locally to Rumbling Bridge and has an interest in how the Society can engage with and benefit the local community.