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.
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.
John is a Chartered Civil Engineer with nearly 20 years involvement in Renewable Energy. In 2005 he was part of the construction team at Whitelee Windfarm while working with ScottishPower Renewables. He has been involved in Project Management of community windfarms on South Uist, Drumnadrochit, and the Isle of Lewis. John lives locally in Crook of Devon and is enthusiastic about hydropower within the local community and the resulting benefits.
Paul is the Development Manager for Energy4All Ltd. Paul has a degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Bristol University. His final year dissertation studied the feasibility of domestic wind systems. Paul joined the renewable sector in 2003 with Vestas-Celtic, Then took an opportunity to work with community groups in Argyll before joining Energy4All in 2008. Paul worked with many communities in Scotland across the range of renewables technologies and at all scales, but particularly with biomass and wind. He is on several co-op boards and associations with community renewables and is one of the sector’s foremost experts in Scotland.