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Our Team


Our management team are from the original Founding Members of the Society and have been re-elected to the Board at the subsequent Annual General Meetings.

They consist of a small group of local people who firmly believe that only local communities can help themselves to become more energy resilient.  Each member of the team has particular skills from past careers and, in total, the combined experience covers:

  • energy and project engineering,
  • finance and accounting,
  • technology and science, and
  • business management.

However, the Board will rely on outside professional help and advice for each project and general administration, and use its combined knowledge to make the best decisions for the benefit of the community.  Any Member of the Society can put themselves forward to join the Board when elections are held at the AGM.

All Board Directors currently provide their services on a voluntary, unpaid basis with just incurred expenses being reimbursed where appropriate.

Nick Stedman: KCEL Chairman - Nick first graduated in Chemical Engineering from Manchester University and then pursued a career in the oil industry as an engineer and manager. He then became a management consultant and eventually Commercial Director of a national pharmaceutical distributor. Following this he returned to academia gaining a degree and then a PhD in electronics from Bath University. Since then he has increasingly taken an interest in community affairs and, in particular, renewable energy.
Geoff Brickell: graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sussex followed by a period of post-graduate research in fluid mechanics and an early career in design/development in the power engineering industry. He then had senior roles in the manufacturing, IT & telecommunications industries before helping to establish a VC funded software company before starting his own IT services company. Having lived in the Marlborough area for more than 30 years, Geoff is now increasingly involved with community work with Transition Marlborough, as a Director of the Marlborough Area Development Trust, and as a Co-Founder and Director of the Natural Access Community Interest Company.
Ian Gordon-Finlayson: KCEL Company Secretary - Ian lives near Marlborough and, as a chartered accountant, worked as Finance Director of Wadworth & Co. Ltd., the Devizes brewers, for seventeen years until his retirement in 2008; he remains a non-executive director of Wadworth. In a voluntary capacity Ian recently stood down after 6 years as a trustee of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and is currently a governor of his local primary school. His interest in conservation and sustainable energy matters is relatively recent and limited, but developing fast.
David Ripley: Graduated in Physics from Kings College London and then did a period of research in atmospheric fluid dynamics at Imperial. For many years he has worked as an IT consultant to the Social Housing sector. He has been an advocate for renewable energy for a very long time having stood for the Green Party in the 1992 General Election. He is a member of several other community energy co-operatives including Baywind, the first UK co-operative to own wind turbines. David has lived in Marlborough for over 30 years and spends most of his free time making music. He conducts Marlborough Choral Society and Dodecantus chamber choir and plays keyboards with several local bands.

 

 

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