The board consists of:
Richard has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and membership of the Institution of Engineering & Technology. After an early career in mechanical and industrial engineering, he joined the Wind Energy Group, which was Taylor Woodrows wind turbine manufacturing unit, in 1983 as a Project Manager. He held a variety of roles managing technical development projects and wind farm developments, leaving as Commercial Director in 1998 following its sale to NEG Micon. Since leaving WEG, he has worked as an independent wind energy consultant and have included in his portfolio the development of a wind farm in Jamaica, setting up contracts/sub-contracts for wind farm construction operation and maintenance, valuation of wind farms for rates, valuations of wind farms for sale, location of new sites, and evaluation of potential new wind farm sites.
He has been a Director of the Westmill Wind Farm Cooperative since 2007 where his main inputs have been on the commercial side plus construction, operation and maintenance. Richard’s initiatives in renegotiating Power Purchase Agreements have resulted in significant increases in wind farm revenue.
Jan Mellmann (Chairman)
Jan is a partner, and Head of the Natural Resources Group, at the international law firm of Watson, Farley & Williams LLP. He specialise’s in corporate finance and Mergers & Acquisition work, with an emphasis on businesses operating in the energy, natural resources and transport sectors, including cross-border and domestic acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, equity and debt issues for public and private companies, private equity transactions, corporate restructurings and commercial agreements.
Jan’s experience includes advising on the successful acquisition, equity and debt financing, refinancing and/or sale of onshore and offshore wind farms totalling approximately 1,000 MW in the UK, Germany and Italy.
David has lived in Werrington, Peterborough for 25 years not far from the site of the Fenland Green Power Cooperative wind turbine generators. He is married and has 2 daughters who have both graduated from university. He graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and joined Eastern Gas, a predecessor of National Grid, in 1979; he became a Chartered Engineer in 1989 and was a member of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers technical standards panels for pipelines and pressure reduction installations. He retired from National Grid in October 2013 after 34 years of service.
His career with National Grid was in both technical and senior managerial roles on the gas side of the business. His post, when he retired, was Design Manager Gas Construction with responsibity for the design of new and modifications to gas pipelines and installations throughout the UK. He has experience of managing high value contracts and negotiating with suppliers. He has also dealt with government organisations such as the HSE and Ofgem.
He has always been interested in alternative sources of energy and has domestic photovoltaic solar panels installed at home. He has shares in a number of community wind, solar generation and hydro schemes and whole heartedly supports the co-operative values and principles. Other interests include keeping fit particularly swimming and cycling. David has been a board member since June 2104 and works with Richard Lord on Operations matters including technical and commercial liaison with Edf Energy Renewables who operate and maintain the wind farm.
He has worked in finance and business planning and started working life as a town planner. He successfully used all his skills on the West Solent Solar project. Having taken early retirement he has the time and resources to concentrate on his passionate interest in renewable energy and sustainability.
He now lives in an eco house, drives an electric car, is a bee keeper and grows vegetables and fruit. He is a Quaker and Quaker values underpin and strengthen his mission to develop renewable energy directly and indirectly, helping others to do the same.
Joining the board of Fenland Green Power is a logical and simple extension of this mission. He will bring energy, experience and determination to make a positive contribution to the work of the board.
Nicholas was born in Vine House Farm and is living there now, his father and grandfather were also born there. Along with two other houses he is the nearest house to the wind turbines. Sometime around 1998 a firm called Wind Prospect wrote to several farmers in Deeping Fen saying that Deeping Fen was a good place to have a wind farm. Nicholas replied by return of post as he thought it was time he produced some renewable energy, another farmer replied 3 months later and so a joint wind farm was planned and built of which the Fenland Windpower cooperative owns two.
Nicholas has 5 types of renewable or reusable energy, wind, solar, a biomass boiler, a heater that uses the waste oil from his tractors and another building that is heated from the waste heat from his refrigerated potato store.
Nicholas now farms 2,500 acres, 300 of which is organically farmed. He grows a wide range of crops some of which are crops for his bird food business. He has won many awards for farming and conservation and was awarded the M B E in 2006 by the Queen. In the past 6 months he has won 4 national awards.
Andrew has been a member of the Fenland Green Power Co-Op from its inception. He graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1978 with a degree in geology and after a brief period as a geologist in the North Sea oil industry he changed vocations and held engineering and operations management positions with several multinational up-stream oil contractor companies, working on 4 continents, before founding and running his own engineering consultancy company. As a consultant, he has been the contract-holder for high-value engineering contracts on behalf of blue-chip operator clients, with overall responsibility for driving the technical, financial, environmental and safety performance of the contractors involved. The contracts included the drilling of a number of high-temperature wells, both in the UK and overseas. Additionally, he is a qualified ISO9001 QMS Lead Auditor and has served on audit teams on behalf of his clients.
Recently retired, Andrew has had a direct interest in sustainable energy over a number of years; in addition to Fenland Green Power and his geothermal work, he has both solar-PV and solar-thermal panels on his house, and he drives a hybrid car.
I began my employment at Lesney Products makers of the renowned “matchbox” range of die-cast models. I then enjoyed 14 years with Reuters undertaking systems change work and facilities planning in London and Paris. Subsequently I spent 21 years as an independent consultant specialising in commercial relocation management and, latterly, change management and project management for the health sector. During that time I set-up an out of hours GP service in north east London, and managed the contracts for treatment centres in Newcastle, Durham, York, Boston and Gainsborough.
I live in West Huntingdonshire and am a keen supporter of renewable energy. I studied Civil Engineering at Sheffield University and took a masters degree in Management Science at Imperial College London where my project was The Economics of Windpower in the UK.
I am a Parish Councillor and some years ago attempted unsuccessfully to launch a community wind scheme at Catworth Hill in partnership with Eon.
Naturally I am a shareholder in Fenland Green Power, and have other share holdings in the Energy4All family of renewable schemes.
One Energy4All Director currently serves on the Board.
John Malone – Energy4All Development Director
John studied renewable energy systems at CREST, Loughborough University. Subsequently, he spent almost 3 years as Renewable Energy Officer in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy in Swaziland, where he was involved in a number of projects including solar energy for rural clinics and schools, fuel-efficient wood stoves and rural electrification. Returning to the UK in 1999, John joined Energy for Sustainable Development where, as a Senior Consultant, he was involved in a range of renewable energy activities including the development of community energy projects and energy services companies. He joined Energy4All in 2007 and is now Development Director, managing a number of co-operative renewable energy projects at various stages of development.
The Co-op is supported from the Cumbrian office of Energy4All by Annette Heslop and her team.