Chris Pasteur has over 30 years’ experience in the water and hydro industries. In 2014 Chris established Cairneyhill Ltd, a consultancy service to the hydro industry, supporting the entire hydro scheme lifecycle – feasibility, consenting, construction and asset management. Cairneyhill Ltd has been involved in the development and construction of 24MW of hydro schemes in the UK, including the Rumbling Bridge Community Hydro Scheme. Current projects under construction include 2MW schemes in Aberdeenshire and Wester Ross. Prior to establishing Cairneyhill Ltd, Chris managed the delivery of RWE’s UK hydro development programme and before that he worked for SSE on the asset management and refurbishment of their 1300MW, 60 hydro power station portfolios, and the development of the 100MW Glendoe hydro scheme.
Miranda Wharam is currently the vice chair of the Strathpeffer Community Association and supporting ‘Strathpeffer Saves’ through the Climate Change Fund aiming to reduce the carbon footprint in the community and become more energy efficient.
Miranda is also involved in various other community associations in Strathpeffer and the locality. She has a background in youth and community work with 30 years’ experience in social care and as a Senior Manager within the social care sector in Sussex. Miranda has significant experience in management within the statutory, voluntary services for disabled children, providing strategic and financial leadership to provide safe delivery of services for children.
Andrew King has had a varied career in business, Andrew became interested in community renewables nearly 25 years ago when he and his wife joined the newly formed Baywind Co-op. In 2002 he was involved in the creation of Energy4All, which he then Chaired for 10 years. During this time, they tried to balance their commitment to community ownership with robust business management, with the aim of building the credibility on which the subsequent success of the company has been based. Although he retired some years ago, Andrew retains close links with the sector and is happy to contribute his experience where it can be useful. Andrew remains a director of Findhorn Wind Park in NE Scotland and has been delighted to serve on the board of The Highland Community Energy Society as the business takes shape.
Phyllis Miller is married to Stephen and a mother to Abby and Ryan. Phyllis and Stephen both from farming backgrounds decided to move from Orkney over twenty years ago to manage a traditional Scottish deer estate in Perthshire. In January 2000 they moved to very remote West Highland Estate, which was so beautiful even though it had a radio telephone and no mains power. But there was a very small 6 kw hydro turbine. Since then they have always loved the possibilities of a simple burn producing such simple and clean power.
They now live and work managing Achlain Estate, which is lovely, but not so remote with the kids. There is a lovely community feel there which they all enjoy being part of. Phyllis is a Director with the ‘ West Glenmoriston Community Company ‘ which is just finishing refurbishing an old school which the community bought to make a local ‘Hub’ for community events.
Phyllis has also been sitting on a steering group on ‘care in the community’ which has just been set up now as “3 Glens Community Care” of which she is now a member of the board too.
Kenneth Knott has lived in Glenmoriston since 2000, moving there from Mull linked to his career in Forestry and Land management. He currently works in the government agency Forestry and Land Scotland as Operation Manager for the area Glengarry to Oban. He was Chairman of the Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community council for 10+ years during the initial stages of the renewable energy boom spread across the area. He has been involved with community companies in the renewable field and in wider community projects for the last 18 years. He retains an interest in renewable energy through his own micro generation projects and within the community projects in the area he works covering several projects at development stage at any given time.
Jim Lee is Energy4All’s Project Officer in Scotland. He chaired the board of The Spirit of Lanarkshire Wind Energy Co-op for many years and is currently on the boards of Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative and Arrochar Community Hydro Society. Jim’s role is to develop opportunities for Energy4All in Scotland, helping them to extend the scope of community owned renewable energy. Jim is working with communities across Scotland to help them gain maximum benefit from renewable energy projects in hydro, on-shore wind, solar and district heating. Jim had been involved in the Co-operative Movement over a number of years and is Chair of the Lanarkshire Credit Union. In recent years, he worked for the Scottish Fair-Trade Forum and for Community Links in South Lanarkshire where he supported the establishment of several food co-ops.
I was born and brought up on the Isle of Skye before studying in Paisley for an Electrical/Electronic Engineer degree. My first job after graduation took me to Japan for three and a half years. After nearly thirty years working worldwide, in Germany, Italy and other places, I am now in the process of moving from my current residence Oxfordshire back to the Highlands and Islands with the intention of using my experience to give something back to the area.
During my career I have held various positions such as operations manager and engineering manager within the automotive industry. I have worked with people and organisations with a wide geographical and cultural spread.
As an Electrical Engineer I have a great interest in renewable energy generation and how this can bring benefit to the people and area where it is located. Since 2008 I have joined several windfarm co-ops in the region. Now I would like to take the next step of active involvement in the Board of the Highland Community Energy Board.
In my spare time I like to grow vegetables in my back garden and read books, especially those by current Scottish writers and set in the region.